Lit Up Fandom: Shannelle Chua ft Bookstagram Bookmarks

October 30, 2016

Lit Up Fandom is where I feature artists who make awesome bookish stuff
When I first came up with the idea for Lit Up Fandom three years back (whew! Three years!), Shannelle was one of the first artists I discovered. Her gorgeous pieces for Stephanie Perkins's books were what made me fall in love with her work, and I knew I wanted to feature her here one day.
Fast forward, my life became crazy busy, especially this year, and I haven't really had the time to blog. This year, though, I've gotten a little involved with Instagram, and the bookstagram community. Some weeks back. Shannelle, who posts under @shanandwords, put up a rep search for a secret project. I knew anything from Shannelle was bound to be awesome, so I immediately signed up, and I won (I was so excited, you guys!)!

And now its time to reveal her Secret Project! *cue drum roll*

They're these absolutely gorgeous bookmarks!

Here's the description from Shannelle's IG post:

"I'm testing things out first with a trial run of 20, and each of these bookmarks is one-sided, printed on 200 GSM paper, and it's 2X5 inches in size. For this batch of 20, they'll only be $0.99, and shipping is $1.10, at most."

You can find these bookmarks for sale over here!

And now, on to the interview!

Rewind: January 2016

February 1, 2016


Life was super hectic last month, and I don't see the pace abating anytime in the near future. Just the opposite, in fact. I got to go to Goa for the first time for a conference a couple of weeks ago, and it was really weird in that it was equally stressful, disappointing, fun and restful. I bought some amazing some stuff too, like an antique lifebuoy key chain, and a pocket leather traveler's notebook. I'm yet to start using the book though, because I want to use it for something special, and I don't have any ideas. What would you use a traveler's notebook for?

Review: Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin

January 26, 2016

Title: Wolf by Wolf (Wolf by Wolf, #1)
Author: Ryan Graudin
Publication date: October 20, 2015
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (Hachette)
Genre: YA, Historical
Source: Publisher (NetGalley)
Amazon Goodreads TBD
Code Name Verity meets Inglourious Basterds in this fast-paced novel from the author of The Walled City.

The year is 1956, and the Axis powers of the Third Reich and Imperial Japan rule the world. To commemorate their Great Victory over Britain and Russia, Hitler and Emperor Hirohito host the Axis Tour: an annual motorcycle race across their conjoined continents. The victor is awarded an audience with the highly reclusive Adolf Hitler at the Victor's ball.

Yael, who escaped from a death camp, has one goal: Win the race and kill Hitler. A survivor of painful human experimentation, Yael has the power to skinshift and must complete her mission by impersonating last year's only female victor, Adele Wolfe. This deception becomes more difficult when Felix, Adele twin's brother, and Luka, her former love interest, enter the race and watch Yael's every move. But as Yael begins to get closer to the other competitors, can she bring herself to be as ruthless as she needs to be to avoid discovery and complete her mission?
Like it often happens when your love for something is great, I am hesitant to write this review, if for nothing else than that I am unsure if I can sufficiently convey what a masterpiece Wolf by Wolf is. Nevertheless, since I do happen to be a book blogger, I shall try.

What would the world be like if Hitler had won the Second World War?

Its an innate human belief that good always triumphs over evil. But what if? Wolf by Wolf is set in a world where the Axis Powers and Japan are the superpowers. Yael is a skin shifter. She's basically a human chameleon. She can change her appearance at will, thanks to several years of undergoing horrifying experiments at a Nazi concentration camp. Soon after she develops this power, Yael escapes the camp and joins the resistance. After some years working for the cause, she decides to join the annual youth motorcycling race that winds across the breadth of the continents, ending in Japan. The victor's ball is one of the few times that paranoid Hitler actually comes out in public, and Yael is charged with assassinating Hitler.

Review: The Impostor Queen by Sarah Fine

January 4, 2016

Title: The Impostor Queen (Untitled #1
Author: Sarah Fine
Publication date: January 5, 2016
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books (Simon & Schuster)
Genre: YA, Fantasy
Source: Publisher (Edelweiss)
Amazon Goodreads TBD
Sixteen-year-old Elli was a small child when the Elders of Kupari chose her to succeed the Valtia, the queen who wields infinitely powerful ice and fire magic. Since then, Elli has lived in the temple, surrounded by luxury and tutored by magical priests, as she prepares for the day when the Valtia perishes and the magic finds a new home in her. Elli is destined to be the most powerful Valtia to ever rule.

But when the queen dies defending the kingdom from invading warriors, the magic doesn’t enter Elli. It’s nowhere to be found.

Disgraced, Elli flees to the outlands, the home of banished criminals—some who would love to see the temple burn with all its priests inside. As she finds her footing in this new world, Elli uncovers devastating new information about the Kupari magic, those who wield it, and the prophecy that foretold her destiny. Torn between the love she has for her people and her growing loyalty to the banished, Elli struggles to understand the true role she was meant to play. But as war looms, she must align with the right side—before the kingdom and its magic are completely destroyed.
The buzz for The Impostor Queen has been huge in the last few months, so naturally, I was ecstatic when I got the chance to review the story! Here are the...


Reading Goals for The Coming Year

January 3, 2016

With a new year of blogging comes a new set of goals. I'm not usually one to participate in reading challenges (except for Goodreads. That's a given), simply because... well, I've never thought about it, but maybe its because I don't like to be confined in any way?

In 2015, I realised that while my reading was high on quantity (170+ books), it wasn't all that great in terms of quality. I'm not proud of this, but I have a sneaky feeling that this was because I focused on books I knew I wouldn't review here on Hitch Theory, and hence gravitated towards not-so-great books. Yes, fail.

A Little Bit About Me

November 7, 2015

Yes, it was my birthday, and I turned 21 on October 2nd! Have some of that month old cake ;D

I've never been big on birthdays, and I've never even mentioned it here on the blog, but with the 21st, I felt like it called for some kind of acknowledgement.

21 is supposed to be this big milestone in people's lives, mostly because of the legal drinking age thing, I guess? I don't drink, though, and the only other thing that's of significance is that I can now marry legally (the legal age for marriage in India is 21). Yeah, no plans of doing that anytime soon, so I figured I'd do something noteworthy and share some unknown facts about my interesting life (question is, if my life were really interesting, would this be the noteworthy thing I do on my 21st?)

Review: Walk on Earth A Stranger by Rae Carson

October 3, 2015

Title: Walk on Earth A Stranger (Gold Seer Trilogy #1)
Author: Rae Carson
Publication date: September 22, 2015
Publisher: Greenwillow Books (HarperCollins)
Genre: YA, Fantasy, Historical Fiction
Source: Publisher (Edelweiss)
Amazon | Goodreads | TBD
Gold is in my blood, in my breath, even in the flecks in my eyes.

Lee Westfall has a strong, loving family. She has a home she loves and a loyal steed. She has a best friend—who might want to be something more.

She also has a secret.

Leee can sense gold in the world around her. Veins deep in the earth. Small nuggets in a stream. Even gold dust caught underneath a fingernail. She has kept her family safe and able to buy provisions, even through the harshest winters. But what would someone do to control a girl with that kind of power? A person might muder for it.

When everything Lee holds dear is ripped away, she flees west to California—where gold has just been discovered. Perhaps this will be the one place a magical girl can be herself. If she survives the journey.

The acclaimed Rae Carson begins a sweeping new trilogy set in Gold Rush-era America, about a young woman with a powerful and dangerous gift.

After completely loving Fire and Thorns trilogy by Rae Carson, I knew I would read anything else she wrote. And so when I got the chance to review Walk on Earth A Stranger, I grabbed it. And I am so glad I did.

In a few words, Walk on Earth A Stranger is the story of Leah Westfall who has the power to glean gold, wherever it might be. In an effort to escape from her uncle who murders her parents to get to her, Leah travels across the country to California at the start of the gold rush. Her rationale is that she would be able to conceal her power in a place where it wouldn't be a miracle to find gold.