Jun 25, 2017

Recs for Ramadan || A rec list of books with Muslim MCs and rep

Hi bookworms!

First of all, Eid Mubarak to all my Muslim friends! I've been wanting to do this post the whole of Ramadan, but only ended up posting on Eid. Well, better late than never! :D

Today I bring to you a recommendation list of books with Muslim MCs and representation courtesy of Ramadan. Addition to my own list, I've also invited some ownvoices and authors to present their recs for their favourites, so let's get going!


Jun 18, 2017

A book destined to break your heart || They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera



Title: They Both Die at the End
Author: Adam Silvera
Release Date: September 5th 2017
Publisher: HarperTeen
Synopsis:
New York Times bestselling author Adam Silvera reminds us that there’s no life without death and no love without loss in this devastating yet uplifting story about two people whose lives change over the course of one unforgettable day.

On September 5, a little after midnight, Death-Cast calls Mateo Torrez and Rufus Emeterio to give them some bad news: They’re going to die today. Mateo and Rufus are total strangers, but, for different reasons, they’re both looking to make a new friend on their End Day. The good news: There’s an app for that. It’s called the Last Friend, and through it, Rufus and Mateo are about to meet up for one last great adventure—to live a lifetime in a single day.

Jun 16, 2017

Cale Dietrich talks The Love Interest, YA tropes and writing inspirations || DiverseReads2017

Hey guys!

Guess who's back??? I know I made a fake promise to you all that I am not going to take a hiatus because of my NYC trip, but I ended up taking one, because I forgot to schedule posts. I know I know, but forgive me, and I am back now, so let me treat you all with all the amazing posts hereafter! :D

Today on the blog, we have the author of one of my favourite reads of 2017, who's also one of the best human beings I've met - he's just so wonderful! So everyone, say hi to Cale Dietrich,the fabulous author of The Love Interest!


May 24, 2017

I am going to New York!


Hey bookworms!

I am off to New York tomorrow!

Calm down, I am not migrating or anything :D Maybe you already know this, ( especially if you follow me on twitter ) but I am doing BEA and Bookcon again this year, and decided to spend a few more days in USA, so I am leaving for New York tomorrow and will be back on the 8th of June!

I am not taking a hiatus, posts will be up on Chasing Faerytales as usual, but I might be scarcely seen online. Do make sure to be up to date with my adventures through my social media accounts! Addition to twitter, I'll be updating through my personal instagram (nefarioustales) and snapchat (chasingfaes). Don't forget to follow and/or add me!

And I am so excited yet nervous! My pre travel anxiety is in full force yet I am so excited about the trip! I can't wait to explore the city, meet all the bloggers and authors, and the books!!!!

Also, my NYC friends, I'd love to meet you! Let me know if we can hang out on any of the days of my trip!

Farewell and next time I'll meet you guys, I'll be in NY!

May 12, 2017

Julia Ember's tips for building a SFF World || The Seafarer's Kiss Blog Tour + Giveaway


Hello bookworms!

Welcome to today's stop on the Seafarer's Kiss blog tour! This f/f retelling of the Little Mermaid is fresh, amazing and a must read! Wonderfully diverse and beautifully written, I can't recommend the book enough! Today we have it's lovely author Julia Ember over at the blog, sharing some tips for building a believable SFF world, as part of the blog tour!


P. S - I shared my review on GR today, do make sure to check it out here!


Title : The Seafarer's Kiss
Author: Julia Ember
Publisher : Interlude Press/Duet Books
Release Date : May 4th 2017
Synopsis : 

Having long-wondered what lives beyond the ice shelf, nineteen-year-old mermaid Ersel learns of the life she wants when she rescues and befriends Ragna, a shield-maiden stranded on the mermen’s glacier. But when Ersel’s childhood friend and suitor catches them together, he gives Ersel a choice: say goodbye to Ragna or face justice at the hands of the glacier’s brutal king.

Determined to forge a different fate, Ersel seeks help from Loki. But such deals are never as one expects, and the outcome sees her exiled from the only home and protection she’s known. To save herself from perishing in the barren, underwater wasteland and be reunited with the human she’s come to love, Ersel must try to outsmart the God of Lies.

May 11, 2017

Mulan meets Feudal Japan || Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh






Title : Flame in the Mist
Author: Renee Ahdieh
Publisher : G.P.Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
Release Date : May 16th 2017
Synopsis : 

The daughter of a prominent samurai, Mariko has long known her place—she may be an accomplished alchemist, whose cunning rivals that of her brother Kenshin, but because she is not a boy, her future has always been out of her hands. At just seventeen years old, Mariko is promised to Minamoto Raiden, the son of the emperor's favorite consort—a political marriage that will elevate her family's standing. But en route to the imperial city of Inako, Mariko narrowly escapes a bloody ambush by a dangerous gang of bandits known as the Black Clan, who she learns has been hired to kill her before she reaches the palace.

Dressed as a peasant boy, Mariko sets out to infiltrate the ranks of the Black Clan, determined to track down the person responsible for the target on her back. But she's quickly captured and taken to the Black Clan’s secret hideout, where she meets their leader, the rebel ronin Takeda Ranmaru, and his second-in-command, his best friend Okami. Still believing her to be a boy, Ranmaru and Okami eventually warm to Mariko, impressed by her intellect and ingenuity. As Mariko gets closer to the Black Clan, she uncovers a dark history of secrets, of betrayal and murder, which will force her to question everything she's ever known.

May 2, 2017

Ashley Herring Blake talks How to Make A Wish, queer rep and #ownvoices || #DiverseReads2017

Hi bookworms!

Can you believe it's May already? It's unbelievable! So is the amount of book releases that the month brings along.

Today's the release date of one of my favourite May releases! How to Make A Wish, a beautiful, heartwarming and fantastic contemporary by the lovely Ashley Herring Blake is releasing today and you should all read this wonderfully diverse #ownvoices novel! ( If you need more persuasion, check out my review here )

So today, we have Ashley over, to answer some questions about the book. Hope you all enjoy!


Apr 24, 2017

A YA Bollywood Rom Com || When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon




Title : When Dimple Met Rishi
Author: Sandhya Menon
Release Date : May 30th 2017
Publisher : Simon Pulse
Synopsis : 
A laugh-out-loud, heartfelt YA romantic comedy, told in alternating perspectives, about two Indian-American teens whose parents have arranged for them to be married.

Dimple Shah has it all figured out. With graduation behind her, she’s more than ready for a break from her family, from Mamma’s inexplicable obsession with her finding the “Ideal Indian Husband.” Ugh. Dimple knows they must respect her principles on some level, though. If they truly believed she needed a husband right now, they wouldn’t have paid for her to attend a summer program for aspiring web developers…right?

Rishi Patel is a hopeless romantic. So when his parents tell him that his future wife will be attending the same summer program as him—wherein he’ll have to woo her—he’s totally on board. Because as silly as it sounds to most people in his life, Rishi wants to be arranged, believes in the power of tradition, stability, and being a part of something much bigger than himself.

The Shahs and Patels didn’t mean to start turning the wheels on this “suggested arrangement” so early in their children’s lives, but when they noticed them both gravitate toward the same summer program, they figured, Why not?

Dimple and Rishi may think they have each other figured out. But when opposites clash, love works hard to prove itself in the most unexpected ways.

Apr 16, 2017

The Ultimate Guide for 2017 Diverse Releases || April Edition

Hi bookworms!

It's time for the April edition of my ultimate guide of 2017 diverse releases! These month has some exciting titles coming out, and I am so excited to share them with you! Also I want you to be prepared for May already because spoiler alert - May is going to sooooo good with new diverse releases!!!

P.S - This list/post is part of DiverseReads2017 - a reading challenge hosted by myself and Shelly at Read Sleep Repeat. There's still time to join! You can sign up here

P.P.S - Since most of these titles are unreleased, this list is based on ARCs I've read, reviews I've checked from trusted sources, and GR descriptions. If by any chance there are any books in this list that is not qualified to be diverse, problematic, or if I've missed any important aspect - such as the title being #ownvoices - feel free to let me know through the comments!

Apr 11, 2017

Top Ten Books with Different Narrative Styles

Sometimes the Lit student in me tries to poke her head in my regular reads, and I've come to a point where I can't go without appreciating the literary techniques in every YA I read. So today, I decided to use the TTT prompt to present a list I've been wanting to share for a long time. Here are my top ten books with different narrative styles!


Mar 28, 2017

Mar 22, 2017

A shipper's musings : when your ships aren't canon

I have never made it a secret that I am a huge shipper. I love myself some good romance, and when I find a couple that I LOVE, I become so invested in their love life, that at times, my obsession and flailing becomes ridiculous. While I do love my canon OTPs, I also often end up jumping on sinking ships, or worse, ships that were never built. Oh, the agony of shipping non canon fictional couples!

There are a couple of instances where the shipping of these non canon couples are inevitable. Everyone sees it, the readers, the fandom, the postman who brings the book to me - except the author and the characters. So I decided to break it down, and discuss instances where we end up shipping those beautiful ships that never were, or never would be. *sobs*


Mar 9, 2017

The Ultimate Guide for 2017 Diverse Releases || March Edition

Hi bookworms!

It's time to get ready for all the amazing March releases! Today, I bring to you all the diverse books that are coming out this month, get your TBRs and wallets ready! ;D

P.S - This list/post is part of DiverseReads2017 - a reading challenge hosted by myself and Shelly at Read Sleep Repeat. There's still time to join! You can sign up here

P.P.S - Since most of these titles are unreleased, this list is based on ARCs I've read, reviews I've checked from trusted sources, and GR descriptions. If by any chance there are any books in this list that is not qualified to be diverse, problematic, or if I've missed any important aspect - such as the title being #ownvoices - feel free to let me know through the comments!


Mar 5, 2017

Ellie Terry talks Tourette Syndrome and its representation || Diverse Reads 2017

Hi bookworms!

Today, I bring to you another Diverse Reads 2017 post, featuring yet another 2017 diverse book and author.

But today's post is extra special to me, personally. Let me introduce to you Forget Me Not, an #ownvoices MG novel written in verse and features a MC with Tourette Syndrome - a disorder that I myself has been suffering from since I was 11 years old.

I am so excited and happy that this book was written, and is going to be published, hoping that a lot of kids around the world with Tourette Syndrome will get to read it and feel less alone, something I desperately wish that my younger self could've also experienced.

So today, we have the wonderful author of the book, Ellie Terry, who's here to give a breakdown on what exactly is Tourette Syndrome and its representation in MG and YA.


Feb 28, 2017

Heidi Heilig talks The Ship Beyond Time, time travel and diversity in SFF || #DiverseReads2017

Hey bookworms! Today we have yet another #DiverseReads2017 interview!

I am super excited to host Heidi Heilig on the blog today! Heidi's The Ship Beyond Time - sequel to the amazing The Girl From Everywhere - is releasing today, and she's here with us, sharing some exciting information about the book!



Feb 25, 2017

A heartwarming story of relationships || How to Make a Wish by Ashley Herring Blake



Title : How to Make a Wish
Author : Ashley Herring Blake
Release Date : May 2nd 2017
Publisher : HMH Book for Young Readers
Synopsis :
All seventeen year-old Grace Glasser wants is her own life. A normal life in which she sleeps in the same bed for longer than three months and doesn't have to scrounge for spare change to make sure the electric bill is paid. Emotionally trapped by her unreliable mother, Maggie, and the tiny cape on which she lives, she focuses on her best friend, her upcoming audition for a top music school in New York, and surviving Maggie’s latest boyfriend—who happens to be Grace’s own ex-boyfriend’s father.

Her attempts to lay low until she graduates are disrupted when she meets Eva, a girl with her own share of ghosts she’s trying to outrun. Grief-stricken and lonely, Eva pulls Grace into midnight adventures and feelings Grace never planned on. When Eva tells Grace she likes girls, both of their worlds open up. But, united by loss, Eva also shares a connection with Maggie. As Grace's mother spirals downward, both girls must figure out how to love and how to move on.

Feb 16, 2017

The Ultimate Guide for 2017 Diverse Releases || February Edition

Hi bookworms!

Since you guys loved the recommendation post of all the diverse books releasing last month, I thought of continuing it, forward! So here is a complete list of diverse titles coming out in February 2017!

P.S - This list/post is part of DiverseReads2017 - a reading challenge hosted by myself and Shelly at Read Sleep Repeat. There's still time to join! You can sign up here

P.P.S - Since most of these titles are unreleased, this list is based on ARCs I've read, reviews I've checked from trusted sources, and GR descriptions. If by any chance there are any books in this list that is not qualified to be diverse, problematic, or if I've missed any important aspect - such as the title being #ownvoices - feel free to let me know through the comments!



Feb 10, 2017

A fateful kiss || Poison's Kiss by Breeana Shields


Title : Poison's Kiss
Author : Breeana Shields
Release Date : January 10th 2017
Publisher : Random House
Synopsis : 
A teenage assassin kills with a single kiss until she is ordered to kill the one boy she loves. This commercial YA fantasy is romantic and addictive like-- a poison kiss-- and will thrill fans of Sarah J. Maas and Victoria Aveyard.

Marinda has kissed dozens of boys. They all die afterward. It's a miserable life, but being a visha kanya, a poison maiden, is what she was created to do. Marinda serves the Raja by dispatching his enemies with only her lips as a weapon.

Until now, the men she was ordered to kiss have been strangers, enemies of the kingdom. Then she receives orders to kiss Deven, a boy she knows too well to be convinced he needs to die. She begins to question who she's really working for. And that is a thread that, once pulled, will unravel more than she can afford to lose.

This rich, surprising, and accessible debut is based in Indian folklore and delivers a story that will keep readers on the edge of their seats.

Feb 1, 2017

An interview with Robin Talley || DiverseReads2017

It's time for another #DiverseReads2017 interview!

Today, I am super excited to invite Robin Talley, author of amazing diverse titles such as Lies We Tell Ourselves, What We Left Behind, As I Descended and the upcoming Our Own Private Universe!

The latter title just released yesterday, and today Robin will be answering some questions on the book, and diversity overall!


Jan 30, 2017

Candles from Novel Heartbeat Creations || Book Merch Monday

Hi bookworms!

Today, for Book Merch Monday, I bring to you a store that sells super cool fandom inspired candles! Bringing to you Novel Heartbeat Creations, and let me introduce me to the girl behind the store, Jessi!

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Jan 28, 2017

Catching up with our favourite motorcyle club || Long Way Home by Katie McGarry (Blog Tour+Giveaway)




Title : Long Way Home
Author : Katie McGarry
Release Date : January 31st 2017
Publisher : Harlequin Teen
Synopsis :
Seventeen-year-old Violet has always been expected to sit back and let the boys do all the saving.

It’s the code her father, a member of the Reign of Terror motorcycle club, raised her to live by. Yet when her dad is killed carrying out Terror business, Violet knows it’s up to her to do the saving. To protect herself, and her vulnerable younger brother, she needs to cut all ties with the club—including Chevy, the boy she’s known and loved her whole life.

But when a rival club comes after Violet, exposing old secrets and making new threats, she’s forced to question what she thought she knew about her father, the Reign of Terror, and what she thinks she wants. Which means re-evaluating everything: love, family, friends . . . and forgiveness.

Caught in the crosshairs between loyalty and freedom, Violet must decide whether old friends can be trusted—and if she’s strong enough to be the one person to save them all.

Jan 26, 2017

An Interview with Alison Evans || #DiverseReads2017

Today I come to you with another #DiverseReads2017 interview! Say hi to Alison Evans, the author of Ida, a fantastically queer fantasy of alternate universes with a biracial MC.

I read IDA some time back, and I'd definitely recommend this book! You can check out my review here, plus Alison is an absolute sweetheart and I am happy to host them on the blog today!


Jan 23, 2017

A vibrant splash of colour || You're Welcome Universe by Whitney Gardner



Title: You're Welcome Universe
Author: Whitney Gardner
Release Date: March 7th 2017
Publisher: Knopf
Synopsis:
A vibrant, edgy, fresh new YA voice for fans of More Happy Than Not and Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, packed with interior graffiti.

When Julia finds a slur about her best friend scrawled across the back of the Kingston School for the Deaf, she covers it up with a beautiful (albeit illegal) graffiti mural.

Her supposed best friend snitches, the principal expels her, and her two mothers set Julia up with a one-way ticket to a “mainstream” school in the suburbs, where she’s treated like an outcast as the only deaf student. The last thing she has left is her art, and not even Banksy himself could convince her to give that up.

Out in the ’burbs, Julia paints anywhere she can, eager to claim some turf of her own. But Julia soon learns that she might not be the only vandal in town. Someone is adding to her tags, making them better, showing off—and showing Julia up in the process. She expected her art might get painted over by cops. But she never imagined getting dragged into a full-blown graffiti war.

Told with wit and grit by debut author Whitney Gardner, who also provides gorgeous interior illustrations of Julia’s graffiti tags, You’re Welcome, Universe introduces audiences to a one-of-a-kind protagonist who is unabashedly herself no matter what life throws in her way.

Jan 19, 2017

An interview with Adam Silvera || #DiverseReads2017

Hey bookworms!

I think I've tired you guys enough with my praise of History is All You Left Me, but still, this book is too amazing to let go of. History released two days ago, and I am so excited about it and can't wait until all of you read it, fall in love and get your hearts broken!

Today, in celebration of the release of the book, we have an interview with Adam Silvera, courtesy of #DiverseReads2017, and here's what he had to say about the book!


Jan 16, 2017

Magnetic bookmarks from Crafted Van || Book Merch Monday

Hey bookworms!

Today, we have the official first post of Book Merch Monday! In case you weren't aware, I launched this feature last week, and you can expect to see book merch stores highlighted on the blog on random Mondays hereafter!

Today, we have the girls behind Crafted Van - an etsy store that sells the cutest magnetic bookmarks!

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Jan 14, 2017

The Ultimate Guide for 2017 Diverse Releases || January Edition

Hey bookworms!

 When I say that 2017 is an amazing year for books, I don't say that lightly! 2017 brings to us amazing titles, and the diversity in them is astounding! And since I make it a point to push diverse titles on all of you, I decided to make monthly posts featuring all the diverse releases of that month!

P.S - This list/post is part of DiverseReads2017 - a reading challenge hosted by myself and Shelly at Read Sleep Repeat. There's still time to join! You can sign up here

P.P.S - Since most of these titles are unreleased, this list is based on ARCs I've read, reviews I've checked from trusted sources, and GR descriptions. If by any chance there are any books in this list that is not qualified to be diverse, problematic, or if I've missed any important aspect - such as the title being #ownvoices - feel free to let me know through the comments!


Jan 13, 2017

Check out the cover of The Hundredth Queen!!!

Today, I am extremely excited to reveal the cover of one of my most anticipated releases of 2017!

The Hundredth Queen, by the wonderful Emily R.King, is an intriguing royal read, about a queen - girl power!!! - politics, a queen-and-captain-of-the-guard-romance which is inspired by Indian mythology! I am so excited for the book, and now stoked to reveal the cover to you all!

The cover is gorgeous! I love it so much, and here it is!

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Jan 10, 2017

Top Ten 2016 Releases I will - hopefully - read this year

I am a lazy bookworm who doesn't read books on their release year. It takes me so much time to get to a new release no matter how excited I am for this book, and I vow to myself to finish them the next year, and that's the same that's happening with these 2016 releases, which I didn't read last year, but will hopefully definitely read this year!


Jan 8, 2017

Introducing Book Merch Monday - A bookworm's shopping guide

Hello bookworms!

If you know me, you know that I love coming up with blog features! And today, I am introducing a brand new regular feature at Chasing Faerytales, called Book Merch Monday!

The title's actually pretty self explanatory, this is going to be a feature highlighting book merch stores, and I am so excited to officially introduce it!


Jan 5, 2017

A seductive, enthralling and intriguing game || Caraval by Stephanie Garber


Title : Caraval
Author : Stephanie Garber
Release Date : January 31st 2017
Publisher : Flatiron Books
Synopsis :

 Welcome, welcome to Caraval―Stephanie Garber’s sweeping tale of two sisters who escape their ruthless father when they enter the dangerous intrigue of a legendary game.

Scarlett has never left the tiny island where she and her beloved sister, Tella, live with their powerful, and cruel, father. Now Scarlett’s father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval, the far-away, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show, are over.

But this year, Scarlett’s long-dreamt of invitation finally arrives. With the help of a mysterious sailor, Tella whisks Scarlett away to the show. Only, as soon as they arrive, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval’s mastermind organizer, Legend. It turns out that this season’s Caraval revolves around Tella, and whoever finds her first is the winner.

Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. But she nevertheless becomes enmeshed in a game of love, heartbreak, and magic with the other players in the game. And whether Caraval is real or not, she must find Tella before the five nights of the game are over, a dangerous domino effect of consequences is set off, and her sister disappears forever.

Jan 3, 2017

Top 10 2017 Debuts I'm excited for

2017 has born with the sole purpose of making a huge dent in my savings. This year is just full of so many good releases, that I don't know which one to pick up first! And the debuts, especially! So many good titles! You can't be Rachel's co blogger without learning to love debuts and debut authors! ;D So here's a list of the 2017 debuts I am most excited for!


Jan 1, 2017

Dear 2017

Can you believe that we're finally in 2017? This year has so much in store for me, so on the first day itself, I want to write an open letter to 2017! Here we go.

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