September TBR

Hi everyone! With September just around the corner it’s time to figure out what books I want to read this month. Of course there will always be books that pop up so I won’t read all these books but it’s always good to hope! So here are the books I want to read in September!!

  • Throne of Glass by: Sarah J. Maas
  • Crown of Midnight by: Sarah J. Maas
  • Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by: Ransom Riggs (Before the movie Hype )
  • Army of Fire by: Jennifer L. Kelly

Thank you so much for reading! Sorry it is such a short post. If you would like to see more from me be sure to check out my Instagram @Bloggingbooknerd! I hope you have a Great day!!

Interview: Jennifer L. Kelly

How is everyone doing today? As you can see by the Title of this post I am doing another interview!!! I am so excited to do this with Jennifer because I was given the opportunity to read her book Army of Fire! Be sure to look for it on Amazon and many other places on October 25th 2016!!! So let’s start the interview!!!

1. What are your ambitions for your writing career?

My ambitions for my writing career is that someday it can be my sole source of income. I love to write and create. On a deeper level, my goal would be for my books to inspire people to pursue their own love of writing and/or to remind people of the importance of hope. I try to incorporate themes of hope, friendship, and unconditional love in my  of my YA books.

2. Why do you write?

Writing for me is almost a necessity. It is part of who I have become. Sometimes I feel like creativity is being poured into me and that I am bursting at the seams to let it out. I also write because of the process: these characters become my friends and I’m curious to see where their shenanigans will lead them.

3. When did you decide you wanted to be an author?

When I was younger, I’ll say early elementary school because I can’t exactly remember, I used to write and illustrate little books for school projects. When I was a bit older, I got an electric typewriter that I’d try and write my first novel on. As I grew up though, I thought it wasn’t something I could do. Just a lingering wish in the back of my mind. It wasn’t until I was introduced to National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) in 2013 that I realized I could actually self-publish and go at this in my own way and just see what happened. That was a long answer. I guess the short answer is always. ūüôā

4. Do you write full time or part-time?

Currently, I write part-time, but I wish it was full-time! Right now I’ve been a middle school teacher full-time for over 8 years. I’m getting antsy. But I read somewhere it takes 10 years to become “an overnight” success (because most people won’t stick it out), so in regards to my writing I only have 7 more years to go!

5. Have any authors inspired you?

As a very young kid I loved Ann M. Martin and Lois Lowry. They were big influences in both my writing and my love of books in general. In terms of my writing itself: Ally Condie, Melissa Marr, JK Rowling, Veronica Roth, and Suzanne Collins. Just these amazing YA authors who created these insane fantasy and/or dystopian worlds. When I began writing, I definitely began to notice their influence on me. To be able to create these detailed worlds and these dynamic characters who develop into heroes over the course of a series is a feat to be admired. (Specifically, series like Matched, Wicked Lovely, Harry Potter, Divergent, and Hunger Games.)

6. If Army of Fire was ever made into a movie which actress would you imagine for Ka?

Oh man, this is such a good question! I did a casting for The Lucia Chronicles on my Pinterest, but not for The Elementals. Hmmm. I am not hip enough on TV/movies these days, but I kind of would almost want an actress who hasn’t been in a starring role yet. She’d have to be quiet, a bit awkward, but also fierce. Brown hair and brown eyes, kind of shy, but a bit sarcastic when provoked….I am open to suggestions! You tell me!

7. What do you do when you have¬†writer’s¬†block?

This is actually a rare occurrence for me, probably because I am what I call a binge writer.¬† I write intensively for short bursts of time, usually a month sometimes two. I’m also a pantser, so until I get deep into a series I do no planning. But if it does happen or I’m at a loss as to how to describe something, I turn on some epic music (on my YouTube I have a “Writing Music” public playlist) and scroll Pinterest for setting and character ideas. Also, sleeping is a good idea. I’ve incorporated many dreams into my writing because my dreams are crazy!

8. Do you have a favorite author?

As a child, I loved Lois Lowry. For fun, quick reads I turn to Janet Evanovich. Right now, I recently finished The Raven Cycle and immediately went out and bought all of Maggie Stiefvater’s other books! She is amazing and I am so beyond excited for a Ronan trilogy (even if Gansey is my book boyfriend). I also just finished The Lunar Chronicles and found out Marissa Meyer will be at a local library promoting Heartless and I kind of ran around the house screaming in excitement.

9. Do you have a favorite book or Series?

The Giver, The Time Traveler’s Wife, Harry Potter (always and forever), The Raven Cycle, and The Love That Split the World.

 

10. What inspired you to write Army of Fire and The Earth key??

Actually, it was a picture. I think it is on my Pinterest somewhere. It is an illustration of a man standing in a room looking out at these five portals. For me what happens is an image will stick in my mind, then my imagination will kind of run with it, so actually I could be remembering it completely wrong. But those five portals became the five portals Ka travels to in the Elemental Abyss.

Well thank you so much Jennifer for answering these questions for me! It was so great working on this with you! If you would like to check out her blog click here!! Also if you would like to check out her instagram it’s @authorjenniferlkelly!!!!

Be sure to check out her newest book Army of Fire which is being released on October 25th and some of her other work!!! I hope you liked this interview and don’t forget to check out my Instagram @Bloggingbooknerd!!! I hope that you are having a fantastic day!

 

Book Review: The Hidden Oracle by: Rick Riordan

Good afternoon everyone!! I am back with the third book review of this month! I’ve been reading a ton lately!! As you can see from the title i’ve just finished The Hidden Oracle by: Rick Riordan! And oh boy do I have a lot¬†to say!!

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I have to say I am quite impressed with this book! After reading The sword of Summer a couple months ago I was really afraid that I wasn’t going to like this book much. But Rick did a very good job continuing the series without destroying it. That is mostly because he hit a home run with Apollo!!!

I have to say that Apollo is probably my favorite character in the entire Percy Jackson universe so far! He has the attitude a god would when they are turned mortal but I really like the ways he changes by the end of the book. Most of the gods seem like they are very cocky and think that mortals aren’t worth it but it’s great to see a god that is mentally (and physically) a human and seeing how they react to having a short lifespan.

One of the things I didn’t really love is that parts of the plot were almost exactly the same. I’ve noticed that most of Rick’s books or series start off with a Demigod getting attacked (The Minotaur thing in The lightning thief, The wind spirits in The Lost hero, The Nosoi in The Hidden oracle) and then finding their way Camp Half blood/Camp Jupiter. I know that it is what the series revolves around but it is starting to get kinda old.

I actually have a question for you guys now, what did you think of Meg? I personally thought that she was kinda annoying. I feel like she was just a bit too much of a brat. THEN I CAN”T EVEN DESCRIBE HOW SHE BETRAYED APOLLO!! I know how Apollo feels for Meg, but I really don’t think that it is worth it going to find her. Especially since it is such a risk considering that “The Wolf” could come at any moment if Meg takes Apollo’s side. I don’t think at the moment it is worth the risk. But who knows I don’t actually know exactly how Apollo feels.

All in all it really wasn’t a bad book at all! I highly suggest that if ¬†you liked any other Rick Riordan book. But if you read mostly YA or Adult books you may not like it as much because it is more of a older middle grade book.

Well I hope you like this review!! Thank you so much for reading! If you would like to see more of what I do be sure you check out my Instagram @Bloggingbooknerd!!! Have a fantastic day!!!

 

Book Review: Hamilton The Revolution by: Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jeremy McCarter

Hello everyone! Like I said when I did the Hamilton book tag I really love Hamilton! But like most people in the country I haven’t been able to see it. Thankfully they made this book for the people like me!¬†

Disclaimer: I am not reviewing the musical Hamilton, I am just review the book. If I ever see the musical I will not hesitate to do a review if you want it.

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Since i’m not reviewing the musical there isn’t a whole lot to say. To start it is actually one of the most interesting books i’ve ever read. The reason I say that is because it truly shows the ups and downs of creating a musical. Lin has done an amazing job creating this amazing musical and it’s interesting to see how hard he worked for more than six years in multiple countries with the help of hundreds of people. I now have a completely different view on most of the songs because of the comments that Lin wrote about the lyrics in the songs.¬†

I’m really sorry this review is so short, like I said I really hope to see the actual musical and if I do I swear that I will. Thank you so much for reading this review!! I really hope that you will check out some of my other posts and my Instagram @Bloggingbooknerd!! I hope you are having a good.

Book Review: The Last Star by: Rick Yancey

Another day another ending to a well known series. It is a happy but sad feeling finishing the very last book in a series that you have loved for many years. That is the case with me and The Last Star. But boy do I have a lot to say about this book.

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I have to say and most people who have read this book can say is that this book was WAY better than the last book in this series The Infinite sea. I almost didn’t read this book because of it but in the end it was a good choice. It was a great way to end the series. But it had some plot twists that i’d say we were all confused about.I’m just going to skip to the biggest one that had us all confused….. CASSIE DIED!!!!! But actually I don’t think many of us were that surprised that she was going to die. By the way she acted throughout the entire book it was only a minor shock that she went up and destroyed the mothership. I personally think Rick shouldn’t have ended it this way because it makes it similar to Allegiant (And to be completely honest I was way more upset when Tris died).

Next, there was the big shocker that Ringer was pregnant….. PREGNANT!!! That was actually one of the more random parts of this book that I didn’t really understand the point of it. By the end it made a little more sense that Rick wanted a way for Cassie’s name to live on and stuff.

Finally there is the fact that Evan walker knows how to survive literally EVERYTHING. In all of the books he in some way should have died. Then he did die but it wasn’t him and after all of what happened HE CAME BACK! He was my favorite character but it got kind of old. Only so many characters can do that and Loki has been doing it since 2011.

Now that i’ve got all that off my chest I can tell you the truth. This book really wasn’t that bad! This trilogy is really worth the read if you like YA Dystopian novels (and are able to handle a not so great second book).

Thank you so much for reading and I hope that you will read some of the other stuff I post! You may also like some of the stuff I post on my instagram @bloggingbooknerd! I hope you are having a great day!!

The Hamilton Book Tag!

Hello everyone!! Just like almost every other teenage girl in america this year I am very much obsessed with Hamilton. So I did some googling and found this book tag by¬†Maureenkeavy. To check out the original youtube video click here!!! Now let’s get started!!

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The character I chose that Goes after what they want and doesn’t let anything stop them is Margo from Paper Towns by: John Green. The reason I chose her is because in paper towns she is a free spirit and dropped everything just to get away. Even in the end no one was able to stop her.

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There are way way too many Underrated female characters that choosing just one is very hard. But I would have to say Winter from the Lunar Chronicles. She is one of the youngest characters and actually did a lot for the series in the last book. I really wish I could have learned more about her in the end!

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She isn’t the main villain, but definitely¬†bellatrix lestrange. She wasn’t exactly sassy but she was really wasn’t your everyday villain.

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Well, it is really more of a series but I chose The Heros of Olympus by: Rick Riordan. Rick does a really good job keeping the story together even with having multiple points of view.

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I don’t usually marathon series but I got the closest to marathoning The 5th wave by: Rick Yancey. It wasn’t really a marathon because I had to wait for the last book to come out but it was the fastest i’ve ever read a trilogy.

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Harry Potter. I don’t even need to think about that one, and I would also say that most people wouldn’t have to think twice about Harry Potter.

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Well, all I have to say without any spoilers is Allegiant by: Veronica Roth. Nothing more, nothing less.

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Most of these questions I can literally name a book and without spoilers answer the entire question. For this one it’s The Fault in our Stars by: John Green.

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This type of question that is partly opinion. But once again i’m playing the Harry Potter card.

Well there we go! That was a great way to get all of this fangirling out of my system. I really hope you liked this Tag!! If you would like to check out some of my other tags click here!¬†If you would like to check out my instagram it’s @Bloggingbooknerd!!!! I hope that you have a great day!!

Book Review: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by: J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany and Jack Thorne

It is a great thing when you start and finish a book in the same day!!! It is even better when you can make the review right after you finish it also!! So I am writting the review for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by: J.K.Rowling!!!

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As a long time fan of Harry Potter finding out they were making a sequel was amazing. I know most people were sad that it wasn’t a proper book but I can’t complain at all!! It’s the content that matters! And god, the content was amazing!! All of the authors did a great job keeping the old characters and introducing new characters almost flawlessly.

I really don’t know what else to say without being biased about loving Harry Potter so i’ll just talk about some things they could have changed. The main thing that I think everyone wishes they could change is that it is a play!! The main reason I wish it wasn’t a play because they could have extended the story so much more! The packed so many very interesting plot points into 328 pages when with just this they could have gotten 2 or 3 books!! It would have given us more time to learn the backstory of Delphie and (Big big spoiler) HOW THE HECK SHE IS VOLDEMORT’S DAUGHTER!!! Sorry, i’m getting a bit off topic… Do any of you guys feel the same way? Be sure to let me know down in the comments!! Thank you so much for reading and be sure to check out my instagram @BloggingBookNerd!!!! Hope you all have a great day!!!!