Monday, November 28, 2016

I made a book tree and so can you!

As you may already know I recently moved from Tacoma, Washington to Boise, Idaho for a new job as a law librarian! I absolutely love my new job (and plan on doing a post about it). The only downside of moving is that I lost almost all of my shelf space and most of my books are still packed. 

Not seeing the covers, and being able to have ready access to my packed books, really bummed me out. So, since it is the holiday season I decided to try making a book tree with all of my packed books.

To start I watched a couple of youtube videos, which weren't very helpful and from there I decided to wing it. Below, I've added some images to guide you 
Step 1: Make a circle
Yes, it's that simple. I made sure that all of the books touched corners so that my base would be sturdy. I also used hardback books here rather than paperbacks for this section.

Step 2: Keep building
Make sure to keep the edges of your books touching and progress inwardly with each row of books you add so that it gives the "tree" effect.

Bonus: My cat Marco wanted in on the action.
Step 3: Add something for structure/sturdiness. 
I'm not builder but I could definitely tell by 7 rows in that my book tree wasn't going to be structurally sound. So I grabbed a box, put it in the middle and kept building around it. 

Step 4: Determine the height you want
 I originally planned on making my book tree as high as a moving box, crock pot box, and toaster box...but that was a little too tall. I could already tell it wasn't going to turn out well after only a few rows so I decided to just go with the moving box/toaster box combination. I know, very scientific measurements. 

It was also at this point that I switched from hardbacks to paperbacks to fill in my tree.
  
Step 5: Fill in with rows of books until desired height. 
The last couple rows are just stacks of two books each. 

Step 6: Add lights and a tree topper to complete the look
I added a Hello Kitty bank that I had on a shelf and Christmas lights I got at an after Christmas sale last year. It all came together really nicely though. I'm in love with my first ever book tree!

  

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Netgalley & Edelweiss Reading Challenge - November Link Up


Welcome to the November Review Link Up for the 2016 Netgalley & Edelweiss Reading Challenge. Before linking your reviews make sure you are signed up for the challenge here.
  • When submitting a review please do it in this format: Title of Reviewed Book (Name of Blog). Author names are not necessary. 
  • This link up will be open until November 30th.
  • If you have and questions feel free to ask in the comments, email Emisbookblog@aol.com, or tweet me @FallingForYA
November Link Up

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Blog Tour: All Her Secrets by Kate Avery Ellison + Giveaway


All Her Secrets
Author: Kate Avery Ellison
Publisher:
Publication Date:

Synopsis:
Nothing is as it seems in this psychological YA thriller set in a not-too-distant future.

A GIRL WITH SECRETS

Eighteen-year-old Victoria, the daughter of inventor and visionary-genius Bill Faraday, was almost murdered by a stranger four years ago. She's been trying to forget the incident ever since.

When Victoria discovers something that might explain why she was brutally attacked, she heads home from college to uncover the truth. Then, she’s kidnapped. \

A GUY FROM THE WRONG SIDE OF THE TRACKS

Sam’s just a poor kid from Toivo, an experimental utopia gone wrong, but he knows who Victoria is as soon as his cousin Craig drags her from the trees. He doesn’t want anything to do with what appears to be a revenge kidnapping, but Craig has a gun and needs someone to take the fall if things go wrong.


A DESPERATE PLAN TO SURVIVE

Craig and his buddies imprison Sam and Victoria in an abandoned mountain cabin to await ransom. Putting aside mistrust for tentative friendship, Victoria and Sam conspire to escape together, and the close quarters ignite a startling attraction between them. Then they discover strange tunnels beneath the cabin. And what they find inside the tunnels proves more bizarre.

With a plan in place to escape, freedom seems within reach. But Sam and Victoria are both keeping secrets about their past.


Excerpt
You’re never prepared for the sound of someone breaking down your front door.

The wood splinters, the sound like a bone snapping. The doorknob hits the wall. My adrenaline is a gunshot to my chest.

BAM.

For a moment, I am perfectly still, the frog in the flashlight beam. My book falls onto the covers with a muffled thump. My hands are shaking and my vision is blurry. I can’t breathe right. This doesn’t feel real, but I know it is.

We have a security system, state of the art, but it doesn’t go off. Why doesn’t it go off?

More splintering sounds, a loud thud, a slam. Footsteps.

I hear voices.

I run toward the window. It doesn’t have a latch. It isn’t supposed to open. Of course not. I hit it with the heels of my hands, but I know the glass won’t break, because it is bulletproof.

They had to have heard that. I have to get out of here now.

I kick the glass so hard I fall back on the bed. When I push myself up, somebody’s in the doorway.

Everything slows down and becomes painfully distinct.

He’s not tall, but he’s muscled, with a blunt, square face. The dark shape of him in my doorway is foreign and wrong, like a spider in the shower. He’s blocking the hall, and behind him, I barely hear the shatter of things falling in the kitchen over the roaring of blood in my ears.

He’s looking at me, and I’m looking at him. My mind jumps ahead to what is going to happen next, but then I stop thinking about that because I’m not going to give up yet. The feeling surges inside me, a wave of fierce and terrible protest.

He yells something to someone in another room, but I can’t understand him. My brain has stopped processing language. Instead, I’m seeing the room around me. The exits. There’s no door out except the one he’s standing in. I can’t run through the walls.

I’m trapped.

The world slows down. Time feels like cement, and every eye blink takes a thousand years. I reach behind me and grab anything I can reach—a hairbrush. It’s the most worthless weapon in the world, but I clutch it to my chest like it’s a knife. I’m thinking, WHERE IS MY CELL PHONE?

I can’t breathe.

A girl steps into the doorway beside the guy. She has dark brown hair and a flawlessly beautiful face, but her smile is angry. A toboggan hat is pulled down almost to her eyebrows, and she’s wearing slouchy torn jeans. She’s chewing gum, and she blows a bright pink bubble as she points at me. Her fingernails are painted sky blue.

They come around the bed. I back up to the wall. My heart slams against my ribs.

Fight, flight, or freeze. Those are my options. I can’t flee, so fight or freeze?

I pick fight.

About the Author
Kate Avery Ellison decided she wanted to be an author when she was five years old, and with hard work, determination, and the support of loved ones along the way, her dreams of telling stories for a living came true in 2011 with her first novel, The Curse Girl, and continued with her Amazon bestselling series The Frost Chronicles and numerous other fantasy and science fiction novels. She loves putting a dash of mystery in everything she writes, an ode to her childhood spent reading Nancy Drew, Agatha Christie, and Sherlock Holmes, and she can’t resist adding a good twist in the story wherever she can. 

Kate wishes she could live in a place where it’s always October, but until that’s possible, she makes her home in humid Atlanta with her husband, son, and two spoiled cats. When she isn’t dreaming up her next novel or holed up writing it down, Kate can be found binging her favorite shows on Netflix, reading on her Kindle, building intricate train track configurations with her toddler, and playing board games with her husband and friends. 


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Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Blog Tour: Redemption by Anne Osterlund

Redemption
Author: Anne Osterlund
Series: Aurelia #3
Publication Date: October 17, 2016

Synopsis:
The conclusion of Aurelia & Robert’s trilogy.
AURELIA, former crown princess of Tyralt, has cobbled together a new life in exile with ROBERT, the young countryman who loves her. In the Outer Realms, they have found safety, but their homeland has not. Tyralt is under attack. When a friend from the past arrives to persuade Aurelia to rescue her country, she and Robert must weigh the hopes of a kingdom against their own failures, nightmares, and self-doubt. Because both Aurelia and Robert know that if they make the wrong choice, with the freedom of an entire nation at stake, they may not find redemption.
Aurelia’s Top Ten Challenges for Headstrong Characters
1. Assassins. When you have a mind of your own, people seem to want to kill you.

2. Vultures. AKA unwanted suitors with lots of power and very little hair.

3. Sisters. Always a challenge, whether one is headstrong or not. But Aurelia’s sister definitely belongs on this list.

4. Stepmothers. Like we haven’t all read enough fairy tales to know this. And I admit that Aurelia’s stepmother bears an unfortunate resemblance to the fairy tale stereotype. Aurelia would really prefer that her stepmother did not. But that’s just not the way life turned out.

5. Cowardice.

6. Heights. Yeah, I know. The fear of heights has been done. But you can’t help what you are afraid of. And if you had to climb the Gate or watch the young man you love traverse an extremely deep trench, you might very well find yourself afraid of heights as well.

7. Fear. Now this is the real deal. Being afraid to tell others when you are afraid, that can get you into a lot of trouble. Aurelia knows.

8. Doubt. Doubt is a double-edged sword. Admit it and people might fail to follow you. Deny it, and you may not deserve to be followed.

9. Leadership. How can one ever deserve to lead? To know enough to speak for others? When one can’t even be certain what is right for oneself?

10. Love. Let’s face it. Headstrong young women raised as crown princesses are pretty much raised to deal with everything else.


About the Author
Anne Osterlund grew up in the sunshine of Eastern Oregon and graduated from Whitworth College. She lives in a cute little yellow house with her best feline friend, Simba, and her own library of young adult books. She enjoys immersing her students in language, literature, and imagination. Anne has written five novels: Aurelia, Exile, Redemption, Academy 7, and Salvation. She has dreams of many more in the future. Unveil the intrigue on her website. www.anneosterlund.com

Monday, October 24, 2016

15 Days Until Heartless by Marissa Meyer!


Heartless 
Author: Marissa Meyer
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Publication Date: November 8, 2016

Synopsis:
Long before she was the terror of Wonderland — the infamous Queen of Hearts — she was just a girl who wanted to fall in love.
Catherine may be one of the most desired girls in Wonderland, and a favorite of the yet-unmarried King of Hearts, but her interests lie elsewhere. A talented baker, all she wants is to open a shop with her best friend and supply the Kingdom of Hearts with delectable pastries and confections. But according to her mother, such a goal is unthinkable for the young woman who could be the next Queen.
At a royal ball where Cath is expected to receive the king's marriage proposal, she meets Jest, the handsome and mysterious court joker. For the first time, she feels the pull of true attraction. At the risk of offending the King and infuriating her parents, she and Jest enter into an intense, secret courtship.
Cath is determined to define her own destiny and fall in love on her terms. But in a land thriving with magic, madness, and monsters, fate has other plans.


Make sure to visit your favorite e-book retailer to download the first four chapters NOW!
About the Author
Marissa Meyer is the New York Times-bestselling author of The Lunar Chronicles. She lives in Tacoma, Washington. She’s a fan of most things geeky (Sailor Moon, Firefly, any occasion that requires a costume), and has been in love with fairy tales since she was a child. She may or may not be a cyborg.

Friday, October 7, 2016

Arcana Rising by Kresley Cole

Arcana Rising
Author: Kresley Cole
Series: Arcana Chronicles #4
Publisher: Valkyrie Press
Publication Date: August 15, 2016
Goodreads

Review:

This series has been my guilty pleasure for so long. I eagerly await each installment even though the last two books haven't progressed the plot at all. I really don't have a reason for loving it...it's not good. I like it though and I'm going to be reading this series until the bitter end (which is hopefully next book).

The majority of this book revolved around the love triangle between Jack- Evie-Death. After the Emperor attacked at the end of last novel Evie believed Jack was dead. She tries to find a way to bring him back but when that fails she returns to Death's door. I'll allay your fears right now with a spoiler that will come as no surprise, Jack isn't dead. Chapters in Arcana Rising alternate between Jack and Evies perspective.

You know what bothers me the most about this love triangle? Evie can't just pick. There is so much inner monologue that I felt like I was drowning in her thoughts. I am solidly team Death. He's the better choice. So much better. But after listening to Evie I'm starting to feel like Death can do better. Evie has become a more well rounded character since the first novel but she still acts like a flippant teen when it comes to her personal relationships. I'd like to see her grow up in this respect next novel.

The premise of this story is still really interesting to me. I love the idea of a big battle played out over time with real people representing the Arcana. I wish there had been more of that in this novel. Arcana Rising was a fairly short novel and in that time we barely got any fighting. It was all love triangle, no action.

Overall, Arcana Rising wasn't my favorite installment in this series. It didn't have nearly enough action and Evie's inner thoughts were suffocating but I'm somehow still looking forward to the next book? Call me a sucker but this is still my guilty pleasure and I will definitely be reading the finale. Even if I'm afraid this series is taking a turn for Twilight #4: Breaking Dawn.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Fall Favorite Things Blog Tour: Gilt Hollow



Gilt Hollow
Author: Lori Langdon
Publisher: Blink
Publication Date: September 27, 2016

Synopsis

Willow Lamott’s best friend is a murderer, and no one in the small town of Gilt Hollow will let her forget it. For four long years, she’s tried to fade into the background—but none of that matters when Ashton Keller comes striding into school, fresh out of juvie and fueled by revenge. The moment their eyes meet, Willow no longer feels invisible. Drawn to the vulnerability behind Ashton’s mask of rage, she sinks deeper into his sinister world and begins to question whether he’s a villain, a savior, or both.Ashton thought he wanted vengeance, until Willow reminded him what he’d been missing. Now he longs to clear his name and become the person she sees in him. But the closer they get to uncovering the truth, the darker the secrets become, and Ashton fears his return to Gilt Hollow will destroy everyone he loves, especially the girl he left behind.
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Lori's Fall Favorite Thing
Lorie’s Fall Favorite Thing: Urban Outfitters. Not only does fall officially mean the reemergence of Pumpkin Spice Lattes, but it also means that it is socially acceptable to wear sweaters, scarves and beanies again (woo!). Of course, we will all need a massive shopping trip to restock on all of these fall necessities. Luckily, Lorie is here to help!
About the Author
Lorie Langdon is co-author of DOON, a YA reimagining of the musical Brigadoon, available now from Blink/Harper Collins! www.doonseries.com

A few years ago, she left her thriving corporate career to satisfy the voices in her head. Now as a full-time author and stay-at-home mom, she spends her summers editing poolside while dodging automatic water-gun fire, and the rest of the year tucked into her cozy office, Havanese puppy by her side, working to translate her effusive imagination into the written word.

Monday, October 3, 2016

Books I Can't Wait to Read this Fall


Fall is by far my favorite time of year. The leaves are changing color, the air is getting cooler, I get to wear pea coats again. And, as F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote in The Great Gatsby,

My other favorite thing about this season is that I always end up reading more! There is something about cool days and warm beverages that make me want to start reading. That's why today I wanted to share 10 books that are on my Fall to-be-read list!

1 Blood for Blood by Ryan Graudin
I traded for this ARC a while ago and I keep putting off reading it. I think it's because I'm afraid of how it will end. BUT with the release day coming up I HAVE TO READ IT!!

2 The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater
Yeah, I still haven't finished the series. So sue me. I'm gonna get to it this fall.

3 The Monster on the Road is Me by J.P. Romney
Japanese mythology! Murders! Oh my!

4 Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman
I have heard only good things about this book. I've been reading a lot of Gaiman's shorter work this year and can't wait to give this a go.

5 Salt & Storm by Kendall Kulper
My wedding in April is a nautical theme so this cover really speaks to me.

6 Another Little Piece by Kate Karyus Quinn
The synopsis starts off, "On a cool autumn night..."

6 Another Little Piece by Kate Karyus Quinn
The synopsis starts off, "On a cool autumn night..."

7 Scythe by Neal Schusterman
I'm actually already reading this!

8 Fiendish by Brenna Yovanoff 
That cover is so eerie! Perfect for an October read.

9 Acid by Emma Pass
This has been on my TBR for SO LONG. I wanted this book

10 Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo
I really loved the audiobook of Six of Crows so I think I'll try and listen to the audio of Crooked Kingdom too.


Saturday, October 1, 2016

Netgalley & Edelweiss Reading Challenge - October Link Up


Welcome to the October Review Link Up for the 2016 Netgalley & Edelweiss Reading Challenge. Before linking your reviews make sure you are signed up for the challenge here.
  • When submitting a review please do it in this format: Title of Reviewed Book (Name of Blog). Author names are not necessary. 
  • This link up will be open until October 31st.
  • If you have and questions feel free to ask in the comments, email Emisbookblog@aol.com, or tweet me @FallingForYA
October Link Up

Friday, September 30, 2016

Fall Favorite Things Blog Tour: Three Dark Crowns




Three Dark Crowns
Author: Kendare Blake
Publisher: HarperTeen
Publication Date:

Synopsis:
Every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions.
But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. And it’s not just a game of win or lose…it’s life or death. The night the sisters turn sixteen, the battle begins. The last queen standing gets the crown.
If only it was that simple. Katharine is unable to tolerate the weakest poison, and Arsinoe, no matter how hard she tries, can’t make even a weed grow. The two queens have been shamefully faking their powers, taking care to keep each other, the island, and their powerful sister Mirabella none the wiser. But with alliances being formed, betrayals taking shape, and ruthless revenge haunting the queens’ every move, one thing is certain: the last queen standing might not be the strongest…but she may be the darkest.


Kendare's Favorite Fall Thing
What’s more badass than three sisters with cool magical powers fighting for the throne? I’ll tell you what: Kendare’s fall favorite thing. You may be thinking, it’s just a necklace. Doesn’t really seem badass…Well this is actually the most badass necklace ever because not only does it match the cover of the book (more bookstagrams!), but it is also handmade by an inner city high school student. And the profits from all of the products sold go toward funding that students college education. Pretty badass, am I right? Feel free to check out more of their stuff: The Shine Project.

About the Author 
Kendare Blake holds an MA in creative writing from Middlesex University in northern London. She is the author of Anna Dressed in Blood, a Cybils Award finalist; Girl of Nightmares; Antigoddess; Mortal Gods; and Ungodly. Her books have been translated into 18 languages, have been featured on multiple best-of-year lists, and have received many regional and librarian awards. Kendare lives and writes in Kent, Washington. Visit her online at www.kendareblake.com or on Twitter @KendareBlake.