Monday, June 15, 2015

Review: The List by Siobhan Vivian

Series: N/A
Genre: YA Contemporary
Book Length: 336 pages
Publication Date: April 1, 2012
Publisher: Push 
Source: Library
An intense look at the rules of high school attraction -- and the price that's paid for them.

It happens every year. A list is posted, and one girl from each grade is chosen as the prettiest, and another is chosen as the ugliest. Nobody knows who makes the list. It almost doesn't matter. The damage is done the minute it goes up.

This is the story of eight girls, freshman to senior, "pretty" and "ugly." And it's also the story of how we see ourselves, and how other people see us, and the tangled connection of the two.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Bookish Pet Peeves

I'm pretty sure everyone has bookish pet peeves. Recently, I've been noticed that there are quite a lot of things that annoy me, so today I'll be making a list of them!

1. Characters with Weird Names

This honestly annoys me so much. There are some books where I like the names because I find them unique, but there are some books where the name just feels ridiculous and I don't know how to pronounce it, and that just annoys me to no extent. Like the name of a character may seem super strange to me and that may cause the book to be a turn off for me. And I wont want to read it...probably ever. But if I do read it, I'm probably not going to enjoy it as much as I may have. Some examples are names that are numbers...*cough* Four *cough* And honestly, I didn't like Four. At all. I have no idea why, but I just didn't. *runs away from the pitchforks*

Monday, May 11, 2015

Blog Tour: Velvet by Temple West

Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal, Vampires
Book Length: 416 pages
Publication Date: May 12, 2015
Publisher: Swoon Reads
Source: Physical ARC via FFBC Tours
First rule of dealing with hot vampire bodyguards? Don't fall in love.

After losing both her parents before age seventeen, aspiring designer Caitlin Holte feels like her whole world has been turned upside down, and that was before the terrifying encounter with a supernatural force. Then, she learns that her hot bad-boy neighbor, Adrian—who might have just saved her life—is actually a half-demon vampire.

Suddenly Caitlin is stuck with a vampire bodyguard who feels that the best way to protect her is to become her pretend boyfriend. Trouble is, Caitlin is starting to fall in love for real, while Adrian can never love a human. Caitlin trusts Adrian to keep her safe from his demon father, but will he be able to protect her heart?

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Tuesday, April 7, 2015

ARC Review: The Pretty App by Katie Sise

Series: App #2
Genres: YA Contemporary
Book Length: 352 pages
Publication Date: April 14, 2015
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Source: Edelweiss
Poor Blake Dawkins! She's rich, she's gorgeous, and she's the queen bee of Harrison High. The girls want to be her; the boys want to—okay, enough said. But it turns out Blake’s life is not so perfect—just talk to her dad, who constantly reminds her that she's not up to par, or to her ex-bff, Audrey, who doesn't even look her in the eye.

Then Harrison—and every other high school in America—becomes obsessed with posting selfies on the ubiquitous Pretty App. Next: Leo, an adorable transfer student, arrives at Harrison and begins to show Blake that maybe being a queen bee doesn't mean being a queen bitch. And though Audrey suspects somebody’s playing foul, Blake finds herself catapulted to internet fame after being voted one of the prettiest girls in the country. She's whisked away to star in a reality show—in Hollywood, on live TV. But she doesn't know who to trust. Because everybody on the show wants to win. 

And nobody is there to make friends.

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Blog Tour & Excerpt: Love, Lucy by April Linder

Publisher: Poppy
Release Date: January 27th 2015 
While backpacking through Florence, Italy, during the summer before she heads off to college, Lucy Sommersworth finds herself falling in love with the culture, the architecture, the food...and Jesse Palladino, a handsome street musician. After a whirlwind romance, Lucy returns home, determined to move on from her "vacation flirtation." But just because summer is over doesn't mean Lucy and Jesse are over, too. 

In this coming-of-age romance, April Lindner perfectly captures the highs and lows of a summer love that might just be meant to last beyond the season.

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Friday, April 3, 2015

ARC Review: 99 Days by Katie Cotugno

Series: N/A
Genres: YA Contemporary Romance
Book Length: 384 pages
Publication Date: April 21, 2015
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Source: Edelweiss
Day 1: Julia Donnelly eggs my house my first night back in Star Lake, and that’s how I know everyone still remembers everything—how I destroyed my relationship with Patrick the night everything happened with his brother, Gabe. How I wrecked their whole family. Now I'm serving out my summer like a jail sentence: Just ninety-nine days till I can leave for college, and be done.

Day 4: A nasty note on my windshield makes it clear Julia isn't finished. I’m expecting a fight when someone taps me on the shoulder, but it’s just Gabe, home from college and actually happy to see me. “For what it’s worth, Molly Barlow,” he says, “I’m really glad you’re back.”

Day 12: Gabe got me to come to this party, and I’m actually having fun. I think he’s about to kiss me—and that’s when I see Patrick. My Patrick, who’s supposed to be clear across the country. My Patrick, who’s never going to forgive me.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

ARC Review: Bound by Spells by Stormy Smith

Series: Bound #2
Genre: YA Paranormal Romance
Publication Date: March 19, 2015
Publisher: Perfect Storm Publishing
Source: e-ARC via author
Aidan Montgomery hadn’t been prepared for Amelia Bradbury to walk in and then out of his life. He also hadn’t expected to find the powerful magic hidden deep within him for the last nineteen years, but he’s embracing it — finding more control and more answers every day. Now, with the help of Amelia’s best friend, Bethany, Aidan is on a quest to understand his destiny and find Amelia.

Amelia decided to stand by her duty, which meant walking away from her first chance at love. Trapped in Cresthaven at the Queen’s mercy, she spends her days with Micah — an ally she still holds at arm’s length — struggling to manage her heartbreak while keeping her mind focused on the task at hand. As she continues to unlock the secrets of the Keeper power, Queen Julia’s true motives reveal themselves, forcing Amelia to decide, yet again, how much she’s willing to sacrifice.

Will Aidan get to Amelia before it's too late, or will the very power that sustains them keep them apart?

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

ARC Review: Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver

Series: N/A
Genres: YA Contemporary Mystery
Book Length: 368 pages
Publication Date: March 10, 2015
Publisher: HarperCollins
Source: Edelweiss
Dara and Nick used to be inseparable, but that was before the accident that left Dara's beautiful face scarred and the two sisters totally estranged. When Dara vanishes on her birthday, Nick thinks Dara is just playing around. But another girl, nine-year-old Madeline Snow, has vanished, too, and Nick becomes increasingly convinced that the two disappearances are linked. Now Nick has to find her sister, before it's too late.

In this edgy and compelling novel, Lauren Oliver creates a world of intrigue, loss, and suspicion as two sisters search to find themselves, and each other.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Review: Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch

Series: Snow Like Ashes #1
Genres: YA Fantasy Romance
Book Length: 416 pages
Publication Date: October 14, 2014
Publisher: Balzer + Brayer
Source: BNA Review Exchange Program
Sixteen years ago the Kingdom of Winter was conquered and its citizens enslaved, leaving them without magic or a monarch. Now, the Winterians’ only hope for freedom is the eight survivors who managed to escape, and who have been waiting for the opportunity to steal back Winter’s magic and rebuild the kingdom ever since.

Orphaned as an infant during Winter’s defeat, Meira has lived her whole life as a refugee, raised by the Winterians’ general, Sir. Training to be a warrior—and desperately in love with her best friend, and future king, Mather — she would do anything to help her kingdom rise to power again.

So when scouts discover the location of the ancient locket that can restore Winter’s magic, Meira decides to go after it herself. Finally, she’s scaling towers, fighting enemy soldiers, and serving her kingdom just as she’s always dreamed she would. But the mission doesn't go as planned, and Meira soon finds herself thrust into a world of evil magic and dangerous politics – and ultimately comes to realize that her destiny is not, never has been, her own.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Discussion: Book-to-Movie Adaptations


So for today's discussion, I'll be discussing book-to-movie adaptations with Kitty from My Little Corner for Books! She is awesome and I love her blog, so you guys should definitely check her out ;)

And now on to the discussion...

Sunday, February 22, 2015

DNF Review: The Bargaining by Carly Anne West

Series: N/A
Genres: YA Mystery
Book Length: 384 pages
Publication Date: February 17th, 2015
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Source: Edelweiss
The fact that neither of her parents wants to deal with her is nothing new to Penny. She’s used to being discussed like a problem, a problem her mother has finally passed on to her father. What she hasn’t gotten used to is her stepmother…especially when she finds out that she’ll have to spend the summer with April in the remote woods of Washington to restore a broken-down old house.

Set deep in a dense forest, the old Carver House is filled with abandoned antique furniture, rich architectural details, and its own chilling past. The only respite Penny can find away from April’s renovations is in Miller, the young guy who runs the local general store. He’s her only chance at a normal, and enjoyable, summer.

But Miller has his own connection to the Carver House, and it’s one that goes beyond the mysterious tapping Penny hears at her window, the handprints she finds smudging the glass panes, and the visions of children who beckon Penny to follow them into the dark woods. Miller’s past just might threaten to become the terror of Penny’s future….

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Discussion ~ Choosing What to Read Next

As bookworms, it can be very hard for us to decide which book to read next. Most times, we have an endless TBR and we often find ourselves wondering "What should I read next?" For me, this decision is extremely hard. Should I read any book I want from my TBR? Should I read the next book that comes out that I have a review copy of? Should I read what ever fits my mood? But if I do that, I would be neglecting all my review copies, and then I'll be behind on them, and how will I ever catch up on them?

Sunday, February 15, 2015

ARC Review: Since You've Been Gone by Mary Jennifer Payne

Series: N/A
Genre: YA Contemporary
Book Length: 224 pages
Publication Date: February 17, 2015
Publisher: Dundurn Group
Source: Netgalley
Is it possible to outrun your past? Fifteen-year-old Edie Fraser and her mother, Sydney, have been trying to do just that for five years. Now, things have gone from bad to worse. Not only has Edie had to move to another new school she's in a different country. 

Sydney promises her that that this is their chance at a fresh start, and Edie does her best to adjust to life in London, England, despite being targeted by the school bully. But when Sydney goes out to work the night shift and doesn't come home, Edie is terrified that the past has finally caught up with them. 

Alone in a strange country, Edie is afraid to call the police for fear that she'll be sent back to her abusive father. Determined to find her mother, but with no idea where to start, she must now face the most difficult decision of her life.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

14 Days of Fictional Swoon Blog Hop + Giveaway

The 14 Days of Fictional Swooning Blog Hop, hosted by the lovely Jaime from Fiction Fare and Meg from Swoony Boys Podcast! Today I will be talking about A Couple I Would Go On A Double Date With.

Friday, January 30, 2015

Review: Upside Down by Lia Riley

Series: Off the Map #1
Genre: NA Contemporary Romance
Book Length: 384 pages
Publication Date: August 5th, 2014
Publisher: Grand Central/Forever
Source: Netgalley
If You Never Get Lost, You'll Never Be Found

Twenty-one-year-old Natalia Stolfi is saying good-bye to the past-and turning her life upside down with a trip to the land down under. For the next six months, she'll act like a carefree exchange student, not a girl sinking under the weight of painful memories. Everything is going according to plan until she meets a brooding surfer with hypnotic green eyes and the troubling ability to see straight through her act.

Bran Lockhart is having the worst year on record. After the girl of his dreams turned into a nightmare, he moved back home to Melbourne to piece his life together. Yet no amount of disappointment could blind him to the pretty California girl who gets past all his defenses. He's never wanted anyone the way he wants Talia. But when Bran gets a stark reminder of why he stopped believing in love, he and Talia must decide if what they have is once in a lifetime . . . or if they were meant to live a world apart.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

ARC Review: Perfect Couple by Jennifer Echols

Series: Superlatives #2
Genre: YA Contemporary Romance
Book Length: 336 pages
Publication Date: January 13, 2015
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Source: Edelweiss
Perfect Couple is #2 in the Superlatives series about seniors at a Florida high school who are selected for their class's superlative categories in the yearbook, and how the labels change the way they view themselves and alter the course of their lives.

Can your heart be put to a popular vote?

As yearbook photographer, Harper is responsible for capturing those candid moments that make high school memorable. But her own life is anything but picture perfect. Her parents' bitter divorce has left her wondering what a loving relationship would look like. And ever since the senior class voted her and star quarterback Brody the “Perfect Couple That Never Was,” her friends have been on her case to ask Brody out.

Brody doesn't lack in female admirers, but Harper can't see herself with him. He seems confused about why they were matched together, too. They’re total opposites—the last people in the world who would ever be compatible, let alone the “perfect couple.” Yet ever since the class paired the two of them, they've found themselves drawn together--first by curiosity, then by an undeniable bond.

The trouble is, though they're very attracted to each other and both of them admit this, they have a hard time getting along or even communicating clearly. If they’re the perfect couple, this shouldn’t be so difficult! Soon it becomes clear their class was wrong, and they throw in the towel. But after they walk away, both of them feel so changed from making the effort that they can’t forget each other. What if that means this match made in hell is the perfect couple after all? 

Friday, January 23, 2015

Review: If I Stay by Gayle Forman

Series: If I Stay #1
Genre: YA Contemporary Romance
Book Length: 262 pages
Publication Date: January 1, 2009
Publisher: Speak
Source: Library
On a day that started like any other, Mia had everything: a loving family, a gorgeous, admiring boyfriend, and a bright future full of music and full of choices. In an instant, almost all of that is taken from her. Caught between life and death, between a happy past and an unknowable future, Mia spends one critical day contemplating the only decision she has left. It is the most important decision she'll ever make.

Simultaneously tragic and hopeful, this is a romantic, riveting, and ultimately uplifting story about memory, music, living, dying, loving.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Review: Compulsion by Martina Boone

Series: The Heirs of Watson Island #1
Genre: YA Mystery
Book Length: 448 pages
Publication Date: October 28, 2014
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Source: Edelweiss
Three plantations. Two wishes. One ancient curse.

All her life, Barrie Watson has been a virtual prisoner in the house where she lives with her shut-in mother. When her mother dies, Barrie promises to put some mileage on her stiletto heels. But she finds a new kind of prison at her aunt’s South Carolina plantation instead--a prison guarded by an ancient spirit who long ago cursed one of the three founding families of Watson Island and gave the others magical gifts that became compulsions.

Stuck with the ghosts of a generations-old feud and hunted by forces she cannot see, Barrie must find a way to break free of the family legacy. With the help of sun-kissed Eight Beaufort, who knows what Barrie wants before she knows herself, the last Watson heir starts to unravel her family's twisted secrets. What she finds is dangerous: a love she never expected, a river that turns to fire at midnight, a gorgeous cousin who isn't what she seems, and very real enemies who want both Eight and Barrie dead.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday (4): Becoming Jinn

Waiting on Wednesday

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a meme created by Breaking The Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

I'm super excited for Becoming Jinn by Lori Goldstein! The synopsis sounds awesome, and the cover is gorgeous! This book is releasing on April 21st, 2015, so I have plenty of time to fangirl and die of anticipation for this book ;P 
Forget everything you thought you knew about genies!

Azra has just turned sixteen, and overnight her body lengthens, her olive skin deepens, and her eyes glisten gold thanks to the brand-new silver bangle that locks around her wrist. As she always knew it would, her Jinn ancestry brings not just magical powers but the reality of a life of servitude, as her wish granting is controlled by a remote ruling class of Jinn known as the Afrit. 

To the humans she lives among, she’s just the girl working at the snack bar at the beach, navigating the fryer and her first crush. But behind closed doors, she’s learning how to harness her powers and fulfill the obligations of her destiny. 

Mentored by her mother and her Zar “sisters”, Azra discovers she may not be quite like the rest of her circle of female Jinn . . . and that her powers could endanger them all. As Azra uncovers the darker world of becoming Jinn, she realizes when genies and wishes are involved, there’s always a trick.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

2015 Challenges

I noticed that I usually need motivation to read a variety of books and my ARCs, so I decided to join a few challenges in the hope that it helps me become a better reader, a better blogger, and a more active person in the blogging community. I joined eight challenges this year!