Title and blurb reveal for The Metiks Fade Trilogy #2

Today I am so excited to bring you the title and blurb reveal for the second book in The Metiks Fade Trilogy by Thomas Welsh. I read the first book in the series, Anna Undreamingand absolutely loved it! If you haven’t read it already, you definitely should. So without further ado, here is the blurb and title:


 

Broken, beaten, and exiled to the Sump, Anna has battled her way back to reality, but she returns to find her friends scattered and her enemies have grown in strength and number. Though she’s learned that in the world of Dreamers, sometimes the darkness is just a different type of light, she still hasn’t found her way out. And just like in nightmares, every time she runs away, the monsters lie in wait ahead.

Anna’s only hope for survival lies with new friends and a desperate plan to walk the Moonlight Road—a ghostly passage of frozen moonlight through worlds she can never touch—straight into the arms of the most dangerous Dreamer alive.

But no one, neither friend nor enemy, is prepared for the power Anna now wields. Her flame has kindled, and when they threaten those she loves, she’ll burn them to the ground.

Anna and the Moonlight Road is book two of The Metiks Fade Trilogy.

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*Please note that this image is not the final cover. The cover will be revealed at a later date*
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Gratitude

It’s been well over a year since I started bookstgramming and a little over 6 months since I started book blogging and I just wanted to stop and take some time express my gratitude to the bookish community.

When I restarted my bookstagram (I had one back in 2015/2016 but deleted it), I never thought I would get more than 400 followers. Now I’m at 2.6K and am utterly amazed by it. So many doors have opened for because of my bookstagram and I am so grateful for it. I’ve gotten review opportunities and have participated in a bunch of Instagram tours because of it. Same thing with my blog. Having a blog made getting review requests so much more easier. I absolutely love reviewing books and promoting them, so all of this has been a dream come true!

And then of course I want to say thank you to all my wonderful bookish friends I’ve meet through all of my bookish sites. It’s phenomenal connecting with bookworms from all over the world. You guys are the best!

Once again, THANK YOU for taking the time to read this and for supporting me in all my bookish endeavors!

xoxo,

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Exclusive Excerpt: Above the Star

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Hello everyone! I am currently reading Above the Star by Alexis Marie Chute and I wanted to share with you all an exclusive excerpt from the book. But first here is the Goodreads synopsis:

When Archie goes in search of his missing son, Arden, in the Spanish Canary Islands, he stumbles upon a higher mission: to save his ailing fourteen-year-old granddaughter, Ella. Using a portal-jumping device called the Tillastrion, Archie and a strange creature, a Bangol named Zeno, are transported—along with a cruise ship full of people, including Ella and her mother, Tessa—to a magnificent yet terrifying island in another realm, a place called Jarr-Wya, where Archie hopes to locate Ella’s cure.

On Jarr-Wya, the Bangols battle the Olearons—creatures made of fire—and the evil Millia sands for control of Jarr-Wya. When Ella is captured by the Bangols, her wit and resourcefulness emerge as she fights against all odds, and against all manner of creatures, to survive. Meanwhile, Tessa, must confront her long-buried secrets, broken marriage, and a confusing new love triangle, all while navigating the mysterious island in search of her daughter. And unbeknownst to everyone, there is an even greater foe to contend with: a wicked star anchored in the sea beneath them that is poisoning the island.

An epic adventure of three unlikely heroes, Above the Star reminds us that no matter how young, or how old, our bravery transforms not only our lives but the world around us.

Sounds really good right?

To read the excerpt just click here or the above banner to read it! Above The Star is available now!

 

 

Buy me a coffee

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So I joined that “Buy me a coffee” site that I’ve seen some people use. The reason I joined is because in August I will be a first year law student and let’s be real, law school isn’t cheap (especially here in California)! Any spare money would be greatly appreciated.

If you want to buy me a coffee just click here.

Thanks for reading and for your support!

xoxo,

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Quarter year reading update

With the end of March, we’re about a quarter of the way through the year. How time flies! I’ve been reading a lot a the past three months so I wanted to give you guys a little reading update.

How many books have I read?

So far I have read 31 books, which is really good for me. I’ve never started out a year this strong.I’m currently on a gap year so that’s probably why. I don’t have schoolwork to worry about.

How have I been doing on my reading goal?

For my reading goal this year I did the same thing as last year, which was to start low and adjust as needed. I did this so that I wouldn’t be overwhelmed and pressured to read. So far for these past two years, it’s been working great! I set my goal at 30, but once I got close I upped it to 35. I’m really happy with this method.

What have I been reading?

I’ve read all 8 of Jacqueline E. Smith’s books. She is an amazing Indie author who writes the best books. I’m seriously in love with her writing. I really recommend her book, Trashy Romance Novel. I’ve also read quite a few books from other Indie authors such as Control Freakz by Michael Evans and A Cactus in the Valley by Olivia Bennett.

Additionally, I finally read The Hate U Give and it was as amazing as everyone says it is. I also finally read Lolita and damn that was a crazy book.

I’ve loved most of the books I’ve read but a few of them (particularly The Echoes of Love and What the Valley Knows) were just so-so.

25 out of the 31 books I’ve read so far have been books I won in giveaways or review copies that the author or publisher gave to me and I am so thankful for that. Having a bookstagram and a blog has opened so many doors for me and I am eternally grateful for the opportunities that have come my way.

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Some of the books I read so far this year

What’s next?

More books of course! I definitely have some books that have been sitting on my TBR shelf for too long, like Valley of the Dolls by Jacqueline Susann, that I’m hoping to read soon. I start law school in August, so that will affect my reading time. For right now, I’m trying to enjoy all this free time I have to read!


 

How are you doing this year in regards to reading? Are you on track for your goal? What have you been reading? What has been your favorite read so far? Tell me in the comments! 

xoxo,

Jessica

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I unhauled books!

I finally did it. I unhauled some books from my shelves and donated them.

I’ve been putting off doing this for a while because I am such a book hoarder. I just want to keep all my books. However, I have been running out of shelf space for a while now and my mom has been nagging me about the amount of books I own and the fact that I keep getting book mail. So it was about time I did it.

At first I thought I would be sad after I did it, but I actually feel quite happy and relieved. I’m actually smiling while I’m writing this. Once I started picking books to unhaul, it was so easy to pick more and it felt so good to declutter my shelves.

In total, I unhauled approximately 32 books. I picked books that I know I probably wouldn’t refer back to in the future. What I mean by that is I probably won’t use these books in bookstagram photos, talk about them in my blog, reread them, or reminisce with them. Just because I unhauled a book doesn’t mean that I didn’t like it, it just means that I don’t have a use for them anymore.

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All the books I unhauled

 

Have you ever unhauled books? Tell me about it in the comments! 

A bookworm’s guide to bookish social media sites

There are an abundant amount of places for bookworms to connect with others online. My guide will give you a brief overview of each one along with my personal thoughts on them. Click on the banners to be taken to each site to join and learn more!

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Goodreads

Goodreads is by far the most popular site for bookworms. It does have it fair share of problems (like the recent changes to its giveaways) but overall it is an excellent place to catalogue all your books, read reviews, discover new books, and chat with other book lovers. It is also one of the most social sites out there due to its popularity.

To friend me on Goodreads click here.

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Bookstagram

Bookstagram is the bookish section of Instagram. It’s a wonderful community filled with people from all over the world who love reading. Plus there are some gorgeous pictures of books! Since it is Instagram, it’s super easy to use. It just takes a bit of looking to find bookstagram accounts. I suggest looking up #bookstagram and starting there. You’ll quickly get the hang of it.

To follow me on Bookstagram click here.

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BookLikes

BookLikes is like the child of Tumblr and Goodreads. Its format is very similar to Tumblr, with the added ability of shelving books. They have giveaways but the selection is incredibly limited and the quality of books aren’t great. I also find that the website is super glitchy and slow. Every now and then I’ll get super frustrated with it.

To follow me on BookLikes click here.

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LibraryThing

LibraryThing is a cataloguing site like Goodreads. I mainly use it for the giveaways. Outside of that I don’t find it terribly exciting. It’s pretty much the same thing as Goodreads, so I only go on it to look at giveaways and post reviews.

To friend me on LibraryThing click here. 

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ReadFeed

ReadFeed is a cataloguing app. It’s relatively new so not very many people use it. Because of that, it’s not that interesting to use…yet. Only time will tell if this will take off.

If you want to follow me on ReadFeed, my username is @oddandbookish.

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Litsy

Listy is basically Instagram and Goodreads combined. It’s an app that is pretty much all pictures and short blurbs, and users can add books to their stacks and rate them. Their rating system is a bit different. It goes “Pick, So-So, Pan, or Bail” (no star ratings here). There is also a thing called Litfluence which is a number that goes up with every like, comment, etc. you receive. The downsides to this app is that like ReadFeed, not very many people use it. Many people create an account and abandon it shortly after. The other thing that drives me nuts is that it has a 451 character limit on posts. I always have to post a super abbreviated review on there which I really don’t like doing.

If you want to follow me on Litsy, my username is @oddandbookish.

The Bottom Line: If you’re looking for an easy place to connect with your fellow bookworms, then I suggest joining Goodreads and/or Bookstagram. The other sites are okay to join as well, but they each have their tradeoffs.

Are you on any of these sites? Which is your favorite? Let me know in the comments! 

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