BLOG UPDATE: Post #1

Hello Bookworms!

For those of you that follow me on Instagram, I recently shared my plans to update my blog – to give it a more modern, streamlined look. A look that reflects how far I have come since I started this blog just over three years ago.

The first step in this update was a bit of branding, which I have been hard at work on this past week (with some awesome artistic input from Flavia the Bibliophile herself!). I wanted something simple that would reflect my hopes for my blog going forward – not just what my blog is in this moment.

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BLOG UPDATE: March 2018

Hello Bookworms! Its been awhile since I’ve done one of these, but since I am anticipating being quite swamped as I finish up my final term of Teacher’s College, I felt that I should share some important blog news with everyone!

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(Furyborn by Claire Legrand)

March, April, and May are without a doubt going to be a crazy busy month for me – I will be entering my final practicum as a pre-service teacher! Crazy, right? But practicum means a busy schedule of teaching, volunteering, and lesson planning, and in my previous experience, this really does cut into my reading time. And while I may be busy with finishing up my final term of post-secondary, I know I’ll find a way to sneak in some reading – and blogging – time!

Just not as much time as I have been, which (unfortunately) means that I am going to be changing up my blogging schedule a little bit, starting this upcoming Sunday (March 18, 2018). I will still be publishing a full review every Thursday, but from now on on Mondays I will be re-instating Mini Mondays!

You read that right – I am bringing back an old feature – MINI MONDAYS! I stopped doing this feature mid-2017 because I just wasn’t enjoying writing “Mini” Reviews anymore, and I had more time than I had had in awhile to write, so I figured I would go all full reviews. Unfortunately, for the next couple months, I am anticipating being quite swamped as I finish up my final term of Teacher’s College, and thus, in order to keep bringing you all regularly scheduled reviews, I have decided to re-instate Mini Mondays! These reviews will be 600 words or less, and will focus primary on what I enjoyed, and what I did not.

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(Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young)

Beyond that, I will still be sharing monthly Reading/To Be Read Lists on the first (or as close as possible to the first), in addition to series reviews when applicable. I will also still be posting daily on my Bookstagram and on Twitter, so please feel free to follow me there to stay up to date on what I am reading and blogging about!

Finally, if there are any other features or blog posts themes you would like to see on my blog in the future, please let me know in the comments, and I will take your suggestions into consideration for my Summer Blogging Schedule!

Keep Reading, Bookworms!

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(The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J Maas)

 

One Page at a Time Update

Hey Bookworms,

So, if I am to be totally honest with you, which I hope to be, I must tell you that in all truthfulness, I have definitely bitten off more than I can chew this summer. On top of working full-time (albeit doing something I love), I am running a reading tutoring program within my community, working on an online math course for school, and trying to have a social life (and sleep, on occasion).

This busy life I am living has meant that I currently have little time for this blog, which, while disappointing, is something that I have had to come to terms with over the past weeks.

However, I am not willing to, nor do I want to, simply abandon this blog. Blogging and Bookstagramming have reminded me of some of the things I love to do most – read and write – and I do not want to simply let go of these things that I love.

But I do have to be realistic.

As such, I will be cutting my blog posts down to one post per week – “One Page Wednesdays”. In addition, I will still be posting Monthly TBR Lists and Unboxing’s for FairyLoot, so please do keep an eye out for those as well!

And as always, please feel free to follow me on Instagram @onepageatatimebooks for daily updates about what I am reading, doing and planning on blogging about!

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#Bookstagram

Until my school term concludes in exactly one week, I have made the executive decision that I am simply to busy with final papers to produce any quality book reviews.

I am, however, still regularly posting to my Bookstagram account @onepageatatimebooks. You can find a sneak peak of some of my most recent photos below!

The Bookstagram Community (which is essentially just a collective of book lovers on Instagram who share their love of books through photos) is a great way to find new books, rediscover old books and connect with like-minded book lovers – so be sure to check it out!

 

Nevernight by Jay Kristoff

Please be warned that this review contains some small spoilers; I will, however, warn the reader before divulging a spoiler, so if you have not read the book yet, it is still possible to read this review! 

I had been following Jay Kristoff’s journey through writing this book (along with Gemina, which I’m quite excited about as well), for some time, so I was very excited to finally be able to pick up Nevernight and read it for myself. The very focus of the book – a young assassin with a vendetta – is definitely right up my alley for popular story tropes right now, so obviously I had to read it.

In a land where three suns almost never set, a fledgling killer joins a school of assassins, seeking vengeance against the powers who destroyed her family. Daughter of an executed traitor, Mia Corvere is barely able to escape her father’s failed rebellion with her life. Alone and friendless, she hides in a city built from the bones of a dead god, hunted by the Senate and her father’s former comrades. But her gift for speaking with the shadows leads her to the door of a retired killer, and a future she never imagined. Now, a sixteen year old Mia is apprenticed to the deadliest flock of assassins in the entire Republic – the Red Church. Treachery and trials await her with the Church’s halls, and to fail is to die. But if she survives to initiation, Mia will be inducted among the chosen of the Lady of Blessed Murder, and one step closer to the only thing she desires. Revenge.

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The Mime Order by Samantha Shannon

This blog post (inevitably) contains spoilers for The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon. If you have not read the first book in this series, I highly recommend doing so before going any further. My review for the Bone Season can be found here

As soon as I finished The Bone Season, I could hardly wait to pick up its sequel and get started. In fact, I was back at the book store the very next day! I did take my time with this book though; not because I didn’t enjoy it (I did), but because it was the book I brought along on our European adventure, and I wanted to make it last. Needless to say, it did not  last the entire trip, and I ended up making an emergency  trip to Waterstones before our flight home to pick up a read for the excruciatingly long flight over the Atlantic.

Paige Mahoney has escaped the brutal prison camp of Sheol I, but her problems have only just begun: many of the survivors are missing and she is the most wanted person in London . . . As Scion turns its all-seeing eye on Paige, the mime-lords and mime-queens of the city’s gangs are invited to a rare meeting of the Unnatural Assembly. Jaxon Hall and his Seven Seals prepare to take center stage, but there are bitter fault lines running through the clairvoyant community and dark secrets around every corner. Then the Rephaim begin crawling out from the shadows. Paige must keep moving, from Seven Dials to Grub Street to the secret catacombs of Camden, until the fate of the underworld can be decided.

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Court of Fives by Kate Elliott

I am a huge fan of Kate Elliott’s Cold Magic trilogy, so when I saw that she had delved into the realm of YA Fiction, there was no way I was willing to miss out on Court of Fives. As with Elliott’s other books, the plot is riddled with twists and turns, and the end result is nothing like what I was expecting on page 1, or even 10 pages earlier, to be honest. I absolutely love the depth and complexity with which Court of Fives was written, and I was surprisingly pleased by the relationship portrayed in the book as well.

Jessamy’s life is a balance between acting like an upper-class Patron and dreaming of the freedom of the Commoners. But away from her family she can be whoever she wants when she sneaks out to train for The Fives, an intricate, multilevel athletic competition that offers a chance for glory to the kingdom’s best contenders. Then Jes meets Kalliarkos, and an unlikely friendship between two Fives competitors–one of mixed race and the other a Patron boy–causes heads to turn. When Kal’s powerful, scheming uncle tears Jes’ family apart, she’ll have to test her new friend’s loyalty and risk the vengeance of a royal clan to save her mother and sisters from certain death.

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MINI REVIEW: Ivory and Bone by Julie Eshbaugh

“There is strong danger in a person who can create such powerful deceit they can no longer distinguish their own lies from the truth.” – Julie Eshbaugh, Ivory and Bone

What intrigued me about this book, above all else, was its role as a Pride and Prejudice retelling set in the Neolithic era (the later part of the Stone Age, or around 10,200-4,500 BC) with genders reversed. My Grade 12 English teacher absolutely loved Pride and Prejudice – needless to say, we spent many classes reading and analyzing the book and watching various adaptations of the novel. Throughout that process, I too developed a, well not love, but healthy respect, let’s say, for the timelessness and power of the novel. I was excited to read this book, to see how Eshbaugh interpreted the tale.

Hunting, gathering, and keeping his family safe—that’s the life seventeen-year-old Kol knows. Then bold, enigmatic Mya arrives from the south with her family, and Kol is captivated. He wants her to like and trust him, but any hopes of impressing her are ruined when he makes a careless—and nearly grave—mistake. However, there’s something more to Mya’s cool disdain…a history wrought with loss that comes to light when another clan arrives. With them is Lo, an enemy from Mya’s past who Mya swears has ulterior motives. As Kol gets to know Lo, tensions between Mya and Lo escalate until violence erupts. Faced with shattering losses, Kol is forced to question every person he’s trusted. One thing is for sure: this was a war that Mya or Lo—Kol doesn’t know which—had been planning all along.

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Morningstar by Pierce Brown

“I would have lived in peace. But my enemies brought me war. My name is Darrow of Lykos. You know my story. It is but an echo of your own.” – Darrow (Pierce Brown, in Morningstar, page 180)

After reading the first two books in this series in a matter of days, I could hardly wait to finally read Morningstar. Thus far, Brown had done an exemplary job when it came to word building, character development and story telling – Morningstar is no exception to this. From beginning to end, I was enthralled by Darrow’s journey to at last overthrow the Golds in an all-out rebellion, following the shocking conclusion to Golden Son.

If you’ve not read Red Rising or Golden Son, I would recommend doing so prior to reading this review, as it may contain some unintentional spoilers!

Darrow would have lived in peace, but his enemies brought him war. The Gold overlords demanded his obedience, hanged his wife, and enslaved his people. But Darrow is determined to fight back. Risking everything to transform himself and breach Gold society, Darrow has battled to survive the cutthroat rivalries that breed Society’s mightiest warriors, climbed the ranks, and waited patiently to unleash the revolution that will tear the hierarchy apart from within. Finally, the time has come. But devotion to honor and hunger for vengeance run deep on both sides. Darrow and his comrades-in-arms face powerful enemies without scruple or mercy. Among them are some Darrow once considered friends. To win, Darrow will need to inspire those shackled in darkness to break their chains, unmake the world their cruel masters have built, and claim a destiny too long denied—and too glorious to surrender.

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