Fictional Fever Week: SOPHOMORE EDITION! | Introduction Post

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Welcome to the introduction to Fictional Fever Week: SOPHOMORE EDITION!! I did this event last year and I am thrilled to be able to bring it back, this time with both familiar faces and some new ones!

In case you are new to this event, or just forgot, here’s what it’s all about. Fictional Fever Week is a week long event on Fiery Reads featuring 7 guest bloggers. All topics will relate to Valentines Day and either fictional characters or bloggers. A special giveaway will also run along with the event! Continue reading

Book Recommendations for the Netflix Lovers

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If you’re anything like me, then you’re just a little obsessed with Netflix. Okay, who am I kidding–I am completely and utterly obsessed with Netflix and I am proud of my life choices. Their original shows are prime examples of good storytelling (or at least the ones I’ve watched). So I thought, why not make some book recommendations based on netflix original shows? And so this blog post was born.

Today I’m going to give you some awesome recommendations based on your favorite netflix shows. Love Stranger Things? Sense8? Jessica Jones? Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt? I’ve come up with recommendations for all these shows and more!

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Discussion: Is Hype Always a Bad Thing?

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In my last post, I talked about wanting to get back in the habit of posting discussions once a month. It’s Sunday, and that means I’m ready with a new discussion post to start my blogging year off right!

This topic is one I think everyone has a strong opinion on: book hype. Generally, the conversation about hype is always a negative one. I mean, who hasn’t felt that disappointment after reading a book you were SO excited for, but it only turned out to be okay? I know I’ve felt that way a dozen times before. But is hype always a bad thing?
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Hidden Gems Releasing in 2017

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Happy new year, everyone! It’s that lovely time of the year where everyone posts their anticipated upcoming releases. I absolutely love to see what other people put on their lists, because it helps me figure out what to look out for over the course of the year!

I’ve realized that a lot of the lists cover the same books, whether they be the super hyped books or ones from bestselling authors. And there’s nothing wrong with that! But I want to help expand the horizon and introduce you to hopefully a few new and exciting books you haven’t heard of before 🙂 Continue reading

Setting the Stage for 2017 | Looking Back + What’s Ahead

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The first week of January is nearly over, and I’m already late with posting my 2016 wrap up and 2017 goals *nervous laughter* Hopefully it’s not indicative of what the rest of the year will be like?

Fiery Reads has changed a lot over the past year + handful of months I’ve been blogging. I had my 1st year blogiversary in late September, I hit some big milestone goals, and I read a shit ton of books. The changes won’t be stopping anytime soon; the second part of this post will focus on what’s in store for the blog in 2017, and what changes you can expect around here.

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End of the Year Survey 2016!

2016 is finally coming to a close. I think it’s safe to say that 2016 was a huge dumpster fire for everyone, me included. But I don’t want to focus on the bad parts of the year, I want to focus on the good parts. So what was good about it? For one, I wrote, revised and submitted a book to Pitch Wars! I got a job (and started earning money, ayyy)!! I got over a huge slump of depression and didn’t completely ruin my GPA! And I did my first full year of blogging *parties*

Jamie at The Perpetual Page Turner is hosting this fun annual end of the year survey, and I thought it would be a great way to see an overview of my year in reading and blogging! (All of the graphics used in this post are hers). Continue reading

Best Books 0f 2016

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Happy holidays everyone! If you celebrate Christmas, I hope yesterday was wonderful, and for those who celebrate Hanukkah and Kwanza, I hope your day is going well! This is my first blog post in a couple months, and I have to tell you, it feels great to finally be typing up a post again 🙂
If you’ve been on my blog before–or if you know me–you know I’m a huge book pusher. That’s why the end of the year is such a fun time for me. I love seeing everyone’s list of favorite books, and I especially love pushing my favorite books on people, which I plan to do today when I share with you my top 10 books of 2016!

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Saving Hamlet Blog Tour!

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I’ve got an exciting post lined up for you guys today! I’m starting off the blog tour for Saving Hamlet by Molly Booth, and let me tell you guys, are you in for a treat with this book! Before I jump into my review, here are the deets on this book:

SAVING HAMLET
Author: Molly Booth
Genre: YA, Contemporary Fantasy, Romance
Pub Date: November 1, 2016
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Source: ALA

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Emma Allen couldn’t be more excited to start her sophomore year. Not only is she the assistant stage manager for the drama club’s production of Hamlet, but her crush Brandon is directing, and she’s rocking a new haircut that’s sure to get his attention. But soon after school starts, everything goes haywire. Emma’s promoted to stage manager with zero experience, her best friend Lulu stops talking to her, and Josh–the adorable soccer boy who’s cast as the lead–turns out to be a disaster. It’s up to Emma to fix it all, but she has no clue where to start.

One night after rehearsal, Emma stays behind to think through her life’s latest crises and distractedly falls through the stage’s trap door . . . landing in the basement of the Globe Theater.

It’s London, 1601, and with her awesome new pixie cut, everyone thinks Emma’s a boy–even Will Shakespeare himself. With no clue how to get home, Emma gamely plays her role as backstage assistant to the original production of Hamlet, learning a thing or two about the theater, and meeting an incredibly hot actor named Alex who finds Emma as intriguing as she finds him. But once Emma starts traveling back and forth through time, things get really confusing. Which boy is the one for her? In which reality does she belong? Will Lulu ever forgive her? And can she possibly save two disastrous productions of Hamlet before time runs out?

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TITLE: boring | nothing special | pretty good | caught my eye | perfection | music to my ears
COVER: not my favorite | goes well with rest of the series | boring | generic | pretty | series cover change | beautiful | HEART EYES
POV: 1st | 2nd | 3rd limited | 3rd omniscient | multiple POVs | too many POVs
CONCEPT: original as heck | run of the mill in genre | average | has potential | great idea, bad execution
MOOD: dark | hilarious | light hearted | romantic | depressing | suspenseful | fluffy | mysterious
PACING: snail’s pace | couldn’t keep up | mix of fast and slow | slow in the wrong places | fast in the wrong places | what even is pacing?
CHARACTERS: i’m in love | couldn’t connect | too many | well developed (all) | infuriating (looking at you, Brandon and Lulu) | annoying | precious babies | underdeveloped (all)| a mix of good and bad | diverse | okay | new favorite characters
ROMANCE: none | steamy | fluffy | OTP status | cute | center stage | barely there | cheesy | instalove | slow burn | i ship it | love triangle square
DIVERSITY: none | lgbtq+ | racial | religion | disabled | mental illness | body

 

This is one of those books that a certain group of people will really love. That group of people? Theater kids! This book revolves around not one, but two productions of a play, and I’m sure quite a few high school kids would love to see the theater world come alive on the page. I’m not even in theater and I loved it! The english nerd in me thought it was pretty cool that Shakespeare was an actually character in the novel? But is it for people who aren’t into theater? Read on and find out!

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