Saturday, 30 July 2016

100th Post: Special Announcement!!

Hey guys for my 100th post, you guys said you wanted me to do something special. So here I am. Drumroll pleaseeeeeeeeee!

I'm moving to wordpress!

My blog has been moved to piplupsshadow.wordpress.com and I'll be posting there from now on! 



Some things are not completely finished updating, but I'm really proud to take my blog on this journey! I'd really appreciate it if you'd follow my blog there!

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Tuesday, 12 July 2016

THE CHASM - Release Day Blitz + GIVEAWAY!

It feels like just yesterday when the Island by S. Usher Evans came out. But really, it's already been almost three months! And now the sequel is out! I loved the first one, the Island, and wrote a review right here! I also reviewed an early copy of the Chasm right here! I highly recommend that you check out this trilogy because it's a really great read!
 
They survived The Island, but can they cross The Chasm?

Four months after Prince Galian was discovered alive on a remote island, he's adjusting slowly to life at the hospital under the Kylaen media's glare. His promises to Theo remain unfulfilled as fear of his father keeps him from taking concrete action. And the more he learns about the machinations in Kylae, the less sure he is that it's possible to make a difference. Across the great Madion Sea, Major Theo Kallistrate struggles to navigate the tricky political waters of Rave's presidential staff. To make positive change for her people, she must remain relevant and interesting to the Raven media and to the president. When he asks her to deliver a speech on her supposed two-month imprisonment at Mael, she's not sure she can stomach the lies. The Chasm is S. Usher Evans' breathtaking, fast-paced follow-up to The Island, which readers say is "not to be missed."  Buy the first book in the Madion War Trilogy today for Kindle, paperback, and hardcover, coming July 12th.


Giveaway!

 

 
Sneak Peek

Theo

"Bayard won't be back for at least two hours," Emilie said, glancing at her watch. "We will probably need to tweak his talking points based on his discussions with the Jervan president. Wesson, take the lead on that."
He nodded and scribbled in his book.
"Aruna," Emilie said, nodding at a younger girl I'd seen in a few meetings. She paled at being called on, but held her pen ready. "Find Cannon and tail him. Make sure he stays on message and doesn't dally in anything…embarrassing." She paused, a disgusted look crossing her face. "And if he does, make sure nobody knows. Talk to Wesson for crowns if you need it."
She nodded with a small smile. She might take that mission a little too seriously.
"And 'neechai," Emilie said, grabbing my attention. "You and I will spend the afternoon working on your speech. I trust that you've resolved whatever…issues you were having."
I dipped my head, even as dread coiled in my stomach. Emilie moved on to someone else, so I pulled the speech out from the calf-pocket of my jumpsuit. I'd practiced it once or twice while sitting in the pool, reading quietly to myself and envisioning what it would be like to speak in front of the Madion nation leadership.
But even in my head, I still stumbled through the parts about Mael. Stumbling wouldn't cut it for Emilie, so I prayed for a miracle.
"What's going on out there?" Emilie said, squinting to her left. I followed her gaze and saw a crowd of people standing at the hotel's entrance, craning over each other to get a look at whatever was outside.
I stood with the rest of the Ravens and walked into the lobby. The crowd grew more frenzied and then the front doors of the hotel opened.
The crowd pushed in then parted, and in strolled the last person I'd ever expected to see again.
"Amichai."
He was beautiful, a wide smile on his face and his gait confident. His brown hair was clipped shorter and he no longer wore the beard I'd grown accustomed to seeing on our island. He paused in the middle of the lobby to talk to two journalists who'd approached him, then threw his head back and laughed.
Then his eyes locked with mine.
It was as if everything and everyone disappeared. The corners of his mouth turned up and I suddenly forgot how to breathe. Electricity crackled in the hundred steps that lay between us, and I could've sworn I knew exactly what he was thinking. If I'd had any doubt about his reason for arriving in this city, in this hotel, on this day, it vanished in that moment.
As desperately as I wanted to run to him, for some reason, my legs wouldn't move. Something was keeping me from going to him, but for the life of me I couldn't remember what it was…
"What in the world is the princeling doing here?" Cannon's voice pierced my bubble, and I wrenched my eyes away from Galian's. Where I was, who I was with, and my purpose rushed back to me like waking from the best dream into a nightmare.
I found my voice. "I have no idea."
"I doubt he's meddling in the summit. He'd be stupid to disobey his father." Cannon shrugged mightily. "Then again, the princeling's never been too smart."
"Right, he's an idiot," I said.
Stupid, stupid princeling. How could he be so irresponsible as to come to Jervan? Especially after his father had forbidden anyone from Kylae to attend, or so Emilie had told us in a meeting earlier that week. And he just walked through the front door, announcing to the entire world that he was there.
I realized I was still watching him when Cannon's voice again interrupted my thoughts. "Come now, kallistrate, don't be star struck. He's just a prince."
I nodded hastily and turned away from him so I wouldn't be tempted to stare. "Just a prince, right."
And my amichai.

Galian

She was the most beautiful thing I'd ever seen.
I drank in the sight of her: the way her velvet lips parted, how her big brown eyes widened slightly. Her hair pulled back into a bun, her Raven uniform immaculate. The shape of her body. How her dark skin had grown pale. 
"If you're trying to pretend you don't know her, perhaps you shouldn't stare," Martin snickered beside me. "I'll stare at her for you. She's a lot cuter than I remembered."
"Right," I said, turning away. "So do you think it worked?"
I had just finished talking to a reporter, feigning ignorance about any sort of summit or why the leaders from three of the four Madion nations were in this city. I'd made sure to talk about my plans to drink heavily and meet some hot Jervanian girls, just to play the part.
I attempted to keep the giddy smile off of my face as I checked into the hotel. When I snuck another glance at her, she'd turned away from me, but the rest of the Ravens kept staring at me, pointing and discussing amongst themselves. I wondered what they were saying.
"I apologize, Your Highness," the clerk said with all the sincerity of a wet mop. "All of our suites have been reserved by delegations to the summit. The only rooms I have are the basic rooms."
"I doubt I'll be sleeping in my own room anyway," I said with an overly confident grin.
The clerk, predictably, rolled his eyes in disgust.
I caught Martin's eye, and he snorted.
"Your keys, Your Highness," he said, sliding over two access cards. "Please be advised that there is a two hundred crown cleaning fee for any…destruction."
I winked at him then motioned for Martin to grab our bags. I would've carried my own, but it would've been contrary to the part I was playing.
"You sure faked that well," Martin said, tossing my bag to me once we were safely in the elevator.
"I wish I could say I've never been that much of an asshole before," I said with a small grimace.

About the Author

S. Usher Evans is an author, blogger, and witty banter aficionado. Born in Pensacola, Florida, she left the sleepy town behind for the fast-paced world of Washington, D.C.. There, she somehow landed jobs with BBC, Discovery Channel, and National Geographic Television before finally settling into a “real job” as an IT consultant. After a quarter life crisis at age 27, she decided consulting was for the birds and rekindled a childhood passion for writing novels. She sold everything she owned and moved back to Pensacola, where she currently resides with her two dogs, Zoe and Mr. Biscuit. Evans is the author of the Razia series, Madion War Trilogy, and Empath, published by Sun’s Golden Ray Publishing. 

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Monday, 11 July 2016

ARC Review: The Chasm by S. Usher Evans

The Chasm
By: S. Usher Evans
Pages: 296
Published: July 12th, 2016
Published by: Sun's Golden Ray Publishing
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher
My Rating: 4.5/5 stars
Sypnosis:
They survived The Island, but can they cross The Chasm?

Four months after Prince Galian was discovered alive on a remote island, he's adjusting slowly to life at the hospital under the Kylaen media's glare. His promises to Theo remain unfulfilled as fear of his father keeps him from taking concrete action. And the more he learns about the machinations in Kylae, the less sure he is that it's possible to make a difference.

Across the great Madion Sea, Major Theo Kallistrate struggles to navigate the tricky political waters of Rave's presidential staff. To make positive change for her people, she must remain relevant and interesting to the Raven media and to the president. When he asks her to deliver a speech on her supposed two-month imprisonment at Mael, she's not sure she can stomach the lies.

The Chasm is S. Usher Evans' breathtaking, fast-paced follow-up to The Island, which readers say is "not to be missed."

Add THE CHASM on Goodreads right here!
I received an advanced reader's copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for allowing me to read this!

Sush kicked off her newest new adult trilogy less than three months ago and I am so glad that I was able to help promote the series every step of the way. After reading the Island, I was blown away with the great characters and premise, but now after reading the Chasm, I am hooked and am craving the Union (which is out next year on Valentine’s Day! The Chasm was an amazing follow-up to the Island with very real characters, and tension written so well that I felt like I was going to burst if nothing happened, causing me rate it with a 4.5 out of 5 stars.
The sequel starts off with Theo and Galian separated once more, serving their countries in their own ways, but still thinking of each other; definitely not in the super whiny way that you would think, but they are trying to focus with their tasks at hand before thinking of the other. While Theo and Galian were always better together, they definitely still were amazing at making differences in their own countries. It was definitely a great sight watching Theo’s rebelliousness rubbing off on Galian. And when they were together, man, it was greattttttt.
The chemistry between Theo and Galian is definitely my favourite part of the trilogy. Sush has this amazing way of making them work so well with each other, even though they are almost completely different. Their bantering and conversations easily had me laughing and smiling even when their situation was grim. Theo and Galian are so, so precious, definitely OTP material.

Also, in this middle book, we learn so much more about the world Theo and Galian live in. We get to see how corrupted their societies and politics are. It made it seem even more real to me, like I could physically live in their world. We also learn so much more about the secondary characters like Kaden, the Queen, and Rhy. I've come to love each of these characters, so precious and MUST BE PROTECTED AT ALL COSTS. And there are some characters that I can’t help but hate because of certain things they did. Sush creates really, really great and loveable characters, and also really hateable ones.

Aside from the slower pace, there was nothing I didn’t like about the Chasm. In fact, despite the slower pace, I still tore through this book really quickly. Sush really makes a triumphant return with this sequel, developing the amazing characters and world that she created in the Island even further.

Final verdict:
I feel that The Chasm was the perfect middle book in the Madion Trilogy, successfully meeting the expectations from the first novel, and creating a strong craving for the last installment of the trilogy. Amazingly well-written characters and world, I definitely advise you to pick this up because Theo and Galian are everything.

Thursday, 7 July 2016

Art Dump #4 (Jul. 7)


It's been awhile since I last did one of these, so here we go! You can view the last one here.

Rowan and Aelin in this made up scene that I thought of. Done in May.

Rhysand with nice colours. Gotta redo it. May.
Studied Alex Colville's Horse and Train. May.
Rhysand from ACOMAF. I really like this one. June.
hehehe more Rhysand. May.
Noah and Echo from Pushing the Limits. May.

Ryan and Beth from Dare You To. June.
Lockscreen with quote from ACOMAF. July.

I didn't get a lot of time to doodle or anything like that these couple of months because of finals. But here are some of the main things that I did and well are good enough to show you guys hahaha. I need to draw more now especially since it's summer. Thanks for checking this out!

Keep creating!

Monday, 4 July 2016

June Wrap-Up + July TBR

 
Wooooooo!!! School's out and now I have a lot of free time!! Well kinda. Anyways I’m so so so sorry I haven’t been consistently posting on this blog, but heyyyyy now I’m back! I’m going to try blogging about three times a week now and I’ve got lots and lots more stuff to share with you guys! Especially since I’ve been reading so much, about a book every two days, I’ve got tons of reviews to write now. It really helps that I took out 80 books from my library… whoops? Without further ado, here’s what I planned to read in the month of June:

- The Chasm by S. Usher Evans
- Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
- Crash Into You by Katie McGarry
- Take Me On by Katie McGarry
- Signs of You by Emily France

And I mean I didn’t do a bad job eh? The only one I didn’t finish was Gemina, but that’s okay, because I did get through a lot more of it. And let me tell you, it’s reallllyyyyy goooddddd! Because I mean as I’m writing this in July I just finished it haha. So here’s all of what I read in June:

- Crash Into You by Katie McGarry (THE CHARACTERS ARE SO DAMN CUTE - 5 STARS)
- Take Me On by Katie McGarry (YES MARTIAL ARTS AND BADASS CHARACTERS, I NEED MORE - 4.5 STARS)
- Signs of You by Emily France (So thought-provoking and gut-wrenching - 4 STARS)
- A Silent Voice (Koe no Katachi) vol. 1-4 by Yoshitoki Ooima (OMG a+ characters and really makes you think about what’s right and wrong and AMAZING ART - 5 STARS)
- The Chasm by S. Usher Evans (YESS AMAZING FOLLOW-UP TO THE FIRST - 4 STARS)
- The Gamer part 1 by Sung San-Young (AMAZING ART AND WORLD - 4.5 STARS)
- Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes (yesssss great plot and definitely can’t wait to see where it goes - 3.5 STARS)
- Get Smart! By Brian Tracy (fairly good but quite repetitive with presenting ideas - 3.5 STARS)
- The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski (loveeeee the characters, can’t wait to see what happens next - 4 STARS)

Welp that was a lot of books lol. I can’t believe I read all that during exam month lol. Here’s some books I plan to (or have already) read this month:

- Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff (SOOO much character development and the twists omg - 5 STARS)
- Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli (SO HEART-TOUCHING and hits so close to home - 5 STARS)
- A Silent Voice (Koe no Katachi) vol. 5-7 by Yoshitoki Ooima (ughhhghh that ending I cry - 5 STARS)
- The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye
- Beauty Queens by Libba Bray
- Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

… And much, much more! I’m not going to list all of them since I have 80 books to choose from everyday sooooo.

Some cool things that happened in June:
- I won a Frenzies First giveaway that included Ruined, Outliers, Crown’s Game, Unrivaled, Queen of Hearts, and True Letters from a Fictional Life!
- I won a copy of Fanart by Sarah Tregay!
- I passed my courses this year with an average of a 96%!
- Somehow my essay about Heir of Fire got a 100% in my english class.
- I went crazy at my library and took out 80 books O.o

Did you do any cool things in June?