It’s happening!

Okay, so, here we are. October 1st. The first day of the spookiest month of the year, and I have officially announced my NaNoWriMo project!
I’m officially freaking out. If any of you are creative writers and have any tips, please feel free to comment them. And if you’re also participating in NaNoWriMo, add me as a friend!

If you’re wondering what I’m writing, here’s a little snippet into what I’ve thought up so far :

Aravae wants learn how to wield magic but, as far as she knows magic is something she’s only heard about in fairytales and bedtime stories her mother has told her since she was a young girl. 

One day she finds the an Amulet that she recognizes from a story her mother used to tell her as a child. A story about a sorceress who used it to help her defeat an evil mage in a far away land. She then leaves home in hopes of finding magic and awakening it once more.
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Aravae’s mother Vanora has stolen magic and kept it safe from the world because if her daughter awakens magic once again, the Shadowbane Trials will begin, where her sisters will gather together to see which of their daughters is worthy of the Shadowbane Crown. A crown that can turn the most pure of heart to madness and evil.

Review: The Lying Game by Ruth Ware

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 Publication: July 25th 2017 

From the instant New York Times bestselling author of blockbuster thrillers In a Dark, Dark Wood and The Woman in Cabin 10 comes Ruth Ware’s chilling new novel.

On a cool June morning, a woman is walking her dog in the idyllic coastal village of Salten along a tidal estuary known as the Reach. Before she can stop him, the dog charges into the water to retrieve what first appears to be a wayward stick, but to her horror, turns out to be something much more sinister…

The next morning, three women in and around London—Fatima, Thea, and Isabel—receive the text they had always hoped would NEVER come, from the fourth in their formerly inseparable clique, Kate, that says only, “I need you.”

The four girls were best friends at Salten, a second rate boarding school set near the cliffs of the English Channel. Each different in their own way, the four became inseparable and were notorious for playing the Lying Game, telling lies at every turn to both fellow boarders and faculty, with varying states of serious and flippant nature that were disturbing enough to ensure that everyone steered clear of them. The myriad and complicated rules of the game are strict: no lying to each other—ever. Bail on the lie when it becomes clear it is about to be found out. But their little game had consequences, and the girls were all expelled in their final year of school under mysterious circumstances surrounding the death of the school’s eccentric art teacher, Ambrose (who also happens to be Kate’s father).

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ARC of this book was sent to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

This is my favorite book from Ruth Ware so far. I loved The Lying Game so much more than The Woman in Cabin 10 and In a Dark, Dark Wood.
I loved the plot, the writing, and the pace of The Lying Game so much.
I thought the plot was the most original of Ruth’s books and it really stood out to me. The writing in The Lying Game is fantastic. The pace is a slow burn (if you’re into fast paced thrillers, this one probably isn’t for you) but I was very entertained and it kept me reading on to find out what was going to happen.
Even though I didn’t love the characters, I liked them so much more than the characters in Ruth’s other books. I thought they were more relatable and complex.
I was expecting a bigger end to this book. I was hoping it would really pick up the pace and have a big boom for an ending but it didn’t.
The Lying Game was kind of predictable but for me, it was more about reading how everything would unfold.
Overall, this is my favorite book from Ruth Ware and if you’re wanting a fun mystery/thriller, The Lying Game is a book you’ll want to check out.

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Read Along 2016 Schedule

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Hey everyone! We’re doing something different this year, we’re posting a schedule for the rest of the year! Just so everyone can have a heads up on what we plan on reading. We’d like to give ample time for you to take a look at what we’re reading and decide whether or not you’d be interested in joining us. The schedule is also posted on our goodreads page. Please join our page in order to fully discuss the books we’ll be reading together as well as using our blog hashtag #BiblioMonthlyReads when participating in our read alongs. Without further ado, here’s our 2016 schedule!

February 2016- Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover                                                                               March 2016 – A Tyranny of Petticoats by Jessica Spotswood
April 2016- Tell The Wind And Fire by Sarah Rees Brennan
May 2016- The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye
June 2016- This Savage Song – Victoria Schwab *We’ll be reading this with Bibliophile Academy Group*
July 2016- Down With the Shine by Kate Karyus Quinn
August 2016- The First Time She Drowned by Kerry Kletter
September 2016- A Shadow Bright and Burning by Jessica Cluess
October 2016- The Way I Used To Be by Amber Smith
November 2016- Heartless by Marissa Meyer *We’ll be reading this with Bibliophile Academy Group*
December 2016- Dead Girls Society by Michelle Krys

We’re working hand in hand with Bibliophile Academy for some of these read alongs where we’ll have a nice big group of people reading. And hopefully that’ll be the case for ALL months. We’re really excited for this year and February is a great month to kick this all off because it’ll be our 1st full year as a blog! So we’re looking to kick off the 1 year mark on a very high note with all of you. We love you all so much for following us through all our reviews and read alongs! And we can’t wait to read many more pages together.

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November Announcement!

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Hey Guys,
Stephanie here and I know I’ve been very MIA. And I want to firstly apologize but life has been CRAZY! I got swamped at work with Holiday design work (yes in the Ad Agency industry holiday designs and stuff happen in October). And it was one of the bigger campaigns for my client so it completely took over my life.

AND as of last week, I now have a fiancé! Yup! That’s right! I got engaged on October 24th! So that will also now be a part of my life where I’ll just be driven up the wall. I’m hoping for a Spring 2017 wedding. Here’s a pic after everything happened:

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EDIT: Here’s a pic of the ring, as requested by one of you :P
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It’s a white gold band, with diamonds and a morganite center stone <3

Last but not least, Thank you to Queen of Shadows for putting me into the biggest reading slump of the year. I finished that monster of a book and just couldn’t bring myself to finish any other book I was reading at the time, so with that complete fail of October. I have reset and began reading The Martian by Andy Weir and so far we’re truckin’ along! It’s so good! So I think I’ve gotten myself out of a slump. But unfortunately I’m 3 books behind for my reading goal of the year.

AND FINALLY. FINALLY! THE BIGGEST NEWS YET! Make sure to check back here on Saturday for a very special announcement Taylor and I will be making about finishing off the year and reading some cool stuff in December. <3

MWAHAHAHHAHAHHA YES I MADE YOU READ THIS WHOLE POST FOR A SEMI CLIFF HANGER. *evil laugh fades*

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