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Librarian. Writer. Blogger at Miss Print since 2007. Reader. Feminist. SLJ reviewer. YALSA Hub Blogger. PPYA 2015/16. Amateur spy. Zen. 🦄

Week in Review: December 8

missprintweekreviewThis week on the blog you can check out:

Don’t forget! #CruelPrinceReadalong is happening all this month!

Plot twist: The cold I had since November turned into a sinus infection. I’m about halfway through my antibiotic regimen and I’m feeling so much better (in addition to feeling dumb for letting myself be sick for so long).

I’m going to try to really take this as a wake up call to take better care of myself and I’m keeping my fingers crossed that this is my only “big” illness this winter.

I entered a Rep Search on instagram. I don’t know if my account is fancy enough, but I’m proud of my entry and staying optimistic. If you are on instagram and haven’t given it a like yet, I’d be so grateful if you would:

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Today I have something a little different. This is my entry for @uppercasebox’s first ever rep search. ▪️ Uppercase is my favorite bookish subscription service (and one I already recommend constantly!) so as soon as I saw that they were hosting a rep search, I knew I had to enter. ▪️ I love Uppercase’s model with a monthly box including a book, swag that isn’t tied to super specific fandoms, and best of all a monthly reading experience bookmark with exclusive author content to discover while reading the book of the month. These items always feel special like getting a monthly care package from a friend (whether or not I’ve already heard about the book of the month). ▪️ I’ve been a monthly subscriber for a while because Uppercase is so versatile with prepaid options as well as monthly subscriptions (with options to add on items) and one-time purchases for full boxes or book only options. It makes it really easy to fit Uppercase into my budget and to recommend it to people who don’t want to spend a fortune each month. ▪️ As a longtime book blogger and a more recent bookstagrammer, I’d love to be a rep for Uppercase and help officially spread the word about your fantastic subscription service. #ucrepsearch18 #yalit ▪️ #instabooks #currentlyreading #amreading #instareads #bookgram #bookworm #bookblogging #bookblogger #bookstagrammer #bibliophile #booklove #bookphotography #instabook #reading #reader #booktography #bookstagram #beautifulbooks #booksofinstagram #goodreads #bookaholic #bookish #bookishfeature #bookstafeatures #bookstagramfeature #readersofinstagram #unitedbookstagram #uppercasebox

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Here is my favorite post that I shared on Instagram this week:

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How do you take care of yourself? ▪️ I ask that today with a picture of Carry On (and some sweet wands I borrowed from a coworker) because I think Simon and Baz are really bad at it too. This is something I struggle with. ▪️ I do a great job of taking care of my mom (she’s elderly and disabled and I’ve been managing her medical care and supporting her with varying levels of responsibility for ten years) and I wouldn’t change anything about that ever. ▪️ But when it comes to taking care of myself it always feels easier to just put things off or ignore them. Which is partly why I’m currently on antibiotics for a sinus infection. ▪️ So tell me your secrets: how do you make time to take care of yourself? ▪️ #instabooks #currentlyreading #amreading #instareads #bookgram #bookworm #bookblogging #bookblogger #bookstagrammer #bibliophile #booklove #bookphotography #instabook #reading #reader #booktography #bookstagram #beautifulbooks #booksofinstagram #goodreads #bookaholic #bookish #bookishfeature #bookstafeatures #bookstagramfeature #readersofinstagram #unitedbookstagram #carryon #rainbowrowell #rainbowrowellbooks

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#CruelPrinceReadalong Week One: Live Chat This Sunday!

Hey everyone! This is a quick post for anyone participating in my Cruel Prince readalong.

I’ll be hosting a live chat on Twitter this Sunday at 4pm EST for participants to discuss their thoughts on chapters 1 through 7 of the book.

You can search the hashtag #cruelprincereadalong to join and also follow me @miss_print on Twitter.

See you there!

Realm of Ruins: A Chick Lit Wednesday Review

“Please let me be powerful.”

cover art for Realm of Ruins by Hannah WestTrouble follows Valory Braiosa wherever she goes.

Raised in Calgoran during the Age of the Accords, Valory is surrounded by elicrin magic and elicromancers. As a descendant of the legendary Queen Bristal and King Anthony, everyone assumes Valory will become a powerful elicromancer herself. But now she is almost at the end of her time at the Academy with no signs of power manifesting. With her chances of receiving an elicrin stone from the Water dwindling, Valory is forced to consider her greatest fear: a life without magic or power.

Touching the Water is no guarantee of receiving an elicrin stone. Even with careful vetting from the Academy candidates may still be deemed unworthy and drowned in the Water, their bodies lost forever. Valory’s attempt to save her cousin from such a fate proves disastrous. In the aftermath her cousin is dead, the Water is gone, and Valory now has dangerous power no one understands and which Valory can’t control.

Branded a murderer and a rogue, Valory is forced to travel far from home to try and clear her name. Across Nissera it’s apparent that a dark presence is rising and Valory might be the only one powerful enough to stop it. As danger mounts and loyalties are tested, Valory will have to embrace her power to face this danger. But all power comes at a price and this time the cost may be steeper than Valory can pay in Realm of Ruins (2018) by Hannah West.

Real of Ruins is the second book in West’s Nissera Chronicles which begins with the companion novel Kingdom of Ash and Briars.

Realm of Ruins is set one hundred years after the events of West’s debut novel Kingdom of Ash and Briars and follows a new generation of characters. An elaborate family tree at the start of the book and sly asides throughout offer nods to events of the first book although this novel can easily be read as a standalone. (A companion short story, Fields of Fire, can also be read for free online.)

Valory is as pragmatic as she is reckless. Although the implications of her new power are obvious she is still quick to jump to conclusions and easily falls prey to the manipulations of others while she tries to understand her dramatically changed circumstances.

Her efforts to clear her name are soon sidelined as she learns about the emergence of a dangerous new threat known as the Moth King or the Lord of the Elicromancers. Drawn into a hunt to stop this new enemy Valory plays a part in side plots that draw heavily from elements of Beauty and the Beast and The Little Mermaid. West manages a convoluted and sometimes bloated plot admirably bringing diverging threads together to explore larger themes of power, collective memory, and the dangers of both if left unchecked.

While Valory is initially a slave to circumstance, forced repeatedly into reactive positions as her situation shifts from bad to worse, Realm of Ruins is largely about agency and choice. It is only when Valory chooses to embrace her power–and the difficult decisions she must make about how to wield it–that she is able to regain control of her fate and try to claim what she sees as her rightful power in the realm.

Realm of Ruins is an intricate and original fantasy. West blends her unique magic system with a vivid world and fairy tale elements to create a story that is entirely fascinating. Recommended for fans of fairy tales, high fantasy, and bloody revolution.

Possible Pairings: The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert, The Cruel Prince by Holly Black, Frostblood by Elly Blake, The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi, Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie C. Dao, Reign the Earth by A. C. Gaughen, For a Muse of Fire by Heidi Heilig, Furyborn by Claire Legrand

*A copy of this title was provided by the publisher for review consideration*

Kingdom of Ash and Briars: A Review

cover art Kingdom of Ash and Briars by Hannah WestBristal’s life changes forever when she is kidnapped. Her humble life as a kitchen maid ends the moment she survives touching the Water and receives an elicrin stone.

Now Bristal is an elicromancer—one of only three people over the centuries to have survived the Water intact.

Immortal and able to wield powerful magic, Bristal is meant to take her place as a peacekeeper and kingmaker. With so much potential power at her command Bristal will have to accept her magic and embrace her destiny despite the dangers in Kingdom of Ash and Briars (2016) by Hannah West.

Kingdom of Ash and Briars is West’s debut novel and the first book in the Nissera Chronicles which continues in Realm of Ruins. (A companion short story, Fields of Fire, can also be read for free online.)

Kingdom of Ash and Briars introduces a richly layered world with a unique magic system. West’s novel is informed by numerous fairy tales (most notably Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty) positioning a reluctant Bristal in the role of fairy godmother.

Bristal’s ability to shape shift and disguise herself informs much of the story as she begins to change her appearance to manipulate individuals and, indeed, entire courts pushing Nissera toward peace and prosperity. These secondary stories play out on a larger stage as Bristal comes to terms with her newfound immortality and learns to control her magic while facing an elicromancer who would rather rule over humans than serve and protect them.

While not as all-seeing as her mentor, Brack (a character I wish we had seen more of in this novel), Bristal is patient and introspective willing to put in the time and sacrifice to do what is needed for Nissera. Her thoughtful planning and analytical nature are nice counterpoints to an otherwise frenetic plot and an often predictable villain. Romance enters the story late in the game with a lasting impact for generations to come.

Kingdom of Ash and Briars is a rich and original fantasy with a memorable world readers will want to revisit. Recommended for readers who enjoy complicated plots, wheels within wheels, and unlikely heroes.

Possible Pairings: Girls Made of Snow and Glass by Melissa Bashardoust, The Brilliant Death by Amy Rose Capetta, The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale, A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer, The Keeper of the Mist by Rachel Neumeier, Snow Like Ashes by Sarah Raasch

*A copy of this title was provided by the publisher for review consideration*

December’s To Read List

In November I realized that since I post what I read at the end of the month, it would make sense to share what I’m planning to read at the start of the month since that ends up on Instagram anyway SO here’s what I want to read in December.

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Happy Saturday! It’s officially December which means my #cruelprincereadalong has started. This week we’re reading the first 7 chapters of the book. 📚 I hope you’ll join me in reading the book this month whether it’s your first time or a reread. 📚 Last week @perpetualpageturner talked about choosing her December to read stack very deliberately to decide what books to read before the end of the year. I love that idea and tried to take it to heart with this stack. 📚 I’ve also been reading a ton to decide which books I could donate happily. That paid off and I dropped off 30 books for Toys for Tots—they accept new books and ARCs which are great gifts for older kids and teens! 📚 Have you read any of these? Where should I start? 📚 #instabooks #currentlyreading #amreading #instareads #bookgram #bookworm #bookblogging #bookblogger #bookstagrammer #bibliophile #booklove #bookphotography #instabook #reading #reader #booktography #bookstagram #beautifulbooks #booksofinstagram #goodreads #bookaholic #bookish #bookishfeature #bookstafeatures #bookstagramfeature #readersofinstagram #unitedbookstagram #stacksaturday #tbrstack

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What should I read first?

I’ll also be re-reading The Cruel Prince. If you want to read it for the first time, or re-read it, check out my #cruelprincereadalong post for ways to participate.

Week in Review: December 1 (Still sick and reading like it’s going out of style)

missprintweekreviewThis week on the blog you can check out:

Don’t forget! #CruelPrinceReadalong is happening all this month!

I’m sort of over my cold but it also sort of turned into a sinus infection so I’m in a holding pattern to see if I need to go to a doctor or what. (I’m hoping not.) I had more time off for my mom’s birthday. I wish I had been feeling better because I had plans BUT I’ve been reading a lot of books from my owned shelves to try and finish a bunch before the end of the year (just for my own satisfaction–I completed my reading challenge weeks ago) and if I end up not loving them I also can add them to my stack of books and ARCs that I’m going to drop at a Toys for Tots donation site so it’s a win win.

Here is my favorite post that I shared on Instagram this week:

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“For so it had been throughout his people’s memory, that a dragon and a damsel made a king.” ▪️ When Ama awakens she has no clothes, no memories. She is wrapped in a blanket, being carried by a man she doesn’t recognize. Even her name will come later—a gift from the man who saved her. ▪️ Emory is quick to tell Ama about his bravery and cunning when he conquered the dragon. He is eager to describe her beauty and the way their destinies are now tied together. But he cannot, or will not, help Ama understand her past and what came before the dragon and her rescue. ▪️ Coming to the kingdom of Harding is supposed to be the end of the story. But as Ama begins to explore this new kingdom and poke at the old legends of the damsels and the dragons, she begins to realize that her rescue is only the beginning of this tale. ▪️ Have you read Damsel yet? I’ll warn you that there is a lot of casual violence and brutality in this grim little world. But there’s also some very interesting commentary on feminism and agency as well as some of the most deliberately restrained prose you’ll read this year. ▪️ #instabooks #currentlyreading #amreading #instareads #bookgram #bookworm #bookblogging #bookblogger #bookstagrammer #bibliophile #booklove #bookphotography #instabook #reading #reader #booktography #bookstagram #beautifulbooks #booksofinstagram #goodreads #bookaholic #bookish #bookishfeature #bookstafeatures #bookstagramfeature #readersofinstagram #unitedbookstagram #damsel #elanakarnold #feministbooks

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November 2018 Reading Tracker

Books I Read:

  1. Save the Date by Morgan Matson
  2. The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury
  3. The Divided Earth by Faith Erin Hicks
  4. City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab
  5. So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
  6. New Kid by Jerry Craft
  7. Amber and Dusk by Lyra Selene
  8. When We Caught Fire by Anna Godbersen
  9. Kingdom of Ash and Briars by Hannah West
  10. Realm of Ruins by Hannah West
  11. Sadie by Courtney Summers
  12. Snow in Love by Melissa de la Crus, Aimee Friedman, Nic Stone, Kasie West
  13. So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
  14. Hey, Kiddo by Jarrett J. Krosoczka
  15. Your Destination is On the Left by Lauren Spieller
  16. Analee in Real Life by Janelle Milanes
  17. 29 Dates by Melissa de la Cruz
  18. Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
  19. Damsel by Elana K. Arnold
  20. The Wren Hunt by Mary Watson
  21. Zero Sum Game by S. L. Huang
  22. The Boneless Mercies by April Genevieve Tucholke
  23. The Similars by Rebecca Hanover
  24. Black Wings Beating by Alex London

Books I Had Planned to Read:

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Happy November! What do you have in store this month? What’s one book you will absolutely be reading? 📚 I can’t believe it’s November! This is a big month for me with Thanksgiving, my mom’s birthday, and decorating for Christmas. I’m excited. 📚 These are the books I plan to read this month (including some #arctober2018 holdovers) but in typical fashion I’m starting the month with a different book to try and cut down my #uppercasebox reading backlog! 📚 I was tagged by @deadtossedwaves to do the #5booktag. (I’ll tag some friends in a comment but feel free to join in with your own post or in my comments!) 📖Next Read: City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab 📖Current Read: Save the Date by Morgan Matson 📖Latest Book You Want to Buy: None—it’s the time of year where I stop buying books until after my birthday in January 📖Last Read: Devils Unto Dust by Emma Berquist 📖Book With a White Cover: Sadie by Courtney Summers 📚 #instabooks #currentlyreading #amreading #instareads #bookgram #bookworm #bookblogging #bookblogger #bookstagrammer #bibliophile #booklove #bookphotography #instabook #reading #reader #booktography #bookstagram #kimmersbooks #booksofinstagram #goodreads #bookaholic #bookish #bookishfeature #bookstafeatures #bookstagramfeature #readersofinstagram #unitedbookstagram

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Books Bought:

  1. Uppercase

ARCs Received:

  1. Kingdom of Ash and Briars by Hannah West (requested)
  2. Realm of Ruins by Hannah West (requested)
  3. Mike (not requested)
  4. The Music of What Happens (not requested)
  5. Snow in Love (requested)
  6. Empress of All Seasons (vine)
  7. Five Feet Apart (not requested)
  8. The Art of Losing (Vine)
  9. Just Wreck It All (not requested)
  10. Last of Her Name by Jessica Khoury (not requested)
  11. The Moon Within

You can also see what I read in August.