5.30.2020

how we rise / REVIEW

welcome to the next stop of the blog tour for HOW WE RISE by Brooke Riley. i read an ARC and was blown away by this incredible story. 





before i get to my review of this incredible book, here's some info about the lovely author & her story! 


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blurb

When the truth gets you killed… will you still Rise?


Raegan MacArthur is content with her simple life. But lately, her life hasn’t been all that simple. She can’t drown out the screams in the night coming from the military base up the road. And she can’t ignore the truth behind them.

Peter Daniels thought moving back to Texas with his mom for senior year was a good thing. A chance to reconnect with old friends and finally feel at home again. But his life now can never be the same as it was six years ago.

Signs of government overreach are everywhere, and an unknown- yet familiar- enemy lurks in the shadows, watching their every move. The government is clamping down tighter and tighter on anyone who resists their ways. Raegan and Peter have to make the hardest decision they've ever faced: will they go quietly to save their lives… or will they rise?  




Brooke Riley has been seriously writing novels since she was fifteen, the thrill of creating new worlds and broken humans with a greater purpose is something that inspired her to begin writing in the first place. Before then, she hated writing but loved books and literature. She's always been drawn to new worlds and fascinating books. Not limiting herself to one genre, you will find she writes in dystopian one day, contemporary another day, and even historical the day after that.

When she's not writing, Brooke is probably thinking of some random idea for a new novel that's come to her in the most inconvenient of times, and how soon she can make a Pinterest board and Spotify playlist for it.  

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and here's my disorganized, rambling review. basically just me spewing all my thoughts on this amazing book, and why y'all should read it. 



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disclaimer - i was given an ARC by the author, but was not compelled to give a favorable review. all opinions expressed are my own :) 

HOW WE RISE is an inspiring, emotional book that completely broke me. i read the last few chapters so fast that i had to go back and reread immediately after finishing it. and the last page. y'all. <spoiler> BROOKE HOW COULD YOU END THE BOOK WITH THATTTT. just saying, raegan better not be dead. *glares* <end spoiler>

when i finished HOW WE RISE, i just sat and stared at my computer screen. then i got up and refilled my water bottle. and sat back down and fought the urge to immediately reread the book. i have to admit, i wasn't completely hooked during the first part, but by the middle section - when Certain Things happened, i couldn't read it fast enough. 






a short list of reasons why you should read HOW WE RISE:

Peter. i want a peter in my life, guys. just, he's such an amazing, thoughtful character, always conscious of when Raegan needs a pep talk or encouragement. 


x fRieNdSHipS. also ships. because everyone knows that Raegan + Peter belong together. just sayin.

a. great. representation. of. homeschooling. << YES. i love how homeschooling is presented in this book, and Brooke accurately depicts Raegan's struggle to fit into public school. 

also, a pastor's kid that isn't portrayed negatively or stereotypically. 


Evan. love him and hate him at the same time. he's not a typical villain by any means, and i look forward to seeing what happens next for him.


x the setting! it's super interesting since it's set in dystopian America, but just a few years in the future. which, imo, makes it more eerie and disturbing. 






despite a few minor quibbles, i thoroughly enjoyed Brooke Riley's HOW WE RISE, and i look forward to reading the sequels! hopefully soon, as i still haven't recovered from that cliffhanger. 0_0 

very excited to participate in the blog tour, and let me know if y'all have read this lovely book! 




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5.08.2020

cover reveal / DARE


happy friday, all. i'm so excited to participate in the cover reveal for DARE by Tricia Mingerink. The Blades of Acktar is one of my all time favorite series (seriously, i read it three times last year) and i can't wait to see the updated covers!

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the new & shiny cover for DARE !

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ahh, isn't it gorgeous? Savannah Jezowski designed it, and i can't wait to see the other covers! the new cover is live on amazon now, and if you don't already own a copy of this wonderful book, i highly recommend you check it out. or you can order directly from Tricia (thru her website) and get a signed copy!

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hope y'all are having a
good day! i'm very ready
to be done with finals...just
a couple more days. :)


a. r.

4.22.2020

30 things i'm thankful for / quarantine edition

it's been an okay few weeks. alternating between loving all the family time and getting stir-crazy. :) trying to thank God for the little things, so here's thirty things i'm thankful for during this strange time of quarantine + social distancing.

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1. zoom calls with extended family.

2. playing pictionary online while facetiming friends. skribblio is the best!

3. daily walks with my parents.

4. drinking coffee and reading my bible in the early mornings.

5. putting on a pair of jeans for the first time in weeks and actually not hating it. i may have done it bc all my leggings were in the wash, sshhh.




6. exercising in the morning - kickboxing is the best.

7. adventures in odyssey. we've been listening to so much & it's keeping us sane.

8. watching the narnia movies with my little siblings for the first time.

9. starting a harry potter marathon.

10. watching an andy griffith episode with my family every night.




11. driving my brother to work and sitting in the parking lot, doing homework.

12. cozy nights spent huddled in sweatshirts and watching accounting lectures. yes i know i'm a nerd.

13. getting a good grade on an econ test that i was convinced i had failed.

14. writing letters to college friends.

15. facetiming my roommate and spending an hour knitting and talking about sherlock and psych.




16. sitting on our screened-in porch and watching brooklyn 99. my new favorite show - tho psych is still my ultimate favorite ;)

17. making breakthroughs with my current wip & [ secret project ]. not trying to be dramatic - it's secret only bc it's embarrassing, lol

18. watching some good news episodes w/ john krasinski.

19. zoom-calling my friend and watching the office together.

20. painting with my little siblings.




21. watching my brother accept admission to his dream college.

22. making peanut butter bars with brother #2 even tho he's allergic to peanut butter.

23. making late-night runs to giant for seltzer water (it's a priority in our house).

24. finally learning how to dutch braid!

25. lots and lots of crocheting. mom and i have made seven baby blankets so far.




26. my dad bringing me flowers whenever he goes to the grocery store.

27. baking an apple pie.

28. bible study on tuesday nights with my college group.

29. tea time on sundays with hallmates from my dorm.

30. planting day lilies in the front yard and watching them slowly grow.



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how's quarantine / social distancing going? 
online classes? 
i'm so sick of zoom lectures, lol 
hope y'all are doing well! 


love, 
a.r.



4.16.2020

HOW WE RISE / cover reveal

just popping in to help the amazing Brooke with the cover reveal of her debut novel, HOW WE RISE - which releases july 15, 2020!

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When the truth gets you killed... will you still Rise?

Raegan MacArthur is content with her simple life. But lately, her life hasn’t been all that simple. She can’t drown out the screams in the night coming from the military base up the road. And she can’t ignore the truth behind them.

Peter Daniels thought moving back to Texas with his mom for senior year was a good thing. A chance to reconnect with old friends and finally feel at home again. But his life now can never be the same as it was six years ago. 

Signs of government overreach are everywhere, and an unknown- yet familiar- enemy lurks in the shadows, watching their every move. The government is clamping down tighter and tighter on anyone who resists their ways. Raegan and Peter have to make the hardest decision of their lives: will they go quietly to save themselves… or will they rise?



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and now, for the gorgeous cover! 

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isn't it gorgeous? 

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the utterly amazing & kind  brooke riley is the author. below are her social media links! 




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hope y'all are doing well in 
this crazy time! ♥️

love,
a. r.