Book review: Covet (The Clann #2) by Melissa Darnell

“Dangerous to be together. Painful to be apart.”

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Title: Covet (Book #2)

Author: Melissa Darnell

Recommended to fans of: Twilight by Stephanie Meyer, Demon Princess by Michelle Rowen

Series: The Clann series

Format: ebook

Genre: YA, Fantasy, Romance, Paranormal

Rating: 5/5

[Synopsis] (Taken from goodreads) 

Dangerous to be together. Painful to be apart. 

Savannah Colbert knows she broke up with Tristan Coleman for the right reasons. Most of all, to keep from killing him with her new vampire abilities. But try telling her heart. Now, lost in a sea of hostile Clann faces, Sav tries to come to terms with what she’s becoming and what that means for her future. And that someone is doing their best to bully her into making a terrible mistake. 

Tristan can’t believe Sav won’t even talk to him. If being apart is her decision, fine. Just don’t expect him to honor it. But even as he prepares to fight for the girl he loves, forces beyond their control take them both in directions neither could have foreseen or prepared for. 

A reckoning is coming…and not everyone will survive. 

(Thoughts)

(DISCLAIMER: This is my opinion only, contains spoilers for the book, may contain coarse language)

  • The first chapter recaps what happens in Crave. When she promises the vampire council that she will stay away from Tristan and keep her powers in check
  • Nanna is kidnapped by The Clann as they think that Savannah’s family kidnapped Tristan
  • OMG, Sav is taking all the blame
  • NOOOOO! How could Nanna die?
  • Sav’s mom used to date Tristan’s dad, OMG, awkward
  • Now things take a turn for the worse as she is force to stay with her strict dad
  • Oh God, isn’t Tristan rushing into things? He wants to turn into a vampire! With or without Sav’s help
  • At least Sav’s dad wanted Sav and Tristan to be happy, but a descendant cannot turn, they would die
  • Urgh, Tristan is taking some random girl to the dance
  • Sav hears Tristan’s telepathy and feels his pain, he is in a car accident
  • Anne now knows about Sav
  • Ah, Tristan put a connection spell on Sav, but instead of feeling his emotions, she felt this physicality 
  • Emily’s so nice and dependable
  • Thank God Nanna and her mum WANTED  her to learn magic, Sav learns by reading the spell books Nanna left her
  • Haha, Gowin is so cool
  • Si is Ron a shapeshifting black cat and Anna is a hunter? (Yes)
  • With Sav’s ESP at an all time high, Tristan figured out that she could hear his thoughts
  • God, Dylan is such a dick
  • Some Clann members are found dead, it’s a vampire attack
  • It’s so painful to see Sav and Tristan as friends
  • Actually, Mr Coleman is pretty cool
  • OMG, Mr Coleman was killed by a vampire (I was tearing oh god)
  • I really wanted Emily to be the Clann leader
  • Sav’s forgiveness speech to herself brought tears to my eyes
  • HOLY SHIT, Gowin was the killer? Freaking unexpected plot twist!
  • OMG, Gowin got emily pregnant in order to create ANOTHER mix breed?
  • Oh God, Sav has to turn Tristan if she wants him to survive
  • And he is banished from The Clann
  • Gosh, I was tearing the entire time
  • Wow, this 2nd book was great, it wasn’t a 2nd book slump at all

Have you read this book? What are your thoughts and opinions? Leave a comment down below! 🙂

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Book review: Crave (The Clann #1) by Melissa Darnell

“I needed her, needed her to be alive even if we couldn’t be together anymore.”

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Title: Crave (Book #1)

Author: Melissa Darnell

Recommended to fans of: Twilight by Stephanie Meyer, Demon Princess by Michelle Rowen

Series: The Clann series

Format: Paperback

Genre: YA, Fantasy, Romance, Paranormal

Rating: 5/5

[Synopsis] (Taken from goodreads) 

Savannah Colbert has never known why she’s so hated by the kids of the Clann. Nor can she deny her instinct to get close to Clann golden boy Tristan Coleman. Especially when she recovers from a strange illness and the attraction becomes nearly irresistible. It’s as if he’s a magnet, pulling her gaze, her thoughts, even her dreams. Her family has warned her to have nothing to do with him, or any members of the Clann. But when Tristan is suddenly everywhere she goes, Savannah fears she’s destined to fail.

For years, Tristan has been forbidden to even speak to Savannah Colbert. Then Savannah disappears from school for a week and comes back different, and suddenly he can’t stay away. Boys seem intoxicated just from looking at her. His own family becomes stricter than ever. And Tristan has to fight his own urge to protect her, to be near her no matter the consequences.

(Thoughts)

I felt that Starving by Hailee Steinfield really fit this book!

(DISCLAIMER: This is my opinion only, contains spoilers for the book, may contain coarse language)

  • So The Clann treats Savannah like dirt, ever since her pretend marriage with Tristan
  • All the descendants of The Clann cannot be associated with Savannah in any way as she is a ‘bad influence’
  • Actually, Tristan and Savannah’s relationship is quite cute and entertaining
  • So Savannah’s dad is an incubi vampire while her mother is a witch, ah, so she’s mixed (But usually they’re the most powerful ones though)
  • I really like the pacing and the development of the story
  • So Tristan has never taken his magic training seriously, but now, in order to protect Savannah, he’s going to be serious
  • The scene of Savannah’s conversation with her dad during her recital broke my heart
  • The one thing Savannah loves dancing is forcefully taken away from her
  • Savannah’s Nanna is so supportive
  • Savannah gets to be one of the managers in the Charmers and Greg is interested in her
  • Tristan;s jealousy towards Savannah’s new boyfriend; Greg is causing his powers to surge and it’s uncomfortable for ALL the descendants since the Colemans have so much power
  • Savannah is pretty savage
  • This book fells like Twilight plus Romeo and Juliet plus Sabrina the teenage witch
  • Tristan knows Savannah’s mom is a witch but he doesn’t know that she’s half vampire as well
  • I really like thies book and the characters
  • Melissa’s advice was really touching
  • Savannah and Tristan’s romance is like Cora & Cassian from the cage series by Megan shepherd
  • I wanted to read the 2nd book so badly (and the library is closed tomorrow), so I borrowed the ebook

Have you read this book? What are your thoughts and opinions? Leave a comment down below! 🙂

Book review: Six of Crows (Six of Crows #1) by Leigh Bardugo

“When everyone knows you’re a monster, you needn’t waste time doing every monstrous thing.”

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Title: Six of Crows (Book #1)

Author: Leigh Bardugo

Recommended to fans of: The Grisha Trilogy, Caraval by Stephanie Garber

Series: Six of Crows Duology

Format: Hardcover

Genre: YA, Fantasy

Rating: DNF

[Synopsis] (Taken from goodreads) 

Criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker has been offered wealth beyond his wildest dreams. But to claim it, he’ll have to pull off a seemingly impossible heist:

Break into the notorious Ice Court

(a military stronghold that has never been breached)

Retrieve a hostage

(who could unleash magical havoc on the world)

Survive long enough to collect his reward

(and spend it)

Kaz needs a crew desperate enough to take on this suicide mission and dangerous enough to get the job done – and he knows exactly who: six of the deadliest outcasts the city has to offer. Together, they just might be unstoppable – if they don’t kill each other first.

(Thoughts)

(DISCLAIMER: This is my opinion only, contains spoilers for the book, may contain coarse language)

  • I think this was another one of my ‘this book is too hyped up and I cannot get into it’ phrases
  • It did feel really nostalgic to return to the Grisha world
  • So Six of crows takes place in the same world as the Grisha trilogy, just with different characters and storyline
  • Inej is like the logical yet kick-ass and serious girl
  • I felt that this book lacked world building, although set in the same world as the Grisha trilogy, I felt that this book needed to build it’s own version of the world for Kaz and his crew
  • Someone offers Kaz a LOT of money to rescue someone from The Ice Court (something like our version of Alcatraz)
  • I stopped reading at page 56, I really just couldn’t get into the story

Have you read this book? What are your thoughts and opinions? Leave a comment down below! 🙂

Born a middle child, raised as the oldest

I read an article about how the birth order of children affects their personality/growth later on over here. (It was really insightful by the way!)

So I was born as the middle child in my family, and when I was younger, I definitely had middle child syndrome.

I always tried harder to compete for attention. Anything my sister could do, I would do it better, but I never got more praises or compliments, I always had less.

A middle child is the creative one, the one who isn’t afraid to take risks and be independent. Well although I am the creative one in a family of science and business diploma people, it has not helped in allowing me to blend in.

I grew up being really resentful of my sister, and I still am.

Although I grew up as a middle child, my responsibilities were of the firstborn instead.

I’ve read that the middle child takes on the rebellious role and the role opposite of what the firstborn takes on.

Well, I’m sure everyone knows that the firstborn is supposed to be responsible and like the second parent to the other siblings, but that was never the case with my family.

My sister never had that responsibility, she was too selfish to even care what the rest of us were up to. She never bothered with us at all. I hated that she still got all the attention.

I proved to my parents time and time again that I was the responsible one, that I was the dependant one. So far, only my mother got the memo.

I am a rebel at heart, and always have been, but at the same time, I was raised with the qualities of a firstborn just without the same amount of attention. I was the one who continuously looked after my siblings and nagged at them.

It sucked when my parents only paid attention to my sister when she scratched herself, ONCE. When I’ve been complaining of my anxiety attacks for years, and they brushed it off, telling me that the rapid heartbeats and panicking was just all in my head.

I hated that asian families are so conservative towards mental illness and that any sign or declaration of it immediately makes you as evil as the Joker.

It sucked to never be appreciated for all the things I do in this house, and I’ve been pressured to follow the norms of the society.

I hated that my parents couldn’t understand anything and were too narrow-minded towards mental illness.

But maybe I learnt the hard way of how not to raise children, and I’ll never raise my own children (If I even find a guy to marry) the same way. I don’t want to pin my ideals on them, I want them to be able to find their own identities and not live having to think that I would expect a lot from them. I want my own children to be okay with the idea of mental illness and be more accepting of it.

Come to think of it, I was really a rebel. I always secretly disobeyed my parents, well, unintentionally. For example, dating, staying out late (Actually I was peer-pressured into that), changing religion. But I think all of that helped to shape me for the person I am today.

Hey, if they raised me and I turned out to be an INFJ, the rarest personality in the world, they must have done something extremely right, or something extremely wrong.

 

Book review: A quiet kind of thunder by Sara Barnard

“Meekness is my camouflage; silence is my force field.”

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Title: A quiet kind of thunder

Author: Sara Barnard

Recommended to fans of: Eliza and her monsters by Francesca Zappia, The lovely reckless by Kami Garcia

Series: –

Format: Paperback

Genre: YA, Romance, Contemporary

Rating: 5/5

[Synopsis] (Taken from goodreads) 

Steffi doesn’t talk, but she has so much to say.

Rhys can’t hear, but he can listen.

Their love isn’t a lightning strike, it’s the rumbling roll of thunder.

Steffi has been a selective mute for most of her life – she’s been silent for so long that she feels completely invisible. But Rhys, the new boy at school, sees her. He’s deaf, and her knowledge of basic sign language means that she’s assigned to look after him. To Rhys, it doesn’t matter that Steffi doesn’t talk, and as they find ways to communicate, Steffi finds that she does have a voice, and that she’s falling in love with the one person who makes her feel brave enough to use it. 

From the bestselling author of Beautiful Broken Things comes a love story about the times when a whisper is as good as a shout.

(Thoughts)

(DISCLAIMER: This is my opinion only, contains spoilers for the book, may contain coarse language)

  • It’s cool that the author added a guide tot he British Sign Language
  • I’ve produced a documentary about the deaf before, and I learnt a lot through that! (I learnt a tiny bit of sign language, but it’s definitely not enough to communicate)
  • Steffi is a selective mute, and since she knows how to sign, Rhys is put into her care (By selective, she means that she cannot control her muteness, her voice just doesn’t come out sometimes)
  • This book is really relatable, I’m not a selective mute, but I rarely talk around people. Because I believe that if you have nothing good to say, don’t speak at all
  • Teaching a bit of BSL in a novel is really cool! 
  • The chats between Rhys and Steffi are so cute OMG 😍
  • Steffi manages to speak with Rhys’s family, I feel so proud of her!
  • Steffi’s mum is so unsupportive and even contributes to her trauma
  • Is the author or Steffi an INFJ? That entire chunk on page 95 is literally my brain on an hourly basis
  • I’m so happy for Steffi and Rhys! This is the first time I’ve seen a couple end up together so fast in a novel! I LOVE the development
  • I love the fast pace of this book!
  • God, I can’t tell if Karam is insensitive or being a dick LOL
  • I like that everything is clear! Like, it’s really easy to tell when they sign, talk or write
  • I could really relate to Steffi’s character, the anxiety, panic attacks, the people who have gaslighted her
  • Thank God Steffi and Rhys always talked things through instead of giving up
  • I was looking at the back cover and read ‘ For older readers’ and scoffed because there was no such thing apart from mental illnesses, but oh boy was I wrong 😳
  • Looking at Steffi’s character arc and how she handled the situation brought tears to my eyes
  • The development of this novel is fantastic, one of the best I’ve seen
  • I really never expected to fall in love with this book OMG
  • The romance is extremely realistic and really well written and thought out
  • 5 big fat stars for this book because I was so pleasantly surprised at how good this book was

Have you read this book? What are your thoughts and opinions? Leave a comment down below! 🙂

The Liebster award 2

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Thank you so much to the lovely PerpetualFanGirl for the nomination! Definitely do check out her blog! (Myrth has also nominated me but I’ll wait for her questions and do another post!)

RULES

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and link to their post.
  • Answer the 11 questions they asked you.
  • Nominate 11 other bloggers, with your own set of questions.
  • Tag your chosen 11 bloggers, and don’t forget to tell them as well!

 

PerpetualFanGirl’s questions:

  1. What got you into blogging?

Well, I always had a problem of not remembering what I read and I realised by blogging that definitely helped me to remember more books! Okay, more importantly, I wanted to be able to help recommend books to people and to help them find a book that really connects with them!

2. What’s your favourite app you have downloaded to help you blog?

I don’t use any apps for my blog, but for my bookstagram I do use an app called ‘Later’ which helps me to organise my posts in advance! It’s free and no download required!

3. How do you conquer your TBR?

Just read away! Although I’ve read a ton of books, it still seems to pile up (That is weird…)

4. How do you get out of a reading slump?

I actually have never gotten into a reading slump before, and don’t think I will actually. I just DNF a few books if they don’t meet my expectations. If I ever do get a reading slump, I will definitely re-read Cinder by Marissa Meyer, I’m sure that will do the trick!

5. What’s your favorite book of all time?

Cinder by Marissa Meyer

6. What’s your favorite author of all time?

Marissa Meyer (I think I’m saying her name too much)

7. Favorite bookish memory?

When I first saw Cinder on a bookshelf in my local bookstore, I fell in love with the book and bought it.

8. What got you into reading?

I’ve actually been reading since young, but I stopped for quite a few years, when I picked up Cinder when I was around 15, I started to get back into reading

9. If you could only read one genre of books for the rest of your life, what would you choose?

Romance! (All you need is love~)

10. What’s your biggest bookish accomplishment?

Hmm.. So far it would be my bookstagram having 400 followers and my blog having 120 followers!

11. What’s your Goodreads reading goal? And are you on track to accomplish it? If you don’t use Goodreads, do you have a goal for the number of books you want to read by the end of the year?

I set my reading goal as 50 since I didn’t expect to read so much this year, but I’m currently done at 194 books.

 

I nominate:

Bookchanted

SincerelyKarenJo

Books4Jessica

Motif by Tanya 

The Book Dutchesses 

The Wanderlust reader 

Inked Books

The Introverted Book Nerd 

The Reader Devotee 

Always Opinionated Girl 

NoseStuckInABook 

 

My questions for you guys:

  1. Biggest Bookish pet peeve?
  2. Favourite scent?
  3. Favourite bookish item?
  4. An author whom you would buy all their books?
  5. Favourite place to read?
  6. What are your other hobbies aside from reading?
  7. What was the deciding factor that made you want to star book blogging?
  8. What advice would you give to aspiring book bloggers?
  9. Read or write? Why?
  10. Favourite fiction world? And why?
  11. Your all time favourite fictional character?

 

I hope you guys have enjoyed my replies and my questions! I look forward to seeing your replies!

10 YouTubers I currently watch

Hello Bookish friends, today’s post is something that is non-bookish, I would like to talk about the 10 YouTubers I’m currently watching! This is not a sponsored post and I have not been requested by any one of these YouTubers to help them advertise, I would just like to recommend some channels to check out and all of us can enjoy watching YouTube together!

1.Maangchi 

Maangchi is a Korean who currently lives in New York now and she is famous for posting tons of delicious Korean food recipes! Every time I watch her videos, I am tempted to try cooking the foods myself and just by watching the videos, you’ll be salivating! Her cute and excited demeanour makes her videos extremely interesting to watch! She also has a Korean cookbook!

2.MommyTang 

MommyTang is well known for making Vegan mukbangs (Mukbang is like a video where someone eats a ton of food, but at the same time interacts with their viewers)! Her recipes are really simple and healthy! I always love her advice and her down to earth personality! She also has a lot of really interesting stories that she shares while eating!

3.Taylor R 

Taylor regularly posts vlogs about her daily life and some recipes for the meals she eats! Her unique and quirkiness is really interesting as she tries some of the weird fashion trends and many other things! She recently has started selling her own merch!

4.Rachel and Jun

Rachel and Jun are a Japanese/American couple who enjoy making videos about Japan and vlogs! They have quite a few cats and their videos always never fail to make me laugh! Their most recent video was when Rachel was obsessed about the cat hats and she made her cats wear them! They recently have launched a jewelry collection!

5.Simon and Martina 

Simon and Martina are a married couple from Canada and they make food and travel videos! Both of them are really interesting and cute and I always learn something new from them! (Psst… They have also appeared in an episode of Running Man as judges for a food episode)

6.Kawaiisweetworld 

Kawaiisweetworld does a ton of kawaii (Japanese for cute) DIYs and baking videos! Her DIYs and baking goodies are so cute, you probably can’t bear to eat or use them!

7.Safiya Nyggard 

Safiya does a ton of experimental videos such as testing out trends and challenges! She has even wore a clear plastic outfit for an entire day! Definitely check her out and you will not be disappointed!

8.Wengie

Wengie does a ton of life hacks, DIYs, experiments and pranks! Her pranks are so good, you’ll even doubt that you got pranked! She also does make up tutorials! Her perky and cute personality makes her video a pleasure to watch!

9.Tina Yong 

Tina is a make up artist and does videos mainly about make up and lifestyle! She also does some experimental videos on the latest make up trends and gives her opinion on how they fare! She has recently launched her newest eyelash brand!

10.Only in Japan 

Only in Japan does videos on things that are special to Japan! From the culture to the food, you can find a ton of things that are unique and special to Japan!

And a special mention to:

Seonkyoung Longest 

She also makes videos about delicious Korean food recipes and sometimes have vegan recipes as well! She is always so bright and cheerful and her Korean food looks absolutely delicious as well!

 

Have you guys watched any of these YouTubers? What do you think? Let me know in the comments below!

Beauty and The Beast Book Tag

This tag was created by Kirsty and the Cat Read but I saw it over at Book Princess Reviews 

 

TALE AS OLD AS TIME: A POPULAR THEME, TROPE, OR SETTING YOU WILL NEVER GET BORED OF READING.

Science Fiction Dystopian! I will never ever get bored of reading Dystopian books (I don’t even know why) Although I DNF books quite often once I know I wouldn’t like it, it physically pains be to DNF a dystopian book

 

BELLE: A BOOK YOU BOUGHT FOR ITS BEAUTIFUL COVER THAT’S JUST AS BEAUTIFUL ON THE INSIDE TOO.

Cinder by Marissa Meyer. I remember that moment when I saw it on the bookshelf and I found the cover really pretty (This was like 5 years ago) and I decided to buy the book after reading the synopsis and have never regretted it.

 

BEAST: A BOOK THAT YOU DIDN’T EXPECT MUCH FROM BUT PLEASANTLY SURPRISED YOU.

The Cage by Megan Shepherd! I mean when I read the synopsis, I really found it interesting, but I never expected to be so pleasantly surprised with the book until I finished it and I started chasing the entire series till the last book.

 

GASTON: A BOOK EVERYONE LOVES THAT YOU DON’T.

A lot actually. Popular books usually get a DNF very early compared to the rest of the books. I think it’s because of the hype, I expected too much and then get disappointed easily.

 

LEFOU- A LOYAL SIDEKICK YOU CAN’T HELP BUT LOVE MORE THAN THEIR COUNTERPART.

None actually, I usually would like the main characters better.

 

MRS. POTTS, CHIP, LUMIERE, AND COGSWORTH: A BOOK THAT HELPED YOU THROUGH A DIFFICULT TIME OR TAUGHT YOU SOMETHING VALUABLE.

The Cage by Megan Shepherd got me through a difficult time (of literally feeling as though I was trapped in a cage) and another book that taught me something valuable is A quiet kind of thunder by Sara Barnard, it was so inspirational.

 

SOMETHING THERE: A BOOK OR SERIES YOU WEREN’T INTO AT FIRST BUT PICKED UP TOWARDS THE END.

None, If I don’t like the series at the start, I wouldn’t read it till the end.

 

BE OUR GUEST: A FICTIONAL CHARACTER YOU’D LOVE TO HAVE OVER FOR DINNER.

Cress!

Feel free to tag yourselves to do this tag! This tag was so fun and I’m sure all bibliophiles love Beauty and the Beast! Let me know in the comments about what you think of my answers!

3 games on my mobile phone right now 

Usually I’m really decisive, but that’s not the case with mobile phone games. I usually download it if it seems interesting and within the day if it doesn’t capture my attention enough, out it goes! But these 3 games have been on my phone for at least 6 months (or more). I am not sponsored for this post, but would like to share my favourite games with you all 🙂

 

1.Grand Chase M

(Here’s the theme song for the game! This is the rock version :D)

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Okay, although not many people have even heard of Grand Chase, but this mobile game was derived from the actual computer game. I was a really big fan of this game as it really helped me through really tough times and I really had an emotional connection with the storyline and characters. Although I don’t play this game anymore, I leave it in my phone for remembrance sake, because this game will always have a special place in my heart. (And I spent $70, yes, $70 on the official comic book for this game! One reason because I really wanted to have something to remember this game by. The entire comic book is in Korean but the pictures suffice. But a lot of people really don’t understand how much this game means to me, but it’s really important.) The game lasted for 7 years before officially closing down (When I heard the news, I literally cried), but thankfully there is still the mobile version around. This is probably the longest game I had around ever since the computer game closed down. #longlivethechase

(Here’s a photo of all the characters that you can acquire/play in the game!)

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2.Soccer Spirits

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I’ve been playing this game for more than 3 years! I adore this game because all the characters are so beautifully drawn! Although I’m not a fan of soccer, this is a card game and you can customise your own team to play the matches! And with the latest update, you can play this game hands free! The system can automatically play rounds (up to 10 times) for you! So you can multi-task while playing the game! Definitely check this game out!

 

3.Dungeon Link

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This is the most recent game I’m playing! And this game is having a special crossover with Adventure Time! I really like this game as it makes you use your brain to defeat the monsters in battle! You have 5 characters scattered across the box-board and you have to link the character throughout the boxes to their respective colours and at the same time, have to try to erase EVERY box from the board to get a perfect attack and cause more damage to the monsters! This game is fun, keeps your brain on high alert and definitely addictive! Do check it out too!

 

Do you play any of these games? What are your favourite games? Let me know in the comments down below!

An Open Letter to Netgalley and Goodreads

Definitely agree with this post! Signing the petition!

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Dear Netgalley and Goodreads, 

Today I discovered that your sites will no longer be providing services (or limiting services) to international readers and I am absolutely devastated.

Contrary to popular belief, America is not the only country in the world.

For those who are unaware of what is happening, Goodreads will, from January 2018, prevent authors from creating giveaways for international readers. Basically, authors will have to pay $119 for a giveaway base package, and $599 for the premium. Previously, all authors had to pay for was shipping. Read more here.

Netgalley, on the other hand, has severely limited the amount of…

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