Thursday, February 8, 2018

Blog Tour: Rookie On Love Spoiler Free Review

Hi Guys!!

It's that time again for another review. I'm doing a spoiler free review on Rookie On Love  edited by Tavi Gevinson. Since it's spoiler free, you don't need to read the book to listen to my thoughts. This post is NOT sponsored by the publisher, I received this book for review.

What's it about?

A single-subject anthology about the heart's most powerful emotion, edited by Tavi Gevinson. Featuring exclusive, never-before-seen essays, poems, comics, and interviews from contributors like Jenny Zhang, Emma Straub, Hilton Als, Janet Mock, John Green, Rainbow Rowell, Gabourey Sidibe, Mitski, Alessia Cara, Etgar Keret, Margo Jefferson, Sarah Manguso, Durga Chew-Bose, and many more!

Rookie's editor-in-chief, Tavi Gevinson, is an incredible advocate for her books. She's very much a star in her own right, as a cultural icon/influencer and more recently an actress. She's a media darling, very well connected, and always willing to use the full power of her iPhone contacts to help sell books.


Rookie gives voice to girls, encouraging them to speak up, to meet up, to make stuff. It empowers them to submit their stories, ideas, and artwork to the site and participate in media rather than letting it control them. It's a positive, supportive environment where many have felt comfortable sharing intimate details of their inner lives, particularly when it comes to love.

Who Edited It?

Tavi Gevinson is the editor-in-chief and founder of Rookie, an online magazine for teenage girls. Tavi's career in media began when she created the blog Style Rookie in 2008 at age eleven. She was profiled by The New Yorker in 2010, and in 2011, at fifteen, launched Rookie. Six days after its debut, Rookie received more than one million pageviews. Tavi has since spoken at TEDxTeen, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Sydney Opera House, The New Yorker Festival, the Commonwealth Club of California, the University of Wisconsin's Distinguished Lecture Series, the Brooklyn Museum, the Melbourne Writers Festival, and The Economist's The World in 2011. Tavi is also an actress, having starred in Kenneth Lonergan's Tony-nominated This Is Our Youth, Ivo van Hove's revival of The Crucible as Mary Warren, and most recently Stephen Karam's revival of Chekhov's The Cherry Orchard on Broadway and the Sundance darling Human People.

What's My Review?

I give Rookie On Love 4/5 stars. It was a solid read and definitely had some words that will stick with me for a while. I really enjoyed the message and what it had to bring to readers and how it portrayed those meanings.

If I was younger I would've given it a higher rating because it would've been more relevant to  my life. What I liked a lot abut it was that it's meant to share one thing for young readers and that is LOVE. 

In the story there was a poem that really stuck with me and it's called "Afraid Of Love". What i liked so much about this story is that it really gives you insight to back when you were younger and you've been hurt so many times. Whether that would've been in high school or even middle school. It just helps you feel identified. Which is one thing we all want.

"it's not that i don't love you, it's that i don't want to hurt you."


February 5 – Mind of a Book Dragon – Review
February 6 – Fiction Fare – Review with a feature 
February 7Paper Cups and Paperbacks – Blog Review and YouTube Video
February 8Brianna_book_binding – Review
February 13Bea’s Book Nook – Joint Review
February 14Bibliobakes – Review 
February 15Melimimi/Melihyoutuber – Review + Social Media Promotion
February 16Allison in Bookland – Review

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Shadowhunter Chronicles Read-A-Long With SometimesLeelynnReads

Hey guys!!

I have some exciting news!! I'm doing a read-a-long with my friend Leelynn from SometimesLeelynnReads. She is amazing and I can't wait to get started. We decided to base this read-a-long on The Shadowhunter Chronicles by Cassandra Clare.

I've been wanting to finish the series for a while and now I'm ready to tackle on what of my bookish goals for 2018. I've heard such rave reviews from other bloggers, booktubers, and even some bookstgrammers. That I want to see for myself if it lives up to the hype.

I've read the first book City of Bones, back in 8th grade and fell in love with Jace and Clary's relationship. I've always wanted to continue on with the series but I just never got around to it. Now I'm ready and am doing it with one of my best bookish friends.

Leelynn and I decided it would be cool if we introduced one another on each others blog. We decided to do an interview style introduction. So here it is:

 Me: How would you describe the perfect reading day?

Leelynn: No interruptions, sitting in a well lit room on a comfortable couch eating lots of snacks.

Me: What is your reading routine?

Leelynn: I listen to a book while I'm at work, and at night before bed I'll read a little bit of a different physical book.

Me: Favorite Genres?

Leelynn: YA Fantasy and Dystopian 

Me: Favorite Stand-alone?

Leelynn: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas 

Me: Favorite Series?

Leelynn: The Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

Me: Book Boyfriend?

Leelynn: Four from Divergent 

Me: Favorite OTP?

Leelynn: Me and Rose Hathaway lol 

Me: Genre you want to read more of and why you haven't?

Leelynn: Own Voices ( I'm not sure what genre that would fall under but if it's YA then for sure that)

Me: Favorite Underhyped book?

Leelynn: TTYL by Lauren Myrracle 

Me: Lastly, Favorite author you want to read more of?

Leelynn: Angie Thomas

I hope you guys check out her blog SomeTimesLeelynnReads. I'll see you guys later for my next entry and I promise you're going to like this review!!

Much Love, 
Brianna xoxo


Friday, November 10, 2017

Blog Tour: The Speaker Spoiler Free Review

Hey Guys!!

It's great to be back for another post. Sorry for the mini vacation but I'm back and ready to work. I thought for today's post I'll be doing a review of The Speaker, which is the second book in The Sea of Ink and Gold.

The Synopsis of The Reader: Sefia knows what it means to survive. After her father is brutally murdered, she flees into the wilderness with her aunt Nin, who teaches her to hunt, track, and steal. But when Nin is kidnapped, leaving Sefia completely alone, none of her survival skills can help her discover where Nin's been taken, or if she's even alive. The only clue to both her aunt's disappearance and her father's murder is the odd rectangular object her father left behind, an object she comes to realize is a book--a marvelous item unheard of in her otherwise illiterate society. With the help of this book, and the aid of a mysterious stranger with dark secrets of his own, Sefia sets out to rescue her aunt and discover what really happened the day her father was killed--and punish the people responsible.


The Author: Traci Chee is the New York Times bestselling author of The Reader. An All-around word geek, she loves book arts and art books, poetry and paper crafts. She studied literature and creative writing at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and earned a master of arts degree from San Francisco State University. Traci grew up in a small town with more cows than people, and now feels most at home in the mountains, scaling switchbacks and happening upon hidden highland lakes. She lives in California with her fast-fast dog.

My Review:
 This book is amazing, I'm not quite finished so I'm not going to go into too much detail. (Slow reader problems.) I really enjoyed The Reader and Traci Chee is such an amazing author, I just knew I was gonna enjoy it. Traci Chee, has a way of transporting you with her writing. It's very fantastical and I just really appreciate that type of writing.



Friday, September 1, 2017

Mini Book Haul

Hey Everyone!!

I have a mini book haul for you today. It's only three books but I love them all so much. I don't want to keep you waiting, so let's get right into it.

#1 Since You've Been Gone by Morgan Matson- I've been dying to read this book, I've heard such great things about it and everyone loves it. So what did I do? I bought it. I wanted to enjoy it like everyone else and hopefully I will. Basically it's about a girl named Emily who's introverted and doesn't put herself out there much, until she meets Sloane. Sloane brings Emily of her shell and they soon become best friends. Then in the summer Sloane just disappears, leaving Emily with a note with 13 instructions on it. It just sounds amazing and I can't wait to see what happens.

#2 The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson- As you can clearly see I went on a mini Morgan Matson spree. I've heard her writing style is amazing and I needed to get on the wagon. The Unexpected Everything follows a girl named Andie who pretty much had her life all together. She's the type of girl who had a road map for her life and knew where she wanted to go and then the scandal happened leaving her to stay in the same house as her dad and now she's an insane dog walker. Though maybe a new guy in her life can help her on the road. This seems like such a good contemporary that's going to have some heartbreak and make me cry a little bit which we all need in our lives.

Saving the best surprise for last is....

#3 Hunting Prince Dracula by Kerri Maniscalco- GUYS! I was so excited when I unboxed this on my Instagram. This is my very first ARC and it's all thanks to you guys. I am thrilled! This is the sequel to the book Stalking Jack The Ripper so I'm not going to do a full summary review. Shhh...don't want any spoilers. Though, I will tell you what the story line is about. Basically this book follows the events that happen in Stalking Jack the Ripper and Audrey Rose is going to school. There are a lot of mysterious deaths, so Audrey Rose and her friend Thomas go and try and figure out why they're dying. I was really excited for this book and I can't wait to read it. Plus I'll be doing an extensive spoiler free review a week before it's release date.

Hope you guys enjoyed my mini book haul. There will be many books in the future that I get and I can't wait to share them with you guys! Thanks for reading and I'll see you guys next time.


Thursday, August 31, 2017

Summer Reading Wrap Up

Good Morning Internet,

Hows everyone's day so far? It's Brianna here to give you my reading wrap up of Summer 2017.

In the summer I read a total of 11 books. Not the best I know, but when you're just getting out of a reading slump. You do the best that you can. How many books did you read this summer? I'd be really inspired to try and catch up to you guys one day. The life of a college student can take some of you're time away.

Being a college student is a whole other story and we'll save this another day.

Though what you're all waiting here are some of my favorite books I read this summer:

My first 3 books are from the Saga series. I'm a huge fan of graphic novels and the art and story that goes along with them. Saga is a Sci-fi series following a family. It's an epic tale of their life on the run and handling their new daughter. It's narrated by the daughter and it's done so tastefully. I really likes these novels, I think those who don't like graphic novels would enjoy these.

My next book is Simon vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli, I gave it a 5/5 of stars. It was amazing, it's about a guy named Simon who's gay and meets a guy online. No one knows about Simon and it works out that way. Everything is fine until he meets a guy who threatens him to expose him to the entire school. This was a great novel, it had humor that had me laughing out loud.

Next, is The Gentlemans Guide to Vice and Virtue. How do you write about such a good book? You just do. This book was amazing and so hilarious, that I don't even know where to begin. I guess I'll start with the a quick overview. This book follows a character named Monty who's about to go on a Grand Tour of Europe in the 1700's. (Yes, it's a historical fiction. Though it's not boring, I promise.) He has a huge crush on his best friend Percy and Monty thought it was gonna be just him and his bestie, but then his sister Felicity tags along. The three then go on an epic adventure all through Europe and it's just so great. It's laugh out loud funny book and the character's are just so lovable. It's just ahh so good. ( Trigger Warning* Racism, Homophobia, Gender Inequality) 

 Lastly, is Daughter of The Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller. This book was amazing, I devoured this novel. It's a YA fantasy with tons of girl power. In the novel we have Alosa a daughter of a pirate king who intentionally gets caught by her enemy ship, to retrieve a special map for her father. All in all I highly recommend this book. It was so good, and had tons of action for the girl fighter in all of us.

So, these were some of my favorite books of the summer. All in all they were all great and I had a really good reading experience. What were your favorite books that you read this summer? Tell me in the comments. Well, I wrote a lot and I'm gonna go. Thank you for everything, and I love all of you!

See you in my next post!

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Welcome to My Blog!


If you're reading this you probably stumble into my little part of the universe. It's great to have you here. My name's Brianna McCullum, I'm a young college student from Florida. I wanted to tell you all of the things to expect from my blog.

All of the things you'll see:

-Book Reviews
-Anything Pertaining to Books

I want this to be a nice community to talk about books and bookish things. I'm so excited to be apart of this community and to share my thoughts with the world. Let's make this an amazing place. See You Tomorrow!