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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (Review)

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
By: Ransom Rigg

A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of very curious photographs.

It all waits to be discovered in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, an unforgettable novel that mixes fiction and photography in a thrilling reading experience. As our story opens, a horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow—impossible though it seems—they may still be alive.

A spine-tingling fantasy illustrated with haunting vintage photography, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children will delight adults, teens, and anyone who relishes an adventure in the shadows.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Calling for Guest Reviewers

So recently I did an inventory of all the ARCs that I need to review for the year...and it's a lot. More than I honestly think I can read by myself. So rather than just letting them sitting around, I want to share the wealth with my bookish friends. 

I was actually inspired by Andye at the Reading Teen

For awhile I was debating whether or not I wanted to look for a co-blogger, but I decided against it for a number of reasons. Instead, I'll start accepting guest reviewers. 

How it'll work is that before you can request any of the ARCs up for review, you have fill out the Guest Reviewer Application/Contract. It'll give me basic info so I can ship you the book. The review is an exclusive and original review for this blog. Meaning, you can't copy the same review and post it  anywhere else. If you want to write another review for your own blog, feel free to do so, but it has to be completely different from the one that you're submitting to me.

If you live in the U.S. I'll ship it to you, completely free of charge. If you live outside of the U.S., I will cover up to $4 USD, but you will have to cover the rest of the shipping costs. (I'll talk to individuals about it, if this applies to them).

To request an ARC, you must fill out this form. It'll work on a first come, first served basis. Below is a list, where I'll try to constantly update.

If the ARC that you want to review has more than a month before it's published (at time of request) then you must submit the review at least a week before it's published. If the ARC that you request has less than a month before it is published, it'll work on a case by case basis, but you'll have at least a month before the review is due to me. 

I'll keep a list of the available ARCs. I'll try to update as requests come in, but I want you to know that the amount of ARCs that I receive fluctuates. Sometimes, I get a lot, sometimes I don't get many. And guest reviewing is just to supplement all the reviews that I'll be doing myself. 

If you have any questions, comments, or concerns just comment or email me!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Now and Forever (Review)

Now and Forever
By: Susane Colansanti

What if your boyfriend was the world's biggest rockstar?

Sterling is crazy in love with Ethan. Not only is he the sweetest boy she's ever met, but he's an incredibly talented guitarist, singer, and songwriter. And since forever, he's believed he has what it takes to be a star.

When Ethan becomes an overnight sensation, he's thrown head-first into the glam world of celebrity-and so is Sterling. Before she knows it, she's attending red-carpet premieres, getting free designer clothes, and flying around the country to attend Ethan's monumental sold-out concerts.

It's a dream come true...but whose dream is Sterling living? And what do you do when "forever" comes to an end?

Friday, July 25, 2014

Say What You Will (Review)

Say What You Will
By: Cammie McGovern

Born with cerebral palsy, Amy can't walk without a walker, talk without a voice box, or even fully control her facial expressions. Plagued by obsessive-compulsive disorder, Matthew is consumed with repeated thoughts, neurotic rituals, and crippling fear. Both in desperate need of someone to help them reach out to the world, Amy and Matthew are more alike than either ever realized.

When Amy decides to hire student aides to help her in her senior year at Coral Hills High School, these two teens are thrust into each other's lives. As they begin to spend time with each other, what started as a blossoming friendship eventually grows into something neither expected.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Let's Get Lost (Review)

Let's Get Lost
By: Adi Alsaid

Five strangers. Countless adventures. One epic way to get lost. 

Four teens across the country have only one thing in common: a girl named LEILA. She crashes into their lives in her absurdly red car at the moment they need someone the most. 

There's HUDSON, a small-town mechanic who is willing to throw away his dreams for true love. And BREE, a runaway who seizes every Tuesday—and a few stolen goods along the way. ELLIOT believes in happy endings…until his own life goes off-script. And SONIA worries that when she lost her boyfriend, she also lost the ability to love. 

Hudson, Bree, Elliot and Sonia find a friend in Leila. And when Leila leaves them, their lives are forever changed. But it is during Leila's own 4,268-mile journey that she discovers the most important truth— sometimes, what you need most is right where you started. And maybe the only way to find what you're looking for is to get lost along the way.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Waiting (Review)

By: Carol Lynch Williams

Growing up in Africa and Latin America as the children of missionaries, London and Zach were as close as could be. And then Zach dies, and the family is gutted. London’s father is distant. Her mother won’t speak. The days are filled with what-ifs and whispers: Did Zach take his own life? Was it London’s fault?

Alone and adrift, London finds herself torn between her brother’s best friend and the handsome new boy in town as she struggles to find herself—and ultimately redemption—in this authentic and affecting novel from award-winning novelist Carol Lynch Williams.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Blog Tour: Breathe, Annie, Breathe (Review)

Breathe, Annie, Breathe
By: Miranda Kenneally 

Annie hates running. No matter how far she jogs, she can’t escape the guilt that if she hadn’t broken up with Kyle, he might still be alive. So to honor his memory, she starts preparing for the marathon he intended to race.

But the training is even more grueling than Annie could have imagined. Despite her coaching, she’s at war with her body, her mind—and her heart. With every mile that athletic Jeremiah cheers her on, she grows more conflicted. She wants to run into his arms…and sprint in the opposite direction. For Annie, opening up to love again may be even more of a challenge than crossing the finish line.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Anna and the French Kiss & Lola and the Boy Next Door Read Along

Hey guys! So Isla and the Happily Ever After is just so close and to celebrate I'm hosting a ReadAlong of Anna and the French Kiss & Lola and the Boy Next Door!

Step 1: Find a copy!
It doesn't matter if you've already read Anna and the French Kiss & Lola and the Boy Next Door or not. You still can participate! Just grab a copy. You can already own, borrow from the library, or borrow from a friend – just (legally) get your hands on a copy.

Step 2: Follow Along
We're going to try to read each book in 6 day. If you're a fast reader or a slow reader, it doesn't matter. The schedule below is just a guideline.

Step 3: #AnnaLolaIsla
Participate via social media! Let's try to take over the internet and track your progress at the same time! If you also want to submit any fan art or photography, use the hashtag. 
Whether it's twitter, tumblr, Instagram or any other social media platform.

Step 4: Win
By using the hashtag above you'll automatically be entered to win a prize. There'll still be more goodies to be won if you participate in the twitter chat on August 13! & Trust me, you're going to want to win ;)

That's a chance for you to win a copy of Anna, Lola, or Isla :) 

(if you click the picture it will enlarge the readalong schedule). 

All you have to do is sign up on the linky list below! Anyone anywhere can participate. It's just a way for all of us, fans of Stephanie Perkins, can join together and wait for Isla!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Strange and Ever After

Strange and Ever After
By: Susan Dennard

In the conclusion to the trilogy that Publishers Weekly called “a roaring—and addictive—gothic world,” Eleanor Fitt must control her growing power, face her feelings for Daniel, and confront the evil necromancer Marcus...all before it’s too late.

 He took her brother, he took her mother, and now, Marcus has taken her good friend Jie. With more determination than ever to bring this sinister man to justice, Eleanor heads to the hot desert streets of nineteenth-century Egypt in hopes of ending this nightmare. But in addition to her increasingly tense relationships with Daniel, Joseph, and her demon, Oliver, Eleanor must also deal with her former friend, Allison, who has curiously entangled herself in Eleanor’s mission. 

 With the rising dead chomping at her every move and Jie’s life hanging in the balance, Eleanor is convinced that her black magic will see her through to the bitter end. But there will be a price. Though she and the Spirit Hunters have weathered every battle thus far, there will be consequences to suffer this time—the effects of which will be irreversible. And when it’s over, only some will be able to live a strange and ever after.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Behind the Scenes (Review)

Behind the Scenes
By: Dahlia Adler

High school senior Ally Duncan's best friend may be the Vanessa Park - star of TV's hottest new teen drama - but Ally's not interested in following in her BFF's Hollywood footsteps. In fact, the only thing Ally’s ever really wanted is to go to Columbia and study abroad in Paris. But when her father's mounting medical bills threaten to stop her dream in its tracks, Ally nabs a position as Van's on-set assistant to get the cash she needs.

Spending the extra time with Van turns out to be fun, and getting to know her sexy co-star Liam is an added bonus. But when the actors’ publicist arranges for Van and Liam to “date” for the tabloids just after he and Ally share their first kiss, Ally will have to decide exactly what role she's capable of playing in their world of make believe. If she can't play by Hollywood's rules, she may lose her best friend, her dream future, and her first shot at love.


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