Tag: Sarah J. Maas

#Bookstagrammer of the Week: @old.enough.for.fairytales

Today, we are back with bookstagrammer of the week! This time, we have @old.enough.for.fairytales! She’s a major Sarah J. Maas fan, a believer in simplicity, and a mom!

 

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Why did you start your Bookstagram?

August 2016

 

Where are you from?

Tennessee

 

What do you want your Instagram to bring to the world?

With everything so dark and heavy lately, I hope my Instagram brings a little bit of light and happiness!

 

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Fun Fact about you?

3 fun facts: I collect vintage pyrex dishes, I used to work for Disney, and I share a birthday with my toddler twins…our birthdays are all December 11!

 

Favorite Bookstagrammers?

My booksta-bestie @canxdancexreads, the always sweet @blondeandbookish, my soul friend @thebookwormadventures, the always thoughtful @rosegold.reader18, and the rest of my Girl Gang booksta-besties @thebookadvocate @bookishmommy @faerieontheshelf @mytimeoutshelf @pouringoverpages @rusticpages @samsaraparchment @addlebrained_reader and @plantedinpages (this is what we call ourselves and we’ve been together for almost three years…they’re some of my very best friends even though we’ve never met!)

 

 

Favorite Books and Authors?

I can’t choose a favorite book, but my favorites series are The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis and both  A Court of Thorns and Roses and Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas

 

Fictional Crush?

Peeta from The Hunger Games is my true love

 

TBR List?

I’m hoping to finish up Danielle Jensen’s backlist, then I’m hoping my library hold of the new Hunger Games will be in!

 

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What’s Your Special Approach to Content?

I want people to be able to see the real me through my content. I try to share bits of my day and life in my stories and captions, and I think people enjoy that…which is great, because I enjoy sharing! I heard an account once say that “nobody cares about your personal life, so don’t ramble about it” but I have found the exact opposite to be true.

 

In reference to my photos, I hope to show newbie bookstagrammers that you don’t have to go buy props just to have a “successful” bookstagram. In the last year, the only money I’ve spent on bookstagram was the $9 I spent on a pack of batteries to replace the dead ones in my fairy lights…(those fairy lights? A neighbor threw them out with their Christmas tree. So I pulled them off the discarded tree and took them home! haha)

 

Aesthetic / Instagram page theme?

A simple and cozy grid! I have my feed set up as a grid because I like the predictability of my photos and aesthetically, I love how organized my feed looks.

 

 

How often do you post?

I post daily, but schedule one or two days off a month.

 

What does your Bookstagram mean to you?

It’s such a special outlet for me. As a mom of 18 month old twins, I’m constantly giving of myself to others and seeing to other people’s needs. My bookstagram is the place that I reserve just for me. And the friendships I’ve made through my booksta have seen me through some of the hardest times in my life. My Girl Gang has loved me through some of my hardest years, and they came into my life when I needed them most. I’m so thankful for bookstagram!

 

Favorite Bookstore?

Parnassus Books in Nashville!

 

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Who would you have supply you with a lifetime of books?

Sarah J. Maas

 

Author to take a selfie with?

Sarah J. Maas

 

Favorite book cover?

That’s a hard choice! I love books that have embossed covers, like King of Scars.

 

Book you have claimed to have read that you didn’t?

Oh gosh, probably a classic. I’m a pretty open person though and don’t have a problem telling people I haven’t read certain books.

 

When did you know you had made it as a Bookstagrammer?

Every new milestone (starting way back when I had just 100 followers) has felt like I’ve “made it”…other than that, I really felt like I’d become a “successful” bookstagram when a publisher reached out to me and asked if I’d be interested in receiving an advanced copy of one of my most anticipated releases.

 

Favorite fandoms?

TOG and ACOTAR!

 

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Advice for aspiring Bookstagrammers?

Be you, do what you love, and don’t put pressure on yourself to be perfect! It takes time to figure out what you want your feed to look like and what you want your aesthetic to be, so give yourself grace and time while you’re trying to figure it out. My booksta-bff @canxdancexreads and I did a story series called BOOKSTA101 a few weeks ago and saved it to our highlights, and a lot of newbie bookstagrammers have told us it’s been so helpful to them. If you ever have any bookstagram questions, my DMs are always open! Let’s be friends!

 

Additional bookishness?

Two of my most prized bookish possessions are my first edition copy of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe and my first edition original cover of Throne of Glass.

 

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5 Fantasy Books Coming Out in March

What can I say? I love fantasy, and I love sharing new book releases. So is it really a surprise that I’m making this list? If I can find a way to share my love of the genre with other people, then I won’t hesitate to do exactly that.

Here are five fantasy books coming out this month.

 

1. House of Earth and blood by Sarah J. Maas

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Sarah J. Maas has written books like Throne of Glass and A Court of Thorns and Roses which I openly adore, so it goes without saying that I am extremely excited for her newest book House of Earth and Blood, which is currently being marketed as the first book in her Crescent City series. The book’s Goodreads page provides the following excerpt: “Bryce Quinlan had the perfect life—working hard all day and partying all night—until a demon murdered her closest friends, leaving her bereft, wounded, and alone. When the accused is behind bars but the crimes start up again, Bryce finds herself at the heart of the investigation. She’ll do whatever it takes to avenge their deaths. Hunt Athalar is a notorious Fallen angel, now enslaved to the Archangels he once attempted to overthrow. His brutal skills and incredible strength have been set to one purpose—to assassinate his boss’s enemies, no questions asked. But with a demon wreaking havoc in the city, he’s offered an irresistible deal: help Bryce find the murderer, and his freedom will be within reach. As Bryce and Hunt dig deep into Crescent City’s underbelly, they discover a dark power that threatens everything and everyone they hold dear, and they find, in each other, a blazing passion—one that could set them both free, if they’d only let it.”

Release: Out now

 

 

2. Tevinter nights by Patrick Weekes

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So, this is a bit different from some of the books that make the monthly fantasy book list here. Tevinter Nights, edited by Patrick Weekes, takes place in the famous video game universe of Dragon Age. The lore of the universe is in depth and nuanced, and there are so many stories and points of view to follow within the world of Thedas. The book’s Goodreads page provides the following description: “Ancient horrors. Marauding invaders. Powerful mages. And a world that refuses to stay fixed. Welcome to Thedas. From the stoic Grey Wardens to the otherworldly Mortalitasi necromancers, from the proud Dalish elves to the underhanded Antivan Crow assassins, Dragon Age is filled with monsters, magic, and memorable characters making their way through dangerous world whose only constant is change.” This book is actually a collection of short stories, so there is definitely a great deal to explore here.

Release: March 10th

 

 

3. Chain of Gold by Cassandra Clare

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This book has definitely been hyped up in the past few months. Cassandra Clare’s Chain of Gold is the first book in a new series. The book’s Goodreads page reads as follows “Welcome to Edwardian London, a time of electric lights and long shadows, the celebration of artistic beauty and the wild pursuit of pleasure, with demons waiting in the dark. For years there has been peace in the Shadowhunter world. James and Lucie Herondale, children of the famous Will and Tessa, have grown up in an idyll with their loving friends and family, listening to stories of good defeating evil and love conquering all. But everything changes when the Blackthorn and Carstairs families come to London…and so does a remorseless and inescapable plague. James Herondale longs for a great love, and thinks he has found it in the beautiful, mysterious Grace Blackthorn. Cordelia Carstairs is desperate to become a hero, save her family from ruin, and keep her secret love for James hidden. When disaster strikes the Shadowhunters, James, Cordelia and their friends are plunged into a wild adventure which will reveal dark and incredible powers, and the true cruel price of being a hero…and falling in love.”

Release: Out now

 

 

4. The kingdom of back by Marie Lu

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Marie Lu’The Kingdom of Back promises a tantalizing read with its Goodread’s summary: “Two siblings. Two brilliant talents. But only one Mozart. Born with a gift for music, Nannerl Mozart has just one wish—to be remembered forever. But even as she delights audiences with her masterful playing, she has little hope she’ll ever become the acclaimed composer she longs to be. She is a young woman in 18th century Europe, and that means composing is forbidden to her. She will perform only until she reaches a marriageable age—her tyrannical father has made that much clear. And as Nannerl’s hope grows dimmer with each passing year, the talents of her beloved younger brother, Wolfgang, only seem to shine brighter. His brilliance begins to eclipse her own, until one day a mysterious stranger from a magical land appears with an irresistible offer. He has the power to make her wish come true—but his help may cost her everything.”

Release: Out now

 

 

5. The empress of salt and fortune Nghi Vo

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Nghi Vo’s book The Empress of Salt and Fortune has a shorter description than the previously addressed books, but I find that this has me intrigued. The book’s Goodreads page states: “A young royal from the far north is sent south for a political marriage. Alone and sometimes reviled, she has only her servants on her side. This evocative debut chronicles her rise to power through the eyes of her handmaiden, at once feminist high fantasy and a thrilling indictment of monarchy.” This book will be released at the end of March, so we’ll definitely have something to look forward to! 

Release: March 24th

 

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Sarah J. Maas Fans: This Queer Sci-Fi Story Explores What Humanity Really Means

Sarah J. Maas fans, take note: there’s a new fantasy queen about to take over your reading life. Award-winning screenplay and short story writer Nina Varela’s debut novel Crier’s War is an Own Voices fantasy epic that will have you on the edge of your seat from the first page. It has been described by Booklist as “Rife with mystery, romantic tension, and political intrigue… perfect for readers craving queer fantasy with dense worldbuilding.”

 

 

From debut author Nina Varela comes the first book in an Own Voices, richly imagined epic fantasy duology about an impossible love between two girls—one human, one Made—whose romance could be the beginning of a revolution.

Perfect for fans of Marie Rutkoski’s The Winner’s Curse as well as Game of Thrones and Westworld.

After the War of Kinds ravaged the kingdom of Rabu, the Automae, designed to be the playthings of royals, usurped their owners’ estates and bent the human race to their will.

Now Ayla, a human servant rising in the ranks at the House of the Sovereign, dreams of avenging her family’s death…by killing the sovereign’s daughter, Lady Crier.

Crier was Made to be beautiful, flawless, and to carry on her father’s legacy. But that was before her betrothal to the enigmatic Scyre Kinok, before she discovered her father isn’t the benevolent king she once admired, and most importantly, before she met Ayla.

Now, with growing human unrest across the land, pressures from a foreign queen, and an evil new leader on the rise, Crier and Ayla find there may be only one path to love: war.

 

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I know. Before you ask, here’s the preorder link. And though you definitely don’t need any more convincing after reading that enticing blurb, I’m just going to keep going, because I am EXCITED about this book.

Though LGBTQAI+ representation has undoubtedly become more common in recent years, it is still super exciting to see this representation manifesting in new and different ways, across all types of fiction. This is something Varela is passionate about, telling blog Book Bratz that “Homophobia doesn’t exist in the world of Crier’s War; Crier and Ayla never experience any suffering or oppression because of their sexualities; but I am queer and I live on Earth and some of my world bled through. I don’t want to spoil anything, but I think there’s a certain part of Crier’s story—separate from the romance—that will resonate with queer people.”

And the School Library Journal agrees, noting that Crier’s War is “A lush #OwnVoices fantasy debut with science fiction elements and LGBTQIA+ representation.” (Sidenote: they also call it “perfect for fans of Sarah J. Maas’s Throne of Glass.” Didn’t I say this! Maas fans, I see you.)

But seriously, Crier’s War is already causing a stir, with Kirkus Reviews gushing that “Dizzying political machinations intertwine with a burgeoning romance. The plot zooms ahead with nail-biting tension. A fresh, suspenseful take on the robot apocalypse'” and Tara Sim, author of the Timekeeper Trilogy calling it “a beautiful poem of a book.” And if you know anything about Nina Varela, it really comes as no surprise that she should have written something so beautiful and revolutionary.

Don’t miss your chance to catch Nina Varela IRL at the following locations next month!

  • Saturday, October 5th, The Ripped Bodice with Audrey Coulthurst, Los Angeles, CA
  • Saturday, October 12th, Tattered Cover with Casey McQuiston, Denver, CO
  • Friday, October 18th, Books Inc. Opera Plaza with Tara Sim, San Francisco, CA

And find her online on her website ninavarela.com, Twitter, and Instagram!