UCLA Alumni (Class of 2017): Comparative Literature & French.
Book Babbler/Reviewer. I am most interested in Young Adult, Contemporary, Fantasy/Science Fiction, and Thriller/Suspense, but am open to review any novel.
Welcome back to my “Life Update” series. These posts are basically just a detour back into my last few weeks and how my life has drastically changed, having moved from sunny California to nippy Joigny.
The first post of this series was really just a deep and personal reflection of my first impressions of France and in what ways my life, in terms of my overall mentality, has changed and what it has done to my perceptions of life and the world around me. In this second post I will get into some of the places and many adventures that I have had since arriving. Of course I will not be able to include everything, but I thought it would be rather fun to bring y’all into my life outside of my blog and book-reviewing. Also… Another reason for these posts? I haven’t picked up to read a single book since I got here… YIKES. That probably wouldn’t be such a big deal if my blog wasn’t umm… well… a BOOK BLOG!!! Continue reading “Life Update Part 2: Delphine et la France”→
Good evening from France! So, obviously, I haven’t been all that active on wordpress and really any of my social media except for Instagram for the past three weeks. Moving from Los Angeles to the Burgundy region of France has been an extremely huge life change and although I told myself hundreds of times that I would remain committed to my blog…well, we all know how that ended up.
So much has been going on in the past three weeks that it would be a bit too ambitious of me to sit and recount to y’all every single little detail of my move. As a result, I thought I would just go ahead and babble along for a while and let you guys in on my new French countryside life. Continue reading “Life Update Part 1: Delphine et la France”→
I was recently sent A Blindfellows Chronicle by the author, Auriel Roe in exchange for an honest review.
Dear fellow Babblers,
This is a novel, collection of short stories, sensual expression of intimate thoughts. I was left feeling satisfied and ready for more from the author. It’s not a book I would ever generally pick up, but upon meeting the author and chatting with her I became intrigued. What could such a quirky and kind person write? Despite the somewhat dense and scattered events and writing style of A Blindfellows Chronicle this book is the kind that takes you into the author’s imagination and confuses your perception between fiction and reality. In a narrative period of thirty years Roe visits many characters, personalities, and worlds, all which seem incongruent but naturally seem to fuse together with a twist of heartfelt emotion by the last page. Continue reading “Review: A Blindfellows Chronicle | There Goes Another Amazing Read”→
Oh heyyyyy y’all. Welcome to Delphine’s much overdue tag time! I’m writing this post completely and utterly jet lagged so bare with me if something doesn’t quite make sense. But then again, very little of what I ramble on about is really just a bunch of nonsensical mush pouring out of my queer imagination.
Anyways I tried to pick a tag that seemed doable and really rather simple – I’m a lazy whore, I know, deal with it or kiss a toad.
I was tagged some time ago (my memory is the size of a speckled dandelion) by Dani at Perspective of a Writer. I love this blogger. She’s always o active here and comments on posts, keeping up with just about everything in our growing bookish community. And then her posts are just on top of it – always staying up to date with ARCS, new releases, and not to mention thought-provoking discussions! So if you would puh-leese listen to Mademoiselle Delphine and give her sit a whirl I promise you will become one of her greatest toad. If not, I will officially kiss a slug – which basically means I’m more than 120% certain you’ll enjoy reading her stuff. Continue reading “‘Friends’ Book Tag”→
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: May 2, 2017
Genre: Young Adult, Trilogy
Rating: 4 Stars
Dear fellow Babblers,
The trilogy, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is a very unnecessary, extremely typically romance about boy meets girl – long story short: boy and girl fall in love – happily ever after So whats up with Delphine’s high rating? Umm… no one who has not read any of the books of the series will understand.
This trilogy is everything a girl, guy, teenager, fangirl/boy, bibliophile could ever ask for in a coming-of-age romance! Humor, drama, romance carry the reader through Lara Jean’s most transformative years of high school. Jenny Hann brings a delicately light end to the series, leaving smiles, heartaches, and ooos and ahhs just as she did in the two that preceded this one. Continue reading “Review: Always and Forever, Lara Jean | I Hate Goodbyes”→
I have an overflowing inbox of comments, nominations, tags, bookmarked posts and author requests that have no nearby end. In the past week I seem to have reached an all time low in blogging activity. Since I started my blog back in May I’ve been extremely active and have learned so much from so many bloggers that I’ve had the opportunity to know and learn from in the past few months.
With all the life changes that are going on in my life right now, despite my rising at 4 am every morning, I have been not been very loyal or attentive to my blog and readers. I know this all pretty unnecessary to write, given that every blogger, aside from being a blogger, also has a life and several responsibilities. Despite all my jokes, profanity and attempted humor I take my blog very seriously and having it means a lot to me. It has provided me with an outlet to express my thoughts and critique books I read, meet other avid readers, make publishing contacts, and explore my imagination and connections with characters and the fictional universe. So to have turned away from my blog for just the past week has definitely cracked my heart a bit so I want to first apologize to any readers that care and, of course, qualify my negligence and overall unworthiness of calling myself a “book blogger.” Continue reading “Delphine, The Unworthy Book Blogger”→
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: May 26, 2015
Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Series
Rating: 4.5 Stars
Dear fellow Babblers,
I love this series. Okay. There. I’ve said it, happy? Any reader out there who has a heart, soul, and ability to cry agrees with me, it has to be a given. I’ve never been a fan of reading series because I always feel compelled to continue through them even if I don’t like the way it’s going. But this? To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is a magnificent series and I wasn’t expecting the second to be so charming. It wasn’t as humorous and downright adorable as the first, but it was nonetheless a delight to read and therefore, despite it being released over two years ago, I will still review it. I just really have to commend all the characters, humorous happenings, and fun dialogue that goes on in this book. Everyone needs to know that it is worth the hype and the corny compliments. Continue reading “Review: P.S. I Still Love You | P.S. I Still Love You Lara Jean!”→
As several of you well know by now I am a Young Adult Fantasy Fangirl (wow, talk about a mouthful, huh!?). I recently had the opportunity to read and review an ARC copy of The Goblins of Bellwater (full review here). With a rating of a 4.5 stars I was left wanting more from this author. I was curious how Ringle fused fantasy with realism so fluidly in her novel. What amazed me about this read was not the plot and dialogue, both of which were wonderful in there own right, but not what I’m getting at. The dramatically vivid illustration of the fantasy world where goblins lurk and control the human conscious, and conversely, the human world where everyday young adults fall in love and siblings look after one another, is really what caught me reading this book. In my experience as a book blogger and reviewer, and avid YA fangirl, I have rarely come across a work of literature that is realistic and enchanting, managing to be both in less than three hundred pages.
I often weigh writing style and the author’s ability to represent their story world over the story itself. I remain faithful to this logic when I make the claim that The Goblins of Bellwater is a masterfully produced book. Reading this book, I found myself at times in a dream and other times pushed back into reality. This is a tricky task as fantasy and reality contradict each other and usually will not overlap. This book shows the possibility of the merging of worlds which, in essence, what we, as readers do all the time – read to enter a fictional universe. I had the opportunity to share my thoughts with the author herself (my heart is still swooning over the fact that I really got to contact her!!!) about the inspiration alive behind her writing. I write “alive” because, if her writing really does come to life in this book from the erotic relations between Skye and Grady to the mind blowing power the goblins have over Skye’s mind. Ringle has graciously provided me, and all of us, who really value writing, with what renders fantasy for her, realistic…
Read on for this beautiful guest post provided by the author of the stunning new Young Adult book, The Goblins of Bellwater, to be published by Central Avenue PublishingOctober 1, 2017. Many thanks to NetGalley and Central Avenue Publishing for providing me with an ARC copy of The Goblins of Bellwater, and giving me the opportunity to read and review it.
Many thanks to Molly Ringle for this phenomenal guest post and providing us with this stunning book, by far, the most realistic fantasy I’ve read all year.