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Tor Teen Reader of the Month!

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“Reading is an active, imaginative act; it takes work.” —Khaled Hosseini

We read best alone in a comfy chair, but we also love that reading is a communal activity that gets better when you share your thoughts, frustrations and glamorous pictures with the world. So every month we celebrate Tor Teen readers who use their incredible talents, vision, and social savvy to share their reading with the world

June’s Tor Teen Reader of the month was Samantha, booktuber extraordinaire of Thoughts on Tomes, and this month we’re chatting with Hikari of Folded Pages Distillery!

 

Featuring: Hikari, Folded Pages Distillery

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What they’re all about:

What got you into Bookstagram?

Initially, I was just looking for different ways to get my book review blog more visibility. I didn’t start out with styled photos either. I literally would throw the book on my bed and take a quick snap. I’d post it with a caption that said “new review for <insert book title> on the blog today!” or something like that. I think it took me about two months of that before I realized it could be a creative outlet. Then I found out I enjoyed the active community there so much more that the blog became second to Instagram for me.

What was your favorite book at 15?

Harry Potter was just coming to the United States when I was 15 (is this aging me??) so I was very excited about those. If I’m being honest, I don’t think it was until I was in my 20s that I started being critical about books in a way that made me choose “favorites”. I just wanted to read and I would read basically anything that I found lying around or pick up whatever had a good cover that caught me eye at the library. Feeding/Reading Frenzy, if you will. It wasn’t until later that I would go back and pick out the books and stories that stayed with me and began adding them to my personal library.

What is your favorite bookstagram prop?
I definitely like my maps the best. I love maps/star charts a lot, so I tend to throw those in whenever I can.

Before Safi and Iseult battled a Bloodwitch… Before Merik returned from the dead… Ryber Fortiza was a Sightwitch Sister at a secluded convent, waiting to be called by her goddess into the depths of the mountain. There she would receive the gift of foretelling. But when that call never comes, Ryber finds herself the only Sister without the Sight. . 📝 What up Witchlands fans? Today I’m thrilled to be a stop on the “Sightwitch” Instagram art tour and show you an illustrated page out of this special illustrated novella. (which releases on the 13th) . 📝 Here are the deets on “Sightwitch”. It’s told through Ryber’s journal entries and her sketches, as well as other supplementary materials (such as other journals, pieces of songs, and clippings from history books.). Even though it’s meant to be a companion novella, it also serves as a set up to the highly anticipated “Bloodwitch”, as well as an expansion on the world. . 📝 Today I’m showing a sketch of Ryber (and covered up the art on the other page just so I don’t spoil anyone.) and in the coming days, you’ll be able to see more sneaks peeks of the art. (just check out the #Sightwitch hashtag) . 📝 I love books that include drawings and information like this. It’s definitely wizard library material and I’ve enjoyed flipping through the pages. . 📝 Do you read companion novels and novellas to series? (I ask because I recently learned that some people do not and I was so surprised. haha) #sightwitch #witchlands #susandennard #truthwitch #maps

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What’s your favorite Tor Book of all time?
Anything by Victoria Schwab. I loved the Shades of Magic trilogy and the collector’s edition is one of my favorite books on my shelf.

What’s one YA trope you can’t get enough of?
I’m pretty fond of “The Chosen One” trope. There are some “chosen one” stories that do it better than others, and I do like different plays on it… but I love the moment when Arthur pulls the sword from the stone, so to speak. There is one person who can do this thing—defeat this ancient evil, or whatever it may be, and they discover that they alone are the key.

Well, I’m late to the party, but I’m here. . 🕯 This week the second and final installment of the Riders Duology by Veronica Rossi hit shelves and I honestly had zero idea what it was about other than the fact that the covers are gorgeous. . 🕯 I recently received a copy of Riders when I received the ARC for Seeker and after reading the synopsis I found that I was interested in the idea of Gideon (MC) becoming WAR, one of the legendary four horsemen of the apocalypse. I kind of got Percy Jackson/Shaowhunter vibes so I’m moving these over to my TBR shelf to read in the next month or so! . 🕯 Has anyone else read these? I’d love to hear your spoiler free thoughts about them! Also I’m kind of happy that there are so many duologies coming out right now. Duology feels like the perfect amount of story to me. ha. . 🕯 Synopsis: Nothing but death can keep eighteen-year-old Gideon Blake from achieving his goal of becoming a U.S. Army Ranger. As it turns out, it does. . 🕯 While recovering from the accident that most definitely killed him, Gideon finds himself with strange new powers and a bizarre cuff he can’t remove. His death has brought to life his real destiny. He has become War, one of the legendary four horsemen of the apocalypse. . 🕯 Over the coming weeks, he and the other horsemen—Conquest, Famine, and Death—are brought together by a beautiful but frustratingly secretive girl to help save humanity from an ancient evil on the emergence. . 🕯 They fail. . 🕯 Now—bound, bloodied, and drugged—Gideon is interrogated by the authorities about his role in a battle that has become an international incident. If he stands any chance of saving his friends and the girl he’s fallen for—not to mention all of humankind—he needs to convince the skeptical government officials the world is in imminent danger. . 🕯 But will anyone believe him?

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