JORD Watches & A Little Story on Expanding Your Horizons

One of the greatest things about being savvy with social media, is the amazing opportunities and experiences you get to partake in that would have otherwise been out of reach.  For example, at this very moment, you are partaking in a little snippet of DeerTales history: you are currently reading my first promotional post. jord watch planner

How about a little back story for ya on how this came to be?

I was recently contacted by JORD Watches, asking me if I would like to participate in their Holiday Blogger Promotional Campaign.  Now, keep in mind, I don’t take book reviews, free products, or ‘rep’ positions lightly.  I swore to myself a year and a half ago when I started this social media adventure, that no matter what happened, I would always be genuine.  I would never sacrifice who I am, or lessen my opinions for anything I read or received.  Because after all, aren’t bad reviews just as valuable as good ones (if only for a completely different purpose…)

So, let’s take a journey back to two weeks ago.

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Forest of a Thousand Lanterns: Wait this is a Villainous Retelling!?

forest of 1000 lanterns-1I first heard about Forest of a Thousand Lanterns at BookCon this year when I had the amazing opportunity to chat with Julie C. Dao at Penguin Teen breakfast.  I loved the idea of another fairy-tale retelling, and lord knows we need more diverse characters, so the  Far East setting was a huge turn on.

Unfortunately I think I may have missed the memo that this was the a retelling of Snow White’s Evil Queen, not Snow White herself and oh my… when I finally realized what I was reading, I was… concerned.

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One Dark Throne – Welcome to Fennbirn, Where Everyone Is Insane…

one dark throne-1One Dark Throne was in my top 5 most anticipated books of 2017, and after devouring it within a 6 hour time span, I can confidently say that it did not disappoint!

I am such a huge fan of this world that Kendare Blake has created, and while Fennbirn is not exactly a place I want to visit, I cannot help but be mesmerized by the island’s  unapologetically savage way of life.  I am fascinated by the Triplet Queens, their destinies, and the fact that not one person has ever said “hey, this whole concept is a little twisted dontcha think?”

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Shatter Me Trilogy – Am I Being Punked by the Whole YA Community?

shatter me-3After strong urging from the little sister to read the Shatter Me trilogy, I finally gave in. (Well, to be honest, she sent me her extra copies of the books, so it was like I was almost doubly obligated to read them.)  With little hesitation, I finally dove into this bizarre, kind-of-a-mess-but-you-keep-reading-anyway series, and… I have a lot to say now.

On one hand, I am really glad I checked these books off of my “absolute must read YA books” list, but on the other hand I kept thinking to myself: “these are not the type of books I like WHAT AM I DOING!?”

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This is Really Happening – I Bet You Will LOL Too

I don’t often read books without reading the synopsis before hand, but that wasn’t the case with This is Really Happening.

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I had just gotten the book in the mail from Penguin, and the combination of the adorably fun cover, plus the short length of the book itself meant I dove right in without a second thought.

Probably shouldn’t have done that.

This is Really Happening is a collection of essays / stories of Erin Chack’s life.  She is a senior writer at Buzzfeed (awesomeness), is insanely weird (love it), and is also a cancer survivor (wasn’t expecting that).

The book opens with Erin discussing her cancer diagnosis which was the exact diagnosis I received myself almost four years ago.  The first essay was a fun and playful take on an extremely nonplayful topic, and Erin discusses how awkward it was for her to share her diagnosis with her friends and extended family.  I have consistently switched back and forth between the two extremes of being a cancer survivor: either the “I’M A SURVIVOR HEAR ME ROAR” or the “wow, I want to forget that ever happened to me“.  So, when I picked up TiRH, I couldn’t immediately decide which of these mentalities I was going to embrace, and it put me into a mild panic.

BUT.  I worked through the trigger, kept reading, and I am really glad I did.

I hard-core connected to Erin regarding our similar cancer experiences (and the morbid gallows sort of humor that goes along with that), and I laughed out loud on more than one occasion.  While I did think that a couple of the stories didn’t really serve a point, and there were a few instances of redundancy that probably would have gone unnoticed if the book was a bit longer, overall I really enjoyed the read.  Erin has a pretty distinct writing voice, and this was a great book to tackle while I was in the tub over a couple of days.

If you like essay style books but you are looking for something with a younger feel, I would definitely recommend picking up TiRH!  Big thanks to Penguin Teen for sending this book my way, the cover is so adorable too!

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Strange the Dreamer – A Review Months in the Making…

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I finished Strange the Dreamer two months ago, and I am still struggling to put my feelings into words.  BUT.  I think about this book all the time.  Like, ALL THE TIME.  I am borderline consumed with thoughts on what my precious Lazlo is up to, and how everything is going to play out in the next book.

So, since it has been on my mind for months now, I thought I should at least attempt to write a semi coherent review.  Here goes nothing!

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Warcross – Read. Flail. Bask in Endless Colors.

Are you ready for a flailing review of one of my favorite books of the year so far?  Strap in kiddos, this is a wild ride (both the review and this freaking book!)warcross -1

I read Warcross in one sitting / walking / standing / peeing / cooking / bathing session because I legit did not put the book down for six straight hours.  From the moment I started reading, to the last turn of the page and subsequent toss across the room (BECAUSE THAT ENDING WUT),  I was so completely entranced by the world that Marie Lu threw me into, I had to know how everything plays out.

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