her book is hilarious

What is the nature of the border between truth and lies? It is permeable and blurred because it is planted thick with rumour, confabulation, misunderstandings and twisted tales. Truth can break the gates down, truth can howl in the street; unless truth is pleasing, personable and easy to like, she is condemned to stay whimpering at the back door.
—  Bring Up The Bodies, Hilary Mantel
Penguin Teen Interns Recommend!!!

Summer is almost over, and sadly, it is time to say goodbye to our Summer 2017 Penguin Teen interns. They have been hard at work reading manuscripts, posting online Penguin Teen content, creating eBooks, planning author tours, attending lots of fun meetings and of course, doing lots and lots of reading! Before they left, we asked them for a few of their MUST READS you don’t want to miss out on!    

An Ember in the Ashes series by Sabaa Tahir

Oona Ryle (Publicity Intern)
“An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir could not have been more aptly named –  it won’t burn you, but the story will draw you closer with the warmth she creates in the character relationships. I’m reading the sequel, A Torch Against the Night, right now, and somehow, it’s even better than the first book!”

Perfect Ten by L. Philips 

Dan Denning (Retail Marketing & Advertising Intern) 
“They say to never judge a book by its cover, but I fell in love with this book the instant I saw the cover… whoops. Still, the vibrancy, romanticism, and humor you see on that cover is exactly what is inside the book too! Sam’s journey to find his perfect boyfriend in a town where he is one of the only gay boys kept me 100 percent invested throughout all 352 pages. Read it for the captivating story, the adorable characters, the juicy romantic drama, and because you REALLY want to know which of Sam’s four crushes ends up being the final boy behind that unicorn mask on the cover.” 

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If We Were Villains by M. L. Rio

Enter the players. There were seven of us then, seven bright young things with wide precious futures ahead of us. Until that year, we saw no further than the books in front of our faces.

On the day Oliver Marks is released from jail, the man who put him there is waiting at the door. Detective Colborne wants to know the truth, and after ten years, Oliver is finally ready to tell it.

Ten years ago: Oliver is one of seven young Shakespearean actors at Dellecher Classical Conservatory, a place of keen ambition and fierce competition. In this secluded world of firelight and leather-bound books, Oliver and his friends play the same roles onstage and off: hero, villain, tyrant, temptress, ingénue, extra. But in their fourth and final year, the balance of power begins to shift, good-natured rivalries turn ugly, and on opening night real violence invades the students’ world of make believe. In the morning, the fourth-years find themselves facing their very own tragedy, and their greatest acting challenge yet: convincing the police, each other, and themselves that they are innocent.

Part coming-of-age story, part confession, If We Were Villains explores the magical and dangerous boundary between art and life. In this tale of loyalty and betrayal, madness and ecstasy, the players must choose what roles to play before the curtain falls.

I’ve been following the publishing journey of @m-l-rio for a few years now and I am so excited to have a copy of her book in my hands. Her sharp wit, hilarious bookstore and theater stories, and unflinchingly honest nature is bound to translate into a highly engaging, intelligent debut. 

If We Were Villains has been likened to The Secret History by Donna Tartt, and I’m dropping every other book I’ve planned to read so I can start it. 

You can get your copy from your bookstore on April 11th, 2017, but for now, add it to goodreads.

Top 5 favorite: YA Fantasy series

Halloween has never been my thing, perhaps because where I come from (especially when I was a kid), it isn’t celebrated. I do find it the perfect excuse to talk about my favorite fantasy books. These books might not be spooky in general, but they have their moments!

1. Mara Dyer 

I took the first Mara Dyer-book home with me from the library without having any expectations. Once I started reading these books, it was impossible to put them down. The story’s about Mara, a high school student who’s been noticing strange accidents around her. Accidents she’s afraid she caused. Noah Shaw is Mara’s love interest and he’s so hot and brooding but also sweet and caring. They really are M.A.D.N.E.S.S. (sorry, inside joke). Mara also has a great best friend and a cool relationship with her brothers. 

2. The Grishaverse

If there’s one author everyone should give a shot it’s Leigh Bardugo. She can create a mystery and let her kick-ass characters solve it with a lot of action and a little bit of humor. I deliberately wrote Grishaverse, instead of trilogy because Leigh’s Six Of Crows-duology is set in the same universe. The setting of Six Of Crows is very different from the Grisha-books but just as good. Maybe even better…

3. Vampire Academy (and the Bloodlines spin-off)

About three years ago I read Richelle Mead’s VA-series, which is narrated by the witty Rose Hathaway. She’s a dhampir, a half human-half vampire, who’s in training to become her best friend Lissa’s, a royal vampire, guardian. When I first heard of this series I wasn’t entirely convinced, but once I started reading the first book, I couldn’t put it down! I read the entire VA-series in one week. Luckily after I was finished there was the spin-off, which is about Sydney Sage. She gets introduced in the fourth VA-book. Bloodlines isn’t better or worse, it is only different.

4. Shatter Me

Writing, or even thinking, about Tahereh Mafi’s Shatter Me-series always hurts a little bit. I’ve read this series twice. When I finished Ignite Me, I started all over again the next day. Tahereh’s writing is beautiful. She writes about the journey of Juliette, a girl with fatal powers, who’s captured and eventually used as a weapon. In Unravel Me there’s this really intense scene and every time I read it, something scares the shit out of me, like the doorbell. My heart hurt so badly from being startled that it still hurts when I think about it.

5. Precious Stone

If you’re looking for an adventure with mystery and great humor, Kerstin Gier’s books are for you. In this trilogy, she writes about time traveling and her character’s are hilarious! Once you’ve finished this book you’ll want to read more of her. Luckily her Silver-trilogy is also published in multiple languages.


my top 10 bending scenes of korra in book 1

Otayuri Fic Recs #1

Summary, Thoughts, * (Complete)

1. * The Beauty of Dawn by Phoenix_Rising719
>> In which Dawn causes the Night’s Guard to fawn over him like no other from one chance encounter.
Aka: Yuri does his job in a way that catches Otabek’s eye and makes him realize that he needs to get to know this child better. Or something like that…
>> MY FAVORITE. ALL THE FLUFF, FLUFF, FLUFF. This is a fluff machine… These two are the most adorable! I love their dynamics and their first sight and first meet to the mutual pining to their get together is just brilliantly written.

2. * Summer Daze by lalazee
>>Three Times Yuri Tried to Seduce His Camp Counselor and the Fourth Time It Worked.Written for Otayuri Week, Day 4: Long distance/visits.(This fic contains Yuri in love with Otabek from age eleven. It contains Otabek strongly noticing Yuri from age seventeen. There is no underage sexual activity, including kissing.)
>> Yuri is adorable af! And the pining is just brewing and it lingers still after the years he hasn’t seen Otabek. I’m so in love with just how the pining was portrayed in this fic..

3. * he’s beauty, he’s grace, he’ll punch you in the face by scribblemetimbers
>>Yuri doesn’t know why his little student is in this boxing gym – he’s seen no less than five people getting bashed in the face – but he has a Bad Feeling about it.OR: While Yuri Plisetsky HAS grown enough to be marginally less angry when someone insults and harasses him - “The wisdom of age,” Viktor would nod sagely, and Yuri would punch him in the leg - he will totally Throw The Fuck Down when it’s directed at someone else. Especially when he has a soft spot HE WILL NEVER ADMIT TO for them and they’re, like, barely past his hip.
>> BOXER OTABEK IS MY LIFE! The fight between Yuri and that douche was well described and the first meet between Beka and Yuri was so beautiful and hilarious all the time. This is definitely something to read over and over again.

4. * what are we by otabek
>> Yuri is bad with words and Otabek smells good.
>> Just from the summary I already fell in love with this fic. Their relationship just goes in a soup full of ambiguity and the ending just added a new flavor to officiate their romantic relationship.

5. admiration in falling asleep by calliopinaround
>>Rooming with Otabek is fine. It really is—they’re best friends, Otabek is the perfect roommate, and there’s nothing about each other that they don’t already know to make it weird.(Except Yuri hadn’t known that Otabek walks around only in his pajama bottoms in the morning, or what he smells like right out of the shower, or that he likes his coffee with two sugars and nothing else, or that he has a knack for losing the television remote regardless of where he puts it, or that he keeps his keys on his nightstand and nowhere else, or that he opens the blinds half-way first thing in the morning to let the sunrise in…)So it’s fine. It really is. Yuri likes this arrangement, and no matter how many looks Mila gives him, that’s the truth.He just wishes it sounded like all of the truth.
>> Roommates AU. What more can I say than hop on and read it till you memorize the lines and the dialogue and everything good about this fic.

6. * you were the song stuck in my head by  minorseventh 
>>“Not a good day,” he says simply. “Play me something.”Otabek says nothing, doesn’t acknowledge that he recognizes the nameless voice on the other end of the line, just chooses a track and lets the music fill the late-night radiowaves.Yuri recognizes the tune and smiles like a fool in love. Which, by the way, he totally, totally isn’t.
>> THIS. THIS. PINING. AND PINING. AND SONGS. A drop of pining, a dash of music and a pinch of DJ!Otabek is the best combination. READ THIS.

7. * you are my favorite ‘what if’ by  minorseventh 
>>By now, Otabek has learned to never let his hopes up: he’s been let down too many times. But he can’t help but imagine that this may be the face to the lovely anonymous dancer who’s been calling the station nearly every night now.There is no way, Otabek convinces himself. No way it’s him.(Spoiler alert: it’s him.)
>> This is the sequel to #6 and it’s Beka’s side of the story!! Features candy canes of PINING AND MUSIC. The series isn’t finish, btw and I can’t wait for more to come!!

8. * One for the Road by Lumieres 
>> “Please, take me away —“ Yuri’s text had been so abrupt that Otabek had to glance at his phone once more to make sure he wasn’t dreaming.(Or: Yuri is so focused on his career, he doesn’t notice Otabek slowly falling in love with him.)
>> If there’s Pining Yuri, then there’s Pining Otabek and an Oblivious Yuri. All in Otabek’s POV. Motorbike rides and building climbing are the best date nights. Go check this out and succumb to the pining.

9. * Fanfic Fairy Tale by Zetal (Rodinia)
>> One day Otabek gets a package. He opens it and when he’s done staring at the book trying to make this make any kind of sense, he decides to wait for Yuri’s call before figuring it out. They read the book together, commenting on the ridiculousness of it.Or the one where one of Yuri’s fangirls sends Otabek her fanfic in the form of a fancy book.
>> There’s nothing more hilarious than reading a fanfic of a pairing reading a fanfic. *queue inceptionnn* I love every bit of this fic and I love the otayuri comments here and there. (There’s a hint of mutual pining from the two of them tbh)

10. * Skater Doll by Zetal (Rodinia)
>> Yuri finds something that highly disturbs him in Otabek’s hotel room.Underage warning: Yuri is 16 and Otabek 18. Nothing explicit happens.
Rating for Yuri’s relationship to language.
>> Adorable af. Maybe Yuri should acquire a huge Beka doll in return. (better yet, a dakimura of Otabek)

11. In The Rain by  zoebun 
>> Yuri was just walking down the street in the rain.He never expected a dark-haired stranger to share his umbrella with him, despite Yuri telling him to go fuck himself.He never expected him to live in the same apartment building as him.And he never expected a stranger he met on the street to become so much more than that.
>> Beka’s a smooth as flirter and a sweetheart and a gentleman and the whole package that Yuri’s gotta keep. I’m loving every chapter and every word of this fic, I can’t get enough of this Modern AU. It’s fresh and this take on Beka’s character is exquisite. 

12. Café Latte by  SpecterQueen 
>> Inspired by this kink prompt: “Character A works a minimum wage job at Starbucks and is trying to get a second job to help pay rent, but nothing is working out. Strapped for cash, Character A tries to find themselves a Sugar Daddy to pay the bills."Basically, barista Yuri is bad at budgeting and is forced to find alternative methods to make rent. He works at a coffee shop owned by Viktor. Otabek comes from a wealthy family, and is willing to help in exchange for a questionable agreement.This is incredibly self-indulgent. Please mind the tags. Yuri is 20 going on 21 and Otabek is 25.
>> It’s just two chapters in and I’m already hot for more of this fic. Beka in this fic is as mysterious as it goes but he’s a cordial fellow and respectful with Yuri’s wishes. Nice to have a guy like Beka.

13. * stray cats dream in techno by  m (pistachiomadeleines) 
>>  When Otabek shows up to St Petersburg for the weekend, Yuri tries to show him around - only to discover that Otabek knows his city better than he does.
>> Wherein Yuri somehow embarrasses himself but it’s not too bad because Beka’s jamming songs and Yuri’s enjoying his time with a cat named Mango while Beka watches from afar with a fond gaze. GREAT READ. 

14. * if this night is not forever, at least we are together by  pllsetskyonice (hma1313) 
>> It starts with a doodle in the margin of his art history notes that, when he looks at it from the right angle, looks like Otabek. Then there’s the midnight scrawls in his journals when he pours his heart out onto the page in smudgy ink, and when he rereads them the next day, it’s clear in his mind that the rambles that fill page after page are only about one person. Slowly, bits of Otabek start creeping into his art, snippets of things he’s written in journals, half remembered conversations immortalised in paint, some of the writing covered in angry strokes of red acrylic or made barely legible by the ink running down the page. He’s under his skin, and Yuri doesn’t really know why, or how to make it stop, how to make it go away, or anything that could possibly make the situation any better.And whilst that might well be the start, it’s not technically the beginning.
>> PINING ALERT, PINING ALERT. There’s pining and two idiots messing around and whispering sweet nothings in parties and pouring all the heartache through painting. 

15. All the Right Notes by  pastelplisetsky
>>  Yuri Plisetsky (18, just because) is an incredibly gifted piano player, known for his passionate and somewhat violent playing/compositions. But in order to compete in the famous Eurasia United competition (i completely made this up lol), he needs a violin accompanist. Although he’s dreamed about this competition for years, he’s always worked better alone. Otabek is little-known, solemn, and a lovely violinist.
Based off of Yuri’s Allegro Appassionato in B Minor, his free skate song. Also somewhat inspired by Your Lie in April (the anime) but not really because I’ve only seen the first episode.
>> Frankly, I have not seen Your Lie in April but I’ve watched other music anime (like La Cordia doro and Nodame Cantabile) so I have some experience in reading fics like this. Pulled me in from the first chapter and I’m still hoping for more chapters to come!!!! 

16. * Some Twenty and Tea by  ctine_lea27 
>> -
“So I can trust you as well right?”“Of course. Definitely. Abso-fucking-lutely.”
Yuri turns sixteen then seventeen and he likes to mess around to get rid of that feeling that’s confused and hurt him once then another. Rewind, Yuri is confused and scared. Forward, he sees him and it scares him.They find out, get hurt, cry and sexual tension. Coping mechanism? Twenty questions- and Otabek is terrible at it. There’s tea here too.Three days. Three chapters. One whole package.
>> I’ve saved the best for last and this is it. This fic is a wonderful monster. I’ve had waterworks whenever I read this, and I’ve gazed at this several times that the waterworks just come pouring down again. This fic is one hell of a rollercoaster and I highly recommend this one. 

iarinthel  asked:

Out of curiousity, do you have anything written about how her advisors/companions would react to Krem and Meliha dating? Or hell, maybe some random Inquisition scouts gossiping about the Inquisitor dating the Lieutenant of the Chargers. Banter, either out on the field or on the war council, scenes at the tavern, anything of that sort? I'd love to see what your take on that for these two would be.

The whispers start as soon as there’s anything beyond flirtation to talk about.

One courier sees the Inquisitor’s pinkie curled shyly around the Chargers’ lieutenant’s, and the rumor mill explodes. Every shy glance sparks another rumor, every smile three more. It doesn’t help that Iron Bull is like a proud parent, bragging noisily about his little “Krem Puff” stealing the Lady Inquisitor’s heart at every opportunity.

Vivienne brings it up first, of course, always at the forefront of any and every scandal before it even really starts. She’s concerned, of course, about the Inquisitor’s image. The Chargers are such a rough-and-tumble band of misfits, their reputation often precedes them, and Messere Aclassi is of Tevinter. Meliha soothes her worries as she is so good at doing, but also firmly puts down any protests she may have with a soft, earnest, “I will not be swayed in this, my friend. I will not put my heart on a leash for the sake of appearances.”

Word gets out about that conversation quickly enough, and then everyone feels they should offer advice. Josephine nudges them towards fancy vacation villas with not-so-subtle leaflets left on the Inquisitor’s, and Leliana offers little more than sly smiles and subtly inappropriate advice. Cullen offers only gentle smiles and congratulations.

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Day 14 of the August Maiden Book Photo Challenge: Five Book Tag

I just got off work and I thought it’d be nice to eat some homemade rice pudding and read a good book!

1. First favourite book: Probably Matilda by Roald Dahl

2. Second book read in 2017: I was on a new adult kick at the time! It was Hawks by Sawyer Bennett

3. Third book of favourite series: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (though tgof is my fave.)

4. Second to last gift: Probably an ARC from my book mail

5. Last Purchase: an ebook copy of Royally Endowed by Emma Chase–her writing is amazing and hilarious!


Shy Smiles: Chapter 1 | The Wallflower


Genre; Angst/Fluff. Badboy AU! Kind-Of-Criminal AU!

Word Count; 2296. (Wow~)

Warnings; Anxiety is mentioned. Abuse is undescribed but mentioned from personal experience. 


  • This is more of an introductory chapter for the character Y/N.
  • Suga/Min Yoongi doesn’t personally appear in this chapter but is mentioned, please be patient. ㅠ.ㅠ 
  • This begins with a cliche plot because I couldn’t figure out another way to commence the story but I assure you it’ll change afterwards. 
  • The text in italics are statements to take note of~.

Song of The Day; Blood, Sweat & Tears//BTS.

Thank you for reading~!

Originally posted by minseokked

The little chimes of her alarm clock danced a honey-like melody into her ears, a small, genial smile sparking her rosy lips, her eyes still softly shut against the dark blue streaks of early morning that emitted through the gap between the silky curtains hung neatly around the oblong window peering down at her bed. 

Y/N lay like this for a while, her skin tingling against the warm, fluffy material of her mango-tinted duvet covers. Her upper structure surrounded by a sea of puffy cushions and pillows, which made her giggle slightly, the small pair of eyes peeking out from the large mass of cotton that made up her bed lighting up in amusement. Y/N found pleasure in such small, salubrious situations, and it never really mattered if she was alone whilst witnessing them.

Sometimes she liked being alone.

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