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You ask, we answer! This is our new weekly feature where we pick one or more questions from our readers, open the Cuddlebuggery Vault of Secrets and share the goodies with you. Or something. These questions can range from completely random oddities to semi-personal. We promise to try to answer them all while staying within our comfy bubbles. Pinky swear! If you’d like to ask a question ask them in the comments.

This week’s question is from Bieke from Istyria book blog:

So I love the reviews you guys write for books and I’ve always wondered how you do that? What is your ‘process’ if you have one? Do you take notes while reading? Do you have any tips for people that are fairly new to reviewing books?

Excellent question! We shall all answer in part:

 

Steph

99% of the time, I have no process for writing a review.

Sinner-Maggie-Stiefvater

Right, so, I make no secret of my Official Maggie Stiefvater Fangirl status. As I’ve mentioned before, she’s one of my top five authors of all time and there was more or less no way I wasn’t going to love the shit out of Sinner.

Yay for being right! I described this book to a friend as the kind of weirdo, ADHD lovechild you’d get if Maggie’s twitter had an affair with The Dream Thieves (aka, the best kind).

It’s a really interesting case study in how she’s evolved as a writer between the original Shiver trilogy and now. I recommend this book to anyone with a passing interest in her work. If you haven’t read the original trilogy, don’t stress yourself out about it. While  they would obviously help establish the main characters’ back-story, pretty much everything you need to know is efficiently recapped in a way that doesn’t bog down the story.

kiss-of-deception

 

*clears throat*
*taps conductor baton*
*bursts into song*
(it’s a more accurate mental picture if you assume I am also horribly off key)

HAPPY BOOKBIIIIRTHDAY TO KISSOFDECPTION
HAPPY BOOKBIIIIRTHDAAAAAAY TO KISSOFDECEPTIOOOON
HAPPYYYY BOOKBIIIIRTHDAAAAAY TOOOO KIIIISSOFDECEEEEEPTIOOOOON
HAAAAAAPPY BOOOOOKBIIIIIRTHDAAAAAY TOOOOOO YOOOOOOOOOOOUUUUUU!

 

Right, you can come out now, the performance bit’s over. As you may have guessed, it is the long-awaited release day of Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson, the first book in a fantastic new fantasy trilogy.

We are huge fans of this book and are quite pleased to welcome Mary here today to talk about writing a sneaky twist (Meg’s working title: How To Trick Your Readers In The Sneakiest Of The Sneaky Fashions).


(Working title comes with gif because obviously)

So come along gentle reader and learn about how Mary E. Pearson will pull the rug out from under you and cause you to question everything you think about how you perceive characters and what are you doing making assumptions anyway?

Little Princess

Welcome to Hot New Titles, the weekly feature that possesses the super power to make your wallet cry and your shelves burst into song and dance! YA everywhere!

New releases include The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson, The Queen of the Tearling by Erica Johansen and Starbreak by Phoebe North.

Book Deals to put on your radar: Holding Smoke by Elle Cosimano and Black Bird of the Gallows by Meg Kassel.

Cover reveals include The Secrets We Keep by Trisha Leaver, We Are Pirates: A Novel by Daniel Handler, I Was Here by Gayle Forman, Half Wild by Sally Green (the sequel to Half Bad) and A Wicked Thing by Rhiannon Thomas. There are also the ridiculously adorable redesigns for Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery, Heidi by Johanna Spyri, Little Women by Louisa May Alcott and A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett. HOW DO I PICK A FAV?

We Were Liars

I went into We Were Liars one cocky son of a biscuit eater, feeling above it all right from page one. I’d seen this book talked about so heavily by other bloggers and how some never saw the twist coming or how others totally saw that twist coming. All the while, I was sitting on the sidelines with my shades on, posted up with my arms folded, saying, “Yeah, yeah, yeah. Hot potato.” That’s not to say I didn’t want to read this book, because I did. I even had an ARC sitting on my shelf for the longest time, but due to a lot of the hype, I kept putting it off. Plus, I’m one of those people who usually can easily figure out a plot twist and I didn’t want to dive into something where a lot of people already mentioned figuring it out.

But one thing did nag me a little in the back of my mind was that my Bookish Twin, Blythe from Finding Bliss in Books, LOVED it.

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