Blogger Spotlight: Bibliophile Soprano

Today, we were going to know more about Fay from Bibliophile Soprano. She’s kind and one of the blogger friends who helped me along the way. I would love to meet her again someday! Maybe, we can talk about Brandon Sanderson’s Reckoners Trilogy with a cup of Chamomile Tea. Hi, Fay!


PERSONAL LIFE

1. What book introduces you to fiction novels? Can you name 5 of your favorite books or series?

  • Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse introduced me to fiction, but what got me into YA is The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins.
  • My favorite series aside from THG include The Divergent Series by Veronica Roth, The Under the Never Sky Series by Veronica Rossi, The Immortal Game Series by Ann Aguirre, and The Reckoners Series by Brandon Sanderson.

2. How did you start to like reading as a habit? Do you have any other habits aside from reading novels?

I just love the feeling of getting lost in a good book, so I tend to read a lot especially when I feel alone. I love writing, so I dream of writing a book that people would get lost in.

3. If you are going to date someone, fictional or not, dead or alive, who would it be and why? What are the things that you are going to do on your date?

I would love to meet “The One” (a.k.a. my true love, whoever he is). A simple coffee date would be nice, but I would also like to go on adventures.

Since I haven’t met him yet, turning to fictional book boyfriends would mean choosing Nero Sison (from Beginner’s Guide: Love and Other Chemical Reactions by Six de Los Reyes) as my date. He holds my 2016 award for book boyfriend of the year!

4. Name some of your favorite authors and give them a brief description of why are they your favorites.

  • Veronica Rossi
  • Veronica Roth

These two authors wrote two of my most favorite book series, ever.

  • Jennifer Niven
  • Nicola Yoon

Both Jennifer and Nicola wrote diverse books that I really loved. They have made their marks on my heart.

  • Katie Van Ark
  • Temple West

Katie and Temple are two of my favorite Swoon Reads authors. They’ve become my friends and I’m glad to have known them!

  • Six de Los Reyes
  • Ms. Ines Bautista-Yao
  • Ms. Mina V. Esguerra

These ladies are from #romanceclass, a community of authors and readers that I support. I’ve read their works and loved them! Current titleholder of my favorite #romanceclass book is Ate Six with Beginner’s Guide: Love and Other Chemical Reactions.

  • John Green

Okay? Okay.

5. If you are going to give advice to your 10-year-old self, what would it be?

Read the Harry Potter Series (yes, I haven’t read HP yet!) so you can avoid the shocked reactions from people who find out you haven’t read the books.

BLOGGING LIFE

1. What made you start to do book blogging?

I wanted to share my thoughts about the books I love. I wanted to let people know about the books that I think they should read. Books change lives and I believe in that so much.

2. What was the most difficult part of book blogging?

The jealousy (with followers, ARCs, and other bookish stuff), I guess. All book bloggers go through that phase, I believe. It’s that time when you doubt yourself and you feel like you’re not good enough because your progress is quite slow compared to other bloggers.

3. Interacting with people from different places, virtually, how did you gather so many followers? If you have one thing to thanks to your followers, what would it be?

Honestly, I think most people found me because of my giveaways. It’s a reality for me, especially with that sudden follower drop after a massive giveaway, but I guess it’s inevitable. And it can bring great things, too. I mostly discover other blogs because of their giveaways, and it led me to meet my blogging friends!

I am thankful for everyone supporting my blog! Especially those who read my posts and comment on them. Your thoughts mean a lot to me!

4. What do you think is the disadvantage of bloggers?

Maybe the overhype for some books?

It’s that thing when a group of friends happens to love a certain book, and those bloggers happen to have a lot of followers, and all those followers go with the hype. It’s not entirely a disadvantage, though because it can boost the anticipation for a book that needs it, but it becomes a disadvantage when members of the book community start seeing a book as overhyped and they end up being disappointed.

5. Mention some Book Blogging Friends that you would love to see in person!

Ate Sai from Literary Hues, Ate Jhed from When Books Defy Gravity, Ate Shealea from That Bookshelf Bitch, Mish from Bibliophile Mish and Ate Nicka from Read by Nicka!

BOOKISH LIFE

1. Name some favorite book of yours according to your genre preferences.

  • Romance -Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
  • Contemporary – Extraordinary Means by Robyn Schneider
  • Fantasy – Summer of Yesterday by Gaby Triana
  • Paranormal – Public Enemies by Ann Aguirre
  • Dystopian Fiction – Divergent by Veronica Roth

2. How do you pick the books that you are going to read next?

Sometimes I follow my reading schedule (especially with ARCs), but most of the time I just read what I feel like picking up!

3. SHOW US YOUR BOOKSHELF! Describe it.

My bookshelf needs more space. It currently has three levels, and the books are arranged according to significance. The most special ones are on the middle shelf. I also consider the sizes of the books in arranging. Sometimes I group the books from similar publishers, too.

4. What are the books and who are authors that influence you as a reader?

All the #romanceclass books and authors are families to me. But the most influential books are the ones that made me cry (e.g. Me Before You) and the ones that changed how I see the world (e.g. Divergent).

5. What is your one ultimate favorite quote from a book and why?

“Just live.” (Will, Me Before You by Jojo Moyes)

I love this quote because it reminds me to hold on and keep on surviving each day no matter how hard it gets. It gives me so much hope.


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BLOG TOUR SIGN UP: Pillow Thoughts by Courtney Peppernell

A lot fraction of my friends knew this by now, I am a huge fan of Poetry and I simple love them. From Pablo Neruda’s love poetry to Rupi Kaur’s empowering Milk and Honey. I love it. And now, I want to host a Blog Tour for Pillow Thoughts by Courtney Peppernell!

This tour is open both INTERNATIONAL and PH Bloggers.

Before you sign up, here are the details for the blog tour:

1. The sign up will be up until February 14. Yep. That’s Valentine’s Day. You’ll have two weeks to decide. *Pretty Please*

2. I will be choosing everyone who will take an interest to take on this Blog Tour. Poetry Books are easy to read so, It would be wonderful if a lot of people will share about this book.

3. The preferred format that we will be using would be .epub. That way, it would be more convenient.

4. The schedule of the tour will be on February 22, 2016 – March n, 2016 – depends on how many bloggers will sign up. And Yep! That’s my birthday. I would highly appreciate it if this blog tour became a success. It can be your gift as well! (demanding, lol. 😛 )

5. Information that I will acquire in this form will be treated highly confidential.

https://goo.gl/forms/bat54244xn7EmXQL2

Blogger Spotlight: Literary Hues

I would like to welcome, Sayyeda from Literary Hues who love cosmetics and books both at the same time.



PERSONAL LIFE

What book introduces you to fiction novels? Can you name 5 of your favorite books or series?

I started reading at a very young age, the first book I remember finishing was Alice in Wonderland. From there I got into the wonderful world of reading.

Top five books or series? Let’s see.

  1. The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak. My favorite book of all time.
  2. A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness. This hits close to home so much.
  3. The Shadowhunter Chronicles by Cassandra Clare. Honestly, I love reading about the different generations of Shadowhunters. That world is just too good to let go.
  4. Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas. This is a recent favorite, but it’s so good! Probably my favorite YA thriller at the moment
  5. The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer. Her futuristic spin to popular fairy tales is amazing. I love how she has a series full of diverse, bad ass females.

How did you start to like reading as a habit? Do you have any other habits aside from reading novels?

I guess it just became a habit because I wanted something to keep me occupied. We didn’t have cable nor the internet back in high school so I resorted to borrowing books from the school library. Other habits I suppose include bullet journaling and drinking (hella sweet) coffee.

If you are going to date someone, fictional or not, dead or alive, who would it be and why? What are the things that you are going to do on your date?

This is tough oh my god haha. Will Herondale, or someone like him. Sassy, funny, loves reading, cultured, cute as heck. Go see a play, then head to a park right after and grab some ice cream. I’d love to get to know him more and talk about anything and everything.

Name some of your favorite authors and give them a brief description of why are they your favorites. (I know that this question will be difficult, feel free to answer as many as you want!)

  • Sarah J. Maas. I love how she has bad ass female protagonists, but she doesn’t portray them as Mary Sue types. Feyre and Aelin are both flawed and can be aggravating at times, but they have awesome development. Her books are very empowering, and I love how a lot of her major characters are also female.
  • I love Marissa Meyer for this reason too. The Lunar Chronicles had a diverse, bad ass group of females. She also goes in depth into the main villain, showing readers that not everything is in black and white.
  • Marie Lu. Her characters are amazing and her books have great world building. She also knows how to end her series with a bang, leaving readers an emotional mess and I love it.
  • Amanda Lovelace. I absolutely loved The Princess Saves Herself In This One. I could relate to most of it, and her works are very empowering too. While she talks about love, loss, and grief, there is also recovering, empowerment, and hope.

If you are going to give advice to your 10-year-old self, what would it be?

Don’t let anyone’s opinion of you affect how you see yourself.

BLOGGING LIFE

What made you start to do book blogging?

Um, you encouraged me to start? Haha. [TRPB: Why would I even ask this? Lol.]

What was the most difficult part of book blogging?

Being consistent in posting, lol. Managing my time between reading, blogging, work, and my social life.

Interacting with people from different places, virtually, how did you gather followers? If you have one thing to thanks to your followers, what would it be?

Memes with a blog linkup, book tags, and bookstagram is a huge help too.

I’d like to thank them for sticking with me until where I am right now, especially when I was just trying to get a grasp of things. Thank them for caring enough about my opinion on books for them to follow me, and for becoming friends with them along the way.

What do you think is the disadvantage of bloggers?

You could get called out by someone whose opinions are not in line with yours. Also from what I’ve seen so far, bloggers tend to have a reputation. Some people wouldn’t trust your opinion as much if they know you’ve been sponsored, or you got a copy of the book in exchange for a review.

Mention some Book Blogging Friends that you would love to see in person!

BOOKISH LIFE

Name some favorite book of yours according to your genre preferences.

For Scifi, Ready Player One by Ernest Cline, The Illuminae Files and The Lunar Chronicles.
For heist, definitely Six of Crows duology by Leigh Bardugo.
For fantasy, ACOTAR, Air Awakens, Shadowhunter Chronicles, and Grisha.
For poetry, Milk and Honey, Mouthful of Forevers and The Princess Saves Herself in This One.

How do you pick the books that you are going to read next?

I’m such a mood reader, I go with what I feel like reading at that certain time.

SHOW US YOUR BOOKSHELF! Describe it.

Oh god, I don’t have a shelf, haha! Imagine a nightstand, now imagine six super tall piles of books on it. I have a mini-shelf at work too, full of books on my TBR, with a few funkos lying around.

What are the books and authors that influence you as a reader?

First of all, Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher was one that influenced me. It taught me to be more compassionate, and to be mindful of what I do and say, and how it could possibly affect people. (That original ending was a bit of a disappointment, though. I felt like it wasn’t necessary.)

The Ruby Oliver series by E. Lockhart was another book I really enjoyed in college. It made me sassier, I think. It was really funny.

What is your one ultimate favorite quote from a book and why?

 “You are not weak. You are not indecisive. You are strong. Fierce. Capable beyond measure.” From The Wrath and The Dawn, Renee Ahdieh

I’m a big fan of quotes that are really empowering, these are quotes I tend to keep in mind when facing huge challenges.


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Again, I grab her photo from her Profile Pictures on Facebook. She told me to.

 

Blogger Spotlight: To Be Reviewed Books

Today, I would like to present you Sherna from To Be Reviewed Books! Oh, I love her answers! She’s nailing my interview questions and we both love Colleen Hoover!


PERSONAL LIFE

What book introduces you to fiction novels? Can you name 5 of your favorite books or series?
TWILIGHT! I was twelve, summer before starting as a high school freshman. I’ve seen the first two movies the year before (and loved them), so when my cousin just happened to have her friend’s Twilight books with her, I borrowed it and oh, what a glorious summer that was. I could recite my favorite parts in Eclipse by heart.

Five favorite books (in no particular order) – Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover, Art & Soul by Brittainy C. Cherry, The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay, I Remember You by Cathleen Davitt Bell and…ohmygosh this is hard, um…OH WAIT! A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas!

How did you start to like reading as a habit? Do you have any other habits aside from reading novels?
Like I said, it started summer of 2010 when I was twelve because of Twilight. Years before that, I found an old book in the house of the same cousin I earlier mentioned. It was The Excorcist. I didn’t finish it because I was maybe, eight? Anyway, when I read Eclipse and Breaking Dawn, I just…I don’t know. It feels different in such an amazing way to be able to read Bella’s thoughts since that’s what we can’t see in the movies. Then, I just felt like it’s awesome to be in another person’s head even though he/she’s fictional. So, I bought my own books and I never looked back to the times when I didn’t know how beautiful reading is.

As for hobbies, it’s also related to reading which is writing. I’ve been a campus journalist since I was a high school freshie, then I became a literary editor my senior year and now that I’m in college, I’m editor-in-chief of our department’s publication. I’ve also got about a thousand short stories, poems and unfinished manuscripts for novels that will never see the light of day saved in my laptop.

Wait, does listening to Hamilton soundtrack twelve times a day count as a hobby?

If you are going to date someone, fictional or not, dead or alive, who would it be and why? What are the things that you are going to do on your date?
I’m feeling so giddy while answering this question! If I were to date someone, it would be Sebastian Stan. Why? BECAUSE HE’S SEBASTIAN STAN YOUR RESIDENT SEXY SEA BASS, OKAY? #nuffsaid

When I look at Sebastian Stan, I sing a slightly different version of “Helpless” from Hamilton: An American Musical. “You looked back at me and suddenly I’m helpless. Oh, look at those thighs, oh…”

Anyway, he’d take me shopping for Winter Soldier Funkos, then we’d go to a book store and he’d buy me books then I’ll take him home so I could cook our food because I love cooking and am really good at it. I’ll hope to impress him with my Creamy Chicken Pesto. You know what they say, “The way to a man’s heart…”

Name some of your favorite authors and give them a brief description of why are they your favorites.

  • Colleen Hoover a.k.a. Giveaway Goddess; always has something special with her books (poems, actual album, art prints…)
  • Tahereh Mafi a.k.a. Prettier and Wittier Than U; mom of my book boyfriend Aaron Warner Anderson
  • Sarah J. Maas a.k.a. Ship Breaker; forever thankful to her for writing about kickass heroines. And Illyrian males with wiiiiide wingspans.
  • Jennifer L. Armentrout a.k.a. Track 23 – Non Stop; coz she writes like she’s running out of time. She publishes like seven books a year.

If you are going to give advice to your 10-year-old self, what would it be?
Save your Christmas aginaldo from your ninongs and ninangs so you can buy more books two years later! Don’t spend it on kiddie play make-up, ffs!

BLOGGING LIFE

What made you start to do book blogging?
When I entered college as someone who majors in Journalism, I thought it would be pretty wise to establish a blog so that I’d have samples for when I’m asked in job or internship interviews, applications and whatnot. So, I thought, “why not a book blog?” That way, I was able to combine two things that I love – reading and writing. Oh, and being online and including funny gifs with my reviews.

What was the most difficult part of book blogging?
There are times when I just can’t grasp the right words for my emotion towards certain parts of a book, so that’s pretty hard. Sometimes, I have ARCs that need to be reviewed on a month or week that’s just particularly busy, so it’s either I don’t have time to read or draft my review and end up missing my target date to post.

Interacting with people from different places, virtually, how did you gather followers? If you have one thing to thanks to your followers, what would it be?
Well, I don’t really have a lot of followers on my blog (hopefully that’ll change after this post, thanks to this awesome Polar Bear), but I guess a blogger gains followers for posting constantly and having those posts be informative and entertaining at the same time. I mean, of course your blog followers would want to know what your opinion is about a certain book that they might have been anticipating for a long time to know if it is indeed worth their wait, so they turn to you. Now, it doesn’t really translate well if your reviews are too generic. You have to put your own flare to your reviews and not just copy the style of other bloggers. Even putting a title to your blog posts, making them witty and creative or relevant to your personality, will stand out to followers and might make them follow you.

What do you think is the disadvantage of bloggers?
I couldn’t, for the life of me, think of a single disadvantage. I mean, you get to read books before anyone else—FOR. FREE. You gain lots of friends from all over the globe who share the same love for books that you have. You get to converse with authors you love. You get book swags. What sane person would dare complain about that?

Mention some Book Blogging Friends that you would love to see in person!
I’d love to meet Hazel of staybookish.com. She’s seriously my #bloggergoals. Her blog is amazing-looking, her blog contents are awesome and she always has book giveaways!

BOOKISH LIFE

Name some favorite book of yours according to your genre preferences.
I mainly read two genres—YA Fantasy and NA Contemporary.

So, for YA Fantasy, I love Throne of Glass and A Court if Thorns and Roses series by Sarah J. Maas, The Wrath & the Dawn and The Rose & the Dagger by Renée Ahdieh (you guys, if you love these, too I run the @TWATD_PH twitter account, so…), Girl of Fire and Thorns series by Rae Carson, Covenant series by Jennifer L. Armentrout, Blood of Eden and Iron Fey series by Julie Kagawa, The Illuminae Files by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman, The Starbound trilogy by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner, Daughter of Smoke and Bone series by Laini Taylor, The Winner’s trilogy by Marie Rutkoski and The Remnant Chronicles by Mary E. Pearson. I’m sure there are others that I am forgetting, but these books here are super awesome.

For NA Contemporary, everything Colleen Hoover, Emma Chase, K.A. Tucker and Christina Lauren writes, Wait for You by Jennifer L. Armentrout, Maybe in Another Life and One True Loves by Taylor Jenkins Reid, The Deal by Elle Kennedy, Dearest Clementine by Lex Martin and Bright Side by Kim Holden. There are sooo many more in this genre that I love, so we better be Goodreads friends (http://www.goodreads.com/bookwormswiftie) so you can go through my shelved books.

How do you pick the books that you are going to read next?
I honestly don’t have any pattern or checklist or some kind of plan to decide what book I’m going to read next. Whatever floats my boat is the way I read. Sometimes I’ll go on a New Adult books binge, sometimes I alternate it with YA. Sometimes I buy or read books that aren’t even on my TBR list.

SHOW US YOUR BOOKSHELF! Describe it.

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Well…I made a promise to myshelf (ha!) that I wouldn’t post a full pic of my bookshelf ANYWHERE until I have completely bought Harry Potter, Twilight, Cassandra Clare and Sarah J. Maas books. Sadly, I still don’t have my own Twilight books, I still lack HP1 and I sold my Clare books because they’re the old covers and I wanted the one that forms a picture in their spines and Sarah J. Maas series will not be complete until September this year after the final Throne of Glass book gets released. But…here’s a sneak peek:

Description: It’s three layers, arranged in an order only I could understand. Kidding. So the hardbounds are on the top layer with the large paperbacks and international editions or what I call “normal-sized paperbacks”. Second layer has the UK eds and trade paperbacks and the third layer is constantly changing because it isn’t full yet so, whatever new paperback I buy goes there until I get the urge to rearrange my shelf again (which happens, like, every month). Also each layer’s arranged with the books in the same series and/or same author together.

What are the books and authors that influence you as a reader?
Colleen Hoover and Sarah J. Maas influence me the most. Colleen writes love stories I wish would happen to me and Sarah writes heroines I wish I could be.

What is your one ultimate favorite quote from a book and why?
“You can’t get mad at a real ending. Some of them are ugly. It’s the fake happily-ever-afters that should piss you off.”

—Hopeless by Colleen Hoover


TO BE REVIEWED BOOKS


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I grabbed it from her Twitter account! Shh!

Interview with Breeana Shields

  1. I believe, this is your first debut novel, right? How does it feel to publish a book?

Yes, Poison’s Kiss is my first book and it feels amazing (and a little scary!) to finally have it on shelves and available to readers.

  1. Has it always your dream to become an author and write about Indian Folklore?

I’ve wanted to be a writer since I was in fourth grade. The Indian folklore part came much later.

  1. What do you think that made you attracted and piqued interest about Indian Mythology to the point that you’ve read a lot of references and combined those ideas by building another version of your own world with the touch of the reality’s fascinating ancient stories?

I was listening to a lecture on espionage when the professor mentioned one little snippet about Indian folklore that made my imagination take off. I couldn’t stop thinking about it and before I knew it, Marinda was a real character in my head and she was pretty insistent that I tell her story.

  1. Has been your dream to become an author since then or how did you get to this point?

Yes, becoming an author has been a lifelong dream for me, but it took a lot of work to get to this point. I wrote one other book before Poison’s Kiss that got really close to getting an agent but wasn’t quite ready. It was disappointing, but I’m so glad I didn’t give up. Breaking into publishing is hard, but if it’s your dream, you’ve got to have enough tenacity to keep going. Most authors I know haven’t published the first thing they’ve written. (I know of one author who wrote 20 books before one sold!)

  1. Why do you think most of the authors write in a female point of view instead of male’s perspective? I’m not against with that but through observations, I think most of the Young Adult books today is in female’s point of view.

This is a great question! Maybe it’s because there are more female authors writing YA than male ones, and so that tends to the skew protagonist count more female. I love a great male protagonist, though!

  1. Will we be seeing more of the four mythical creatures at the next installments of your book?

Yes, most definitely! I have lots of secrets to reveal about them!

  1. How many books do you intend to published after Poison’s Kiss?

Poison’s Kiss is a duology, so there’s one more book in the series and then I’m turning to another book set in a totally different world that I’m very excited about.

  1. Random Question: Top 5 favorite foods. Pizza is excluded.
  • Spaghetti
  • Baked potatoes with sour cream
  • Tomatoes
  • Tacos
  • Lasagna

Yes, I basically have the palate of a child.

  1. Describe in 10 words what readers like me should expect in the next book?

Espionage, romance, danger, heartache, secrets, lies, big reveals, betrayal, and suspense.

  1. What is your favorite quote from your book, Poison’s Kiss and why?

“On the day I was supposed to kill him, he was memorizing the things that I love.”

It’s my favorite because I think it captures Marinda’s struggle—she’s so isolated and lonely, but her circumstances make it impossible to be close to anyone.

  1. Can you name some books and authors that influenced you from being a reader back then and author today?

Growing up, I read all kinds of books, from the Ramona books by Beverly Cleary to horror novels by Steven King.  I was reading constantly—everything I could get my hands on, including the backs of cereal boxes, and all instructions on the shampoo bottle. More recently, some of my favorites are Leigh Bardugo, Marie Rutkowski, and Mary Pearson.

  1. If you are going to date someone, fictional or not, dead or alive, who would it be and why? What are the things that you are going to do on your date?

It would have to be Mr. Darcy and if we’re staying true to the time period, we’d take a stroll around the garden while exchanging witty banter and then read quietly by the fire.

  1. If you are going to give advice to your 10-year-old self, what would it be?

I’d tell ten-year-old Breeana that there are only a handful of people in the world whose opinions of you really matter. And once you figure out who those people are, they are the only voices that you should allow in your head—all the others have the potential to either make you feel worthless or conceited, and both are a distortion of reality. I’d also tell her reconsider her hairstyle.


Thank you so much, Breeana! I love reading your wonderful answers! And that advice to your 10-year-old self. Wow. Just wow. You are simply amazing.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR


13582922Breeana Shields graduated from Brigham Young University with a BA in English. Her debut young adult fantasy, POISON’S KISS, will be released by Random House in 2017, with a sequel to follow in 2018. When she’s not writing, Breeana loves reading, playing board games and spending time with her husband, three children, and an extremely spoiled miniature poodle. She lives in the Pacific Northwest, where it drizzles, rains or pours nine months of the year, but then transforms into paradise during the other three. She’s willing to make the trade-off.

Book Review: Poison’s Kiss by Breeana Shields

25081261Captivated. Thrilling. Breath-taking (at least the staring part). Is there anyone out there who can relate to me? Damn. Poison’s Kiss is fast-paced and so interesting that I’ve read the book and devour it in just one night! How can I possibly move on from the story when I badly need the second book, right now?! Ahhh. Breeana Shields has a magical touch in her hands. She writes so well that I was compelled by her words. Every chapter is to look forward to. What will happen next? What revelations might occur? Are my predictions correct? Apparently, they are not.

As for the character, I like her – I come to understand where is she coming from and I love how innocent she is when it comes to love. What do you call to those who are innocent in this aspect and so mature when it comes to making decisions? That’s who Marinda is. What really drove her motivations is her false beliefs and her brother, Mani. And Mani! My goodness. This sweet and cute little child. I love him in every aspect of this book. Without him, Poison’s Kiss wouldn’t be perfect as it is. Don’t you ever kill Mani, Breeana! I won’t forgive you! I tell you!

A boy lost in a book is the best kind of advertising.

This book is really on point and direct – you can already tell who is the side characters and the love interest. Which is really good because, at this point in time (or just the moment I read Poison’s Kiss), I am not really looking forward to reading love triangles. Maybe on different authors, but not on this one. Which am I approved of the ship! Marinda and Deven. My heart flutters! It feels like I’m reading a novel based on Indian Folklore but with a touch of Shakespearean Play, Romeo, and Juliet. Yes, you read it right. Romeo. And. Juliet. At this point, I know you have a glimpse of an idea of which sides is Marinda and which side Deven belongs to.

Suspicion is the only defense against betrayal.

What really attracted me to read this book is knowing that there will be four mythical creatures who guarded their land. We’ve encounter two of them. And I’m really looking forward to encountering the other two. It is magnificent and interesting. This is my first time to encounter this kind of culture in a book which is intoxicating – in a really really good way. I am expecting a lot from the second book. I want more manipulation and devastation. I want to see more fighting. I hope this debut novel will make readers read more of Indian Mythology. It is pretty interesting. I want to know more through this author.

Fear is the fuel of bravery.

Poison’s Kiss captured the little-detailed pleasure of what my heart wants and I’m really looking forward to reading the next installment. I am saddened that this book is planned as duology but I assure you, I will be supporting Breeana Shields from here henceforth!

MY RATINGS: 4.5 STARS!


ABOUT THE AUTHOR


13582922Breeana Shields graduated from Brigham Young University with a BA in English. Her debut young adult fantasy, POISON’S KISS, will be released from Random House in 2017, with a sequel to follow in 2018. When she’s not writing, Breeana loves reading, playing board games and spending time with her husband, three children and an extremely spoiled miniature poodle. She lives in the Pacific Northwest, where it drizzles, rains or pours nine months of the year, but then transforms into paradise during the other three. She’s willing to make the trade-off.

Blogger Spotlight: The Nocturnal Fey

Hi, Guys! I would like to introduce to you, my blogger friend, Erika from The Nocturnal Fey! Due to my persistent, non-stop irritating convinving, she agreed to do this Blogger Spotlight Interview! Go ahead and check her wonderful answers.


PERSONAL LIFE

What book introduced you to fiction novels? Can you name 5 of your favorite books or series?

  • I was never a reader back when I was a child, which was a big letdown when I was old enough to realized how I missed so much things as a child compared if I was a reader. I only have those Disney story books, and classic fairy tales. But I don’t think I’ve ever paid attention to the written texts, but only to the visuals/illustrations. Basically, classic fairy tales like Cinderella, Rumpelstiltskin, Alice in Wonderland, etc, are the ones that introduced me to fictional world. But the first fiction novel, I’ve ever read was Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone.
  • The Iron Fey series by Julie Kagawa
  • The Lord of The Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
  • Air Awakens series by Elise Kova
  • The Malediction Trilogy by Danielle L. Jensen
  • The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay

How did you start to like reading as a hobby? Do you have any other hobby  aside from reading novels?

  • I was an occasional reader back when I was in 2nd year high school. I was just borrowing books from my friends (Harry Potter that is). Then one day, we were waiting at the mall and I decided to walk for a bit. I went to Booksale and looked around, then, I came across this little novel called Darkfever. It just grabbed my attention for some reasons. There are lots of other novels in there, big, hardcover with beautiful covers, but this creased, yellowed, and small paperback grabbed my whole attention.
  • Then I decided to purchase it because it’s cheap. I wasn’t even sure if I’m going to read it, but when I did, I finished it instantly. Then, I started looking for the sequels. Then, the rest is history. 😀
  • Aside from reading novels, I love to do many things. By many things, I mean, drawing, painting, crafting, baking, singing (I cover songs but they’re exclusively for my ears only. Lol), and annoying my friends online. Oh, and of course, blogging and bookstagramming.

If you are going to date someone, fictional or not, dead or alive, who would it be and why? What are the things that you are going to do on your date?

  • For someone who never dated anyone before, this is a rather easy question. Of course, it’s my elven prince, Legolas Greenleaf. Add Prince Ash from Iron Fey too. And Prince Aldrik from Air Awakens if you may. Oh, and Prince Tristan from Malediction trilogy. I can add some more, but I’d hate to divide my attention even more than this already.
  • I want to do exotic, and dangerous stuff. Maybe we hunt some dragons? Or defeat the evil guys? Then after all the troubles, we can do the fun and romantic stuff. I want to ride a flying unicorn with my date, under the stars, while eating chocolates.

Name some of your favorite authors and give them a brief description of why are they your favorites. 

  • You know it’s difficult, why’d you ask?! Just kidding. Haha. Okay, I don’t I still need to give a description for Sir J.R.R. Tolkien. He’s a legend! Then, Julie Kagawa – she’s the author of The Iron Fey series. She’s responsible for making me like faeries, and for making my blog name like this.
  • Then Elise Kova, the author of Air Awakens series. I discovered her when she’s still an indie author and she’s one of the nicest and one of the most amazing authors I’ve ever talked to.

If you are going to give advice to your 10-year-old self, what would it be?

  • Hey little kid, I loved how you spend so much time drawing stuff at the back of your notebooks, but why don’t you give reading a chance too? Maybe you can get ideas of who or what to draw after reading a novel, yeah? *whispers* you’ll also improve your grade in English subject when you start reading novels. I know you suck at that subject.

BLOGGING LIFE

What made you start to do book blogging?

  • I discovered the book blogging community in 2014 when I started getting active on Goodreads. Then, I started stalking and reading book blogs. Then, I also began writing short reviews on Goodreads.
  • I actually created my book blog out of impulse. I have this photoblog-sort-of-thing on Tumblr, and I rarely use it, but it has a not-so-bad number of followers. I decided to transfer this Tumblr blog to Blogger, and make a more serious blogsite. By more serious, I mean, writing stuff. Like, real So yeah… it’s the book blogging community and Goodreads which made me start book blogging because I thought they’re inspiring and what they’re doing is fun. But later on, I also figured it out, myself, that this is the perfect way to express my emotions after reading a book. It’s basically my emotional outlet.

What was the most difficult part of book blogging?

  • Time management. After graduating college, I realized how much time I had back when I was still studying. When I started working, blogging and reading became luxurious activities for me (time and financially speaking lol). Because my current work also involves writing stuff, it mostly eats all my time, and I usually work at night/midnight. So, during the day, I’m mostly asleep, or it tires me when I start thinking and writing again. I mean yeah, this is why I salute authors! I don’t think I’ll ever be an author. Haha *cries in the corner*

Interacting with people from different places, virtually, how did you gather so many followers? If you have one thing to thanks to thank your followers, what would it be?

  • Personally, I don’t think I have that many followers, if we’re talking about my blog. Also, I’d like to call them readers instead of followers… just because. So yeah, compared to other bloggers, I think I’m doing just fine but not to be labeled as someone with many followers. But, as to how, I don’t really know. Someone told me before that she likes the way I write reviews because, it feels like I’m just chatting with someone. Maybe that. Or if in terms of technology, I think social media also has a lot to do with it. I’m a bookstagrammer, and I have more followers (it’s Instagram ok, dunno other terms for followers lol) in Instagram so I take advantage of that to promote my blog. One thing I’ve learned from my current work, is that social media has been playing a big role in the digital marketing scene in the recent years.
  • To my blog readers and social media followers, thank you for staying with me, for keeping up with my awkward jokes, for reading my contents, and for just being there in general. I created my blog and social media accounts initially for myself, but when I started to get recognition from other people, I had another reason to keep things going on.

What do you think is the disadvantage of bloggers?

  • So far, all I’m getting from blogging are advantages. For people who would say that it’s eating up time, or it’s distracting them from their other purpose in life, I don’t see the point why they started blogging if they’ll see it as a disadvantage.

Mention some Book Blogging Friends that you would love to see in person!

BOOKISH LIFE

Name some favorite book of yours according to your genre preferences.

  • Fantasy
    1. The Iron Fey series by Julie Kagawa
    2. The Lord of The Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
    3. Air Awakens series by Elise Kova
    4. The Malediction Trilogy by Danielle L. Jensen
  • YA Contemporary
    1. The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay
  • New Adult Urban Fantasy
    1. Fever series by Karen Marie Moning
  • NA Contemporary
    1. Attachments by Rainbow Rowell
    2. Suddenly Royal by Nichole Chase

How do you pick the books that you are going to read next?

  • Before, I’d just do it randomly. Now that I’m blogging, I prioritize books that I have to review.

SHOW US YOUR BOOKSHELF! Describe it.

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  • It’s white… and simple. It’s the first thing you’ll notice when you enter my room (or at least most of the time, based from the people when enters my room. Lol)

What are the books and who are the authors that influenced you as a reader?

  • My answer to these will be pretty much the same as my answer to favorite books and authors.

What is your one ultimate favorite quote from a book and why?

  • This one from Elise Kova’s Fire Falling… I don’t know. It just stuck in my head after I read the book.

THE NOCTURNAL FEY


dsc_1743-2The Nocturnal Fey is a book blog run by Erika — a self-taught freelance digital artist, and a content writer from the Philippines.

A very random individual who believes that she was a winter fey in her past life, who eventually evolved into a Windwalker sorceress and got bonded with a Troll prince.

Seriously.