The Kaleidoscope Sisters by Ronnie K. Stephens – Non-Spoiler Review

Book: The Kaleidoscope Sisters (provided by the author)
Author: Ronnie K. Stephens
Pages: 266
Genre: Young Adult, Fiction
Publication: August 21st, 2018
My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

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Goodreads Synopsis

The Kaleidoscope Sisters is the first novel in a young adult series hinging on the indomitable spirit of young women. It centers on fifteen-year-old Quinn and her younger sister, Riley, who is dying from a degenerative heart defect. As the novel opens, Riley is weeks away from her seventh birthday, and her decline is obvious. Years in and out of hospitals have left the family with no support system, but Quinn is determined to save her younger sister. In her quest, Quinn discovers a portal to another realm peppered with characters based in history, all of whom disappeared mysteriously. Aiding Quinn throughout her journey in the Other Realm is Meelie. Quinn learns that a new heart for Riley can be harvested in the Other Realm, but not without sacrifice. While Meelie helps Quinn come to terms with an impossible decision, Quinn uncovers the truth about Meelie’s disappearance and why she never returned home. The book chronicles Quinn’s journey, focusing on the inevitability of loss and the realization that no matter what Quinn decides, her mother must lose one of her daughters.

So today I am back with another review after a long time.

Reading The Kaleidoscope Sisters has been a beautiful experience. Not only it’s a great book with an amazing backround but also it gave me so many feelings (and you know how much I love books that create emotions whilst reading them).

It definitely is a book worth reading. It contains so much thought into it and I just wish I had read it sooner.

It reminded me a lot of The Nutcracker and Alice In Wonderland since Quinn

The part that attached to the most was the love and care between two sisters. How the one does everything in order to literally save the other. Since I have a younger sisters as well I was so touched by this aspect of the story.

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FAVORITE QUOTES
“That’s what people do when no one’s looking. They wonder..”
“Fantasy. Maagic. The stuff of children’s books.”
“Two minutes without oxygen before her head began to swim.”
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BTS Of A Bookstagram Account

Hello everybody!
I asked my followers on my Bookstagram if they wanted a blog post about what I do before posting a picture, and here it is:

Disclaimer: I am aware that there are other software that provide the same or similar feautures as Facetune, VSCO, Planoly, these are just the ones that I use.

LOOK FOR INSPIRATION

You can get inspired from Pinterest, Tumblr, WeHeartIt and obviously from other bookish-related Instagram accounts. Get inspired and don’t recrate.
If you use a certain photo by another person you don’t want to forget to give credit to them and maybe tag them in the caption.

SHOOT THE PHOTO

I usually shoot my pictures on my bed and sometimes on the floor (it depends on the time of the day that I am taking them – light differences).
I recently started a new feed on my account and it has a white backround for which I use a white duvet. On it I like putting some wooden things, book/s and other little things like stationery, bookmarks, glasses etc.
I ususally shoot my pictures with my iPhone 6s plus. I’ll be getting a camera by the end of this school year but until then, the phone will be just as good. (If you have a good camera recommendation, don’t hesitate to tell me in teh comments below)

EDIT THE PHOTO

I really like editing my photos on my phone. I start with VSCO where I just use the filter; S3 which makes the picture much cleaner and then I control the Brightness, Contrast and Saturation.
Then I will go to Facetune and just whiten my backround and use the Details tool to make the book titles or some lettering more vivid and readable.

The left is the unedited one and the right has been edited in the way mentioned above.

PLANOLY

When I am done I use the app Planoly to get a quick and easy overview of how the pictures look with my feed. This is great because I can see if I have to maybe whiten a picture more, or maybe it’s too white etc. Basically check if it matches the existing content.

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POSTING THE PICTURE

Before posting my picture on Instagram I like to edit it using the Instagram editing tools. A little brightness and a little ammount of the ‘Lark’ filter. Doesn’t make a lot of difference, but there is some.
Then I like to tag the author and the publisher of the book pictured. Then maybe some companies that their products are in the picture as well. I also use some hashtags. (I’ll leave them here for you to use them if you’d like). I write my caption and post it.

The Hashtags I Use:

#bookstagram #book #bookworm#bookish #bookclub #bookphotography#bibliophile#booklover #bookaddict#bookblog #bookblogger #bookaddiction#library #cover
#spines #yabooks #yalit#yaliterature #booksbooksbooks #bookstagrammers

Also I use the title/s of the book/s in the picture as Hashtags.

Thank you for reading! I decide to do these Bookstagram 101 blog posts once every month. So if there’s something specific that you’ll like to see in the future, tell me in the comments.

xx,

Georgia

Tag Thursday: New Year Book Tag

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I came across this tag on CleopatraLovesBooks ‘s blog and thought I’d have a go.

I think it was created by Bookables and you can visit her channel right here. I feel like my absense from blogging and Instagram this past month, needs to be replaced with a good old book tag to start off 2019 on the right path.

1. How many books are you planning to read in 2019?

My goal for 2018 was 100 books and since that was successfully completed, I want to challenge my self and say 110 books for 2019.

2. Name five books you didn’t get to read this year but want to make a priority in 2019?

In no particular order:

Queen Of Air And Darkness – Cassandra Clare
The Unbecoming Of Mara Dyer – Michelle Hodkin (and the rest of the series)
The Art Of Escaping – Erin Callahan
Finding Esme – Suzanne Crowley
The Kaleidoscope Sisters – Ronnie K. Stephens

3. Name a genre you want to read more of?

I still live Young Adult books and I definitely will keep reading those. In 2018 I got a little bit more into Middle Grade and Dystopian reads as well. But during 2019 except from the fact that I want to discover more books in the Dystopian side, I want to try some non-fiction books as well.

4. Three non book related goals for 2019?

Probably start dancing again, travel overseas at least once and maybe get a dog (?) which I’ve been wanting to but I am not sure.

5. What’s a book you’ve had forever that you still need to read?

It took me some time but probably Dash And Lily’s Book Of Dares – Rachel Cohn & David Levithan.

6. One word that you’re hoping 2019 will be?

Challenging.

2018 wasn’t an easy year and I know that 2019 is going to be even more difficult but I am hoping that after everything i’ll finally get a break to figure things out cause at the time being I am certainly lost.

Happy New Year – I hope 2019 is full of happiness.

November 2018 Book Haul

Hello everybody! I know I’ve been kindof MIA but I am back and ready to continue.

So during the month of November I did get some really exciting books that I can’t wait to finally read.

So these are the books that I acquired during the month of November:

Physical Books:

Winter Of Summers by Michael Faudet (provided by Andrews McMeel Publishing)

The Fashion Intruder by Roma E. Black (provided by the author)

A Girl’s Guide To Chicago – Kelly Russell (provided by the author)

Mirror Mirror by Cara Delevingne

Digital Books:

Lilac Skully And The Halloween Moon by Amy Cesari – Review

Book: Lilac Skully And The Halloween Moon (provided by the author)
Author: Lilac Skully
Pages: 175
Genre: Middle Grade, Children, Fantasy < Paranormal
Publication Date: September 28th, 2018
My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

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Goodreads Synopsis

Lilac Skully wants nothing more than to go to the Seaside Fun Park on Halloween night. But when she discovers a dark and sinister plot, she’s torn between the world of the living and the world of the dead.

Can’t she just be a kid for once and enjoy Halloween? Or will she sacrifice costumes, candy apples, and Fun Park rides to help her otherworldly friends?

If you like spooky, fun, middle grade books, check out Lilac Skully and the Halloween Moon!

So this is the third book in the series and I have to say it’s my favorite so far.

I really enjoyed Lilac’s journey during Halloween. I think her having fun with her friends but also being a heroess by saving the ghosts.

A lot of things went on during this story. And even though this isn’t a non-spoiler review I won’t mention them since I think that you definitely have to read the book to find them out.

The only thing I can tell you is that someone is trying to sabotage someone else and capture all the ghosts that live in the Halloween amusement park. (I think we can all understand who)

I loved meeting the new ghosts of the story. It was such a beautiful add to the whole plot.

I also really enjoyed meeting Lilac’s friends and finally seeing her trying to blend in the world outside of the Skully Manor.

All in all I really enjoyed this book and I just can’t wait to read the fourth one when it comes out.

xx,

Georgia

Down The TBR Hole #12

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Down the TBR Hole was created by Lost in a Story. Its purpose is to help narrow down your TBR list on Goodreads by selecting 5 titles each week and deciding if you want to keep it on your TBR or get rid of it! I was inspired by Amy @acourtofcrownsandquills to start this blog series cause I really need to organise that TBR hole. wink wink.

How it works:

  • Go to your Goodreads want-to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

The fact that I will be repeating this process every week means that I have to keep track of where I ended and where I’m going to continue. E.g. in week one I do book 1 – 5, in week two book 6 – 10, and so on, until I’ve filtered out my entire TBR.

THIS WEEK’S BOOKS:

1) The Queen’s Resistance by Rebecca Ross

I’ve read the first book in this series and I am just so excited for the second one.

Judgement: KEEP 

2) Sea Witch by Sarah Henning

I AM BUYING THIS RIGHT NOW.

Judgement: KEEP 

3) Ghost World by Daniel Clowes

I don’t really feel like reading this.

Judgement: DELETE

4) The Boyfriend Project by Rachel Hawthorne

I am going to keep this book just because I want to see what the first book of the series is about.

Judgement: KEEP 

5) Fallen by Lauren Kate

There was a time that I really wanted to read that book but my mind has defintely changed.

Judgement: DELETE

Something is happening to me. Did I just delete two books from my TBR list? Nah.
Anyway, feel free to recommend me books to add (or remove) from my TBR 🙂 You can go and check out my to-read shelf here, or here to add me as a friend on Goodreads.

xx,

Georgia

Tis The Season A Thon Reading Challenge

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So during the month of December I will be participating in a reading challenge which is the Tis The Season A Thon. I am so freaking excited for this.

It will be taking place during December 3-9, 2018. According to Amy from @acourtofcrownsandquills this readathon is ”designed for anyone who loves to read holiday themed books” and I just love that.

The hosts for TistheSeasonAThon are:
Chelsea from Chelsea Dolling Reads
Heather from Bookables
Kristin from Super Space Chick
Trina from Between Chapters
Amy from A Court of Crowns and Quills

I am also very excited for the photo challenge as well. The hosts are going to be posting the deatails for that later on.

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The Reading Challenges:
1) Read a book with red or green on the cover.
2) Read a book while listening to holiday music.
3) Read a warm & fuzzy book.
4) Read a short book (under 250 pages).
5) Read a holiday themed book.
6) Bonus challenge: Read the buddy-read book, Snow in Love by Melissa de la Cruz, Nic Stone, Aimee Friedman, and Kasie West.

So let’s talk about my decision regarding the prompts mentioned above;

1) Read a book with red or green on the cover.

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For that I decided to pick The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time by Mark Haddon which an only-red book.

2) Read a book while listening to holiday music.

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For this prompt I picked Girl Online by Zoe Sugg. It’s actually a holiday themed book and I can’t wait to re-read it for this challenge.

3) Read a warm & fuzzy book.

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I’m going to be reading Harry Potter and The Philospher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling since it’s one of my all time favorite books and I am always looking for opportunities to re-read it. It’s the perfect read.

4) Read a short book (under 250 pages).

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For that I decided to go with Dash And Lily’s Book Of Dares by Rachel Cohn & David Levithan since it’s another holiday themed book I own and I just want to give it another try.

5) Read a holiday themed book.

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My choice for this prompt is What Light by Jay Asher. Even though I have read it again, I feel that it will definitely get me in the holiday spirit as soon as possible.

6) Bonus challenge: Read our buddy-read book, Snow in Love by Melissa de la Cruz, Nic Stone, Aimee Friedman, and Kasie West.

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I am so excited to read this book. I am so happy it’s a buddy read and I can’t wait to share my thoughts on it.

So as you can see I will be re-reading a lot of books for this reading challenge but I am still excited for it. Are you going to be participating in this or another reading challenge in December? Let me know in the comments below.

xx,

Georgia