Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Waiting on Wednesday (#308): The Candle and the Flame by Nafiza Azad

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

This week, I'm featuring:

The Candle and the Flame

The Candle and the Flame by Nafiza Azad
Publisher: Scholastic
Publication Date: May 14, 2019

Summary (from Goodreads):

Fatima lives in the city of Noor, a thriving stop along the Silk Road. There the music of myriad languages fills the air, and people of all faiths weave their lives together. However, the city bears scars of its recent past, when the chaotic tribe of Shayateen djinn slaughtered its entire population -- except for Fatima and two other humans. Now ruled by a new maharajah, Noor is protected from the Shayateen by the Ifrit, djinn of order and reason, and by their commander, Zulfikar. 

But when one of the most potent of the Ifrit dies, Fatima is changed in ways she cannot fathom, ways that scare even those who love her. Oud in hand, Fatima is drawn into the intrigues of the maharajah and his sister, the affairs of Zulfikar and the djinn, and the dangers of a magical battlefield. 

Nafiza Azad weaves an immersive tale of magic and the importance of names; fiercely independent women; and, perhaps most importantly, the work for harmony within a city of a thousand cultures and cadences. 

I saw this on Goodreads and was immediately taken aback because I'd never seen or heard of this book! It has a lovely cover and sounds fantastic. I'm in!

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Top Ten Tuesday (31)

Happy Tuesday! Today I've decided to participate in Top Ten Tuesday, formerly hosted by Jamie at The Broke and the Bookish, now hosted by Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl.

Today's topic is:

Thanksgiving/Thankful Freebie

Today I'd like to give my top ten reasons why I'm thankful for the bookish community, and books in general. 

10. I love the sense of community that the online bookish community has. It's not always perfect, and sometimes you can feel isolated, but I love the community.

9. I love the easy access to so many great reading-related resources. For example, are you looking for books with a certain kind of representation in YA lit? There's probably a list for that. 

8. I love learning about upcoming publications. I would not know of nearly as many YA and adult romance novels without the bookish community!

7. I feel more in touch with authors. If I wasn't a part of the online bookish community, I probably wouldn't follow authors online. Simple as that!

6. I've been able to work with publishers and other bookish professionals. This has been a really rewarding part of my blogging hobby. I've been able to work with professionals and that's exciting to me, even if I'm not working in the industry.

5. I've been able to participate in promo/street teams for authors, which are always fun. I wish I had more time to do these things nowadays, but I loved doing them in the past. Some of the tasks were creative and fun!

4. I've attended more author events than before I was blogging. I never knew of many author events before I started blogging. And now I've been to so many different tours and events!

3. I've explored different bookshops because of tours and events, which is something I might not have done otherwise!

2. I've met so many amazing bloggers and readers, either in person or online. I love my bookish friends!

1. I've discovered so many new favorite books, thanks to the bookish community. Both backlist and pre-pub!

Thank you, readers! Thank you for making blogging so worth it.

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Blog Tour and Giveaway: The Storyteller by Traci Chee

Hello all! I'm excited to be participating in the blog tour for The Storyteller! This is the third and final book of the Sea of Ink and Gold series. I'm sharing my favorite things about the series below!

About The Storyteller:

The Storyteller by Traci Chee
Book Three of the Sea of Ink and Gold series
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication Date: November 13, 2018

Official Summary:

Sefia is determined to keep Archer out of the Guard's clutches and their plans for war between the Five Kingdoms. The Book, the ancient, infinite codex of the past, present and future, tells of a prophecy that will plunge Kelanna in that bloody war, but it requires a boy--Archer--and Sefia will stop at nothing to ensure his safety. The Guard has already stolen her mother, her father, and her Aunt Nin. Sefia would sooner die than let them take anymore from her--especially the boy she loves.

But escaping the Guard and the Book's prophecy is no easy task. After all, what is written always comes to pass. As Sefia and Archer watch Kelanna start to crumble to the Guard's will, they will have to choose between their love and joining a war that just might tear them apart. Full of magic, suspense, and mystery, Traci Chee brings her Sea of Ink and Gold trilogy to a close in this spellbinding final installment.

Check out the series:

(Click on the covers for more information!)

About the Author:

Traci Chee is an all-around word geek, she loves book arts and art books, poetry and paper crafts. She studied literature and creative writing at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and earned a master of arts degree from San Francisco State University. Traci grew up in a small town with more cows than people, and now feels most at home in the mountains, scaling switchbacks and happening upon hidden highland lakes. She lives in California with her fast-fast dog. The Speaker is the second book in the Sea of Ink and Gold trilogy that began with The Reader.

Favorite Things About the Series:

Originally I was planning to share some of my favorite quotes, but there are so many! So I'm going to share some of my favorite general aspects of the series. 

1. The covers. I couldn't not say something about the covers! I love how beautiful they are. And I love the diverse representation. Penguin has been slaying recently!

2. Hidden messages. I loooooooove books that contain hidden messages. Now, I'm usually pretty good with hidden messages, but not always! Last year, Traci played a little Easter Egg game on Twitter, in which followers would tweet page numbers and she would tell them if they were close to an Easter Egg ("hot") or not. This opened my eyes to several Easter Eggs that I didn't catch! This series is totally worth reading, for the hidden messages and Easter Eggs alone!

3. The added form of the books. This is neat - there are blood splatters and lines blotted-out and things like that. Kind of like what you'd see in Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff, but not quite metafiction. I mentioned that this series has great hidden messages, but I also like how there is art/form to the books too, like the ink/blood splatters and blotted-out lines.

4. The interconnecting timelines. I'm actually usually not a fan of multiple timelines being presented in a story. It gets confusing really quickly, and/or boring if you're not interested in one of the timelines. But I LOVED how Traci wrote this, particularly in book one. It was some masterful storytelling. 

5. It's a series of books, about books!love books about books. Like Rachel Caine's The Great Library series. And Fahrenheit 451. And Traci Chee's Sea of Ink and Gold series (this one!). Traci has talked about how this series is a love letter to books. Read her thoughts HERE!

The Giveaway:

Enter the information into the form below with the chance to win 1 of the 3 Signed Hardcovers of The Storyteller with a Surprising Swag Pack. This Storyteller Sweepstakes will run from 10/22/2018 through 11/23/2018 and 3 USA winners will be chosen at random. 

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Enter between October 22, 2018 and November 22, 2018. Open to US residents, 18 and older. Void where prohibited or restricted by law. 

Saturday, November 17, 2018

Stacking the Shelves (#308)

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews, in which bloggers share the books and swag they've received in the past week!

So, what did I get in the week of Sunday, November 11th to Saturday, November 17th?

(all links to Goodreads are provided!)

In the mail:

Thanks for the trade, @WriterDarling! Just waiting on one more item.

Thank you, Tor!

That's all I've got going on! I've posted several giveaways this week, so if you're interested in winning some books, click on the images below!

Friday, November 16, 2018

November 2018 New Release Giveaway!

Welcome to the November New Release Giveaway Hop! The November New Release Giveaway hop is hosted by It Starts At Midnight and FLYLēF

This month, I'm giving a November '18 book of your choice! Here are some examples:

(You are not limited to these below!)

Archenemies (Renegades, #2)      Girls of Paper and Fire      Empire of Sand (The Books of Ambha, #1)

The Giveaway:

Win a November book of your choice! Winner has 48 hours to respond to my email. The usual Giveaways rules apply.


Thursday, November 15, 2018

Gratitude Giveaway!

It's time for a gratitude giveaway! Thank you to my lovely followers, especially to those of you who follow me in multiple ways. I want you to know that I appreciate every follow and every pageview, like, comment, etc. Thank you!

For this giveaway, I have a mystery prize pack of books (and maybe swag!) for you! It'll be a bundle of recent YA publications, mix of formats. Could be ARCs, could be paperbacks, could be hardcovers. 

This giveaway is open to anyone (USA, non-USA, etc.). Ends 11/30 at midnight. Good luck!

Follow the hop!