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Where Have I Been?

It’s no lie that I spent much of last year being, well, absent from my blog. A lot of things just kept coming up, I got a job and I just couldn’t balance both of them. I meant to post a lot of times, but by the time I got around to needing my post to be up (around midnight), I’d be too tired to finish it. I meant to do monthly recaps and a yearly review, but knowing how much time I spend on those, I just couldn’t. It was too daunting to even try. I’ve wanted to post reviews, but with my already being a procrastinator, nothing in my life made it easy to do that.

It’s made me so sad to see my blog almost slowly die and with it, my actual contribution to the blogging community. I’m hoping this year will be better, but I don’t know. I’m still shaken by events that have happened last year along with the results of the election.

I’m going to try to post regularly, one of my goals for the year is to post at least three times a week. So far, I’ve been handling that okay. I hope it continues too.

I guess this is just a post to kind of share why I wasn’t around last year. I want this whole…blogging slump to end. Maybe if I put it in writing, it will actually happen.


Sixteen Stunning Covers of 2016

Hey everyone. I know, I’ve been gone literally forever. It has just been one bad year, really. I’m sure no one’s surprised anymore at this point.

Anyway, it’s been a long time since I’ve done Wondrous Covers Wednesdays and last year I decided to do a post on my favorite covers of 2015. This year, I’m going to do the same thing.

I’m picking sixteen of my favorite covers of the year.

Cover Lovin’ here we come:

~*~When The Moon Was Ours / The Love That Split The World~*~

When The Moon Was Ours The Love That Split The World

These are two stunning looking magical-realism books.

~*~Shiny Broken Pieces / Signs of You~*~

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I love the elegant yet sinister look of Shiny Broken Pieces. The fonts on both of them really stand out to me. I love the sunset.

~*~Ripple/Cuckoo/The Memory of Light~*~

Ripple The Memory of Light Cuckoo

I love how all three of the cover characters are portrayed. All of these books deal with serious issues so I just love how the characters look.

~*~The Serpent King~*~

The Serpent King

Silhouettes are my love here.

 

~*~The Sun Is Also A Star / This Adventure Ends~*~

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I love al. the shades of blue in This Adventure Ends. The textures for both books is very nice and I love how brought the colors are in TSIAAS.

~*~The Girl Who Drank The Moon / The Star-Touched Queen~*~the_girl_who_drank_the_moon The Star-Touched Queen

Both of these covers are so gorgeous and magical looking.

The Girl Who Drank The Moon is completely gorgeous. It kind of reminds me of Mulan really. The scene where she flies down the, er, lanterns? Yes.

~*~Little Black Dresses, Little White Lies/American Girls~*~

little_black_dresses_little_white_liesAmerican Girls

I really love the animation of both covers. Little Black Dresses, Little Black Lies gives me a light-hearted feel. It looks really glamorous and so New York City-ish. American Girls gives me a gritty sort of feel with the girls’ posture, the font and the t-shirt style. It takes place in LA so it does make sense. I love the chill vibe of this cover.

~*~You Were Here~*~

You Were Here Cori McCarthyI love the watercolor in the background of this.


My Love-a-Thon Introduction

Introduction

Hi! I’m so excited to participate in the Love-a-Thon this year! The Love-a-Thon is hosted by Alexa, Cee, Hazel and Mel and runs until February 22nd, 12AM EST.  Here’s my introduction post so you can learn a little more about me. 🙂

 

QUESTIONNAIRE

1. What’s your name?

Amber, Amver, Berber, or Burr, sir.

Have your pick.

2. Where in the world are you blogging from?

I am unfortunately blogging from Kansas.

3. How did you get into blogging in the first place?

Well, I’d had blogs in the past for a couple years before starting this one, so. . . As for my book blog, I discovered book giveaways, then I stalked book blogs, researched book blogs, and finally started my book blog!

4. How did you come up with your blog name?

I made a list and it came down to either “YA Indulgences” and something else that I can’t remember since I lost my list. 😦 YA Indulgences sounded best though so I stuck with it.

5. What genre do you read and review the most on your blog?

I read and review mostly Contemporary!

6. What other types of posts do you do on your blog, apart from reviews?

I have the rare discussion post feature, a mostly weekly feature called Wondrous Covers Wednesday, I do posts involving music and I have a feature where I talk about things I’m currently into that aren’t bookish.

7. Best blogging experience so far?

I’ve really loved just meeting people!

8. Favorite thing about the blogging community?

The originality and complete openess that some people have is so great.

9. Name the 5 books you’re most excited for this 2016!

The First Time She Drowned American Girls Scarlett Epstein Hates It HereWhisper_To_Me V23 new typeface tagline.indd

10. Name the 5 books you want to read this 2016 that you didn’t get to in previous years!

Besides every book in existence?

Not After Everything The Anatomical Shape Of A Heart For The RecordLying Out Loud Before We Were Strangers

11. What’s an underrated book or series that you think everyone should read?

Every Ugly Word

It does a great job at portraying bullying and pushing through that and there’s a really interesting wondering throughout the book 

12. Which book boy or girl would be your book BFF?

Well, I would like to be friends with Bianca, Whitley or Mercedes from these books respectively:

The DUFF A Midsummer's Nightmare FirstsThe Statistical Probability of Love At First Sight

They’re all kind of sarcastic characters and have a lot going on in their lives and I can relate to that so there we go.

13. Which book boy or girl would be your book boyfriend/girlfriend?

I like Josh from I’ll Meet You There.

14. Who would you recruit for your apocalypse squad (5 characters max)

Cinder from Cinder

Sky from I’ll Meet You There

That’s about it, I have no idea who I’d recruit for an apocalypse squad really.

15. Apart from reading, what are your other hobbies or interests?

I like listening to Hamilton, reading about Hamilton, quoting Hamilton, telling people about Hamilton, dreaming about Hamilton and crying about Hamilton…

16. Apart from book shopping, what else do you like shopping for?

Hamilton stuff.

And mugs, totes, Funko Pops, cds, dvds and gift cards.

17. At a party, the DJ suddenly changes the song – and it’s your song. What song  would be playing?

Alexander Hamilton.

Just kidding. My song, what is my song? Hmm.

Wait! Got it!

Edit: And this as well:

18. Pick out either a book you want turned into a film/TV show, or a film/TV  show you want turned into a book.

The musical adaptation of Hamilton made into a movie or the actual musical form turned into a book.

I’d like Gilmore Girls turned into a book.

I’d like The Walled City by Ryan Graudin turned into a movie.

19. What would your dream library look like?

It has a bay window where I can read, comfortable chairs, it’s very big, it has a lot of natural light and huge windows. It’s on the second floor of a home and it’s probably inside a castle. 😉

20. Author you want to meet and sit down to tea with?

Oh my gosh, I was talking about Paula Stokes earlier today, so she’d be really fun to meet! I’d also like to meet Heidi Heilig and Mia Siegert from seeing their tweets!

That was fun. And a bonus part, here are various things I like:

  • Sailor Moon (Dic anime is my favorite)
  • Veronica Mars (Though I haven’t watched the last four episodes)
  • Boy Meets World (And I like Girl Meets World)
  • Netflix (I need something to binge on)
  • Music (Carly Rae Jepsen and Hilary Duff are two of my faves. I’m very into pop and alternative and rock and then like, 50s-60s pop)
  • Coffee (With creamer)
  • Tea (Passion and Chai are my favorites)
  • Books (Of course)
  • Hamilton (big surprise. I also like other musicals)

If you too like any of these things, hit me up on Twitter or in the comments and we shall converse.


The Tsar’s Guard – Top Ten Reasons, Playlist, and Favorite Duels

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Hi everyone! I’m so happy to be on the Tsar’s Guard parade. I hope you’ve enjoyed the other stops. Here is a link for those.

For my stop today, I have a mishmash of topics. First, I’ll be sharing a bit of an epic instrumental playlist I made, then I’ll tell you ten reasons why I am so excited for The Crown’s Game, and finally I’ll feature five of my favorite duels…from Yu-Gi-Oh. ;D I know, you were expecting Hamilton, but NOPE.

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 I hope you enjoy!

Here’s a bit about the book first!

The_Crowns_GameTitle: THE CROWN’S GAME

Author: Evelyn Skye

Release Date: May 17th, 2016

Pages: 416

Publisher: Balzer+Bray

Formats: Hardcover, eBook

Find it: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks

Goodreads Summary:

 Vika Andreyeva can summon the snow and turn ash into gold. Nikolai Karimov can see through walls and conjure bridges out of thin air. They are enchanters—the only two in Russia—and with the Ottoman Empire and the Kazakhs threatening, the Tsar needs a powerful enchanter by his side.

And so he initiates the Crown’s Game, an ancient duel of magical skill—the greatest test an enchanter will ever know. The victor becomes the Imperial Enchanter and the Tsar’s most respected adviser. The defeated is sentenced to death.

Raised on tiny Ovchinin Island her whole life, Vika is eager for the chance to show off her talent in the grand capital of Saint Petersburg. But can she kill another enchanter—even when his magic calls to her like nothing else ever has?

For Nikolai, an orphan, the Crown’s Game is the chance of a lifetime. But his deadly opponent is a force to be reckoned with—beautiful, whip smart, imaginative—and he can’t stop thinking about her.

And when Pasha, Nikolai’s best friend and heir to the throne, also starts to fall for the mysterious enchantress, Nikolai must defeat the girl they both love . . . or be killed himself.

As long-buried secrets emerge, threatening the future of the empire, it becomes dangerously clear . . . the Crown’s Game is not one to lose.


~Instrumental Score For The Crown’s Game~

I adore instrumental music and the feelings it can bring out. Given The Crown’s Game features a historical-esque setting, magic and dueling, I decided to put together a playlist of some epic and romantic scores. All the links will take you to Youtube. 🙂

  1. New Beginning: Audiomachine
  2. On A Quest: Claudie Mackula
  3. Honor of Life: The Instrumental Core
  4. Before I Leave This World : Ivan Torrent
  5. Embrace Our World by Aran Zayne
  6. Hidden Hope by Asith Perera
  7. Have My Heart: Scorched Score Music
  8. Braveheart Theme by James Horner
  9. Where We’ll Go by Underground Music
  10. Solace – C21FX

~Top Ten Reasons I’m Excited~

-One-

Setting: Russia

St Petersberg

Russia seems to be rarely seen in fiction especially historical-ish Russia.  I also have a bit of a romanticized idea of Russia due to…Anastasia of course.

Anastasia_Of Course

-Two-
Enchanters

Magical Hands 2 Magical Hands

How magical! This part sounds really interesting, I’m curious about the background of these enchanters as well as enchanters in general.

-Three-

Vika

Journey to the past

She can cause snow to fall and make ash turn into gold! That’s even better than when the miller in Rumpelstiltskin lied about his daughter turning thread into gold. It’s better because it’s real.

-Four-

Nikolai

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He can create BRIDGES out of thin air? What in the world? That is so awesome. I can’t think of why he’d ever need to create a bridge, but you know, I’ll go with it. 😉

-Five-

Duel

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Now would be the time for me to make a Hamilton reference if I were to make one but I’m running out of time so I will not be making one, haha. Okay, but seriously, dueling. A duel to the DEATH. There will be death! Or there will be a Hunger Games ending, I’m not sure which I’d prefer. Ha. I want to know more about these ancient duels though.

-Six-

The Best Friend – Pasha

Is that a love triangle I sense? I’m here for it either way. 

-Seven-

Long-Buried Secrets

What’s that you say? There are secrets revolving around this kingdom with the king he feels like having people duel to the death? Well I’d never! I’m a sucker for secrets.

-Eight-

Relationships

Relationships

I’m really excited to see how the relationship between Vika and Nikolai happens because how do you have any type of relationship with someone you’re supposed to kill? Like, I wouldn’t even want to meet the person before hand. “Like hey, so I know we’re supposed to duel, but I’d thought I’d introduce myself and fall in love first, it’s okay, this worked out okay for Katniss and Peeta after all”. ;D

-Nine-

Description!

Description

You can’t have a historical fantasy take place in RUSSIA of all places and not give us all the details on the clothes and the setting and the kingdom and everything else, right?

-Ten-

The Ending

This is surely going to end with an epic bang of sorts, so I’m dying to read this. It’s been a while since I was ever like “WOW!” about an ending, especially fantasy, given I don’t generally read this.


~Five Favorite Yu-Gi-Oh Duels~

Now it’s been a while since I’ve watched this show all the way through, but I liked all five of these duels a lot because they were just really emotional and I’m all for emotion and sad endings (Oh, was that spoiler?). Ha.

 

Yugi vs Joey (Duel Kingdom Arc)

Duelist Kingdom

 

Marik vs Mai

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Joey vs Odion 

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Yugi vs. Joey (Battle City Arc)

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Kaiba-Yugi vs Noah (Virtual World Arc)

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Guys, guess who my favorite character is! Guess! (It’s Joey<3)


 

This concludes my stop, I hope you’ve enjoyed it. Be sure to enter the giveaway! 

 

1 winner will receive an ARC of THE CROWN’S GAME.  International, you can enter the giveaway here.


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About Evelyn:

Evelyn Skye was once offered a job by the C.I.A., she not-so-secretly wishes she was on

“So You Think You Can Dance,” and if you challenge her to a pizza-eating contest, she

guarantees she will win. When she isn’t writing, Evelyn can be found chasing her daughter on the playground or sitting on the couch, immersed in a good book and eating way too many cookies. THE CROWN’S GAME is her first novel. Evelyn can be found online at www.evelynskye.com and on Twitter @EvelynSkyeYA:

Website | Twitter |Facebook | Goodreads | Tumblr | Instagram


The Shelfie Hop!

Hi everyone. I’m participating in The Shelfie Hop created by Bookiemoji and My Friends are Fiction! Isn’t it awesome? Basically today a ton of people are sharing their bookshelves and talking about their books. Just for this, I cleaned up my bookshelf and organized my books! P.S. Forgive my kind of bad pictures. ❤

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Okay, so I organized this by genre. Seeing as I generally only read Contemporary, there is a lot of that, then as the “separator (aka, I just forgot to move them), I put a couple random adult fiction books there. On the third shelf, I have fantasy and Adult fiction. Finally, my bottom shelf are all the ARCs I have. Half of those are favorites whether I’ve read them or not. 😉

Top Shelf

SAILOR MOON. My secret sis bought that for me.

ELSA. Holly bought that for me. ❤

Oh right, books. 🙂

I tried to organize these by books I read, but um, that did not work out.

I’ll tell you my favorites though, Romancing The Dark in The City of Light, Even In Paradise (which I need to finish) and DUFF, which is hidden somewhere in there.

Second Shelf And mostly more Contemporary along with the adult fiction I was talking about. I haven’t read any books from this shelf, unless you count the chicken soup books that I read back in middle school. And nope, those aren’t the same ones. Haha.

Third Shelf The first book there is The Orphan Queen and as I’m not a big fantasy reader (I know), I’ve only read Cinder. 😦

ARCSThese are in order by favorites, sort of.

Favorites: Free To Fall, Falling Into Place, All The Bright Places, I’ll Meet You There, Because You’ll Never Meet Me, The Walled City, The Truth About Alice, Anything Could Happen, Everything Everything.

Then there’s the rest. 😉 As you probably guessed…the favorites are the ones I read. Yes, I have that many ARCs I haven’t read. My mistake…

If you want to visit the rest of the great blogs in this Shelfie Hop, here they are below!

 

 

 

 


Have You Seen This? (#2)

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It’s been a while since I participated in this feature. Have You Seen This is a feature created by Brittany @ Book Addict’s Guide and Andi @ Andi’s ABCs. It’s for book bloggers to find older ARCs that they’re looking for. 🙂 I’ve bolded the priorities.
ARCs Previously from This Year:
Romancing The Dark In The City of Light by Ann Jacobus
The Night We Said Yes by Lauren Gibaldi
More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera
Veronica Mars (#2) by Rob Thomas and Jennifer Graham
Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon
Emmy and Oliver by Robin Benway
Making Pretty by Corey Ann Haydu
Like It Never Happened by Emily Adrien
Not After Everything by Michelle Levy
Even When You Lie To Me by Jessica Alcott
This Ordinary Life by Jennifer Walkup
Here are older ARCs I’m looking for:
The Statistical Probability of Love At First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith 
Attachments by Rainbow Rowell
Veronica Mars (#1) by Rob Thomas and Jennifer Graham
We Were Liars by E. Lockhart 
Rites of Passage by Joy N. Hensley
OCD Love Story by Corey Ann Haydu
Life By Committee by Corey Ann Haydu
Parallel by Lauren Miller

If you have any of these ARCs and want to trade or something, you can use my contact form, email my blog email (yaindulgences(at)gmail(dot)com, or tweet me.
The ARCs I currently have for trade are pretty scarce. 😦 I have these though for ARCs…
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I have a number of finished books as well, in case that, um, entices anyone? Some of them are The Winner’s Curse, The Kiss of Deception, Love Letters To The Dead, Dead To Me, etc. 🙂 Just let me know.

SBPT #4: Sarah and Her Favorite Disney Movies

Hi everyone! Here is the fourth week of the Summer Blog Promo Tour, hosted by Amber and Jessica @ The Book Bratz. Every Sunday throughout July and August I’ll be hosting a new blogger here.
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This week I am so excited to feature Sarah from Words With Sarah. Sarah is going to be talking about her favorite Disney movies. I hope you like this post as much as I do!

~ALL ABOUT DISNEY!~

There will never be a time in life where I stop loving Disney. It’s ingrained into my soul. My best friends and I will ride together in cars blasting Disney soundtracks and will quote the movies in our everyday life. Disney is my absolute favorite thing to talk about so I’m thrilled Amber is letting me gush about my 5 favorite Disney movies!
Mulan

Mulan

Girl power! This was the first movie I ever saw in a movie theater and naturally from that point on I became obsessed. I got the soundtrack, I got the VHS, and I even had a Mulan birthday party that year. Basically, Mulan was my badass spirit animal. And she had a horse. Which I still want one for myself. And a dragon. I really want a dragon too.
Peter Pan

Peter Pan

For the longest time my twitter bio read something about still waiting on Peter Pan to take me to Neverland. All the adventures that could happen there? All the Lost Boys and fairies, and Peter Pan himself! I would have the most fun there, as long as I didn’t run into any mermaids, pirates, or crocodiles. Basically, I just want to fly around with Peter and hang out with the Lost Boys.
Beauty and the Beast

Beauty and The Beast

One of the most classic soundtracks Disney has ever had. My brother was in a school play of BatB and so while he was learning the songs I would sing them with him. At the show, I sang in my seat watching. Plus Belle loves books. I love books. Beast gives her an entire library full of books. I need a guy to give me an entire library full of books. There’s also Lumineree, Cogsworth, and Mrs. Potts and Chip. Some of my favorite characters ever to be created. I just love all of them so much and could go on for hours about my love for this movie.
Tangled

Tangled

This is such an underrated movie! Rapunzel is so bad ass and cute, OMG! She uses a frying pan as a weapon, has a pet chameleon, and rescues the hero instead of the other way around. The music is probably my second favorite soundtrack. I will sing those songs before I sing Frozen songs. I’m kind of Frozened out but I could watch Tangled over and over and over again….in fact I have. Tangled is movie gold that everyone needs to watch!
One Hundred and One Dalmatians

101 Dalmations

I’m such an animal person. All the pets I have at my house, I have brought home. Dogs especially are my weakness. So it might have been a mistake for my parents to let me watch this movie over and over again. I wanted one hundred and one dogs. I wanted Dalmatians. It was just so cute and Pongo and Predita are the cutest couple, granted they maybe should find another hobby but you know, to each their own. I was love with all of their movies, even the live action. I had PJs, I had stuffed animals. I had video games. And talking about them now I really want to watch the movie again.
In fact, I really want to have a Disney night. Using my VHS tapes and being a real 90s kid. There are so many more movies I could talk about like Toy Story, Pirates of the Caribbean, Nemo, and The Aristocats, but I think you can tell I’m Disney obsessed at this point so I’m going to stop while I can!
Thank you so much Amber for having me on your blog and talking about one of my favorite subjects other then books!
Sarah is a 19 year old college student working on a BA in English: Creative Writing. She has dreams of being a published author. When she’s not working on one of her many novel ideas, she’s reading any books she can get her hands on. She also frequents the beach and hangs out with her friends, which is time often spent quoting Disney movies. She also has an unhealthy obsession with penguins and dragons 

Thanks for being on my blog Sarah! This was so great. I love Beauty and The Beast and Tangled. I could definitely watch both of them over and over again.

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