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

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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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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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#BookExpo 101: Scheduling, Tips and Tricks

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Back on my old blog, Poisoned Rationality, I used to do a round up of helpful posts for the Book Expo n00b. Its been a few years since I did my last one (2015!) so I thought I’d revise and repost some of those blog posts to help anyone looking for a nudge of help.

I for one believe that Schedules always make an event better. Be they self-made schedules, official programming or just something thrown together while waiting in line at 7am with a half dozen new friends, brochure for the day and highlighters.

This is by no means the only way to do a schedule, but I found this is the best way for me to schedule.

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#BookExpo 101: The Basics

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Back on my old blog, Poisoned Rationality, I used to do a round up of helpful posts for the Book Expo n00b. Its been a few years since I did my last one (2015!) so I thought I’d revise and repost some of those blog posts to help anyone looking for a nudge of help.

So you’ve heard about this crazy little thing called ‘Book Expo’ and you say to yourself ‘What in blazes in that?’  First, why are you talking like that?  Second, Book Expo is an industry event when publishers, booksellers, teachers, librarians, media and authors all get together to party.

Here’s a low down on the who, what, where, when, why, how and omg in all its proverbial glory.

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Book Review: Patchwork

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Renata Lake thought her relationship would be the only casualty of prom. Then the bomb went off.

It was supposed to be a night to remember—a cruise through Boston Harbor, dancing beneath the stars. But when an explosion tears the ship apart, Renata wakes up in Patchwork, an ethereal world where all her memories have been stitched haphazardly together.

In order to catch the assassin who murdered her friends, she’ll have to navigate the twisted landscape of her mind and relive critical moments from her past in search of clues. Can she uncover the killer’s identity and find her way back to the man she once loved before it’s too late?

Note: a version of this review was posted on my GoodReads page. I’ve minorly edited this review for some obviously bad goofs on my part and to clarify certain points.

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Book Review: Greta and the Glass Kingdom

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Once upon a dark time…

Greta the human bounty hunter never quite fit into the shadowed, icy world of Mylena. Yet she’s managed to defeat the demon Agramon and win the love of the darkly intense Goblin King, Isaac. Now Isaac wants her to rule by his side—a humanqueen. And the very announcement is enough to incite rebellion…

To make matters worse, defeating Agramon left Greta tainted with a dark magick. Its unclean power threatens to destroy her and everything she loves. With the Goblin King’s life and the very peace of Mylena at stake, Greta must find a cure and fast.

Her only hope lies with the strange, elusive faeries in the Glass Kingdom…if she can get there before the evil within her destroys everything.

Notes – This is an older review from my old blog, Poisoned Rationality. As such I haven’t read this book in a while. That said, I still like this review. I’ve made slight edits to it. Beware of spoilers.

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Book Review: A Choice of Crowns

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Olivia Geroux knew her king was reluctant to marry her, whatever the negotiations had arranged. But she never expected to find handsome, arrogant King Rowan obsessed with his stepsister instead. And before she can determine what course to take, she overhears her greatest ally plotting to murder the princess.

Olivia must act quickly—and live with whatever chaos results. As the assassin hunts his prey, a magic mirror appears to show Olivia the three paths that open before her . .

~ If she hesitates only a moment, the princess will die—and she will become queen.
~ If she calls for help, she will gain great power—but she must also thrust away her own happiness.
~ If she runs to stop the murder herself, she will know love and contentment—but her whole country will suffer.

As she lives out each path, her wits and courage will be tested as she fights to protect her people, her friends, and her heart. And deciding which to follow will be far from easy . . .

Pros – Olivia had an actual tough decision to make, personal sacrifice is neither glorified nor condemned

Cons – honestly speaking I’m going with none that are worth mentioning

Notes – There are spoilers for each path here. If you would like a spoiler free review, please head to my Goodreads review

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Book Review: Greta and the Goblin King

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While trying to save her brother from the witch three years ago, Greta was thrown into the fire herself, falling through a portal to a dangerous world where humans are the enemy, and every ogre, goblin, and ghoul has a dark side that comes out with the full moon. To survive, 17-year-old Greta has hidden her humanity and taken the job of bounty hunter–and she’s good at what she does. So good, she’s caught the attention of Mylena’s young Goblin King, the darkly enticing Isaac, who invades her dreams and undermines her determination to escape. But Greta’s not the only one looking to get out of Mylena. The full moon is mere days away, and an ancient evil being knows she’s the key to opening the portal. If Greta fails, she and the boys she finds stranded in the woods will die. If she succeeds, no world will be safe from what follows her back . . .

 

Notes – This is an older review from my old blog, Poisoned Rationality. As such I haven’t read this book in a while. That said, I still like this review. I’ve made slight edits to it.

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