Most Anticipated Reads of 2016

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As 2015 draws to a close, we’re both very excited about some of the new releases that will be appearing on shelves throughout 2016.  These are a few of our top picks for the upcoming year.

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ARC Review: House of Eight Orchids

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Book Review

 


Title:
 House of Eight Orchids

Author: James Thayer

Publisher: Thomas & Mercer

Publish Date: January 5th 2016

Genres: Adventure, Historical Fiction

In 1912, John Wade and his brother, William—children of the American consul—were kidnapped off the street in Chungking, China, and raised in the house of Eunuch Chang, the city’s master criminal. Twenty-five years later, John is the eunuch’s most valuable ward, a trained assassin and swindler, and William has become a talented forger. On the brink of World War II, China is in chaos. When William betrays Eunuch Chang and escapes to central China, a place of ferocious warlords and bandits, John begins a desperate search to save his brother, while Eunuch Chang hunts them both.

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Sunday Stumper #40: Most Popular 2015 Releases

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Sunday Stumper

We’ve decided to introduce a new weekly meme here at Brewing Up Books…Sunday Stumper! Each Sunday, we’ll be posting a literary based challenge, puzzle, game, etc. that can be downloaded on a computer, tablet, or smartphone (or even printed out). The following week, we will post the correct solution to the puzzle, along with a new one. You can complete the puzzle at your leisure throughout the week, and, if you manage to finish it, you can email it to us (brewingupbooks@gmail.com) for a chance to be featured! The first person to correctly complete the puzzle and email it to us will have their blog or Goodreads account featured on our sidebar and will also be mentioned in our Sunday Stumper post the following week.

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Our Favorite Reads of 2015

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For us, 2015 was laden with countless excellent young adult and adult new releases, as well as a few older publications that we fell in love with.  With the year coming to a rapid close, we wanted to share some of our favorites reads from the past twelve months.  A few of these could come in handy for those Barnes and Noble giftcards that your family sends you throughout the holidays!

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Wouldn’t Mind Santa Leaving Under My Tree This Year

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Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

Come on guys, you didn’t really expect me to post this on time, did you? But, I can confidently say that I’ve finished my revision summaries and I also have everything prepared for Christmas, sooo I can probably sit down and write up some blog posts over the next couple of days. Hooray! But now for the books I’d love to receive for Christmas. I’m not actually getting any of these apart from one (and I may have bought some of the other for myself), but I guess you can say they’re also the books at the top of my to-buy list for 2016!

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Review: Scarlet

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Book Review8755785Title: Scarlet

Author: Marissa Meyer

Series: Lunar Chronicles

Publisher: Feiwel and Friends

Publish Date: February 5th, 2013

Genres: Young Adult, Steampunk, Romance

Cinder, the cyborg mechanic, returns in the second thrilling installment of the bestselling Lunar Chronicles. She’s trying to break out of prison—even though if she succeeds, she’ll be the Commonwealth’s most wanted fugitive.

Halfway around the world, Scarlet Benoit’s grandmother is missing. It turns out there are many things Scarlet doesn’t know about her grandmother or the grave danger she has lived in her whole life. When Scarlet encounters Wolf, a street fighter who may have information as to her grandmother’s whereabouts, she is loath to trust this stranger, but is inexplicably drawn to him, and he to her. As Scarlet and Wolf unravel one mystery, they encounter another when they meet Cinder. Now, all of them must stay one step ahead of the vicious Lunar Queen Levana, who will do anything for the handsome Prince Kai to become her husband, her king, her prisoner.

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Discussion: Parents in YA Novels

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Discussion

Regardless of my undying love for Young Adult literature, I’m still able to recognize the genre’s stereotypical flaws and pitfalls – most notably, the parents.  The parents and their relationships with their children are often portrayed in an extremely unrealistic manner.  I can guarantee that at age twelve I wasn’t praising my parents left and right or providing them with financial or relationship advice, so why does that seem to be the standard in young adult novels?

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Sunday Stumper #39: Holiday Reads

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Sunday Stumper

We’ve decided to introduce a new weekly meme here at Brewing Up Books…Sunday Stumper! Each Sunday, we’ll be posting a literary based challenge, puzzle, game, etc. that can be downloaded on a computer, tablet, or smartphone (or even printed out). The following week, we will post the correct solution to the puzzle, along with a new one. You can complete the puzzle at your leisure throughout the week, and, if you manage to finish it, you can email it to us (brewingupbooks@gmail.com) for a chance to be featured! The first person to correctly complete the puzzle and email it to us will have their blog or Goodreads account featured on our sidebar and will also be mentioned in our Sunday Stumper post the following week.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Best Books I Read In 2015

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Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

WHAT DO YOU MEAN IT’S THURSDAY TODAY??? Top Ten Thursday works as well right? I’m a busy bee!
Again, I apologise for being late once more, but I really didn’t want to miss out on this topic so I thought to hell with it and am posting this two days late. I’m sure none of you mind anyway.
I read some amaaazing books this year and I definitely want to share them!

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Rave-Worthy Recommendations (3)

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With the holiday season in full swing, many retailers are offering huge discounts and coupons, which I plan to take full advantage of!  While I’m book shopping for some of my friends’ Christmas presents, I may or may not pick up a few for myself in the process.  Hopefully I’m not alone, and this guide can provide you with a few recommendations for when you decide to treat yourself in the coming weeks.

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Blogging 101: Scheduling

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Blogging Tip#3_ Scheduling

When it comes to blogging, organization is essential, and it just so happens to go hand in hand with scheduling (I can hear the collective groans).  In the long run, however, scheduling can actually relieve stress, ensure that your blog remains active, and serve as an excellent motivator. We’ve compiled a few tips that we’ve accumulated through our personal experiences to help you set up your blogging schedule.

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Sunday Stumper #38: Fairytales

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Sunday Stumper

We’ve decided to introduce a new weekly meme here at Brewing Up Books…Sunday Stumper! Each Sunday, we’ll be posting a literary based challenge, puzzle, game, etc. that can be downloaded on a computer, tablet, or smartphone (or even printed out). The following week, we will post the correct solution to the puzzle, along with a new one. You can complete the puzzle at your leisure throughout the week, and, if you manage to finish it, you can email it to us (brewingupbooks@gmail.com) for a chance to be featured! The first person to correctly complete the puzzle and email it to us will have their blog or Goodreads account featured on our sidebar and will also be mentioned in our Sunday Stumper post the following week.

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Top Ten Tuesday: New-To-Me Favorite Authors I Read For The First Time In 2015

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Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

What did you say…? I’m a day late for this? Well, what can you do? No, I’m sorry, but on Monday morning I set off to go home to Germany from the UK for the holidays, and I travelled for a total of 24 hours, so all I could do yesterday was sleep. And today I had loads of revision to do, so I’m only getting round to doing this now. I promise it will be on time next week!

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Sunday Stumper #37: Fantasy Genre

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Sunday Stumper

We’ve decided to introduce a new weekly meme here at Brewing Up Books…Sunday Stumper! Each Sunday, we’ll be posting a literary based challenge, puzzle, game, etc. that can be downloaded on a computer, tablet, or smartphone (or even printed out). The following week, we will post the correct solution to the puzzle, along with a new one. You can complete the puzzle at your leisure throughout the week, and, if you manage to finish it, you can email it to us (brewingupbooks@gmail.com) for a chance to be featured! The first person to correctly complete the puzzle and email it to us will have their blog or Goodreads account featured on our sidebar and will also be mentioned in our Sunday Stumper post the following week.

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Rave-Worthy Recommendations (2)

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With Christmas right around the corner, my friends and family have been peppering me with questions regarding which books they should purchase for me.  Therefore, I’ve begun searching Goodreads and the internet in general for works that are similar to some of my current favorites for ideas.  If you’re finding yourself in a similar situation, hopefully these recommendations will come in handy!

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Review: The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer

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Book Review

 


8591107Title:
 The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer

Author: Michelle Hodkin

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Publish Date: September 27th 2011

Genres: YA, Paranormal

Mara Dyer doesn’t think life can get any stranger than waking up in a hospital with no memory of how she got there.
It can.

She believes there must be more to the accident she can’t remember that killed her friends and left her mysteriously unharmed.
There is.

She doesn’t believe that after everything she’s been through, she can fall in love.
She’s wrong.

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Top Ten Tuesday: 2016 Debuts

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Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

IT’S DECEMBER! AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH. This means Christmas is near (*hyperventilates*) and the new year is just around the corner. New year means loads of new books. I’ll talk about the top 5 debut novels I’m looking forward to (yes, 5, I’m sorry but I don’t really follow new/debut releases, so that’s all I’ve got).

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