What’s on deck for BOANW – Summer 2013 edition


Lydia is Usagi’s ginger queen.

Hey, everyone!

Usagi and Ashleigh here. Thought we’d update you on what’s going on this summer for the blog.

1. HIATUS!: We’ll be gone for the month of August (Usagi’s off to Palm Desert the second week of August and Ashleigh’s back off to school in late August), but we’ll still have some great content for you (more on that later) and scheduled reviews that will go up as planned. There won’t be too many memes, sadly, but we need the break.

2. JULY ON THE BLOG: We’ve got a dual-review/review battle coming up for the blog tour stop for Hannah Jayne’s “Truly, Madly, Deadly”, as well as participating in YA LGBTQ month as sponsored by Once Upon a Bookcase. We’ll be doing a Afternoon Yak-like discussion of the upcoming trans-centric YA book, “Freakboy”, so look forward to that!

3. BLOG TOUR MANIA: As previously mentioned, we’re going to be on the blog tour for “Truly, Madly, Deadly”, but we’ll also be kicking off the tour for Amanda Sun’s excellent “Ink” on the 20th. We’ll also be hosting Bryony Pearce and her debut with Strange Chemistry, “The Weight of Souls”, in August. So definitely look forward to all of these tour stops!

4. MORE FEATURES: We’re working to put some more features in place, but it’s coming a bit slowly, so…be patient. We’ll also have a makeover coming soon, too.






We love you guys, and thanks for being patient with us!


Usagi & Ashleigh ❤

Breaking News! BOANW Expands!


All these feels Stiles cannot hold.

Hey, everyone!

Great news! We here at BOANW are expanding – and you know what that means, right?

New co-bloggers!

Yes, Ashleigh Paige from The YA Kitten will be joining us as of next week to share her reviews and tag team with me on memes as well as have awesome review battles with me on the same books. We have a lot of new, fun content coming your way over the next few weeks, so please look forward to it!

Also, I’m going to be a bit MIA for the next week or so, because of friends coming home to visit, me going to see family, and Wondercon this weekend. I’ll try to fit in reviews as best as I can, but we’re also going to be transferring over Ashleigh’s stuff, and working on things along those lines, so we won’t completely be gone. Just an FYI for everyone.

Thanks for listening, and I hope you’re excited as I am about these wonderful new changes at the blog.


Usagi ❤

We’re back!

Hey, guys! We’re back from hiatus!

But, unfortunately, due to technical difficulties (as in, I seem to be cursed with computers), we won’t be up with full functionality until next week at best. So…yeah. You’ve been warned. Which is why my Stacking the Shelves post isn’t happening this week – Old Faithful (my old, old laptop which has been faithfully serving me in the interim) doesn’t have the capacity for Photoshop right now, which is what I use to create my WWW Wednesday and Stacking the Shelves posts. Sadly enough. So, if you guys can hang in there with me, thank you for doing so.

But! Look forward to a new Manga Monday segment next Monday, as well as a (TBD) upcoming chat/round table discussion post about fanfiction and publishing with friend of the blog Patricia @ Book Exhibitionism, Kristin @ Beneath the Shining Stars, I read, and possibly others. If you’re a book blogger who’s in fandom, or reads/writes fanfiction and want to participate, shoot me a tweet or email and let me know as we’re still looking for a few people to participate.

In the blog tour arena, we’re on board for “The Madman’s Daughter” tour with Harper on January 23rd, The “Scarlet” blog tour with Macmillan on February 2nd,  the Triple Threat Blog Tour from Bloomsbury for “Dance of Shadows” and “Hysteria” on February 28th and March 15th, respectively.  Look forward to all of these, because they are going to be AWESOME.

And of course, more reviews! YEAH!

Forever blogging loudly,

Usagi ❤

News and stuff! Blog Tours, Interviews, NaNoWriMo, and more!


Hey there, guys!

So, the blog is still on semi-hiatus, but there’s some stuff I thought I’d let you know about.

First, I’m done with NaNoWriMo for the year! Well, almost. Me and winglesswarrior managed to get over the 100,000 word hurtle without even finishing editing our pile o’ google docs for the “War Son” project that we’ve amassed for the month of November alone. Of course, it’s still in first draft form so it’s nowhere near perfect, but you get the idea. I’m pretty proud of us.

14798443Second, blog tour news! BOANW will be on the blog tours for Megan Miranda’s “Hysteria” and Yelena Black’s “Dance of Shadows” next January and February, respectively. I’m pretty excited for both as I’ve been nipping and tasting both books and so far? They’re definitely looking like best of 2013 so far material. More news on the tour as it develops, but it’s looking like an interview and a guest post for these tours, so stay tuned!

12788061Third, I’m going to be trying to make the deadline for World Weaver Press’ winter romance anthology for 2013. I have until the 31st to get 20,000 words out, but I have an idea, and here’s hoping it works. I’m not sure what I’m writing yet, but I figure I better do it anyway, just to see what might come out of me. It’s novella material, around 80 pages double-spaced (at least, that’s what google said 20,000 words equalled out to in manuscript form). More news on that as it develops, too!

13591672Fourth, we have an interview from Chris Howard (“Rootless”) coming your way fairly soon. He’s an awesome dude with some absolutely awesome ideas, so I can’t wait to see what my questions yield. And lastly, the Review Copy Wipeout schedule has been updated for your amusement. Or my torture. Take your pick.

So, guys, BOANW will be back in firm form a week or two after New Year’s, so enjoy the rest of your year! We’ll see you again soon.




Picture is extremely accurate.


Okay guys, so, I’m doing NaNoWriMo again this year, a joint project with personal bff and friend of the blog, winglesswarrior @ exile from conformity. So the blog is on haitus for all of November, and December will be spent recovering from NaNo. You can find the deets on our NaNo project here, though I haven’t put any of the actual text of the book up yet as we’re still gathering it into chapter form.

Please note that I will be honoring all prior commitments to publishers, so there will be a blog tour stop coming up for “The Twisted Tragedy of Miss Natalie Stewart (Magic Most Foul #2)”, as well as reviews that I have promised.
Otherwise? I need the rest, guys. I’m starting to burn out, and I don’t want to do that. So the memes will be really scaled back, as will daily activity.

BOANW will be back in January with a whole lot of new shenanigans, so I hope you guys look forward to it!

Thank you for your fealty,


Happy 2nd Blogoversary, BOANW!

Hello, Everyone!

Two years ago today, I started the blog. Originally, it was to keep up with my creative writing when I wasn’t in class or otherwise studying with my mentor. Then I decided to review books. I don’t know why I decided to do it, but I did, and I’m glad I did. Even with all of the drama throughout the time I’ve been here, I’ve come away a better reader, a better writer, and a better person with some awesome new friends.

My book has also made it into the hands of an agent. No word yet on whether she’ll take me on, but we’ll see. Good thoughts are welcome!

I have to credit the blog with so much of my life, both the good and the bad. For good or worse, it’s affected things more than I anticipated. And strangely, I’m okay with that.

So happy birthday, blog. And may there be many more to come!

With love, always,


BOANW has reached 1,000 posts!

Thor loves our blog so much, he demands more posts.

Party time, guys! Birth of a New Witch has reached one thousand posts (as of this post)! Our blogoversary isn’t until later this month, but I find it particularly astonishing I managed to cobble so many posts together in less than two years.


So now, we celebrate! Well, we’ll be doing a lot of celebrating this month with the blogoversary and all, and maybe even a giveaway! (No promises, I have to see how the finances go.) We do have an awesome new segment coming to the blog that no other book blog has right now (probably), and bringing on aboard a new member to help out with that segment at least once a month. The segment should be up and running by the blogoversary, unless something bigger comes up.

But thank you for helping us get to 1,000 posts, and let’s keep it going!




Top Ten Tuesday – Week 43

Top Ten Tuesday  is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. This feature was created because we are particularly fond of lists here at The Broke and the Bookish. We’d love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists! Each week we will post a new Top Ten list  that one of our bloggers here at The Broke and the Bookish will answer. Everyone is welcome to join.

This week’s theme: Usagi’s Top Ten Book Blogger Confessions

Oh boy, do I have quite a few of these. I’m not holding back, because this is the perfect moment to vent and heal. I may sound like a total bitch by the end of this, but I promise you, I’m not. At least, unless you pull some of the things listed below. ❤

1. Dramallamas – Good god, am I sick of all of the drama going around the community. I’m really tired of bloggers HAVING TO QUIT because someone has harrassed them into it (I’m looking at you, GRbullies). We’ve lost three great bloggers in the past two months alone, and I don’t want to lose any more of them. Seriously. Chill, everyone.

2. Self-Pubs: Up until all of the drama, I was more than happy to look over any self-pubs that came my way. But since, I’ve been wary. Why? I don’t want to deal with the drama (and quite frankly, more than just a few were terrible even though they sounded awesome). Until we all calm down, I’m just not accepting any self-pubs. I’m sorry. I wish it were different, but…/kanye shrug You get the idea. I love self-pubs, don’t get me wrong, but I am NOT loving the behavior that’s coming pre-packaged with it.

3. ANYONE trying to do a review inquiry to me on GR: Sorry, that’s an auto-block for me now. I was getting a lot of requests, most of them for books that I’ve stated I have no interest in reading, genre-wise. Even small pubs were doing it, so I had to put my foot down on GR a few weeks ago. I hate it when I have to do that. For those who want inquiries from any book blogger? Take a look at their rules first. You might actually get a review that way.

4. Book bloggers who flaunt very coveted ARCs waaaaaay before their pub date: I really try not to be one of these people, but I know I’ve ended up looking like an ass more than once because of this. I try not to flail publicly about an awesome book, and I try not to brag, and I think I’ve been doing a better job at it now that I’m fully in the swing of things. I just find it awful that some bloggers kind of hold these ARCs over the heads of everyone else so far else ahead of the time – it’s cruel.

5. I am the ultimate book blogger cliche – I want my novel to be published: YES, THIS IS ME, I TOTALLY ADMIT IT. Actually, my first book is in the hands of an agent right now. Hopefully she’ll take me on, and if not, well, I can always try again. I hope I’m not jinxing myself actually talking about it, which is why I’ve been silent on the issue except to friends.

6. ARCs are not the end all of things: I have to keep reminding myself this when I get denied a particularly coveted title. I’ll get my chance at it after it’s published. But I think we all forget this in the community and get upset about it a lot. I know I do.

7. I’m sick of “TEAM BOY A” versus “TEAM BOY B” Web Badges: For many many reasons, but I just kind of find it particularly obnoxious. Not unexpected, but…I guess since YA is so oversaturated right now with love triangles, I just can’t take it anymore. You know what would be awesome? If it were TEAM BOY A versus TEAM BOY B for a male MC stuck in a triangle – more GLBT love triangles would be totally sweet.

8. No more slut-shaming in lit: In ANY genre or ANY lit. I’m sick of the purity myth (particularly in YA lit) and how one’s virginity measures one’s worth. Sorry, it doesn’t measure your worth and it SHOULDN’T measure your worth. Don’t let yourself or your MC be defined by her virginity (or lack thereof).

9. Disappoint in the number of male book bloggers: They seem so few. I only know of a handful compared to the female blogging masses. Come on, guys, get with it! We don’t bite. Hard.

10.  Book Blogging Burnout is starting to happen: I’m starting to get hardcore burnt out from book blogging, but I think that just means another hiatus is in order fairly soon. Probably in November. (Or, if I get to work on the book, sooner than that.) I know I’m not the only one, and while that’s comforting, it’s still not a great feeling.

BONUS CONFESSION #1: I’m terrible with answering with comments and I lurk a LOT. But if you catch me on twitter, I think you’ll find me fairly chatty. Sorry I’m not great at that part of web etiquette, dudes.

BONUS CONFESSION #2: I don’t lend out my books often – not even to my mother. Why? Damage and loss. I had a bad experience in college with a friend that nearly destroyed my copy of “Shimotsuma Monogatari”, lost the cover, etc when I let it to her for her translation class. Luckily the spine is still in one piece, as are all of the pages. I’ve had more than a few books never get returned. My mother has gotten better about not dog-earing the pages, but I’m reluctant to lend to her. Believe me, I get VICIOUS when it comes to book damage. Hence, why I get reluctant about lending out my books.

Wow, that feels a lot better. Thanks for listening. And be sure to participate this week at the Broke and the Bookish!

We’re back!

I’mma let you finish but…

Hey everyone!

We here at BOANW are back from vacation and ready to rock. Expect a lot of new reviews and such going up in the next week, and two (count them, two!) new blog tour stops within the next two months which I’m really excited about – “Throne of Glass” and “Monstrous Beauty” (both picks for my best of 2012 so far list!).  So stay tuned – there’s a lot of fun coming up on this blog very soon!




Bridge to Books needs your help!

Friends Alethea of Read Now Sleep Later, Alyson Beecher of Bridge to Books, and Thuy of RNSL Nite Lite are running an event that’s totally worth your while. Luckily, it’s been confirmed, but we could always need more people coming to see this film. If you’re in the LA area, please consider attending this awesome event!

*NOTE: AS OF POSTING THIS ON 8/10/12, THERE ARE 48 SEATS LEFT! Get your tickets while you can!

From their email:

Bridge to Books and YA Book Council urgently need your help to secure a screening of Fat Kid Rules the World, directed by Matthew Lillard and based on the 2004 Printz honor book by K.L. Going. 
When: Thursday, August 16 at 7:30 pm (tickets must be reserved by 7:30 pm on Friday, August 10)
Where: Laemmle Playhouse 7 in Pasadena, CA
What: Visit http://tugg.com/events/1090 for the movie synopsis, trailer, and tickets ($10 each)
This show is intended for teens and adults. This film is not rated.

Proceeds from the screening will go to To Write Love On Her Arms, a non-profit movement dedicated to presenting hope and finding help for those struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury and suicide.

“To Write Love” is an EXCELLENT charity, and I’m glad they chose it. And I adore Matthew Lillard! I hope I’ll be able to go but it depends on me getting transportation there. Still, I encourage EVERYONE to go if they can.