Saturday, February 27, 2016

Book Review: Dorothy Must Die

Title: Dorothy Must Die
Author: Danielle Paige
Series: Dorothy Must Die #1
Genre: YA Retelling (Wizard of Oz)
Release Date: April 2014
Source: I borrowed from the public library.

Goodreads' summary:


I didn't ask for any of this. I didn't ask to be some kind of hero.

But when your whole life gets swept up by a tornado - taking you with it - you have no choice but to go
along, you know?

Sure, I've read the books. I've seen the movies. I know the song about the rainbow and the happy little bluebirds. But I never expected Oz to look like this. To be a place where Good Witches can't be trusted, Wicked Witches may just be the good guys, and winged monkeys can be executed for acts of rebellion. There's still a yellow brick road - but even that's crumbling.

What happened? Dorothy. They say she found a way to come back to Oz. They say she seized power and the power went to her head. And now no one is safe.

My name is Amy Gumm - and I'm the other girl from Kansas. I've been recruited by the Revolutionary Order of the Wicked. I've been trained to fight.

And I have a mission.

My review:


Amy Gumm has to kill Dorothy in order to put Oz back onto its normal axis, but these orders come from the Wicked Witches, so it boils down to who can Amy trust to tell her the truth about Oz and who is simply leading her on to do their bidding?

The idea that the Good Witches have gone Wicked and the Wicked Witches have banned together is awesome. I know, not a great word, but this book pretty much left me dumbfounded. The Wicked Witches are sometimes evil with good moments, while the Good Witches don't have a thread of good left in them. How else is this book supposed to sound except awesome?

Amy did start to get under a skin just a hair in the beginning because she questioned so much of everything in a very sarcastic tone that I've come to see in almost every protagonist of every YA novel ever written, but she mellowed out enough so that her true concern for the creatures of Oz overrode her snide comments half the time. For most readers, her sarcasm will be much appreciated.

The plot never slowed down, but in the moments it did, I wanted to pull my hair out over the romance. No, scratch that: I wanted to pull my hair out figuring out if there was a romance. Between Amy and Nox I didn't know what to think and by the end of the novel I still didn't know what to expect for the rest of the series!

Rather than just being a retelling where modern day characters take on the roles of old princesses and princes, this one includes both the original story line and characters as well as the new characters fighting toward a new ending. It's different and done well, and I've already started the sequel!

Rating: 5 / 5 stars



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Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday: Heartless

Waiting on Wednesday for Heartless from Amber, the Blonde Writer
Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme that focuses on the yet-to-be released books we're waiting for. It's hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.

This week I'm talking about the newest and first standalone novel from my favorite YA author, Marissa Meyer!

Title: Heartless
Author: Marissa Meyer
Genre: YA Retelling
Publication Date: Nov. 8, 2016

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Cover Reveal: Frost Like Night by Sara Raasch

I am so excited to finally view this beautiful (and stunningly blue!) cover for the final book in the Snow Like Ashes trilogy!


Sara Raasch revealed this cover last Friday. Blue is my favorite color, so seeing it encompass this glorious cover of Frost Like Night made me so tingly!

I like that even though each cover has focused on the cycle of seasons, each one is different from the one before it. This one features water, something missing from the first two books, and I can't wait to see how that's incorporated into the story.

I know I have often groaned about the abundance of circular-designed covers in YA, but this is about the seasons and actually deserves this shape on the cover. I mean, just look how stunning Autumn is!

I'm excited for the sea, I'm excited for the coming together of all the seasons, and I am excited to read more about Mather! I don't know what was wrong with me in my SLA review when I said Theron is better, but don't worry, I'm on the right path now.

It's Mather or nothing!

Be sure to add Frost Like Night to your To-Read shelves on Goodreads! Show this amazing author all the love you can because she so darling and sweet and super amazing at ignoring when people spell things wrong in their tweets to her (blonde moment for the win!).



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Monday, February 22, 2016

#WritersLife: Importance of Writing Everyday


#WritersLife, where I talk writing in real life.

This post is my 100th for the blog, and I am so happy that it will be for the #WritersLife segment! I want to hone in on a lesson that every writer (published, aspiring, or as a past time) talks about as the best advice to give.

To be a writer, you must write everyday.

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Love-a-Thon 2016: Mashing hobbies with books



The Love-a-Thon is a blogging event to spread the love among other bloggers! It is hosted by the wonderful Alexa at AlexaLovesBooks, Cee at TheNovelHermit, Hazel at StayBookish, and Mel at TheDailyProphecy.


The second blog event is to mash-up one of our favorite hobbies with our love for books, so I thought, why not join up muscle cars with some light reading? And of course I'll show off my furry babies.


Love-a-Thon 2016: Questionnaire & Answers


The Love-a-Thon is a blogging event to spread the love among other bloggers! It is hosted by the wonderful Alexa at AlexaLovesBooks, Cee at TheNovelHermit, Hazel at StayBookish, and Mel at TheDailyProphecy

The first event is a Q&A for the bloggers to introduce themselves, their blogs, and all the awesome tidbits about themselves. Let's begin!

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday: The Beauty of Darkness

Waiting on Wednesday for Heart of Betrayal on Amber, the Blonde Writer
Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme that focuses on the yet-to-be released books we're waiting for. It's hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.

This week I'm talking about the third (and final!) book in one my favorite fantasy series!

Title: The Beauty of Darkness
Series: The Remnant Chronicles #3
Author: Mary E. Pearson
Genre: YA Fantasy
Publication Date: Aug. 2, 2016

Friday, February 12, 2016

#WritersLife: The Day Job


#WritersLife, where I talk writing in real life.

So often I hear writers say they've had to pause their fantastic word sprinting because they had to go to their day job. I'm guilty of this. The term "day job" is what we call anything that gets us financially through our bills and groceries so we can write in the early morning or late at night.

But I'm starting to wonder if this is hindering us. Specifically, if this is hindering me. 

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday: The Shadow Queen


Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme that focuses on the yet-to-be released books we're waiting for. It's hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.

This week I'm talking about yet another fairy tale retelling; this time, it's a play on Snow White!

Title: The Shadow Queen
Series: Ravenspire #1
Author: C.J. Redwine
Genre: YA Retelling
Publication Date: Feb. 16, 2016

Monday, February 8, 2016

It's Monday! What are you reading? - Feb. 8, 2016


It's Monday! What are you Reading? is a weekly meme hosted by Jen at Teach Mentor Texts and Kellee at Unleashing Readers for those reading kidlit to YA. It was originally created by Sheila at Book Journey. You're invited to share the books you finished last week and the books you hope to finish this week.

This past week I read:

Sunday, February 7, 2016

#WritersLife: Meeting Author Marissa Meyer

#WritersLife about Amber, the Blonde Writer

#WritersLife, where I talk writing in real life.

I just met one of my YA inspirations. THE Marissa Meyer. 

Excuse me one moment, I fainted again. 

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Stacking the Shelves: Feb. 6, 2016


Stacking the Shelves is a weekly book haul meme hosted by Tynga at Tynga's Reviews. It's about sharing your latest book finds whether they're bought, digital, or on loan from a friend or library.

This week I only acquired one book, but it was signed and I met the author when I bought it!

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday: Glass Sword


Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme that focuses on the yet-to-be released books we're waiting for. It's hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.

This week I'm talking about the sequel to a fantasy-dystopian that I really liked!

Title: Glass Sword
Series: Red Queen #2
Author: Victoria Aveyard
Genre: YA Science Fiction/Fantasy
Publication Date: Feb. 9, 2016

Monday, February 1, 2016

It's Monday! What are you Reading? - Feb. 1, 2016


It's Monday! What are you Reading? is a weekly meme hosted by Jen at Teach Mentor Texts and Kellee at Unleashing Readers for those reading kidlit to YA. You're invited to share the books you finished last week and the books you hope to finish this week.

This past week I read: