Category: Young Adult

Mar 01
{Review+Kindle Fire Giveaway} Off the Ice by @JulieCross1980 @EntangledTEEN

{Review+Kindle Fire Giveaway} Off the Ice by @JulieCross1980 @EntangledTEEN

Off the Ice is the first book in the young adult Juniper Falls series by Julie Cross. I have read a bunch of Julie’s books, and I love how diverse of an author she is. She can write all genres and moods of stories. I really enjoyed Off the Ice and I can’t wait to continue on in the series. It was a bit more drama filled than I was expecting. This is not a super light and fluffy young adult contemporary. This story has some grit to it. Off The Ice is the story of Claire and Tate. I liked both Claire and Tate but it took me some time to warm up to them. I didn’t instantly fall in love with them. In fact, the whole story takes some time to warm up. Off the Ice has a slower, more deliberate pace than some of Julie’s other stories. I could even see this story appealing to both young adult and new adult fans. It is upper young adult… Read more »

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Feb 28
{Author Spotlight+Giveaway} The Rugby Series by Penny Reid @ReidRomance

{Author Spotlight+Giveaway} The Rugby Series by Penny Reid @ReidRomance

For my blogoversary this year, I am hosting several authors that I have discovered through my six year blogging journey. I will be sharing book spotlights, author interviews, guest posts and lots of other fun features to share with you some of my favorite authors! I am also hosting a HUGE giveaway. In fact, the giveaway is the biggest I have ever hosted on my blog, and each of the authors featured has a prize in the giveaway, so be sure to check that out! Today I have Penny Reid on the blog. She is going to be sharing one of my favorite series of hers! The Rugby series! So be sure to check it out, and be sure to enter the giveaway down below! You can win a SIGNED copy of the newest book in the series, The Cad and the Co-Ed! I am so excited to have Penny Reid here today. Penny is one of my most cherished author finds during my time blogging. I seriously love her… Read more »

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Feb 27
{Author Spotlight +Giveaway} Heather Hildenbrand @HeatherHildenbr

{Author Spotlight +Giveaway} Heather Hildenbrand @HeatherHildenbr

For my blogoversary this year, I am hosting several authors that I have discovered through my six year blogging journey. I will be sharing book spotlights, author interviews, guest posts and lots of other fun features to share with you some of my favorite authors! I am also hosting a HUGE giveaway. In fact, the giveaway is the biggest I have ever hosted on my blog, and each of the authors featured has a prize in the giveaway, so be sure to check that out! Today I have Heather Hildenbrand on the blog. She is going to be sharing one of my favorite series of hers! The Dirty Blood series! So be sure to check it out, and be sure to enter the giveaway down below! You can win a SIGNED copy of the fifth book in the Dirty Blood series, Broken Blood! Other books in the Dirty Blood Series You can find more information about all of her books on Goodreads- HERE And if that is not exciting enough,… Read more »

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Feb 24
{Author Interview} Riven by Jane Alvey Harris

{Author Interview} Riven by Jane Alvey Harris

Today I am really excited to have Author Jane Alvey Harris here as part of my 6 year Blogoversary, for an interview. I will have a couple of interviews from authors today and tomorrow, and today there is going to be a HUGE giveaway with so many awesome prizes! (and one of the prizes will be a copy of this book! hinthintwinkwink! So be sure to come back in a bit and check it out!) What inspired you to create Riven and the My Myth Trilogy series? Honestly, when I began writing Riven, I was just looking for relief. I was struggling through a really dark time in my life and was doing therapy with an amazing counselor who encouraged me to write. I didn’t have a synopsis or even an outline; I was just writing scenes from my head and connecting them together. It took me a couple years to get the first draft out and even longer to realize what the story was really about. Somewhere in the… Read more »

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Feb 23
{Author Interview} Our Own Private Universe by Robin Talley

{Author Interview} Our Own Private Universe by Robin Talley

Today I am really excited to have Author Robin Talley here as part of my 6 year Blogoversary, for an interview. I will have a couple of interviews from authors today and tomorrow, and then tomorrow there is going to be a HUGE giveaway with so many awesome prizes! (and one of the prizes will be a hardcover copy of this book! hinthintwinkwink! So be sure to come back tomorrow and check it out!) Thank you so much Robin for being here on Book Briefs today! Next time you stop by, please bring your goofy hound dog! 😀 Describe Our Own Private Universe in a tweet (140 characters or less) A 15-year-old bi girl goes on a church trip & sets out to have a fling with another girl. Both are caught off guard when they fall in love. Who was harder for your to write? Aki or Christa? Why? They were both tricky, but since this book required me to be in Aki’s head the whole time (it’s the first… Read more »

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Feb 22
{Review+Giveaway} Weariland by @MaryEShotwell @MergePublishing

{Review+Giveaway} Weariland by @MaryEShotwell @MergePublishing

Weariland is a young adult fantasy retelling by Mary Shotwell. Weariland is perfect for fans new and old alike of alice in wonderland. Weariland is a modern day take on wonderland. I really enjoyed this story. You might know by now that Wonderland retellings are my favorite kind of retelling, because I feel like there is so much the author has to work with. Alice in Wonderland is one of my favorite classics. I love how magical it all is, there are so many cool characters to work with. Wonderland is a complete world, so there are just a million different directions a retelling can go. Weariland takes place a few generations after the story of Wonderland leaves off. Here we get to see Alice’s granddaughter, Lason. And Wonderland is not the same place we knew from the classic tale. It is now a place called weariland and the Queen of Souls rules over the land. I loved this broken and creepy concept. This felt like a dark tale. I… Read more »

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Feb 21
{Review+Giveaway} Any Boy But You by @JulieHammerle @EntangledTeen

{Review+Giveaway} Any Boy But You by @JulieHammerle @EntangledTeen

Any Boy but You is the first book in the young adult contemporary romance series, called North Pole Minnesota by Julie Hammerle. I have Julie’s other book, the Sound of Us sitting on my TBR pile, but after having read Any Boy But You, I need to bump it up the pile. Because Any Boy But You was super cute. I loved the concept behind it. Elena and Oliver start texting anonymously through a popular app game, but little do they know they are from rival sporting goods families. I cracked up when I saw the concept behind the story. Like a modern day Romeo and Juliet, but for the texting and app generation. It was super cute. I totally dug the fun and flirty writing style, and I adored the characters. The book is set up in my favorite narration style as well…dual narrative with both Elena and Oliver’s points of view. The writing in Any Boy But You is great. It is quipy, with plenty of pop culture… Read more »

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Feb 16
{Review+Giveaway} Weddings, Crushes, and Other Dramas by @Emily_Mc_Kay @EntangledTeen

{Review+Giveaway} Weddings, Crushes, and Other Dramas by @Emily_Mc_Kay @EntangledTeen

Weddings, Crushes, and Other Dramas is the sixth book in the Creative HeArts series, and the second, and final :(,  book in the Finn and Willa trilogy by Emily McKay. I have still not read the fourth or fifth book in the series,  but I have read books 1-3. I have said it before and I will say it again, I freakin love the way this series is done. Let me try and break it down for you, because it can be kind of confusing. The Creative HeArts series is all set at the same performing arts high school in Texas. There will be somewhere between 8-11 books in the series, and it will center around 4 different couples (at this time anyway). Each of the couples will get their own duology or trilogy, and each trilogy is written by a different author. But the books in the overall Creative HeArts series will rotate through each one of the three couples, so no two sequential books will be about the… Read more »

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Feb 15
{Review} The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon @say_shannon @bloomsburykids

{Review} The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon @say_shannon @bloomsburykids

The Bone Season is the first book in the young adult fantasy/sci fi dystopian series, by the same name, by Samantha Shannon. I have put off reading this book for a while, and I am not really sure why. It was always a book that interested me on my TBR list, but like a million other titles, I just never got around to it. This year I charged myself with the goal of reading more books that have been sitting on my TBR list for far too long and one of the series near the top of my list was The Bone Season series. Especially with the release of the very anticipated third book later this year. I wanted to be caught up for the next book. And I am so glad that I finally read The Bone Season. It is a fantastic read that I would recommend to fantasy lovers everywhere. I think it will appeal to both fans of young adult and adult fantasy because the world that… Read more »

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Feb 14
{Quiz+Excerpt+Giveaway} Frostblood by @elly_blake @TheNovl

{Quiz+Excerpt+Giveaway} Frostblood by @elly_blake @TheNovl

If you guys checked out my review of Frostblood last week, you know how much I LOVED the book! (You can see my review HERE) Frostblood is a great YA fantasy novel, with excellent world building and a great romance, so I thought it would be perfect for some Valentine’s day fun. I partnered with Little, Brown to share this great book and giveaway. So, check out the excerpt from Frostblood, take a quiz to see if you are a Fireblood or a Frostblood, and then be sure to enter the awesome giveaway below. Read the first chapter of Frostblood on TheNovl. And take this fun quiz to determine if you are a fireblood or a frostblood.  I was kind of surprised, but I got fireblood! Let me know which one you get in the comments below.  If the quiz does not work for you on my website, you can Take the quiz! here To enter, fill out the rafflecopter below to win! WHERE FLAME AND ICE ARE MORTAL ENEMIES:… Read more »

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