I Can’t-Wait Wednesday #3

 

Dear Rebellious Readers,

I Can’t-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Wishful Endings  to spotlight and discuss the books we’re excited about that we have yet to read. Usually, it is a new or upcoming release. For me it will be either a new release, an upcoming release, or a book I just bought or won, was gifted, or a book I was given for review.

My pick this week is… Tunnel of Bones by VE Schwab. I loved City of Bones which is book 1 and VE is queen and one of my soulmate auto-buy forever love their work authors. I can’t wait to get my hands on this book and then get lost in it and not come up for air until it is finished.

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Tunnel of Bones by Victoria Schwab

Cassidy Blake book 2

Genre: Middle-Grade Paranormal

Publication date: September 3 2019

Summary from Goodreads

Trouble is haunting Cassidy Blake . . . even more than usual.

She (plus her ghost best friend, Jacob, of course) are in Paris, where Cass’s parents are filming their TV show about the world’s most haunted cities. Sure, it’s fun eating croissants and seeing the Eiffel Tower, but there’s true ghostly danger lurking beneath Paris, in the creepy underground Catacombs.

When Cass accidentally awakens a frighteningly strong spirit, she must rely on her still-growing skills as a ghosthunter — and turn to friends both old and new to help her unravel a mystery. But time is running out, and the spirit is only growing stronger.

And if Cass fails, the force she’s unleashed could haunt the city forever.

What book can’t you wait to read?

Yours in Rebellion

Nicole the Reading Rebel

 

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Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Tropes

Dear Rebellious Readers,

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly blog post hosted by  That Artsy Reader Girl and this week’s topic is favorite tropes. A trope is a commonly used theme or plot device.

1. Rebellions– I love rebellions. I always have. I have always loved it when a group of people stands up against an unjust system or person. How they are willing to fight to the death for what they believe. How they finally had the courage to say enough it stops now. How people who were seen as nothing and no threat by the system or tyrant are the ones to take a stand and take it down. I can’t have enough books with rebellions.

2. Well Done Love Triangles- I love a great well-written love triangle. One that the author has thought out and not just put in there for a little extra drama. One where both guys have something the other doesn’t and it draws the girl equally to them and she has deep connections with the boys and choosing is not easy and you really are not sure who she will pick because they are both right for her for different reasons.  Best done I have read are Will/Tessa/Jem from The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare and Morpheous/ Alyssa/Jeb from Splintered series by AG Howard.

3. Retellings- I love it when authors take an old fairy tale or novel and put a fresh and unique twist on it.

4. Enemies to Lovers Romance- Ever since I read about Elizabeth and Darcy in Pride and Prejudice  I have been in love with enemies to lovers romance. I love the characters learning that they were mistaken and the other person is worth so much more then they could have imagined.

5. Long Lost Princess/Prince/King/Queen- I have always loved this trope. I know it is one that is used all the time but I love it. I love how the characters are looking for the long lost royal to come back and save their people even when sometimes they don’t even know if they are still alive. I love the characters hope and faith.

6. Chosen One- As a kid like most kids I liked to imagine and play like I was the chosen heroine sent to slay the dragon. I always wanted to be the chosen one and it is amazing that I can live vicariously through the adventures of other chosen one’sin books.

7. Villain Redeemed- I love it when Villains see the evil of their ways and turn to the side of right. I love the idea that people can change and become better people then they were. That they can make up for all the bad things they did or supported.

What are some of your favorite bookish tropes?

Yours in Rebellion

Nicole

 

 

Blog Tour: Shadow Phoneix: Answering the Call Vol. 1 Episode 1

Dear Rebellious Readers,

Today I am doing a blog hop with Paige over at   Indie Blog Hop and the book is a Steampunk Superhero serial called Shadow Phoneix: Answering the Call Vol. 1 Episode 1 by MJ Moores which sounds like a really fun unique read. You can find the cover and all the details below.

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Shadow Phoneix: Answering the Call Vol. 1 Episode 1 by MJ Moores

Serial series(which means the story is released a few chapters at a time)

Genre: Young Adult Steampunk

Synopsis

A young maid is catapulted into an inventor’s explosive world the night his experiment goes awry. Torn between the life she should have, and the one she ended up with, Louisa finally sees a way past her curse—as long as her mouth and her choices don’t get her fired first.

Shadow Phoenix is a YA Victorian Steampunk vigilante superhero serial. This Amazon “Short Read” works like a comic book without pictures as each episode builds on the last but is a complete novelette.

Great for readers on the go and keeping that promise to yourself that you won’t read for more than an hour before bed.

If you are an indie author and want your book promoted for free. Paige over at Indie Blog Hop will do that. She is amazing and kind and loves books and helping authors.

Yours in Rebellion,

Nicole

 

This Rebel Reviews: The Diviners by Libba Bray

Dear Rebellious Readers,

It is time for another This Rebel Reviews. This time I am reviewing a book I have had on my shelf for at least 5 years. I have been in a HUGE reading slump lately and The Diviners finally got me out of it.

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The Diviners by Libba Bray

Book 1 in The Diviners series

Genre: Historical Paranormal Young Adult Mystery

Time Period: 1920s New York

Published September 18th 2012

Published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Summary from Goodreads:

Evie O’Neill has been exiled from her boring old hometown and shipped off to the bustling streets of New York City—and she is pos-i-tute-ly ecstatic. It’s 1926, and New York is filled with speakeasies, Ziegfeld girls, and rakish pickpockets. The only catch is that she has to live with her uncle Will and his unhealthy obsession with the occult.

Evie worries he’ll discover her darkest secret: a supernatural power that has only brought her trouble so far. But when the police find a murdered girl branded with a cryptic symbol and Will is called to the scene, Evie realizes her gift could help catch a serial killer.

As Evie jumps headlong into a dance with a murderer, other stories unfold in the city that never sleeps. A young man named Memphis is caught between two worlds. A chorus girl named Theta is running from her past. A student named Jericho hides a shocking secret. And unknown to all, something dark and evil has awakened.

This Rebel Reviews:

It’s the 1920s and Evie O’Neil is sent to live with her Uncle in New York after she lets out a secret about the town golden boy in her small home town in Ohio and refuses to apologize and say she made it up. Her Uncle Will is the owner of The Museum of American Folklore, Superstition, and the Occult or The Museum of the Creepy Crawlies as the locals call it. Evie is counting on fun time in New York full of shopping, shows, speakeasies, and all kinds of adventure with her penpal Mabel. But she gets more then she bargained for when she tags along with her Uncle to an occult crime scene(he is the police consultant for all thing occult)and picks up a piece of evidence. Evie is now helping her uncle catch a killer and if she and her friends don’t stop him he will kill again.

Evie O’Neill is not a perfect heroine and has her faults and strengths. I really ended up loving her character as I wasn’t her biggest fan for the first few chapters. This book is told from multiple characters PoVs mainly Memphis a Harlam runner(for bookies, he collects bets) and poet and Evie of course. I loved Memphis from his first chapter. I love his loyalty and love for his friends and brother. I love that he is a poet and writes his poems in a graveyard. Yes, I am a little weird and morbid.  The author bought the 1920s to life. This wasn’t just a few facts here and there and the speech wasn’t modern like most authors do with historical and just put a few slang here and there. This was like living in 1920s New York but with the ghosts and other paranormal elements. I am very picky about mysteries and was so excited when I found a YA historical paranormal mystery on my local bookstore’s shelves. The characters are all full of life, secrets, and all have had something dark happen to them in the past. You even get the PoV of the killer/s and this book is not for the faint of heart. This book is very long and worth every page. I don’t want to say much about the plot or a lot about the story as I want you to get to meet these characters and get to know them and their stories yourself and live and breathe in the 1920s and be lost in it like me. I highly recommend this book and I can’t wait to dive into the next one.

Rating: 5 stars

Yours in Rebellion

Nicole

 

Top Ten Tuesday: Book Cover Redesigns You Loved or Hated

Dear Rebellious Readers,

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly blog post hosted by  The Artsy Reader Girl and this week’s topic is Book Cover Redesigns you loved or hated.

1. Ember for Ashes by Sabaa Tahir: I love the original cover and HATE the redesign

This original cover is gorgeous. Just stunning. The Rock Wall with the title buried in it, the girl standing outside it, the buildings. Orginal and draws you in.

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Now this monstrosity. It looks cheap and not original and the only color I see is red and way too much of it.  Looking at this ugly thing hurts my eyes and offends me to my core.

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2. Seafire by Natalie C. Parker: The original cover is okay but the second cover is so badass. This is going to be a total cover buy for me. 

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3. The Diviners by Libba Bray: I love the original cover. It fits the book and has something to do with the story plus it is so pretty with the New York background. The new cover has nothing to do with the book. I am confused by the pearls that are broken because I don’t remember them having anything to do with the book. 

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4. Carry On by Rainbow Rowell: The original cover isn’t bad but it doesn’t stand out like the redesign which has amazing artwork of the two main characters. 

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5. Frigid by Jennifer L Armentrout: I love the original cover. It fits the story which is a romance that takes place in ski cabin. The second cover is just a generic romance novel cover they didn’t care about. 

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I was a bit busy this week so I only did five. What cover redesigns did you love and which did you hate? Tell me in the comments.

Yours in Rebellion,

Nicole

 

 

I Can’t-Wait Wednesday #2

Dear Rebellious Readers,

I Can’t-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by  Wishful Endings to spotlight and discuss the books we’re excited about that we have yet to read. Usually it is a new or upcoming release. For me it will be either a new release, an upcoming release, or a book I just bought or won, was gifted, or a book I was given for review.

This week my pick is Of Ice and Shadows by Audrey Coulthurst. It is the long-awaited sequel to Of Fire and Stars which come out in 2016 It was the December Owlcrate Book and the theme was Epic. Of Fire and Stars hadn’t been on my radar and was excited to read it but it set on my TBR for a few years until I finally read it in 2018 and was I was blown away with the writing and characters. This was my first f/f romance and I loved that it was set in this awesome Fantasy world and it is a forbidden romance as well as enemies to lovers. 2 of my all-time favorite romance tropes. It was told from both girls PoVs. It alternated every chapter and I loved being inside both of their heads. I didn’t think there was going to be a sequel and when I saw there was I screamed with joy and scared my cat. LOL

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Of Ice and Shadows by Audrey Coulthurst

Sequel to Of Fire and Stars

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

Published by Balzer + Bray

Publishing date: August 13th 2019

Summary from Goodreads:

The long-awaited sequel to Of Fire and Stars—in which Mare and Denna travel to a new and dangerous kingdom where Denna must be trained to tame her magic by a mysterious queen who is not all she seems. Perfect for fans of Kristin Cashore and Tamora Pierce.

Princesses Denna and Mare are in love and together at last—only to face a new set of dangers.

Mare just wants to settle down with the girl she loves, which would be easier if Denna weren’t gifted with forbidden and volatile fire magic. Denna must learn to control her powers, which means traveling in secret to the kingdom of Zumorda, where she can seek training without fear of persecution. Determined to help, Mare has agreed to serve as an ambassador as a cover for their journey.

But just after Mare and Denna arrive in Zumorda, an attack on a border town changes everything. Mare’s diplomatic mission is now urgent: She must quickly broker an alliance with the Zumordan queen to protect her homeland. However, the queen has no interest in allying with other kingdoms—it’s Denna’s untamed but powerful magic that catches her eye. The queen offers to teach Denna herself, and both girls know it would be dangerous to refuse.

As Denna’s powers grow stronger, Mare does her best to be the ambassador her kingdom needs. Her knowledge of Zumorda and its people grows, and so too do her suspicions about the queen’s intentions. With rising tensions and unexpected betrayals putting Mare and Denna in jeopardy and dangerous enemies emerging on all sides, can they protect their love and save their kingdoms?

What book are you waiting on or can’t wait to read?

Yours in Rebellion,

Nicole The Reading Rebel

Top Ten Tuesday: My Top Ten Favorite Bookish Businesses

 

Dear Rebellious Readers,

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly blog post hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl . This week is come up with your own topic and I decided to celebrate my Top Ten Favorite Bookish Businesses(plus two more). I am a huge lover of many book businesses which means businesses that sell hand-painted books or bookish merchandise( book sleeves, bookmarks, candles, etc…). book boxes(usually monthly boxes that come with a new release and items based on a theme which changes every month)or any business that sells anything to do with books. All pictures are by me unless otherwise credited.

1.Owlcrate: A monthly Young Adult book box that delivers a new young adult book and goodies like mugs, tea, coffee, stickers, bookmarks, coasters, scarfs, etc… to your door every month based on a theme that relates to the book of the month.  Owlcrate sends all types of genres from paranormal to fantasy to contemporary.  I have been a subscriber to Owlcrate since March of 2016 and I have never looked back. I have found amazing authors I never would have found otherwise and gotten a lot of beautiful, useful and unique items. Owlcrate has the best customer service. I have not had many problems with damaged items. It only happened twice and they were amazing. They quickly sent me a new one and were kind and thoughtful even picking out the same color of my damaged item(sometimes they have items that are different colors and you randomly get one). Owlcrate also listens to its customers and tries to add items that customers I have been asking for and companies they recommend. Owlcrate books come signed by the author and with an exclusive cover (color changes usually but usually once a year they have a whole different cover)  every month.

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Picture by the talented Rachel @books_are_crack

Link to Owlcrate website: Owlcrate

2. Shelflovecrate is a monthly young adult book box that delivers a new fantasy or science fiction young adult book with goodies(pillowcases, book sleeves, mini candles, bookmarks, enamel pins, etc….)  to your door every month based on a theme that relates to the book of the month. Shelflovecrate has great taste in books and since I read a lot of young adult fantasy and science fiction it is always fun to know I am going to get a new one every month. I also love that Shelflovecrate has a collectible item with each box. Last year it was Lunar Chronicles trading cards. This year is chess pieces based on young adult fantasy characters. Shelflovecrate sometimes has signed books, exclusive covers or reservable dust jackets but not every month. They do have signed bookplates almost every month. I have always had a great experience with them. I have had 4 damaged items and they have all be replaced in a timely manner.

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Picture by the Lovely Michelle @bookishme09

Link to Shelflovecrate website: Shelflovecrate

3. Fandomhoneybees is one of the best bookmark shops and a HUGE favorite of mine. Mary @aparnormalromance is the owner of  @fandomhoneybees  (Instagram handle) I have been a huge lover of Mary’s designs before she even opened her bookmark shop. Mary makes beautiful watercolor bookmarks with bookish sayings, quotes, shipmarks, etc… One of my favorite bookmark collections Mary does is her hashtag series. She has so many great ones #readathon #reading #bookreivew #coverlove #onetruepairing and this is just a taste of them. Mary has tons of fandom bookmarks Disney, Sarah J Maas, Three Dark Crowns, Harry Potter, Shadowhunters and so many more, also Mary has a few bookmarks from underrated fandoms and books like Amid Darkness and Stars, The White Stag, and The Selection.  Her shop also has bookish sayings I haven’t seen on any other bookmarks including Author Love and Book Faerie.

She also sells prints and mini prints. Her quote art print for the Queen’s Rising book is just stunning and her limited edition Aslan print is just so beautiful and has one of my favorite Narnia quotes. I could rave forever about Mary’s bookmarks and prints. I am not kidding. I have written a review half the size of this one for just ONE of her bookmarks. I am a rep for her on Bookstagram and it is an honor and I love repping for Mary so much and helping her with her designs and shop. Mary has become a very dear friend. We have very similar book tastes and fandom love.

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All the bookmarks plus the mini print and Three Dark Crowns print in this picture are by @fandomhoneybees but the Jon Snow print and the Dany and Jon print are by @tempestchani

The Aelin print is by @jemlincreations with a special watercolor @fandomhoneybees red and yellow background

The Cardan print is by @emily.israd.books but with @fandomhoneybees background and faerie smears

Link to Mary’s shop Fandomhoneybees make sure to use my rep code REBEL10 to save on your order

Link to Instagram @fandomhoneybees

All the other links are to the artists Instagram account.

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4. Creative Chaotics is another of the best bookmark shops and a HUGE favorite. Heather @creativechaotics (Instagram handle for the shop)makes amazing bookmarks and has one of the biggest selections I have ever seen. Amine, Manga, Genre Bookish, Fantasy books, Contemporary books, K-pop, customs, baemarks, and that is just off the top of my head. Heather also has a monthly themed bookmark box. It usually has 8-10 exclusive bookmarks by Heather and bookmarks by other bookmark shops usually @jemlincreations and @knightmareanddaydreams and a goodie or two from another shop. In her Greek Mythology box it was a medusa from @undertheseacrochet and in her Star Crossed Ships box it was a bookmark from @fandomhoneybees. I love that Heather’s bookmarks are all laminated. I have been known to be clumsy and that is putting it lightly and so it is nice to know I can’t destroy Heather’s bookmarks by spilling something on them pr any other clumsy thing I might do. I had the pleasure to be an influencer for Heather’s shop for a few months and it was so amazing.

link to Heather’s shop Instagram @creativechaotics

link to Shop Creative Chaotics

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5. Bookimabob is one of my favorite book sleeve shops. It is run by Kendra and her book sleeves are just amazing. They are super padded so your book is really safe. My mother has 2 of them and uses them to protect her kindles and she praises them all the time. I have 2 and they work just as great with books. I am always using Kendra’s book sleeves. Kendra always makes Pygmy Puffs for all you Harry Potter lovers out there.

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link to shop Bookimabob

link to Instagram @bookimabob

Yes those are @fandomhoneybees bookmarks in the pictures

6. Belles Book Sleeves are so amazingly unique. She is the inventor of the fur book sleeve. She has so many unique designs including an awesome Game of Thrones design and colorable book sleeves. She also has these adorable mini book sleeves. I won one of her book sleeves and have been obsessed ever since.

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Both photos on Instagram by Belles Book Sleeves

link to shop: Belles

7. Marquisdusolei is one of the first bookmark companies I found when I joined Bookstagram and have been a big fan of ever since. I love how some of her bookmarks are just titles of the book so you can show off your love of your favorite book. She also does amazing character bookmarks and quotes and sayings plus art prints that you want to hang all over your house. I was blessed enough to rep for Caitlin for a term on bookstagram. Her bookmarks will forever be favorites.

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link to shop Marquisdusoleil

link to Instagram Marquisdusoleil

8. Lyrical Fox is a new bookmark company I have discovered and I am obsessed with there designs. They have so many sayings I have never seen on bookmarks like This Lady Reads and This Man Reads. They also do fandoms I don’t see bookmarks for often and their new spooky, witchy, fall line is so pretty and spooky and can’t wait to get my hands on them. I just got picked as a rep for the Fall term and I am so excited to start working with them.

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The picture on Instagram by @lyrical_fox

link to shop: Lyrical Fox Boutique

9. Ink and Wonder Designs the original woodmark creator. Her bookmarks are so beautiful and well made plus they are thin enough they don’t leave a big indent in your book. She has so many different fandoms form Throne of Glass, Classic novels, Game of Thrones, Pride bookmarks and so much more.

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The photo on Instagram by @inkandwonder.designs

link to shop: Ink and Wonder Designs

10. Tinted Prose is run by Sam and she paints your books. If you are like me and love sprayed edges Sam is the artist to go to. You can have your pages painted with just one color and add gold, silver, or bronze shimmer or have her do you a complete custom book. Plus if you get a rainbow painted book(YES she does those)she will donate 5 dollars to an LGBTQ+ charity. I won a book of hers in a giveaway and now want tons of my books painted by her.

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The photo on Instagram by  Tinted Prose

link to her shop Tinted Prose

11. The Bookish Flame is the best candle maker in the business. I love her candles so much. They always make my whole house smell lovely. Some candles only make one room smell nice and sometimes not even that. Jen’s candles aren’t like that. Trust me if you want you’re to the house to smell like heaven go and buy a candle from Jen.  

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Photo credit to Jen on her Instagram shop page(link below)

link to Jen’s shop: The Bookish Flame

link to Jen’s Instagram @thebookishflame

12. Secondstarlit is a candle company and does seasonal book boxes. She did monthly book boxes but decided to focus on candles and seasonal boxes. Her candles are amazing. I am super picky with candles. But hers smell so heavenly and make my whole house smell like a wonderland. Secondstarlit also has a monthly candle box called The Monthly Melt with a new fandom every month and she has a fandom battle every month on Instagram where you vote for the fandom you want for that month. Examples of past battles Vampires Vs Werewolves, Narnia vs LotR, Hunger Games vs Divergent, ect..

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Credit to @secondstarlit Instagram

link to shop Second Star Lit

What are some of your favorite bookish shops? Do you love any of the ones I do? Please tell me in the comments.

For all my Instagram friends who read this blog and wonder why I only asked Rachel and Michelle to use their pictures. First they were my first friends on bookstagram and I wasn’t as nervous asking them because they were most likely to say yes. Second, I get nervous asking anyone even friends for help. Third I didn’t want to play favorites. People on different sites have gotten upset that I put their name second and not first and were in a fight with the person they were next to and thus didn’t think that person was worthy to be on the list(we are no longer in contact, I don’t do drama). While I know in my heart none of you are like that I just don’t want to upset anyone. Thank you for understanding.

Yours in Rebellion

Nicole the Reading Rebel