Holiday Cheer 2018: Week 1

Holiday Reads 2018 (1)Its that time of year folks when I watch all the sappy Holiday romances I can find, read all the sappy Holiday romances I can find and in general just drown myself in Christmas cheer because everyone knows that’s better then dealing with reality.

Instead of individual reviews for every single book or movie I watch I’m going to do a weekly wrap up. Some will have links to the longer reviews on Twitter or Goodreads, so won’t, but let’s keep this fun without too many rules huh?

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Graphic Novel Review: Perfect World vol 1


Tsugumi Kawana (26 years old) reunites with her first crush from high school, Itsuki Ayukawa, at a get-together with an architecture firm and the interior design company she works at. He sends her heart aflutter, until she realizes he’s now disabled, and in a wheelchair. At first she feels she couldn’t date a guy in a wheelchair, but then her feelings begin to change…

Spoiler – Tearrrrrrsssssssss

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YA Review: I Am Still Alive by Kate Alice Marshall #SURVIVAL #EdgeofYourSeatGood

STAND ALONE  336 Pages  Young Adult

TASCHIMA’s Verdict:
4 Stars
Publish Date *New Release*: July 24th, 2018

Jess is alone. Her cabin has burned to the ground. She knows if she doesn’t act fast, the cold will kill her before she has time to worry about food. But she is still alive—for now.
Jess hadn’t seen her survivalist, off-the-grid dad in over a decade. But after a car crash killed her mother and left her injured, she was forced to move to his cabin in the remote Canadian wilderness. Just as Jess was beginning to get to know him, a secret from his past paid them a visit, leaving her father dead and Jess stranded.
With only her father’s dog for company, Jess must forage and hunt for food, build shelter, and keep herself warm. Some days it feels like the wild is out to destroy her, but she’s stronger than she ever imagined.

Jess will survive. She has to. She knows who killed her father… and she wants revenge.

Holy shit this book was good.

It kind of reminded me of The Martian (I mean, duh, it is a survival book) though instead of space Jess is stuck in the middle of nowhere in Canada.

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New Cover Lurve! or more like Mary E Pearson decides to be a drain on my Finances #TheRemnantChronicles



  • These are Paperbacks
  • B&N Exclusives
  • Available on 8/7/18, according to author’s INSTAGRAM.
  • My favorite is The Heart of Betrayal, that orange color is spectacular.
  • Close second is The Kiss of Deception (raise that sword high Lia!)
  • Don’t see that much or any of a difference between “The Beauty of Darkness” covers ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
  • You need them in your life 🖤

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Six of Crows Collector’s Edition Being Released in UK, Aus & NZ…But there is Hope Yet!

If you are in the US, and wish to collect this BEAUTIFUL edition of Six of Crows (whether or not you have read it yet, or own it already, is irrelevant)…



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No, I am not going to get absolutely any money from giving you this tip, I was just so excited to find out about it myself I figure I’d spread the joy!

Six of Crows is the continuation to Leigh Bardugo’s Grisha Trilogy. It can be read as a stand alone, or as part of the bigger picture. You choose!

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The One where I #MondayMeme, and Talk about Obsessively Book-Planning

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^How I feel most of the time.

In other news I have decided to seriously CALENDAR all upcoming releases I want to review/showcase here in the blog. Why must I do this?

It gives me structure.

…that way I can stop falling behind on reviewing, and maybe even talk about a book the week it is being released and not, lets say, 6 months later. I am terrible

It will allow me to feel prepared for the future. 

…If I know the NEXTAWESOMEYATITLE is coming out next week Tuesday, then I can start reading the book NAO yes, the embarrassment that it might take me a whole week to finish a book… don’t make me go there this allows me to account for time well spent with my 10 month old baby boy who is just starting to walk/will not get off my lap (see below, my cutie pie).

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(He also keeps stealing my kindle; I am both proud and annoyed)

It might help me actually remember which titles I SHOULD be reading because they are both awesome AND releasing soon, and not wander into my favorite series for the 100th re read (Jeanine Frost… I am looking at you. YOU TOO ILONA ANDREWS).

I think this might help me become a better blogger so I am giving it a shot. If there are any other bloggers out there reading this crazy woman’s plea, what do YOU do to stay on track?

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Book Conventions and You

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Hey hey lovely people what’s up? I’m fresh from maybe sort of kind of recovering from 2 days at Book Expo and 6 days at ALA Annual in NOLA.

Dear lord I’m exhausted thinking about that.

I know I’m blessed by the fact I can attend the shows – both are enormous financial strains if you’re not someone who can expense part of the trip. For NOLA I’m looking at $900 before taking into account food, souvenirs, shipping, public transportation and tourist stuff. And this is actually on the cheaper side of ALA trips for me.

So what does a Book Dragon do? You want to see the hot authors, read the hottest new books and be surrounded by your people to discuss bookish delights right?

There’s good news! Most regions have a Book Festival that you can attend, very often for free (or the price of whatever books you buy) so you can enjoy the bounty that is the Book World. Step behind the cut here and I’ll introduce you to some I’ve been to, some I’ve heard about and some that are well worth looking into.

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Books Lexie Knew Nothing About: ALA Annual Edition

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So who was ALA Annual in New Orleans this year? Raise a hand (or Daiqiuri glass!)

Tasch and I, along with our friends Oggie and Jenn, made a vacation of it and boy howdy was it fun. Good food, good walking, and good books – really what more do you need?

I went into ALA Annual as I usually do – with a plan in hand and backups as necessary. Oh I did my research and I poked at every title or author that sounded evenly remotely interesting to me, but as always there are more books in the world being published then even I can keep track of.

Here is a list of 10 titles I was thrilled to learn more about and pick up a copy of!

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My #1 Reason to Look Forward to the New Year: Slayer By Kiersten White!! #BuffyTheVampireSlayer


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I am a huge HUUUGE Buffy the Vampire Slayer fan. I was (teenage) raised on Buffy, watched every single season (own them still), plus Angel (even though I am TEAM SPIKE), and am currently reading the ongoing comic book series (up next is season 12! First issue to be release June 20th according to my research–Wut wut!).

Anywhooo, I just want to make sure that everybody understand that when I say that I am excited about Slayer by Kiersten White you know I am LEGIT excited.

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When I first heard the news Kiersten White was writing Buffy I was a bit iffy. Will she do it justice, is it canon, will it intersect in any way with the comic?

I do not quite know yet all the answers to these questions, BUT I did get a chance to read the Entertainment Weekly excerpt (which I almost never do because excerpts are such a tease) and it has made me feel 100% better about this whole endeavor as a die hard Buffy fan.

From the excerpt I got:

  • It is set around season 9 of Buffy. Because that is when we deal with the “end of magic” and the main character kept referring to Buffy’s fuck up, and “how are watcher’s supposed to deal without magic?”
  • Kiersten White likes to write about twins.
  • The main character is totally adorable, and I already love her a little.
  • Wanda WYNDHAM-PRICE… am I to believe this is WESLEY’s Mother?! We shall see…
  • I need the book right NAO. Only an apocalypse can keep me away!


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DC is Hoarding all the Big Name YA Authors…

And I’m loving it!

If you can’t beat Marvel at their movie game (I mean, they just can’t) then let’s try to go another route! With popular authors like Meg Cabot (The Princess Diaries), Kami Garcia (Beautiful Creatures), Danielle Paige (Dorothy Must Die), Lauren Myracle (Internet Girls), Melissa De La Cruz (Blue Bloods), Mariko Tamaki (She Hulk! Lumberjanes)…

Well, DC is seriously going for the kill, and trying to entice a new generation of readers into the fold.

Black Canary by Meg Cabot  

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*To be clear, these will be illustrated novels, and not book books.
**Also, I love ALL THE COVERS.

I am so excited, I can’t even. Although I am not a fan of Harley Quinn (she seems like such a bad role model for little girls) I am hoping that Mariko Tamaki will take this character in a different direction. Maybe it won’t be true to the character’s roots, but if Harley Quinn is being promoted for little girls she might as well get a character makeover.

I am MOST excited about Black Canary and Raven ❤ ❤ ❤

Melissa de La Cruz will be writing Batman: Gotham High (no cover as of yet), and Laurie Halse Anderson will be writing Wonder Woman:Tempest Tossed (no cover yet).

I need to Pre-order ASAP.

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