#BookBlog vs #BookTube vs #Bookstagram WHICH IS THE BETTER PLATFORM?!

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WHO WILL BE THE VICTOR?! WHO WILL GET ALL THE BOOKS AND LOVE?!

WHO IS THE BEST OF THE BEST?!?!?

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ALL OF US.

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We are all awesome in our own rights, why do we feel the need to attack each other?!

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SERIOUSLY PEOPLE WHAT THE HECK?!

We all love books. We all love reviewing them. We all love the same things. Why are we bickering?!

If you aren’t happy, and feel the need to put someone on blast PUBLICLY just because you don’t like them, what they do, what they get, the platform they use, how they review… Then maybe you shouldn’t say anything. Maybe you need to improve upon yourself. You work on you, because to throw that kind of shade at someone, in book blogging, booktubing, bookstagraming, anywhere is just freaking wrong.

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IF YOU FEEL THE NEED TO BE SHADY AND A MEAN GIRL, PLEASE GO VENT SOMEWHERE ELSE.

All of us work for what we want to achieve!

This isn’t aimed at any one person or group. I know there are people who shady reguardless of group they are in. They talk smack about people in their own bubble as well. Venting in private is one thing, but to down someone publicly or a group of people for how they do things, why they do things and what they recieve (followers, arcs, finished copies, attention from publishers, etc) for the work that they do is bad. There is no justifying it. If you feel the need to publicly shame someone, then maybe there is something YOU need to work on yourself.

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I started booktubing, book blogging and bookstagraming for one thing:

FRIENDS.

I live in a small town. Not a lot of people I know like to read what I do, to talk about books… Hell the library rarely gets updated. =/ Most people use it just for the internet.

I started my platforms because I wanted to meet new people, and heck. Ya’ll seemed sweeter than honey. Yes, not all of us will get along, but we can be CIVIL. Who cares who gets what? Who cares who gets to goto places? I am tired of all the drama. So many people put so much work into what they do, and it’s disheartening to see all of us bash one another for it.

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Can’t we all just start over and try to be friends or at least civil? Seriously. We all love the same thing. We all started our blogs, channels and instagrams for the same reason. Our love of books. The written word! I hate all of us acting like we are different cliques in highschool. We are better than this.

So, I beg of you. Book Bloggers, BookTubers, Bookstagrammers.. Please leave me comments below on your thoughts. How we can work on this. How we can be the family I know we all are. When it comes down to it, we are all just a bunch of book lovers, looking for a place to call home.

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All of you rock.

I have made so many wonderful friends over the years on all three platforms. I refuse to be divided, and I am not afraid to stand up and voice my opinion. Because that is what friends do.

I love you all equally.

~ Rei’sa

[This was in responce to Sam’s awesome video]

#Fridayreads featuring @thoughtsontomes !

So this weekend is all about one book.

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I am buddy reading this with the awesome Samantha from Thoughts on Tomes! We have had this planned for a little while. 🙂

I am only 4 chapters in, (I blame Orange is the New Black) but I looove it. At first I thought it might have been slightly hard to read, since I have never read an Austen before. I was soooo wrong. It’s delightful!

Speaking of Samantha, if you haven’t checked her BookTube channel out, you totally should! She has an amazing taste in books and has a very unique voice! She is absolutely one of my favorite content creators! 😀

You can find her on YouTube, Twitter, and Instagram!

I have no idea what I plan on reading after I finish Shades, but I have a feeling it might be:

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Anyways, this is Rei’sa, over and out!

So, haaaaaaaaave you met my friend, Thomas?

So, normally I do not do shout outs, but holy spamoni this man deserves it.

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Meet Thomas. Thomas is the man behind SFReviews, but if you are from BookTube, you probably know him as SFF180; or the guy who does review on SCIFI and Fantasy with the adorabe cat mascot.

This man has been blogging for 14 years! (18, if you count his prepping years!) Because of him, I found new, and exciting books to read. While most of the reviews I follow are for Young Adult, he is more of a wide varity.

Because of him, I have found authors I would have probably never found on my own, like Eliszbeth Bear, Andy Weir, and make me dig deeper into this mysterious man called Scalzi.

His reviews can be short and sweet to lengthy and detailed. He is one of my top go to’s every week, and never dissapoints. I always find something interesting to look up, thanks to him.

Not only is he a good reviewer, he has charisma! Something that some reviewers tend to lack, I know I do at times haha. He is funny, witty and very much takes pride into what he does.

He is also one stellar of a friend!

If he was a book, and this was a review, I would have to give SFF180/SFReviews.net by Thomas M. Wagner an honest 5/5, would recommend to anyone.

He is having a giveaway right now!

Click here to find out more!:

I wish you all luck, and early congrats to you, Thomas!

Over and out,

Reisa

Book Haul; the one with the random romance! {2/18/2015}

Hello!

This is the first time I am actually doing a book haul on my blog and not just my booktube!

The first 3 books were very kindly given to me by my landlady.

 

The first book is Saving Grace by Julie Garwood.

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When Lady Johanna learned that she was a widow, she vowed she would never marry again. Only sixteen, already she possessed a strength of will that impressed all who looked past her golden-haired beauty. Yet when King John demanded that she remarry and selected a bridegroom for her—it seemed she must acquiesce, until her beloved foster brother suggested she wed his friend, the handsome Scottish warrior Gabriel MacBain.

At first Johanna was shy, but as Gabriel tenderly revealed the splendid pleasures they would share, she came to suspect that she was falling in love with her gruff new husband. And it was soon apparent to the entire Highlands clan that their brusque, gallant laird had surrendered his heart completely. But now a desperate royal intrigue threatened to tear her from his side—and to destroy the man whose love meant more to her than she had ever dreamed!

 

The second book is also by Julie Garwood, it’s Prince Charming

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Only her beloved grandmother, Lady Esther, knew how devastated Taylor Stapleton had been when her fiancé eloped with Taylor’s cousin. Now dear Esther — one of London’s richest and most formidable matriarchs — lies dying. But first she was going to help Taylor pull off the scam of the season.

To escape becoming a ward of her unscrupulous uncle, Taylor would wed Lucas Ross, a rugged American rancher. Lady Esther’s money would enable Ross to return home to Montana. Taylor had her own urgent reason to go to America…a precious legacy she hadn’t revealed to Ross, for they had agreed to part ways once they reached Boston. But as her handsome new husband spoke of life in Montana, Taylor began planning a new future. To Taylor, the wide-open spaces of Montana sounded like paradise….

 

And the final book from here was also by the same author; For the Roses by Julie Garwood

 

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1879. In Blue Belle, Montana, everyone knew better than to mess with the Claybornes. The brothers had once been a mismatched gang of street urchins — until they found an abandoned baby girl in a New York city alley, named her Mary Rose, and headed west to raise her to be a lady. They became a family — held together by loyalty and love if not by blood — when suddenly they faced a crisis that threatened to tear them apart….

Trouble came to town with one Lord Harrison Stanford MacDonald. Armed with a swagger and six-shooter, he cut a striking figure — but it soon became apparent to Mary Rose that he was too much of a gentleman to make it in her rough-and-tumble town. She asked her brothers to teach him the basics of frontier survival, which he acquired with ease. And soon he possessed a deep and desperate love for Mary Rose. She returned his affection wholeheartedly… until MacDonald revealed a secret that challenged everything she believed about herself, her life, and her newfound love. Now her search for identity and meaning would begin, raising questions that could only be answered if she listened to the truth within her heart….

Now, this one is actually the start to a 4 book series, while the other two are standalones. I am not normally the pure romance type; but I am more than willing to give them a go!

Now, onto the others!

The next two books were sent to me from First Second Publishing for an honest review!!

Thank you, First Second!

 

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First off is Sleepless Knight by James Sturm , Alexis Frederick-Frost, Andrew Arnold

The Knight can’t wait for her first camping trip! She and her horse Edward pack everything they need — including her beloved Teddy – and head out into the woods. But when it’s time for bed, Teddy is nowhere to be found!
 
A helpful racoon thinks this “Teddy” sounds familiar, and sends the Knight off to a cave… but that’s no teddy bear in that cave. That’s a bear!
 
In this sweet, simple adventure, basic comics elements combine with the picture book format to create a picture book for the youngest of comics readers, and a fantastic introduction into the world of Adventures in Cartooning.
This is absolutely adorable. I already read this, and think it is amazing. I will have a review ASAP!
The second is The Sculptor by Scott McCloud!
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David Smith is giving his life for his art—literally. Thanks to a deal with Death, the young sculptor gets his childhood wish: to sculpt anything he can imagine with his bare hands. But now that he only has 200 days to live, deciding  what  to create is harder than he thought, and discovering the love of his life at the 11th hour isn’t making it any easier!This is a story of desire taken to the edge of reason and beyond; of the frantic, clumsy dance steps of young love; and a gorgeous, street-level portrait of the world’s greatest city. It’s about the small, warm, human moments of everyday life…and the great surging forces that lie just under the surface. Scott McCloud wrote the book on how comics work; now he vaults into great fiction with a breathtaking, funny, and unforgettable new work.

This book, I already have a review up and… OH DEAR LORD. It is… just..  wow. Click here for the review!
This next book is something a friend of mine, Keeley LOVES! And that is Shutter by Courtney Alameda
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Horror has a new name: introducing Courtney Alameda.Micheline Helsing is a tetrachromat—a girl who sees the auras of the undead in a prismatic spectrum. As one of the last descendants of the Van Helsing lineage, she has trained since childhood to destroy monsters both corporeal and spiritual: the corporeal undead go down by the bullet, the spiritual undead by the lens. With an analog SLR camera as her best weapon, Micheline exorcises ghosts by capturing their spiritual energy on film. She’s aided by her crew: Oliver, a techno-whiz and the boy who developed her camera’s technology; Jude, who can predict death; and Ryder, the boy Micheline has known and loved forever.

When a routine ghost hunt goes awry, Micheline and the boys are infected with a curse known as a soulchain. As the ghostly chains spread through their bodies, Micheline learns that if she doesn’t exorcise her entity in seven days or less, she and her friends will die. Now pursued as a renegade agent by her monster-hunting father, Leonard Helsing, she must track and destroy an entity more powerful than anything she’s faced before . . . or die trying.

Lock, stock, and lens, she’s in for one hell of a week. 

Oh man. I have wanted a book like this for so long. I cannot WAIT to dive into it!
The next book has been working it’s way around the blog world and booktube, it’s Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard!
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The poverty stricken Reds are commoners, living under the rule of the Silvers, elite warriors with god-like powers.To Mare Barrow, a 17-year-old Red girl from The Stilts, it looks like nothing will ever change.

Mare finds herself working in the Silver Palace, at the centre of
those she hates the most. She quickly discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy Silver control.

But power is a dangerous game. And in this world divided by blood, who will win?

This book caught me by the reigns, and dragged me in. Hopefully it actually lives up to the hype!
The next book was a gift from a wonderful friend on reddit; Neil Gaiman’s American Gods!
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Days before his release from prison, Shadow’s wife, Laura, dies in a mysterious car crash. Numbly, he makes his way back home. On the plane, he encounters the enigmatic Mr Wednesday, who claims to be a refugee from a distant war, a former god and the king of America.Together they embark on a profoundly strange journey across the heart of the USA, whilst all around them a storm of preternatural and epic proportions threatens to break.

Scary, gripping and deeply unsettling, AMERICAN GODS takes a long, hard look into the soul of America. You’ll be surprised by what and who it finds there…

This is the author’s preferred text, never before published in the UK, and is about 12,000 words longer than the previous UK edition.

She and my husband keep suggesting Neil Gaiman! 😀 I am currently reading another book by him (coming in my ebook haul!) and loooving it!
This next one is a in between novella of one of my recent favorite series; the Lunar Chronicles: Fairest by Marissa Meyer! 😀
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In this stunning bridge book between Cress and Winter in the bestselling Lunar Chronicles, Queen Levana’s story is finally told.Mirror, mirror on the wall,
Who is the fairest of them all?

Fans of the Lunar Chronicles know Queen Levana as a ruler who uses her “glamour” to gain power. But long before she crossed paths with Cinder, Scarlet, and Cress, Levana lived a very different story – a story that has never been told . . . until now.

Marissa Meyer spins yet another unforgettable tale about love and war, deceit and death. This extraordinary book includes full-color art and an excerpt from Winter, the next book in the Lunar Chronicles series.

I am fighting myself not to read this right now. I am still on Scarlet, but man alive I wanna read about the Queen!
Oh, my love is the next book. I wanted this book immediately after reading the first book.
It is Ignite by Sara B. Larson!
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Murder, abductions, and forbidden romance abound in this thrilling sequel to Sara B. Larson’s acclaimed YA debut, DEFY.Alexa remains by the newly crowned King Damian’s side as his guard, ever committed to helping him rebuild Antion and reclaim the hope of Antion’s people, despite continuing to harbor a secret love for him. However, when another threat to Damian and his kingdom emerges, and blame is cast on their newly forged allies from Blevon, Alexa knows things are not what they seem. With the fate of her nation hanging in the balance once again, will Alexa be able to protect her king and uncover the true enemy — before it’s too late?

looooovvveeeddd Defy. It blew my flipping mind! I cannot WAIT to dive into this.
Oh uh… by the way, I do have an ARC of this book I might just have a giveaway for… ❤
Two more to go!~
Second to last on the chopping block is… The Young Elites by Marie Lu!
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I am tired of being used, hurt, and cast aside.Adelina Amouteru is a survivor of the blood fever. A decade ago, the deadly illness swept through her nation. Most of the infected perished, while many of the children who survived were left with strange markings. Adelina’s black hair turned silver, her lashes went pale, and now she has only a jagged scar where her left eye once was. Her cruel father believes she is a malfetto, an abomination, ruining their family’s good name and standing in the way of their fortune. But some of the fever’s survivors are rumored to possess more than just scars—they are believed to have mysterious and powerful gifts, and though their identities remain secret, they have come to be called the Young Elites.

Teren Santoro works for the king. As Leader of the Inquisition Axis, it is his job to seek out the Young Elites, to destroy them before they destroy the nation. He believes the Young Elites to be dangerous and vengeful, but it’s Teren who may possess the darkest secret of all.

Enzo Valenciano is a member of the Dagger Society. This secret sect of Young Elites seeks out others like them before the Inquisition Axis can. But when the Daggers find Adelina, they discover someone with powers like they’ve never seen.

Adelina wants to believe Enzo is on her side, and that Teren is the true enemy. But the lives of these three will collide in unexpected ways, as each fights a very different and personal battle. But of one thing they are all certain: Adelina has abilities that shouldn’t belong in this world. A vengeful blackness in her heart. And a desire to destroy all who dare to cross her.

It is my turn to use. My turn to hurt.

This book sounds SO good. My friend Richard LOVED this book and it was on BookOutlet… soooo… ❤
The last book is something from an author I am going to start reading this year; Prince of Fools by Mark Lawerence! 😀
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The Red Queen is old but the kings of the Broken Empire dread her like no other. For all her reign, she has fought the long war, contested in secret, against the powers that stand behind nations, for higher stakes than land or gold. Her greatest weapon is The Silent Sister—unseen by most and unspoken of by all.The Red Queen’s grandson, Prince Jalan Kendeth—drinker, gambler, seducer of women—is one who can see The Silent Sister. Tenth in line for the throne and content with his role as a minor royal, he pretends that the hideous crone is not there. But war is coming. Witnesses claim an undead army is on the march, and the Red Queen has called on her family to defend the realm. Jal thinks it’s all a rumor—nothing that will affect him—but he is wrong.

After escaping a death trap set by the Silent Sister, Jal finds his fate magically intertwined with a fierce Norse warrior. As the two undertake a journey across the Empire to undo the spell, encountering grave dangers, willing women, and an upstart prince named Jorg Ancrath along the way, Jalan gradually catches a glimmer of the truth: he and the Norseman are but pieces in a game, part of a series of moves in the long war—and the Red Queen controls the board.

I have heard so many good things about this author, I am slowly upping my epic fantasy and cannot wait to sink my fangs into this one!
Anyways, I will be posting my eBook Haul soon enough and possibly another physical book haul! 😀
Have you read any of these? Have you wanted any of these? Leave me some comments! 😀

INSTAGRAM GIVEAWAY: OF POSEIDON BY ANNA BANKS or KINDLE BOOK/GIFT CARD

SO!

Before I even knew I hit a major milestone on the blog, I was having a giveaway on instagram!

WHAT YOU ARE GETTING:

Either 1 Copy of: Of Poseidon by Anna Banks + some of my favorite teas.

or

1 Kindle/eBook of your choice/GiftCard at a 5$ value! I am slightly flexable it it is a dollar or two more.

HOW YOU ENTER:

Follow + Repost the image with the hashtag #MermaidReisa by 3/5/2015 for a chance to win! US only for now though!

I may have a future contest to include INT followers as well! 😀

Good luck! 😀

Breaking 1k…

HOLY HELL.

WHEN DID THIS HAPPEN!?

I had no idea that I had over 1k followers! Thank you! Thank you from the bottom of my heart! I know I have been absent quite a bit this last year, but even so..!

I promise to be more diligent this upcoming year! Words cannot express how much I appreciate this, you and everything!

Thank you for joining me on this wonderful journey! 🙂

– Rei’sa al Ghul