Sunday, July 23, 2017

BookTubeAThon 2017 - My TBR

Last night, I decided that I would like to try to participate in BookTubeAThon 2017!

For those of you who are not familiar with what BookTubeAThon is, it's exactly how it sounds - marathon reading as many books as we can in one week... to help, there are a few prompts, etc. You can find more information here on the BookTubeAThon's YouTube Channel!

This is my first time joining in! And the keyword here is TRY, lol!
As of right now, my week looks pretty calm and cozy - we don't have any big plans and it's supposed to be cloudy, drizzly... the perfect week for reading!!! 
I'll be posting my reading updates via instagram stories (@thebumblegirl)... 

Here are the books that I have chosen for the READING CHALLENGES

1. Read a book with a person on the cover.

NO GOOD DEED by Kara Connolly - there's a person on the cover, lol! 
And, it's a reimagining of Robin Hood!

2. Read a hyped book.

THE GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO VICE AND VIRTUE by Mackenzi Lee is definitely THE book that everyone is talking about right now! I have only read the first 2 chapters - hoping to reread those and continue on this week! 

3. Finish a book in one day.

THE DOLPHINS, THE WHALES AND THE GUDGEON by Aesop is definitely a book I can finish in one day, lol! It is SO tiny and cute! I hardly ever have time to sit for very long to read anything, so I'm hoping to get through this one - in one sitting without interruptions! (I probably just jinxed myself!) 

4. Read about a character that is very different from you.

MILES MORALES by Jason Reynolds... he's Spiderman! And, I'm afraid of heights, sooo... lol!

5. Finish a book completely outdoors

CAN YOU FIND MY ROBOT'S ARM? by Chihiro Takeuchi is a picture book! Am I cheating with this one? Probably, lol! But in my defense, I did mention that it is suppose to be a cloudy/rainy week!

6. Read a book you bought because of the cover

THE HISTORY OF BEES by Maja Lunde is an ARC, BUT, I did pre-order it the minute I saw the cover! And I was very lucky to have my request (wish) granted by the publisher to receive an advanced copy to read before it's release date in August... it is stunning!!! Very shiny and it has texture and I'm dying to get my hands on the finished copy! I'll also be pre-ordering the UK edition too, I can't decide which cover is more beautiful! I hope it lives up to my expectations!... and bonus - BEES!!! 

7. Read seven books.

And for my seventh book - THE ADVENTURES OF CAVEBOY by Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen! An adorable early middle grade book about a caveboy who is just figuring out who he is and how to make friends :) 

I am really excited for this week! I have never read so many books in one week that didn't include the majority of them being picture books, lol!

Will you be joining BookTubeAThon this week too??? 
If so, let me know! And good luck to us all :) 

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Cover Reveal: DECEPTION SO DEADLY by Clara Kensie (YA)

I am so thrilled to be able to share this cover with you all today!

I have been waiting for a very long time for Clara Kensie to not only give us the new cover to her series, but to also release her story the way it was meant to be told... the DECEPTION SO series was originally published as the RUN TO YOU serial series and the winner of the prestigious RITA® AWARD for BEST FIRST BOOK!!! It is a super romantic psychic thriller that will be released in August!

I seriously cannot wait to read DECEPTION SO DEADLY this Fall!
I've missed Tristan so very much :) 

Cover design by Key of Heart Designs

Deception So series #1
by Clara Kensie
Expected release date August 15th, 2017
Genre: Young Adult Paranormal Romance
Format: Paperback and eBook


Book One in Clara Kensie's YA paranormal thriller DECEPTION So series, DECEPTION SO DEADLY was originally published as the RUN TO YOU serial parts 1 - 3, and is the winner o the prestigious RITA AWARD for BEST FIRST BOOK.


It's all sixteen-year-old Tessa Carson has ever known. Hunted by telepathic killer, Tessa and her family have fled home after home, hiding behind aliases to survive. Her scars are more than just physical, and as the only one in her family withour a psychic ability, she lives a life of secrets, lies, and fear. 

After the Carsons flee to a new hideout and take on new identities yet again, Tessa meets confident, carefree Tristan Walker. Their attraction burns fierce, but she runds from him too, knowing their love can never be true when she can't even tell him her real name. 

But Tristan has secrets as well - secrets that will either save Tessa, or destory her. The only way Tessa can save her family - and uncover the real reason they've been hunted all these years - is to forget everything she's learned from a lifetime of running away, and run straight into danger head-on.

Danger. Deception. Betrayal. 
It must be first love.


"A dark, suspenseful, and romantic ride!" - USA Today

"The perfect blend of mystery, romance, paranormal thrills, and danger." - Mundie Mums

"A well-written YA paranormal read, with welcome dashes of thrills and plot twists, Kensie has written a gripping and engaging series that features great family dynamics and the enormity of first love." - RT Book Review 

"A thrilling story, packed with twists, secrets, an swoon-worthy romance. I couldn't read it fast enough!" - Erica O'Rourke, author of the TORN trilogy (Kensington) an the DISSONANCE series (S&S BFYR)


AMAZON / For more links, click HERE!


Clara Kensie grew up near Chicago, reading every book she could find and using er diary to write stories about a girl with psychic powers who solved mysteries. She purposely did not hide her disary, hoping someone would read it and assume she was writing about herself. Since then, she's swapped her diary for a computer and admits her characters are fictional, but other wise she hasn't changed one bit.

Today, Clara is a RITA Award-winning author of dark fiction for young adults. Her debt, the super-romantic psychic thriller DECEPTION SO series, was named an RT Book Review Editors Pick for Best Books of 2014, and DECEPTION SO Book One: DECEPTION SO DEADLY, is the winner of the prestigious 2015 RITA Award for Best First Book. The first two books in the series, originally released as the six-part RUN TO YOU digital serial in 2014, are being released in print with new DECEPTION SO titles and gorgeous new covers, starting wit DECEPTION SO DEADLY in August 2017 and DECEPTION SO DARK in February 2018. The series continues with DECEPTION SO DANGEROUS in August 2018.

Clara's critically-acclaimed novel AFTERMATH (Simon and Schuster/Simon Pulse), a dark, ripped-from-the-headlines drama about hope, healing, and triumph over tragedy in the tradition of ROOM and THE LOVELY BONES, is on Goodreads' list of Most Popular Books Published in November 2016, and Young Adult Books Central declared it a Top Ten Book of 2016.

Clara's favorite foods are guacamole and cookie dough. 
But not together. That would be gross.


Thursday, July 13, 2017

Blog Tour (Q&A and Giveaway): BECAUSE YOU LOVE TO HATE ME w/Ameriie and Tina Burke (YA)

I am so very happy to be a part of the BECAUSE YOU LOVE TO HATE ME: 13 TALES OF VILLAINY blog tour!!! Today, I get to share with you my Q&A with author and editor, Ameriie, and bookblogger/booktuber, Tina Burke... 

Be sure to read through to the bottom of the post and enter the giveaway that is being hosted by the publisher!

edited by Ameriie
Release date: July 11th, 2017
Published by Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Genre: Fairy Tale/Fantasy - Anthology/Short Stories
Format: Hardcover, eBook


Leave it to the heroes to save the world - villains just want to rule the world.

In this unique anthology, thirteen acclaimed, bestselling authors team up with thirteen influential booktubers to reimagine the origin stories of the villains we love to hate - infamous foes from fairy tales, mythology, and brand-new worlds. 

Based on comic book-inspired enemies in pop culture and classics such as Medusa from Greek mythology, Moriarty from Sherlock Holmes, and the giant from "Jack and the Beanstalk," these fractured, unconventional spins retell each character's story in an original, unexpected way. This behind-the-curtain look at villains explores the pain, heartbreak, and sorrow that set them on the road to bad and questions whether or not anyone is truly born evil. 

No fairy tale will ever seem quite the same again... 

Featuring writing from... 

Authors: Renee Ahdieh, Ameriie, Soman Chainani, Susan Dennard, Sarah Enni, Marissa Meyer, Cindy Pon, Victoria Schwab, Samantha Shannon, Adam Silvera, Andrew Smith, April Genevieve Tucholke and Nicola Yoon. 

Booktubers: Benjamin Alderson (Benjaminoftomes), Sasha Alsberg (abookutopia), Whitney Atkinson (WhittyNovels), Tina Burke (ChristinaReadsYA blog and TheLushables), Catriona Feeney (LittleBookOwl), Jesse George (JessetheReader), Zoe Herdt (readbyzoe), Samantha Lane (Thoughts on Tomes), Sophia Lee (thebookbasement), Raeleen Lemay (padfootandprongs07), Regan Perusse (PeruseProject), Christine Riccio (polandbananasBOOKS), and Steph Sinclair & Kat Kennedy (Cuddlebuggery blog and channel). 

MY Q&A with author and editor, AMERIIE

1. BECAUSE YOU LOVE TO HATE ME are fairy tale retellings that are told from villain's point-of-view, why give them the spotlight when they are purposefully callous and unforgiving?

"Even when I was a kid, I felt sorry for the villain. There was something sad about them, I felt they were misunderstood. I wanted to understand them, and not only that, I wanted everyone else to understand them, too. I wanted the villains, the so-called evil-doers, to get a chance to tell their own stories so that we could get the "full truth" of their situations." 

2. Fairy tales are said to be 'fictititious short stories that usually teach a moral lesson' - do you believe that in this day that fairy tales and their retellings can still have an impact on readersIf so, what you you like to see readers learn from BECAUSE YOU LOVE TO HATE ME?

"It's harder to teach lessons these day s because I think we're, in general, a lot more aware that ther are no easy answers, that often times there are no easy delineations of right and wrong. If anything, I'd just like the anthology to make readers question themselves when they are quick to judge. I'd like the book to help create empathy, though I read somewhere that reading tends to do that, anyway. In any case, an increase in empathy would do us all a world of good, especially now, when we're all closer yet further apart than ever." 

3. How did it feel to have to work with someone else's idea rather than come up with your ownDo you feel that the prompts influenced you away from something else that you may have written?

"It was a scary prospect because of course, I was concerned that I wouldn't be able to deliver. But I'm really happy with the resulting story. The funny thing is that although you might think it'd be harder to be creative when writing under constraints, I believe it forces you to be more creative. You have a nutshell, and now you have to figure out what to do with it. you can't fall on easy answers, easy story paths. Now that I think of it, it reminds me of one of those competitive chef shows, where everyone gets the same ingredients and they have to make something special." 

4. Favorite fairy tale? Favorite villain

"Hmmm. I have too many, so I think the Brother's Grimm version of Cinderella. 
My favorite villain is Michael Corleone of the Godfather, though I've never seen him as a villain." 

MY Q&A with booktuber, TINA BURKE

1. What were some of the prompts that you provided to Ameriie, and what sort of research did you do to come up with them

"I had five prompt sections: Serial Killers, Fairy Tales, Mobsters, Historical Figures, and Mash It All Up. I was most worried about creating a prompt that was too restrictive; part of the cool thin in fairy tale retellings, for instance, is that you can choose which plot points you want to reinvent, not include, etc. So I didn't want to create a prompt that actually specified plot points. As Ameriie hinted in our google hangout, one of the prompts was related to Countess Elizabeth Bathory, who could fit under many of these categories. Having multiple categories also meant that Ameriie could mash up the prompts in whatever way she wanted.
As for research I did, I looked up serial killers, mobsters, and historical figures. I looked at the books that I read and considered why I did and didn't like the villain in that particular book. I read various articles about what made a good villain. I took these things into consideration." 

2. What villain do you think is the most misunderstood and deserves a chance to be sought out, listened to an, perhaps, be understood/forgiven

"I don't think there is any one villain who deserves this more than another. Villainy is often a matter of perspective - you can be the hero of your story and the villain in someone else's. But in general, I would like to read more stories about morally grey characters who blur the line of heroism and villainy."

3. What is your favorite fairy tale and/or who is your favorite villain, and why

"I have a confession to make: I don't really like fairy tales. But that's also somewhat of a fallacy, because that's like saying I don't like Story. Ursula Le Guin, in "the Wilderness Within: The Sleeping Beauty and 'The Poacher'" (The Wave in the Mind), wrote about how she hates being asked about what inspired her and how few writers could ever pinpoint all the little things that take root in their brains - and hey, go back to the original stories, fairy tales inspire us all, etc. And Vladimir Propp, in "Morphology of the Folktale" (The Classic Fairy Tales), writes about the different functions of various phenomena within fairy tales, most of which are in regular stories anyway. But I guess I just don't like the simplicity of fairy tales, which have those functions but without the added context and richness in a regular story, the "Big Idea" so to speak. 

I don't really have one favorite villain (see #2), but there are quite a few I like. Recently I was listening to the audiobook 2015 version of Dracula, and OMG, the first two parts of the audiobook are a.m.a.z.i.n.g. The atmosphere, the build-up, the slow discovery of what Dracula is doing, the facade he is building - and contrasted against my dislike of Jonathan Harker, who's supposed to be the hero, I guess - I'm engrossed. 
Grendel is a pretty great villain retelling from Beowulf (and another example of how giants are always viewed evil!). 
Dolores Umbridge is a pretty great villain to hate - certainly not one I'd fangirl over, but one who felt realistic, a character who we've met in our lives at some point.
And, of course, there's the villain crushes I identified in another post; they're pretty cool characters, too. That's without getting into media beyond books." 


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Ameriie is a Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter, producer, and lifestyle bon vivant.

The daughter of a Korean artist and an American military officer, she was born in Massachusetts, raised all over the world, and graduated from Georgetown University with a bachelor's in English. 

She began writing at the age of seven, stories of fairies and piraes and witches and phantoms.

She lives mostly in her imagination, but also on Earth with her husband, her parents and sister, and about seven billion other people. 

When she isn't writing or creating music, she talks books, beauty, and more on her YouTube channel, Books Beauty Ameriie.

ABOUT THE BOOKTUBER - Tina Burke aka ChristinaReadsYA and The Lushables

Tina was raised in Southern California by a boisterous Lebanese family, whose favorite words ("let me tell you a story") spurred a lifelong love of storytelling. 

After earning a BA in neuroscience, she moved to the East Coast for her PhD program. 

When she's not reading or thinking about her next research story, she can be found writing fictional stories. 

Don't forget to follow the blog tour... 
ends on July 27th... 


July 11: The Candid Cover
July 21: Novel Novice
July 24: Peace Love Books
July 25: The Plot Bunny

Saturday, July 1, 2017

June 2017 Book Haul, Wrap-Up and July TBR

Hi there! I hope you are all doing well :)

It is really, really hard to try to understand that it is already July 1st!
Especially with how busy and chaotic June was for me, lol! 
I cannot even begin to tell you all the things that occurred throughout the month - enough to keep me away from most bookish things - which is why I never got to finish my reviews and nothing was posted all month long... 
I am lowering my expectations and taking away the pressure this month - I have set a realistic schedule for myself and do hope to follow through all the bookish things... I need to, for my own sanity, lol ;) 

To start, here are all the books I've read and accumulated throughout June :) 

My JUNE Book Haul

*What I received to review...

- BECAUSE YOU LOVE TO HATE ME edited by Ameriie (YA/HB) from Bloomsbury 
- SHARK DOG! by Ged Adamson (C/HB) from HarperCollins 
DOG NIGHT AT THE STORY ZOO by Dan Bar-el (MG/HB) from Tundra Books
CAN YOU FIND MY ROBOT'S ARM? by Chihiro Takeuchi (C/HB) from Tundra Books
7 ATE 9, The Untold Story by Tara Lazar (C/HB) from Disney-Hyperion 
ROYAL BASTARDS by Andrew Shvarts (YA/HB) from Disney-Hyperion 
- MILES MORALES by Jason Reynolds (YA/ARC) from Disney-Hyperion (Marvel Press)
- WILDMAN by J.C. Geiger (YA/HB) from Disney-Hyperion 
- HELLO, SUNSHINE by Leila Howland (YA/HB) from Disney-Hyperion 
THERE'S A MONSTER IN YOUR BOOK by Tom Fletcher (C/ARC) from Random House Children's Books 
- NO GOOD DEED by Kara Connolly (YA/ARC) from Random House Children's Books
THE DUKE OF BANNERMAN PREP by Katie A. Nelson (YA/HB) from Sky Pony Press 
THE HUSH by Skye Melki-Wegner (YA/HB) from Sky Pony Press 
- THE NEXT TOGETHER by Lauren James (YA/HB) from Sky Pony Press
- THE HEARTS WE SOLD by Emily Lloyd-Jones (YA/ARC) from The Novl (Little Brown)
- THE CROWNS OF CROSWALD by D. E. Night (YA/ARC) from JKS Communications 
- THE CAJUN DOCTOR (Cajun #10) by Sandra Hill (Adult/PB) from Avon Books 
- MEDDLING KIDS by Edgar Cantero (Adult/ARC) from Double Day Books 
- SUN AT MIDNIGHT by Rosie Thomas (Adult/ARC) from The Overlook Press 
- MAP OF THE HEART by Susan Wiggs (Adult/ARC) from William Morrow 

*Books I received as gifts or from giveaways...

- IT'S ALWAYS THE HUSBAND by Michelle Campbell (Adult/ARC) from @Lisa_LostInBooks
- THE BEES by Laline Paull (Adult/PB) from The Llama Library Book Swap 
LITTLE BEE by Chris Cleave (Adult/PB) 
STONEHEART by Charlie Fletcher (MG/PB) 

From Book Of The Month June Subscription Box:
A MILLION JUNES by Emily Henry (YA/HB)

*Books I received through through #BooksForTrade via twitter...
- WHILE BEAUTY SLEPT by Elizabeth Blackwell (Adult/HB)
- PERFECT RUIN (Internment Chronicles #1) by Lauren DeStefano (YA/PB) 
- BURNING KINGDOMS (Internment Chronicles #2) by Lauren DeStefano (YA/HB)
- BROKEN CROWNS (Internment Chronicles #3) by Lauren DeStefano (YA/HB) 

*Books I purchased this month... 

- THE SECRET LOVES OF GEEK GIRLS by Hope Nicholson (YA/graphic novel PB)
- LOVE AND VANDALISM by Laurie Boyle Crompton (YA/PB)
- ANNE OF GREEN GABLES by L.M. Montgomery (Classic/HB) Puffin in Bloom Edition 
ALICE'S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND by Lewis Carol (Classic/HB) V&A Collector's Edition 
- ANNE OF GREEN GABLES by L.M. Montgomery (Classic/HB) V&A Collector's Edition
- THE DOLPHINS, THE WHALES AND THE GUDGEON by Aesop (Classic/PB) Penguin Little Black Classics No. 61
 - ELIZA AND HER MONSTERS by Francesca Zappia (YA/HB) Owlcrate Edition 
SAGA, Volume 1 by Brian K. Vaughan (A/trade paperback) 
IF I COULD TELL YOU by Elizabeth Wilhide (A/PB) 

What I read in JUNE

- THE GOLDEN COMPASS (His Dark Materials #1) by Philip Pullman (YA/PB reread) - 4 stars 
- THE FOG by Kyo Maclear (C/HB) - 4 stars
- CARSON CROSSES CANADA by Linda Bailey (C/HB) - 5 stars
- THERE, THERE by Tim Beier (C/HB) - 4 stars 
- EVERY HEART A DOORWAY (Wayward Children #1) by Seanan McGuire (YA/HB) - 3 stars 
- CARAVAL by Stephanie Garber (YA/HB) - 3 stars 
- NIGHT NIGHT, GROOT by Brendan Deneen (C/HB) - 5 stars 
- BOB, NOT BOB! by Liz Garton Scanlon and Audrey Vernick (C/HB) - 5 stars 
- CARS 3 LEAD THE WAY by Ace Landers (C/HB) - 4 stars 
- SHADOW AND BONE by Leigh Bardugo (YA/HB reread) - 5 stars  
- MOXIE by Jennifer Mathieu (YA/ARC) - 4 stars 

What I reviewed in JUNE

THE GOLDEN COMPASS (His Dark Materials #1) by Philip Pullman (YA) - reread 

What I plan on reading in JULY

First, I hope to finish reading: 

- BECOMING BONNIE by Jenni L. Walsh (YA/HB) 
- BECAUSE YOU LOVE TO HATE ME by Ameriie and other authors (YA/HB) 

And then, I hope I have enough time to read most of these: 
- SUN AT MIDNIGHT by Rosie Thomas (Adult/ARC)
- NO GOOD DEED by Goldy Moldavsky (YA/ARC) 
HELLO, SUNSHINE by Leila Howland (YA/HB) 
- THE HUSH by Skye Melki-Wegner (YA/HB)
MILES MORALES by Jason Reynolds (YA/ARC)  
CAN YOU FIND MY ROBOT'S ARM? by Chihiro Takeuchi (C/HB) 
7 ATE 9, The Untold Story by Tara Lazar (C/HB) 
- LOVE AND VANDALISM by Laurie Boyle Crompton (YA/PB) 
- SIEGE AND STORM (Shadow and Bone #2) by Leigh Bardugo (YA/HB - reread) 
- OUR DARK DUET (Monsters of Verity #2) by Victoria Schwab (YA/HB) - not pictured

Please let me know in the comments what you're reading... 
and leave your blog or book haul links too!

Happy reading!!!

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