Review: Rebel Sands

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Title: Rebel of the Sands

Author: Alwyn Hamilton

Series: Rebel of the Sands

Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers

Publish Date: March 8th, 2016

Genres: Young Adult, Magic, Fantasy, Adventure, Romance

She’s more gunpowder than girl—and the fate of the desert lies in her hands.

Mortals rule the desert nation of Miraji, but mystical beasts still roam the wild and barren wastes, and rumor has it that somewhere, djinni still practice their magic. But there’s nothing mystical or magical about Dustwalk, the dead-end town that Amani can’t wait to escape from.

Destined to wind up “wed or dead,” Amani’s counting on her sharpshooting skills to get her out of Dustwalk. When she meets Jin, a mysterious and devastatingly handsome foreigner, in a shooting contest, she figures he’s the perfect escape route. But in all her years spent dreaming of leaving home, she never imagined she’d gallop away on a mythical horse, fleeing the murderous Sultan’s army, with a fugitive who’s wanted for treason. And she’d never have predicted she’d fall in love with him… or that he’d help her unlock the powerful truth of who she really is.

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Marching Season & Guest Posts

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Hi guys!

Long time, no see. Marching band season has come to a conclusion, which was more than a little bittersweet considering this was my last season with my band. If any of our readers out there have ever partaken in the madhouse that is marching band, you understand why I vanished.

We had a fairly good season. By which I mean percussion (the love of my life) got 1st place in our division for every competition, and the band won grand champion 3 times and got 2nd place twice. So what’s next? For me, indoor percussion. Luckily for me, it is always on weekends, so I have time to review!

Olivia is very busy with adapting to her college life currently, so I’m gonna go ahead and try to post all the content by myself hehe. While I get this site up and running again, I will be open to accepting guest posts. Shoot me an email at brewingupbooks@gmail.com to discuss if you are interested!

While I catch up on reading the first week or so will mainly be book related posts, and you will start seeing reviews around the second week.

Since I’ve been out of the loop for awhile, anyone want to send me any book recommendations? What are some rant-worthy, stay up till 3 am, attention-stealing books you have come across lately?

I missed you all and am happy to be back!

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Kenzie

I’m in love with reading, and have been since I was able to hold a book. But when I’m not reading, I’m working hard towards my other passion: Music. I play in all ensembles my school offers, and some outside of that. I’m a junior in high school, and I aspire to be a performing musician one day.

I usually stay with YA, but I’ve been known to venture into some odd areas as well. I also sometimes read younger than my level because of my middle school sibling.

Review: Even When You Lie to Me

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Title: Even When You Lie to Me

Author: Jessica Alcott

Series: N/A

Publisher: Crown Books for Young Readers

Publish Date: June 9th, 2015

Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance,

Fans of John Green’s Looking for Alaska as well as Lauren Oliver and Sarah Dessen will embrace this provocative debut novel, an exploration of taboo love set against the backdrop of a suburban high school.

Charlie, a senior, isn’t looking forward to her last year of high school. Another year of living in the shadow of her best friend, Lila. Another year of hiding behind the covers of her favorite novels. Another year of navigating her tense relationship with her perfectionist mom.

But everything changes when she meets her new English teacher. Mr. Drummond is smart. Irreverent. Funny. Hot. Everyone loves him. And Charlie thinks he’s the only one who gets her.

She also thinks she might not be the only one with a crush.

In this stunning debut, Jessica Alcott explores relationships-and their boundaries-in a way that is both searingly honest and sympathetic.

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Review: I’ll Give You the Sun

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20820994Title:
 I’ll Give You the Sun

Author: Jandy Nelson

Series: N/A

Publisher: Dial Books

Publish Date: September 16th, 2014

Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance, LGBT themes

A brilliant, luminous story of first love, family, loss, and betrayal for fans of John Green, David Levithan, and Rainbow Rowell

Jude and her twin brother, Noah, are incredibly close. At thirteen, isolated Noah draws constantly and is falling in love with the charismatic boy next door, while daredevil Jude cliff-dives and wears red-red lipstick and does the talking for both of them. But three years later, Jude and Noah are barely speaking. Something has happened to wreck the twins in different and dramatic ways . . until Jude meets a cocky, broken, beautiful boy, as well as someone else—an even more unpredictable new force in her life. The early years are Noah’s story to tell. The later years are Jude’s. What the twins don’t realize is that they each have only half the story, and if they could just find their way back to one another, they’d have a chance to remake their world.

This radiant novel from the acclaimed, award-winning author ofThe Sky Is Everywhere will leave you breathless and teary and laughing—often all at once

 

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Review: Dreamology

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23466626Title:
 Dreamology

Author: Lucy Keating

Series: N/A

Publisher: Harper Teen

Publish Date: April 12th, 2016

Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Contemporary, Romance

For as long as Alice can remember, she has dreamed of Max. Together they have traveled the world and fallen deliriously, hopelessly in love. Max is the boy of her dreams—and only her dreams. Because he doesn’t exist.

But when Alice walks into class on her first day at a new school, there he is. It turns out, though, that Real Max is nothing like Dream Max, and getting to know each other in reality isn’t as perfect as Alice always hoped.

When their dreams start to bleed dangerously into their waking hours, the pair realize that they might have to put an end to a lifetime of dreaming about each other. But when you fall in love in your dreams, can reality ever be enough?

 

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Book Crafts: Bookmarks!

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So a few weeks ago, I posted a random Top Ten Tuesday about objects we use as bookmarks. If you missed the post, check it out here. A lot of you agreed with me that in times of dire distress, we often use whatever is lying around in lieu of an actual bookmark. However, I happen to be a rather crafty person when the need arises, and after visiting a book convention in Charleston last November and gaining many book related bookmarks (I wasn’t even very aware they made things like that!), I decided to search for some way to make bookmarks.

So here are some of my favorite bookmark methods/templates!

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Review: The Crown’s Game

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26156203Title: The Crown’s Game

Author: Evelyn Skye

Series: The Crown’s Game Series

Publisher: Balzer + Bray

Publish Date: May 17th, 2016

Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Magic, Romance, Historical Fiction

Vika Andreyeva can summon the snow and turn ash into gold. Nikolai Karimov can see through walls and conjure bridges out of thin air. They are enchanters—the only two in Russia—and with the Ottoman Empire and the Kazakhs threatening, the Tsar needs a powerful enchanter by his side.

And so he initiates the Crown’s Game, an ancient duel of magical skill—the greatest test an enchanter will ever know. The victor becomes the Imperial Enchanter and the Tsar’s most respected adviser. The defeated is sentenced to death.

Raised on tiny Ovchinin Island her whole life, Vika is eager for the chance to show off her talent in the grand capital of Saint Petersburg. But can she kill another enchanter—even when his magic calls to her like nothing else ever has?

For Nikolai, an orphan, the Crown’s Game is the chance of a lifetime. But his deadly opponent is a force to be reckoned with—beautiful, whip smart, imaginative—and he can’t stop thinking about her.

And when Pasha, Nikolai’s best friend and heir to the throne, also starts to fall for the mysterious enchantress, Nikolai must defeat the girl they both love… or be killed himself.

As long-buried secrets emerge, threatening the future of the empire, it becomes dangerously clear… the Crown’s Game is not one to lose.

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I have returned!

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Hi everyone!

So, I know I have been gone awhile (again) and I sincerely apologize. I was attending a 3 week long music camp near me and was so busy working on that I had very little time to read, let alone post. I am back though, and my summer is free, so you will be getting more updates and reviews 🙂

I have a few cool blog posts planned, and I wanted to know what everyone here would think about DIY book related posts? Everything from make your own bookmarks and templates to fun little crafts inspired by your favorite books. Confession: I love crafts. I really do.

Anyways, keep checking for reviews, posts, and more!

I am happy to be back!

Review: The Last Time We Were Us

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26116496Title:
 The Last Time We Were Us

Author: Leah Konen

Series: N/A

Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books

Publish Date: May 10th, 2016

Genres: Young Adult, Fiction, Romance, Contemporary

Liz Grant is about to have the summer of her life. She and her friend MacKenzie are getting invited to all the best parties, and with any luck, Innis Taylor, the most gorgeous guy in Bonneville, will be her boyfriend before the Fourth of July.

Local teen convict released early.

Jason Sullivan wasn’t supposed to come back from juvie. A million years ago, he was her best friend, but that was before he ditched her for a different crowd. Before he attacked Innis’s older brother, leaving Skip’s face burned and their town in shock.

“Everything is not what you think.”

Liz always found it hard to believe what they said about Jason, but all of Bonneville thinks he’s dangerous. If word gets out she’s seeing him, she could lose everything. But what if there’s more to that horrible night than she knows? And how many more people will get hurt when the truth finally comes out?

“You’re the one person who believes in me.”

Leah Konen’s southern romance swelters with passion as it explores the devastating crush of lies, the delicate balance of power and perception, and one girl’s journey to find herself while uncovering the secrets of so many others.

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Waiting On Wednesday

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Waiting on Wednesday
Originally hosted over at Breaking the Spine

Hi everyone!

So I think I’m going to pick back up on this meme, as I like telling you what I’m looking forward to, and I enjoy hearing your feedback on what books you’re looking at.

So this week on my TBR Most Anticipated list is Strange the Dreamer by one of my all-time favorite authors: Laini Taylor.

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Top Ten Tuesday

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Top Ten Reasons I Love Playlists Aimed at Books

  1.  They always remind you of a certain scene that makes you squeal and make other happy noises
  2. Sometimes the authors (bless these people) make their own playlists for books, which just lets us know what mood they were trying to establish in their stories
  3. Reading while listening to music just makes it almost even more picturesque in a movie sense
  4. Helps block out really annoying people, and if the book wasn’t enough of a warning to others, the headphones really tell everyone that you do NOT want to be bugged
  5. Gives stories a lot more depth. If you can hear how you feel and know the character is feeling the same way, it connects you even more to them
  6. The music makes it a lot more difficult to hear the sound of my sobbing while reading depressing books, which is always a plus
  7. It really widens your musical horizons, and for a music lover like me it’s always enjoyable to find new music!

Those are all the ones I could come up with. Do you guys like making your own playlists for books, or just characters you ship? What are some songs that fit some books perfectly?  Let me know!

Review: The Crown

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The Crown (The Selection, #5)Title:
 The Crown

Author: Kiera Cass

Series: The Selection Series

Publisher: HarperTeen

Publish Date: May 3rd, 2016

Genres: Young Adult, Fiction, Romance

When Eadlyn became the first princess of Illéa to hold her own Selection, she didn’t think she would fall in love with any of her thirty-five suitors. She spent the first few weeks of the competition counting down the days until she could send them all home. But as events at the palace force Eadlyn even further into the spotlight, she realizes that she might not be content remaining alone.

Eadlyn still isn’t sure she’ll find the fairytale ending her parents did twenty years ago. But sometimes the heart has a way of surprising you…and soon Eadlyn must make a choice that feels more impossible—and more important—than she ever imagined.

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Review: The Heir

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The Heir (The Selection, #4)

Title: The Heir

Author: Kiera Cass

Series: The Selection Series

Publisher: HarperTeen

Publish Date: May 5th, 2015

Genres: Young Adult, Fiction, Romance

Princess Eadlyn has grown up hearing endless stories about how her mother and father met. Twenty years ago, America Singer entered the Selection and won the heart of Prince Maxon—and they lived happily ever after. Eadlyn has always found their fairy-tale story romantic, but she has no interest in trying to repeat it. If it were up to her, she’d put off marriage for as long as possible.

But a princess’s life is never entirely her own, and Eadlyn can’t escape her very own Selection—no matter how fervently she protests.

Eadlyn doesn’t expect her story to end in romance. But as the competition begins, one entry may just capture Eadlyn’s heart, showing her all the possibilities that lie in front of her . . . and proving that finding her own happily ever after isn’t as impossible as she’s always thought.

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