In a world where women have no rights, sisters Serina and Nomi Tessaro face two very different fates: one in the palace, the other in prison.
Serina has been groomed her whole life to become a Grace – someone to stand by the heir to the throne as a shining, subjugated example of the perfect woman. But when her headstrong and rebellious younger sister, Nomi, catches the heir’s eye, it’s Serina who takes the fall for the dangerous secret that Nomi has been hiding.
Now trapped in a life she never wanted, Nomi has only one way to save Serina: surrender to her role as a Grace until she can use her position to release her sister. This is easier said than done. A traitor walks the halls of the palace, and deception lurks in every corner. But Serina is running out of time, imprisoned on an island where she must fight to the death to survive and one wrong move could cost her everything.
Nomi has committed a terrible, unforgivable, inexcusable crime, on the scale of theft or arson or possibly even murder. In the eyes of society, she is now tainted, the lowest of the low, beyond saving. And the crime? She had the audacity to learn how to read.
(Why does this intro sound like the beginning of a passive aggressively worded email.)
I’m so excited to return from the dead and participate in the blog tour for Micheal Belanger’s A History of Jane Doe, a quirky little story about love, loss, and green cows.
Yes, you read that right, green cows. Lots of them. And it is every bit as fabulous as it sounds.
Other delightful things this book includes: an abundance of cookies and milk, conspiracy theories involving a flying possum, human groundhogs, and outrageous historical anecdotes.
My review is still currently Under Construction and will be coming sometime…. this century, but I’ve curated moodboards that (hopefully!) reflect the overall vibe of the characters and the story.
(If you’re unfamiliar with moodboards, they’re basically collages of photographs, usually edited with a similar filter or color palette, meant to convey a certain emotion, character, image. In my experience, they’re used by companies to help develop their products or brand image, but they’re also super popular in the fandom world and used for character inspiration by writers.)
Also, can I just say—I dove very deep into the realms of Tumblr and Pinterest to make this and now I feel like a true hipster.
Us bookworms always wistfully imagine entering our favorite books and interacting with our beloved fictional characters. It’s basically a dream come true! Just imagine aggressively yet lovingly hugging Noah Czerny, resident cinnamon roll from The Raven Cycle.** Or perhaps nibbling on strawberry waffles with Nina Zenik, Grisha icon.
IS THAT NOT PARADISE. TELL ME TO MY FACE THAT IT’S NOT PARADISE.
**don’t you dare tell me you can’t hug a gho**t because I CAN and I WILL
However, I personally have one slight problem: all of my favorite books are filled with bloodshed. Quite literally. I adore reading delightfully gory masterpieces filled with angst and stabby murder children.
Let’s be honest: I wouldn’t last long enough to even hug my favorite character. Realistically, I wouldn’t last a second. Unfortunately, I don’t have the luxury of being cloaked by a nice, thick layer of plot armor like our good friend Celaena Sardothien. (It also doesn’t help that I have all the survival instincts of a hedgehog on fire.)
Yes, I know, I’m asking all of the deeply profound life questions here. I mean, trendy snacks? YA heroines? Obviously those two are related in some incredibly significant, thought-provoking way and I am a fortune-telling genius. *flips hair*
I’m not going to lie, this took wayy too long for me to make but (hopefully) it turned out fabulous! (And no, boba isn’t any of the options. I know. I’m shocked at myself. Who am I even.)
Today’s quote is about the defining novel of the Roaring Twenties, the epitome of English-class-worthy symbolism and metaphorical prose, the subject of the Leonardo-Di-Caprio-didn’t-get-an-Oscar-for-this-HAHA film adaption: The Great Gatsby.
So I was basically SUPER excited when I was tagged for this because there’s nothing more I love in this world other than boba, sleep, and QUOTES! As a self-professed person with no life, I like to scroll through Goodreads reading people’s quotes. (Which is mildly stalker-ish, because I feel like choice of quotes really says a lot about a person?)
Anyhow, a huuuge thank-you to the lovelyDanielle @ Life of a Literary Nerd for the wonderful nomination! She is basically the best, and you should all immediately shower her blog with love and cookies because she totally deserves it! ❤
Also, here’s a quick life update that absolutely no one asked for but I’m going to give anyway:
I am functioning on three hours of sleep on average because DEADLINES and SCHOOL
No, I do not know how I’m still alive
(This is me, laughing through the pain)
SO AS YOU CAN SEE EVERYTHING’S GOING GREAT. Absolutely lovely. :’))