Top 5 Wednesday: Authors I’d Love To Meet

1. George RR Martin
2. JRR Tolkien
3. Robert Jackson Bennett
4. CL Schneider
5. LA Starkey


Book Review: City of Stairs

Author: Robert Jackson Bennett
Pages: 452
Published: September 9, 2014
Genre: Adult, Fantasy, Science Fiction
Rating: 5/5

Robert Jackson Bennett very quickly is becoming a favorite of mine. City of Stairs was absolutely brilliant and by far the best fantasy stand-alone novel I have ever read.

Shara Thivani is assigned to investigate the murder of a not so well liked professor that has been investigating the forbidden history of the Divinities. All that anyone knows is that decades ago they were allowed to worship the Divinities with no issue, then suddenly the Divinities were miraculously defeated by the Kaj. Since then, there have been rumors that some of the Divinities survived, but to speak of them is illegal.

Now Shara is tasked with finding the professors killer while uncovering the mysteries that have plagued Bulikov since the murder of the Divinities.

An absolutely fantastic novel. I will be reading everything this author writes for years to come. The plot is hard to describe without giving too much away, so I highly recommend you just dive right into this novel with not much background.

First Book Review of 2015! Rite of Rejection by Sarah Negovetich

Author: Sarah Negovetich
Pages: 320
Published: December 4, 2014
Genre: YA, Science Fiction, Dystopian
Rating: 4/5

That was awesome.

Rebecca and Cheryl are your average 16 year old girls. Except that they live in a country where once you turn 16 you are forced to attend a ceremony where you are either Accepted as a member of society or Rejected to the PIT because you may or may not have a propensity for crime. At least, those are the reasons that the Cardinal has given for why people are sent to the PIT.

Rebecca believed she had nothing to worry about and would easily get Accepted, but all that changed when the lights on the Machine flashed red indicating that she was to be banished to the PIT. Now forced to live the life of a “criminal” in horrible poverty, Rebecca must figure out how to survive with nothing and no one to help her. That is, until she sees a familiar face also living in the PIT.

Eric was the first one to ask her for a dance at the ceremony and she knew right away that he was perfect for her. Now with Eric by her side and a few of his friends, it seems like maybe life in the PIT won’t be so bad. Or will it?

An awesome dystopian novel, I devoured Rite of Rejection in two sittings because I needed to know what would happen next. The only reason I didn’t give this book a 5 was because some of the main plot points were a little predictable which kind of took me out of the moment. However, this book was still fantastic and I could definitely see it being the start to a series.

Highly recommend!

Clean Out Project

Hi world!

So at least twice a year I get into a huge clean out mood where I have to go through all of my stuff and eliminate things that I haven’t used. Since Christmas I’ve been going through everything in my apartment including my books.

In May I’ll be graduating with my masters and shortly after we’ll be looking for a new apartment. Well recently we had a talk about moving overseas and that got me thinking about the amount of books that I physically own but haven’t read yet. Which then got me into a get rid of everything and buy all the ebooks of books that I want to read but haven’t yet.

So that’s what I’ve been doing. As a result I’ll be having giveaways going. There is currently one going on my twitter. And then a bunch of other books I’m giving to my sister for her birthday.

I’m reading a bunch of books at the same time and then am going to decide if I want to keep them or not.

Just a quick update.


Getting in the mood…

GAHH I need Descent in my life so bad!!! 😀 😀 I can’t wait for all your new projects!!

L. A. Starkey Author

Well, that has a few connotations, doesn’t it? I’m getting in the mood to write!!

Sometimes it takes a bit of inner pressure to sit down and commit yourself to write 85,000 words over a two week period, but much like all things that take consorted effort, a new book brings crazy amounts of joy and a huge sense of accomplishment once done.

So what’s on my plate the next two weeks in terms of my writing?

1. Decent, Soul Keeper III. The final book in my debut trilogy will be my main focus. I’m going to sit down and bang it out over the next few weeks. It’s been moved to a late February 2015 release namely because I’m working with my book manager at BookTrope to figure out timing now that the trilogy has been picked up by them. I’m super stoked at where this book will take…

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Upcoming Book Stuff

Hi world! So here’s an outlook over the next few months for me in the book blogging world:

1. Eventually get caught up on all written reviews
2. The Indie Book Club has started!!! January’s feature book is: Seed by DB Nielsen
Want to join? Check it out here!:
There is also a twitter account for the book club: Indie_Book_Club

3. I have a ton of stuff going on in my personal life (i.e. turning 24 this month, 6 year anniversary in March & trip for spring break, boyfriend’s 25 birthday and then graduating from graduate school in May)

4. HUGE book buying ban once again – related to all of the big events happening within the next few months. I’ve been compiling a list of books that I will absolutely be getting but outside of this list I’m going to be utilizing my public library.
Absolutely Buying: Jack by Liesl Shurtliff, Cloud Riders 2 by Nick Cook, Magic-Scars by CL Schneider, Descent by LA Starkey, any books for the Indie Book Club that we decide to read,  and I know there are more I’m just blanking at the moment.

5. Taking a step back from making videos – I’ve made a ton of videos in the last few weeks for my #25DaysofIndie project which was a HUGE success (Super huge thanks to everyone that helped with that project!). So because of that I’ll be toning it down a lot – videos related to the book club & reviews will be posted but I’m not going to do many others at this point.

6. A few read-a-thons in the coming months (This month will be the underhyped reads read-a-thon again and then in February I believe is the next Harry Potter book/movie-a-thon thinger that I’ll be participating in)

I think that’s about it!


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