So. It’s been a while.

A very, very long while, I know.

The interim was scattered with sparse posts and countless tumbleweeds adrift on the internet winds. Every day that passed without a post pretty much tore at me. It sounds like I’m exaggerating, but ask anyone who knows me and you’ll hear that I take my stress pretty seriously.

But Asma (who was much better at reading and reviewing at least sometimes) and I are trying to bring IceyBooks back to life. Full life, I suppose. Daily posts, Quote Candy, exciting things and other happenings.

Reviews, too, but with much more caution because some recent POC blogger attacks have us wary.

But today isn’t the day for dwelling on the weary and the wary!

Look at our bright and colorful new home! Yellow! Pink! Blue! Adorable books flying away on a breeze of happiness! I couldn’t have been the only one who thought IceyBooks needed a facelift, right? I adore the new color scheme—I’m all about bright pops of color—and hope you all do, too. I really hope it’ll keep us motivated, but I’ll need help from you guys, too! So come say hi every now and then, okay?

But wait, there’s more!

To celebrate the Return of the King Blog, Asma and I are going to give one lucky reader a box of mystery ARCs. What will the ARCs be? Well, that’s why it’s a mystery, but I’ll give you one of the titles: THE MIDNIGHT JEWEL by Richelle Mead!

I’ll stop blabbering so you can enter using the Rafflecopter below. Open internationally! Ends 6/21 at 12PM CST. Good luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Hafsah

Hafsah Faizal is a YA author, designer, and blogger. Her designs have graced the sites of New York Times bestselling authors, bloggers, and more. She resides in Texas, with her family.

49 Comments

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    Susan

    June 12, 2017

    I LOVE the Header! I’d like to see Kendare Blake’s book, One Dark Throne.

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    Aly

    June 12, 2017

    Oh my goodness, Hafsah! The website looks AMAZING. I love how colourful it is, and I think you launched it at the right time, what with summer just round the corner. It makes me want to sit in a meadow and eat ice cream with the occasional sneeze because /hayfever/. But I’m so down with some sneezing in the name of relaxation.

    I’m SO excited for Godsgrave and have already begged Asma for all the spoilers when she reads it. I have no shame. Hahaha.

    Congrats on relaunching, and if there’s anything you need, or if I can help in any way, please let me know! I’m so happy to see you guys are back! MEEEEEEEEP. <3333333

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    Pili

    June 12, 2017

    Oh wow, I adore the new looook ladies! I hope you ladies coming back with this amazing new look will motivate me to get my blog going on again too! I’ve tried but the motivation dwindles quite easy…

    I’d probably kill or bribe for an ARC of Hunting Prince Dracula and/or One Dark Throne!!

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    Jennzah

    June 12, 2017

    I love the new look! Congrats on being back! ❤️

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    The Ink Spell

    June 12, 2017

    The new look is awesome! It’s so sunny! It really feels like summer!
    I’m glad you’re back, I started following your blog this year and I was wondering if it was still active!
    I’m so happy!

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    Jessica

    June 12, 2017

    Really looking for an ARC of ALL THE CROOKED SAINTS! Fingers crossed and love the new look! :)

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    Juvariyya

    June 12, 2017

    Thank you for the lovely chance ❤️

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    Viki S.

    June 12, 2017

    So happy that you’re back. I love the new look, clean and crisp :).

  9. Reply

    Bella Kraft

    June 12, 2017

    There’s too many arcs I’m looking forward too. One Dark Throne. Midnight Jewel. The Waking Land. The Disappearances. Any of those would be amazing!

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    Bella Kraft

    June 12, 2017

    There are so many arcs I’m looking forward too! Midnight Jewel. The Waking Land. The Disappearances. Our Dark Duet. One Dark Throne. I can’t wait for any of them!

    Also, the colors on your blog are AMAZING! I wish my site was this cute. I don’t know how to do any of this. Lol!

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    Deepti Jadhao

    June 12, 2017

    I LOVE the new look! It’s perfect. I don’t know what ARC I want, but Wonder Woman: Warbringer of The Hazel Wood sounds amazing.

    • Reply

      Deepti Jadhao

      June 12, 2017

      I meant ‘or’ not ‘of’.

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    Dizneeee

    June 12, 2017

    I just wanted to pop in and let y’all know that I love the new design! Yay for the bright colors!

    xoxo

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    Lily Meza

    June 12, 2017

    I like the array of colors you chose. The combination of colors remind me of summer and I absolutely love the light-hearted-ness that you’ve captured. It’s an absolute stunning piece of digital art, congrats Hafsah and Asma!

    Also I cannot wait for Warcross by Marie Lu! The love surrounding that book just makes me want it that much more and Before She Ignites By Jodi Meadows because….dragons! Who doesn’t love a kickass girl with strong hints of dragons!

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    Lynn A. Reynolds

    June 12, 2017

    I love the ease of use to looking around the site. The bright colors are nice but there not too bright that they glare at you. Glad to see your email in my inbox. Take care of yourselves.

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    Christina (Ensconced in Lit)

    June 12, 2017

    I love the new look! Believe me, I totally get this. I stopped blogging for like a year, I just got burnt out by blogging and life got way too busy, and then I got back to it for a year and then didn’t post since February, and just started blogging again two weeks ago. I say do what you can and have fun at it! Love it! I am trying my hardest to get a WARCROSS ARC but have not been successful so far… sigh. Thanks for the generous giveaway!

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    Mith

    June 12, 2017

    WELCOME BACK! Love the new design and looking forward to the new things you guys will have! The ARC I’m in desperate need of is Devils & Thieves by Jennifer Rush!

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    Hameedah Muhammad

    June 12, 2017

    Obsessed with all the light and bright colors, feels like summer and a fresh new start!

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    cyborgcinderella

    June 12, 2017

    Welcome back!!! I’d probably be most excited for an upcoming release, like Love, Hate, and Other Filters or 27 Hours or something. But I’d be excited for anything tbh lol.

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    Rendz

    June 12, 2017

    I love the colour scheme, it is super cute!! I’m most excited for Warcross…but that’s probably a long shot! LOL!

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    Sabrina Roy

    June 12, 2017

    Sooo excited for sooo many new books!

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    Divya Agrawal

    June 12, 2017

    Yuppie! The new theme is really awesome! I liked this new pastel view. I’m dreading for When dimple meets Rishi! Thank you.

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    Cass (Words on Paper)

    June 12, 2017

    Wow! The new website looks AH-MAZING!!! :D Super digging the colour scheme and simplicity. <3 There are way too many upcoming books that I'm anticipating so I'm going to copy-cat someone and say Wonder Woman by Leigh Bardugo!

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    Melissa

    June 12, 2017

    I love your new website design! Its so clean and fresh and THE AESTHETIC!! Gorgeous!!! I will certainly be visiting this page more often now, I really like it :) I’m looking forward to An Enchantment of Ravens – I’ve heard nothing but good things about it!

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    Nancy Luebke

    June 12, 2017

    I like most mysteries but I’m more fond of cozies. I don’t have any paticular ones in mind.

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    Tiffany

    June 12, 2017

    Welcome back! I love love the new look <33 it's so colorful and bright, which is my kind of thing! Anyway, I'm excited for Warcross by Marie Lu. I love all of her previous books so I'm pretty sure I'd love that one too.

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    Alexandra P.

    June 13, 2017

    Happy blog re-launch! I’m so happy to have you back! And thank you for the giveaway! I’m hoping to see either Zero, Repeat Forever or Wonder Woman or Godsgrave!

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    Sakina

    June 13, 2017

    Assalamualaykum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh

    I’m new to the whole blogging/online readers community and coming across this tweeted link got me so excited and all the more so because it’s a mystery kind of book surprise as well!!! I’d love to win but even if I don’t, I can’t want to see what other amazing beautiful things you guys have in store! I’m so glad that I stumbled across your website and look forward to reading more about what you have to offer and share ~ ^-^

    Ps: consistency is key, and I personally understand the struggles of trying to get back to things after not being so active for a while so I wish you all the very best In’Sha’Allah <3

    Lots of love,
    All the way from Cardiff, Wales

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    Sakina

    June 13, 2017

    Assalamualaykum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh

    I’m pretty new to the whole blogging/online readers community + coming across this tweeted link got me so excited and all the more so because it’s a mystery kind of book surprise as well!!! I’d love to win but even if I don’t, I can’t want to see what other amazing beautiful things you guys have in store! I’m so glad that I stumbled across your website and look forward to reading more about what you have to offer and share ~ ^-^

    Ps: consistency is key, and I personally understand the struggles of trying to get back to things after not being so active for a while so I wish you all the very best In’Sha’Allah <3

    Lots of love,
    All the way from Cardiff, Wales

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    Mary Preston

    June 13, 2017

    Looks fantastic. Not sure which book I am most excited for.

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    Inge

    June 13, 2017

    You guys, this blog looks incredible! I love the colours, they’re so happy and remind me of ice cream and summer ^_^

  31. Reply

    Bee @ Quite the Novel Idea

    June 13, 2017

    It looks so pretty!! Glad you two are back. <3 One of the ARC's I desperately want is Reign The Earth by A.C. Gaughen.

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    Fatina Mudz

    June 13, 2017

    Your blog is so adorable and the color is super pretty!

  33. Reply

    Prags

    June 13, 2017

    I LOVE THE HEADER! ITS SO AMAZING! THE NEW WEBSITE LOOKS GREAT!

  34. Reply

    Kyera Shea

    June 13, 2017

    I love the new look!

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    Tasya

    June 13, 2017

    Welcome back! I really love your new color, very fun to look at! <3

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    Megan Manzano

    June 13, 2017

    The new site looks amazing :D

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    Jordan Rose

    June 13, 2017

    Welcome back! I know I have certainly missed seeing your posts! The new site looks lovely, and I love the little book detail on your title. :) I look forward to see what’s in store, and thanks for the giveaway opportunity!

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    Summer

    June 13, 2017

    The new look is so pretty! I love the candy-like colors.

  39. Reply

    Kel

    June 13, 2017

    The new site is so cute and bright and cheery! I can’t wait to read Meyer’s new book, Renegades, and Invictus and Unearthed look really good too!

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    Megan S.

    June 13, 2017

    I love love love the new sight! It’s so pretty. I’m super excited for Jane Unlimited. :)

  41. Reply

    Lauren Ransom

    June 13, 2017

    Ahh, I love the new colors! What a cute look :)

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    Morgan @ The Bookish Beagle

    June 13, 2017

    I love the book of the new site! It’s so cheerful and happy and fun! Can’t wait to see what content you have coming up :)

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    Carina Olsen

    June 13, 2017

    EEE! I HAVE MISSED YOU GUYS :D YAAAAY for being back to blogging. <3 That's so awesome :) Giving you both all the hugs. And oh god, the new design looks AAAMAZING :D I love it lots. So so so pretty. Sigh. So jealous too, haha :) Thank you so much for such an amazing giveaway too. <3

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    Zaira F

    June 13, 2017

    I am inlove with this new design!! The colors look sooo nice together AND THAT HEADER! Wow <3 <3

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    Jaime

    June 14, 2017

    It looks great!! :D I’m really excited for Renegades!

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    Kristie

    June 14, 2017

    I love the surprise of opening an email subscription to see a blog get a facelift! I love the colour scheme and it feels so happy.

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    Zara Garcia-Alvarez

    June 18, 2017

    It’s always great to revamp your blog! I like its bright colours! Congrats!

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    _Sandra_

    June 21, 2017

    Welcome back!! :) New look is absolutely perfect! As for ARC’s, I would love to get my hands on Wonder Woman: Warbringer, Before She Ignites, Forest of Thousand Lanterns, Dear Martin or The Belles.
    Thank you for a generous giveaway!! :)

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