July 17, 2018

The Fault in Our Stars vs. Turtles all the Way Down | Book Battles

Welcome to Book Battles, a feature here at Crazy for YA where I put two books in the battle ring and have them fight it out to see which one is better. See all of my previous bloody, literary battles.

Today's fight is a vicious fight, two masterpieces from the same creator, a cult classic vs. the new book on the scene, The Fault in Our Stars vs. Turtles All the Way Down by John Green.

In case you want to catch up with the record of our contestants today, you can find my original book battle between The Fault in Our Stars and Looking for Alaska here.

In addition to both being written by the same author, TFIOS and TATWD are extremely similar. They both deal with tragedy, death, and philosophical teenagers. Both novels have a female main character who has to deal with these unfavorable circumstances aided by a love interest. Parents play a large role in both stories, unlike his other novels.

Today, I am going to investigate which of John Green's stories is superior.

July 14, 2018

Mystery Blogger Award | Tag

Today, I am honored to be accepting the Mystery Blogger Award from Noly @ That Artsy Reader, a fellow book-lover and blogger champion. Being nominated for any award is awesome, but it means so much more that Noly was the one who thought of me. You can see her acceptance here (as well as her one of her most embarrassing childhood moments, which is definitely worth a read!). 

The tag was originally created by Okoto Oke Enigma on her lifestyle blog in order to discover new blogs (so that they are no longer a mystery, get it?) and spread the love throughout the entire blogging community. The bonds created through this tag is so impressive that it has already crossed several niches, starting with Okoto's lifestyle, fashion, and beauty blog to the wonderful realm of book blogging. I hope that I can help it reach even farther in the community!

Honestly, the only mystery is how I qualified for this award, but I am going to accept it anyway. 

July 10, 2018

Ereaders aren't completely terrible | The surrender of a hardcover lover

I am a very traditional person who is stuck in many of her ways. I don't like change very much. I will wear one pair of shoes until they have too many holes to properly walk in and then I will go to the store and buy the exact same pair of shoes. I survived throughout middle school and high school solely on the consistency of the peanut butter and jelly sandwiches that I had every day for lunch. Having the same lunch every day was a comfort for me in the ever-changing (and terrifying) jungle of high school. I even ate them on the weekends sometimes because I missed them so much.

The same applies to my reading habits; I prefer reading hardcover, physical books that I can actually turn the pages (and caress softly). Spine and paper books will always be my favorite (everyone knows that nothing bets the scent of a new book or the crack of the spine when you first open it). But...

I don't completely hate ebooks.

There was a point in time when I thought this was a divisive issue that I had to go all or nothing on. I thought that in order to love physical books you naturally had to hate ebooks. However (like most of the issues in the world) there is not a 100% right answer in the debate and both sides have valid arguments.

So, against my formerly stringent traditionalist views, I am going to share my reasons for liking ereaders.

July 2, 2018

Milestones and Must-Haves | June 2018 Wrap-Up

As it turns out (even though no one is particularly surprised) I have succumbed to the laziness of summer. On one hand, this means that I spend a lot of time laying around my house with a book. On the other hand, writing posts for me is not exactly a leisurely activity, so it hasn't been getting done.

If anything, this summer so far has been an important lesson about how difficult blogging is and how much dedication is required. Blogging takes more than just free time; it requires hard work, motivation, and the will power to avoid procrastination. 

I didn't completely fail with blogging this month though, I just missed a few of my targets for the beginning of summer. Fortunately, I still have about two months to make up for it! In the meantime, I still have a few milestones to celebrate with you guys and a ton of blogger love to share!

June 26, 2018

Cardboard Castles by K. L. Young | Book Blitz + Giveaway

Welcome to my stop on the book blitz for Cardboard Castles by K. L. Young! Even though I don't normally participate in book blitzes, I couldn't pass on the chance to share about this introspectively dark fantasy debut. The premise reminds me a little bit of the dangerous whimsy of Alice in Wonderland, with the promise of transport to a magical world, but also with the added complexity of real life. I am super interested to see how Young combines reality and fantasy, and the very real dangers of both, in her first book!

Cardboard Castles
By K. L. Young
Published on May 17, 2018
404 pages
Graye Castle Press
Young Adult, Fantasy

"I am my father's daughter, and I am terrified of that fact." 
Seventeen-year-old Josilyn is the city’s rumored Cardboard Princess. 
Living in a crumbling cardboard castle under the park bridge and struggling to care for her mentally ill father, Josilyn’s life has been anything but regal since her mother’s death. 
But when a former friend discovers Josilyn's secret and leads Child Protective Services directly to her, her father’s visions of dragons and dark knights become the least of Josilyn’s problems. 
Now separated from her father and terrified for his safety, Josilyn begins to see the world of his imagination for the first time, forcing her to consider the possibility that he’s not insane, and that someone may be desperate to see her father dead—and her in chains. 
In a stunning twist of reality, survival may not be a matter of sanity, but who to trust, and who to kill.

There are two special deals going on right now with Cardboard Castles:

1. The ebook is on sale for only $2.99 through July.
2. A portion of all sales from the book are being donated to Chattanooga's Community Kitchen, which serves the author’s city homeless population.