Monday, December 11, 2017

How do you find new book bloggers?

If you're like me, you always want to expand your circle: find new blogs to follow and bloggers to talk about books with. But sometimes it can be hard, we get stuck in our current circle of bloggers and don't have time to blog hop. Even if you did have time to blog hop, where would you start? Today, I'd like to share some of my tips to find new bloggers and I would love to hear how you all do it!
Friday, December 8, 2017

Book Review: Daughter of Deep Silence

Title: Daughter of Deep Silence
Author: Carrie Ryan
Genre: Young Adult | Thriller
Publisher: Dutton Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: May 26, 2015
Source: Purchased
Format: Hardcover

I’m the daughter of murdered parents.
I’m the friend of a dead girl.I’m the lover of my enemy.And I will have my revenge. In the wake of the devastating destruction of the luxury yacht Persephone, just three souls remain to tell its story—and two of them are lying. Only Frances Mace knows the terrifying truth, and she’ll stop at nothing to avenge the murders of everyone she held dear. Even if it means taking down the boy she loves and possibly losing herself in the process. Sharp and incisive, Daughter of Deep Silence by bestselling author Carrie Ryan is a deliciously smart revenge thriller that examines perceptions of identity, love, and the lengths to which one girl is willing to go when she thinks she has nothing to lose (goodreads).


Daughter of Deep Silence was missing intrigue. 
Thursday, December 7, 2017

Book Review: The City of Brass

Title: The City of Brass (The Daevabad Trilogy #1)
Author: S.A. Chakraborty
Genre: New Adult | Historical Fantasy | Mythology
Publisher: Harper Voyager
Publication Date: November 14, 2017
Source: Publisher
Format: e-ARC

Nahri has never believed in magic. Certainly, she has power; on the streets of 18th century Cairo, she’s a con woman of unsurpassed talent. But she knows better than anyone that the trade she uses to get by—palm readings, zars, healings—are all tricks, sleights of hand, learned skills; a means to the delightful end of swindling Ottoman nobles. 
But when Nahri accidentally summons an equally sly, darkly mysterious djinn warrior to her side during one of her cons, she’s forced to accept that the magical world she thought only existed in childhood stories is real. For the warrior tells her a new tale: across hot, windswept sands teeming with creatures of fire, and rivers where the mythical marid sleep; past ruins of once-magnificent human metropolises, and mountains where the circling hawks are not what they seem, lies Daevabad, the legendary city of brass?a city to which Nahri is irrevocably bound. 
In that city, behind gilded brass walls laced with enchantments, behind the six gates of the six djinn tribes, old resentments are simmering. And when Nahri decides to enter this world, she learns that true power is fierce and brutal. That magic cannot shield her from the dangerous web of court politics. That even the cleverest of schemes can have deadly consequences. 
After all, there is a reason they say be careful what you wish for . . . (goodreads)

I want more of this, and I want it now. 
Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Amber Reads Her Shelves: December 2017

Amber Reads Her Shelves is my attempt to actually read the books I have. Every month I will choose 3 books that have been on my shelves for at least 6 months. Voting will be open until December 19.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

First Thoughts [#147]

First Thoughts is a feature where I give my initial impression of my current read.

Monday, December 4, 2017
Friday, December 1, 2017

Book Review: Eliza and Her Monsters

Title: Eliza and Her Monsters
Author: Francesca Zappia
Genre: Young Adult | Contemporary
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Publication Date: May 30, 2017
Source: Library
Format: Physical

Her story is a phenomenon. Her life is a disaster.
In the real world, Eliza Mirk is shy, weird, and friendless. Online, she’s LadyConstellation, the anonymous creator of the wildly popular webcomic Monstrous Sea. Eliza can’t imagine enjoying the real world as much as she loves the online one, and she has no desire to try.
Then Wallace Warland, Monstrous Sea’s biggest fanfiction writer, transfers to her school. Wallace thinks Eliza is just another fan, and as he draws her out of her shell, she begins to wonder if a life offline might be worthwhile.
But when Eliza’s secret is accidentally shared with the world, everything she’s built—her story, her relationship with Wallace, and even her sanity—begins to fall apart (goodreads).

Eliza and Her Monsters spoke to 16-year-old Amber so hard. 
Thursday, November 30, 2017

Book Review: Strange the Dreamer

Title: Strange the Dreamer (Strange the Dreamer #1)
Author: Laini Taylor
Genre: Young Adult | Fantasy
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: March 28, 2017
Source: Purchased
Format: Physical

The dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around—and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old he’s been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself, in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance or lose his dream forever.
What happened in Weep two hundred years ago to cut it off from the rest of the world? What exactly did the Godslayer slay that went by the name of god? And what is the mysterious problem he now seeks help in solving?
The answers await in Weep, but so do more mysteries—including the blue-skinned goddess who appears in Lazlo’s dreams. How did he dream her before he knew she existed? And if all the gods are dead, why does she seem so real?
Welcome to Weep (goodreads).

Strange the Dreamer was exactly what I expected from Laini Taylor. 
Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday [#125]

Title: Between the Blade and the Heart (Valkyrie #1)
Publisher: Wednesday Books
Publication Date: January 2, 2018

Valkyries have one great responsibility: to return immortals to the afterlife by slaying them. As a Valkyrie, Malin has always known that the balance of the world rests on her ability to carry out orders. But when Malin discovers that her mother spared the life of an immortal who was destined to die, her world is thrown into chaos.
Malin not only wrestles with the knowledge that her mother might not be who she thought—she’s also thrust into the path of a gorgeous blue-eyed guy named Asher who needs her help slaying the rogue immortal who destroyed his family. The balance of the world is at stake. And, as Asher competes with Malin’s ex for her love and loyalty, so is her heart (goodreads)

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

First Thoughts [#146]

First Thoughts is a feature where I give my initial impression of my current read.