• Books,  Interviews,  Writing Buddies

    Author Interview with Jodi Perkins

    GUYS! I has an awesome guest today! Jodi Perkins, author of suspenseful, page-turning, and fantastical YA! BLACK LILIES was released earlier this month, part two in a series featuring a quartet of sisters with exciting season-based abilities. There’s a theme of time manipulation that runs through the books, and today, Jodi answers some of my nosy burning questions about the series, time travel, and saving yourself from a Goldilocks eating bear. Part of BLACK LILIES takes place in the 19th century. How much research did you have to do for this part of the story, and how much fun did you have? I honestly knew nothing about the 19th century. I mean, really,…

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    August Reads: 2019 Edition

    Hey, hey, hey! 😀 I’ve officially read 40 books for the year, making me exactly on track for my goal! There are 20 books left, but I’m not going to stress myself about anything, because that defeats the purpose of what I’m trying to do, which is just to read a lot. And I think I’m reading a lot. ^_^ 37: The Stolen Kingdom Author: Bethany Atazadeh Genre: YA Fantasy/Retelling (Aladdin) Rating: 4 stars Reviewed: Yes There was a lot about this that I really liked. I’ve never read an Aladdin retelling, and this was fascinating and interesting, and I was all in. The only downside for me was that…

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    Release Day Party: Garden of Ravens

    Poetry book is out today!! 😀 To celebrate, I thought it would be fun to go over the different sections and talk about them or whatever. ^_^ I organized things in a way that I thought would make sense or at least a way that made sense in my head. If you’ve been around the cafe for a while or have read any of my books, you might recognize a few poems, as everything that’s published on this blog or in a novel are also in this book. That might account for maybe ten poems, but they’re here. I’ve mentioned that I write song lyrics for fun sometimes, so some…

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    July Reads: 2019 Edition

    Happy August!! 😀 I’m still on track with my reading goal. I almost can’t believe it. ^_^ Plus, I did some beta reading last month, and I liked everything I read for the most part, so that’s awesome. 33: The Branch Author: Trinity Amethyst Genre: Graphic Novel Rating: 5 stars Reviewed: Yes Super cute snapshots of what it’s like to be a barista at a kid’s summer camp. It was a fun read and much needed on a day I was feeling kind of down for no good reason. I adored the illustrations in this, and you can tell how fun they are from the cover. 34: Stepsister Author: Jennifer…

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    May & June Reading Wrap Up (2019 Edition)

    All righty, I finally feel like I’m not dragging my feet with the reading so much anymore. I think it really slows me down when I read stuff I don’t like. I just get all kinds of deflated. As it stands, I’m still on track for my goal, but I lost the nice lead I built up at the beginning of the year. Haha. I’m trying to tell myself that it’s okay if I don’t meet my goal. Like, if I only read 50 books, that’s still really good! Plus, I’m still two books ahead of schedule, so… ^_^ 27: I’m A Narwhal Author: Mallory Loehr, Illustrated by: Joey Chou…