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Friday, 23 September 2016

The VB Chats: Angel from The Avid Reader Book Blog


Angel is a young adult blogger who loves talking about books and sharing her views with everyone plus she designs awesome stuff which you can find at her store! Her blog is little over 4 years!

Q 1: How long have you been blogging?

I have been blogging for a little over four years now – just celebrated my 4 year blogoversary August 3rd!

Angel's Beautiful Design

Q 2: Tips for newbie bloggers?

My top tips are: schedule posts, get social media - esp Twitter – and interact with other bloggers, be yourself & have fun!
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Q 3: You design stuff! Who inspired you to start designing?

Yes I do! Well it was my art teacher in high school who brought out the designer in me and ever since I’ve been wanting to do it so I took a shot at it earlier this year and I’ve been designing on Society 6 and Red Bubble ever since!

Angel's Design For Six Of Crows
Q 4: How long have you been designing and what's your favourite thing to design?

I have been designing for my Red Bubble andSociety 6 shops for about 9 months, and doingcustom designs since May but I’ve actually been designing and doing art since I was in sixth grade! My favorite thing to design is book art, specifically doing character drawings!



Q 5: Top 5 favourite books?

My top five faves at the moment are the Harry Potter series by JK Rowling and Fire by Kristin Cashore tied for first place then, in no particular order, the All Souls Trilogy by Deborah Harkness, A Study In Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro and Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo!


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Q 6: What do you think about the Diversity issue?


I think it’s awesome that we’re talking about diversity and bringing up how important it is in both our writing and our lives in general, especially with what’s been happening in the US lately concerning #BlackLivesMatter! The diversity issue is very close to my heart as I’m an Egyptian-American-Muslim and save for two books I’ve only recently read, there’s been no character in any media who seems to show me as I am. I won’t ramble on about it here but if you’d like to read more of my thoughts on the issue, I wrote a post about it here.

Thank you so much Angel for being on the blog! <3 Check out her design shops and social media links! Next time you want a site design hit her up! She's extremely awesome! :)


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Thursday, 22 September 2016

Cover Reveal: My Junior Year Of Loathing by Jennifer Digiovanni


My Junior Year of Loathing
Jennifer DiGiovanni
Published by: Swoon Romance
Publication date: September 6th 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Junior year is supposed to be tough. Exams, term papers, homework, college tours, and participation in extra-curricular activities can all add up to non-stop stress. But Melinda Banner has goals to achieve and dreams to make real. This year, she’ll be unstoppable. But even over achievers need a break.
While walking in the woods to take a break from the stress of it all, Melinda meets a boy named Connor. After a few more run-ins, the two settle into an uneasy friendship, if you can even call it that.
But Connor’s closed and mysterious. Whenever Melinda asks too many questions, he suddenly has to go or is no longer interested in talking. When they’re together, she’s torn between wanting him to open up and running away as fast as she can. Still she can’t seem to shake her budding interest in him.
Connor has his own way of looking at the world, and his views often conflict with Melinda’s practical nature. Can you like someone and loathe them at the same time? Is he even worth the emotional tug on her heartstrings or distraction from all things Junior year?
And, as if she needs another project right now, Melinda starts to obsess over the abandoned estate she passes on the way to school each day. Between Connor and the old estate, Melinda’s beginning to think she’s taking on too much.
But Melinda’s smart. She finds a way to indulge her interest in the estate and fulfill her obligations. She will uncover the truth behind the aging edifice for an epic article in the school newspaper.
But when her investigation reveals a connection between Connor and a tragedy long-since forgotten, Melinda has a choice: put off her junior year achievements to save a local landmark and a boy who constantly pushes her away or put them both out of her mind for good and focus on making the grade.


Author Bio:
Jennifer DiGiovanni is the author of the School Dayz Series. When she’s not writing or reading, she likes to try new sports and activities from archery to ballroom dancing, with varying degrees of success.

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Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Review Rant: Nevernight by Jay Kristoff


Series: The Nevernight Chronicle, #1
Release Date: 11, August, 2016
Publisher: Harper Voyager
Pages: 429
Genre: NA, High Fantasy, Magic, Romance
Source: NetGalley
Rate: 2/5


SYNOPSIS

A wonderful new epic fantasy set in the dark heart of an academy for assassins. Destined to destroy empires, Mia Covere is only ten years old when she is given her first lesson in death.
Six years later, the child raised in shadows takes her first steps towards keeping the promise she made on the day that she lost everything.
But the chance to strike against such powerful enemies will be fleeting, so if she is to have her revenge, Mia must become a weapon without equal. She must prove herself against the deadliest of friends and enemies, and survive the tutelage of murderers, liars and demons at the heart of a murder cult.
The Red Church is no Hogwarts, but Mia is no ordinary student.
The shadows love her. And they drink her fear.

REVIEW

Before I start, let me tell you all Nevernight fans, this review is negative. I was really ashamed that I didn't end up liking it when everyone was actually loving it. I LOVE Jay Kristoff's work. His Illuminae is a masterpiece. One thing I have learned about him is that his writing style is really complicated and sometimes it becomes hard to grasp the concept. In Illuminae, the concept was complicated but I understood everything after 50%. But in Nevernight, while I tried to catch up with everything I was just lost. 
This story revolves around Mia and the school where she's learning fighting and stuff. First, there was not THAT kind of romance. Like you know emotional level kind of. Second, story was extremely draggy. Third, Complicated seriously. Fourth, Mia was no doubt annoying sometimes. 
But there were some good points too like how original the concept was Oh Lord. I have never read anything like it ever before! I just wished that the book was written in not such a oh so complicated way.
Overall, I won't recommend it highly but don't go on my review. Maybe you'll love it like the rest of the people. And this story is for 16+ due to some explicit content.
Happy Reading! <3

Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Hot Topics For Your Book Blog To Increase Traffic


Hiya booklings! Today instead of posting a review I want to share with you something different! I know just reading reviews and interviews on your blog sometimes makes your readers bored so I'll share some some bookish topics with you that'll surely increase your traffic and will be in the interest of your amazing readers!


* Write a 'Start A Book Blog Series': There's nothing more amazing than helping out someone who wants to share their love of books with the world but have no idea. Help a blogger out! ;)


* The Sizzling Diversity Topic: As much as Diversity has become such a big issue, you can participate by sharing your views with the world. In this way the post can be a discussion! A great way to engage with your readers! :)


* Book Blogger Problems: Just burst out all the problems along with gifs! ;)


* Libraries You Would Love To Visit: There are so many libraries around the world that are just eye candy. Share some awesome libraries and your readers will surely enjoy! <3


* Topics For Book Bloggers: Self Explanotory! :)


* FTC Disclaimer And Why Mention It: Although I don't write the disclaimer but I always mention the source. This is another awareness topic!


* Game Up Your Bookstagram: Your a bookstagram freak? Want to share some tips? Go for it!


* The ARCs Topic: You know the main thing? ;)


* Your Favourite Book Bloggers: Great way to start friendship with some awesome bloggers. <3



* Free Graphic Designs, Wallpapers And Templates: This may take some work but surely you'll get loads of traffic. Just try to Google some free templates and designs and share with the world. They'll love you forever for it! :*

Let me in the comments if you enjoyed this post! Have anymore ideas? Comment below! I'd love it! Plus I'd love it if you'd share this with other bloggers and help them out!

Happy Reading! <3

Saturday, 17 September 2016

Review Rant: Spirit Vision by Morgan Straughn Comnick


Release Date: 17, December, 2013
Publisher: Paper Crane Books
Pages: 316
Genre: Fantasy
Source: Publisher
Rate: 5/5


SYNOPSIS

If God gave you a mission, would you answer His call?

The Lord has given Stary, a high school freshman, a mission: extinguish the evil residing in the murderer of two teens—Maren and Umbra. Stary never imagined that her strange visions meant that she was the Spirit Warrior for God and now with her powers activated, she must train to use them and try not to get caught by the murderer who has the ability to hide and conjure up the dark powers from the fallen angel himself—Lucifer. If Stary fails, not only will she lose her life, but Maren and Umbra will lose their entry into heaven and the world will be exposed to the madness of the murderer for the next forty years until the new Spirit Warrior is born. 

REVIEW

Spirit Vision is the first book in the Spirit Vision series by Morgan Straughn Comnick. This book was very lengthy so it took me 4 days to finish it. I have to say that this book was extra engulfing! Although the pace of the book was very slow, still it was perfect. So before all of my emotions explode, let me tell you little bit about it...
Stary is seeing some strange lights always zooming here and there. The twisted part is that Stary sees things that no one sees. Things are totally changing in Stary's life. Stary discovers that she's a spirit warrior and now she has the responsibility of finding the murderers of Umbra and Maren, so their souls can go at peace. But in between this mission, Stary finds herself falling for Umbra.
There is so much magic and emotion in this book. I have never read anything like this. The plot was very exciting and intriguing. The moments between Umbra and Maren were just so HEART-ACHING and I really wanted them to be a couple. I still can't get over this book!
The most interesting thing was obviously the girl Barabara. Because Barabara's behaviour had totally changed... she was all the time doing strange things... she had become skinny... pretty creepy! I myself was thinking of Barbara as the killer. Cally Sun was an annoying girly character. For a second I thought Cally Sun was gay and she had a crush on Stary. But then Umbra and Stary! * _ *
I enjoyed reading from Stary's POV. Stary is a really shy character.She was never boring once. The sudden twists and turns had made the story so much interesting. There were many funny scenes too. I loved all the friends of Stary, just #goals.
Morgan Straughn Comnick left us with no cliffhanger which is a good thing. The last pages were just so amazing. I was literally screaming OMG half the time. The ending was so perfect that I don't want to read book 2 now!
Overall, Spirit Vision was an amazing read. I'm glad that I finished this book real slow. Spirit Vision had magic, action and romance - Perfect. Share your opinions on Spirit Vision whether here or on Twitter or Facebook but don't forget to tag me! :)
Happy Reading! <3