Saturday, August 26, 2017

Words With Verity


It's been three years, which is a little insane. For three years I've stepped away from blogging because I couldn't figure out how to love it the way I used to.

I've started blogging again at Words With Verity, and I'm figuring out that self-hosted Wordpress allows for an incredible amount of freedom. If you'd like to stop by and see the newest book or anime I've fallen in love with, you'd have my infinite gratitude.

for reading, haha 

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Have you guys been reading anything great recently? I've been gone, but books never stop being bought. (send help unhauling books is the hardest)

truer words have rarely been spoken

Friday, June 27, 2014

|BLOG TOUR & Q&A| The Vast and Brutal Sea by Zoraida Cordova

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The Vast and Brutal Sea (#3)

Release Date: July 1st, 2014
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Pages: 336

This epic clash of sand and sea will pit brother against brother - and there can only be one winner.

In two days, the race for the Sea Court throne will be over - but all the rules have changed. The sea witch, Nieve, has kidnapped Layla and is raising an army of mutant sea creatures to overthrow the crown. Kurt, the one person Tristan could depend on in the battle for the Sea King's throne, has betrayed him. Now Kurt wants the throne for himself. Tristan has the Scepter of the Earth, but it's not enough. He'll have to travel to the mysterious, lost Isle of Tears and unleash the magic that first created the king's powerful scepter. It's a brutal race to the finish, and there can only be one winner. 
Heeeeey! Today I'm bringing you our stop for The Vast and Brutal Sea Blog Tour, and I'm excited to share a Q&A with all of you lovely people. And don't forget that if you haven't started The Vicious Deep, the battle may be coming to an end in The Vast and Brutal Sea, but your journey is only just beginning. Was that too cheesy? D: 


Commencing Q&A in 3...2...1...

1) I think it's safe to say that Tristan wasn't expecting to be a merman in the beginning of the series. If you were secretly a mermaid and it has been hidden from you all your life, what would be your ideal way of having someone break this news to you? It can be however you'd like it to be, as crazy as wished, of course.

What do you mean? I’ve always known I was a mermaid.But just in case I grew up not knowing… I would really like my parents to throw me a surprise party. I feel like when kids in books get magical transformations, it’s always after a near-death experience. This includes what I did to Tristan. It’s like, how about, don’t wait till your kid is almost killed to tell them they’re magical. Throw them a coming out party. Instead of having a HAPPY BIRTHDAY BANNER you can have a HEY, YOU’RE
MAGICAL banner.

2) I cannot, it seems, resist a well-done romance in books of all kind. What is your favorite part of Layla and Tristan's relationship?

My favorite part is that Layla sees Tristan for who he was and for who he can be. She knows his past. She knows his struggle as a merman, but he’s still her best friend. She can’t help but love him. He accepts that she’s a little hard with her emotions, and she accepts that he’s imperfect.

3) Of all three books in The Vicious Deep series, is there one that you might possibly love the most? Because sometimes you just can't help but pick a favorite. And if there is, is there any particular reason for it being your favorite?

THIS IS TOUGH. At the moment, I love book 3 the most. It’s like how parents love the newest baby the most for a few months. (Wait, that’s not how it works?) There’s this scene in book 3 that has to do with the Sleeping Giants of the sea. I LOVE that. It was so much fun to write. If you read it, you’ll know what I’m talking about.

4) As a book lover, I just can't help myself from asking about what you're currently reading! And also, what would you recommend readers to pick up after they finished what lies in store for them in The Vast and Brutal Sea?

After you read The Vicious Deep Trilogy (wink wink), I suggest The Lies Beneath Trilogy for those who want more merman books. Because of all the writing and editing, I haven’t had time to read. I have a huge TBR pile. Some books on that stack include The Coldest Girl in Cold Town by Holly Black, and Promise of Shadows by Justina Ireland

5) Can you describe The Vicious Deep series in five words to new readers?

An action-packed, funny adventure.

6) Now that Tristan's story has come to a close (*cries* I''lllll missss you Tristan!), do you have any upcoming plans regarding writing? Is it possible to share any information, even a very small guarantee that we can look forward to more stories from you?

I’m working on a YA that has me super excited. It’s secret.

I have a New Adult contemporary romance called Luck on the Line coming out November 10, 2014 from Diversion Books!

Thanks for having me on your blog!


It's been a pleasure hosting a Q&A today, but there's still more to come! Keep reading for a chance to win a giveaway if you order a paperback copy of The Savage Blue or pre-order The Vast and Brutal Sea and while you're at it, remember watch the trailer for the finale of The Vicious Deep series as well! 

The Author


Zoraida Córdova was born in Guayaquil, Ecuador, where she learned to speak English by watching Disney’s The Little Mermaid and Michael Jackson’s Moonwalker on repeat. Her favorite things are sparkly like merdudes, Christmas, and New York City at night. 


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Sunday, June 15, 2014


Perfect Kind of Trouble (#2)
Release Date: June 17th, 2014
Publisher: Forever
Pages: 336

Sometimes when perfect falls apart, a little trouble fixes everything . . . 

Twenty-one-year-old Kayla Turner has lost everything. After spending most of her life taking care of her ailing mother, she just wants to spot a glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel. So when her late father-a man she barely knew-leaves her an inheritance, she finally breathes a sigh of relief . . . until she learm of handsome playboy Daren Ackwood, her father's protégérns the inheritance comes with strings. Strings in the fo. To see any of her inheritance, she's forced to team up with him. From his expensive car to those sexy dimples, Kayla's seen his type before. But Daren isn't who he seems to be . . .

Struggling to make amends for his family's mistakes, Daren has a life more Oliver Twist than Richie Rich these days. He's beyond grateful that James Turner included him in his will, but working with Turner's princess of a daughter to fulfill his cryptic last wish is making Daren wonder if being broke is really so bad. Still, she's just as beautiful as she is stubborn, and the more time he spends with Kayla, the less it feels right being without her. Soon Daren and Kayla begin to wonder if maybe the best gift Kayla's dad could have left them . . . was each other.
  My Feelings of Sorts
Perfect Kind of Trouble was many things - but most importantly to me, it was a story about how misunderstandings can drive relationships apart and that sometimes you aren't lucky enough to have a second chance to fix things. 

Sometimes in our life, we make assumptions about somebody's character. We peg them as a certain type of person, and our preconceived notions can be hard to change because many times we make them based on strong emotions and previous experiences. And there may just be that small part of us that doesn't want ourselves to be wrong because it's going against everything we think we know. 

Both Kayla and Daren have been though situations that leave them with little faith in people if they don't earn it and the belief that money is essential for a good life, and Kayla's father and perhaps the only parental figure Daren has ever had, knows it. Though it was through James Turner passing that our main protagonists are reunited of sorts with each other, I felt that his role in the book was as consistently strong as perhaps Kayla's or Daren's. 

Both Kayla and Daren think they know who James Turner was, but their idea of him doesn't match up. For as much as Kayla is concerned, her father completely disregarded her as his daughter, leaving her mom and her to struggle, and the only reason she attended his funeral was to find closure, any sort of answer to why he did the things he did. Instead, she finds Daren Ackwood, resident playboy, who seemingly has received the love from her father that he never gave her. And despite how pretty Kayla Turner may be, Daren isn't all to fond of her. Because she's the girl who took her daddy's money and never bother to visit him until after he died. 

Misunderstandings can create quite a bit of trouble, can't they? 

But both of our main characters are in financially difficult situations, which could possibly be solved by a will left by James Turner. The only catch? It's a scavenger hunt where they have to be handcuffed together.

As New Adult tends to be, Perfect Kind of Trouble was engaging and the type of book that ends up as a one-sitting read. However, Chelsea Fine took it one step beyond, and made it not only a story about finding love, but also dealing with family. Though James Turner never got to spend the time with his daughter that he wished he could have, he was incredibly proud of her. And it's because he had a lot of money that he realized that there are somethings that even money may not be able to give you, and it was the one thing he hoped Daren and Kayla could find.  

Through the scavenger hunt, James Turner wanted to show that he loved both of them so very much, and that true love, and even just the chance to love, is priceless. I think certainly the impact of Perfect Kind of Trouble definitely succeeded  it's predecessor, Best Kind of Broken. Although, I think I hold a certain favoritism for Levi and it may or may not be due to his name and how it relates to a certain Attack on Titan character, and it was fun seeing him in his brief appearance. 

When we find out that James tried to contact Kayla and tell her that he was dying and she didn't pick up the phone because she was angry and upset with him because she thought he was being a terrible father was actually really sad to read. And I really hate Kayla's manipulative mother because of everything that she did. *angry scowls*

Perfect Kind of Trouble delivers a fun scavenger hunt, but also encourages  trying to live a life with as few regrets as possible. Try to treat everything like there's no second chance of making it better, because sometimes when it matters most, there isn't. And because I am always a fan of family relationships, the apparent love James Turner held for Kayla and Daren was wonderful to see. It was also a fun journey to see Kayla and Daren overcoming some insecurities and trying out what might be the perfect kind of trouble, also known as love, and finding how much they may be willing to risk for it. I am really excited for the third book in this series, Right Kind of Wrong, and though it's release date isn't so far away, I want it now

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Wednesday, June 4, 2014

|WAITING ON WEDNESDAY| Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo & Attack on Titan: No Regrets by (20)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill @ Breaking the Spine. It is a way to spotlight books that have yet to be released and it is awesome and you should join. 

My book pick of the week is…

Ruin and Rising (#3)
Release Date: June 17th, 2014

The capital has fallen. The Darkling rules Ravka from his shadow throne.  

Now the nation's fate rests with a broken Sun Summoner, a disgraced tracker, and the shattered remnants of a once-great magical army.

Deep in an ancient network of tunnels and caverns, a weakened Alina must submit to the dubious protection of the Apparat and the zealots who worship her as a Saint. Yet her plans lie elsewhere, with the hunt for the elusive firebird and the hope that an outlaw prince still survives.

Alina will have to forge new alliances and put aside old rivalries as she and Mal race to find the last of Morozova's amplifiers. But as she begins to unravel the Darkling's secrets, she reveals a past that will forever alter her understanding of the bond they share and the power she wields. The firebird is the one thing that stands between Ravka and destruction—and claiming it could cost Alina the very future she’s fighting for.
Ruin and Rising is one of the books I'm most looking forward to this year because of the wonderfulness that was Shadow and Bone. Though I haven't read the second one due to my fear of cliff-hangers and lack of preparing for the emotions to come, I am really looking forward to it because I heard there was this completely swoon-worthy guy being introduced that may or may not be Sturmhond. 

This is the type of series that has you loving the bad guys just as much as the good ones. Although The Darkling absolutely creeps me out and I hope he dies or at least ends up in a very secure jail because if he turns out to have the same effect as Warner, I might not be able to handle the feels. Though I prefer him so much more as a evil villain then a potential love interest. It could change though. It could change. I really don't think I want it to change though. 

I'm Team Mal because he's nice and not creepy and I like him a lot. I'm sure I'll love Sturmhond too of course. The Darkling should just remain the scary person he was in the first book so I won't have to fret that much over Alina's love life and who she'll choose because we all know that is giving me all the stress already. I DO NOT NEED MORE.

I really am excited for Ruin and Rising though! I needs it. Now. Give it to me.
As a side note: If you haven't pre-ordered Ruin and Rising yet and you plan to, I'd suggest Barnes and Noble because they have this a cool limited collector edition. And for the many fans of The Darkling, it includes a prequel story dedicated to him! There is a link below ready to take you to pretty and I need to pre-order my copy soon. Cheers! 




My manga pick of the week is…

Attack on Titan: No Regrets (#1)
Release Date: June 24th, 2014
Publisher: Kodansha Comics
Pages: 192


The young Erwin Smith is a rising star in the Survey Corps, humanity’s only hope of defeating the man-eating monsters known as Titans. Ruthless and dispassionate, Erwin’s mind is devoted to strategies and intrigue. But beneath Erwin’s feet is another world, the Underground, where humans are born and die surrounded by the garbage the Capital throws away. Here, the criminal Levi survives on his wits and agility. But when these two ambitious men cross paths, who will prove himself stronger?

The long-awaited origin story of Levi and Erwin, two of Attack on Titan’s most beloved characters!
This is a series dedicated to Levi and so if you hear obnoxious screaming I'm afraid that is me fangirling. Did you guys know that there's a light novel of this series and I really hope it gets translated too one day because it has Levi in it and is therefore amazing. (#badlogic) I have two of the Aria magazines where chapters were released (I wish I had all of them because Leviiiiiiii <3) and the special edition of the Japanese version of this manga and it is not going to be enough until I can pet the English version and read it a million times. Because it's Levi. And there's Erwin. And this is their back story. 

That is all. 




What are you waiting for this Wednesday? 


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