Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb | Emily Reviews!

Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb | Emily Reviews!

My Review So I’m considering doing a series every now and again on some classic fantasy novel recommendations for you guys. From the comments it seems like many of you are just finding your way to fantasy recently and may have missed some of the great novels out there published before the 2000s. I’d love to help make some recommendations on where to go next!  Let me know if you guys like this idea and I’ll keep it up every once in a while! So why start with reviewing Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb?  A few reasons, really.  For some reason LOTS of people have been asking me on Twitter where to start with this series (and this is where I personally think you should start).  Also, Hobb has a new book coming out in this series this year, which I am super excited about and will be reviewing on the… Read more »

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Thursday Thoughts (14): Bookish Shame

Thursday Thoughts (14): Bookish Shame

It’s Emily here and it is time again for Thursday Thoughts!  If you don’t remember what Thursday Thoughts is, it’s hosted by Ok, Let’s Read.  She is inviting us to share our thoughts about a specific bookish topic each week, link up and then chat with each other about the topics.  So far it’s been such a fun way to talk more about bookish-ness and less about specific books, and really any excuse to talk about bookish things I will totally take.  Definitely go check out her introduction post for more information, as well as a list of all the upcoming topics!  There will also be a link-up over there that will let you read everyone’s thoughts on the topic! This week our topic is Bookish Shame - Do you read exclusively one of the following or a mix: Adult, New Adult, Young Adult, Middle Grade? What are your opinions on shaming adults who read YA?… Read more »

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Landline by Rainbow Rowell : Danie Reviews!

Landline by Rainbow Rowell : Danie Reviews!

My Review Let me start this review off with a disclaimer. I freaking love Rainbow Rowell. I would read her grocery lists, if that wasn’t slightly stalker-ish and creepy. I have read every one of her books, devoured them, inhaled them. So I made sure to get Landline on it’s release date. Landline is the story of Georgie McCool. Yes, that’s her real name. Just take a minute to absorb that. She and Neal are married with two daughters, Alice and Noomi. She, a television series writer, is the breadwinner in the family, while Neal is a stay-at-home-dad. For years, she has put her career – and her writing partner/longtime best friend, Seth – ahead of Neal and their marriage. Two days before they are supposed to leave to see Neal’s family in Omaha for Christmas, Georgie drops a bomb – a network wants to do a pilot of a… Read more »

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Top Ten Tuesday (19) : Top Ten Characters I Would Want With Me On A Deserted Island

Top Ten Tuesday (19) : Top Ten Characters I Would Want With Me On A Deserted Island

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is : characters I would want with me on a deserted island. It could be characters based on their wilderness skills, their conversation, or eye candy. So let’s get started! Top Ten Characters I’d Want With Me On An Island   1. Katniss from The Hunger Games I feel like this will be on everyone’s list. I mean, come on – she’s awesome with a bow and arrow, she’s a great hunter, etc etc. My only concern would be that she can be kind of standoff-ish, and on a deserted island with not that many other people, it might make things a little awkward.   2. Karou from Daughter of Smoke and Bone Because she could probably get some wishes and wish us off the island. And then all our problems would be… Read more »

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Swashbuckling Summer: Land Ho!

Swashbuckling Summer: Land Ho!

I am both sad and somewhat happy (for my free time…) to announce that Swashbuckling Summer has unfortunately come to a close.  I had SUCH a great time with everyone talking about pirates, sharing some old and new favorite books, and I am so grateful to everyone who participated.  I’m hoping to make this an annual event and would love any feedback anyone has on what they liked or what could have been better. We have selected winners for some of the giveaways, including the main pirate giveaway, although there are still some open giveaways!  I’ll note in the schedule below which are still open if you want to check them out.  A huge thank you to my co-host, Lindsay over at Broke Book Girls, and all of the absolutely fantastic guest posters we had throughout the weeks.   And thanks again to Meg from Cuddlebuggery for designing our awesome banner and button!… Read more »

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The Dust of 100 Dogs | Swashbuckling Summer Guest Post

The Dust of 100 Dogs | Swashbuckling Summer Guest Post

You guys! I am so thrilled to introduce to you the amazing Misty from The Book Rat.  I’ve said this before, but Misty is definitely my biggest blogging and vlogging inspiration.  I somehow stumbled upon her YouTube channel one day and have basically never looked back.  I watched so many of her videos that I started reading books she was recommending and those books basically inspired by resurgence of love for reading, which lead me here. So! In some ways, I credit Misty with the whole of my blog!  Even this feature was inspired by her Fairy Tale Fortnight efforts, which are so amazing every year.  So I really was completely thrilled when she agreed to participate in this event with us.  I hope you guys enjoy her post and go check out her links — I just know you’ll love her as much as I do! ***************************************************************************************************** When Emily asked… Read more »

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Favorite Pirate Traits | Swashbuckling Summer Guest Post

Favorite Pirate Traits | Swashbuckling Summer Guest Post

Today as our journey comes to an end, we have a guest post from the oh-so-ruthless Kathy Bone!  Kathy was one of the first to sign on to take part in Swashbuckling Summer and spread the word to so many of her author friends that our event was even better than I thought it could be!  Because Kathy got so many fun pirate romance authors involved, we were able to have the big romance giveaway and Why Pirates post earlier this week (which I hope everyone has checked out)!  I am thrilled to have Kathy here again today with her own guest post.  She’s also giving away a $25 Amazon gift card for one lucky winner! Katherine has been passionate about all things historical since she was an Army brat traveling all over the world. Initially, she dreamed of being an artist, but when she met and fell in love… Read more »

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Interview with Ashley Nixon (and Giveaway!) | Swashbuckling Summer

Interview with Ashley Nixon (and Giveaway!) | Swashbuckling Summer

We are coming into the home stretch of Swashbuckling Summer, but we are NOT slowing down!  I am excited to share this fun author interview with Ashley Nixon today, author of Cutlass. So many of you were super excited about this book after the excerpt we shared earlier in the event, and I am too!  I was so thankful that she was willing to sit down and answer some interview questions to share with you guys!  Even better, she’s providing an e-book copy of her novel for one lucky winner!  Check out the giveaway at the end of this interview for the Rafflecopter! A big thanks to Ashley for participating in this interview! Definitely check her out at all of her links! Website | GoodReads | Facebook | Twitter | Blog   For the uninitiated, please provide a synopsis of Cutlass. Cutlass is about a pirate named Barren Reed who wants revenge for his father’s death, but what he gets is… Read more »

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El Pirata Cofresí (with a GIVEAWAY)| Swashbuckling Summer Guest Post

El Pirata Cofresí (with a GIVEAWAY)| Swashbuckling Summer Guest Post

I am excited that we have Regan Walker, pirate romance novel author, back with us today to share a guest post on Puerto Rico’s most famous pirate, Roberto Cofresi.  Roberto is a key character in her novel, Wind Raven, so Regan has a ton of interesting tidbits to share with us!  Don’t forget that she is giving away a copy of Wind Raven both on this post, as well as part of our massive romance novel giveaway which you can check out here! ******************************************************************************************************* With the end of the War of 1812 and the Napoleonic wars in 1814, an unprecedented wave of piracy swept the American seaboard and the Caribbean when some of the hundreds of captains who were privateers in the wars began preying upon the growing numbers of merchant vessels. Although some of these pirates, like Jean Laffite, were American, the majority came from farther south and Latin America…. Read more »

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The House of the Four Winds: Emily Reviews! | Swashbuckling Summer

The House of the Four Winds: Emily Reviews! | Swashbuckling Summer

My Review I am absolutely thrilled to have the opportunity to review this book (and giveaway a finished copy to one lucky reader, courtesy of Tor Books!).  As soon as I first heard about this book I started flipping out all over Twitter and anywhere else that anyone would listen to me.  The blurb basically contains everything I want in a book — magic, romance, pirates, princesses, strong female protagonists and a touch of cross-dressing.  What could possibly go wrong! And, for me, not very much did go wrong.  I just flat *enjoyed* reading this book.  As soon as I read the prologue, I knew this was going to be a book for me.  The tone of it, straight from the beginning, was pitch perfect.  It read kind of like an old-fashioned fairy tale with a new adventure spin. In The House of the Four Winds, the authors open with the tale… Read more »

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