Kids of Appetite Blog Tour | Book Recommendations for Characters

banner Welcome to the blog tour for
Kids of Appetite by David Arnold!

I am so excited to be on the blog tour for KIDS OF APPETITE by David Arnold! I was so excited to dive into this book because I’ve heard nothing but good things about David Arnold and his books! Thanks to Penguin Random House for having me be a part of this blog tour!

For today’s blog tour post, I’m sharing some book recommendations for the characters! I always take pride in giving out book recommendations and I think it’s so much fun to wonder what books these characters might like, especially with one character being a reader! (Or at least obsessed with one book) Check out my selections below — and no worries! There are no spoilers for KIDS OF APPETITE!


Victor is one of the main characters in KIDS OF APPETITE and admittedly is not a reader. For Victor’s book recs, I opted for reads that deal with more close-to-real-life events that he might relate to. I didn’t think Vic would like reading fantasy or sci-fi or if he might end up enjoying them someday, they’re not the books to throw a non-reader into, as thrilling as they might be. I tried to pick books that Victor might either relate to or connect to on a broader level and that wouldn’t be super long or intimidating.
I also chose some books for him that I thought he’d appreciate for the beauty in their asymmetry.

  • The Smaller Evil by Stephanie Kuehn | A quick read, a gripping concept, and a kid just trying to find his place within a group
  • When We Collided by Emery Lord | The loss of a father and two unique souls finding each other in a complicated world
  • The Distance from Me to You by Marina Gessner | I thought Vic might appreciate the reality and true setting of this book! It’s also a book about finding yourself and gaining confidence.
  • Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson | Maybe not quite Vic’s style but I thought he would connect with the concept of following a list left behind by a loved one
  • Midwinterblood by Marcus Sedgwick | This totally seems like a Vic book. It’s a story about traveling souls and has all of the heart that he so loves about his father. It’s also one of the most unique books I’ve ever read and I think Victor would appreciate its depth, writing style, and content
  • Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein | I think Vic would appreciate some historial fiction. CODE NAME VERITY is one of the best historical fiction books I’ve read and although it’s not short, I couldn’t put it down. I think he’d stay hooked and even as a non-reader, he’d be interested.


Mad is a reader, at least when it comes to THE OUTSIDERS. I think she’d appreciate similar books or similar concepts, as well as books that show the connection between characters and strong bonds.

  • Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo | Mad loves THE OUTSIDERS and even though SIX OF CROWS is a fantasy, I think she’d love the kids of The Dregs and everything their stories/histories encompass.
  • We Are the Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson | I don’t know why but I just get a feeling that Mad would like WE ARE THE ANTS. This is one of those book recommendations that I make not necessarily on content but on an over all feel/vibe and I just see this one clicking with Mad.
  • All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven | This is another feel/vibe recommendation and I really like the connection that occurs between Violet and Finch when they both grasp onto that connection between each other. It reminds me a little of Vic and Mad in a way.
  • This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales | I think Mad would love Elise and her story of pursuing what she really loves, marching to the beat of her own drum, and finding friends in unexpected places.
  • Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell | Aside from the fact that I think she could enjoy the book, FANGIRL has a specific OUTSIDERS scene and she would gobble that right up!
  • If I Stay by Gayle Forman | IF I STAY is a story about love, loss, friendship, and tough decisions. I think Mad could appreciate all of these things.


I don’t know if Coco would be interested in reading so I tried to choose books for her that I think would hold her attention, characters she could root for, and books that incorporated a lot of action! Coco seems like a sponge, eager to soak up knowledge and I can really see her getting into exciting action sequences!

  • Alanna: The First Adventure by Tamora Pierce | I recently read ALANNA and I think it would be a fun book for Coco! With Coco being that gap between middle grade and young adult, I think ALANNA would be such a fun book and series to grow with.
  • Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech | WALK TWO MOONS may be a little more serious than I’d normally suggest for Coco but it’s such a beautiful story and I think she could relate to Sal, who ends up finding out information about her family — specifically her parents — along the way.
  • The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan | THE RED PYRAMID is such a fun book and I can totally see Coco going for action/adventure/fantasy. She has a curious mind and I can see her imagination running wild with this adventure! Plus, main character Sadie is so sassy, Coco would just love it.
  • Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead | I think Coco could also read up to some young adult books! She’s very mature for her age and has a lot of world experience already that has forced her to grow up qucikly. I chose VAMPIRE ACADEMY because I think she’d love Rose and I can totally see her cheering on these characters in their quests!
  • Something Strange and Deadly by Susan Dennard | I also think SOMETHING STRANGE AND DEADLY would be a fun book for Coco! It’s a young adult read that easily encompasses all ages, has action and adventure, and Eleanor is a great heroine who doesn’t take crap from anyone.
  • Also Known As by Robin Benway | I could totally see Coco getting into spy/espionage novels! ALSO KNOWN AS is so much fun, has a great main character, is smart and sassy, and as a bonus, it takes place in New York.


Baz is an interesting character for book recommendations! Being that he’s compiling his own book, I think he’d be interested in checking out different writing styles. I also think he’s extremely interested in personal connections, friendships, and situations that better people’s lives. The books I chose for him were ones I think he’d appreciate on various levels and offer strong bonds as well as deep lessons.

  • Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell | Baz is sort of the caretaker for the Kids of Appetite and I think he’d really appreciate this beautiful friendship between Eleanor and Park and how the whole story starts because Park just wanted to reach out to Eleanor.
  • The Lies About Truth by Courtney C. Stevens | I love this book for Baz because of its depth and the complicated friendships detailed throughout the book. It’s also one book that I remember specifically for its characters and how real they felt and I think Baz would appreciate this reality of bringing people to live in a novel.
  • Kiss of Broken Glass by Madeleine KuderickStardust by Neil GaimanBeauty Queens by  Libba Bray | These may seem like odd choices but since Baz is pursuing a writer career (or more specifically, writing a specific book), I like all of these suggestions to really give him a taste of different literary styles! KISS OF BROKEN GLASS is a story written in verse. STARDUST is a modern novel with a fairy tale feel. BEAUTY QUEENS is a great example of satire (and I’m sure some of those girls would remind him of Coco’s spunk)!
  • The Giver by Lois Lowry | I think Baz would love THE GIVER on so many levels. It’s the perfect story to show how a Utopian enviroment isn’t always what it appears, amazing love for a family that is not blood-related, a strong mentor bond, and all of the lessons that Jonas learns along his journey.


Don’t forget to check out he rest of the KIDS OF APPETITE blog tour! All the stops are listed below and each blog has something special in store!

Week One:
Monday, 9/19: Owl Always Be Reading (Review)
Tuesday, 9/20: Bookish Lifestyle (Top 5 Reasons to Read KoA)
Wednesday, 9/21: Perpetual Page Turner (Interview)
Thursday, 9/22: YA Bibliophile (Review)
Friday, 9/23: Fiction Fare (Favorite KoA Quotes)
Week Two:
Monday, 9/26: Bookiemoji (CYO KoA Group of Misfits)
Tuesday, 9/27: Here’s to Happy Endings (Review)
Wednesday, 9/28: Grownup Fangirl (Review + Instagram)
Thursday, 9/29: Book Addict’s Guide (Review)
Friday, 9/30: ButterMyBooks (KoA Bookish Scents)
Week Three:
Monday, 10/3: YA Wednesdays (What Makes You a KoA)
Tuesday, 10/4: Lost in Lit (KoA Lookbook/Mood Board)
Wednesday, 10/5: MundieMoms (KoA Playlist)
Thursday, 10/6: Andi’s ABCs (Review)
Friday, 10/7: Bookworm Everlasting (Review + Instagram)

Thanks so much for taking the time to check out the blog tour for KIDS OF APPETITE! I had so much fun picking out these book recommendations and I would hope the characters would love them! What would be your book recommendations for the KOA crew? 

Book and a Beverage [163] – Tia from Read It Write Now

Book and a Beverage

Welcome back to BOOK AND A BEVERAGE!

In case you don’t know the deal about Book and a Beverage, it’s a very simple yet fun feature: We read books, we drink beverages, we take pictures of them and then I share your photos and a little about you to the blogging world!

Give a big welcome to Tia from Read It Write Now!



Name & Blog Name:  Tia at Read It Write Now
Tell us a little about your blog! I started my blog a little over two years ago and I mostly blog about YA! It started off as an experiment to see if I could run a blog on my own and it just sort of went from there (though it hasn’t been as successful as I was hoping haha)
What’s been your favorite post you’ve written so far? (Link us up!) I think my favorite post that I’ve written is my Parable of the Sower review. I feel as though I’ve gotten better at writing reviews and this is the first post I’ve made recently that I’m very proud of!
Got anything special coming up we should know about? Well I just started a new discussion feature on my blog that I’m really excited about because I was always a little nervous doing discussion posts since anything I would talk about would probably already have been discussed by so many people.


Whatcha reading? Empire of Storms [by Sarah J. Maas]
Where did it come from? (Library, purchased, publisher, etc): Purchased
Any special reason you chose to feature this book?  Sarah J. Maas is one of my favorite authors and the 5th book, Empire of Storms, just released this month! I am also going to be meeting her in October so I thought that this would be the perfect book to showcase on this post.
What’s important that we should know about this book? Would you recommend it? This book is the 5th installment of the Throne of Glass series. It is about a kickass assassin who is also not who we think she is. This book will highlight her return to her homeland and I am so excited to know what happens. I would highly recommend this entire series!


Whatcha drinking? Leinenkugel’s Harvest Patch Shady…Such an amazing fall lager!
What’s your favorite thing to drink while reading? I don’t really have a favorite drink to have while reading…I mostly just drink water 🙂
Favorite beverage of all time. Go! Since it is fall now and pumpkin spice everything is finally back, I have to say Starbucks Pumpkin Spiced Lattes even though I have been trying not to drink very much coffee lately


What are your top three books you would recommend to other people?  A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas(if you haven’t read the first one you NEED to so you can read this beauty), Trial by Fire by Josephine Angelini, and White Hot Kiss by Jennifer L. Armentrout
What’s your proudest blogging/reading/writing moment? Before I started blogging and even before I was on Goodreads, I used to read a lot more because I had more time. My proudest reading moment would probably be the time I read 3 books in one day. I have never been able to do it again, but I would like to.
Anything else you’d like to share? I’d just like to say thank you for hosting me! I have never posted on someone else’s blog before and this is really awesome! I had a lot of fun answering these questions.

 Thanks, Tia!! YAY all the pumpkin drinks! I of course love PSLs but I love a good pumpkin beer too. YUM! I’m in the middle of Empire of Storms right now too and I’m SO excited! 

I hope you enjoyed getting to know Tia! Connect with her at the links below!
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As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride – Cary Elwes

As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride – Cary ElwesTitle: As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride by Cary Elwes, Joe Layden
Publishing Info: October 14, 2014 by Simon & Schuster
Source: Audible, Gift
Genres: Non-Fiction, Memoir
Find it on the web: Buy from Amazon // Goodreads
Date Completed: August 31, 2016

From actor Cary Elwes, who played the iconic role of Westley in The Princess Bride, comes a first-person account and behind-the-scenes look at the making of the cult classic film filled with never-before-told stories, exclusive photographs, and interviews with costars Robin Wright, Wallace Shawn, Billy Crystal, Christopher Guest, and Mandy Patinkin, as well as author and screenwriter William Goldman, producer Norman Lear, and director Rob Reiner.
The Princess Bride has been a family favorite for close to three decades. Ranked by the American Film Institute as one of the top 100 Greatest Love Stories and by the Writers Guild of America as one of the top 100 screenplays of all time, The Princess Bride will continue to resonate with audiences for years to come.
Cary Elwes was inspired to share his memories and give fans an unprecedented look into the creation of the film while participating in the twenty-fifth anniversary cast reunion. In As You Wish he has created an enchanting experience; in addition to never-before seen photos and interviews with his fellow cast mates, there are plenty of set secrets, backstage stories, and answers to lingering questions about off-screen romances that have plagued fans for years!
With a foreword by Rob Reiner and a limited edition original poster by acclaimed artist Shepard Fairey, As You Wish is a must-have for all fans of this beloved film.


Gosh, this was just so wonderful. The Princess Bride has always meant a lot to me, growing up with the movie, then later reading the book as an adult, and eventually sharing it with my husband who had never seen the movie and much like the grandson, ended up really enjoying it despite his initial hesitance.

It was just magical to hear all of these behind-the-scenes moments while the movie was being filmed, all of the delightful anecdotes, more movie trivia, and it was so overwhelming special to hear how treasured this movie and movie-making experience really was to all of the actors. It’s something that has become near and dear to so many fans and it’s so wonderful to hear how much fun they had making the movie and how they really became a movie family.

This book was wonderfully put together, consisting of a start-to-finish tale of how the movie was made, how all of the actors were brought in, and even how it was received. I loved the overall story and all of the anecdotes the book included. I haven’t read many non-fiction books or memoirs or really anything like this so I was pleasantly surprised how easy it was to follow and listen to! (Although I suppose I watch plenty of non-fictional TV shows so it’s not that big of a leap.) Cary Elwes also does a wonderful job of really making this flow as a story to carry readers along with the production experience.

Despite having a print copy (which I would want to own regardless), I listened to the audiobook of AS YOU WISH and it was an amazing listen. Cary Elwes narrated and all of the actors (who are still living) as well as the directors and author William Goldman popped in to narrated their additions to this book as well. (Although a narrator stepped in for a few actors and William Goldman for this audiobook production.) Cary Elwes is an amazing narrator. Obviously he’s a great actor so he has a natural story-telling ability and the wonderful knack for bringing a story to life. He’s also amazing at impressions and was so great doing all of the actors voices and accents when telling his side of their conversations! If he isn’t a narrator for any other audiobooks, he really should be. It was such a delight listening to his narration!

I actually teared up at the end of the audiobook, I must admit. I could just feel the emotion that was such a big part of these actors’ experience with the filming of The Princess Bride and this movie is one of my all-time favorites. I just feel such a connection to it and I got quite emotional as well! AS YOU WISH was just wonderful and I think an important read for any Princess Bride fan! If you’re a huge fan of the movie, you won’t be disappointed with this book.view_from_goodreads1

“The View from Goodreads” is a featured section in my reviews that I decided to incorporate! I tend to update my Goodreads status a LOT when I read — reactions, feelings, notes — so I thought it would be fun to share the sort of “reading process”! All status updates are spoiler-free (no specific plot points will be revealed) but will contain reactions to certain pages and/or characters!



Kept Me Hooked On: Non-fiction. I really read next to zero non-fiction. I’m just such a fan of losing myself in fictional worlds that non-fiction doesn’t really catch my eye. AS YOU WISH may have me rethinking this for certain topics that mean a lot to me because this experience was just so enjoyable and  I learned things!
Left Me Wanting More: Time with this story! Everything I ever wanted was in this book. The only thing I wanted was for it not to end!

Addiction Rating
Read it/listen to it ASAP!

I SO recommend the audiobook for this one! Listening to Cary Elwes is just magical.



(Click the cover to see my review!)


Heartless – Marissa Meyer

Heartless – Marissa MeyerTitle: Heartless by Marissa Meyer
Publishing Info: November 8, 2016 by Macmillan
Source: BEA 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Retelling
Find it on the web: Buy from Amazon // Goodreads
Date Completed: June 5, 2016
Related Posts: Cinder (Lunar Chronicles #1), Scarlet (Lunar Chronicles #2), , Glitches (The Lunar Chronicles #0.5), The Queen's Army (The Lunar Chronicles #1.5), Carswell's Guide to Being Lucky (Lunar Chronicles #3.1), Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles #1), Scarlet (The Lunar Chronicles #2), Cress (The Lunar Chronicles, #3), Winter (The Lunar Chronicles #4), Stars Above (A Lunar Chronicles Collection)

Long before she was the terror of Wonderland — the infamous Queen of Hearts — she was just a girl who wanted to fall in love.
Catherine may be one of the most desired girls in Wonderland, and a favorite of the yet-unmarried King of Hearts, but her interests lie elsewhere. A talented baker, all she wants is to open a shop with her best friend and supply the Kingdom of Hearts with delectable pastries and confections. But according to her mother, such a goal is unthinkable for the young woman who could be the next Queen.
At a royal ball where Cath is expected to receive the king's marriage proposal, she meets Jest, the handsome and mysterious court joker. For the first time, she feels the pull of true attraction. At the risk of offending the King and infuriating her parents, she and Jest enter into an intense, secret courtship.
Cath is determined to define her own destiny and fall in love on her terms. But in a land thriving with magic, madness, and monsters, fate has other plans.


If you know me or my blog, I’m sure you know how big of a Lunar Chronicles fan I am! I’ve basically grown obsessed with Marissa Meyer’s books so naturally when I heard about HEARTLESS, I was freaking out. When I received a glorious, glorious copy of HEARTLESS at BEA this year (as well as getting the chance to meet and chat with Marissa), I knew it was the first book from BEA that I was going to start! I was a bit apprehensive but wholly excited, as one usually is when starting a new book by their favorite author. I really love prequel and sequel adaptations of classic novels as well as the “what might have happened” retellings but prequels have a special place in my heart for some reason. I was doubly excited to start HEARTLESS because of this reason and also because it promised to be a little bit darker since the book revolved around the beginnings of the Queen of Hearts!

The first thing I’ll say is that this not The Lunar Chronicles… But I’m glad that it wasn’t! I think it’s easy for a writer to stick to a style or tone that they know and that’s definitely great to sort of make a name for yourself with a specific style. You could say that Marissa Meyer is getting that niche of fairy tales and retellings since HEARTLESS is different in so many ways but it still is a fairy tale adaptation. I’m really glad to be able to read such a different tone, setting, and context for this retelling than what we had see in The Lunar Chronicles! I’m impressed with how different this book was and how it really stood on its own, even after following such a massive series. Marissa really did an amazing job at bringing HEARTLESS to life and having it stand on its own!

I’m not a huge Alice in Wonderland fan so I don’t know the story inside and out, but from what I do know, I feel like the book followed the general story quite closely. This was nice to see so many things from the original tale pop up throughout the book and yet I felt like I was missing that sense of originality that I felt in The Lunar Chronicles (as an easy example) that really developed a story of its own and wasn’t just a straight retelling. Even though HEARTLESS is a prequel of sorts, it still really felt quite similar to Alice in Wonderland in many ways and I would have loved to see a few more original aspects that truly had the book standing out from Alice. On the flip side, it was cool to see how something could be used in the Queen’s time as a teenager/young adult that later comes back when Alice enters Wonderland. HEARTLESS was much more of a closely-following adaptation than just an inspiration.

One thing I worried about with an Alice adaption is how whimsical the original story is and that’s not something I always get along with in books. I enjoy adaptations so I was hoping HEARTLESS would be like The Lunar Chronicles in that way — the fairy tale inspires the book but it’s a bit more modern. HEARTLESS was definitely more like Alice than The Lunar Chronicles in this sense. The tone, content, and whimsy were all reminiscent of the original book. Rather than being a prequel concept, this was written as a true prequel to mimic the original Alice story itself. I did have a hard time with some of the whimsical fantasy in the book (as I have with Alice). Well, I shouldn’t say that I had a hard time. More like it wasn’t something that I particularly enjoyed. I didn’t dislike it but sometimes those things end up feeling more silly to me than fun.

The characters were really quite lovely. We get to see pre-madness Hatter (who was always one of my favorite Alice characters) and glimpses of characters like the White Rabbit and other Tea Party guests. Cath was so interesting throughout the book and I kept trying to take a peek at what might turn her into a heartless queen later on in the book. It actually did make me rather anxious because I just knew that the book couldn’t have a happy ending!! Every hope she had I was nervous for and of course that went doubly for the romance. Jest (the romantic interest) fought for my favorite character (against Hatta) in HEARTLESS and I didn’t know whether I was supposed to be wary of him at first or fall in love with him! And the King of Hearts was just so bumbling and cringe-worthy that it truly made every scene with him unbearable and nerve-wracking since you know that Cath is supposed to end up as the Queen!!

I really did enjoy HEARTLESS from start to finish. I thought the tale of the (future) Queen of Hearts was quite interesting and very well done. I liked how Catherine was a seemingly normal girl right from the start of the book and I spent the entire read really wondering how this whole thing was going to flip and turn back on itself to inspire a personality change. The concept was handled really well and even though I was expecting this to read a bit more sinisterly as if from a villain’s point of view, I did enjoy that I was really kept guessing until the end how that switch was going to happen!

“The View from Goodreads” is a featured section in my reviews that I decided to incorporate! I tend to update my Goodreads status a LOT when I read — reactions, feelings, notes — so I thought it would be fun to share the sort of “reading process”! All status updates are spoiler-free (no specific plot points will be revealed) but will contain reactions to certain pages and/or characters!

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Catherine // Character obsessions: Baking, friendship, love, avoiding the king.
I’m not gonna lie… I was hoping this book would have Catherine as a villainous character right from the start. I was excited to read something a little dark and sinister… But I also did appreciate seeing the “true” history behind the Queen of Hearts and how she came to end up so ruthless when she was once normal Catherine. Marissa Meyer did a great job with her character and I really loved that slow creep of doubt slip in and then the sudden flip!


Kept Me Hooked On: Prequels. Prequels are SO cool. I really, really love seeing what a world was like before the story even begins ad all of the backstories of everything. It also adds a whole separate level of world building that I LOVE.
Left Me Wanting More: Originality. I know that it’s a fairy tale retelling and this definitely felt more like a retelling than an adaptation, which I was surprised to find in a prequel since those usually build their own stories a bit more. Granted, I’m not SUPER familiar with Alice so I’m not sure what changed and what was the same but I did feel a lot of Alice elements that I did know and I just wanted more of the Queen’s story than Alice’s adventures in Wonderland.

Addiction Rating
Read it

It wasn’t my favorite book from Marissa Meyer so far but it was fun and absolutely enjoyable. I loved reading a different fairy tale adaption and like always, she did a great job with the characters and really pulling a story together! It’s also so nice that it’s a stand alone so you won’t have to wait for future books!



(Click the cover to see my review!)


Crooked Kingdom Blog Tour | Matthias Is…


Welcome to the blog tour for
Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo!

I basically have two super-huge fandom loves and Leigh Bardugo’s books are one of them! Leigh Bardugo’s books are special to me for so many reasons but I’ll always remember that the Fierce Reads tour in 2012 was the very first author event that I ever went to and I bought SHADOW AND BONE because of that tour! I fell in love with the book and have been obsessed with everything Grisha ever since! (As you can see, the love for all things Grisha is STRONG!)

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I’m so excited to be on the CROOKED KINGDOM blog tour today, sharing some thoughts and quotes about one of my favorite Dregs characters, Matthias! Matthias Helvar is almost sort of the straight-man for the group of thieves, cons, and misfits. Even after being accepted into the group as one of them and eventually accepting that he really does sort of fit in with these “heathens”, as he affectionately calls Nina at once point in time, Matthias is still the person who (ineffectively) tries to be the voice of reason and morality. I think I love his story the most in SIX OF CROWS because I think he goes through the largest personal transformation. The only reason he survives in Hellgate is because he’s so intent on exacting revenge on the girl who got him there… who happens to be Nina. He also used to be a member of the Druskëlle, a group of Fjerdan “witch hunters” who hunted down those with Grisha powers. Matthias really stuck with me throughout this book because I loved seeing all of the changes within him. The Dregs crew springs him from prison so he owes them for his freedom and agrees to work with them… And the more time he spends with them, the more they grow on him. He realizes that Grisha powers doesn’t make someone a bad person. Those hard edges soften and he begins to let people in. And he starts down the load and beautiful road of one of my favorite tropes, a hate-to-love romance, with finally letting that vengeance grudge against Nina go and letting her into his heart. I loved watching Matthias find his place with this band of misfits, him being one himself after not being able to return to the Druskëlle. I also love watching his gruff demeanor soften and all of the glorious, glorious banter that occurs between Nina and Matthias throughout the  book as they really grow fond of each other.

My task on today’s blog tour stop is to share some things about Matthias by completing the sentence “Matthias is…” so for those of you who said TL;DR to my love-professing paragraph above, check out these short and quick descriptions of one of my favorite SIX OF CROWS characters, Matthias Helvar!

This beautiful Matthias image is by Kevin Wada!

This beautiful Matthias image is by Kevin Wada!

MATTHIAS IS… a convict.

“A gambler, a convict, a wayward son, a lost Grisha, a Suli girl who had become a killer, a boy from the Barrel who had become something worse.”

Matthias is broken out of Hellgate prison, a convicted man after Nina essentially got him stuck there.

MATTHIAS IS… traditional.

“Why don’t Fjerdans let girls fight?”
“They don’t want to fight.”
“How do you know? Have you ever asked one?”
“Fjerdan women are to be venerated, protected.”
“That’s probably a wise policy.”
“It is?”
“Think how embarrassing it would be for you when you got trounced by a Fjerdan girl.”

Matthias is a bit more traditional in his ways of thinking and not as modern and progressive as the rest of the Dregs. Nina is pretty much a badass, sassy, and whip-smart. She keeps Matthias on his toes and calls him out when his antiquated thinking is getting him in trouble. Matthias learns a lot from the strong women he meets along the way of this story and really starts to understand that women are so much more than things to be protected. (Or witches.)

MATTHIAS IS… reasonable.

“Kaz leaned back. “What’s the easiest way to steal a man’s wallet?”
“Knife to the throat?” asked Inej.
“Gun to the back?” said Jesper.
“Poison in his cup?” suggested Nina.
“You’re all horrible,” said Matthias.”

I love how Matthias is essentially the voice of reason for this crew. I’d say he used to be a bit pious in his former Druskëlle days and he still carries around that notion to make things “right” and “respectable”. It cracks me up to watch the rest of the Dregs crew throw morality out the window and Matthias appalled reactions to it!

MATTHIAS IS… strong.

“Matthias and Wylan seized the rope to pull him up. Jesper wasn’t sure how much Wylan was actually helping, but he was certainly working hard.”

Matthias is the brute force of the group. Where others have strength in wits and education, Matthias has more strength in physicality.

MATTHIAS IS… passionate.

Then he cupped her face in his hands. “Jer molle pe oonet. Enel mörd je nej afva trohem verretn.” Nina swallowed hard. She remembered those words and what they truly meant. I have been made to protect you. Only in death will I be kept from this oath. It was the vow of the drüskelle to Fjerda. And now it was Matthias’ promise to her.

I’d say Matthias is one of the most passionate of the bunch! While many of the others in the Dregs crew have worked on hardening themselves and shutting themselves off to feelings, Matthias lets his emotions dictate his actions in so many ways. He joined the Druskëlle and let his passion for witch-hunting define who he was. He allowed his rage to consume him and drive his life forward when all else was lost in Hellgate. And he made a vow to Nina to protect her at all costs when she won his heart.

MATTHIAS IS…  a tulip.

“I wonder what Matthias would have to say about that outfit.”
“He wouldn’t approve.”
“He doesn’t approve of anything about you. But when you laugh, he perks up like a tulip in fresh water.”
Nina snorted. “Matthias the tulip.”
“The big, brooding, yellow tulip.”

In all ways that Matthias is a brute and brooding and fierce, he’s also just a little yellow tulip that perks up whenever Nina is around.


Oh, Matthias, my big blonde tulip. So Jay Snyder narrates Matthias’ chapters in the Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom audiobooks, and he has this fantastic movie trailer voice. In Crooked Kingdom, Matthias is really wrestling with his feelings for Nina and his ideas about propriety, and I could not get Jay’s voice out of my head. It always left me giggling. I’d just imagine Jay in the recording booth, looking up from his script and saying—in that super gravelly Optimus Prime voice—”Really?”

I 100% agree with Leigh! I LOVE Jay’s voice. It’s perfect for Matthias and kind of dreamy to listen to. It’s makes his personality come alive that much more — and I can’t wait to see what Leigh Bardugo has in store for Matthias in CROOKED KINGDOM after that snippet!!

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Full International Blog Tour Schedule
Each blog features different original blog content as well as exclusive content from Leigh Bardugo about the main characters of The Dregs crew!

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY: Anyone who comments on all 12 blog tour posts (US and UK) by 11:59 PM EST on Monday, October 3, will be entered into a raffle for a special Grisha Prize Pack thanks to the team at Macmillan/Fierce Reads! Check out the full schedule below to see where you need to head to be entered!

September 21:
US: Two Chicks on Books 

September 22:
US: The Irish Banana Reviews

September 23:
US: The Book Addict’s Guide

September 24:
NINA is…
US: Adventures of a Book Junkie

September 25:
INEJ is…
US: Across the Words

September 26:
KAZ is…
US: The Midnight Garden

Thanks so much for stopping by for this Matthias-filled post! Hope you enjoyed the exclusive content from Leigh Bardugo and don’t forget to visit the  other stops on the blog tour to enter yourself in the raffle to win a Grisha prize pack!! 

Book and a Beverage [162] – Ava from Bookishness and Tea

Book and a Beverage

Welcome back to BOOK AND A BEVERAGE!

In case you don’t know the deal about Book and a Beverage, it’s a very simple yet fun feature: We read books, we drink beverages, we take pictures of them and then I share your photos and a little about you to the blogging world!

Give a big welcome to Ava from Bookishness and Tea!


Name & Blog Name: Hi! My name is Ava, and I’m the blogger at Bookishness and Tea.
Tell us a little about your blog! On my blog, I like to do a little bit of everything: discussions, reviews, Top Ten Tuesday’s, lists… I love spotlighting diverse (especially LGBTQIAP+) books and talk constantly about my favorites. I love tea, and I obviously love books, so that’s where the name comes from.
What’s been your favorite post you’ve written so far? (Link us up!) Oh, hmm…that’s difficult! I’ve written a LOT of posts in my year of blogging. One of my favorites, however, is a post I published a few months ago featuring 30 post ideas for book bloggers! I know that a lot of the time, people struggle with coming up with post ideas, so that’s what this post was for. I’ve been told that it WAS helpful! 
Got anything special coming up we should know about? So I found out today that I’m allowed to talk about this now: I was chosen as a teen blogger for Barnes and Noble Teen blog! This is a huge honor for me, and I’m so excited. If you read the blog, you can find me flailing over books under Ava M, starting at the end of this month.


Whatcha reading? I’m currently reading The Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson, the third in the Mistborn trilogy! I loved the first two books, and I was so excited to start this one.
Where did it come from? (Library, purchased, publisher, etc): I borrowed this book from my school library, who actually has a lot of YA books I’d like to read, unlike my previous school! It’s the American edition, which is SO UGLY, as you can see by the photo above. The U.K. editions (which I own the first two in) are so much prettier.
Any special reason you chose to feature this book? It’s my current read, but also: I think EVERYONE needs to read this trilogy.
What’s important that we should know about this book? Would you recommend it? It’s really hardcore high fantasy, with a complex magic system, large world, and lots of characters. But it’s incredible. Yes, yes, YES! If you like the things I mentioned above, then I highly recommend it.


Whatcha drinking? Hmm…can you guess? (Hint: It’s kind of in my blog name.) Yes, I’m currently drinking tea!
What’s your favorite thing to drink while reading? I know this is the boring answer, but I actually DON’T drink while reading. I’ve spilled on my books too many times to make that mistake again.
Favorite beverage of all time. Go! Of course, I’m choosing tea. What else did you expect?


What are your top three books you would recommend to other people? You can’t just ask me that!
Okay, fine.
Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
I’ll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson
I could list so many more, but currently, these are the books I’ve been obsessed with. (I read them all over a year ago, so it’s been a WHILE.)
What’s your proudest blogging/reading/writing moment? Last week, I might not have had an answer for this…but now I do. I found out a little while ago that Kerri Maniscalco, the author of (the soon-to-be-released) Stalking Jack the Ripper, included me in her acknowledgements. This book was one of my favorites that I read from BEA, and I even created a street team for it! Finding that she’d put me in there…I was so, so overwhelmed with emotion. I STILL can’t believe it!
Anything else you’d like to share? My blogiversary (book blogging anniversary) is the 21st of September! It’s crazy to think I’ve been blogging for a whole year.

 Thanks, Ava! Ahhh YAY! I LOVE Kerri. She’s just the sweetest. And I’m so excited/jealous that you’re reading the Mistborn books for the first time! I am SO in love with them! And I agree with you – I can’t stand those version of the American covers! 

I hope you enjoyed getting to know Ava! Connect with her at the links below!
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A Comprehensive List | Friends-to-More Romance

A COMPREHENSIVE LIST is a new feature designed to help bloggers and readers alike find books according to a specific theme, feature, or concept!

With so many bloggers participating in memes like Top Ten Tuesday or creating lists of their own and so many readers craving a book based on a specific topic or location, I came up with the idea of attempting a database sort of post called A COMPREHENSIVE LIST.

I love making lists and with so many constant topics to choose from — based on blog post or reading mood — I thought this would be a great way to help out other bloggers or readers when they’re in need of a list based on a specific topic that’s not easily searchable.

Below you’ll see my list of books for the designated post topic. I also invite anyone and everyone to use the form all the way at the bottom to submit their own! There are obviously so many books that I haven’t read that I wouldn’t think to include so we need community support to make these lists as wholly encompassing as possible!

These lists will be for YOUNG ADULT BOOKS although I would like to also include some adult books or middle grade books with YA crossover (like middle grade series that extend up into young adult age range or new adult/adult books that feature teenager characters, etc). Before submitting anything to this list, please check the post to make sure it hasn’t already been added! I’m manually updating these lists so any assistance not to add extra work is helpful. All books will be sorted by author and then series.

This post is all about the FRIENDS-TO-MORE romance and YA books that feature them. Check out the list below and add your own using the form!

book list


Because some of these are series, please note that that not ALL of the books in the series may feature the friends-to-more romance but it does play a big role in the series at some point in time! 

    • The Hunger Games trilogy | Number of books: 3 | Goodreads | Amazon
      • The Hunger Games (#1), Catching Fire (#2), Mockingjay (#3)
  • GAUGHEN, A.C. 
    • The Scarlet Trilogy | Number of books: 3 | Goodreads | Amazon
      • Scarlet (#1), Lady Thief (#2), Lion Heart (#3)
    • The Lunar Chronicles | Number of books: 4 (plus novellas/prequels/shorts)| Goodreads | Amazon
      • Cinder (#1), Scarlet (#2), Cress (#3), Winter (#4) | Note: The “friends-to-more” romance doesn’t appear until book #4, Winter
    • Anna and the French Kiss companion novels | Goodreads | Amazon
      • Anna and the French Kiss (#1), Lola and the Boy Next Door (#2) | Note: Book #3 in the companion collection, Isla and the Happily Ever After, does not feature the friends-to-more trope
    • Radio Hearts series | Number of books: | Goodreads | Amazon
      • The Sound of Us (#1), We Own the Night (#2) | Note: We Own the Night is the book with the friends-to-more romance
    • The Harry Potter series | Number of books: 8 | Goodreads | Amazon
      • Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (#1), Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (#2), Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (#3), Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (#4), Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (#5), Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (#6), Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (#7), Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (#8)
    • The Raven Cycle | Number of books: 4 | Goodreads | Amazon
      • The Raven Boys (#1), The Dream Thieves (#2), Blue Lily, Lily Blue (#3), The Raven King (#4)


    • Off-Campus Series | New Adult | Number of Books: 4 | Goodreads | Amazon
      • The Deal (#1), The Mistake (#2), The Score (#3), The Goal (#4)
    • Love Unexpectedly series | Number of books: 3 | Goodreads | Amazon
      • Blurred Lines (#1), Good Girl (#2), Love Story (#3)

Have more books to add to the list? Submit them using the form below!

Want to see more comprehensive lists of different topics? Leave me a comment and let me know which lists you’d like to see!