Fantasy JourneyAThon | Round 1

Soooo, today I am bringing you guys a BRAND NEW READATHON! That’s right another ReadAThon and this one completely new!
I have been wanting to do this ReadAThon for AGES, but I didn’t know how to really go about it, so over the past few months I have been brainstorming how to go about it and creating the map and it’s finally all fallen together. And here it is!

When?

21st – 30th of June 2019!

How to?

Firstly, here is the map!

The Map break down:
Option 1: New Beijing > Shoel 1 > Kalyazin > Hogwarts
Option 2: Medora > Emberfall > Dustwalk > Hogwarts
Option 3: New Reynes > Ellingham Academy > The Shire > Hogwarts
Option 4: The Ice Court > Fennbirn > Cabeswater > Hogwarts

So for this Round your goal is to JOURNEY to Hogwarts!
So pick a starting point (The Ice Court, New Beijing, Medora or New Reynes) and follow the footprints, completing the challenges along the way, until you make it to Hogwarts!

So the aim is to complete 4 books!
However do not let me stop you! Journey ahead if you wish once you have arrived at Hogwarts! Borrow a Thestral and Journey on to Dustwalk or commandeer the Durmstrang ship and flee to The Ice Court. Once you reach Hogwarts, the path is up to you!

The Locations?

So incase you were curious or not familiar with some of these locations, here are what books each of these locations are from!

New Beijing – The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer
Shoel 1 – The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon
Kalyazin – Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan
Medora – The Medoran Chronicles by Lynette Noni
Emberfall – A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer
Dustwalk – Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton
New Reynes – Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody
Ellingham Academy – Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson (I realise that this is not a Fantasy book but this Academy feels like a Fantasy, so I’m counting it! Also it’s my ReadAThon and I can do what I like 😂)
The Shire – The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
The Ice Court – Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
Fennbirn – Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake
Cabeswater – The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater
Hogwarts – Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling

The Challenges?

New Beijing – Read a Sci-Fi Book

Sheol 1 – Read a Dystopian Book

Kalyazin – Read a book with Blood on the Cover OR Read a book with a Red Cover

Medora – Read a book with the ‘Chosen One’ Trope

Emberfall – Read a Retelling/Reimagining

Dustwalk – Read a book about a Rebellion 

New Reynes – Read a book that has a Card Suit on the cover (Heart, Spade, Diamond or Club)

Ellingham Academy – Read a Mystery Book

The Shire – Read a book that is at least 10 years old

The Ice Court – Read a book following ‘Criminals’

Fennbirn – Read a book with Multiple POV

Cabeswater – Read a book that involves a King 

Hogwarts – Read a book that is set in a Magical School

Bonus Info: You can use the Book/Series in which the Location comes from for that Locations challenge! For Example you could Read Ace of Shades for the New Reynes challenge as Ace of Shades has a Card Suit on the cover! This method works with all of the Challenges!

Instagram Photo Challenges?

Make sure you use the Hashtag #FantasyJATIG

Litsy Post Challenges?

Make sure you use the hashtag #FantasyJATLitsy

Extra Fun?

So for a bonus feature I thought I would add a little competition! This is completely optional and you don’t have to join this to join the ReadAThon.
This is a competition based on points earned!

Companions

So first you have to choose your Companion (Team). This Round all the Companions are Mythical Creatures of Flight! To do this you can take THIS QUIZ or just pick a team yourself.
Dragon, Griffin, Pegasus OR Thestral!

How to earn points

Post a TBR: 20 Points
Each Challenge Completed: 30 Points
Arrived at Hogwarts: 50 Points
Additional Challenge Completed: 20 Points
Post a Wrap Up: 20 Points
Instagram Photo Challenge Completed: 10 Points (per day)
Litsy Post Challenge Completed: 10 Points (per day)
Tweet about ReadAThon: 5 Points (Total of 30 Points can be earned per day)
Participated in a Twitter Sprint: 5 Points (Per Sprint)

*****For all Social Media (Twitter, Instagram or Litsy) posts please use the corresponding Hashtag to your companion so your points can be counted. These points will be added manually by myself and once the points have been added the Fantasy JourneyAThon account will like the post so you know they have been added.
#JourneyDragon, #JourneyGriffin, #JourneyPegasus & #JourneyThestral

Enter Points for TBRs, Challenges Complete & Wrap Ups using the Google Forms linked below. There is 1 Form for each day of the ReadAThon as well as a specific TBR form & Wrap Up From, so please choose the correct one.

All points need to be submitted by 9:00pm of the 2nd of July AEST as I will be announcing the winner at 10:00pm on the 2nd of July AEST.

TBR Form
Day 1 Form
Day 2 Form
Day 3 Form
Day 4 Form
Day 5 Form
Day 6 Form
Day 7 Form
Day 8 Form
Day 9 Form
Day 10 Form
Wrap Up Form

Social Media?

Twitter
Instagram
Litsy

Graphics?

Here are all the graphics you may need for your posts or videos!

Are you planning on participating? Also, what team did you choose/get in the quiz?!

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The Princess and the Fangirl by Ashley Poston – Spoiler Free Review

Title: The Princess and the Fangirl
Series Name: Once Upon a Con
Author: Ashley Poston
Genre: YA Contemporary
Publication Date: April 2nd, 2019
Pages: 316 (Hardcover)
Publishers: Quirk Books
Rating:

Goodreads Synopsis

The Prince and the Pauper gets a modern makeover in this adorable, witty, and heartwarming young adult novel set in the Geekerella universe by national bestselling author Ashley Poston.

Imogen Lovelace is an ordinary fangirl on an impossible mission: save her favorite character, Princess Amara, from being killed off from her favorite franchise, Starfield. The problem is, Jessica Stone—the actress who plays Princess Amara—wants nothing more than to leave the intense scrutiny of the fandom behind. If this year’s ExcelsiCon isn’t her last, she’ll consider her career derailed.

When a case of mistaken identity throws look-a-likes Imogen and Jess together, they quickly become enemies. But when the script for the Starfield sequel leaks, and all signs point to Jess, she and Imogen must trade places to find the person responsible. That’s easier said than done when the girls step into each other’s shoes and discover new romantic possibilities, as well as the other side of intense fandom. As these “princesses” race to find the script-leaker, they must rescue themselves from their own expectations, and redefine what it means to live happily ever after.

Anther review not in my normal format! Oh well haha!

While this book is a typical ‘everything will turn out right in the end’ type book it is still super fun & addictive. Hands down the best way to describe it is addictive! The Fandom/Con atmosphere of this book makes my book loving heart happy! I love the hints to real fandoms, Harry Potter especially of course!

“Nice to meet you, Gryffindor.”

There are also other fandoms/movies/TV shows/Games/etc. mentioned like Edward Scissor Hands, Mortal Kombat, etc. But Harry Potter the most which I LOVED!

This book is very fast paced and gripping, I read it so damn quickly and loved every second of it. There is a mystery element to this book which I really enjoyed trying to guess. You’ll be glad to know I did not guess correctly at all! So definitely unpredictable, that or I’m just blind haha.

Of course I loved the first book, Geekerella, so I adored seeing characters from Geekerella make an appearance in this book. While I love Darien & Elle from Geekerella, it was really refreshing that this book was a companion and followed new characters instead of the same ones as Geekerella. It was awesome getting to know characters mentioned in Geekerella in this one as well. There is also a book 3 and I can’t wait to see how it is tied into the first 2 books!

This book is in multi POV following Jess & Imogen. My only negative for this book was the POV. I enjoyed our two main characters, they were 2 very different people. However the POVs read very similar, so at times it was a little hard to follow as you would kinda forget who you were reading from as they felt very similar at the beginning. After a while we kinda got into the swing of it and they felt different. But in the beginning they didn’t have a lot of substance, I guess, to make them feel like different people. That’s my only negative for the book.

Thank you to NetGalley & Quirk Books for providing me an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest review!
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Have you read The Princess and the Fangirl?
What did you think of it?
How did you feel about the POV?

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Dusk Angel Store Updates!

I just wanted to do a quick share of some of the new stuff happening over at my online store, Dusk Angel Store!!

New Look!

I gave our website a new look and I’m extremely happy with it! I also redid our logo finally and I’m also really happy with it.

New Book Sleeves!

First off here are some of the new book sleeves we have in stock!

Below is shown the following sleeves (in order):
Teal & Metallic Gold Paisley
Cream Crest
Flannelette Black & White Artefacts
Mermaids Tail
Quidditch
Pink & Metallic Gold Paisley
Fantastic Beasts
Flannelette Make It Magical
The Hobbit

Sprayed Edged Books!

This is the most exciting part for me! We are now selling books with Sprayed Edges! I currently have the 2 below available and also a CUSTOM order option!

Well that is all my exciting news! Thanks for everyone’s support of this endeavour!

Let’s Chat!

What book would you love to see with sprayed edges?!

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April 2019 TBR!

It’s nearly April, so it’s time to list the books I plan to read but probably won’t. Let’s get into it!

First off, the OWLs Magical ReadAThon is happening in April and you can find my full TBR for that HERE!

The YA Book Nerds

The April BOTM for The YA Book Nerds is Four Dead Queens by Astrid Scholte.

Four Dead Queens by Astrid Scholte

ARCs/eARCs

I have a few ARCs that I really need to get to. So I am putting them on this TBR as possibles to read if I have time around the Magical ReadAThon.

The Flower Girls by Alice Clark-Platts
Vivatera by Candace J. Thomas
The Princess and the Fangirl by Ashley Poston
Light Years by Kass Morgan
Blood Heir by Amelie Wen Zhao
Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan
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What book are you most excited to read in April??

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Blog Tour: We Are Okay by Nina LaCour

Today we are celebrating the release of the Paperback edition of We Are Okay by Nina LaCour!

Synopsis:

Marin hasn’t spoken to anyone from her old life since the day she left everything behind. No one knows the truth about those final weeks. Not even her best friend, Mabel. But even far away from the California coast, at college in New York, Marin still feels the pull of the life and tragedy she’s tried to outrun. Now, months later, alone in an emptied dorm for winter break, Marin waits. Mabel is coming to visit and Marin will be forced to face everything that’s been left unsaid and finally confront the loneliness that has made a home in her heart.  
An intimate whisper that packs an indelible punch, We Are Okay is Nina LaCour at her finest. This gorgeously crafted and achingly honest portrayal of grief will leave you urgent to reach across any distance to reconnect with the people you love. 

Unfortunately I won’t be able to review the book at this time but please go and check out all the other participants of the Tour for their reviews!

You can find all the information for the tour HERE!

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Thank you so much to University of Queensland Press & AusYABloggers from running this tour!

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January 2019 Anticipated Releases

So it is time to talk about the books I am anticipating for January 2019! I won’t go into details about most of these as I don’t know a tonne about them as I prefer to go into my books not knowing a tonne. However, some are sequels I am super keen for! So let’s jump in.

The Vanishing Stair by Maureen Johnson

This is the sequel to Truly Devious which I absolutely loved! It made it to my best books of 2018! I am so keen to continue the mystery and see where it goes next!

In an Absent Dream by Seanan McGuire

This is book 4 in the Wayward Children series. I have had an on and off experience with this series. I enjoyed book 1, didn’t love book 2 & loved book 3! Book 3 made it to my Best Books of 2018 as well! So I am interested to see what I will think of book 4!

Two Can Keep a Secret by Karen M. McManus

Next we have Two Can Keep a Secret which is Karen M. McManus’s release after her debut in 2017. I really enjoyed One Of Us Is Lying so when I saw that she is releasing another YA Mystery I had to jump on board!

King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo

This is probably the most highly anticipated on this list! This is the start of a a new companion to the Grisha Trilogy & the Six of Crows duology. I’m keen to see where this one will go.

A Curse so Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer

This one and the next I have as eARCs from NetGalley. At the time I requested it, I liked the cover and found the synopsis interesting. I can’t remember what it is about and I don’t particularly wont to know either. This is a YA Fantasy and is apparently a retelling but I am not sure what of.

The Flower Girls by Alice Clark-Platts

This is another one from NetGalley and I don’t remember what it is about either. I do know that it is a YA Mystery though.

Circle of Shadows by Evelyn Skye

This one I know nothing about except that it is a YA Fantasy by an author that I have heard of but haven’t read anything from.

The Cerulean by Amy Ewing

This one I only discovered when looking at a list of 2019 January releases and the cover is gorgeous & the author’s name sounded familiar for some reason. So I checked out the synopsis and it sounded intriguing.

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What are you anticipating for January 2019? Are there any that aren’t on my list that I should be looking out for?

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2018 Reading Wrap Up

So 2018 is over and it is time to talk about how my reading year went!! If you aren’t interested in stats then this probably isn’t the post for you but I thought this might be interesting.

So first, I read 177 books in 2018!

Next, lets look at the length of the books I read.

Also my average rating on Goodreads. But this is also not 100% accurate as I use half star ratings and Goodreads doesn’t have that ability.

The last stat from Goodreads is what book is the most popular & least popular according to Goodreads.

I also created a chart to display what genres I read in 2018.
Also the small dark blue section is Non-Fiction, for some reason Google Sheets didn’t put a label on it.

So overall, I am really happy with how much I read this year! Obviously towards the end of the year my reading went down due to going back to work & just having so much else on. So that was unfortunate but I’m still happy with having read 177 books!

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How did you go with your reading in 2018? How many books did you read! Let me know in the comments!

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