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Friday, April 14, 2017

Blog Tour Spotlight: The Takedown by Corrie Wang

The Takedown by Corrie Wang
Publication Date: April 11, 2017
Publisher: Freeform
A Young Adult novel
Pages: 384
Genre: Science Fiction
Kyla Cheng doesn't expect you to like her. For the record, she doesn't need you to. On track to be valedictorian, she's president of her community club, a debate team champ, plus the yummy Mackenzie Rodriguez has firmly attached himself to her hip. She and her three high-powered best friends don't just own their senior year at their exclusive Park Slope, Brooklyn high school, they practically define the hated species Popular. Kyla's even managed to make it through high school completely unscathed.
Until someone takes issue with this arrangement.
A week before college applications are due, a video of Kyla "doing it" with her crush-worthy English teacher is uploaded to her school's website. It instantly goes viral, but here's the thing: it's not Kyla in the video. With time running out, Kyla delves into a world of hackers, haters and creepy stalkers in an attempt to do the impossible-take something off the internet-all while dealing with the fallout from her own karmic footprint. Set in near-future Brooklyn, where privacy is a bygone luxury and every perfect profile masks damning secrets, The Takedown is a stylish, propulsive, and provocative whodunit, asking who would you rely on if your tech turned against you?

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Friday, March 24, 2017

Blog Tour: The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco (and a #giveaway)

Interview with Rin Chupeco

Storybook Slayers:     I absolutely adore your debut, The Girl from the Well, and it is a delight to have The Bone Witch in my hands to read. And that cover! So as far as first questions go, I am curious as to how you felt shifting away from your horror debut novel and turn into this magical, fantastical world?

      Rin Chupeco:   Isn't that cover amazing? Sourcebooks did such a fantastic job on it. And I think that's the great thing about writing YA – genre usually takes a backseat to story. It was easy to make the transition from YA horror to YA fantasy because a lot of the themes I wrote about in both The Girl from the Well and The Suffering still holds true in The Bone Witch; in my case, that meant writing about family bonds, sacrifice, antiheroines, and empowerment, which the three books have a lot of. I've always read widely in different genres from noir to horror to nonfiction, and I knew fairly early on that my writing was going to reflect that. There's a lot more planning involved in writing fantasy though, especially when it comes to the worldbuilding.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

#currentyreading - A Crown of Wishes

March is counting down it's days, and I am barely scraping by on my reading challenge. Still 2 books ahead of schedule, and I'm grinding through a third. If you haven't read Roshani Chokshi's The Star-Touched Queen, yikes, you are missing out. For those of you looking to scratch off a diverse read on your ya-bingo card, read The Star-Touched series, because it will really dazzle you.

Monday, February 27, 2017

Review: Bull by David Elliott

*An advanced reader's copy was provide by the publisher for an honest review*

I always enjoy when stories are told through poems rather than prose, and Bull brings to life the story of the Minotaur from the sassy sea-god Poseidon himself. I laughed at Poseidon's snarky and sassy nature, like a teenage girl ready to tear your hair out; Poseidon told the story fiercely and ruthlessly, with not much sympathy toward the cast of characters.

He was slighted, so he's a salty bitch.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Review: The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett by Chelsea Sedoti

*An advanced reader's copy was provided by the publisher for an honest review*

Potential in this one, but fell on the execution. Like a gymnast on the bar, just couldn't stick the landing. And the routine was mostly Hawthorne trying to get momentum, but could only swing back and forth while dangling.

Lizzie Lovett disappeared and no one knows why. They think she was too good for the town. Killed herself. Murdered by her boyfriend. Hawthorne thinks she turns into a werewolf and ran off into the woods. Who knows. But Hawthorne is off to find the truth--Did Lizzie really run away? Was she murdered by her boyfriend? Did she really turn into a werewolf and now roams the surrounding woods?

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Blog Tour Review: Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones

Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones
Publication Date: February 7, 2017
Publisher: Thomas Dunne
A Young Adult novel
Pages: 448
Genre: Fantasy, Romance
Beware the goblin men and the wares they sell.
All her life, nineteen-year-old Liesl has heard tales of the beautiful, mysterious Goblin King. He is the Lord of Mischief, the Ruler Underground, and the muse around which her music is composed. Yet, as Liesl helps shoulder the burden of running her family’s inn, her dreams of composition and childish fancies about the Goblin King must be set aside in favor of more practical concerns.
But when her sister Käthe is taken by the goblins, Liesl journeys to their realm to rescue her sister and return her to the world above. The Goblin King agrees to let Käthe go—for a price. The life of a maiden must be given to the land, in accordance with the old laws. A life for a life, he says. Without sacrifice, nothing good can grow. Without death, there can be no rebirth. In exchange for her sister’s freedom, Liesl offers her hand in marriage to the Goblin King. He accepts.
Down in the Underground, Liesl discovers that the Goblin King still inspires her—musically, physically, emotionally. Yet even as her talent blossoms, Liesl’s life is slowly fading away, the price she paid for becoming the Goblin King’s bride. As the two of them grow closer, they must learn just what it is they are each willing to sacrifice: her life, her music, or the end of the world.
*An advanced reader's copy was provided by the publisher for an honest review*

Who remembers reading Christina Rossetti's "Goblin Market" in high school/college? Well, take that poem and smush it together with a Hades and Persephone myth and you have the epic tale of Wintersong. It was magical, and it was slow-paced. And while that can be a bad thing, the slow pace of a novel, the captivating prose proved to be this story's number one selling point to me.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

ICYMI: The Slayers are doing #bookstagram

While I haven't been extremely present on the blog, I find time to post more on social media. And the more books I purchase and receive for review, the more I find myself on Instagram. So here are some of my most recent posts, and you can follow me @shortskie on both Instagram and Snapchat! And to get into contact with me about anything, you can find me on Twitter, @Storybookslayer

Monday, January 23, 2017

In Review: The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

After a couple weeks consideration, I brought my rating down to a 3. As much as I enjoyed THE SUN IS ALSO A STAR, I can sit there and think about the book and not give you a specific scene that really stunned me. Diversity aside, TSIAAS was a clockwork novel that followed basic romantic tropes. The scientific aspect vs. the artistic/romantic aspect of love did engage my interest, but the follow-through regarding character development and plot became unrememberable.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

New Year, New Things

Four days late in a new years post, but Happy New Year everyone!

Haven't heard much from Eirini and I since around October of last year, but we've been busy with post-grad life, jobs, and trying to get our lives together.

I've been moving from job to job for the past year, between job interviews in New York City with publishing companies and teaching abroad jobs, and finding no prospects in them yet, I've been promoted several times in my retail jobs. Looking at a manager right here :)

Eirini has been moving around in jobs as well, from bookstores to looking in the publishing industry, to moving out to Brooklyn come March, she's been a busy bee, but been reading WAY much more than me!

astonishing achievements 2016:
-graduated from college
-Eirini and Court both had their poetry published in magazines & college journals
-Eirini worked at a bookstore (lucky)
-Court became a lead and a manager in her jobs

things to look forward to in 2017:
-I created my Society6 store check it out for all your bookish needs and more. I'm really excited about this, been wanting to jump into this for quite some time and now I actually have time to sit down and make some more art.
-trying to move from Blogger to Wordpress
-new blog designing
-more Instagram posts
-trying to revamp the review process and make it easier and more effective
-being more active in the bb community
-going to more book signings

What have all of you been aspiring to do in 2017?