Thursday, February 23, 2017

Any Boy But You by Julie Hammerle Blog Tour + Giveaway!

Any Boy but You 
Series: (North Pole, Minnesota #1) 
Author: Julie Hammerle
Publication Date: February 13, 2017
Publisher: Entangled: Crush

Elena Chestnut has been chatting with an anonymous boy late into the night. It’s a very You’ve Got Mail situation, and she has no idea who he is. He can’t be Oliver Prince, hot-and-bashful son of the family running the rival sporting goods store. Their fancy sales strategies are driving Elena’s family out of business. Elena’s mystery boy has teamed up with her in their latest sales strategy, an augmented reality game, to help her win the grand-prize plane tickets. Money’s so tight Elena’s going to miss senior year spring break with her friends if she can’t win this game.
The girl Oliver's fallen head-over-heels for online had better not be Elena Chestnut. She's his angry, vindictive Latin tutor, the daughter of his dad’s business rival, and the one girl he’d never even think of kissing. She’s definitely not his online crush, because that girl is funny, sweet, and perfect.
When Oliver asks to reveal their names at the Valentine’s Day dance, their IRL relationship will either ruin what they have online, or they’ll discover just how thin the line between love and hate really is.
Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush book contains swearing, snowball fights, and sexual tension that could melt the North Pole. Read at your own risk.

Guest Post
What inspired you to write Any Boy But You? Is it based on anyone special?

The character I relate to most in Any Boy but You is Oliver, for sure. 

It didn’t start out that way. I hadn’t gone into writing the book planning to deal with my own social anxieties through him, but that’s how it worked out. The way he sees his sister, Regina, is how I see people who have it more socially together than I do. She’s an extrovert, who thrives on engagement with others. He’s an introvert, who finds the whole “making and keeping friends” thing exhausting and terrifying.

He wants friends. He wants to find his “person,” to use a Grey’s Anatomy word, but he’s scared of being rebuffed. He’s scared of putting his heart out there and having it tossed back in his face. And that fear has won out his entire life. He’s spent seventeen years hiding behind his computer and his “above it all” façade, while other people paired up around him.

When he talks about his fear of rejection or his worry that no one would show up for him when he really needed a friend, that’s all me. That stuff was waaay too easy to write.

Obviously, Oliver and Elena’s budding romance is the center of this story, but my favorite interpersonal moments happen between Oliver and Harper, Elena’s BFF. Harper and Oliver strike up an unlikely friendship, and she’s exactly the person he needs to help him come out of his shell. Oliver wants a romantic relationship and he does grow to care about Elena, but what he really needs (and finds in Harper) is a good buddy.

About the Author
Julie Hammerle is the author of The Sound of Us, which will be published by Entangled Teen on June 7, 2016. Before settling down to write "for real," she studied opera, taught Latin, and held her real estate license for one hot minute. Currently, she writes about TV on her blog Hammervision, ropes people into conversations about Game of Thrones, and makes excuses to avoid the gym. Her favorite YA-centric TV shows include 90210 (original spice), Felicity, and Freaks and Geeks. Her iPod reads like a 1997 Lilith Fair set list. She lives in Chicago with her husband, two kids, and a dog. They named the dog Indiana.

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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Daughter of the Pirate King by Trisha Levenseller

Daughter of the Pirate King
Author: Trisha Levenseller
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Publicaton Date: February 28, 2017

This book made me appreciate reading again. 2016 was one big book slump for me. I couldn’t find anything I liked and much of what I was reading was far too serious. I picked up Daughter of the Pirate King on a whim and for the first time in a long time I remembered what a joy reading can be! This book is fun. It is pirates hunting for treasure, being scallywags, and living life on the high seas. It was exactly what I didn’t know I wanted.

This novel follows pirate captain Alosa. She is the daughter of the pirate king (hence the title). The story begins when Alosa is captured by rival pirates. Only, the jokes on them because Alosa was planning to be captured all along. She is searching their ship for a legendary treasure map. One said to lead to an epic trove. But all is not smooth sailing.

Alosa is a great heroine. And I liked seeing her be good at what she does, pirating. The days of girls needing saving are long over! Alosa is the captain of an almost entirely female ship and they’re the best of the best. I’m looking forward to seeing more of the crew in the sequel.

The best part about this story was the witty banter between Alosa and Riden. They reminded me of Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth from Pride & Prejudice. Only with more kissing. And more pirates. The relationship between Alosa and Riden is a slow burn that you can’t help rooting for.

The only thing I didn’t like about this novel was that I have to wait for the sequel! I’m excited to read more about Alosa, Riden, and the entire pirate crew. When I read this book I desperately needed something fun, light, and interesting. This book was all three! Put this on your to-read list now.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Blog Tour: Guardian of Secrets by Brenda Drake + Giveaway

Guardian of Secrets 
Series: Library Jumpers #2
by Brenda Drake
Publication Date: February 7, 2017
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Being a Sentinel isn’t all fairytales and secret gardens.
Sure, jumping through books into the world’s most beautiful libraries to protect humans from mystical creatures is awesome. No one knows that better than Gia Kearns, but she could do without the part where people are always trying to kill her. Oh, and the fact that Pop and her had to move away from her friends and life as she knew it.
And if that isn’t enough, her boyfriend, Arik, is acting strangely. Like, maybe she should be calling him “ex,” since he’s so into another girl. But she doesn’t have time to be mad or even jealous, because someone has to save the world from the upcoming apocalypse, and it looks like that’s going to be Gia.
Maybe. If she survives.
Other Books in the Series
Thief of Lies (Library Jumpers #1)

Gia Kearns would rather fight with boys than kiss them. That is, until Arik, a leather clad hottie in the Boston Athenaeum, suddenly disappears. While examining the book of world libraries he abandoned, Gia unwittingly speaks the key that sucks her and her friends into a photograph and transports them into a Paris library, where Arik and his Sentinels—magical knights charged with protecting humans from the creatures traveling across the gateway books—rescue them from a demonic hound.
Jumping into some of the world's most beautiful libraries would be a dream come true for Gia, if she weren’t busy resisting her heart or dodging an exiled wizard seeking revenge on both the Mystik and human worlds. Add a French flirt obsessed with Arik and a fling with a young wizard, and Gia must choose between her heart and her head, between Arik's world and her own, before both are destroyed.
Guest Post
Music is very important to me when trying to get into the feeling of a scene. A book’s soundtrack can add another layer to the story. The perfect song can help deepen your writing and aide in helping us feel the characters’ emotions. I’m thrilled to share with you today my soundtrack for Guardian of Secrets, book two in the Library Jumpers series.

Secrets by OneRebublic is the perfect song to start out with. This volume in the Library Jumpers series is all about secrets. The lyrics “This time, don't need another perfect lie” fits perfectly how Gia feels in this story. 

Don’t Let Me Down by the Chainsmokers, this song plays to Gia’s desperation after something bad happens and all she wants is Arik, but he isn’t there for her. The lyrics “I really thought you were on my side … But now there's nobody by my side” plays perfectly with her feelings during this scene.

Heathens by twenty one pilots is a fun song that plays to the new threat in this book and his gang of evil Mystiks. With lyrics like “All my friends are heathens, take it slow” and “Please don’t make any sudden moves” goes great with Gia and Nick’s feelings when they encounter this new threat in the darkness of a library. 

Close by Nick Jonas with Tove Lo is a song for Gia and Bastien. I can’t say much here because I don’t want to spoil anything. The lyrics that go perfectly with this scene are “I know, I know you know you’re scared” and “'Cause space is just a word made up by someone who's afraid to get too close.”

Love Me Now by John Legend when Gia is trapped in a barren wasteland with somebody (I’m trying to be cryptic here) all she and this other person think is “I know it'll kill me when it's over …I don't wanna think about it, I want you to love me now.”

Rise by Katy Perry finishes off the book nicely. It fits Gia’s mind set after a battle where so much was lost and she must rise. And I end with these lyrics: “When you think the final nail is in. Think again. Don't be surprised. I will still rise.”

I hope you enjoyed the playlist for Guardian of Secrets. If you would like to listen to the Thief of Lies (Library Jumpers #1) soundtrack!
About the Author 
Brenda Drake is a New York Times bestselling author of Thief of Lies (Library Jumpers #1), Guardian of Secrets (Library Jumpers #2), Touching Fate (Fated Series #1), and Cursing Fate (Fated Series #2). She grew up the youngest of three children, an Air Force brat, and the continual new kid at school. She hosts workshops and contests for writers such as Pitch Wars and Pitch Madness on her blog, and holds Twitter pitch parties on the hashtag, #PitMad. When she’s not writing or hanging out with her family, she haunts libraries, bookstores, and coffee shops, or reads someplace quiet and not at all exotic (much to her disappointment).

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Wednesday, February 1, 2017

The 100 Book Blitz + Giveaway!

I am so excited that THE 100 returns to TV tonight! And to help celebrate the show's return Little Brown Books For Young Readers and Rockstar Book Tours are giving away 5 Boxed Sets of the Complete series! So if you’d like a chance to win, enter in the Rafflecopter at the bottom of this post.

THE 100 Box Set (Books 1-4)
Author: Kass Morgan
Pub. Date: January 3, 2016
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Pages: 1360
Formats: Paperback
Find it: AmazonGoodreads

All four thrilling novels in The 100 series, now available in a paperback boxed set! Ever since nuclear war destroyed our planet, humanity has been living on city-like spaceships hovering above the toxic surface. As far as anyone knows, no one has stepped foot on Earth in centuries--that is, until one hundred juvenile delinquents are sentenced to return and recolonize the hostile land. The future of the human race rests in their hands, but nothing can prepare the 100 for what they find on this strange and savage planet.
Read the series that inspired the hit TV show. The 100, Day 21, Homecoming, and Rebellion are gathered together for the first time in this striking box set, perfect for fans and series newcomers alike.

About Kass Morgan

Kass Morgan studied literature at Brown and Oxford, and now resides in Brooklyn, where she lives in constant fear of her Ikea bookcase collapsing and burying her under a mound of science fiction and Victorian novels. Kass is currently working on the sequel to The 100, which she’ll finish as soon as she finds a coffee shop that allows laptops on the weekend.


5 winners will receive the complete boxed set of THE 100 Series, US Only.

Ends on February 8th at Midnight EST!

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Monday, January 23, 2017

Scythe by Neal Shusterman

Author: Neal Shusterman 
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication Date: November 22, 2016

This had so much potential and it never materialized into anything. That is the intense tragedy of Scythe. It is a novel with an interesting premise: the world has grown so advanced that no one dies anymore and Scythes are tasked with killing people in an ordered, systematic way.

The characters in this interesting world were completely flat. Citra and Rowan were selected to be Scythes in training. They both don’t want this job. Which is a good thing, you shouldn’t want to be a killer. But, they had no feelings. They weren’t grappling with big decisions. They were just there. It sucked the life out of this interesting premise to have two so very vanilla characters.

The worldbuilding was overdone. This was a long read and it was almost entirely worldbuilding. Which would have been fine except there was nothing else going on in the story. The characters were pawns with little to no personality.

The one thing I did enjoy about this story was that it spanned multiple generations of characters and ideological viewpoints. It was really about internal power struggles in organizations that are immune from law. I enjoyed that aspect but the story read as rather dry. I was expecting something with more zest and this wasn’t it.

Overall, this was so-so read. It had tons of promise that never materialized. I don’t plan on continuing this series, there just wasn’t enough to keep my attention.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday: Wicked Like A Wildfire

Wicked Like A Wildfire
Author: Lana Popovic
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Publication Date: August 15, 2017

All the women in Iris and Malina's family are born with a gleam—a unique way of manipulating beauty through magic. Seventeen-year-old Iris sees flowers as fractals and turns her kaleidoscope visions into glasswork, her twin sister Malina interprets moods as music, and their cold, distant mother Jasmina bakes scenery into decadent treats at her confectionery in Old Town Cattaro, Montenegro.

Jasmina forbids Iris and Malina to share their gleams with anyone, and above all, she forbids them to fall in love—being discovered could shatter the quiet lives they’ve built in their tucked-away, seaside town. But Iris and Malina are tired of abiding by their mother’s rules and rebel in secret whenever they can.

Yet when a mysterious, white-haired woman attacks their mother and leaves her hovering between life and death, the sisters unearth an ancient curse that haunts their line—a wicked bargain that masquerades as a blessing, and binds the twins’ fates—and hearts—to a force larger than life. To save each other, they must untangle a thousand years of lies and reveal their own hurtful secrets. But even the deepest sacrifice might not be enough.

Wicked Like a Wildfire is the first book in a sumptuous, bewitching duology about the power of love, death, magic, and the many faces of beauty.
My Thoughts: GIVE ME THIS BOOK!!! No really. Give it to me. This premise, that cover. I haven't done a waiting on Wednesday post in a long time but this book mad me do one. Make sure you're adding this to your TBR lists now. I have a feeling it's going to be a big book in 2017.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Top 10 2016 Releases I Meant To Read But Didn't

I had a HUGE reading slump in 2016. There were a ton of books I meant to read but for one reason or another didn't get to. These are the top books that I didn't get to I plan to read sometime this year!

1 Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo
2 And I Darken by Kiersten White 
3 Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Córdova

4 Just Kill Me by Adam Selzer 
5 The Lovely Reckless by Kami Garcia

6 With Malice by Eileen Cook 
7 The Monster on the Road is Me by J.P. Romney
8 Glitter by Aprilynne Pike

9 Nevernight by Jay Kristoff
10 The Queen of the Night by Alexander Chee

Monday, January 9, 2017

A List of Cages by Robin Roe Blog Tour + Giveaway

Thanks to Disney for sending me a review copy of this book and for providing the prize pack!

A List of Cages
Author: Robin Roe
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Publication Date: January 10, 2017

When Adam Blake lands the best elective ever in his senior year, serving as an aide to the school psychologist, he thinks he's got it made. Sure, it means a lot of sitting around, which isn't easy for a guy with ADHD, but he can't complain, since he gets to spend the period texting all his friends. Then the doctor asks him to track down the troubled freshman who keeps dodging her, and Adam discovers that the boy is Julian--the foster brother he hasn't seen in five years.

Adam is ecstatic to be reunited. At first, Julian seems like the boy he once knew. He's still kind hearted. He still writes stories and loves picture books meant for little kids. But as they spend more time together, Adam realizes that Julian is keeping secrets, like where he hides during the middle of the day, and what's really going on inside his house. Adam is determined to help him, but his involvement could cost both boys their lives.

First-time novelist Robin Roe relied on life experience when writing this exquisite, gripping story featuring two lionhearted characters.
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Kindness Goals of 2017
I feel like everyone had an awful 2016...but me. I had an amazing 2016. I got engaged, finished my masters degree in library science, landed my dream job, and moved to a new state! In 2017 I want to pass this good energy to everyone.
  • Be more understanding. 

  • Be positive. In exchanges with other people, both in person and online. I'm going to radiate positive energy and believe the best in others. The bookish community, on twitter especially, can be so negative. I'm not going to be a part of this. I'm going to take everyone at face value and think the best of others.

  •  Be of Service. I want to make positive contributions to my library, neighborhood, and the bookish community.  
About the Author
Robin Roe has a bachelor's degree from Cornell University and a master's from Harvard. She counseled adolescents in Boston before she moved to Dallas, Texas to run a mentoring program for at-risk teens. This is her first novel.
One (1) winner receives:
  • A copy of A List of Cages
  • Plus a $50 Visa gift card to put towards a day of friendship.
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Friday, January 6, 2017

Bookish Discussions: I'm a Librarian in a New City!

WOW! The last few months have been a whirlwind for me! I apologize for letting my blogging slack but so many exciting things have been happening.

I accepted a job at a law school library in Boise, Idaho! Me and Allan (my fiance) packed up all our things and made the move from Tacoma, Washington to Boise, Idaho. It was a hectic month of moving, stressing, and finally arriving at our new place.

The moving company delivered our stuff  a few days after we got here in October and since then we've been slowly unpacking. My favorite part of unpacking is finding the things I packed up weeks ago and forgot I owned. Moving also makes me realize the sheer number of books I own. Around 500 now? And that is after I donated/sold about 75 to Half Price Books.

I started my first job out of library school as a Public Services Librarian! It's great to put to use all of the things I learned while in library school. My favorite thing about my job is still helping students with research questions. I love that moment when everything clicks and students are able to actually find what they were looking for. Although, faculty questions are fun and challenging so I like those too!

In 2017 I've decided to focus more on my writing. Last year I attended Madcap Retreats in March and I learned so much. But I got caught up in school, finding a job, and everything took a back seat. This will be the first year that I haven't been a student in ages. Now that life is settling down a little I'm ready to shift my focus onto writing and getting published.

I hope to blog a little more this year and share some of my own writing here! So that is where I've been. Here's to 2017 and all the exciting things it holds!

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Top 10 2017 Debuts I'm Excited For

1 Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller (I've already read this and it's great!!)
2 Wicked Like a Wildfire by Lana Popovic
3 A List of Cages by Robin Roe (This releases on the 10th so not a long wait)

4 Seven Days of You by Cecilia Vinesse
5 Shimmer and Burn by Mary Taranta

6 Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody
7 One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus
8 Poison's Kiss by Breeana Shields

9 You Don't Know My Name by Kristen Orlando
10 #Famous by Jilly Gagnon