Camp NaNoWriMo + Why I Think I Might Actually Succeed

Thursday, 25 June 2015
Hello Fellow Book Lovers,

Every year in July, Camp NaNoWriMo happens. And if you're like me in any way, shape, or form and think writing is (dare I say it) fun, then you might know that Camp NaNoWriMo is the summer version of National Novel Writing Month in which people attempt to write a specific amount of words because they just want to write more.

As you may or may not know, I'm lazy when it comes to writing and the idea of NaNoWriMo is scary. I mean, 50,000 words in one month is A LOT and writing is hard. But because it's the summer and the word count goal is more flexible, I think I might actually try it.

You're probably thinking to yourself, "But Liran, you're a reader. You don't write. Why are you doing this?"

Sit down, child, and let me tell you a story.

The story starts the way all good stories start: with a tweet.

Specifically this one:

And that's when I was all like:

Well guess what? I did.

In fact, I went to and signed up. And I think you should, too.

And then I saw that I needed cabin members so the VR Posse cabin was born. (You can join it, too if you'd like. Just tell me your Camp NaNoWriMo username and I'll add you. :) And be sure you've made your project.)

So now, I have decided that I will write minimum 15,500 words/500 words a day in July.

Can I do it? Probably not. But the important part is that I'm going to try.

So now that you know why I'm doing Camp NaNoWriMo (yay/ugh/I'm still deciding how I feel about this), I think I should tell you all about my secret weapon/why I might write all 15,500 words.

*insert drum roll*


But I'll tell you all about that soon.

Until then, good luck if you're also doing Camp NaNoWriMo and see you all soon!

- Liran

A Strange and Musical Playlist + Giveaway | Strange and Ever After Paperback Blog Tour

Tuesday, 23 June 2015
Hello Fellow Book Lovers,

Today is my stop of the Strange and Ever After Paperback Blog Tour hosted by the Deadly Truthwitch Clan. So I figured there was no better post to do than a playlist. (Because why not, right?)

Also, the paperback of Strange and Ever After goes on sale TODAY! (Congratulations, Sooz, if you're reading this!)

You can buy it here:
AmazonBarnes & NobleEpic Reads

Anyway, on to the blog post. 

Sunday, June 21st:

Ellen @ YA Bookish News - Gushworthy Scenes with Daniel Sheridan & Eleanor Fitt

Monday, June 22nd:

CJ @ Sarcasm and Lemons - Fancast/Playlist

Liran @ Hearts and Crowns - Playlist

Samantha @ And Then Celaena Set The World On Fire. - Playlist

Zoey @ Uncreatively Zoey - Throwback Thursday

Christina @ Between Bookends - Fancast

Kim @ Dreaming in Libraries - TBD

Adriyanna @ Adriyanna K. Zimmerman - SS&D review

Blog link:

Laura @ Under a Mound of Books - ADS&L review

Kelly @ Audeamus. Let us dare. - S&EA review

Playlist Time

1) This song from Dark Shadows. It gives me the creeps but it's perfect.

2) Nights in White Satin. Something about this reminds me SS&D. I think it's the music. 

3) Prologue from Dark Shadows. I promise this whole playlist isn't just me talking about how the soundtrack of Dark Shadows is amazing. 

4) Destroyer. 

5) The Game of Thrones theme song. To be fair, I associate it with every book no matter the genre because it is epic because I really like it.

I hope you all like my playlist and don't completely disagree with it. (Sorry if you do, so let's agree to disagree nicely.)

Don't forget to check out everyone's blog posts for the tour and to buy your copy of Strange and Ever After! (Think how nice the series will look in paperback when it all matches.)

Thank you to Clan Leader Empress Sooz and my fellow DTC members for letting me do this! *points everywhere* It was a lot of fun!

You can also enter the giveaway we're hosting! (international)

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See you all soon!

- Liran

Review of The Secret Diamond Sisters

Thursday, 18 June 2015
Hello Fellow Book Lovers,

So I finished this book today and because it's now one of my all-time favourites (I'm not surprised at all because this is my kind of contemporary). This is basically why you should read this book in a nutshell with no spoilers.

Book: The Secret Diamond Sisters
Author: Michelle Madow
Publisher: Harlequin
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, All-time Favourites, Everyone should read this book, Really hot fictional boys

Rating: 1000000000000000000000/5 Stars (#SorryNotSorryBecauseIReallyLovedThisBook)

Summary: Three sisters. One billionaire father. What could go wrong?

Savannah. Courtney. Peyton.

The three sisters grew up not knowing their father and not quite catching a break. But it looks like their luck is about to change when they find out the secret identity of their long-lost dad—a billionaire Las Vegas hotel owner who wants them to come live in a gorgeous penthouse hotel suite. Suddenly the Strip's most exclusive clubs are all-access, and with an unlimited credit card each, it should be easier than ever to fit right in. But in a town full of secrets and illusion, fitting in is nothing compared to finding out the truth about their past.

Review: The awesomeness of everything in this book blew me away. 

The characters were very well developed (especially considering this book takes place over the course of a week), the writing was wonderful, and the plot was intriguing.

Here are my top five reasons why this book deserves every bit of those five stars and more (one for every star).
  1. The protagonists. Savannah, Courtney, Peyton, and Madison have got to have the most diverse attitudes among a group of female main characters. Not only is each girl unique, but they all have very distinct plot lines (all of which I found to be very enjoyable). The character development was great as well so you really feel as if you know the girls well by the time the book is finished. 
  2. The plot. If you like The Princess Diaries at all, you will love the premise of The Secret Diamond Sisters. Filled with plenty of fun, romance, and drama, this novel will leave you reading well into the night. (Shout out to all my fellow booknerds who read until four in the morning because they need to know what happens. This book is perfect for you.)
  3. The writing. It's hard to believe Michelle is so young because she is a master of her craft. Giving each girl a distinct voice (which can be hard to do and many authors fail at this), I never once was confused about whose plot line I was following. Bravo to you, Michelle.
  4. The boys. This one is self-explanatory because there are a lot of boys and I consider the majority of them to be top notch book boyfriend material.
  5. The way everything comes together. No, this book did not serve the sole purpose of leading up to its sequel. Yes, the last few chapters left you wanting more, but this book had a real plot line and did way more than just that.
There you go, five reasons to go pick up The Secret Diamond Sisters at your local bookstore.

The Secret Diamond Sisters is the perfect combination of skilled writing, a fantastic plot, and relatable characters. I highly recommend it even if you think you'll hate it because I legitimately think it's impossible not to like this book. 

(Now if I could only convince Harlequin to release Diamonds Are Forever ASAP so I can read it as soon as I'm finished Diamonds In the Rough.)

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- Liran