Monday, January 11, 2016

Blog Tour: Underwater by Marisa Reichardt {Guest Post+Giveaway}

by Marisa Reichardt
Publisher: Farrar, Straus, & Giroux
Release Date: January 12th 2016
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Psychology, Realistic Fiction, Mental Illness


Morgan didn’t mean to do anything wrong that day. Actually, she meant to do something right. But her kind act inadvertently played a role in a deadly tragedy. In order to move on, Morgan must learn to forgive—first someone who did something that might be unforgivable, and then, herself.

But Morgan can’t move on. She can’t even move beyond the front door of the apartment she shares with her mother and little brother. Morgan feels like she’s underwater, unable to surface. Unable to see her friends. Unable to go to school. 

When it seems Morgan can’t hold her breath any longer, a new boy moves in next door. Evan reminds her of the salty ocean air and the rush she used to get from swimming. He might be just what she needs to help her reconnect with the world outside. 

Underwater is a powerful, hopeful debut novel about redemption, recovery, and finding the strength it takes to face your past and move on.

Monday, January 4, 2016

In Which It May Be Time To Bid Farewell...

Happy Holidays fellow readers and bloggers!

It's been 5-6 years since I've been in the bookish community and about 4-5 years I've been in the blogging community. I started this because of my passion for books and wanting to share them with the world and connect with others who loved books just as much as I do and I'm ending this because I want to renew this passion. I still love books but I've been in a slump like never before, haven't been interested in blogging as much, and haven't communicated much with the rest of the community. With college applications, school, and other factors, I think it is the best decision for me to stop blogging for a while. I'm not sure when or if I'll start blogging again but when I do I want to do it with the same passion I had a few years ago. I'll continue to support authors as much as I can and will stay in contact with the community as much as possible. I planned 2016 to be an epic blogging year and I don't think I can so I would rather take a step back and reevaluate before diving back into blogging. And with all the drama that's been going on, it seems like a good idea. I know I'm going to miss it and blogging has been such a big influence and game changer in my place that I'll never forget everyone who's supported me and all the experiences I got from it. This was a hard decision for me to make but it was the right thing I needed to do. I won't be closing the blog down and it'll always be here but I just wanted to say a formal goodbye at least for now...

**I will be having a few posts here and there that have already been scheduled. 

Thank you all for your support, appreciation, and understanding <3 

Wishing you all a Happy New Year and Happy Holidays,

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Debut Author Bash: This Monstrous Thing by Mackenzi Lee {Interview}

This Monstrous ThingThis Monstrous Thing by Mackenzi Lee 
Release Date: September 22nd, 2015
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books 

Goodreads Summary: 
In 1818 Geneva, men built with clockwork parts live hidden away from society, cared for only by illegal mechanics called Shadow Boys. Two years ago, Shadow Boy Alasdair Finch’s life shattered to bits.

His brother, Oliver—dead.

His sweetheart, Mary—gone.

His chance to break free of Geneva—lost.

Heart-broken and desperate, Alasdair does the unthinkable: He brings Oliver back from the dead.

But putting back together a broken life is more difficult than mending bones and adding clockwork pieces. Oliver returns more monster than man, and Alasdair’s horror further damages the already troubled relationship.

Then comes the publication of Frankenstein and the city intensifies its search for Shadow Boys, aiming to discover the real life doctor and his monster. Alasdair finds refuge with his idol, the brilliant Dr. Geisler, who may offer him a way to escape the dangerous present and his guilt-ridden past, but at a horrible price only Oliver can pay…


Steampunk Frankenstein.
Alternate history Switzerland.
Brothers. Cyborgs.
You’ll love it.

2. What’s your favorite quote from THIS MONTROUST THING?
“It would always be us, dead or alive or alive again, locked like gears so that neither of us could turn without moving the other.”

3. Any writing quirks?
I drink a lot of Diet Coke (always, but especially when I’m writing).
When I’m drafting, I leave myself notes of things to fix or mark holes I need to fill in later, and I mark them with an # so I can do an easy search and replace to find them again. Which means my first drafts are basically littered with snarky hashtags.

4. Was THIS MONSTROUS THING your first title choice?
The book was originally called The Shadow Boys are Breaking, but I think This Monstrous Thing fits so much better! It conveys the Frankenstein, Gothic-ness of the book much more effectively, and I love the ambiguity of what exactly the titular monstrousness is referring to. It wasn’t my first choice, but I’ve come to adore it.

5. If someone were to see you in a random public place where would it be and why?
I work at an independent bookstore, so you have a pretty good chance of spotting me there. Aside from that, I spend a good amount of time at my beloved Friendly Toast, which is a diner in Boston with bright green walls and the best biscuits and gravy of all time ever.  

6. Which YA character would you like to hang out with for a day?
Jacky Faber. She is the sassiest. And great at hijinks. And basically she’s everything I aspire to be.  

7. What is your favorite and least favorite book trope?
I’m a sucker for the scoundrels with a heart of gold archetype. You know, the Han Solo and Malcom Reynolds types. I fall for them every time.
I take issue with the ‘girl dresses up as a boy but the hot guy still falls in love with her’ trope in historicals because it undervalues the contribution of women throughout history who found ways to exercise influence within their gender constraints, and undervalues the power in femininity and womanhood. It can also be an erasure of queer and gender non-conforming people from historical narratives, or make queerness seem like the tragic ending that was avoided because everyone still goes home hetero. Cross dressing wasn’t just a way women could have fun adventures in history—it was the only way some people across the gender and sexuality spectrum could live true to themselves. Even if the author doesn’t intend any of these things, sometimes the trope further erases women and LGBTQ people from historical narratives.  

8. Any song inspirations that helped you write certain scenes?
Large parts of the book were written to the album The Life of the World to Come by The Mountain Goats. The lyrics have a lot of life, death, and resurrection imagery, and every song corresponds with a Bible verse, which is perfect accompaniment for writing a book based on a book based on a book based on the Bible (This Monstrous Thing, Frankenstein, Paradise Lost, in case you lost the thread there).

9. Any characters inspired by real people in your life?
I have a little sister and we have the same age different between us as Alasdair and Oliver, the brothers in the book. While MT and I are definitely not Alasdair and Oliver, a lifetime of being the volatile older half of a tight-knit sibling pair definitely inspired the novel. And my kid sister, MT, and Alasdair have a lot in common—rational, calm, reserved, and with a much more scientific mind. 

10. Sort your characters into Harry Potter houses.
Alasdair would probably think he was a Slytherin, but he’s a Gryffindor. So is Clemence. Oliver and Mary are both Ravenclaws.  Dr. Geisler—definitely a Slytherin. 


Mackenzi LeeMackenzi Lee is reader, writer, bookseller, unapologetic fangirl, fast talker, and perpetually-anxious badass. She holds an MFA from Simmons College in writing for children and young adults, and her short fiction has appeared in Inaccurate Realities, The Friend, and The Newport Review. Her young adult historical fantasy novel, THIS MONSTROUS THING, which won the PEN-New England Susan P. Bloom Children’s Book Discovery Award, as well as an Emerging Artist Grant from the St. Botolph Club Foundation, will be published fall of 2015 by Katherine Tegen/HarperCollins. 

She loves Diet Coke, sweater weather, and historical fiction. On a perfect day, she can be found enjoying all three. She currently calls Boston home.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Debut Author Bash: Everything That Makes You by Moriah McStay {Top 10 Quotes+GIveaway}

Everything That Makes You
Everything That Makes You by Moriah McStay
Release Date: March 17th, 2015
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books

Goodreads Summary:
One girl. Two stories. Meet Fiona Doyle. The thick ridges of scar tissue on her face are from an accident twelve years ago. Fiona has notebooks full of songs she’s written about her frustrations, her dreams, and about her massive crush on beautiful uber-jock Trent McKinnon. If she can’t even find the courage to look Trent straight in his beautiful blue eyes, she sure isn’t brave enough to play or sing any of her songs in public. But something’s changing in Fiona. She can’t be defined by her scars anymore.

And what if there hadn’t been an accident? Meet Fi Doyle. Fi is the top-rated female high school lacrosse player in the state, heading straight to Northwestern on a full ride. She’s got more important things to deal with than her best friend Trent McKinnon, who’s been different ever since the kiss. When her luck goes south, even lacrosse can’t define her anymore. When you’ve always been the best at something, one dumb move can screw everything up. Can Fi fight back?

Hasn’t everyone wondered what if? In this daring debut novel, Moriah McStay gives us the rare opportunity to see what might have happened if things were different. Maybe luck determines our paths. But maybe it’s who we are that determines our luck.

December Releases

*Click on the cover to go to its Goodreads page*

Dec. 1st:
Their Fractured Light (Starbound, #3)Hawthorn (Blythewood, #3)Not If I See You FirstForbidden
Their Fractured Light by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner 
Hawthorn by Carol Goodman 
Not If I See You First by Eric Lindstrom 
Forbidden by Eve Bunting 

Sunday, November 22, 2015

SST: The Anatomical Shape of a Heart by Jenn Bennet {Character Sketches+Giveaway}

The lovely Nori @ReadWriteLove hosts Sunday Street Team which is basically a combination between a blog tour, book meme, and street team of one author/book every month. 

The Anatomical Shape of a Heart

The Anatomical Shape of a Heart by Jenn Bennet
Release Date: Nov. 3rd, 2015
Publisher: Fiewel and Friends

Goodreads Summary:
Artist Beatrix Adams knows exactly how she's spending the summer before her senior year. Determined to follow in Da Vinci's footsteps, she's ready to tackle the one thing that will give her an advantage in a museum-sponsored scholarship contest: drawing actual cadavers. But when she tries to sneak her way into the hospital's Willed Body program and misses the last metro train home, she meets a boy who turns her summer plans upside down.

~Character Sketches~

Jenn Bennett

About the Author:
Jenn Bennett is the author of the Arcadia Bell urban fantasy series with Pocket and the Roaring 20's historical paranormal romance series with Berkley. She lives near Atlanta with one husband and two pugs.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

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