Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Zodiac Reread Campaign: Wandering Star Review and Disney Princess Sorting

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Title: Wandering Star (Zodiac #2)
Series: Zodiac
Author: Romina Russell
Publisher: Razorbill
Publication Date: December 8, 2015
Source: ARC from Penguin Teen

A breathtaking sci-fi space saga inspired by astrology that will stun fans of the Illuminae Files and Starbound series.

Orphaned, disgraced, and stripped of her title, Rho is ready to live life quietly, as an aid worker in the Cancrian refugee camp on House Capricorn.

But news has spread that the Marad--an unbalanced terrorist group determined to overturn harmony in the Galaxy--could strike any House at any moment.

Then, unwelcome nightmare that he is, Ochus appears to Rho, bearing a cryptic message that leaves her with no choice but to fight.

Now Rho must embark on a high-stakes journey through an all-new set of Houses, where she discovers that there's much more to her Galaxy--and to herself--than she could have ever imagined.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Hardcover Lover Confessions: How Many Books Until it's Considered Hoarding?

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Hey there all you little Hardcover Lovers! Welcome to the latest edition of Hardcover Lover Confessions. 

If you aren't familiar with Hardcover Lover Confessions, they're basically discussion posts. I don't have a set schedule for them - they just come as I think of different kinds of bookish posts. Basically, they're just really informal discussion posts wherein I write (or sometimes rant) about certain things going on in the book community or things affecting me as a reader. The posts are fun, and you, my readers, are always encouraged to confess your own thoughts in the comments!

Sunday, July 23, 2017

It's my Blogiversary!

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Wow! It's so hard to believe that I'm celebrating another Blogiversary! Today, The Hardcover Lover turns three today! It honestly seems like time has just flown by so quickly, especially when it comes to the time that I've been blogging.

I know it's been a slow blogging and reading year for me, but I thought it would be fun to walk through of some my favorite posts from the past year.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Book Review: The Handmaid's Tale

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Title: The Handmaid's Tale
Edition: First American Edition
Author: Margaret Atwood
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Company
Publication Date: January 1, 1986

Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead. She may leave the home of the Commander and his wife once a day to walk to food markets whose signs are now pictures instead of words because women are no longer allowed to read. She must lie on her back once a month and pray that the Commander makes her pregnant, because in an age of declining births, Offred and the other Handmaids are valued only if their ovaries are viable. Offred can remember the years before, when she lived and made love with her husband, Luke; when she played with and protected her daughter; when she had a job, money of her own, and access to knowledge. But all of that is gone now...

Monday, July 10, 2017

Netflix and Books Reading Challenge Update

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Hey, everyone! It's time for a reading challenge update!

Way, way back in March, I decided to join Lauren and Erica's Netflix and Books Challenge. Yes, I realize that it's now mid-July, and I'm only just offering up my first update. Oops. I've really failed you, my readers, lately. But I'm hoping to change all of that starting now. So let's get to the update, shall we?

Friday, July 7, 2017

The Story Behind Walking with Miss Millie

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Hey, everyone! I hope your day is off to a wonderful start!

I have a wonderful post for you today, and it's a special one because Tamara Bundy is on The Hardcover Lover today to share a little bit of information with you about her debut novel, Walking with Miss Millie, which was released on July 4!

Title: Walking with Miss Millie
Author: Tamara Bundy
Publisher: Nancy Paulsen Books
Publication Date: July 4, 2017
Source: Finished Copy from Publisher

A poignant middle grade debut about the friendship between a white girl and an elderly black woman in the 1960s South.

Alice is angry at having to move to Rainbow, Georgia—a too small, too hot, dried-up place she’s sure will never feel like home. Then she gets put in charge of walking her elderly neighbor’s dog. But Clarence won’t budge without Miss Millie, so Alice and Miss Millie walk him together. Strolling with Miss Millie quickly becomes the highlight of Alice’s day, as she learns about the town’s past and meets a mix of its catty and kind residents. As the two become confidantes, Alice is finally able to express her heartache over her father’s desertion; and when Miss Millie tells her family story, Alice begins to understand the shameful history of Segregation, and recognize the racism they need to fight against. Navigating the neighborhood with Miss Millie gives Alice new perspective, the wisdom to move on from her anger, and even enables her to laugh again.

Tamara Bundy’s beautifully written story reminds readers that there is nothing like friendship to lighten one’s load, and make anyplace a home.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Zodiac Reread Campaign: Zodiac Review and Adding Stardust to Your Life

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Title: Zodiac
Series:  Zodiac
Author: Romina Russell
Publisher: Razorbill
Publication Date: December 9, 2014
Source: Goodreads First Reads Giveaway Program and Purchased Final Copy

At the dawn of time, there were 13 Houses in the Zodiac Galaxy. Now only 12 remain….

Rhoma Grace is a 16-year-old student from House Cancer with an unusual way of reading the stars. While her classmates use measurements to make accurate astrological predictions, Rho can’t solve for ‘x’ to save her life—so instead, she looks up at the night sky and makes up stories.

When a violent blast strikes the moons of Cancer, sending its ocean planet off-kilter and killing thousands of citizens—including its beloved Guardian—Rho is more surprised than anyone when she is named the House’s new leader. But, a true Cancerian who loves her home fiercely and will protect her people no matter what, Rho accepts.

Then, when more Houses fall victim to freak weather catastrophes, Rho starts seeing a pattern in the stars. She suspects Ophiuchus—the exiled 13th Guardian of Zodiac legend—has returned to exact his revenge across the Galaxy. Now Rho—along with Hysan Dax, a young envoy from House Libra, and Mathias, her guide and a member of her Royal Guard—must travel through the Zodiac to warn the other Guardians.

But who will believe anything this young novice says? Whom can Rho trust in a universe defined by differences? And how can she convince twelve worlds to unite as one Zodiac?

Embark on a dazzling journey with ZODIAC, the first novel in an epic sci-fi-meets-high-fantasy series set in a galaxy inspired by the astrological signs.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Stacking the Shelves (19)

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Stacking the Shelves is a weekly feature/bookish meme hosted by Tynga on her blog, Tynga's Reviews, although I'm guilty of not posting every week! You know how life gets in the way, right?
The meme is all about sharing the books that you have added to your shelves and e-readers. This means that you can include any physical books that you buy in stores or online, but you can also include all of those e-books and eARCs for your digital reading device.
For more information on Stacking the Shelves, feel free to visit its official launch page on Tynga's Reviews.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Blog Tour: The Fashion Committee + GIVEAWAY

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Title: The Fashion Committee
Author: Susan Juby
Publisher: Penguin Teen
Publication Date: May 23, 2017
Copy Provided by Penguin Random House

Charlie Dean is a style-obsessed girl who eats, sleeps, and breathes fashion. John Thomas-Smith is a boy who forges metal sculptures in his garage and couldn't care less about clothes. Both are gunning for a scholarship to the private art high school that could make all their dreams come true. Whoever wins the fashion competition will win the scholarship--and only one can win. 

Told in the alternating voices of Charlie's and John's journals, this hilarious and poignant YA novel perfectly captures what it's like to have an artistic drive so fierce that nothing--not your dad's girlfriend's drug-addicted ex-boyfriend, a soul-crushing job at Salad Stop, or being charged with a teensy bit of kidnapping--can stand in your way.
With black and white art custom-created by fashion and beauty illustrator Soleil Ignacio, the book is a collector's item, perfect for anyone with a passion for fashion.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Blog Tour: And We're Off

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Title: And We're Off
Author: Dana Schwartz
Publisher: Razorbill
Publication Date:  May 2, 2017
Copy Provided by Penguin Random House

Seventeen-year-old Nora Holmes is an artist, a painter from the moment she could hold a brush. She inherited the skill from her grandfather, Robert, who's always nurtured Nora's talent and encouraged her to follow her passion. Still, Nora is shocked and elated when Robert offers her a gift: an all-expenses-paid summer trip to Europe to immerse herself in the craft and to study history's most famous artists. The only catch? Nora has to create an original piece of artwork at every stop and send it back to her grandfather. It's a no-brainer: Nora is in!

Unfortunately, Nora's mother, Alice, is less than thrilled about the trip. She worries about what the future holds for her young, idealistic daughter and her opinions haven't gone unnoticed. Nora couldn't feel more unsupported by her mother, and in the weeks leading up to the trip, the women are as disconnected as they've ever been. But seconds after saying goodbye to Alice at the airport terminal, Nora hears a voice call out: "Wait! Stop! I'm coming with you!"

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Roald Dahl's Imaginormous Challenge

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Hey, everyone! Today I've got a different kind of post for you, so if you're a parent, aunt, uncle, or elementary or middle school teacher, pay attention! This is all for your kids and the amazing talent they already have within their brains!

Roald Dahl's Imaginormous Challenge is here to bring out the creative writer in kids aged 5-12!

Monday, May 8, 2017

Cover Reveal: The Librarian

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Hey, everyone! I've got a special surprise for you today!

Today, Christy Sloat and Rockstar Book Tours are revealing the cover for The Librarian, which releases June 17, 2017! Check out the gorgeous cover after the jump and enter to win some awesome swag!

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Book Review: The Names They Gaves Us

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Title: The Names They Gave Us
Author: Emery Lord
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Publication Date: May 16, 2017
Source: ARC from Bloomsbury

Lucy Hansson was ready for a perfect summer with her boyfriend, working at her childhood Bible camp on the lake. But when her mom’s cancer reappears, Lucy falters—in faith, in love, and in her ability to cope. When her boyfriend “pauses” their relationship and her summer job switches to a different camp—one for troubled kids—Lucy isn’t sure how much more she can handle. Attempting to accept a new normal, Lucy slowly regains footing among her vibrant, diverse coworkers, Sundays with her mom, and a crush on a fellow counselor. But when long-hidden family secrets emerge, can Lucy set aside her problems and discover what grace really means?

Monday, May 1, 2017

Reading Challenge Update: April 2017

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Hey, everyone, and Happy May Day! Unfortunately for me, there wasn't any spring celebration today, but we did get a huge thunderstorm, and some funnel clouds were spotted in the area. Cool, huh?

Anyway, if you're new to The Hardcover Lover, I try to keep my readers updated with the reading challenges I'm participating in through a monthly update - The Hardcover Lover's Reading Challenge Update. I've been pretty busy lately, and haven't had a lot of time to dedicate to my reading challenges, but I do have a small update for you this month...

And So The Adventure Begins | Erin Condren Life Planner Review

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Okay... so I usually don't stray too far away from book blogging, but today, I wanted to share with you, my lovely readers, my newest obsession - The Erin Condren Life Planner.

Yes, I know it's not exactly bookish, but I have been using this planner to not only keep track of life but to also keep track of my blogging ideas and needs. So technically, this could be considered a bookish post...

Friday, April 21, 2017

#ReadADessen: Book Review of That Summer

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Title: That Summer
Author: Sarah Dessen
Publisher: Speak (Penguin)
Publication Date: June 2012 (Originally Published in October 1996)
Source: Purchased

The more things change...

As far as Haven is concerned, there's just too much going on.

Everything is changing, and she's not sure where she fits in.

Then her sister's old boyfriend shows up, sparking memories of the summer when they were all happy and everything was perfect...

But along the way, Haven realizes that sometimes change is a good thing.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Blog Tour: Given to the Sea

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Title: Given to the Sea
Series: Given (Duet)
Author: Mindy McGinnis
Publication Date: April 11, 2017
Publisher: Putnam's Childrens

Khosa is Given to the Sea, a girl born to be fed to the water, her flesh preventing a wave like the one that destroyed the Kingdom of Stille in days of old. But before she’s allowed to dance – an uncontrollable twitching of the limbs that will carry her to the shore in a frenzy – she must produce an heir. Yet the thought of human touch sends shudders down her spine that not even the sound of the tide can match.

Vincent is third in line to inherit his throne, royalty in a kingdom where the old linger and the young inherit only boredom. When Khosa arrives without an heir he knows his father will ensure she fulfills her duty, at whatever cost. Torn between protecting the throne he will someday fill, and the girl whose fate is tied to its very existence, Vincent’s loyalty is at odds with his heart.

Dara and Donil are the last of the Indiri, a native race whose dwindling magic grows weaker as the island country fades. Animals cease to bear young, creatures of the sea take to the land, and the Pietra – fierce fighters who destroyed the Indiri a generation before – are now marching from their stony shores for the twin’s adopted homeland, Stille.

Witt leads the Pietra, their army the only family he has ever known. The stone shores harbor a secret, a growing threat that will envelop the entire land – and he will conquer every speck of soil to ensure the survival of his people.

The tides are turning in Stille, where royals scheme, Pietrans march, and the rising sea calls for its Given.

#ReadADessen: The Many Faces of That Summer

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Everyone has a favorite Sarah Dessen book. What's yours?

Hey there, again! On Monday, I introduced you to a little blog campaign, and today, I'm bringing you the second in a series of posts about Sarah Dessen and her books. This spring and summer, many readers across the world are awaiting Sarah Dessen's latest book.

So what are we doing? Celebrating, duh! Many different bloggers will be featuring their favorite Sarah Dessen books on their blogs over the next few weeks as we wait for Once and For All.

Monday, April 17, 2017

#ReadADessen: Five Fast Facts about That Summer

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Everyone has a favorite Sarah Dessen book! What's yours?

True story: everyone has a favorite Sarah Dessen book. And if you ask them about it, they’ll be more than happy to gush about it for as long as possible. This summer, Penguin Teen is asking readers and bloggers to share their favorite Sarah Dessen book.

For me, one of my favorite Sarah Dessen books is That Summer, so during this week, I'll be sharing a few different posts about the book and my thoughts on the book that started it all...

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Blog Tour: Prisoner of Ice and Snow

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Hey, everyone, and welcome to my stop on the Prisoner of Ice and Snow blog tour.

I don't know about you, but I already miss winter. It's my favorite season, and I'm a little excited because we are supposed to get some snow this week! EEEEP! That being said, the minute that I saw the description of Prisoner of Ice and Snow, I knew it was a book I had to read simply because of ice and snow!

 Ruth Lauren - author of Prisoner of Ice and Snow - is here today to share a little bit of information about how she wrote the book. Read on after the jump to find out more!

Friday, March 31, 2017

Blog Tour: A Crown of Wishes

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Title: A Crown of Wishes
Series: The Star-Touched Queen
Author: Roshani Chokshi
 Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Publication Date: March 28, 2017

Gauri, the princess of Bharata, has been taken as a prisoner of war by her kingdom’s enemies. Faced with a future of exile and scorn, Gauri has nothing left to lose. Hope unexpectedly comes in the form of Vikram, the cunning prince of a neighboring land and her sworn enemy kingdom. Unsatisfied with becoming a mere puppet king, Vikram offers Gauri a chance to win back her kingdom in exchange for her battle prowess. Together, they’ll have to set aside their differences and team up to win the Tournament of Wishes—a competition held in a mythical city where the Lord of Wealth promises a wish to the victor.

Reaching the tournament is just the beginning. Once they arrive, danger takes on new shapes: poisonous courtesans and mischievous story birds, a feast of fears and twisted fairy revels.

Every which way they turn new trials will test their wit and strength. But what Gauri and Vikram will soon discover is that there’s nothing more dangerous than what they most desire.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Book Review: Lost in a Book

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Title: Beauty and the Beast: Lost in a Book
Author: Jennifer Donnelly
Publisher: Disney Press
Publication Date: January 31, 2017
Source: Purchased

An original addition to the beloved Beauty and the Beast fairy tale, Lost in a Book follows the lonely, bookish Belle as she finds an enchanted book in the Beast’s library called Nevermore that carries her into a glittering new world. There, Belle is befriended by a mysterious countess who offers her the life she’s always dreamed of.

But Nevermore is not what it seems, and the more time Belle spends there, the harder it is to leave. Good stories take hold of us and never let us go, and once Belle becomes lost in this book, she may never find her way out again.

This deluxe hardcover novel expands upon the beautiful story and world seen in the new Walt Disney Studios' film, Beauty and the Beast.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Challenge Accepted: 2017 Debut Author Challenge

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For the past two years, I've participated in The Debut Author Challenge, and I'm back at it again this year!

In case you're not familiar with the challenge, here are some of the details:

Challenge Objectives:
  • To introduce readers to this year’s wonderful group of debut authors.
  • To challenge readers to read 12 or more (or less! It’s up to you!) middle grade, young adult, and new adult debuts this year.
I've loved participating in the past, and I'm sure that I'll be enjoying it this year. This challenge is a wonderful way to introduce readers to new and emerging authors, and I've had so much fun with it. I've even discovered a few new favorite authors because of this challenge.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Beauty and the Beast Book Tag

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Graphic made by The Bookish Khaleesi

Hey, everyone! I don't know about you, but with less than a week until Beauty and the Beast opens in theaters, I'm freaking out! I've already bought my tickets for Thursday night, and I cannot wait until this gets here. The animated version was my favorite movie during my childhood, and I've always felt like I've identified most with Belle. (Now I feel like I'm a combination of Belle and Elsa, but Belle is my favorite!)

Like all book tags, this one comes with a few rules:

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Challenge Accepted: 2017 Netflix and Books Challenge

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So you're probably thinking to yourself, "Erin, shouldn't you have posted about reading challenges two or three months ago?" The answer to that would be yes, but I was in a blogging funk, so be prepared for a few challenges to be posted during the next few days.

The first challenge I'm accepting for 2017 is the 2017 Netflix and Books Challenge. This challenge is hosted by two of my friends and favorite bloggers, Lauren from Bookmark Lit and Erica from Novel Ink.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Book Review: The Princess Diarist

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Title: The Princess Diarist
Author: Carrie Fisher
Publisher: Blue Rider Press
Publication Date: October 18, 2016
Source: Purchased

The Princess Diarist is Carrie Fisher’s intimate, hilarious and revealing recollection of what happened behind the scenes on one of the most famous film sets of all time, the first Star Wars movie.

When Carrie Fisher recently discovered the journals she kept during the filming of the first Star Wars movie, she was astonished to see what they had preserved—plaintive love poems, unbridled musings with youthful naiveté, and a vulnerability that she barely recognized. Today, her fame as an author, actress, and pop-culture icon is indisputable, but in 1977, Carrie Fisher was just a (sort-of) regular teenager.

With these excerpts from her handwritten notebooks, The Princess Diarist is Fisher’s intimate and revealing recollection of what happened on one of the most famous film sets of all time—and what developed behind the scenes. And today, as she reprises her most iconic role for the latest Star Wars trilogy, Fisher also ponders the joys and insanity of celebrity, and the absurdity of a life spawned by Hollywood royalty, only to be surpassed by her own outer-space royalty. Laugh-out-loud hilarious and endlessly quotable, The Princess Diarist brims with the candor and introspection of a diary while offering shrewd insight into the type of stardom that few will ever experience.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Book Review: Drowned City

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Title: Drowned City: Hurricane Katrina and New Orleans
Author: Don Brown
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: August 4, 2015
Source: Borrowed from Library

On August 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina's monstrous winds and surging water overwhelmed the protective levees around low-lying New Orleans, Louisiana. Eighty percent of the city flooded, in some places under twenty feet of water. Property damages across the Gulf Coast topped $100 billion. One thousand eight hundred and thirty-three people lost their lives. The tale of this historic storm and the drowning of an American city is one of selflessness, heroism, and courage—and also of incompetence, racism, and criminality.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Stacking the Shelves (18)

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Stacking the Shelves is a weekly feature/bookish meme hosted by Tynga on her blog, Tynga's Reviews, although I'm guilty of not posting every week! You know how life gets in the way, right?

The meme is all about sharing the books that you have added to your shelves and e-readers. This means that you can include any physical books that you buy in stores or online, but you can also include all of those e-books and eARCs for your digital reading device.

For more information on Stacking the Shelves, feel free to visit its official launch page on Tynga's Reviews.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Blog Tour: Love and First Sight

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Title: Love and First Sight
Author: Josh Sundquist
Publisher: Little Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: January 3, 2017
Source: The NOVL for Review Consideration

In his debut novel, YouTube personality and author of We Should Hang Out Sometime Josh Sundquist explores the nature of love, trust, and romantic attraction.

On his first day at a new school, blind sixteen-year-old Will Porter accidentally groped a girl on the stairs, sat on another student in the cafeteria, and somehow drove a classmate to tears. High school can only go up from here, right?

As Will starts to find his footing, he develops a crush on a charming, quiet girl named Cecily. Then an unprecedented opportunity arises: an experimental surgery that could give Will eyesight for the first time in his life. But learning to see is more difficult than Will ever imagined, and he soon discovers that the sighted world has been keeping secrets. It turns out Cecily doesn't meet traditional definitions of beauty--in fact, everything he'd heard about her appearance was a lie engineered by their so-called friends to get the two of them together. Does it matter what Cecily looks like? No, not really. But then why does Will feel so betrayed?

Told with humor and breathtaking poignancy, Love and First Sight is a story about how we related to each other and the world around us.