Exciting Unboxing from Shoshi Reads!

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Hey everyone! Yesterday I got really exciting mail from Shoshi @ Shoshi Reads, and I couldn’t help but share it with all of you! She was kind enough to send me not just one, but two extra signed bookmarks she had. She also included a little note and an unexpected business card that I couldn’t help but fangirl over. So, I thought that I would show you all what I got!

Two signed Wendy Higgins bookmarks:
This was the only thing that I knew was coming. Shoshi had extra bookmarks from past book festivals and offered me some. But, I was only expecting one. When I opened it and I saw two bookmarks, I was so excited! One of them features all of her books, while the other one is specifically for The Great Hunt. I have only read two books by Wendy, but I already know that she is going to be one of my favorite authors. I can’t wait to read the rest of the Sweet series and start The Great Hunt! Here are some pictures of the bookmarks! Yes, one of them is signed to Shoshi, but that is perfectly fine!

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Jennifer L. Armentrout business card:
When I pulled this out of the envelope, I think I stopped breathing. Just kidding, I’m not like a Luxen who doesn’t have to breathe. But, most of you may already know that Jennifer L. Armentrout is my favorite author. One of the top things on my bucket list is to meet her and tell her how much her books and characters have inspired me. It’s a dream that I am hoping so accomplish soon. But sadly, authors don’t come to my city. When I’m able to travel to a book convention or festival, I will definitely be trying to meet JLA. I was so happy when I saw this in the envelope because I’ve been wanting some Jennifer L. Armentrout merch for a while. And although this is just a business card, and not merch, it still gives me all of the feels just looking at it. I don’t actually know what the turtle shape in the “e” or the flower on the “i” represent. But, Bambi’s in the “o” and Daemon’s famous pen even got an appearance. If you look closely, the pen has Daemon’s initials on it and looks to be writing out “Hey Kitten.” Check out some pics below!

And that is all for today! Thank you so much Shoshi for sending me all of this! Wendy Higgins and Jennifer L. Armentrout are two of my favorite authors and I cannot thank you enough. Don’t forget to like, comment and follow to stay up to date with all of my future posts!

Happy Reading,
Alaina

REVIEW: We Own The Sky by Sara Crawford

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We Own the Sky (The Muse Chronicles, #1)INFORMATION:
Title/Author: We Own The Sky by Sara Crawford
Series: The Muse Chronicles #1
Publisher: Amazon Digital Services
Release Date: August 15, 2017
Genre: YA, Contemporary, Urban Fantasy
ISBN: 9781548450205

What could you create if you fell in love with a Muse?

16-year-old musician, Sylvia Baker, has always been different. She’s the only one who can see the “flickering people.” When she sees a gorgeous flickering man named Vincent, she learns that they are Muses.

With his help, she finds herself creating exquisite songs that she loves almost as much as songs by her favorite bands–Radiohead, M83, and The Black Keys–and she is falling in love in a way she never knew was possible. While trying to maintain her newfound friendships and her band, she falls deeper into the world of the Muses.

When the original Greek Muses wake to find a world in which the internet has given everyone the tools to be an artist, a battle between traditional and new methods of creation ensues. As Sylvia discovers how she is connected to the world of the Muses, she learns that this war may put her music, her love, her very life at stake.

When I first saw the cover for this book, I just knew I needed it in my hands! It is to die for! It features numerous elements of the story, but the way the background colours mix together was what caught my attention. They make you anticipate both a whimsical and magical story, which is exactly what Sara Crawford has written for the world.

The cover of this book is gorgeous, and so is the story line. Although Sara Crawford’s writing isn’t overly lyrical, she worked some wonders with her genius idea of muses. When you first start reading this book, you start to feel as if you are reading your everyday contemporary novel. But, if this novel falls into any genre, it falls into Urban Fantasy. The author took aspects from Ancient Greek mythology and present day music to bring readers a dream story.

Music was one of the biggest parts of this novel. The title is even named after a popular M83 song! Our main character, Sylvia, grew up playing music with her dad. Her mother left at a young age and all she was left with was her music-loving dad. So, during her years as a child, she was able to learn how to play different instruments including both the drums and guitar. She also got into rock/alternative music early on, being said to love artists like Muse, M83, and The Smashing Pumpkins.

The unique thing about Sylvia is that she can see flickering people, known as muses. Muses were originally a part of a Greek myth, but in We Own The Sky, they are basically people who have died in the past and now roam earth to inspire artists. And truthfully, it doesn’t have to be musicians. It could be writers, painters, photographers, actors, etc. Anyone who could create a piece of art could be possibly inspired by a muse. For Sylvia, she was a musician.

Most people can’t actually see their muses, they just get inspiration from them. But, Sylvia was able to see them and that’s how she met Vincent, our va-va-voom hottie in the novel. To Sylvia, he was known as the “British hottie who flickers in the back of my Chorus class.” But to most, he wasn’t even visible.

This book has just released and I really do not want to spoil anything for anyone so, I’m just going to leave my thoughts there. But, below you will be able to find the official book trailer for this novel that I definitely recommend watching!

There was so much I liked, but one thing I really hated…

And honestly, it has nothing to do with the writing, characters or the overall story. It had to do with the format. The length of sentences per page was constantly changing. Some pages were only three-quarters of the way filled, while others went all the way down to the numbers at the bottom. This is in no way a mistake by the authors, probably just a simple publishing error.

Overall…

I ended up really enjoying this book and am so grateful that the author offered me an early copy. It was super well-written and addicting that I found myself not being able to put it down.

I gave this book 4/5 stars and would definitely recommend that all of you pick it up. Indie authors have a harder time getting their books out to the world, but Sara Crawford’s definitely should be read by everyone! If you are a fan of music, Greek mythology, and dreams, I would definitely recommend you try this novel.

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Happy Reading,

Alaina ❤