INTO THE DARK, A THE SHADOW PRINCE BOOK by Bree Despain

Enter for the chance to win THE SHADOW PRINCE book 1: INTO THE DARK! The finish copy is set to be released March 11, 2014 (boohoo). [HERE] — you can also find the first teaser from Into the Dark on the link 🙂 — Best of luck everyone!

If you don’t know what INTO THE DARK is about (where have you been) but here it is from Goodreads: 

Haden Lord, the disgraced prince of the Underrealm, has been sent to the mortal world to entice a girl into returning with him to the land of the dead. Posing as a student at Olympus Hills High—a haven for children of the rich and famous—Haden must single out the one girl rumored to be able to restore immortality to his race.

Daphne Raines has dreams much bigger than her tiny southern Utah town, so when her rock star dad suddenly reappears, offering her full tuition to Olympus Hills High’s prestigious music program, she sees an opportunity to catch the break she needs to make it as a singer. But upon moving into her estranged father’s mansion in California, and attending her glamorous new school, Daphne soon realizes she isn’t the only student in Olympus who doesn’t quite belong.

Haden and Daphne—destined for each other—know nothing of the true stakes their fated courtship entails. As war between the gods brews, the teenagers’ lives collide. But Daphne won’t be wooed easily and when it seems their prophesied link could happen, Haden realizes something he never intended—he’s fallen in love. Now to save themselves, Haden and Daphne must rewrite their destinies. But as their destinies change, so do the fates of both their worlds.

 

Introduction: Book Blog (+) and (-)

At the age of 13/14, I gradually became aware with the Book Blogging world (which then became Vlogging as well). I looked up to these people for they not only get the advantage of reading books in advance, their opinions matter to hundreds and thousands of people and I remember thinking: since I love reading, writing and sharing my passion so much — why not have my own book blog? 

So following that thought I did some research on what it’s like to run a book blog, what attributes of yourself is key to a successful blog, how to gain connections, etc. Upon seeing many opinions on running a book blog which ranged from: an absolute pleasure to it makes reading homework/this is too much/how do you do all that — I still decided to launch my own book blog which then had been poorly titled, Lit Up My World and fortunately, I did not struggle with requesting titles from publishers.

Now if you’re thinking of running your very own book blog here are a few key points to keep in mind:

Negatives

  1. Let’s just get this straight: if you wish to run a book blog solely for the reason that you  just want ARCs then please do not continue. Book blogging is not an express ticket to ARCs, it’s simply your platform to voice out (rather, type out) your opinions on books you’ve read or would like to read.
  2. It makes reading homework.
  3. This may be just me but you have to be a tad bit artistically inclined to design your own blog so then you can distinguish your book blog among the thousands of others.
  4. Time management, organization and commitment. This is something I’ve been very guilty about for weeks, if not months, because I just either couldn’t manage my time, did not have any organization in my life or the blog whatsoever and many days spent felt like I was too… tired to read, and truth be told, I haven’t read in a very long time and if I have, I slack off with writing a review on it. Sincerely apologizing to all readers/publishers. 
  5. You read the first book in the series and it’s an ARC… THE EXCRUCIATING WAIT FOR THE SEQUEL.

Positives

  1. “Do you get paid doing all this?” “YES! Through books” “Wow… isn’t that too much wo–” “yes and no, it’s worth it though”–> actual conversation I get when people find out I run a blog.
  2. It’s gratifying to know your opinion matters to people, that you influence people in selecting books through your passion.
  3. Great community! Everyone’s always helping each other out. Seriously, you can find a contact page on every book blogger’s site and they will accommodate any newbie because they know exactly how it feels. Especially speaking with the publishers’ publicists, they are all very nice and considerate.
  4. If you’re an aspiring author, practising your commitment and organization skills will greatly enhance your chances in finishing your first book or getting published

Tips

  1. Before requesting titles from publishers, ensure you’ve at least had 3 or 6 months of practice/ blog life. Unlike me, I did not prepare for it so now I’m struggling to cope with it — however, don’t mistake me. I LOVE my Ficsane Reads. 
  2. If you live outside of United States, or even if you do live in USA, have GoodReads and Netgalley. ARCs are expensive to make so sometimes they resort to sending them out through eARCs.

That’s all I can think of for now. I hope you study the art of book blogging before jumping into it but what matters most is that you ensure you enjoy it — the world, as it is, isn’t a pleasant place… let’s not add more burdens on your shoulder. Best of luck! Let me know if you need anything or any questions you’d like to ask.

 

Apologies and Updates!

READERS!

It is May and I am so behind my review deadlines. I’m sorry to the publishers and you readers but I will get on that as soon as I clear my schedule — being a grade 12 and having to balance all these feels slightly impossible but I hope I’ll get back sooner than later!

I’ve sort of been juggling around tons of ideas for this blog:

  • name change
  • vlogging (yay or nay)
  • book haul vlogging
  • GIVEAWAYS! (I just need to learn the hang of it and how it works entirely)
  • Also, my Library of books I’ve read or will read is slightly more updated but will take a bit more time to complete, given that I read a lot. 

Stay tuned for more reviews and updates coming up soon!

Sincerely,

Michelle

P.S. if you wish to contact me or talk to me about a book, feel free to e-mail me at litupmyworld@gmail.com or tweet me at @litupmyworld or @MichelleMags 😀

HAPPY READING EVERYONE!

In My Mailbox (001)

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I’ve had IMMs before, in fact, this should be my 3rd/4th but I’m choosing to call it my 1st since I didn’t really properly titled the first as “In My Mailbox”… anyway, that aside, I’ve got such great books last week and I cannot wait to share them with you!

First off, I’d like to thank HBG Canada for: THE ORIGINALS by Cat Patrick, ICONS by Margaret Stohl, THE RULES FOR DISAPPEARING by Ashley Elston, THOUSAND WORDS by Jennifer Brown and THE RULES by Stacey Kade and lastly, Simon & Schuster for LINKED by Imogen Howson!

With spring just around the corner, here are some books you should look out for!

Here’s a quick link to all books on Goodreads, be sure to add them to you ‘To-Be-Read’ (TBR) books!

| The Originals | Icons | The Rules for Disappearing | Thousand Words | The Rules | Linked |