Blog Tour: The Gown by Jennifer Robson | royal weddings, betrayal, and secrets

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The Gown is a historical novel about Queen Elizabeth’s wedding gown, bringing the story of 3 heroines, who must face secrets, betrayals, and society’s criticism. Robson is able to capture the workrooms of the 20th century, the lives of the embroiders all in a beautiful, enthralling tale. She has also researched, and looked through many sources for this portrayal. It was a captivating, and heart-breaking novel. Yet, Robson was still able to create a happy ending.

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ARC Review: Stronger, Faster and More Beautiful by Arwen Elys Dayton

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Stronger, Faster and More Beautiful is a science-fiction novel, composed of 6 short stories. It explores the dangers, and challenges of technology as humans advance with genetic manipulation, and life extension. It’s an emotional, and thoughtful read, which I’d recommend to sci-fi readers. It makes me wonder. What makes you human? 

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Review: Rise of the Empress series by Julie C. Dao | Reasons Why I Love It

1545684256486This series brought me through so many adventures, and emotions. It’s difficult, even now to describe my feelings. The Rise of the Empress series includes novels, Forest of a Thousand Lanterns and Kingdom of the Blazing Phoenix, which can be read in order or as stand-alone(s). Our main character, Xifeng is a common peasant, who is destined to become the empress of Feng Lu, at least according to her aunt’s tarot card readings.

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4 Great Planning Apps for 2019

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As the new year rapidly approaches, it’s great to have a planner, journal, or even apps on your phone to schedule and manage your time! Although I’ve written blog posts about new books, editing, and planning apps for 2019; I am in no way prepared for 2019 (I desperately wish I was)!

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Today’s post is apart of #Project14Lists, which is a challenge hosted by Shealea (at ThatBookshelfBitch). Bloggers try writing a bookish list daily each day until December 31st. Calling all ink lovers, go read my other lists:

1. Top 5 Underrated Books You Need To Read

2. 9 Gorgeous Books To Add To Your TBR In 2019

3. 5 Editing Apps To Spice Up Your Bookstagram

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5 Editing Apps To Spice Up Your Bookstagram

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I’m pleased to present you with today’s list, which will feature apps that I love and use for my instagram themes! Even if you don’t have a bookstagram (I do encourage you to make one), these apps can be used for all kinds of photos.

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Today’s post is apart of #Project14Lists, which is a challenge hosted by Shealea (at ThatBookshelfBitch). Bloggers try writing a bookish list daily each day until December 31st. Calling all ink lovers, go read my other lists: Top 5 Underrated Books You Need To Read & 9 Gorgeous Books To Add To Your TBR In 2019.

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9 Gorgeous Books To Add To Your TBR In 2019

Welcome back to another day of bookish lists, ink lovers! With the aftermath of Christmas, hopefully, everyone’s received amazing books. But wait! Save your money, and gift cards for these gorgeous books (aka instant cover-buys) in 2019 as well.

img_9184Just to quickly recap, #Project14Lists is a challenge hosted by Shealea (at ThatBookshelfBitch), where bloggers try writing a bookish list daily each day until December 31st. Here’s my 1st list: Top 5 Underrated Books You Need To Read

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Top 5 Underrated Books You Need To Read

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Merry Christmas! I hope you’re all having a great time with family, friends- and of course, lots of books. Welcome to my first post for #Project14Lists, which is a challenge hosted by Shealea (at ThatBookshelfBitch), where bloggers try writing a bookish list daily (for 2 weeks). *Here it goes*

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Without further a due, here are 5 underrated books you should all read. There are numerous book releases each year, and it’s nearly impossible to read everything! So, often books with higher popularity rise in their sales, and charts, leaving all the other precious works in the dust. This list is in order of popularity (from 5 to 1).

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Down the TBR Hole #1: How to cut down your TBR

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One of the great hardships of being a reader is having long tbr lists, and which continues to pile on with new releases, sequels, and anticipated reads. Without further a due, here’s a solution to all your problems: Down the TBR Hole was created by Lost in a Story. It’s a way to help reduce, and narrow down your tbr list! I first saw this on Ally’s Pages, and bloggers are welcome to try this.

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Review: Forest Of A Thousand Lanterns by Julie C. Dao | dark magic, anti-heroine, and royalty

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Forest of a Thousand Lanterns is a rich, detailed East-Asian world where dark magic exists, terrible choices are made, and bloody hearts are taken. A heart-wrenching story, led by an ambitious anti-heroine determined to capture her true destiny – of possibly becoming Empress of Feng Lu, but is the price of the throne too high to pay? It is an alluring, powerful, seductive novel, filled with mystery and intrigue that keep you hooked until the very end!

Title: The Forest Of A Thousand Lanterns
Author: Julie C. Dao
Publisher: Philomel Books
Pages: 364
Edition: Hardcover
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Blog Tour: The Language of Spells | dragons, sorcerers, and a world of magic

The Language of Spells is a beautifully written middle-grade fantasy novel. Even after the last page, I kept wishing for more! The imagery, prose, narration, and setting were all splendid. Its storytelling reminded me of childhood fairytales. This magical adventure starts off with Grisha, the last dragon born, wistfully recounts how magic came to the world, and the intervention of humans.

“Sometimes, even today, magic still happens.”

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Title: The Language of Spells
Author: Garret Weyr, and Illustrator: Katie Harnett
Publisher: Chronicle Books
Pages: 256
Edition: Hardcover
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*A copy has been provided by the publisher in exchange
for an honest review

[all reviews are spoiler-free unless stated otherwise]

It was a brisk read with immense plot and character development! I loved how dear Maggie from an awkward and timid child, to a girl who rides fire-breathing dragons, and goes on an epic quest along with a sacrifice for magic. In this case, in order for magic to work, you must give up one thing you love (such as money, memories, etc).

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