The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett ★★★★☆

Bitter, bored, and sarcastic-Lizzie Lovett is a girl after my own heart. Want to go back to high school and talk to You: Senior Year Edition? Great. Because she’s in this book.

A teenage misfit named Hawthorn Creely inserts herself in the investigation of missing person Lizzie Lovett, who disappeared mysteriously while camping with her boyfriend. Hawthorn doesn’t mean to interfere, but she has a pretty crazy theory about what happened to Lizzie. In order to prove it, she decides to immerse herself in Lizzie’s life. That includes taking her job… and her boyfriend. It’s a huge risk — but it’s just what Hawthorn needs to find her own place in the world.

You remember them. The popular kids. They had everything and nothing bad ever happened to them. Hawthorn had one direct interaction with Lizzie Lovett and held onto it in the darkest place in her heart.

And when Lizzie went missing-Hawthorn didn’t care… sort of.

With her wild imagination Hawthorn believes she figures out what happened to local dream queen Lizzie Lovett, but as she immerses herself into Lizzie’s life she finds out she not only doesn’t know what happened recently, but she didn’t know much about this girl she came to loathe entirely.

Hawthorn latches onto a few surface items about Lizzie, namely her love of wolves, and concocts an entire-fantastical-story about her disappearance. This is really where The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett lost a star for me but after that arc is over I really enjoyed watching Hawthorn come to terms with herself and her prejudices against a girl she never knew.

The character’s journey is always so important and watching Hawthorn grow and realize that the things she originally thought Lizzie lied about were just things that contradicted the girl she’d made up in her head was great. I was also 100% creeped out and a little outraged to watch as Hawthorn moved in on Lizzie’s life. I thought we were going to get a flashback any moment and find out that Hawthorn was a murderer. Spoilers: she’s not. But The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett could absolutely have gone in that direction and I would have been fine with it.

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25 Days of BookRecs

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Merry Christmas Season, Booknerds! Through December I’ll be re-posting my 4 and 5 star book reviews from the past year and even telling you about some awesome books I didn’t review.

And while that happens, I will be on my holiday hiatus.

I hope everyone has a safe and merry whatever you celebrate. I hope you are able to be with your loved ones, whether they are friends or family, and that this holiday season brings you many joys.

See You Next Year,
📚 Jessica

Everless ★★★☆☆½

everlessTime is a prison. One girl holds the key. This is a thrilling, high-stakes new fantasy duology, perfect for fans of Red QueenThree Dark Crowns, and Six of Crows.

In the kingdom of Sempera, time is extracted from the blood, converted into coins, and used as currency or consumed to add to one’s lifespan. The rich aristocracy amass eons in their vaults, while the poor are forced to cut their futures short in order to survive in the present. And few families are richer than the Gerlings, who lord over the peasants from Everless, their palatial estate.

A fateful accident once spurred Jules and her father to flee Everless in the dark of night. But ten years later, in order to save her dying father, Jules must secretly return. Everless holds more temptations—and dangers—than Jules thought possible. Soon, she’s caught in a tangle of violent secrets, and finds her heart torn between two people she thought she’d never see again. Her decisions have the power to change her fate—and the fate of time itself.

This dazzling debut novel, starring a fierce heroine and rife with high-stakes adventure, engrossing mysteries, star-crossed romance, and captivating magic all set in a richly built world, will leave you counting down the seconds until the next installment.

I’m mixed about this one. I definitely loved the prose and the very literal take on “time is money.” I really loved the greater world that Holland created here with the Sorceress and the Alchemist, and general fantastical elements that wove their way around this story.

But I hated the pacing and particular character flaw so much I put it down. Continue reading “Everless ★★★☆☆½”

Judge a Book by its Cover

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Felt like I’d do one of these again. They’re pretty fun. Plus, they add a little transparency to the blogging process and how we choose what to request.

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Release Date: 3 April, 2018
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If you love The Third Twin and One of Us Is Lying and binge-watched Thirteen Reasons Why, get ready for a heart-wrenching psychological thriller about a girl who knows her twin sister better than anyone . . . or does she? Taut and atmospheric, The Window will keep you guessing until the end.

Secrets have a way of getting out. . . .

Anna is everything her identical twin is not. Outgoing and athletic, she is the opposite of quiet introvert Jess. The same on the outside, yet so completely different inside–it’s hard to believe the girls are sisters, let alone twins. But they are. And they tell each other everything.

Or so Jess thought.

After Anna falls to her death while sneaking out her bedroom window, Jess’s life begins to unravel. Everyone says it was an accident, but to Jess, that doesn’t add up. Where was Anna going? Who was she meeting? And how long had Anna been lying to her?

Jess is compelled to learn everything she can about the sister she thought she knew. At first it’s a way to stay busy and find closure . . . but Jess soon discovers that her twin kept a lot of secrets. And as she digs deeper, she learns that the answers she’s looking for may be truths that no one wants her to uncover.

Because Anna wasn’t the only one with secrets.

Would I Request It?

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Judge a Book by Its Cover

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It’s time to judge a book by its cover! I’ve picked out a few upcoming books to take a look at and see if I’d request them.

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Release Date: 22 Mary 2018
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The stunningly original, must-read fantasy of 2018 follows two fiercely independent young women, centuries apart, who hold the power to save their world…or doom it.

When assassins ambush her best friend, Rielle Dardenne risks everything to save him, exposing herself as one of a pair of prophesied queens: a queen of light, and a queen of blood. To prove she is the Sun Queen, Rielle must endure seven elemental magic trials. If she fails, she will be executed…unless the trials kill her first.

One thousand years later, the legend of Queen Rielle is a fairy tale to Eliana Ferracora. A bounty hunter for the Undying Empire, Eliana believes herself untouchable―until her mother vanishes. To find her, Eliana joins a rebel captain and discovers that the evil at the empire’s heart is more terrible than she ever imagined.

As Rielle and Eliana fight in a cosmic war that spans millennia, their stories intersect, and the shocking connections between them ultimately determine the fate of their world―and of each other.

Would I Request It?

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How I Organize My Blogging Schedule

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I’ve seen a lot of bloggers posting lately about how they keep on top of their blogging schedule, so I thought I’d share as well.

Up front, know that I’m writing this post in October. It’s going to be scheduled after a brief break in November after I post my October Wrap-Up and November TBR. I know this, because I’m going to use the scheduling option for my blog post.

My posting schedule varies throughout the year. For the most part, over winter and summer break I post at least once a day between Monday and Friday. That means I write near 20 posts a month at maximum. It sounds like a lot. But know that I do these in little increments during the previous month, so really it’s only a few posts a day since I schedule them out so far in advance.

But during the school year, or even when work is getting busier, I drop down to 2 posts a week. Right now, I’m on two posts a week. But I still schedule these posts out a good month in advance. And keeping at least 2 days free, helps me to post and schedule timely content when things pop up. Like when John Green announced a new book, or hey OMG I GOT MARRIED!

Personally, I prefer the lower schedule, if only because I have space to post reviews more freely (and also it’s a lot less work, obviously). Continue reading “How I Organize My Blogging Schedule”

October Wrap-Up

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In my personal life…

OMG GUYS I GOT MARRIED! Like holy what now? I’m a married lady! Whaaaaaaat? I still can’t believe it.

I also interviewed for an internship with Picador (a division of Macmillan). AND GOT IT! Can we talk about the craziness that was my getting this internship. TorTeen had posted on twitter that they were taking application for interns. I applied. And then I tweeted that I had applied. I heard back THE NEXT DAY.

THE. NEXT. DAY.

The woman I had sent my resume to had sent my resume to Picador and they wanted to know if I’d be willing to do their internship instead.

Yes. Duh. Of course. Experience is experience.

So I interviewed that Tuesday. Keep in mind, I was getting married that Friday.

They called me back within an hour of interviewing me. An hour.

Interviewed Tuesday, offered the position an hour later, married on Friday, started on Monday.

And I’m still just like… Whaaaaaaat???
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A Very Special Halloween Episode

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This week, Jess and Maggie are joined by the spooktacularly talented Mr. Robert Cook, who narrated our terrifyingly short adventures with time travel!

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Enter your favorite YA titles for a Night Owl! We’re taking nominees from now until October 31, 2017. Voting for the best of the best will begin November 24, 2017 and will be accompanied by a giveaway of some awesome Booked All Night swag and some of the best books of 2017!

Click here to nominate your favorite books for a Night Owl, the books that kept you up all night, all year.


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