Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Amy says goodbye~

Hi, guys! I'm not sure how many of you still follow, but I'm posting this anyways since I feel Amy's Book Den deserves a proper goodbye post.

We've had a long and fun run since June 2011 when I first discovered the amazing online world of book blogging. It took me a while to figure things out, but soon enough, I had created this little space of book heaven to share with the world. 2012 was all kinds of awesome. I did giveaways, interviewed debut authors like Marissa Meyer, A.C. Gaughen, Robin LaFevers, and Helen Keeble who have produced some of my favorite books and book series, featured my amazing Seton Hill Classmates, participated in book tours and promoted talented self-published authors, and gained a substantial amount of followers (I'm still in awe of the number ♥ ). But as the demands of grad school grew, I had less and less time to read and much less time to review. In 2013, I tried to keep up with the demands of everything, but my frustration grew as the weeks passed. I knew I wasn't giving Amy's Book Den the attention it deserved, but I just didn't have the time or mindset to work with it anymore. I'm very thankful to Mary who came to my rescue and did some reviews to share here with us while I decided on what to do...

And my final decision was to close Amy's Book Den.

It wasn't easy coming to that conclusion, but I've made up my mind and this is why...

After two years and a half of pursuing a MFA degree in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University, I finally graduated this past June 29! *throws confetti* I've grown as a reader, a writer, a bookworm, and a person. I've achieved my goals, but that just means now I have new ones, and unfortunately they do not include keeping up with the daily demands of a book blog. I want to do so many other things--write more novels, explore other genres, read more, pursue publishing, apply for an editing or translating jobs, actually maintain my author blog--and spending hours keeping up with all of this here will not help me achieve any of those.

I am extremely thankful to all the readers and followers of Amy's Book Den, to all the authors who let me feature them and their work here, to Xpresso Book Tours and her extremely well organized tours, and to NetGalley for providing me with delicious ARCs. Amy's Book Den would not have been the same without all of you!

While I will no longer be updating Amy's Book Den, I will keep the facebook page, where I'll continue posting random bookish things occasionally, and my Goodreads account, where I'll keep rating books even if I don't write full reviews for them. You can also check out my Author Blog for random movie reviews and my writer thoughts.

Once again, thank you all so much for this experience!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday (155)

 Hosted at Breaking the Spine.

Illusions of Fate
Kiersten White
September 9 2014 

Jessamin has been an outcast since she moved from her island home of Melei to the dreary country of Albion. Everything changes when she meets Finn, a gorgeous, enigmatic young lord who introduces her to the secret world of Albion’s nobility, a world that has everything Jessamin doesn’t—power, money, status…and magic. But Finn has secrets of his own, dangerous secrets that the vicious Lord Downpike will do anything to possess. Unless Jessamin, armed only with her wits and her determination, can stop him.

Why am I waiting for it?
I haven't read any of Kiersten's new work since Paranormalcy, but I keep adding the books to my TBR list. I don't know. There's something about her stories and the blurbs that calls to me. I definitely need more time to read!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday (154)

 Hosted at Breaking the Spine.

Trial By Fire
Josephine Angelini
September 2 2014 

Love burns. Worlds collide. Magic reigns.

This world is trying to kill Lily Proctor. Her life-threatening allergies keep her from enjoying many of the experiences that other teenagers take for granted...which is why she is determined to enjoy her first (and perhaps only) high-school party. But Lily's life never goes according to plan, and after a humiliating incident in front of half her graduating class Lily wishes she could just disappear.

Suddenly Lily is in a different Salem - one overrun with horrifying creatures and ruled by powerful women called Crucibles. Strongest and cruellest of all the Crucibles is Lillian . . . Lily's identical other self in this alternate universe. This new version of her world is terrifyingly sensual, and Lily is soon overwhelmed by new experiences.

Lily realizes that what makes her weak at home is exactly what makes her extraordinary in New Salem. It also puts her life in danger. Thrown into a world she doesn't understand, Lily is torn between responsibilities she can't hope to shoulder alone, and a love she never expected.

But how can Lily be the saviour of this world when she is literally her own worst enemy?
Why am I waiting for it?
Badass cover o___o
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