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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.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Long Ass Book Titles, Why?!? - Discussion Post

I recently noticed that some YA titles have gotten pretty long. In my opinion, ridiculously long. So long, in fact, I have to give them nicknames. Which, when you think about it, isn't that big of a deal, except, what's the point of this ridiculously long names? 

Maybe it's supposed to be cute, quirky and or clever. But is it really when I can't even remember the entire title? I'll admit, maybe it's just me. I was going over this in my head and I was trying to figure out the fine line for me.

 How many words is enough? Personally, I think five. 

For me that's the golden number: The Fault in Our Stars. The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer. House of Ivy and Sorrow. Prisoner of Night and Fog. The Things You Kiss Goodbye. What I Thought Was True. The Museum of Intangible Things.

You get the point. I find all those titles pretty easy to remember. It's when the titles get past the five words, is when my memory starts getting dicey.

Broken Hearts, Fences, and Other Things to Mend. Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. To All the Boys I've Loved Before. The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight. 

I've noticed that I have trouble remembering the names of books with a really long title unless I give then nicknames. Which is why I shorten Broken Hearts, Fences, and Other Things to Mend to Broken Hearts. Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children to Miss Peregrine's

I'm guess my point is why have such unusually long titles? Maybe readers are supposed to remember the book, not so much the name? But that doesn't make sense to me. If I like it, how am I supposed to spread it through word of mouth, when I can barely remember the name of the book? 

Not to mention when I'm trying to type, tumbl, or tweet about the book. I usually resort to acronyms. TATBILB, ftw! I loved TSPoLaFS. 

Is it just me or do you feel this way too? Also, I challenge you to find a YA title that's longer than The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight. I challenge you. 

Not to mention when I'm trying to type, tumbl, or tweet about the book. I usually resort to acronyms. TATBILB, ftw! I loved TSPoLaFS.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Prisoner of Night and Fog

Prisoner of Night and Fog
By: Anne Blankman

In 1930s Munich, danger lurks behind dark corners, and secrets are buried deep within the city. But Gretchen Müller, who grew up in the National Socialist Party under the wing of her "uncle" Dolf, has been shielded from that side of society ever since her father traded his life for Dolf's, and Gretchen is his favorite, his pet.

Uncle Dolf is none other than Adolf Hitler. And Gretchen follows his every command.

Until she meets a fearless and handsome young Jewish reporter named Daniel Cohen. Gretchen should despise Daniel, yet she can't stop herself from listening to his story: that her father, the adored Nazi martyr, was actually murdered by an unknown comrade. She also can't help the fierce attraction brewing between them, despite everything she's been taught to believe about Jews.

As Gretchen investigates the very people she's always considered friends, she must decide where her loyalties lie. Will she choose the safety of her former life as a Nazi darling, or will she dare to dig up the truth—even if it could get her and Daniel killed?

From debut author Anne Blankman comes this harrowing and evocative story about an ordinary girl faced with the extraordinary decision to give up everything she's ever believed . . . and to trust her own heart instead.

Saturday, July 5, 2014

The Truth About Alice (Review)

The Truth About Alice
By: Jennifer Mathieu

Everyone has a lot to say about Alice Franklin, and it’s stopped mattering whether it’s true. The rumors started at a party when Alice supposedly had sex with two guys in one night. When school starts everyone almost forgets about Alice until one of those guys, super-popular Brandon, dies in a car wreck that was allegedly all Alice’s fault. Now the only friend she has is a boy who may be the only other person who knows the truth, but is too afraid to admit it. Told from the perspectives of popular girl Elaine, football star Josh, former outcast Kelsie, and shy genius Kurt, we see how everyone has a motive to bring – and keep – Alice down.

Summer Reads July Giveaway

To enter the Summer Reads Giveaways, you must be signed up for the challenge! It's really easy and very simple. I hope you're getting your summer reads on! 

Hey guys! I can't believe it's July already. Time flies when you're reading great books. Isn't that the saying? It should be.

I've been tracking own my progress on Goodreads and so far I've read 27 books and I'm currently in the process of finishing two. I can't believe it. 

So, because this is my first time ever hosting my own challenge. I'm learning and adjusting as things go own. One of the things that I've noticed is that the bi-weekly challenges haven't been taking off as much as I'd hoped. So I'm not going to host a bi-weekly challenge this month. Instead it'll be just the monthly giveaway.

I just feel like hardly anyone is doing it and I have to come up creative challenges and then check to see if you've done it (which hardly anyone has, which is okay because this challenge is supposed to be easy anyway). But if you take pictures and use the #summerreads14 I'll definitely share it on the various social media sites. 

More housekeeping business: If I owe you a prize, it was mailed out last week and you should be getting it soon. As far as I know, I've sent out everything that I owed, if you don't receive it soon, please check in with me. But you should be receiving it soon. Even The Book Depository prizes.

I feel like that's all the housekeeping things that I needed to say, but on the off chance I forget something, I'll just updated you via the GR group.

June Monthly Giveaway
Just link up any reviews that you did (of YA books) in July to the linky list below. Each review is an entry! That's it. Simple and easy. I'll also try to go to at least one of your entries and comment on the post. This giveaway ends August 1st. I'll contact the winner via email and the winner has 24 hours to claim prize.
International. *

Win a signed copy of Since You Been Gone by Morgan Matson & Camp Payback by J.K. Rock, plus swag. 

* If the winner does not live in the US/CA, winner can choose a prize up to $10 from the book depository. Also this is international, if TBD ships to your country. 

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Beyond Books

So after 3+ years blogging, I realized that you guys don't know me really well. Some of that was really intentional (you know, you don't really know people on the internet), but I realized that I've been too guarded. I want to share more and connect more. 

I've actually been bitching about this for a little while now, but now's time to stop bitching and start changing. This is the only way that I know how. I want to introduce a new feature on the blog called "Beyond Books" in which, I talk about the other parts of my life and what's been going on with me, outside of the bookish things. 

Granted, I'm really bookish but there's more to me than that. 
I decided to take a gap year. I just wanted to chill. I've done advance classes all my life and then straight onto college. The whole time my only goal was school and graduating. No taking time to think about what I wanted to do or anything. So that's the purpose of this year. I want to live life: I want to take art class, sign up for a running thing (so I can train for a half-marathon maybe), and get a job. 

Speaking of the job thing. That's such an ego destroyer. I've done tons of internships and volunteering, but that really means nothing in the job world, I've come to find out. I've gone on three interviews (and cancelled a couple) none of which have panned out. Luckily my family has been super supportive so far. They've given me the summer to chill and I seriously love them for that. But that's the thing. I don't know how much family time I can do without distraction. I want out. I need a 9-5. I need some away time. 

Holy holy holy SHIT! Okay, I literally just started watching this show. I've heard about it on tumblr and I've always shrugged it off. But since the summer, I've started binging and rewatching tv shows. Then I watched it all so I needed something new to binge on. I'll admit, I almost quit after the first episode. But then Paul. Paul. I stuck it out for Paul but I'm glad I stayed for the tv show. It's so good. If you don't watch, then you should. 

I love Ed Sheeran so much. I love his music and I love his lyrics. I loved Plus so much. Every last word of every last song. Not to mention the covers too. I just want to marry his soul. So I was super afraid of Multiply. I didn't know if I'd love it and I was afraid that it wouldn't live up to expectations. But if you need one song to convince you to buy the album, listen to "Don't". 

So I finished Waiting by Carol Lynch Williams. I loved it. I don't know if most people will like it, but I liked it. I really did. It a book that features grief and religion and has a really narrow time frame. It's one of those. I'm still working on my review, but you should look out for it sometime this month. 

Right now, I'm currently reading Say What You Will by Cammie McGovern. Actually, I'm reading three books (Rebel and How (Not) to Find a Boyfriend). But Say What You Will is my favorite so far. It's not like anything that I've read and I love it. I'm not quite done yet, so fingers crossed. 


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