Sunday, May 31, 2015

Cover Roundup: The Mirror King, Library of Souls,and MORE

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

The Mirror King by Jodi Meadows
The Mirror King (The Orphan Queen, #2)

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Blog Tour: The Summer of Chasing Mermaids {Interview+Giveaway}

The Summer of Chasing Mermaids
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Release Date: June 2nd 2015
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, Retellings, Chick Lit

The youngest of six talented sisters, Elyse d’Abreau was destined for stardom—until a boating accident took everything from her. Now, the most beautiful singer in Tobago can’t sing. She can’t even speak.

Seeking quiet solitude, Elyse accepts a friend’s invitation to Atargatis Cove. Named for the mythical first mermaid, the Oregon seaside town is everything Elyse’s home in the Caribbean isn’t: An ocean too cold for swimming, parties too tame for singing, and people too polite to pry—except for one.

Christian Kane is a notorious playboy—insolent, arrogant, and completely charming. He’s also the only person in Atargatis Cove who doesn’t treat Elyse like a glass statue. He challenges her to express herself, and he admires the way she treats his younger brother Sebastian, who believes Elyse is the legendary mermaid come to life. 

When Christian needs a first mate for the Cove’s high-stakes Pirate Regatta, Elyse reluctantly stows her fear of the sea and climbs aboard. The ocean isn’t the only thing making waves, though—swept up in Christian’s seductive tide and entranced by the Cove’s charms, Elyse begins to wonder if a life of solitude isn’t what she needs. But changing course again means facing her past. It means finding her inner voice. And scariest of all, it means opening her heart to a boy who’s best known for breaking them . . .

Friday, May 29, 2015

Review: P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han

P.S. I Still Love You (To All the Boys I've Loved Before, #2)P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han
(To All The Boys I've Loved Before #2)
337 Pages
Release Date: May 26th, 2015
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Rating: 5 STARS

Goodreads Summary: 
Lara Jean didn’t expect to really fall for Peter.
She and Peter were just pretending. Except suddenly they weren’t. Now Lara Jean is more confused than ever.
When another boy from her past returns to her life, Lara Jean’s feelings for him return too. Can a girl be in love with two boys at once?

In this charming and heartfelt sequel to the New York Times bestseller To All the Boys I've Loved Before, we see first love through the eyes of the unforgettable Lara Jean. Love is never easy, but maybe that’s part of what makes it so amazing.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday (135)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill of Breaking the Spine where that spotlights the upcoming books I am currently anticipating. 

~Currently Anticipating~
Blood and Salt by Kim Liggett 
Release Date: September 22nd, 2015 
Publisher: G.P Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Top 10 Books That Make Great Beach Reads

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the lovely ladies at The Broke and the Bookish! Each week, a new topic is put into place and bloggers share their top ten.
**Lists aren't in any specific order**

Topic: Ten Books That I Think Make Great Beach Reads 

Monday, May 25, 2015

Review+Giveaway: Siren's Fury (Storm Siren #2) by Mary Weber {Blog Tour}

Siren's Fury (The Storm Siren Trilogy #2)
by Mary Weber
Publisher: Thomas Nelson / HarperCollins
Release Date: June 2nd 2015
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance
Rating: 4 STARS 


"I thrust my hand toward the sky as my voice begs the Elemental inside me to waken and rise. But it's no use. The curse I've spent my entire life abhorring—the thing I trained so hard to control—no longer exists."

Nym has saved Faelen only to discover that Draewulf stole everything she valued. Now he’s destroyed her Elemental storm-summoning ability as well.

When Nym sneaks off with a host of delegates to Bron, Lord Myles offers her the chance for a new kind of power and the whispered hope that it may do more than simply defeat the monster she loathes. But the secrets the Bron people have kept concealed, along with the horrors Draewulf has developed, may require more than simply harnessing a darker ability.

They may require who she is.

Set against the stark metallic backdrop of the Bron kingdom, Nym is faced with the chance to change the future.

Or was that Draewulf’s plan for her all along?

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Mini-Review: Things We Know By Heart by Jessi Kirby

Things We Know by HeartThings We Know By Heart by Jessi Kirby
304 Pages
Release Date: April 21st, 2015
Publisher: HarperTeen
Source: Publisher via Edelweiss
Rating: 4 STARS

Goodreads Summary: 
When Quinn Sullivan meets the recipient of her boyfriend’s donated heart, the two form an unexpected connection.

After Quinn loses her boyfriend, Trent, in an accident their junior year, she reaches out to the recipients of his donated organs in hopes of picking up the pieces of her now-unrecognizable life. She hears back from some of them, but the person who received Trent’s heart has remained silent. The essence of a person, she has always believed, is in the heart. If she finds Trent’s, then maybe she can have peace once and for all. 

Risking everything in order to finally lay her memories to rest, Quinn goes outside the system to track down nineteen-year-old Colton Thomas—a guy whose life has been forever changed by this priceless gift. But what starts as an accidental run-in quickly develops into more, sparking an undeniable attraction. She doesn't want to give in to it—especially since he has no idea how they're connected—but their time together has made Quinn feel alive again. No matter how hard she’s falling for Colton, each beat of his heart reminds her of all she’s lost…and all that remains at stake.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Giveaway: YA Contemporary Prize Pack

There's been many many contemporary books releasing this year so Caitlyn and I decided
to give away some older(ish) contemporary books. There will be ONE winner who wins ALL  
5 books in the stack. And it's unfortunately only US only.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Blog Tour: Kissing in America by Margo Rabb {Interview+Giveaway}

Kissing in America
by Margo Rabb
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date: May 26th 2015

I loved romances because when you opened the first page, you knew the story would end well. Your heart wouldn't be broken. I loved that security, that guaranteed love.

In real life, you never knew the ending. I hated that.

Sixteen-year-old Eva has never been in love. But when she meets Will, everything changes. With him, her grief over her father's death fades, and she can escape from her difficult relationship with her mother. Then, without any warning, Will picks up and moves to California. So Eva—with the help of her best friend, Annie—concocts a plan to travel across the country to see him again. As they leave New York City for the first time and road-trip across America, they encounter cowboys, kudzu, and tiny towns without stoplights. Along the way, Eva and Annie learn the truth about love and all its complexities.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday (134)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill of Breaking the Spine where that spotlights the upcoming books I am currently anticipating. 

~Currently Anticipating~
The Lies About Truth by Courtney Stevens 
Release Date: November 3rd, 2015
Publisher: HarperTeen

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Release Day Celebration: Conviction by Kelly Loy Gilbert {Giveaway}


Author: Kelly Loy Gilbert
Release Date: May 19th, 2015
Publisher: Disney Hyperion

Ten years ago, God gave Braden a sign, a promise that his family wouldn’t fall apart the way he feared.

But Braden got it wrong: his older brother, Trey, has been estranged from the family for almost as long, and his father, the only parent Braden has ever known, has been accused of murder. The arrest of Braden’s father, a well-known Christian radio host, has sparked national media attention. His fate lies in his son’s hands; Braden is the key witness in the upcoming trial.

Braden has always measured himself through baseball. He is the star pitcher in his small town of Ornette, and his ninety-four-mile-per-hour pitch al- ready has minor league scouts buzzing in his junior year. Now the rules of the sport that has always been Braden’s saving grace are blurred in ways he never realized, and the prospect of playing against Alex Reyes, the nephew of the police officer his father is accused of killing, is haunting his every pitch.

Braden faces an impossible choice, one that will define him for the rest of his life, in this brutally honest debut novel about family, faith, and the ultimate test of conviction. 

Goodreads | Amazon | Powell's | BAM | B&N | IndieBound 

While the mystery of what really happened on the foggy stretch of highway is the driving force behind the narrative, it is Braden’s unfolding story that will captivate readers ... Both hopeful and devastatingly real.” -Kirkus, starred review

“A poignant look at the messiness of love, faith and humanity.” - School Library Journal, starred review

“Braden is a deeply sympathetic character ... a moving debut.” - Booklist, starred review

kelly author
About The Author

Kelly Loy Gilbert is a fiction writer who believes deeply in the power of stories to illuminate a shared humanity and give voice to complex, broken people. She is passionate about social justice, the San Francisco Giants, and organizing things by color. Kelly studied writing at the University of California—San Diego and at San Francisco State, and enjoys serving on the NaNoWriMo Associate Board and leading creative writing workshops for teens. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her family in a home teeming with books.

Win 1 SIGNED copy of Conviction (US ONLY)
Ships in US Only. Must be 13+ To Enter

Monday, May 18, 2015

Blog Tour: Hold Me Like a Breath by Tiffany Schmidt {Review+Giveaway}

Hold Me Like a Breath (Once Upon a Crime Family #1)
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Release Date: May 19th 2015
Rate: 3.5 STARS 

Penelope Landlow has grown up with the knowledge that almost anything can be bought or sold—including body parts. She’s the daughter of one of the three crime families that control the black market for organ transplants.

Penelope’s surrounded by all the suffocating privilege and protection her family can provide, but they can't protect her from the autoimmune disorder that causes her to bruise so easily.

And in her family's line of work no one can be safe forever.

All Penelope has ever wanted is freedom and independence. But when she’s caught in the crossfire as rival families scramble for prominence, she learns that her wishes come with casualties, that betrayal hurts worse than bruises, that love is a risk worth taking . . . and maybe she’s not as fragile as everyone thinks.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Cover Roundup: The Winner's Kiss, Madly, and MORE

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

The Winner's Kiss by Marie Rutkoski
The Winner's Kiss (The Winner's Trilogy, #3)
BEAUTIFUUUUL! Love the dress and the sword and the "K" :D

Friday, May 15, 2015

Blog Tour: City Love by Susane Colasanti {Promo+Giveaway}

City Love
by Susane Colasanti
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Release Date: April 21st 2015


Sadie, Darcy, and Rosanna are living together in New York City the summer before their freshman year of college begins. With no parents, no rules, and an entire city to explore, these three girls are on the verge of the best summer of their lives.

Sadie is a native New Yorker. She is hopeful, romantic, and an eternal optimist who is ready to find her soul mate. Then she meets her dream boy: cute, funny, and quirky in all the right ways. The chemistry between them is unreal. Could he be the one?

Darcy is a free spirit from SoCal with rebellious tendencies and unlimited financial resources. Moving to New York City is just another adventure for her. Darcy wants this summer to be all about boy adventures—nothing serious. But how much fun is too much?

Rosanna leaves Chicago for NYC so she can put her past behind her and reinvent herself. The only thing standing in her way is the grand total of seventy-three cents she has saved. Then she meets a guy who wants to show her the glamorous side of New York—a side that she would never get to experience on her own. If Rosanna doesn't resist, she may find herself in city love.

Told from alternating points of view, City Love captures the moments in each girl's life when everything is thrilling, amazing, and terrifying all at once . . . in a way it will never be again.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday (133)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill of Breaking the Spine where that spotlights the upcoming books I am currently anticipating. 

~Currently Anticipating~
Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson 
Release Date: Sept. 22nd, 2015
Publisher: Greenwillow Books 

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Blog Tour: Velvet by Temple West {Review+Giveaway}

by Temple West
Publisher: Swoon Reads
Release Date: May 12th 2015
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal, Vampires
Rate: 4 STARS


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?

Book Blitz: The Wrath & The Dawn by Renee Ahdieh {Author Letter+Giveaway}

I am so excited that THE WRATH AND THE DAWN by Renée Ahdieh releases today and that I get to share the news, along with a special introduction from Renée herself!
If you haven’t yet heard about this wonderful book by Author Renée Ahdieh, be sure to check out all the details below.

This blitz also includes a giveaway for a signed copies of the book and some beautiful book inspired scarves, courtesy of Renée, Penguin Teen, and Rockstar Book Tours. So if you’d like a chance to win, enter in the Rafflecopter at the bottom of this post.

A letter from Renée Ahdieh:

There are not enough words to express how thrilled I am to share THE WRATH AND THE DAWN with you! From the moment I typed the first word, I felt connected to Shahrzad and her world in a way that carried me through the long process of publication to where we are today. 

Everything about this process has been a dream come true, and hope you love my book half as much as I enjoyed writing it. In celebration of release day, I'll be giving away a signed, first edition hardcover of the book, as well as a gorgeous scarf . . . or two!

Always remember to make it a story worthy of you!


Monday, May 11, 2015

Giveaway: Words Through Time Prize Pack

By Tamara Ireland Stone
Release Date: June 16th
Publisher: Disney Hyperion 

Goodreads Summary:
If you could read my mind, you wouldn't be smiling.

Samantha McAllister looks just like the rest of the popular girls in her junior class. But hidden beneath the straightened hair and expertly applied makeup is a secret that her friends would never understand: Sam has Purely-Obsessional OCD and is consumed by a stream of dark thoughts and worries that she can't turn off. 

Second-guessing every move, thought, and word makes daily life a struggle, and it doesn't help that her lifelong friends will turn toxic at the first sign of a wrong outfit, wrong lunch, or wrong crush. Yet Sam knows she'd be truly crazy to leave the protection of the most popular girls in school. So when Sam meets Caroline, she has to keep her new friend with a refreshing sense of humor and no style a secret, right up there with Sam's weekly visits to her psychiatrist.

Caroline introduces Sam to Poet's Corner, a hidden room and a tight-knit group of misfits who have been ignored by the school at large. Sam is drawn to them immediately, especially a guitar-playing guy with a talent for verse, and starts to discover a whole new side of herself. Slowly, she begins to feel more "normal" than she ever has as part of the popular crowd . . . until she finds a new reason to question her sanity and all she holds dear.


One (1) winner receives the complete Tamara Ireland Stone collection:
·         A copy of Every Last Word;
·         Plus copies of Time Between Us and Time After Time.
Giveaway open to US addresses only.
Prizing and samples provided by Disney Hyperion.

About the Author:
Tamara Ireland Stone ( is the author of Time After Time and Time Between Us, which Melissa Marr praised as a "beautifully written, unique love story," and has been published in over twenty countries. A former Silicon Valley marketing executive, Tamara  enjoys skiing, hiking, and spending time with her husband and two children. She lives just outside of San Francisco.

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Sunday, May 10, 2015

Cover Roundup: Passengers, Just Visiting, and MORE

Passenger by Alexandra Bracken

Just Visiting by Dahlia Adler
Just Visiting

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
Carry On

A Gathering of Shadows by V.E Schwab
A Gathering of Shadows  (A Darker Shade of Magic, #2)

We Own the Night by Ashley Poston
We Own the Night (Radio Hearts #2)

The Nightmare Charade by Mindee Arnett
The Nightmare Charade (The Arkwell Academy, #3)

See How They Run by Ally Carter
See How They Run (Embassy Row, #2)

Inherit the Stars by Tessa Elwood
inherit the stars tessa elwood

Endure by Sara Larson
Endure (Defy, #3)

Diamonds are Forever by Michelle Madow
Diamonds are Forever

Happily Ever After by Kiera Cass
Happily Ever After: A Companion to the Selection Series

The Fix by Natasha Sinel

Dangerous Lies by Becca Fitzpatrick
Dangerous Lies

Saving Montgomery Sole by Mariko Tamaki

Through the Dark by Alexandra Bracken
Through the Dark (The Darkest Minds, #1.5, #2.5, #3.5)

Starting and ending with the lovely Alexandra Bracken :D
Fave covers: Passenger & Just Visiting
Looking Forward to reading: Passenger, Just Visiting, Carry On, The Nightmare Charade, Inherit the Stars, and See How They Run (AKA majority of these books)

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