Fast Five Friday | About a Girl

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I love blogging and writing and recommending books… but I know that I tend to get a little long-winded in my blog posts! FAST FIVE FRIDAY is a means for me to recognize some favorite books and round them up for recommendations without talking your ear off.

FAST FIVE FRIDAY | ABOUT A GIRL

I needed another quick post for Friday and these Fast Five Friday posts are too much fun! I feel like more and more books lately have names in the title and it hit me as a quick inspiration for another recommendation post. Here are some of my favorite leading ladies whose names appear as the title!

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What: Cinder (Book one of The Lunar Chronicles)
Who: Marissa Meyer
Why: I mean, obviously. It’s only one of my favorite series. But really, CINDER and The Lunar Chronicles are VERY popular with a large crowd. Fairy tales. Retelling. Cyborgs. Space. If the cyborg throws you off, it did for me too. Don’t worry — it’s awesome.
Where: Goodreads | Review

What: Seraphina (Book one in the Seraphina duology)
Who: Rachel Hartman
Why: I actually still need to read book two (the books are just so large!) but SERAPHINA was delightful. I easily fell right into the book and felt at home. I also love the dragons-living-as-humans thing and there’s a lovely musical connection as well.
Where: Goodreads | Review

What: Tiger Lily
Who: Jodi Lynn Anderson
Why: Coincidentally, another fairy tale retelling. I don’t even really like Peter Pan that much but I loooved Tiger Lily. Great story of a deep love, friendship, family, and tough decisions. It was actually quite the emotional book and beautifully written.
Where: Goodreads | Review

What: Alanna: The First Adventure (Book one in the Song of the Lioness quartet)
Who: Tamora Pierce
Why: This was my first Tamora Pierce book and I looooved it. I don’t read a lot of middle grade books but ALANNA gave me the same feelings I have reading Harry Potter — the nostalgia was there even though I was reading it for the first time. I just absolutley loved it. I still need to continue the series!
Where: Goodreads | Review

What: Summer of Sloane
Who: Erin L. Schneider
Why: This was a great book about really putting yourself first and a great journey of self-discovery. After a huge fight with her best friend and her boyfriend, Sloane takes a break from “reality” when she visits her mom back in Hawaii. The book had an amazing atmosphere and made me even more anxious to visit Hawaii and it had some really great relationships. I especially loved their friendships.
Where: Goodreads | Review


That’s my fast five for today! What are your favorite books with leading ladies in the title? Are any of these main gals some of your favorites?

Book and a Beverage [154] – Zoey from Uncreatively Zoey

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 Zoey from Uncreatively Zoey!

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Name & Blog Name: Uncreatively Zoey (sad, I know.)
Tell us a little about your blog! Honestly, my blog has been all over the place. I started it in 2011, I think, and I’ve taken a lot of long hiatuses since then. I really admire the people who have been going at it for 5 straight years!
I blog about primarily YA, of course, and I’m working to fit more cats into my posts because I might love cats more than books. Reviews are honestly my favorite posts to write.
What’s been your favorite post you’ve written so far? (Link us up!) I recently wrote up a post about a bunch of bookish candles. Maybe not the most creative post ever but I LOVE candles and there’s something about a bookish candle that just makes me so much happier than regular candles.
Got anything special coming up we should know about? Currently writing a post entitled “Your Favorite Books as Cats” which features a LOT of cat photos, so, I mean. Do with that what you will. 

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Whatcha reading? Girl Against the Universe by Paula Stokes.
Where did it come from? (Library, purchased, publisher, etc): I traded with a friend for it!
Any special reason you chose to feature this book? I’ve been a lot more into contemporaries lately, particularly because they tend to feature less misery and death and I’ve just really wanted some happier books lately. Plus, I really love how colorful the cover is – orange might be my least favorite color but all my books are so dark!
What’s important that we should know about this book? Would you recommend it? I’m only about 100 pages into it but I would definitely recommend it. Maguire is in therapy, trying to deal with guilt and life and trying to heal. It’s fantastic without being super sad and depressing.

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Whatcha drinking? It was SUPPOSED to be a Starbucks doubleshot energy drink. I make coffee every morning but for the days when I’m really exhausted (which is more days than it should be) I’ll drink one of these when I get back from work so I don’t fall asleep at like 5pm. BUT I forgot to go to the store so here’s regular coffee.
What’s your favorite thing to drink while reading? You know what? Shakes. Any shake. Even a smoothie. I never really drink them which is probably why it’s my answer. They’re just sweet and have a lot of flavor and help focus me on what I’m reading a little more!
Favorite beverage of all time. Go! I’m super lame and just have to say straight-up coffee (with a little French Vanilla creamer). I’d say the Starbucks S’mores Frappuccino, which I LOVE, but I don’t drink it often enough to call it a favorite. All I really drink is water and coffee!

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What are your top three books you would recommend to other people? SIX OF CROWS by Leigh Bardugo, THE SUMMER OF CHASING MERMAIDS by Sarah Ockler, and INCARNATE by Jodi Meadows.
What’s your proudest blogging/reading/writing moment? Yikes, this is hard. Maybe just 2011 when I actually finished my Goodreads goal and read 110 books? I don’t take my GR goals too seriously anymore just because if I did it would make me miserable, but that was pretty cool.
Anything else you’d like to share? Thanks so much to Brittany for having me! I love any excuse to drink extra coffee.


 Thanks, Zoey! I mean, I’m NEVER opposed to posts about candles ;D And omg, books as cats. I already love it. I can’t wait to see those posts! 

I hope you enjoyed getting to know Zoey! Connect with her at the links below!
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Last Call at the Nightshade Lounge – Paul Krueger

Last Call at the Nightshade Lounge – Paul KruegerTitle: Last Call at the Nightshade Lounge by Paul Krueger
Publishing Info: June 7, 201 by Quirk Books
Source: Publisher
Genres: Adult, New Adult, Fantasy
Find it on the web: Buy from Amazon // Goodreads
Date Completed: June 23, 2016

A sharp and funny urban fantasy for “new adults” about a secret society of bartenders who fight monsters with alcohol fueled magic.
College grad Bailey Chen has a few demons: no job, no parental support, and a rocky relationship with Zane, the only friend who’s around when she moves back home. But when Zane introduces Bailey to his cadre of monster-fighting bartenders, her demons get a lot more literal. Like, soul-sucking hell-beast literal. Soon, it’s up to Bailey and the ragtag band of magical mixologists to take on whatever—or whoever—is behind the mysterious rash of gruesome deaths in Chicago, and complete the lost recipes of an ancient tome of cocktail lore.

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I immediately jumped on the chance to read LAST CALL AT THE NIGHTSHADE LOUNGE after seeing it in Shelf Awareness and at BEA 2016. Quirk Books asked me to be a part of the blog tour and with a description that calls it “Harry Potter for adults,” naturally I couldn’t refuse. I was also anxious to check out the new adult/adult feel of the book and watch magic and mixology collide!

What I loved the most about this book was the magic of mixology. There’s a magical underground where bartenders are the keepers of the paranormal and mixing just the perfect drink provides them with special powers in the form of some sort of physical or mental strength. I really, really loved this concept because it was something that I’ve truly never seen before. I loved the unique magical system and how there was a real structure for each power that the drink endowed. The type of liquor determined whether an ability was mental or physical and the various ingredients affected, enhanced, or shaped that overall idea. It was so neat and really well done! The only thing was that it was so well structured that I would loved to have had more details on each drink like maybe some sort of chart, or even just spent more time really getting into what each cocktail did. Most of them were mentioned as the characters were using them but I would have loved a little lesson within the book breaking things down even more. It’s the fantasy-nerd and school-nerd in me! If there happened to be a sequel (which I’d totally read), I’d love for even more detail!

I really enjoyed the tone of the book as well! It was quite entertaining and maintained a lighter tone with characters who made bad jokes, silly puns, fun atmosphere, and a just a really great cast. The terrors were dark but the feeling was light and I really love that sort of feel in an urban fantasy sort of setting. The book wasn’t terribly long but it was easy reading that also made it breeze by!

I think overall, LAST CALL AT THE NIGHTSHADE LOUNGE could have used a little “more” — a little more background, a little more detail, a little more plot, a little more romance — but despite that, I really did enjoy it! It was still a solid read but if there’s ever a sequel for some random reason, I’d love to see more development come in book two. I guess that means I just have to check out future works from Paul Krueger, which I am definitely interested in doing! 
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“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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Kept Me Hooked On: Mixology. I’m not a cocktail girl (I’m a beer girl)  but I loved the involvement of alcohol as a magical element in this book. It was just so much fun and so original!
Left Me Wanting More: Magical details. When it comes down to it, I just really wanted more details on the magic system. I’m nerdy like that and would have loved some sort of chart or a more detailed lesson in the book because it was so cool and I thought it totally deserved some more page time!

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Read it

This book was just a lot of fun and if you’re up for something not YA and pretty original, you should really check this one out!

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BOOKS LIKE LAST CALL AT THE NIGHTSHADE LOUNGE

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Book Title Buzzwords | DREAM

Book Title Buzzwords

I love noticing title trends in the YA world (and in adult books too!) and I can also tell that there are certain words I latch onto. Book Title Buzzwords features books that I’ve read (or want to read) that follow some recent trends! 

With Laini Taylor’s latest release STRANGE THE DREAMER coming out in just months (NOTE: I found out this actualyl got pushed back to 2017 after I drafted this post. Wahhh!), I’ve been daydreaming (ha) about so many incredible books that are coming up! The title had me looking back on all of the “dream” books I’ve read and heard of recently and just like that, a new Book Title Buzzwords post was born!

BOOKS TO DREAM ABOUT

The Dream Thieves - Maggie SteifvaterTHE DREAM THIEVES| Book two in The Raven Cycle | Scholastic | September 17, 2013

Naturally, THE DREAM THIEVES is the first up on the list. I still remember standing in line for this at BEA back in 2013 (my first one!) and how special it was to have it be one of my very first BEA ARCs that I ever read. The experience was even more special just because the book was so amazing. It was more than I expected it to be and if you haven’t read this series yet, it’s truly unique and something you need to experience! THE DREAM THIEVES continues the saga of Blue and her Raven Boys and what happens when things start to get a little dreamier, departing a bit more from the normal even more than there was in book one. The gang gets tighter, things get weirder, and pulses sky rocket!
Find it on Goodreads | Review

Dreams of Gods and MonstersDREAMS OF GODS AND MONSTERS by Laini Taylor | Book three in the Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy | Little, Brown | April 8, 2014

Maybe Laini Taylor just really likes dreams… This is another book with the same buzzword! DREAMS OF GODS AND MONSTERS was the conclusion to the beautifully sweeping Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy. The books are hefty in size but the content is amazing. This was actually my least favorite of the three books, simply because I felt like it spent a little too much time away from the main action, but it still delivered a satisying ending to this tense war and forbidden romance. I just love Laini Taylor’s writing so it was sad to say goodbye to this series but that makes me that much more excited for a new book coming up!
Find it on Goodreads | Review

dreamstriderDREAMSTRIDER by Lindsay Smith | Macmillan | October 6, 2015

I’m including DREAMSTRIDER on my list for its originality, even though it wasn’t a favorite read of mine. I immediately picked it up because of the dreaming concept, but in the book I actually found it to be a bit confusing. I’d dub the book “fanta-sci” (fantasy + sci-fi) because of the fantasy world and concept but using dreams (which I consider to be a sci-fi aspect, although that could also fall under the fantasy umbrella too) and the two just didn’t quite mesh the way I had hoped. The book did have so many creative concepts and really interesting facts that kept me reading and looking for more. I really wanted to get lost in this world and understand the whole dreaming aspect, plus there was a curious political conflict going on!
Find it on Goodreads | Review

BOOKS OF MY DREAMS

STRANGE THE DREAMER by Laini Taylor
Obviously! It’s the book that inspired this post!
Find it on Goodreads

DREAMOLOGY by Lucy Keating
This was another book that grabbed my eye smply with the dreaming concept. I meant to read it as soon as it came out but life got in the way again. It looks so darn cute!
Find it on Goodreads

THE CURE FOR DREAMING by Cat Winters
My best friend Alyssa loves Cat Winters… and I still haven’t read any of her books! They’re pretty much all on my TBR though.
Find it on Goodreads

DREAM A LITTLE DREAM by Kerstin Gier
I still haven’t read any of Kerstin Gier’s books but I want to! Her sci-fi concepts sound exactly like something I would enjoy!!
Find it on Goodreads


What are your favorite “dream” books? What else would you recommend for fans of dreams and dream concepts?

P.S. I Like You – Kasie West

P.S. I Like You – Kasie WestTitle: P.S. I Like You by Kasie West
Publishing Info: July 26, 2016 by Scholastic Inc.
Source: Publisher
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary
Find it on the web: Buy from Amazon // Goodreads
Date Completed: July 14, 2016
Related Posts: Pivot Point (Pivot Point #1), The Distance Between Us, On the Fence, Split Second (Pivot Point #2), The Fill-In Boyfriend

What if the person you were falling for was a total mystery?
While Lily is spacing out in Chemistry one day, she picks up her pencil and scribbles a line from one of her favorite songs on the desk. The next day, someone else has written back to her on the desk! Soon enough Lily and the mystery student are exchanging notes, and lyrics, and even sharing secrets. When Lily finds out that her anonymous pen pal is a guy, she's flustered -- and kind of feels like she's falling for him. She and her best friend set out to unravel the identity of the letter writer -- but when the truth is revealed, the guy is the LAST person Lily could have ever imagined it to be. Now that Lily knows the truth, can she untangle her feelings and gather the courage to listen to her heart?
From beloved author Kasie West (The Distance Between Us) comes an utterly charming story about mixed messages, missed connections, and the magic of good old-fashioned secret admirer notes.

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** SLIGHT spoiler in the sense that I’m revealing who mystery note-writer is later on in my review. It’s necessary in order to properly share swoons. You can probably guess as you read but if you don’t want to know, avert your eyes! ** 

Kasie West is one of my queens of contemporary. When I’m in the mood for a contemporary novel, I usually lean towards light and fun (especially lately) so as soon as I heard about new title P.S. I LIKE YOU from Kasie West, I was ALL over that. A new cute contemporary novel from Kasie AND a secret letter exchange? Oh, boy. It had my name written all over it.

All of Kasie West’s novels are amazing so it’s hard for me to pick a favorite… and P.S. I LIKE YOU made it that much harder. It was good right from the start but I wasn’t sure it was “new favorite” material. I immediately adored Lily and her quirky, unique, and not-afraid-to-be-themselves family but I wasn’t sure I could really relate as much as I had to previous novels like ON THE FENCE (swoon).  The more I got to know Lily and her family, the more relatable they became. I really, really loved how Kasie West showed how Lily was comfortable with who she was (for example, in fashion sense and music taste) and yet she was still shy and uncomfortable to be so different at times. She had such a conviction in what she loved and yet she felt vulnerable about those things as well. There’s so much going on in one person’s life that it’s impossible to tell why they do, dress, or act how they do. Lily has a unique clothing style and makes her own clothes. It’s a passion and art is important in her family but it also stems from the fact that her parents can’t afford to buy herself new clothes and all of Lily’s money usually goes towards her guitar or hanging out with her friends. I can’t say how much I appreciated that Kasie West portrayed a character who was happy with her creations and art and was still so self-conscious of them at the same time.

I loved seeing two present parents for the main character as well. I suppose it’s more common in fantasy/dystopian/paranormal to have a noticeable lack of adults around but I always appreciate seeing two loving parents in a YA character’s life. I suppose part of the reason parents are so often absent (because of divorce or death) in YA novels is probably because that is a major thing for a teen to deal with but it’s also nice to have novels where you get to see a family with two parents who have a good relationship. I’m not saying one is better than the other but when it becomes a noticeable tend in YA to have missing parents, it’s refreshing to see the opposite… But that’s a discussion for another day.
What I loved best about Lily’s family was how supportive everyone was of each other. The kids’ ages range from 8 – 19 so there’s a wide array of sports schedules, practices, friends, places to be, and things to do among all the kids. Sometimes Lily has to grudgingly baby-sit but you can always see the love there for her younger brothers and even though she and her sister are different in many ways and can butt heads, they’re always looking out for each other when it comes to the big picture. Her parents can be a bit embarrassing but in ways that show that they care about their kids and like to have fun. It’s typical silly parents behavior that can embarrass a teenager but I loved how I could just feel the love from the whole family!

And of course there were the SWOONS. (This is the part where you avert your eyes if you don’t want to know who the mystery note-writer is!) I absolutely adored the romance in this book. First off, the letter writing reminded me SO MUCH of some of my high school experiences. We used to exchange notes back and forth all the time in classes in high school. I think I even still have the box of notes that I kept from high school somewhere (you know, if I ever want to re-live those embarrassing world’s-shortest-relationships) and memories of many, many text and instant message conversations with crushes. The beauty of this book was the hate-to-love relationship. Oh yes, I’m talking about how Lily’s mortal enemy #1 Cade ends up becoming the love interest. It was done so well because I spent the first half of the book suspecting the note-writer might be him (he was the prominent male character even in the first half of the book) and wondering how in the world he was going to be turned around into someone I would actually like and it so worked. Everything that Cade did and said truly had a reason behind it and it just goes to show you that you never know what’s going on in someone else’s life and where they’re coming from. The characters really reminded me of myself and some things I had gone through during high school and it also just makes me wonder what sort of things I was missing in other people’s lives because I was too absorbed in my own. I won’t spoil everything here but I will say that these swoons just totally took me by surprise and this relationship ended up being amazingly cute. When the reveal happened and these two characters came together… GAH. I just melted.

Not to be missed in the midst of the swoons was the friendship between Lily and Isabel. They come from a totally different family life, like plenty of different things, and enjoy different hobbies but they’re still best friends. Although a lot of people find friends based on similar interests, not ALL of their interests have to intersect and I really liked that about this friendship! The girls are different in many ways but they’re so supportive of each other no matter what, even when a boy threatens to come between them. (Gasp! Never!) I just loved the maturity of their friendship and also how it continues to grow throughout the book. Lily often has to take care of family matters before hanging out with friends and especially as a teenager that can be hard to understand but the girls end up making it work and hang out when they can. I love that by the end of the book, they understand each other even more than they already did and learned a little something about themselves too.

P.S. I LIKE YOU definitely shot straight into my favorites from Kasie West! (Although isn’t that really all of them? Don’t make me choose!) The beginning started off a little slower for me than previous books but the middle and ending were oh-so-rewarding and just so darn cute. Kasie West never fails to deliver a cute contemporary and characters that are so incredibly relatable. She continues to be an auto-buy author for me and even though I just finished this book, I can’t wait for more!! 
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“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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Kept Me Hooked On: Letters in books. I just love when letter-writing is a big part of a book. Emails, letters, texts, you name it. It just reminds me so much of writing back and forth with crushes in my youth and it brings back fun memories and feelings!
Left Me Wanting More: Time with the reveal. I did enjoy that Lily’s mystery man stayed a mystery for about half of the book… but I also could have used more time knowing who he was so we could see more of that crossover time! All of those little moments where they almost find out about each other… And more time of them together and swooning!

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Buy it!

I simply adore Kasie West. Her contemporary novels are perfection and I will instantly buy any single one of them and so should you.

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BOOKS LIKE P.S. I LIKE YOU

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MEANT TO BE    ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS

Fast Five Friday | Thieves, Spies, and Espionage

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I love blogging and writing and recommending books… but I know that I tend to get a little long-winded in my blog posts! FAST FIVE FRIDAY is a means for me to recognize some favorite books and round them up for recommendations without talking your ear off. 

FAST FIVE FRIDAY | THIEVES, SPIES, AND ESPIONAGE

I recently read the first two books in Maggie Hall’s Conspiracy of Us series and I am all wrapped up in espionage, political thrillers, and thievery. CONSPIRACY OF US and MAP OF FATES are more international thrillers than espionage but they do have kind of the same “secret” feel (secret society, secret agents… they’re along the same line, right?) and I just can’t get enough! I have a bunch on my TBR for the upcoming months and some great-sounding titles for 2017! Today I’m recommending five of my favorites if you’re in the mood for cons, heists, and spies!

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What: Heist Society (Book one of the Heist Society series)
Who: Ally Carter
Why: Ally Carter is kind of the queen of YA heists and espionage. HEIST SOCIETY is my first series from her but her books are so much fun! Think Ocean’s 11 meets TV’s Leverage. 
Where: Goodreads | Review

What: Also Known As (Book one in the Also Known As duology)
Who: Robin Benway
Why: These books were my first from Robin Benway and they’re amazing read-alikes for HEIST SOCIETY! A little less con, a little more spy.
Where: Goodreads | Review

What: The Lies of Locke Lamora (Book one in the Gentleman Bastard series)
Who: Scott Lynch
Why: Fantasy cons! Thievery! Debauchery! Swearing! Bromances! Scott Lynch’s books are the best. They’re a riot and if you’re ready for some amazingly fun and also complex adult fantasy, this is the series for you.
Where: Goodreads | Review

What: Six of Crows (Book one in The Dregs duology)
Who: Leigh Bardugo
Why: Bardugo is queen and things get a little heistier in this Grisha companion series. (Spellcheck thinks heistier is a word. Cool.) Check out the dregs of society but heroes of our hearts pulling off their biggest con yet in SIX OF CROWS!
Where: Goodreads | Review

What: Scarlet (Book one in the Scarlet trilogy)
Who: A.C. Gaughen
Why: Gender flipped Robin Hood retelling! Well, Robin is still male but Will Scarlet (Scarlet) is female. The darker side of the Robin Hood tales, a terrible villain, and Scarlet making a name for herself and standing up for her crew.
Where: Goodreads | Review


That’s my fast five for today! What are your favorite books featuring thievery, spies, and general espionage? How about political thrillers? International affairs? What books are you looking forward to in 2016/2017?

Book and a Beverage [153] – Raisa from Wonderland Novels

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 Raisa from Wonderland Novels!

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Name & Blog Name: Hey I’m Raisa and I’m a blogger at Wonderland Novels.
Tell us a little about your blog! My friends Alice and Yiling made the blog actually. Alice came up with the name – Alice in Wonderland = Wonderland Novels! They invited me to guest post after awhile, and then I’ve been promoted to main blogger. Since I’m the one mainly posting now I’m trying to think of new features, like comparing books with their movie versions.
What’s been your favorite post you’ve written so far? (Link us up!) I did an interview with myself for “Get offa that blogging slump” and it was really entertaining to write.
Got anything special coming up we should know about? I don’t really have a fancy name for it yet, but books vs. movies! My first book vs. movie will be The Princess Bride.

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Whatcha reading? The Impostor Queen by Sarah Fine
Where did it come from? (Library, purchased, publisher, etc): Got it from Bookoff and it was a real deal for 5$!
Any special reason you chose to feature this book? No special reason; it was the book I was reading at the time!
What’s important that we should know about this book? Would you recommend it? The protagonist, Elli, experiences so much character growth over the course of the novel, and I was rooting for her as she had to adjust to her new surroundings. She’s extremely determined and I admired that she never gave up. I definitely recommend it!

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Whatcha drinking? Mango green tea with nata jelly, mango jelly, and tapioca pearls.
What’s your favorite thing to drink while reading? Honestly, if there was a bubble tea place near my house, I’d have it more often! I usually drink water though. Or just iced tea.
Favorite beverage of all time. Go! Mango green tea – I try to have Mango Green tea Mondays when I’m near Kung Fu Tea or any other bubble tea place. Bubble tea is big in NYC.

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What are your top three books you would recommend to other people? I always talk about Kamikaze Girls by Novala Takemoto. And I’m cosplaying Lila Bard for NYCC, so A Darker Shade of Magic by Victoria Schwab is the second book. For the third book, I’m a Ruta Sepetys fan, and my favorite book by her is Salt to the Sea.
What’s your proudest blogging/reading/writing moment? My growth as a blogger over the year has been tremendous, in terms of getting myself out there and talking to people and also maintaining a constant (somewhat!) flow of posts. I still have a long way to go, and I’m proud that I’m continuing to blog as it has become one of my passions (as with reading).
Anything else you’d like to share?  I love to make new friends, so please say hello on Twitter! I’m a bit shy, but let’s talk books and other things!


 Thanks, Raisa!! Ooh yes, I loved THE IMPOSTOR QUEEN and Elli’s character growth as well! I’m so excited for its companion to come out soon! 

I hope you enjoyed getting to know Raisa! Connect with her at the links below!
Blog // Twitter // Goodreads