Isolation (Partials Sequence 0.5) by Dan Wells

Okay you guys I have now done something I never have before! I bought one of those add on novella’s that authors write! In case you aren’t familiar, but really unless you’re under the rock I just came out I am sure you are aware, but over the last maybe half decade authors have really started to write little novella’s that go along with their novels. These are things that I always thought were really fun, but I couldn’t see shelling out money for a 50 page story before.

 

 

A few days ago I did it though! I bought Isolation which is part of the Partials Sequence by Dan Wells. If you don’t know already, I love those books! It had one of the best conclusions to a series that I have ever read. I really wanted to have this story off of my “To Read” list on Goodreads so I figured, hey why not? lol It was going to be a short read anyway and if I can shell out a few dollars a paycheck for some music, why not get a short story?

 

As many of you will know by now I don’t like to read any information about a book before I read it and this was no different. Just the fact that it was part of the Partials Sequence was enough for me so I didn’t realize this story was going to be set in the Isolation Wars! It was an amazing, pleasant surprise. It was more perfect than what I originally thought which was that it would take place between books one and two.

 

For those who haven’t read the series yet, the Isolation War was this massive war that pretty much ended world as humankind knew it at the time. It’s talked about a lot in the series, but I never expected that we would get to see it or really to see the rise of the Partials. This story brought us all of that.

 

In Isolation we get to follow Heron and learn more about her backstory which was so awesome! The only terrible thing for me was that since I read the books so long ago I remember Heron but not too much about her. More specifically I cannot for the life of me remember what happened to her in the 3rd book :/ but…it was still really cool to see her origin story because her origin story is actually part of the origin of this whole new world we get to see in the actual series.

 

It was just as well written as the series was and as always I feel like Dan Wells just crafts the most perfect characters and settings. Another thing I loved was that he crafts strategies like I could never have done! Heron is a spy and her brain works differently than the others and it was so cool to see her figuring out and calculating things in her mind as if it were all a puzzle that was easy to her!

 

Overall this was a really fun way to add depth to an already amazing story. This novella fits perfectly with the story, but it can also be read just by itself which is pretty cool!

 

Can’t Wait Wednesday June 14, 2017

It’s about that time again!!!! Can’t Wait Wednesday! This week I can’t wait for The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton. I don’t remember how I found out about this book. I think someone I follow on Twitter had retweeted something from this author and then I replied, but while I was on her page I saw the most amazing cover and immediately I wanted to know what that books was.

Okay, okay! I know this is not a cover reveal, but you guys!!!!!! This cover. Okay first of all this model is gorgeous and she’s got the most amazing way to convey a million different things. First she looks amazingly fierce and like I would not want to go up against her! She’s got this look that just says alright are you going to try and challenge me? Let’s go! But at the same time I feel like her gaze could also be a warning, and based on the exciting description below I feel like it definitely could be that as well. Another thing I love is the coloring and effects with all the different light bubbles and different colored bubbles. I feel like it just adds a soft glamour feel that fits the description of the book so well.

 

Camellia Beauregard is a Belle. In the opulent world of Orléans, Belles are revered, for they control Beauty, and Beauty is a commodity coveted above all else. In Orléans, the people are born gray, they are born damned, and only with the help of a Belle and her talents can they transform and be made beautiful.

But it’s not enough for Camellia to be just a Belle. She wants to be the favorite—the Belle chosen by the Queen of Orléans to live in the royal palace, to tend to the royal family and their court, to be recognized as the most talented Belle in the land. But once Camellia and her Belle sisters arrive at court, it becomes clear that being the favorite is not everything she always dreamed it would be. Behind the gilded palace walls live dark secrets, and Camellia soon learns that the very essence of her existence is a lie—that her powers are far greater, and could be more dangerous, than she ever imagined. And when the queen asks Camellia to risk her own life and help the ailing princess by using Belle powers in unintended ways, Camellia now faces an impossible decision.

With the future of Orléans and its people at stake, Camellia must decide—save herself and her sisters and the way of the Belles—or resuscitate the princess, risk her own life, and change the ways of her world forever.

Doesn’t that sound amazing!!! I can’t even describe how excited I am for this. I feel like it’s just completely fresh and that when I read it I’ll be exploring a story I have never read before. I feel like sometimes in YA books are just spins on the same old story, but this one is new enough that I don’t really have anything to compare it to!

 

The only thing I am upset about here is that the book doesn’t release until February 20, 2018! That feels like forever from now! Is anyone else as excited as me?

 

Heyyyy Blogging World!

Heyyyy everyone! I really wanted to write this post because so much has changed since last time I was a full time blogger! I know there are some of you out there (I’m looking at you Danie @ Danie Reads Books) were around with me last time, took that hiatus at the same time as me, and then somehow came back at the same time as me. LOL! I have no idea how that all worked out, but it is cool to have other people whose minds are blown just like mine.

October 31, 2011 was the first post ever on this website. The first post went a little something like this:

Welcome to The Book Vortex thanks so much for stopping by to see what this place is all about. For the next few days we are going to be doing a lot of construction and work on the site but I promise in the end its going to look awesome.
The Book Vortex is a site dedicated to whats going on in the writing world including what books are coming out and author news. There are going to be a few different sections that I will keep to myself until we can get them going but I promise that they are going to be worth the wait.
For those who are unaware my name is Hannah and I am going to be running the site, although my dad will be doing most of the technical work (thanks dad). Feel free to leave comments or message me about anything you would like to see on the site, things you want me to look into or talk about.
Thanks again for stopping by and please be patient as we get everything going here.

What a way to introduce myself to the blogging world. Looking back now I definitely would have tried to make more of a meaningful post! For a few years after that I blogged ALL the time and didn’t understand how people wouldn’t make time for blogging. And then….I became one of those people and took some time off. Since coming back there are a lot of things that have changed:

Instagram Tours:

Okay these things did not exist last time I was blogging. I come back to blogging check out Twitter and there are these links to Instagrams. I didn’t even know how these things work so I had to ask! I use to organize blog tours before I left so I happened myself in the know for publicity and then suddenly there’s this entire thing that I’ve never even heard of!

Book Photography:

Listen I don’t even know exactly what this thing is called. Bookstagram may be a better term. People taking really pretty pictures of their books. I tried to do it you guys, I really did…but I am just not on the skill level everyone else is so I might continue it in the future but who knows. I don’t know who thought of this, but I love the idea. It’s definitely a great marketing ploy. Who doesn’t want to look at pretty pictures of books the love so much?

 

Giveaways:

 

Now I know what you’re thinking. There were giveaways before you left blogging. Yes, yes there were, but I just feel like the format has changed a little bit. I’ve seen a lot more Twitter giveaways. I don’t even know how these work, but you follow someone and then retweet that person’s tweet and somehow that enters you into the drawing. I have won two of these giveaways in the two months since I’ve been back which is pretty cool. I know for the future that maybe Raflecopter isn’t the most popular way to host giveaways anymore.

 

The People:

There are so many people from before that are still blogging and it’s so exciting to see how they have grown and changed over the past two years. A sad truth about blogging is that for a lot of people it’s temporary, mostly because it takes such a huge amount of time and effort. That’s probably why I struggled for two years, but I am so glad I am back.

Last year when I was doing publicity for Andromeda I reached out to all the bloggers I used to work with and was shocked to find that more than half of them were gone. For some other people it was cool because way back when they were just starting out and now they had a large following and actively posted all the time.

 

 

So it’s a bright new world in blogging and that exciting! I am looking forward to seeing where the blogging world goes and how I fit into it this time around. I have already made some new friends and I love that! It’s like I get to experience this world all over again from the beginning and how many times do you get to say that happens? It’s like reading your favorite novel again for the first time and falling in love all over again!

 

I appreciate all of you! New readers and old and I am happy you are all here!

 

Top Ten Tuesday June 6, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created here at The Broke and the Bookish. This feature was created because we are particularly fond of lists here at The Broke and the Bookish. We’d love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!

Each week we will post a new Top Ten list that one of our bloggers here at The Broke and the Bookish will answer. Everyone is welcome to join. All we ask is that you link back to The Broke and the Bookish on your own Top Ten Tuesday post AND add your name to the Linky widget so that everyone can check out other bloggers lists! If you don’t have a blog, just post your answers as a comment. Have fun with it! It’s a fun way to get to know your fellow bloggers.

Today’s post is so perfect for me! It’s about 10 Books From X Genre That I’ve Recently Added To My TBR List. Why is this perfect? Because I recently bought a whole bunch new books! I am actually going to blend genre’s here. Basically everything that is not a fantasy that I have recently bought lol.

I actually have no idea if this one has fantastical elements because I haven’t read it yet

What books do you guys have on your list?