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MEET THE AUTHORS CHLOE AND OLIVIA CURTIS – AURORA TRILOGY | NAJA

Hello and welcome (back) to Nocturnal Book Club blog! 🙂

Today I would like to introduce to you Olivia and Chloe Curtis, sisters and authors of Aurora trilogy. You can read my review of Aurora here. I also had an interview with both of them:

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Released Book: Aurora

Currently working on: Amber

My sister Olivia and I are what people call “Military Brats”, a term used to
describe children of military families. I guess you could say we have no hometown because of how much we moved around. I was born in Fairbanks, Alaska and, five years later, Olivia was born in St. Louis, Missouri. About a year after she was born we moved to Cocoa Beach, Florida. Both of us consider this to be a hometown to us because we spent a decent number of years there before moving once more. We spent almost eight years in Florida before moving to Fairfax, Virginia. We stayed in the area, only moving to neighboring towns after that. My dad retired from the Air Force allowing us to stay permanently. When I was twenty I married my high school sweetheart who was in training to join the Air Force. We got stationed in Dover, Delaware, about three hours away from our families in Virginia. I was still in college and had about two years left till I finished my four-year business degree. Olivia was just finishing her first year of high school when I moved out.

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In November 2014 I graduated college and was uncertain about what to do next. The area that my husband and I were stationed in didn’t have very many opportunities for jobs and I was feeling lost. Over the holiday season my sister suggested writing a book. We sat up one evening and came up with the entire concept for Aurora. It took us a year to complete the writing and artwork for the book and four months to finish editing, layout, and format for it. April 2016 we released Aurora on Amazon and it was one of the most amazing feelings in the world. I was 24 almost and Olivia was 19 and we just wrote, illustrated, and published a book. It was unreal. My family was ecstatic. My mom and dad are definitely our biggest fans. My husband was thrilled and has worked so hard to make sure I am able to pursue whatever makes me happy. Everyone we know has completely supported us and for that we could never be grateful enough.
The next step for us was promoting. I posted about it on Imgur, a picture sharing social media site, and it went viral overnight. I was in complete shock. We did multiple promotions for it including glow in the dark wristbands that we gave away during a music festival called Firefly. Shortly after that, we did the book giveaway with Blissful Life Project; it was so fun and rewarding to work with someone who is so passionate about books.

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Now it’s been a year since the release of Aurora and we are slowly working on book two, Amber. It has been much more challenging because my husband and I moved back home to Virginia, I started a job that turned out to be relatively demanding at a bank, and my sister is a full time student. I think the most challenging thing about writing a book is being able to write when inspiration hits. I work six days a week most weeks and I can’t tell you how many times I get inspired to write and I can’t. I love working and I find my job to be challenging and rewarding but it does get in the way. I have to learn where the balance is so that I can blend both harmoniously. Writing is one of the most powerful tools we have. I feel so lucky that I get to paint pictures with words and connect with people on such a unique level. Olivia, who collaborates with me on almost every detail, gets to take our words and paint a literal picture with them. She can see what the words are supposed to look like and she designs such astounding works of art from it. It makes the books ten times more powerful to me personally because our connection as sisters is literally drawn out for the reader every chapter.
As we are working on our more mundane life tasks and our books we are also working on music. My husband is a musician and the three of us work together on small projects that will hopefully be out there one day for all of you to hear. Right now our plans for the future consist of continuing the Aurora series, working on music, and enjoying the journey. While it is important to have goals and push for a brighter future, it is equally important to savor the moment leading up to it. Hopefully Amber will be released in 2018 and everyone can enjoy that journey with us. For now we hope you all continue to enjoy Aurora and it’s many mysteries and surprises!

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Have you read Aurora? If you have make sure to leave link to your review in the comments, I would love to read your thoughts, I absolutely love this book. I also have Aurora on my list of books to reread in December.

 

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TOWER OF DAWN SPOILER REVIEW | LAUREN

“The world will be saved and remade by the dreamers” – Sarah J Maas

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SPOILERS!!!!!!!

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First of all, since the first time Yrene and Chaol met I wanted them as endgame; I was never a fan of Nesryn. I also called Nesryn and Sartaq becoming a thing by the end of the novel.  I really did not like Hasar, at all. Half-way through I still didn’t love Chaol (if you didn’t know, before TOD, he was my least favorite character), but points were slowly being given to him; honestly, have-way though I didn’t even know if I liked Yrene, maybe that’s why I wanted them as a couple. I loved when Chaol would go back to old memories during the demon sessions, so that I got to see a deeper version of his point of view. I also got some major feelings whenever Chaol mentioned Dorian or Aelin; I miss them so much! When they found out Maeve is Valg, I was thinking, “is it really such a surprise? She’s pure evil!!!” Chaol did have major character development, which I’m very happy about because he desperately needed it. Towards the middle-end Nesryn’s chapters began to bore me a little, maybe I wasn’t devoted to her journey and just wanted to see Chaol and Yrene. I just miss Dorian to be honest.

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PERFECT READS FOR COZY DAYS | GUEST BLOGGER: @emaschapter

Hello everybody! I hope you are all having a great day! Today I will talk about the perfect reads for cozy days. So Sundays, holidays, and any other rainy days when you have all the time in the world and you have your blanket, cup of tea of coffee try to pick up one of these books. It will get you in a cozy mood even more!

1. Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children, Ransom Riggs

After the loss of his grandfather Jacob travels to the island his grandfather was living when he was younger. His mission is to find the orphanage his grandad used to live and talk to the principal who knew his grandad. He wants to make a conclusion and move on from his grandfathers death. But things that he least expected start to happening. This triology is full of great characters and creepy photographs. What makes this book so perfect for a cozy read is the writing. Because the writing is so detailed and beautiful it is easy to imagine the atmosphere and that amazing world Ransom Riggs created. It will truly be an adventure to read through these books. So if you are for a one great ride this is a book for you. The book gives out some cozy vibes because of the feeling of depth the world has.

2. The Little Prince, Antoine de Saint-Exupery

After the plane crush, young pilot meets The Little Prince in the desert. They become friends and The Little Prince teaches the pilot some really important life lessons. They spend some time together and create this beautiful relationship. This short but beautiful story is perfect for a cozy day read. It is short so you will be able to read the whole book in one day. With the pictures from the author, that most of the editions have, the reading experience is fulfilled. This story has so much more to offer than it looks on first. Metaphors, life lessons, complex writing, the book has it all. A classic, that is one of my all time favourite books is definetly worth your time. You will not be the same after reading this book and you will definetly need some time to think about it. Perfect for people of any age!

3. The Night Circus, Erin Morgenstern

The Night Circus comes unexpected. It opens at dusk and closes at dawn. This strange circus has more secrets than you can believe. This book will take you breath away! It is simply amazing! I think it is a perfect cozy day read. It is a fantasy, with beautiful writing, great carachters and the plot that you might find a little bit confusing but definitely interesting. It is mysterious and the world will completly take you away. It is a slow read and it takes some time to read it but I think that makes the reading experience even better. This is defintely a book you need to take your time with and get lost in the mistical and the magic world of The Night Circus.

4. Salt to the Sea, Ruta Sepetys

The World War II was a terrible time to live in. Four young people with their stories and secrets travel together to safety. But nothing is certain. Their trip might be useless. This historical fiction is a real eye opener. After the investgation Ruta Sepetys did for years before publishing this book you will find out some heartbreaking facts. If you are up for a great, hard and breathtaking read this is a great book for that. The writing is very simple but still gets the message acorss beautiflly. Really important and interesting read that will stay with you for a while.

5. Sophie’s World, Jostein Gaarder

This book incorporates philosophy and fiction in one amazing story. You will get into the book from the first page. Together with a young girl Sophie you will learn about the world. Forget everything you know and let yourself enjoy this masterpiece. It took me a long time to read it but it was worth it! A great reading experience I will never forget. The plot looks simple, but it gets very interesting. It is a calm, long read perfect for a rainy day. It is about a girl and her phylosophy teachers living in this small city and discovering the secrets of the universe!

That were all the books I find great for a cozy day. They are all slow but suprising, simple but at the same time very complex reads. I think all the books on this list are very good and I would recomend them for sure.

Thank you for reading!

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BUYING BOOKS ON A BUDGET | ALISON

We all know books can add up quick, and some times we really want a book, but don’t have the funds to purchase that book. Here are some places I like to get my books on the cheaper side.


Book Outlet


With Book Outlet you can find thousands of titles on sale by a pretty significant amount. Keep in mind they will not have every book there is. Also, if it is a popular book it could go fast! 

Lets compare some prices:

Caraval by Stephanie Garber

Book Outlet ​price: $4.47 (US dollars) Hardcover

Amazon price: $14.12 (US dollars) Hardcover

OMG what a difference in price!!!


*Check to see if Book Outlet ships to your country*

Used Bookstores


I am lucky enough that I have a used bookstore one town over from me. I visit it often and I absolutely love it! It is cute, little and I could spend hours there. Hop on google and find a used bookstore near you.

Let me know where you find books for cheap. You can find me on Instagram at @lovely.alison.reads 

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THE CHAOS OF LONGING REVIEW | NAJA

Hello and welcome back to Nocturnal Book Club blog! 🙂

Today I would like to share with you my thoughts on a poetry book The Chaos Of Longing by K. Y. Robinson. I got this book for free on NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

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As the trigger warning on the beginning of the book says, the book contains descriptions of sexual trauma, suicidal ideation, racism and sexism. The book was sometimes very hard to read, there were poems that I could not connect or relate with and some of them so nicely written that they made my heart beat a bit faster!

Here are some of my favourite poems or quotes from this book:

“It will not be love at first sight when you look at me. Your eyes and heart must adjust to me. Darkness lives here.”

“I would eat all the stars just for you to see light in my eyes.”

“If you told me to come to you right now I would drop everything, watch it shatter like glass, and crawl on the broken pieces to show you how much love hurts.”

“Sometimes I wonder if I’m too much rainfall and not enought sun.”

“They never tell you that the heat of waiting will burn you if you linger too long.”

“Darling, you must be tired of feeling your way out of the dark long after they’ve left. It’s time to find the light.”

“You are a natural phenomenon – not a natural disaster.”

 

Goodreads rating: 3.7/5 🌟

My rating of the book: 4/5 🌟

My rating of the book cover: 5/5 🌟

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THE ONE MEMORY OF FLORA BANKS REVIEW | LAUREN

Flora, Be Brave!

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No Spoilers 🙂

Honestly, nothing resembles this book. I’ve never met a character like Flora before and have definitely never read about the troubles Flora faces. The problems Flora face constantly are not the main reason to love this book: it’s the way Flora faces them. The tattoo “Flora be brave” is the main reminder Flora receives every time she has short-term memory loss, and bravery is obviously something that comes natural to her. My only disagreement about this book was the extent of the repetition. I know it was necessary on some level, considering Flora’s position, but I found my mind wandering on those parts. For the majority I was entertained and ended up finishing the novel quickly! I highly recommend this to fans of “We Were Liars” by E. Lockhart, or fans of “Everything, Everything” by Nicola Yoon.

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I rated this book a 4/5 on Goodreads click here to see it. 

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THIS YEAR’S REMAINING BOOK-TO-MOVIE ADAPTATIONS | ANA PAULA

After having being able to watch book-to- movie adaptations such as Hidden Figures and
the recent hit remake It, some people believe they’re all we will see this year in the big
screen. However, with 3 months left to this year, we still have some left!

The two I’m waiting for the most are these:

1. Wonder by R.J. Palacio

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I feel embarrassed for admitting I actually haven’t read this book, but I’m planning
on doing it before it comes out. It’s a touching story that people usually
recommend to people for the incredible lesson they give about accepting others
and oneself. One of the reasons why you could watch it, besides the story and
the message, is because among the cast will be Daveed Diggs, actor well-known
for having appeared as the Marquis de Lafayette and Jefferson in the Broadway
hit “Hamilton”.
I leave you the link to the official trailer right here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ob7fPOzbmzE

2. Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie

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This mystery classic will be adapted once again, but now with actors such as
Kenneth Granagh, Penelope Cruz, Judi Dench, Johnny Depp, Josh Gad, Daisy
Ridley, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Leslie Odom Jr.
Agatha Christie is known for her intriguing books, her amazing writing style, and,
because of this, she’s been classified as one of the most sold authors in history.
Also, I leave you the link to the trailer here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KhjQyDMzKWI

Some of the other books that will come out this year are these:

3. Let It Snow by John Green, Maureen Johnson, and Lauren Myracle
4. The Snowman by Jo Nesbø,
5. The Mountain Between Us by Charles Martin
6. Thank You for Your Service by David Finkel
7. Call Me by Your Name by André Aciman

8. The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls

 

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CURRENTLY READING: THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN BY PAULA HAWKINS | TANUSHKA

Since I started my bookstagram I was hearing about The Girl on The Train by Paula Hawkins, and I was always like * gosh I need to get that book and read it *. So I moved to Pennsylvania a couple of days ago, and on my second day here I went to the library with my fiancés little (She’s not that little) cousin and she told me to get a library card, which obviously I did * laughs *. While she was showing me around I saw they had the book, so I quickly got it and was finally able to read it.

I started this week and oh my gosh Im already loving this book. Its so intense, full of secrets and mistery. I honestly leaves you wanting more. Soon my review for The Girl On The Train will be up.

Hope you liked todays post, have an amazing week! 🙂

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LONE WOLF | GITHMI

Lone Wolf
She sat in a corner

Isolated from the crowd

Oblivious to the surrounding

Blocking out the noise.
Some ignored the proud damsel

Another called her a shy girl 

Few sympathised with the troubled dame

Major did not know her existence.
Cruel destiny has abandoned her

In a world full of vile

Caught up in a whirlpool

Of a never-ending anguish
Dream-High
They said it is an impossibility 

To go up high as you deem

They said you belong down here

On this dull land, the home to monotony

They said the blue sky is not for you

You can’t escape the destiny

But,

Smiled the Kite as it rose

High up above the sky it belonged

Parents
They worked hard

Quick and right

Night and day
They got paid

For their might

It was a happy day
They came tired

Looked at the happy sight

The tiredness gone away 
Three girls clapped

Unaware of the fight

Their parents play
All for their delight

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A LETTER TO FELLOW TEEN WRITERS AND ASPIRING AUTHORS | GUEST BLOGGER: Erin Forbes

My name is Erin Forbes, and I’m the seventeen-year-old author of the Fire & Ice Book Series. I began my writing journey at the age of thirteen, and I published my first book, Fire & Ice: The Elementals, at the age of sixteen. It has been truly incredible to hear about the influence that my story has on the lives of so many young readers. My second book, Fire & Ice: The Lost Dreamer, will be coming out this December, and the anticipation has been rising! It is wonderful to read about the enchanting light that my writing has brought to the teen fiction genre. During many of my most recent interviews and author event discussions, I have been asked about my best advice for an aspiring young author. I wanted to make a blog post for all of the readers who have been too far away to attend my recent book tour.
READ!
I have never met a writer who does not like to read, and I believe this is because the two passions are inseparable. You simply cannot be a very good writer if you never find the time to read the works of other authors. Reading is essential to developing your own creative talent and way of articulating words. My advice to you is this: read almost as much as you write, and write almost as much as you read.
Carry a Notebook
It is always best to start your writing with a unique idea, but these ideas don’t always arrive when you are sitting at your laptop. Inspiration can strike at any moment. I find that my best ideas come to me when I am least expecting them. Therefore, it is essential to have a notebook and pencil on hand at all times. I often use Notes on my iPod for the same purpose.
Find Inspiration in Your Surroundings
When my mind is clouded in a terrible state of writer’s block, I find my inspiration in everyday surroundings. You can connect with these ideas through a walk in the park or forest.
Music is also a fantastic way to discover writing inspiration. I have created my own Spotify playlists for the Fire & Ice Book Series.
 
Make Time to Write
We often find our schedules too busy to take the time that we need to write; however, I believe that we should all make the time to write. Whether you find a moment in the early mornings or late afternoons, allow yourself a few hours to sit with a cup of tea and pencil in hand. A writer must prioritize the time that they spend working on their craft.
Never Give Up
If you have always dreamed of finishing your first novel or becoming a published author, do not allow yourself to sit around and wait. Start writing! Take action! Stay focused and devoted to your creative project. Great things do not happen from doubt and uncertainty. If you really want to devote your life to the art of writing, pick up the pen and allow your words and ideas to escape through the ink.
~ Erin Forbes
 
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