The Disney Book Tag

Big thanks to Chloe at Paint and Butterflies Books for tagging me to do The Disney Book Tag! I’m going to get right into it:

1. The Little Mermaid—A character who is out of their element, a “fish out of water.”

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Aria from Veronica Rossi’s Under the Never Sky gets tossed from living in her little technologically advanced bubble to the real world. It was quite the shock for her.


2. Cinderella—A character who goes through a major transformation.

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In Leigh Bardugo’s Shadow and Bone, Alina Starkov transforms into a plain mapmaker to a splendid Grisha!


3. Snow White—A book with an eclectic cast of characters.

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Although I have yet to finish The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater, I can definitely tell that the boys—Gansey, Noah, Adam, and Ronan—are a special group.


4. Sleeping Beauty—A book that put you to sleep.

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I’m usually very entertained no matter what book I’ve read, but Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder is my exception. I’m sorry to whoever liked it, but I read it last year and I don’t even understand how this could capture children’s attention.


5. The Lion King—A character who had something traumatic happen to them in childhood.

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I know it says “a character,” but I’m going to say three characters because they are always together and it was the same trauma: Violet, Klaus, and Sunny from Lemony Snicket’s Series of Unfortunate Events books. I mean, how much more traumatic can you get than death and being uprooted?


6. Beauty and The Beast—A beast of a book (a big book) that you were intimidated by, but found the story to be beautiful.

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I decided to read Jane Eyre in middle school—I’m not even sure what lead me to pick this book out on my own—and I’ve read it two more times since. It was great (for me, though many people I’ve talked with could hardly get through it).


7. Aladdin—A character who gets their wish granted, for better or for worse.

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Junior from The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian gets to leave the Indian preserve and his transition isn’t exactly the smoothest.


8. Mulan—A character who pretends to be something or someone they are not.

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Yael from Ryan Graudin’s Wolf by Wolf literally pretends to be someone else.


9. Toy Story—A book with characters you wish would come to life.

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All of the main characters from Tahereh Mafi’s Shatter Me series. I absolutely want to be friends with all of them (and more than friends with a couple of others if you catch my drift *wink wink*).


10. Disney Descendants—Your favorite villain or morally ambiguous character.

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Rhy from A Court of Thorns and Roses. Sarah J. Maas must have had some real fun writing him because he definitely has something “morally ambiguous” about him.


This tag was actually pretty tough for me and had me thinking for a while on some questions. So, now I’d like to challenge some others:

My Friends Are Fiction

A Stranger’s Guide To Novels

Bibliophile Soprano

Book Courtship Tag

A Stranger’s Guide to Novels and Mud and Stars posted this book tag and both said they nominate everyone to do it. It looks like a fun and easy tag, so I wanted to take part in it. (Special shout out to LovelyLikeLaura for creating the tag!)

Phase One-Initial Attraction: A Book That You Bought Because of the Cover?

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A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray
I mean just look at that cover!


Phase Two-First Impressions: A Book That You Got Because of the Summary?

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Wither by Lauren DeStefano
I think I wanted some sort of dystopian book. This worked out well.


Phase Three-Sweet Talk: A Book with Great Writing?

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Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
It’s written with lyrical prose. The only other lyrical prose I’ve read is Make Lemonade and I definitely fell in love with Tahereh’s work most.


Phase Four-First Date: A First Book of a Series Which Made You Want to Pick Up the Rest of the Series?

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Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare
I wish there had been more. The Mortal Instruments series did not do Will, Jem, and Tessa justice and I missed TID so much while reading TMI.


Phase Five-Late Night Phone Calls: A Book That Kept You Up All Night?

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Empire of Shadows by Miriam Forster
I NEEDED to see when Emil’s path crossed with Mara’s so I stayed up pretty late. No regrets.


Phase Six-Always on My Mind: A Book You Could Not Stop Thinking About?

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Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi
I think you can tell by my choices that this is never far from my mind.


Phase Seven-Getting Physical: A Book Which You Love the Way it Feels?

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The Girl at Midnight by Melissa Grey
The hardcover book jacket feels rubbery and I love touching it. #BookPorn


Phase Eight-Meeting the parents: A Book Which You Would Recommend to Your Family and Friends?

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A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
Great Beauty and the Beast retelling that everyone needs to read.


Phase Nine-Thinking about the future: A Book or Series You Know You Will Reread Many Times in the Future?

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Shatter Me series by Tahereh Mafi
I am always skimming these books and wishing I had time to reread them. I know I will in the future.


Phase Ten-Share the Love: Who Do You Tag?

Paint and Butterflies Books

One Less Lonely Blog

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Bookish Freaks

YALLFEST Giveaway!

My feet are sore and crying, but it was totally worth it for Yallfest! I met some fabulous authors, imagechatted with some very nice people in lines, and listened to a couple of enlightening panels. I got lost and asked for directions quite a few times (even though I had a map on me), and missed out on a couple panels I wanted to see, but that didn’t put a damper on my day at all. I was in my happy place and nothing could have brought me down!

Shout out to my amazing mom (who drove 4.5 hours to meet me in Gainesville and road tripped with me from there) and boyfriend. They were my minions who acted as placeholders for me in a few lines and without them, I would have met half as many authors as I did.

The trip really was a wonderful experience. I encourage any YA fans to make it to the next Yallfest orYallwest (but bring friends or make friends who will be line placeholders).

Check out the authors I met:

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Renée Ahdieh
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Kiera Cass
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Sabaa Tahir
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Leigh Bardugo
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Marie Lu (with Zac Brewer in the background)
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Julie Kagawa
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Danielle Paige

And I can’t forget the face of Epic Reads:

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I will also post some quotes from the panelists later this week (at the latest next week) for you.

Now, I’m sure you don’t want to just look at my pictures, and I don’t want to make anyone feel sad/jelly if they couldn’t make it. I’ve got some Yallfest swag I’m giving away! WOO!! Enter the sweepstakes (by following me on Twitter @butterflygrl126 and RT the top pinned tweet) and you could be the proud owner of:
Epic Reads tote bag
Epic Reads pamphlet (with an exclusive Snow Like Ashes prologue)
Color Me YA coloring book
Pin reading: I Read Every Day Before You Did
Shadowhunter rune tattoos
Guardians of Tarnec series wristlet tattoo
Signed bookmark from Kiera Cass
Signed bookmark from Danielle Paige
Signed bookmark from Marie Lu
End Game collapsible water bottle
Rogue poster
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Charleston, Here I Come!

Only a few more hours until YALLFEST–only, like, one of the biggest book cropped-drawing1.pngfestivals revolving around YA ever! I am pleased to announce I will be making the road trip over very soon. I just wanted to prepare you for this since it’s a HUGE deal:

In the weeks to come, I will be posting pictures and information from panels.

And if you’ll be there, say hi to me! Just yell out, “yabookmonster, where are you?!” When you’ve found me, we can book shimmy together!

“Siege and Storm” Reviewed

I’m always a little nervous when I read sequels, because I’m afraid it won’t be as great as the first. Luckily, Leigh Bardugo did not disappoint in Siege and Storm.

Synopsis: After overcoming the control of the Darkling, Alina and Mal set off Screenshot 2015-11-12 20.24.44together to hide from him; their freedom doesn’t last long. The Darkling has a plan and it involves Alina. But with the help of privateer Sturmhond, Alina is determined to defeat the Darkling and save Ravka.

This book definitely improved from the first. Less learning and more action! (I love action and drama.) I want to say: And the plot thickens. It really does. There is more going on than with the first book, and Alina and Mal have much more to overcome, individually and as a couple.

There are a few new characters. I felt pretty much indifferent towards Tamar and Tolya (though they did become a bit more complicated by the end, so I think I will like them more in the next book), but Sturmhond/Nikolai is AMAZING. He is so different from Mal, whom I love, but he is so fun. I’m sure Leigh had a great time writing him. I still giggle over the things he said when I think back on it, especially when he tries to get under Mal’s skin.

I felt like Alina was really similar to Juliette from Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi (still my favorite series of all time). Alina, like Juliette, was shy and pretty powerless in the first book, but by the second, she’s toughened up and coming into her own. Then there’s the love interest and the funny/pain-in-the-neck guy you can’t help but smile with. And the girls are ready to kick butt! If you liked the Shatter Me series, I highly recommend the Grisha trilogy, or vice versa.

This sequel gets a 5 out of 5 stars.

“Dorothy Must Die” Slayed Me

“Dorothy Must Die” has been sitting on my bookshelf–unread!–for far too long. I started it last night and finished it this afternoon. And that’s saying something since I’m a slow reader and this book was practically 500 pages.

Synopsis: The story of Oz we once knew is true. But Dorothy didn’t stay away Screenshot 2015-11-11 17.32.41from Oz very long. She’s back and, with her trusty friends (the Scarecrow, Tin Woodman, and Cowardly Lion), destroys Oz and threatens its inhabitants. That is until Amy Gumm gets swept in by a tornado. Amy is the do-over Oz needs. With the help of the not-so-Wicked Witches and a few friends, she will have to kill Dorothy and reclaim Oz.

Had I read a synopsis, I might have realized Dorothy is no longer the main character anymore, Amy Gumm is. But I didn’t, and I was pleasantly surprised to see this twist of a new, modern character thrown into the mix.

Amy is fiery, sassy, and spirited. She’s been through a lot in her short lifetime and it helps to toughen her up and get her ready to kill Dorothy. Speaking of Dorothy, she and her companions are not like they used to be. Everything is backwards. The good guys aren’t good anymore. And the Wicked ones have joined up to become the not-so-bad guys. I loved all the characters! The antagonists are written so perfectly that I hate them.

The spectacular writing (without any errors–thank you, copy editors at Harper!) combined with the magical reboot of thrilling characters and adventure turned out to be a great read.

5 out of 5 stars to Danielle Paige!

A Talk with Rick Yancey

Over summer vacation, I attended a talk given by Rick Yancey, author of The 5th Wave, and I recorded it (well, the audio of it)! I had/have been so busy that I’d completely forgotten about sharing it with you. It’s much too long to dictate the entire talk, but I will leave you with a few of his quotes.

He starts off strong:
“You’re here today because you love books. If you loved something else, you probably wouldn’t be here today.”
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And then we learn a bit about his early life:
“I tell people that I practically grew up in a library, which is not too far from the truth.”
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Supporting us booknerds:
“People like us, who read a lot, we tend to have a problem with our mouths more than our fists, right?…In general, we’re a little bit smarter because we read so much–right?–which expands our worlds, expands our minds, hones and sharpens our intellects.”
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And he blows your mind:
“The unique thing about books and readers is that…books are a collaborative art…when you read that book, you are collaborating with the author.”
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Why did he become a writer anyway?:
“Einstein said, ‘I went into science because I could not bear, I could not bear the boredom of every day life.'”
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Yancey is so wise:
“The teenagers’ years are dystopian; they are apocalyptic…Can you think of any setting more dystopian-like than high school?”giphy5

When you’re a writer:
“I spend as much time picking out my theme music than I do the outlining…and I’ll act out scenes while I’m writing.”
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He speaks the truth:
“You have a fear… as a writer that you’re never gonna measure up.”giphy7

Advice to aspiring writers:
“Read, read, read, read, read, read, read.”
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And Yancey leaves us with:
“The great struggle of a writer is finding your own voice.”giphy9

And there you have it! I hope Rick Yancey’s words have brightened your day as much as they have mine. Don’t forget to check out my review of The 5th Wave and The Infinite Sea on the blog.