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.
I received an ARC copy of The Goblins of Bellwater in exchange for an honest review. Thanks goes to NetGalleyas well as Central Avenue Publishing for this advanced copy which is expected to be released October 1, 2017.
Dear fellow Babblers,
I’m giving The Goblins of Bellwater by author, Molly Ringle 4.5 stars. But wanna know a fun fact? About 35% through the book I was contemplating putting it down and walking away! But then I said to myself, “well I haven’t written a negative review in quite a while, so I’ll just read on and pick and choose why I don’t like this book and discuss it. But here I am telling y’all that I am rating it 4.5 stars. I am so glad I followed through a finished because this has been one of the greatest realistic fantasy (contradiction? Absolutely not!) titles I have read yet this year! This book is a fusion of realism and fantasy with a twist of romance and mental illness. This book is raw, real and somehow brings to the surface all the spirits and monsters that could be living in our very own world, but we will never be sure of it. Confused? Read on. Continue reading “ARC Review: The Goblins of Bellwater | A Nuanced Portrayal of Reality and Fantasy”→
I’m really going to France. I can’t believe it’s finally happening. You see, I’ve been so close to going to France so many times in the past and then in the very last second something always, and I literally mean always happens that prevents me from going. But this time around I really feel it all happening and coming together. I was accepted into the TAPIF program all the way back in April but it wasn’t until like last week that I decided to go. I basically was holding onto this psychotic idea that the guy that I was having a fling with would finally *like like* me, but turns out, I kinda got screwed over. Long story short I cried and felt sorry for myself for two days and finally said ohh no you don’t doll face. I would have halted my dreams for you. But, well, as y’all can probably guess, my hopes were a bit shattered. I liked him since high school, so it hurts quite a bit but at this point there really is nothing more I can do but leave. So just like that I decided to put that chapter of my naive young adult life behind me and make myself the priority. I’m not reading as much as I have been the last couple of days when I was in *broken heart* mode given that I’m so excited to go to France so all I can really do all day is daydream. So I thought I would use this opportunity to catch up on nominations. Continue reading “The Miranda Sings Award”→
“I wonder what it’s like to have that much power over a boy. I don’t think I’d want it; it’s a lot of responsibility to hold a person’s heart in your hands.”
Dear fellow Babblers,
More than half way through the year and I have finally started a series. Or, well, trilogy. Talk about a late bloomer, huh? I’m usually intimidated and anxious about going into series because what happens if I read the first and then not like it? I can’t just stop there. Even if I don’t like a series, I feel obliged to stick it out through each and every book. Spoiler alert: that did not happen with To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before. I’m writing a review on the first, though let me warn you that I read all three this week alone! I simply could not put this book down. It was not thrilling in any stretch of the imagination but had me smiling, laughing, reminiscing on my own high school relationships the whole way through. I’m officially a Jenny Han fangirl and after reading my review I hope my readers will be too. Continue reading “Review: To All the Boy’s I’ve Loved Before | *Heart Still Swooning*”→
If you’ve been following my drab old life of a 22-year-old going on 42 then you’ll know that these past few weeks have been a bit bumpy, uneventful and all together yicky icky. I was having personal problems along with the good ‘ole unemployed-college-graduate problems. Well if you have come here for more wishy washy “Delphine’s life sucks” going ons I’m here to tell ya to stick your head in a toilet and do a swishy cause yo girl going to France for a year. Yup yup yup. So if any of y’all living in France be sure to hand over them digits so i can give you a ring and we can bond over some excellent chorizos and churros. No wait, that was my Mexican side coming out. I swear, I better get my sh** straight before I get over there or I’m pretty sure I’ll be deported. But in all seriousness I’m going to be an English teacher in Dijon, the Burgundy region for an entire year beginning in just a couple of weeks. I’ve always wanted to live in a small town on the countryside which is why I didn’t choose Paris or somewhere more city-like. I wanted Provence, but unfortunately was not an option *boo hoo,* whatevs’ I’ll be taking the high speed train there all the time (don’t let my dad know that *shhhh*). I’m super excited I just can’t hide it. I’ll have to be teaching hormonally awkward high school students which is very unfortunate for me but I’m hoping with enough sugary goodies I can bribe the kiddos to like me.
Anyway, onto the actual post, enough of me even though I know all y’all care to know more more more about my upcoming adventure. I was tagged by my blogging best friend for life, Alex at coffeeloving bookoholic for the Awesome Blogger Award. Yes my dear honey bunches of oats, it was a lonnggggg time ago since this tag but as you know, I’m quite late in just about everything given the ants in my pants that have been invading my brain as of late. Thank you very much dearest Alex for this tag because as we all know, I’m one awesome teeny weeny turkey (lol-idk). Continue reading “The Awesome Blogger Award”→
“There is a small monster in my brain that controls my doubt. The doubt itself is a stupid thing, without sense or feeling, blind and straining at the end of a long chain. The monster though, is smart. It’s always watching, and when I am completely sure of myself, it unchains the doubt and it lets it run wild. Even when I know it’s coming, I can’t stop it.”
Dear fellow Babblers,
I wasn’t planning on writing a review of Eliza and Her Monsters, given that it’s been done already like over and over and over again. However, I hope my opinion and thoughts are at least a little interesting. Like everyone whom I talked to about this book, I love loved LOVED it. I read this a little over a week ago and my heart is still filled with all the feelings and thoughts I got when reading. That’s really how much it affected me. It’s changed my perceptions of love, mental illness, and even family relationships. I’m blown away by how a books, especially Young Adult, seem to have this invisible pixie dust sprinkled on them, giving them capability of entering our hearts and cause it to burst with emotion – not even real life has that affect on me so the fact that this book did just stands as proof to how enchanting books really are. This book is a planetarium of themes, plot twists, relatable characters and evocative words. Everything about this book is crisp, original and touching. Read on if you wish but be aware that this review, based on what you consider a spoiler, just may contain them. Continue reading “Review: Eliza and Her Monsters | Eliza’s Monsters or Our’s?”→
I love books and I know that all y’all do too. If you don’t, why you’re reading or following my blog remains an enigma if ya ask me. I really have no reason to be writing this right now, given the fact that this is not supposed to be a discussion post but rather a tag. But we’ll get to the tag after a short babble on the magic of books. I’ve been having a number of personal issues lately that have been putting me in a teary eyed and upside down mood lately. Reading has been my escape and solace. It’s only during reading (and my long, excruciating morning runs, but lets not get into that) that I finally find hope and make a return to joy and the hopeful possibility that theres a whole world out there just waiting to be delved into. It’s really hard for me to deal with sadness and pain so I’ve been hiding out at home and reading from early morning into the late evening only leaving the house for doctors appointments, job interviews, and to throw out the trash. If it wasn’t for books I don’t know how I would cope. Lazlo Strange, Eliza Mirk, Lara Jean Song – all my favorite characters remind me that, despite everything, there’s still hope and maybe, just maybe, things will get better. I’m sure we’ve all had some pretty low lows and I know a lot of my readers know exactly what I’m talking about when I say books save lives, in the most literal sense of the word. That’s all for now. Let’s get to the real purpose of my rambles, the Coffee Book Tag. Continue reading “Teeny-Weeny Life Update + Coffee Book Tag”→
I received an ARC copy of Rosie Colored Glasses in exchange for an honest review. Thanks goes to NetGalley as well as Harlequin Books for this advanced copy which is expected to be released February 20, 2018.
Dear fellow Babblers,
Rosie Colored Glasses from author, Brianna Wolfson is, straight to the point an evocative, heart-wrenching, heart-breaking read. I was not expecting to be so incredibly moved by this book. I’ve been reading a lot of books pertaining to touchy themes such as depression and suicide given the bleak mood I’ve been in lately and of all that I’ve read so far, including 13 Reasons Why, this book took me so far over the edge that I fear that I just may break down again just writing this review. Continue reading “ARC Review: Rosie Colored Glasses | A Crippling Tale of Love. Wait. What is Love?”→