ARC of “Chainbreaker”

ARC of “Chainbreaker”

Hello, beautiful book lovers!

So this morning, I woke up to the most amazing sight in my inbox – an eARC of Chainbreaker by Tara Sim! To let you in on how I reacted… I had to keep myself from screaming so I wouldn’t wake anyone. Chainbreaker has been the first book I’ve ever requested an ARC for. Why? It’s the first novel that I’ve felt strongly connected to even before its publication. (Of course I’ve felt strongly about every SJM book before they’ve come out, but no one can get their hands on those ARCs. I’m still surprised and honored to have been offered a copy of Chainbreaker!)

A few nights ago (and please bear with me in this!), I dreamed that I was sitting in my grandmother’s living room – as pristine and kept as it had been back when she was alive – reading an ARC of Chainbreaker and crying into one of the comfy cushions of those huge chairs she had. Maybe I can’t sit in that specific room to read it, but I’ll get to read the ARC like in my dream! How awesome is that? Maybe that sounds like a silly thing to include in this little update, but it may help you begin to understand how much I’ve wanted this ARC.

Tara Sim’s debut novel – Timekeeper – is such a beautiful and intricate story with characters who jump off the page and into the heart. As an author, she’s flawless. As a person, Sim is adorable, hilarious, and strong-minded. Really, just go look her up on Twitter. You won’t regret it! While you’re at it, here is the goodreads page for her first novel and here is the page for her second. If you’re a fan of fantasy, steampunk, and lgbtq+ novels, these are the books for you! Have fun reading, y’all!


Where Have I Been For Two Months?!

I’m so sorry that I’ve let this blog die, but to be completely honest, I probably won’t be consistently blogging until next summer.

This is my last year of college and senioritis is hitting me hard.

Still, though, that’s an excuse. All I have, sadly, are a bunch of excuses. I have been reading and writing, but not as much as I’d like to. That’s just the way things go during the school year, though!

Hope you guys understand. I’ll drop in occasionally, but this blog will be taking a long hiatus until further notice.

If I receive any ARCs or books that I agree to post reader reactions to, though, that will bring me back here to y’all!  That’s the main exception to my break from BookishGirl.

“What’s Your Username?”

“What’s Your Username?”

Very quickly, let me just say that I must have a death wish. On top of dealing with my academic and social spheres, I have added more to that little globe in the corner that demands me to write. So what have I done? I’ve started a new novel that I’m publishing for free on both Radish Fiction and Wattpad on Tuesdays.

Radish Link

Wattpad Link

Here’s the plot summary/teaser:

No roots: That’s her one motto.
Leaving behind her life after junior college, Sammi Daniels moves to San Francisco to continue at a university far from home and far from any roots. The pace of the city, the readings for her literature courses, and her new roommate, Faith, keep her life busy. She’s content for the time, until Faith introduces her to Four Deer – a gamer YouTube channel based in the city that hooks Sammi with the first look at one of the YouTubers – Ethan.
Beginning as a harmless interest, her obsession with the channel, and more specifically, Ethan, grows over the course of the semester, leaking into her school life when one of her classmates notices and takes it upon himself to show her life on the other side of the camera. But along with the geeky YouTube gamer comes the threat of roots.

Reader Reaction: The Library of Fates

Reader Reaction: The Library of Fates

Title: The Library of Fates
Stand Alone
Author: Aditi Khorana
Released: 18 July 2017
Favorite quote: “Far out in the distance, snow covering the mountaintops glistened like a gilded scrim sparkling in the early evening light.”

This novel just popped up on my goodreads wall one day because a friend had added it to their list. Fantasy, myth, romance… What’s not to love? When it came out, my brother went and bought it for me out of the goodness of his heart.

Very quickly, let me just say that it’s impossible for me to choose a single favorite quote from this book, so the one listed is just one of the many that I love. Why? Because every line of The Library of Fates was crafted with such care and detail that the words on the pages turn into striking paintings with ease.

This is just a pretty book. Maybe that sounds childish, but you’ll understand when you read it. It’s just pretty. All of it.

For the first ten or so chapters, I really thought that this was an “Aladdin” retelling, so something similar. Online, however, no one seemed to think the same, and I kept wondering why. Well, after continuing on, I realized that it was nothing like it. There are similarities to familiar stories in the beginning, but that changes drastically as it progresses. So would I still consider this a retelling? Absolutely not.

It’s original. I haven’t read much about other cultures, though I’ve tried desperately to more recently. That being said, it was an original novel to me. It wasn’t something that I could easily tie to a hundred other books in a matter of moments. Instead, it dripped of originality and grace and beauty and power and faith and thousands of other descriptions that fit it perfectly. Sure, all of these things can be applied to thousands of other books with the same hero-on-journey plot, but it’s the way in which it was written that makes the story come to life!

I recommend it. No qualifying that statement necessary. I recommend it to anyone and everyone.

The Strain of Rebellion: Available on Radish

The Strain of Rebellion: Available on Radish

Hello, everyone!

The Strain of Rebellion is currently available on Radish Fiction, here!

There are 3 episode updates per week.

Radish supports authors and readers by providing stories for minimal cost to readers and paying that back to the writers. I really hope that some of you may decide to check out my first novel, The Strain of Rebellion, which is only available on Radish Fiction. [You can look into the first 3 episodes for free if you want to just see what it’s like without having to pay! 😉 ]


Writing Update: Wattpad Writer

Writing Update: Wattpad Writer

So far, I’ve published eighteen chapters of His Silent Music on Wattpad.

I want to write a little bit about the differences I’m seeing between working on this novel and my previous novel (which I only let one person see before I was completely done).

First and foremost, I started writing His Silent Music as a book for fun and growth. I wanted to dabble in fantasy before jumping into it with no experience. His Silent Music is me dabbling! Writing something for fun and for practice, knowing at the very start that I never really wanted this to be something that I agonized over writing and perfecting, has been so freeing. There were points in The Strain of Rebellion where I felt completely hopeless, like I didn’t want to finish purely based on the fact that it would never be perfect. But writing His Silent Music without worrying about it being perfect has taught me more than my first novel ever did. It’s given me the experience of writing something that I absolutely love. The romance story feels more natural. I don’t worry about whether it has overdone tropes (because Wattpad is just a giant trope monster). I just write and love it because I’ve written it for my own enjoyment.

Secondly, if I enjoy writing it, I thought that maybe someone would enjoy reading it. I’ve had this sick fascination with Wattpad since I was younger: people read what you write! How cool is it that some teenager could write a #1 internet hit – a worldwide sensation? No, I doubt that His Silent Music will ever reach anywhere near that point. In fact, if I continue getting just 1 view per chapter posted, I’ll feel pretty good about it. (Yes, I’ve lowered my expectations greatly for this novel!) I just want to share my writing without the pressure of searching for a publishing house or self-publishing. What I want it a money-free, no-strings-or-terrors-attached experience, which is just what I’m getting by writing on Wattpad.

Thirdly, I feel accountable in a way that I never had with my previous novel. This time, I’m not just writing for me. If I disappoint myself (as I had countless times with The Strain of Rebellion by leaving the word document untouched for a month at a time), then I’m filled with self-loathing and resentment and fear and depression… As horrible as that all sounds, though, so what? Those only affect me. When I’m publishing online, I feel bad if I miss a deadline or don’t publish for 7 days. I want to get the story out there for people in a timely fashion, which means writing it in a timely fashion. Working on this novel and publishing it on Wattpad has made me a more disciplined writer. I make the time to write because I want to publish it. I haven’t hit writing block in this story yet (fingers crossed!), which is amazing. Really, by this time in the last book, I’d already taken the 8 month hiatus that made me feel more like a mouse than a writer. But Wattpad has trained me in a way that I couldn’t train myself to become better about reaching my goals.

Lastly, I just love it. This is something that I started doing for myself because I wanted to, but I love everything about this experience thus far. I’ve gotten a couple constructive comments from lovely readers, and I’m expecting the hate to flow in any day now! Sadly, I’m not really kidding about that. But the beautiful thing is that when I receive negative comments on this, I know they’re coming. This isn’t that amazing of a book – I know that. I love it because this is the book that I’ve been wanting to read but that had never been written. I’m not trying to force myself to be the best on this and come up with something unique. Nope, instead, I’m focusing on just loving the experience, which will eventually include bad aspects (I’m hoping, which may sound a bit masochistic). But this is my learning experience – an introduction into the world of writing. Even though His Silent Music is the younger of my two books, The Strain of Rebellion feels more like the baby in need of protection. So I’ve sent His Silent Music out into the world to see what it’s like: test the waters and come back with a thorough report to ready The Strain of Rebellion for what’s out there.

Maybe that’s silly, but that’s how I imagine my books.

Reader Reaction: Amid Stars and Darkness

Reader Reaction: Amid Stars and Darkness

Title: Amid Stars and Darkness
Author: Chani Lynn Feener
Released: 18 July 2017
Favorite quote: “’Do we?’” [I know this is super boring but I flipped at this line, so if you read it, you might understand why.]

This was one of the August reads for a book club that I’m in. I’m not sure if I wouldn’t read it otherwise, even though it sounds like something that I’d pick up for myself. Actually, here’s the synopsis:

Delaney’s entire world is thrown into chaos after she is mistaken for Lissa Olena, an alien princess hiding out on Earth in order to escape an arranged marriage.

Kidnapped by the princess’s head bodyguard, Ruckus, and imprisoned in an alien palace, Delaney is forced to impersonate the princess until Olena can be found. If she fails, it will lead to an alien war and the eventual enslavement of the entire human race.

No pressure or anything.

Factor in Trystan, the princess’s terrifying betrothed who is intent on unraveling all her secrets, and her own growing feelings for Ruckus, and Delaney is in way over her head.

This is one of those books that I’m conflicted about when it comes to saying whether or not I liked it, and here’s why:
1) I felt like the secondary characters weren’t well-developed.
2) It followed overdone tropes that even though I love, I get a little tired of. But again, I love them, so… That isn’t exactly a negative. It’s more a neutral point for consideration.
3) The language bothered me a bit. I don’t know why, but it’s just a personal irritation of mine when the language is too casual in books, even modern YA. That’s definitely not going to be the case for everyone, though.

That being said, I LOVED the story! I couldn’t get enough of it. I started two nights ago just to see what the first chapter was like. Really, I wasn’t that taken in (but it’s only the first chapter, so that isn’t saying anything bad about the book since it’s hard to get hooked by one chapter sometimes). Last night, though, I got into bed with it and didn’t put it down until I finished the epilogue. The story is amazing. So what if some of the plot points are overdone when this was done beautifully? Modern, extraterrestrial sci-fi? Yes, please! Really, it was great. I devoured it and then freaked out when I realized that it’s the first in a series.

One more year to wait until its sequel’s release…

Do I recommend it? Yes. Definitely. It’s a quick, thrilling read that had be internally flipping out for the majority of the night. There were issues with the beginning that really had me questioning whether or not I’d decide to finish (because I absolutely hate when writers do one particular thing and she did that one particular thing for seemingly no reason), but later, it had a reason and I completely understood it (though it still bothers me that it was there). But I won’t go into that because my pet-peeves aren’t your pet-peeves and this was a wonderful, exhilarating read that I think any lover of young adult sci-fi romance would love.