Thursday, June 23, 2016

MWH is on Semi-Hiatus!

Hey guys! I don't know if you've noticed it, but the blog's been pretty silent lately and I'm really behind on my blog posts. I tried really hard to write and publish them on time but I just... can't.

The reason for this is because of school. Yes, I know I survived school and blogging last year, but I had no idea that tenth grade would stress me out this much. I can't focus on both school and blogging at the same time — I've already even done gazillion homework in just two weeks of school! (And we also have a ton more activities I need to be a part of as well.) It's been making me really frantic and I just can't risk my grades to drop.

Don't get me wrong though — I love this blog! I've known a lot of people and read a lot of books. But it's really hard to find extra time for reading quickly and blogging when I'm doing my best to be really productive at school, especially since I'll be reaching senior high next year and I really need to watch my grades.

Anyway, why I'm saying is: Mara Was Here will be on semi-hiatus for a while. I have no idea how long, but hopefully it won't be too long.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

The Unexpected Everything: That time when I finally met the man of my dreams

The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson book cover // Review by Mara @ Mara Was Here
TITLE: The Unexpected Everything
AUTHOR: Morgan Matson
GENRE: YA Contemporary Romance
PUBLICATION DATE: May 3, 2016 by Simon & Schuster

Andie had it all planned out.

When you are a politician’s daughter who’s pretty much raised yourself, you learn everything can be planned or spun, or both. Especially your future.

Important internship? Check.

Amazing friends? Check.

Guys? Check (as long as we’re talking no more than three weeks).

But that was before the scandal. Before having to be in the same house with her dad. Before walking an insane number of dogs. That was before Clark and those few months that might change her whole life.

Because here’s the thing—if everything’s planned out, you can never find the unexpected.

And where’s the fun in that?

Thursday, June 9, 2016

YA Books vs. Textbooks: There really isn’t much of a debate here, is there

YA Books vs Textbooks: There really isn't much of a debate here, is there
All right. So much to my utter dismay: SCHOOL STARTS TODAY.

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I know most of you are probably having your summer vacation this month (which is totally cool and makes me very jealous), but schools in my country work differently (we usually have ours from late March to early June). And now that I’m dreading the thought of going through the first day of school yet again (with classmates that I’m not really that fond of), I thought it would be fun to have a bookish school-related blog post for this Thursday.

So as I am most probably sulking at the darkest depths of the classroom in school right now, let’s just get on with the actual topic on the blog today, shall we?

Tuesday, June 7, 2016


TITLE: A Darker Shade of Magic (Shades of Magic #1)
AUTHOR: V.E. Schwab
GENRE: YA Fantasy
PUBLICATION DATE: February 24, 2015 by Tor Books

Kell is one of the last Antari, a rare magician who can travel between parallel worlds: hopping from Grey London — dirty, boring, lacking magic, and ruled by mad King George — to Red London — where life and magic are revered, and the Maresh Dynasty presides over a flourishing empire — to White London — ruled by whoever has murdered their way to the throne, where people fight to control magic, and the magic fights back — and back, but never Black London, because traveling to Black London is forbidden and no one speaks of it now.

Officially, Kell is the personal ambassador and adopted Prince of Red London, carrying the monthly correspondences between the royals of each London. Unofficially, Kell smuggles for those willing to pay for even a glimpse of a world they’ll never see, and it is this dangerous hobby that sets him up for accidental treason. Fleeing into Grey London, Kell runs afoul of Delilah Bard, a cut-purse with lofty aspirations. She robs him, saves him from a dangerous enemy, then forces him to take her with him for her proper adventure.

But perilous magic is afoot, and treachery lurks at every turn. To save both his London and the others, Kell and Lila will first need to stay alive — a feat trickier than they hoped.

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Ivory and Bone Blog Tour: Prehistoric times, yay! (+ Giveaway)

TITLE: Ivory and Bone (Ivory and Bone #1)
AUTHOR: Julie Eshbaugh
GENRE: YA Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Retellings & Romance
PUBLICATION DATE: June 7th 2016 by HarperTeen

A prehistoric fantasy—with allusions to Pride and Prejudice.

Hunting, gathering, and keeping his family safe—that’s the life seventeen-year-old Kol knows. Then bold, enigmatic Mya arrives from the south with her family, and Kol is captivated. He wants her to like and trust him, but any hopes of impressing her are ruined when he makes a careless—and nearly grave—mistake. However, there’s something more to Mya’s cool disdain…a history wrought with loss that comes to light when another clan arrives. With them is Lo, an enemy from Mya’s past who Mya swears has ulterior motives.

As Kol gets to know Lo, tensions between Mya and Lo escalate until violence erupts. Faced with shattering losses, Kol is forced to question every person he’s trusted. One thing is for sure: this was a war that Mya or Lo—Kol doesn’t know which—had been planning all along.

Thursday, June 2, 2016

May 2016 Recap: School (EEP), Air Awakens, Reviews for June & More

May 2016 Recap post header for Mara Was Here
I don't think there's much that happened this May that I can chat about with you guys. Though I did just join the Air Awakens fandom because VHALLA AND ALDRIK AHHH HOW CAN YOU NOT EVEN. (I'm still hungover about those things that happened on Fire Falling and Crystal Crowned. To those of you who've read the books, I KNOW YOU KNOW WHAT I'M TALKING ABOUT. *weeps*)

(Oh and I swear I don't intentionally join new fandoms every month. It just... happens.)

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