Posts Categorized: Kim

Top Ten Tuesday (7): Top Ten Books of 2015 (So Far)

Top Ten Tuesday (7): Top Ten Books of 2015 (So Far)

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. This week, the theme is “Top Ten Books of 2015 (So Far)” and we’re happy to be participating!       Golden Son by Pierce Brown The second installment in this sci-fi series upped the ante from its predecessor smartly moving the majority of the action from Mars into space. The first book is all world building and war games in a future-dystopia. Golden Son is war and space, political intrigue and betrayals, and perhaps a smidgen of romance. And if you like wham!bam! endings that’s likely to leave you with your jaw somewhere past the floor then this is definitely a book for you. The Mime Order by Samantha Shannon Another 2015 second in a series that dramatically improved upon the first. Whereas the The Bone Season was a sort of jailbreak story, The Mime Order is a murder… Read more »

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Game of Thrones: On Fandoms and Criticism (and crossing the line)

Game of Thrones: On Fandoms and Criticism (and crossing the line)

There’s an interesting trend I’ve noticed online, particularly in the last month or so as the show got deeper into its controversial fifth season: people love to hate on Game of Thrones. “Now wait a minute, Kim,” you might be saying. “Are you trying to say I have no right to hate Game of Thrones?” Of course not. You have every right to think Game of Thrones is the vilest piece of misogynist trash you’ve ever had the misfortune to behold. What I’m talking about is the hate-on: the disturbing phenomenon of people who attack media (and its fans) with gleeful relish seemingly for no other reason than: 1. It feels good to put down what other people love and 2. It gives the hate-oner a sense of moral superiority. Let’s get into it. It’s okay to not like something. I feel like this goes without saying, but I really,… Read more »

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Archivist Wasp: Review

Archivist Wasp: Review

This is the story of a girl lost in a lonely, desolate, and bare world; and a girl lost in herself. Wasp is an Archivist, one of a handful of girls selected from a young age to serve in a religious order where she must capture ghosts, learn what she can from them about their lives in the world Before and then dispatch them. It is a good thing to finish them eternally, or so she has been trained to think. Wasp must also battle to the death for her title every year. There is a line of upstarts looking to become Archivist themselves, and it is also how she herself took the title. She wears the braids of the Archivist before her and of all the upstarts who have challenged her in her own hair. It’s a fierce and brutal world our Wasp inhabits. This is a girl who… Read more »

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Top Ten Tuesday (5): Top Ten Most Anticipated Releases For the Rest of 2015

Top Ten Tuesday (5): Top Ten Most Anticipated Releases For the Rest of 2015

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. This week, the theme is “Top Ten Most Anticipated Releases for the Rest of 2015” and zomg it was so, so hard to choose just ten!!     Contemporaries I’ve Been Eyeing Guyliner by J. Leigh Bailey I was just telling Layla at BEA that I am in desperate need of a YA romance about two guys having a bromance and then falling tenderly (and unexpectedly) in love. It looks like Guyliner is here to fulfill that need for me. Give me all of the unexpected (b)romances. ALL OF THEM. First & Then by Emma Mills A contemporary re-telling of Pride & Prejudice meets Friday Night Lights? Good lord, give me a time machine so that I might travel to this book. I expect many swoons and many squeals of delight. Don’t let me down, book. Also, I know I… Read more »

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BEA 2015: Event Recap + Giveaway

BEA 2015: Event Recap + Giveaway

  Kim: Well folks, another year, another BEA. Layla: Says Kim! Another year, and BABY’S FIRST BEA. (That’s me. And it was my first BEA.) Kim:I was so overwhelmed by my first BEA I can’t even believe I signed up for another!  Layla, you were such a pro babby BEA-er. *sniff* So proud! By the way, did you know that it is actual magic when co-bloggers meet irl for the first time? You can actually wish upon a star from the magic of co-bloggers meeting. Or maybe that’s just us. Layla: Oh, I second this. My heart grew three sizes that day. Some of the highlights from our trip: On the floor at BEA Layla: I can show you the world … replete with shining, shimmering, and splendid ARCs. A herd of bloggers amassed for the drop of Disney’s A Whole New World, a retelling of Aladdin in an alternate universe where Jafar… Read more »

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The Carnival at Bray: Review

The Carnival at Bray: Review

The Carnival at Bray is the coming of age story of Maggie, a 16 year old American who, in 1994, finds herself suddenly moved to a remote Irish town. Is 1994 historical? I would say more yes than no. The time is sufficiently removed from ours with the biggest difference being that Maggie doesn’t have the luxury of Skype, Facebook, and all the modern conveniences of connection. Her isolation from her old life is near complete. An ocean removed from her family, it’s a void that she spends the book looking to fill. Being a teenager is often tough at the best of times. When you’ve been completely removed from everything you know this only becomes that much harder. Bray is the sort of misty, coastal Irish town that could drown you in its dreary isolation and Maggie feels it keenly. She makes a few attempts at friendships with classmates,… Read more »

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Throne of Glass x Litographs: Giveaway (International)

Throne of Glass x Litographs: Giveaway (International)

So I think it’s pretty well known that I am massive, massive fan of Sarah J. Maas and her brilliant fantasy series, Throne of Glass. You love Sarah, I love Sarah, we all love her. You also love bookish merchandise and shouting your love for all things literary to the world. The wonderful team at Litographs has just launched their ToG line featuring a poster, tee shirt, and a tote bag. The design is so lovely featuring Celaena in triumph with the stag of Terrasen, the Lord of the North. And the landscape is designed with actual text from Throne of Glass! You’ve always wanted to wear these characters on your body, right? Don’t look at me. I’m a normal person, I swear! Anyway… If you are just dying to get your hands on some of these beautiful Throne of Glass items (and why wouldn’t you be!), I have a discount code for $5… Read more »

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