The 80s Movie Tag // Oh, How I Wish I Grew Up In This Marvelous Decade

Header - FionaHi loves! This lovely original tag was created by Ashley from Infinite Library! No, I’m not an 80’s baby, hell I’m not even a 90s baby, but I adore 80s movies and music with all my being. Thank you so much for tagging me, Ash! The prompts for this one are so fun, and I love the movies that were chosen!

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The Color of Lies by C.J. Lyons // An Intriguing Mystery With A Dash Of Romance

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“The world is filled with magic. You just have to look and listen”

TEST SynopsisHigh school senior Ella Cleary has always been good at reading people. Her family has a rare medical condition called synesthesia that scrambles the senses—her Gram Helen sees every sound, and her uncle Joe can literally taste words. Ella’s own synesthesia manifests itself as the ability to see colors that reveal people’s true emotions…until she meets a guy she just can’t read.

Alec is a mystery to Ella, a handsome, enigmatic young journalist who makes her feel normal for the first time in her life. That is, until he reveals the real reason why he sought her out—he wants to learn the truth behind her parents’ deaths, the parents that Ella had always been told died in a fire. Alec turns Ella’s world upside down when he tells her their deaths were definitely not an accident.

After learning her entire life has been a lie, Ella doesn’t know who she can trust or even who she really is. With her adoptive family keeping secrets and the evidence mixing fact and fiction, the only way for Ella to learn the truth about her past is to find a killer.

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A Conjuring of Light by Victoria Schwab // Essentially Everything I Ever Hoped For

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“Scars are not shameful, not unless you let them be. If you do not wear them, they will wear you.”

TEST SynopsisThe precarious equilibrium among four Londons has reached its breaking point. Once brimming with the red vivacity of magic, darkness casts a shadow over the Maresh Empire, leaving a space for another London to rise.

Kell – once assumed to be the last surviving Antari – begins to waver under the pressure of competing loyalties. And in the wake of tragedy, can Arnes survive? Lila Bard, once a commonplace – but never common – thief, has survived and flourished through a series of magical trials. But now she must learn to control the magic, before it bleeds her dry. Meanwhile, the disgraced Captain Alucard Emery of the Night Spire collects his crew, attempting a race against time to acquire the impossible. And an ancient enemy returns to claim a crown while a fallen hero tries to save a world in decay.

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The Mid-Autumn Festival Tag // Celebrating My Chinese Heritage

Header - FionaGood morning! I was tagged for this lovely one by the wonderful Orangutan Librarian. Thanks for tagging me! If you’ve never been to her blog before, what are you waiting for!? Pop on over! You won’t regret it! Although I don’t mention it very often, I’m half Chinese, so this tag sounds like a fun way to celebrate my heritage – even if I’m a month late. Oops! Also, this post is making me crave mooncakes. I must remedy this soon.

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October Wrap-Up // Blogging Every Day For A Month With Lots of Halloween Spookiness!

Monthly Wrap UpHey dolls! I finally accomplished what I sought to do since I began blogging … I posted at least once a day for a full month! Do you see those fireworks in the sky!? They’re obviously there to celebrate this momentous feat of mine. I shockingly managed to read a handful of books, despite my constant studying for midterms. I participated in #SCAREtober, which was an absolute blast, and even read a few spooky books! Perhaps the most exciting development to happen this month … drumroll, please … I requested a physical ARC and was approved! Is this a dream come true? I have an awful fear of being rejected by publishers, so I can’t describe the sense of relief and excitement I felt when I received an email informing me that I was accepted. As far as life happenings are concerned, I attended my first football game (an amazing experience!), dressed as Wendy Darling for Halloween with my boyfriend (Peter Pan – sadly, I couldn’t persuade him to wear tights hahaha), and visited Disneyland.

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A Gathering of Shadows by Victoria Schwab // My Heart Was Thrown Into An Incinerator

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“Kell has only two faces. The one he wears for the world at large, and the one he wears for those he loves … For us.”

TEST SynopsisIt has been four months since a mysterious obsidian stone fell into Kell’s possession. Four months since his path crossed with Delilah Bard. Four months since Prince Rhy was wounded, and since the nefarious Dane twins of White London fell, and four months since the stone was cast with Holland’s dying body through the rift–back into Black London.

Now, restless after having given up his smuggling habit, Kell is visited by dreams of ominous magical events, waking only to think of Lila, who disappeared from the docks as she always meant to do. As Red London finalizes preparations for the Element Games–an extravagant international competition of magic meant to entertain and keep healthy the ties between neighboring countries–a certain pirate ship draws closer, carrying old friends back into port.

And while Red London is caught up in the pageantry and thrills of the Games, another London is coming back to life. After all, a shadow that was gone in the night will reappear in the morning. But the balance of magic is ever perilous, and for one city to flourish, another London must fall.

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Let’s Talk About … Blogger Etiquette – The Do’s And Don’ts Of Engaging in the Community

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Good morning, loves! I believe safe to assume that many new bloggers don’t anticipate how much of their follower base will consist of fellow bloggers. This was certainly true when I was a young tadpole, still learning how to keep myself afloat amid the rapids of blogging world, and I’ve seen other bloggers share similar experiences. With that being said, I believe there are quite a few misconceptions about what is proper blogger etiquette. Do you have to like and comment on every post you read? Should you follow back every follower? What are shoutouts? Pingbacks? Retweets!? These are merely a few questions I wondered as a new blogger, but through this post I hope to clear up a couple inquiries you might be having about what is polite to do in the blogging community. I am by no means an expert in this manner, and the following advice is simply the personal opinion I’ve acquired from my time of blogging.

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Quite the Quote // Love and Loss Are Like A Ship And the Sea

Fiona's HeaderQuite the Quote is a weekly meme created here, at Another Book in the Wall, where I share some of my favorite quotes from literature!  I will also include a short reflection about it as well.  If you would like to join me in this meme, feel free to do so!  Just link back to me in your post, so I can easily see your quotes!

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