Book Recommendations for Today!

So, I know it’s Halloween and that most people are into eerie, scary stuff book wise, but that’s just not me. I like gritty tales of adventure and heroism, but I also enjoy unicorns and magical rainbows of happiness and joy, so today is not usually my deal with all the creepy movies and books that people love. Due to this time of the year, a lot of bloggers that I following have been reading and recommending more Gothic or horror-based novels, and although I know I probably won’t end up reading those books, it makes me really happy to see people sharing their love of books with other, whatever genre it may be, and it kind of inspired me to make a post of book recommendations too!

Obviously my likes don’t read coincide with this particular holiday or the horror/zombie/thriller genre, but there are always exceptions, and here are mine!

the madman's daughter by megan shepherd“The Madman’s Daughter” by Megan Shepherd.

5 out of 5 stars.

I LOVE “The Madman’s Daughter” so  much!! It was really surprising to me because normally I don’t like books like this, but this story was absolutely perfect and just eerie enough to make it feel different from the others books I’d read. I also liked the fact that it was Gothic-horror, so it felt like it had more of the eerie tone of “Jane Eyre” in addition to “Doctor Moreau’s Island.” The rest of this trilogy was also really great, but “The Madman’s Daughter” had the perfect amount of mystery and bittersweet undertones that it is still my favorite. It was a very good Gothic book that I like to recommend to anyone who’s looking for a darker historical fiction book.

fadb7a3d83fd596acdf8c4e4476217da“A Mad Zombie Party” by Gena Showalter

4 out of 5 stars.

This was by far my favorite book in Gena’s “White Rabbit Chronicles”! I loved Camille as the main female because she was really tough, but she also had a good heart and sacrificed so much for her brother River. I also really liked Frosty as the main male character, and it was nice to get two perspectives with this book rather than just one. “A Mad Zombie Party” was a fun ride, I loved Frosty and Camille, and Gena wrapped up the series pretty well. I liked this book a lot!

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“Marie Antoinette, Serial Killer” by Katie Alender
4 out of 5 stars.
THIS was a fun read! There was not real mystery to it, but I loved that “Marie Antoinette, Serial Killer” delivered a fun adventure, taking me through the streets of Paris; it also had a fairly good moral to it by the end, so that was cool. It was a very fun and cute book, and I loved the nice Parisian boy who kind of became Colette’s friend. He and his family were so nice!
Wither (The Chemical Garden, #1) “Wither” by Lauren DeStefano
4 out of 5 stars.
“Wither” was a bag full of crazy and it ended up being a little creepy at times. I loved this book when I read it back in 2012, and it might just be crazy enough to appeal to others on a day like this.
Alright, well those are about all I have in my personal collection to recommend to you in the Gothic, horror, and zombie genres! Thanks for visiting me and have a good weekend!

Fangirl Friday #13…Books that I’m Waiting (Impatiently) For

Okay, so this week’s Fangirl Friday has a few of the books that I am really forward to in 2015 and 2016. Here’s my top five:

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“Their Fractured Light” by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner

Release date: December 1st, 2015

Goodreads summary:

“A year ago, Flynn Cormac and Jubilee Chase made the now infamous Avon Broadcast, calling on the galaxy to witness for their planet, and protect them from destruction. Some say Flynn’s a madman, others whisper about conspiracies. Nobody knows the truth. A year before that, Tarver Merendsen and Lilac LaRoux were rescued from a terrible shipwreck—now, they live a public life in front of the cameras, and a secret life away from the world’s gaze.

Now, in the center of the universe on the planet of Corinth, all four are about to collide with two new players, who will bring the fight against LaRoux Industries to a head. Gideon Marchant is an eighteen-year-old computer hacker—a whiz kid and an urban warrior. He’ll climb, abseil and worm his way past the best security measures to pull off onsite hacks that others don’t dare touch.

Sofia Quinn has a killer smile, and by the time you’re done noticing it, she’s got you offering up your wallet, your car, and anything else she desires. She holds LaRoux Industries responsible for the mysterious death of her father and is out for revenge at any cost.

When a LaRoux Industries security breach interrupts Gideon and Sofia’s separate attempts to infiltrate their headquarters, they’re forced to work together to escape. Each of them has their own reason for wanting to take down LaRoux Industries, and neither trusts the other. But working together might be the best chance they have to expose the secrets LRI is so desperate to hide.”

I want this book to come out so bad, and I don’t know if I can wait another month for it!!!

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“The Rose and the Dagger” by Renée Ahdieh

Release date: May 3rd, 2016.

Goodreads summary:

“I am surrounded on all sides by a desert. A guest, in a prison of sand and sun. My family is here. And I do not know whom I can trust.

In a land on the brink of war, Shahrzad has been torn from the love of her husband Khalid, the Caliph of Khorasan. She once believed him a monster, but his secrets revealed a man tormented by guilt and a powerful curse—one that might keep them apart forever. Reunited with her family, who have taken refuge with enemies of Khalid, and Tariq, her childhood sweetheart, she should be happy. But Tariq now commands forces set on destroying Khalid’s empire. Shahrzad is almost a prisoner caught between loyalties to people she loves. But she refuses to be a pawn and devises a plan.

While her father, Jahandar, continues to play with magical forces he doesn’t yet understand, Shahrzad tries to uncover powers that may lie dormant within her. With the help of a tattered old carpet and a tempestuous but sage young man, Shahrzad will attempt to break the curse and reunite with her one true love.”

Don’t even get me started on how much I need this book!!! *hyperventilates*

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“The Winner’s Kiss” by Marie Rutkoski

Release date: March 1st, 2016.

Goodreads summary:

“War has begun. Arin is in the thick of it, with the East as his ally and the empire as his enemy. He’s finally managed to dismiss the memory of Kestrel, even if he can’t quite forget her. Kestrel turned into someone he could no longer recognize: someone who cared more for the empire than for the lives of innocent people—and certainly more than she cared for him. At least, that’s what he thinks.

But far north lies a work camp where Kestrel is a prisoner. Can she manage to escape before she loses herself? As the war intensifies, both Kestrel and Arin discover unexpected roles in battle, terrible secrets, and a fragile hope. The world is changing. The East is pitted against the West, and Kestrel and Arin are caught between. In a game like this, can anybody really win?”

This is another one to not get me started on with how much I want it. Why must March be so far away?????? *weeps*

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“Walk the Edge” by Katie McGarry

Release date: March 29th, 2016.

Goodreads summary:

“One moment of recklessness will change their worlds

Smart. Responsible. That’s seventeen-year-old Breanna’s role in her large family, and heaven forbid she put a toe out of line. Until one night of shockingly un-Breanna-like behavior puts her into a vicious cyber-bully’s line of fire—and brings fellow senior Thomas “Razor” Turner into her life.

Razor lives for the Reign of Terror motorcycle club, and good girls like Breanna just don’t belong. But when he learns she’s being blackmailed over a compromising picture of the two of them—a picture that turns one unexpected and beautiful moment into ugliness—he knows it’s time to step outside the rules.

And so they make a pact: he’ll help her track down her blackmailer, and in return she’ll help him seek answers to the mystery that’s haunted him—one that not even his club brothers have been willing to discuss. But the more time they spend together, the more their feelings grow. And suddenly they’re both walking the edge of discovering who they really are, what they want, and where they’re going from here.”

Uhhhh, can I please have this book, like, now?

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“My lady Jane” by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows.

Release date: June 7th, 2016

Goodreads summary:

“For fans of The Princess Bride comes the comical, fantastical, romantical, (not) entirely true story of Lady Jane Grey.

Lady Jane Grey, sixteen, is about to be married to a total stranger—and caught up in an insidious plot to rob her cousin, King Edward, of his throne. But that’s the least of Jane’s problems. She’s about to become Queen of England. Like that could go wrong.”

“My Lady Jane” sounds really fun, and I love that they are comparing it to “The Princess Bride”! I am definitely looking forward to it!

I guess the theme of this post is that I REALLY want a time machine so I can go forward in time so I can read my most anticipated books without having to wait for them. *sighs* But maybe it’s all the waiting that makes them so sweet when you get your hands on a copy? I still want a time machine, but I do see the benefits of being patient…

Thanks so much for visiting me this Friday! Have a good weekend!

#FanArtFriday Round 4!

Ashley Townsend

What’s this? Fan Art Friday on a Friday?!!!! Imagine that. ^_~ So this is the last Friday of Chasing Shadows‘ birth month, where we celebrated a year of reading by giving away copies of Chasing Shadows, swag, gift cards, plenty of fan art, and also new pieces of art created for Defying Shadows that I released every week. This next piece of art was designed specifically to torture you guys, but I have a couple things to cover before I get into the gorgeousness that has been created for the final “official” Fan Art Friday. But fret not, dear Hooders! There will be more agony and tempting teasers to come, especially since four Fridays of fan art is certainly not enough for my liking. 😉

The winners of the Chasing Shadows 1-Year Celebration all received their packages–yay!–and posted pics of their prizes on Twitter. I hope you…

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#FanArtFriday … Well, Sort Of

Ashley Townsend

So because I live in a fantasy world Monday-Sunday during all of my waking and sleeping hours, I may or may not have forgotten that yesterday was Friday—hence, Fan Art Friday on a Saturday. Umm, yeah. I spent all day writing/rewriting/perpetually adding extra lines to an intense, time travel-heavy scene and got a teensy bit caught up in the awesomeness of it all. 

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So, now that the distraction has passed—that is, until I start writing again as soon as we’re finished here—brace yourselves for some slightly spoily fan art that is, let’s face it, drool worthy. 

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I know, right?!!! 0.0 And I’m working with this artist on the cover design concept for Defying Shadows next week, so I am ridiculously excited to get started on that. *excited clapping*

And in case you’re wondering, the winners of the Chasing Shadows Celebration were all notified via social media last weekend, and their packages mailed…

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Fangirl Friday #12…Bookish Goodies!

Not to much has happened for me in the book realm this past week since school has been keeping me quite busy; I wish that I could read a book instead of working on school, but alas, it is not to be! *sigh* Despite there not being able to read as much as I want to, I was pleasantly surprised by some fantastic pre-oder and giveaway goodies that came in the mail this past week!

My first goody haul was a map and signed bookplate from Macmillan for pre-ordering a copy of “Six of Crows” by Leigh Bardugo, and I immediately went on a cleaning spree so I could display this amazing map properly!

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And tonight I finally got around to putting the bookplate into my copy of “Six of Crows,” so that was really cool!

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The last little fun goody I was super excited over this Fangirl Friday was a book from HarperCollins that I had won in a goodreads giveaway. It was really exciting to win it, and I did not think it would come so soon!IMG_0122

Yeah, I could get used to receiving book mail from HarperCollins on a regular basis.

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Hope you had a great friday, and thanks for visiting my blog today!

Legacy of Kings by Eleanor Herman Giveaway!

I wanted to start this week off with something fun, so I have a giveaway for you to enter! I am giving away one hardcover copy of “Legacy of Kings” by Eleanor Herman and a signed bookplate to one lucky winner! This giveaway starts on October 19th (12:00 am Pacific) and ends on November 16th (12:00 am Pacific).

The Rules:

  • Fill out the rafflecopter I’ve given you the link to.
  • You can comment and tweet more than once for extra entries.
  • Complete your entries correctly because I will double check to make sure you did them.
  • You probably already know this, but no cheating, please!
  • Have a continental United States address.

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Disclaimer:

I will double check rafflecopter entries of the winner, and then I will send them an email/tweet that they have won. If they do not reply within 72 hours with their info, I will have to choose another winner. Once the package is sent, I am no longer liable for any lost or damaged item(s), and I will make sure to safely get rid of their personal information.

Thanks so much for visiting my blog and good luck!

Fangirl Friday #11…Yes, I Am a Kiera Cass Fan

I’m sure you already know this, but I’m here today to tell you that I’m kind of a Kiera Cass addict. I don’t know what it is, but ever since reading “The Selection,” Kiera has become one of my most favorite “fluff” authors. There must have been something about that time in my life and the story and characters of “The Selection,” because I cannot seem to get this series out of my heart, and despite how much I have changed as a person since this series began and my sister shared “The Selection” with me, I still find solace and a little slice of perfection within the first book’s pages. I am also still in love with the Maxon from “The Selection” despite the torment and betrayal he caused me during “The Elite” era (dang you bachelor syndrome!!!). Though quite a few years have passed, I still greatly enjoy Kiera’s book and I always get excited when something “The Selection” related is announced, and just this last Tuesday Kiera Cass’s “Happily Ever After” was released!

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“Happily Every After” is all of “The Selection” novellas wrapped up into one gloriously designed hardback book that includes some exclusive content not released before now! The book is stunning with its gorgeous purple cover, and the back, instead of being a photograph, is a drawing of Queen Amberly in a beautiful purple ball gown that is positively drool worthy. I took a picture of my copy’s back cover so you could see just how stunning it is!

IMG_0117The entire book, though, is actually a piece of artwork in itself with its map of Illéa and the other drawings for each of Kiera’s novellas. I honestly cannot handle how perfectly perfect the back cover, map, and other drawings are! I am also super excited about “Happily Ever After” because it has an excerpt of Kiera Cass’s revised edition of “The Siren” in it. I didn’t ever get a chance to read “The Siren” before HarperTeen picked it up for Kiera, so I am excited for its release in January! Oh, look, another stunning cover!

kiera cass the siren bookOkay, so the last little tidbit of book news concerning Kiera Cass is that her fifth and final novel in “The Selection” series is called “The Crown.”

fangirl eb4cdb561490c242b65c3b78683b378fI didn’t like “The Heir” as much as her other “The Selection” books, but I am still very excited to see how Kiera decides to end her series. I’m hoping that Eadlyn’s happily ever after is with Kile, but I’m not so sure that my dream will come true…

Now, tell me, are you also a huge Kiera fan?

Thanks so much for joining me on Fangirl Friday, and I hope you have a great weekend!