A Little Bit About Me

November 7, 2015

Yes, it was my birthday, and I turned 21 on October 2nd! Have some of that month old cake ;D

I've never been big on birthdays, and I've never even mentioned it here on the blog, but with the 21st, I felt like it called for some kind of acknowledgement.

21 is supposed to be this big milestone in people's lives, mostly because of the legal drinking age thing, I guess? I don't drink, though, and the only other thing that's of significance is that I can now marry legally (the legal age for marriage in India is 21). Yeah, no plans of doing that anytime soon, so I figured I'd do something noteworthy and share some unknown facts about my interesting life (question is, if my life were really interesting, would this be the noteworthy thing I do on my 21st?)

Review: Walk on Earth A Stranger by Rae Carson

October 3, 2015

Title: Walk on Earth A Stranger (Gold Seer Trilogy #1)
Author: Rae Carson
Publication date: September 22, 2015
Publisher: Greenwillow Books (HarperCollins)
Genre: YA, Fantasy, Historical Fiction
Source: Publisher (Edelweiss)
Amazon | Goodreads | TBD
Gold is in my blood, in my breath, even in the flecks in my eyes.

Lee Westfall has a strong, loving family. She has a home she loves and a loyal steed. She has a best friend—who might want to be something more.

She also has a secret.

Leee can sense gold in the world around her. Veins deep in the earth. Small nuggets in a stream. Even gold dust caught underneath a fingernail. She has kept her family safe and able to buy provisions, even through the harshest winters. But what would someone do to control a girl with that kind of power? A person might muder for it.

When everything Lee holds dear is ripped away, she flees west to California—where gold has just been discovered. Perhaps this will be the one place a magical girl can be herself. If she survives the journey.

The acclaimed Rae Carson begins a sweeping new trilogy set in Gold Rush-era America, about a young woman with a powerful and dangerous gift.

After completely loving Fire and Thorns trilogy by Rae Carson, I knew I would read anything else she wrote. And so when I got the chance to review Walk on Earth A Stranger, I grabbed it. And I am so glad I did.

In a few words, Walk on Earth A Stranger is the story of Leah Westfall who has the power to glean gold, wherever it might be. In an effort to escape from her uncle who murders her parents to get to her, Leah travels across the country to California at the start of the gold rush. Her rationale is that she would be able to conceal her power in a place where it wouldn't be a miracle to find gold.

ARC August Wrap Up!

September 1, 2015

ARC August is over, y'all! I am so proud of what I managed to accomplish this month, although week 4 hasn't exactly been the best.

ARC August Update: Week Three

August 27, 2015

Week 3 was awesome! I completely rocked the socks off this week :D

Review: Dumplin' by Julie Murphy

August 25, 2015

Title: Dumplin'
Author: Julie Murphy
Publication date: September 15, 2015
Publisher: Balzer + Bray (HarperCollins)
Genre: YA, Contemporary
Source: Publisher (Edelweiss)
Amazon Goodreads TBD
Self-proclaimed fat girl Willowdean Dickson (dubbed “Dumplin’” by her former beauty queen mom) has always been at home in her own skin. Her thoughts on having the ultimate bikini body? Put a bikini on your body. With her all-American beauty best friend, Ellen, by her side, things have always worked . . . until Will takes a job at Harpy’s, the local fast-food joint. There she meets Private School Bo, a hot former jock. Will isn’t surprised to find herself attracted to Bo. But she is surprised when he seems to like her back.

Instead of finding new heights of self-assurance in her relationship with Bo, Will starts to doubt herself. So she sets out to take back her confidence by doing the most horrifying thing she can imagine: entering the Miss Clover City beauty pageant—along with several other unlikely candidates—to show the world that she deserves to be up there as much as any twiggy girl does. Along the way, she’ll shock the hell out of Clover City—and maybe herself most of all.

With starry Texas nights, red candy suckers, Dolly Parton songs, and a wildly unforgettable heroine— Dumplin’ is guaranteed to steal your heart.

Five Things You Should Know About Dumplin'

ARC August Update: Week Two

August 19, 2015

Week 2 has gone by very slowly. I had to really struggle with staying on track, but I still managed to kind of meet my goal.

ARC August Update: Week One

August 12, 2015

Week 1 of ARC August finished a few days back, and I'm very happy to say that I wasn't a complete failure! Yay!