Blog Tour Rebel of the Sands Bookstagram How To + Giveaway

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You might have noticed that I’m in love with #Bookstagram. Two of my favorite things are books and photography so combining these together to create fun, bookish pictures hits all the right notes. I wanted to show you what my process looks like. I’m including my set-up, an attempt I scrapped later and the picture before and after editing. I hope you enjoy this and please leave any questions you have in the comments.

But first let’s talk about the book- Rebel of the Sands was one of my very favorite books last year! If you haven’t read it be sure to add it (and of course enter the giveaway at the end of this post).

About the Book

RebelnewcoverpngShe’s more gunpowder than girl—and the fate of the desert lies in her hands.

Mortals rule the desert nation of Miraji, but mystical beasts still roam the wild and barren wastes, and rumor has it that somewhere, djinni still practice their magic. But there’s nothing mystical or magical about Dustwalk, the dead-end town that Amani can’t wait to escape from.

Destined to wind up “wed or dead,” Amani’s counting on her sharpshooting skills to get her out of Dustwalk. When she meets Jin, a mysterious and devastatingly handsome foreigner, in a shooting contest, she figures he’s the perfect escape route. But in all her years spent dreaming of leaving home, she never imagined she’d gallop away on a mythical horse, fleeing the murderous Sultan’s army, with a fugitive who’s wanted for treason. And she’d never have predicted she’d fall in love with him… or that he’d help her unlock the powerful truth of who she really is.

My Set-Up

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I’ve had several different set-ups but for now this is working best. I use bead board as my base and that big white thing in back is actually a table top. I found the light bounces nicely off of it so it is now a bookstagram prop. I have collected lots of props from craft stores and also décor I have around my house. Once you start to bookstagram you’ll never look at artificial flowers or random nick knacks the same.

I use natural light for my photographs and recently I’ve started using my Canon DSLR. Until last week I was using my iPhone 6 and had really great results.

What Props to Use

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I try to match my props to the cover- for this one I pulled flowers that had a similar color as the cover and I had to use my hour glass because- sand- Rebel of the Sands. I move things around until I find a set up I like and start shooting. As I go I make adjustments to how things are arranged and I typically take waaaay too many pictures and have to sift through them to find the one I like the best.

Editing

 

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When I was using my iPhone I did a lot of editing in various apps. I’d use Aviary and Snapseed. I also use the editing in Instagram itself. I love how sensitive Instagrams warmth editing is so a lot of the time I use it rather than an apps.

Now that I’m using my camera my editing is much less. I usually just adjust the brightness and do cropping.

If you’ve not read Rebel of the Sands now is the perfect time! The sequel, Traitor to the Throne will be out March 7th from Viking Books.

Tour Schedule

Week One
2/13 – ButterMyBooks – Rebel Scents
2/14 – Tales of the Ravenous Reader – Reasons to Read Rebel
2/15 – My Friends Are Fiction – Guide to Bookstagram Featuring Rebel
2/16 – The Reader Bee – 5 Reasons to Look Forward to Traitor
2/17 – Fiction Fare – Rebel Recap Part 1
Week Two
2/20 – USA Today Happily Ever After – Excerpt
2/21 – The Eater of Books! – Rebel Mood Board
2/22 – The YA Book Traveler – Fan made Rebel Trailer
2/23 – Lost in Lit – Rebel Book Look
2/24 – Mundie Moms – Rebel Recap Part 2
Week Three
2/27 – Seeing Double in Neverland – Rebel Makeup Looks
2/28 – A Page with a View – Favorite Repackages List Featuring Rebel
3/1 – What Sarah Read – Top 5 Reasons to Love Amani
3/2 – A Book and a Cup of Coffee – Rebel Playlist
3/3 – Once Upon a Twilight – Rebel Recap Part 3

Giveaway

Enter for a chance to win one (1) of ten (10) paperback copies of Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton (ARV: $10.99 each).
NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Enter between 12:00 AM Eastern Time on February 13, 2017 and 12:00 AM on March 6, 2017.  Open to residents of the fifty United States and the District of Columbia who are 13 and older. Winners will be selected at random on or about March 8, 2017. Odds of winning depend on number of eligible entries received. Void where prohibited or restricted by law.

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Bookish Box- Illumicrate Review

One of my favorite things in the bookish world are the subscription boxes full of goodies. If you aren’t aware Illumicrate is one of the very best. I was asked if I’d like to receive a box for review and I couldn’t say yes fast enough.

This was my first Illumicrate box but will not be my last- I’ve already signed up for the next box going out which will include “a dark tale of music and mischief, and the other is an advanced reader copy of an upcoming fantasy book!” How could I not sign up for that?

Illumicrate differs from other boxes by being quarterly rather than monthly. I love this since I can’t afford a monthly box. This is a UK based subscription box so shipping is a little high for US but honestly, it’s worth it. Plus, you often times get the UK version of the book! That makes it all worth it in my opinion.

Lets take a look at what was in the November box,

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I was so excited about all the items but the socks and candle are probably my favorites. I love that the candle was an exclusive to this box. I’ve always wanted a Meraki candle so YAY.

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Have you ever gotten a bookish box? An Illumicrate in particular? You can still get the February box if you’re interested- order here.

Upcoming Books I’m Craving

So, ALA was last week and I couldn’t help but stare at all the book haul pics I could find (and honestly there weren’t nearly as many this year). I love convention pictures since it give me a chance to bulk up my TBR for the year and find books I’d not heard of. I thought I’d share some that I’m now excited about.

These aren’t in any particular order and click on the title to go to the Goodreads page. I hope you find some books you hadn’t heard of.

The Books

TheBlackWitchThe Black Witch 
By: Laurie Forest
Release Date: May 2nd 2017
Publisher: Harlequin Teen

A Great Winged One will soon arise and cast his fearsome shadow upon the land. And just as Night slays Day, and Day slays Night, so also shall another Black Witch rise to meet him, her powers vast beyond imagining.

So foretells the greatest prophecy of the Gardnerian mages. Carnissa Gardner, the last prophesied Black Witch, drove back the enemy forces and saved her people during the Realm War. Now a new evil is on the horizon, and her granddaughter, Elloren, is believed to be Carnissa’s heir—but while she is the absolute image of her famous grandmother, Elloren is utterly devoid of power in a society that prizes magical ability above nearly all else.

When she is granted the opportunity to pursue her lifelong dream of becoming an apothecary, Elloren is eager to join her brothers at the prestigious Verpax University and finally embrace a destiny of her own, free from the shadow of her grandmother’s legacy. But she soon realizes that the University, which admits all manner of peoples—including the fire-wielding, winged Icarals, the sworn enemies of her people—is an even more treacherous place for the granddaughter of the Black Witch.

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TheLibraryofFatesThe Library of Fates
by Aditi Khorana
Release Date: July 18th 2017
Publisher: Razorbill

A romantic coming-of-age fantasy tale steeped in Indian folklore, perfect for fans of The Star-Touched Queen and The Wrath and the Dawn

No one is entirely certain what brings the Emperor Sikander to Shalingar. Until now, the idyllic kingdom has been immune to his many violent conquests. To keep the visit friendly, Princess Amrita has offered herself as his bride, sacrificing everything—family, her childhood love, and her freedom—to save her people. But her offer isn’t enough.

The unthinkable happens, and Amrita finds herself a fugitive, utterly alone but for an oracle named Thala, who was kept by Sikander as a slave and managed to escape amid the chaos of a palace under siege. With nothing and no one else to turn to, Amrita and Thala are forced to rely on each other. But while Amrita feels responsible for her kingdom and sets out to warn her people, the newly free Thala has no such ties. She encourages Amrita to go on a quest to find the fabled Library of All Things, where it is possible for each of them to reverse their fates. To go back to before Sikander took everything from them.

Stripped of all that she loves, caught between her rosy past and an unknown future, will Amrita be able to restore what was lost, or does another life—and another love—await?

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The Traitor’s Kiss
by Erin Beaty
Release Date: May 9th 2017
Publisher: Imprint

An obstinate girl who will not be married.
A soldier desperate to prove himself.
A kingdom on the brink of war.

With a sharp tongue and an unruly temper, Sage Fowler is not what they’d call a lady―which is perfectly fine with her. Deemed unfit for marriage, Sage is apprenticed to a matchmaker and tasked with wrangling other young ladies to be married off for political alliances. She spies on the girls―and on the soldiers escorting them.

As the girls’ military escort senses a political uprising, Sage is recruited by a handsome soldier to infiltrate the enemy ranks. The more she discovers as a spy, the less certain she becomes about whom to trust―and Sage becomes caught in a dangerous balancing act that will determine the fate of her kingdom.

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Jane, Unlimited
By Kristin Cashore
Release Date: September 19th 2017
Publisher: Kathy Dawson Books

Jane has lived an ordinary life, raised by her aunt Magnolia—an adjunct professor and deep sea photographer. Jane counted on Magnolia to make the world feel expansive and to turn life into an adventure. But Aunt Magnolia was lost a few months ago in Antarctica on one of her expeditions.

Now, with no direction, a year out of high school, and obsessed with making umbrellas that look like her own dreams (but mostly just mourning her aunt), she is easily swept away by Kiran Thrash—a glamorous, capricious acquaintance who shows up and asks Jane to accompany her to a gala at her family’s island mansion called Tu Reviens.

Jane remembers her aunt telling her: “If anyone ever invites to you to Tu Reviens, promise me that you’ll go.” With nothing but a trunkful of umbrella parts to her name, Jane ventures out to the Thrash estate. Then her story takes a turn, or rather, five turns. What Jane doesn’t know is that Tu Reviens will offer her choices that can ultimately determine the course of her untethered life. But at Tu Reviens, every choice comes with a reward, or a price.

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RoarRoar
By: Cora Carmack
Release Date: June 13th 2017
Publisher: Tor Teen

In a land ruled and shaped by violent magical storms, power lies with those who control them.

Aurora Pavan comes from one of the oldest Stormling families in existence. Long ago, the ungifted pledged fealty and service to her family in exchange for safe haven, and a kingdom was carved out from the wildlands and sustained by magic capable of repelling the world’s deadliest foes. As the sole heir of Pavan, Aurora’s been groomed to be the perfect queen. She’s intelligent and brave and honorable. But she’s yet to show any trace of the magic she’ll need to protect her people.

To keep her secret and save her crown, Aurora’s mother arranges for her to marry a dark and brooding Stormling prince from another kingdom. At first, the prince seems like the perfect solution to all her problems. He’ll guarantee her spot as the next queen and be the champion her people need to remain safe. But the more secrets Aurora uncovers about him, the more a future with him frightens her. When she dons a disguise and sneaks out of the palace one night to spy on him, she stumbles upon a black market dealing in the very thing she lacks—storm magic. And the people selling it? They’re not Stormlings. They’re storm hunters.

Legend says that her ancestors first gained their magic by facing a storm and stealing part of its essence. And when a handsome young storm hunter reveals he was born without magic, but possesses it now, Aurora realizes there’s a third option for her future besides ruin or marriage.

She might not have magic now, but she can steal it if she’s brave enough.

Challenge a tempest. Survive it. And you become its master.

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29283884The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue
By: Mackenzie Lee
Release Date: June 27th 2017
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books

An unforgettable tale of two friends on their Grand Tour of 18th-century Europe who stumble upon a magical artifact that leads them from Paris to Venice in a dangerous manhunt, fighting pirates, highwaymen, and their feelings for each other along the way.

Henry “Monty” Montague was born and bred to be a gentleman, but he was never one to be tamed. The finest boarding schools in England and the constant disapproval of his father haven’t been able to curb any of his roguish passions—not for gambling halls, late nights spent with a bottle of spirits, or waking up in the arms of women or men.

But as Monty embarks on his grand tour of Europe, his quest for a life filled with pleasure and vice is in danger of coming to an end. Not only does his father expect him to take over the family’s estate upon his return, but Monty is also nursing an impossible crush on his best friend and traveling companion, Percy.

Still it isn’t in Monty’s nature to give up. Even with his younger sister, Felicity, in tow, he vows to make this yearlong escapade one last hedonistic hurrah and flirt with Percy from Paris to Rome. But when one of Monty’s reckless decisions turns their trip abroad into a harrowing manhunt that spans across Europe, it calls into question everything he knows, including his relationship with the boy he adores.

Witty, romantic, and intriguing at every turn, The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue is a sumptuous romp that explores the undeniably fine lines between friendship and love.

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TheHeartsWeSoldThe Hearts We Sold
By Emily Lloyd-Jones
Release Date: August 8th 2017
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
When Dee Moreno makes a deal with a demon—her heart in exchange for an escape from a disastrous home life—she finds the trade may have been more than she bargained for. And becoming “heartless” is only the beginning. What lies ahead is a nightmare far bigger, far more monstrous than anything she could have ever imagined.

With reality turned on its head, Dee has only a group of other deal-making teens to keep her grounded, including the charming but secretive James Lancer. And as something grows between them amid an otherworldy ordeal, Dee begins to wonder: Can she give someone her heart when it’s no longer hers to give?

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DividingEdenDividing Eden
By: Joelle Charbonneau
Release Date: June 6th 2017
Publisher: HarperTeen

From the author of the New York Times bestselling Testing trilogy comes a sweeping new fantasy series, perfect for fans of Victoria Aveyard and Sarah J. Maas.

Twins Carys and Andreus were never destined to rule Eden. With their older brother next in line to inherit the throne, the future of the kingdom was secure.

But appearances—and rivals—can be deceiving. When Eden’s king and crown prince are killed by assassins, Eden desperately needs a monarch, but the line of succession is no longer clear. With a ruling council scheming to gain power, Carys and Andreus are faced with only one option—to take part in a Trial of Succession that will determine which one of them is worthy of ruling the kingdom.

As sister and brother, Carys and Andreus have always kept each other safe—from their secrets, from the court, and from the monsters lurking in the mountains beyond the kingdom’s wall. But the Trial of Succession will test the bonds of trust and family.

With their country and their hearts divided, Carys and Andreus will discover exactly what each will do to win the crown. How long before suspicion takes hold and the thirst for power leads to the ultimate betrayal?

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There are probably oodles of books I’ve not added so if you were at the conference last week and you ran into a book I’ve gotta have on my TBR let me know! I love adding to my wish-list. Are you excited about any of these too?

Interview with Anissa from FairyLoot

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I am fairly new to bookish subscription boxes but one that has always stood out to me was FairyLoot. Not only are the contents gorgeous each month (including items such as: bookmarks, candles, jewelry, and a hardcover book) the logo and name are perfect.

I am thrilled to have the owner and creator, Anissa, here on my blog today…

What inspired you to start FairyLoot and how long has it been going?
Firstly, thank you so much for featuring me on your blog! It’s such an honour! When I started FairyLoot there weren’t any fantasy focused book boxes in the UK and I actually was looking for one to subscribe to. So, I thought to myself why not make one? I had seen amazing some book boxes in the US that were so inspiring so I just took the plunge! We started creating FairyLoot in February and launched it in March 2016 – we worked nonstop to pull it together and haven’t looking back since!

Each month you pick a theme and surprise your subscribers with a new release and goodies based around it- Do you have a favorite box or theme you’ve done so far?
This is such a hard question because I love them all so much! If I really had to pick I think my favourite boxes so far are Royals & Rogues and Sci-Fi Adventure. I have some really exciting things planned for 2017 that I can’t wait to reveal, and those themes are some of my favourites too!

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What about a book makes it a good contender to be included in a FairyLoot box?
I read a lot of proofs every month to choose the best book, and when a book clicks with me I just know it’s going to be perfect for FairyLoot. My favourite type of fantasy is high fantasy, but I like mixing up different types of fantasy books that have different types of protagonists.

FairyLoot tends to focus on the fantasy genre- was there a book that made you a fantasy fan? If so, what was it?
I grew up reading Harry Potter and being totally obsessed with Lord of the Rings. Fantasy was everything to me – I just loved it. It has always been my go-to genre for books, movies, TV series, computer games – anything, really! I used to only read adult fantasy books and then I read The Mortal Instruments and fell in love with Young Adult and haven’t looked back!

And the question I have to ask– is there anything you can hint about the next boxes?
All I’m going to say is we’re going to be featuring some pretty highly anticipated books in 2017, and we’ve got some AMAZING themes planned, along with some very unique items that I’ve never included before in our boxes. Needless to say I’m beyond excited!

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Did you see February’s theme? I’m so excited about this box and you can order it RIGHT NOW. Hurry though because these boxes always sell out quickly. And if you are on bookstagram you should consider entering FairyLoot’s latest rep search.

Tell me- have you ever ordered a FairyLoot box? And, what books releasing in 2017 would you love to see featured?

Blog Tour- Furthmore by Tahereh Mafi : 5 Reasons to Read

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About the Book

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By: Tahereh Mafi
Release Date: August 30th 2016
Publisher: Dutton Books for Young Readers

Summary:
There are only three things that matter to twelve-year-old Alice Alexis Queensmeadow: Mother, who wouldn’t miss her; magic and color, which seem to elude her; and Father, who always loved her. The day Father disappears from Ferenwood he takes nothing but a ruler with him. But it’s been almost three years since then, and Alice is determined to find him. She loves her father even more than she loves adventure, and she’s about to embark on one to find the other. But bringing Father home is no small matter. In order to find him she’ll have to travel through the mythical, dangerous land of Furthermore, where down can be up, paper is alive, and left can be both right and very, very wrong. Her only companion is a boy named Oliver whose own magical ability is based in lies and deceit–and with a liar by her side in a land where nothing is as it seems, it will take all of Alice’s wits (and every limb she’s got) to find Father and return home to Ferenwood in one piece. On her quest to find Father, Alice must first find herself–and hold fast to the magic of love in the face of loss.

5 Reasons to Read Furthermore

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  1. First off look at that cover! It is beyond beautiful and if you aren’t enticed to own it and add this beauty to your shelves I’m surprised. The colors, the illustrations- so lovely.
  2. It’s by Tahereh Mafi. Ok, this is obvious, BUT, if you’ve not read her work you might not know that she has the most unique writing style. And this book is so different than her Shatter Me series but it is incredibly quirky, beautifully vivid and addicting. I am not much of a middle grade fan but this book swept me away quickly and I was eager to continue reading.
  3. The World. This world is incredibly STRANGE. Ferenwood is a land of magic and magicusers. These folks have a regulated life and they live by rules. The main character, Alice, doesn’t exactly fit in. Half the book is set in Ferenwood and the other half in Furthermore. Furthermore is a land with rules but they aren’t ever the same here or there and everything is topsy turvy. Some parts make no sense but I loved that a paper fox was alive, you can float into the clouds and the area of Still has dangers you might not expect.
  4. Reminds me of a twisted Alice in Wonderland- I don’t know if this story idea was inspired or not but the character’s name IS Alice and she enters into a world so different than her own. Some of the whimsy and strangeness reminded me of Wonderland.
  5. Character development and relationships- I really love Alice’s story arc and also her rocky relationship with Oliver. These two are very different but more alike than other would like to admit. I think that their interactions are true to the age group and I liked how they navigated the land of Ferenwood together.

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