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Dec 05
{Excerpt+Giveaway} Perfectly Summer by Robin Daniels

{Excerpt+Giveaway} Perfectly Summer by Robin Daniels

  enter to win  a signed copy of each book in the Perfect Series along with a Christmas/Holiday card containing a $20 Amazon gift card. Winner can keep for themselves or choose to gift the prize. If gifting, I will wrap and mail directly to the recipient upon request—hopefully in time for Christmas. Runs now through Sunday December 10, 2017 at midnight. Open to US only Note: Book Briefs Contest Policy applies.  All of the prizes, terms and conditions of the giveaway should be contained in the rafflecopter below. No Purchase necessary to enter. Void where prohibited by law. Click here to enter: http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/e6a2cde21/? a Rafflecopter giveaway

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Dec 04
{Re-Read Review+Kindle Fire Giveaway} The Midnight Sea by Kat Ross @katrossauthor

{Re-Read Review+Kindle Fire Giveaway} The Midnight Sea by Kat Ross @katrossauthor

To celebrate the release of the Fourth Element trilogy boxed set, Kat Ross has stopped by Book Briefs with an awesome giveaway and sale! Right now, you can get the entire trilogy for only 99 cents! I am celebrating with a re-read of the first book, so I can jump in and read books two and three shortly thereafter. Re-Read note: I liked this book even more the second time. I am glad that I took the time to read the first book again, because it helped get me familiar with the characters and the world. Even though, I knew what the surprises and plot twists would be, I still really enjoyed the story. Even more than the first time, which is a sign of excellent things to come in the series. Nazafareen feels like an old friend by now, and I can’t wait to jump into the second book. Here are my original thoughts on The Midnight Sea.  The Midnight Sea is the first in the young adult fantasy… Read more »

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Nov 30
{Review} The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Maas @SJMaas @bloomsburykids

{Review} The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Maas @SJMaas @bloomsburykids

Hey guys! It’s me, the girl that took forever to start the Throne of Glass Series. I wrote my super late to the party review of the first book, Throne of Glass HERE so you can check that out of if you are late to the party like I am. But I totally loved the first book, and I decided that the next book I would read would be The Assassin’s Blade, which is a bind up of all the prequel novellas. I should start off by saying I am kind of Leary of a book of novellas, but it was recommended to me to read them either first or near the start of the series, and boy am I glad that I did. I completely agree. I think The Assassin’s Blade would be best enjoyed if you read it either before or right after the first book. I loved The Assassin’s Blade. It helped me get to know Celaena so much better! Plus, we got to see and fall in… Read more »

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Nov 20
{Review+Giveaway} The Chosen Knights by Mary Ting

{Review+Giveaway} The Chosen Knights by Mary Ting

The Chosen Knights is the first book in the Angel Knights series by author Mary Ting. However, It was recommended to me to try the prequel novella, The Angel Knights, first. Each of the books can be read on their own, but I decided to read this series in order, starting with The Angel Knights. On one hand, I was glad that I did. It helped me get to know Lucia and Zachary a little better, and since I didn’t read the originating crossroads series, this book helped me put all the pieces together for the crossover characters. But on the other hand, I didn’t love the Angel Knights. I found it to be a little simplistic and a lot rushed. I didn’t have the chance to connect with any of the characters. But still, I love the idea of The Chosen Knights, which is the first full length book in the series, and I wanted to see what Mary Ting could do with the characters in a full length… Read more »

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Nov 09
{Book Recs+Giveaway} Expelled by James Patterson and Emily Raymond @JIMMY_books

{Book Recs+Giveaway} Expelled by James Patterson and Emily Raymond @JIMMY_books

  HI book lovers! How are you doing today? In celebration of Expelled by James Patterson, I thought it would be fun to take a trip back to high school. So, today I have partnered with Jimmy Patterson Books to showcase some of my favorite contemporary young adult reads, set in high school! I also have an awesome giveaway of Expelled thanks to Jimmy Patterson book, so don’t forget to check that out below! High school Round up! Here are some of my favorite YA books set in High School Princess Diary Series by Meg Cabot 2. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky 3. Pretty Little Liars Series by Sara Shepard 4. Creative HeARTS series by Various Authors 5. The Hundred Oaks Series by Miranda Kenneally 6. The Superlatives Series by Jennifer Echols I have so many other favorites as well. But I want to hear from you… What are your favorite high school books? And now check out Expelled Visit JamesPatterson.com Follow JIMMY Patterson on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram Follow James Patterson on Twitter, Facebook,… Read more »

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Nov 08
{Review+Giveaway} Offsetting Penalties by Ally Mathews @EntangledTeen

{Review+Giveaway} Offsetting Penalties by Ally Mathews @EntangledTeen

Offsetting Penalties is a young adult sports romance by author Ally Mathews. Offsetting Penalties was a very quick, cute read. I enjoyed it a lot, but I do wish it was a little longer. It felt a bit rushed in terms of plot development because of the short length, but the storyline was adorable and the romance was smile worthy. Overall, it was a cute read. Offsetting Penalties is told in dual narrative between our two main characters, Izzy and Garret. Garret is the star football player that suffered an injury sometime before the book started. He had to have surgery and his coach is a little concerned with his range of movement in his foot, so he signs him up for ballet lessons to improve his flexibility. Izzy is a self imposed school outcast, which she has her own reasons for (and we learn more about them as the book goes on, which I loved) and ballet dancer. Izzy was a surprisingly big personality for me; one that I… Read more »

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Nov 07
{Release Day Giveaway} #Rosemarked by Livia Blackburne @lkblackburne @DisneyHyperion

{Release Day Giveaway} #Rosemarked by Livia Blackburne @lkblackburne @DisneyHyperion

  Hi Everyone! This is Livia Blackburne, and I’m thrilled to share ROSEMARKED with you at long last. There are a lot of elements to this book, including a love story, a spy story, reflections on trauma and mortality, medical ethics, and political intrigue.  Perhaps because of this, my research for the book was equally eclectic, from archery and stick fighting lessons, to chats with memory researchers and soldiers, and lots and lots of reading, including books about leper colonies, hospice care, and PTSD. Hopefully, I wove it all into an entertaining and thought-provoking story! This story centers on Zivah, a talented healer with an incurable illness, and Dineas, a traumatized soldier. The two couldn’t be more different, and I had a lot of fun writing their unlikely love story.  In order to work together, they both have to let go of their own prejudices and preconceptions. It’s a painful process, with fights and misunderstandings, anger, laughter and tears, but in the end, they both come out as stronger people…. Read more »

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Nov 01
{Release Day Review+Giveaway} #Otherworld by @jasonsegel & @bankstirregular @DelacortePress

{Release Day Review+Giveaway} #Otherworld by @jasonsegel & @bankstirregular @DelacortePress

Otherworld is the first book in the young adult science fiction series of the same name by author duo Jason Segel and Kirsten Miller. I know they have teamed up to write the nightmare! series, but this is the first book I have read from them. I love the concept of Otherworld because virtual reality technology is developing at an astounding rate, so it is the perfect time to visit a crazy virtual reality world and see what kind of implications that might have. And Jason Segel and Kirsten Miller took that concept and blew it out of the freakin’ water. I am chomping at the bit for the second book! Otherworld is hands down, one of the best novels I have read all year. I loved it. There are so many layers to Otherworld. First, there is the new Otherworld headset technology that was released to a couple thousand test users, which was awesome by itself. You basically got to experience a whole world where you could do anything… Read more »

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Oct 29
{Mini Review+Guest Post+Exclusive Extra} The Wicker King by @KaylaAncrum @FierceReads

{Mini Review+Guest Post+Exclusive Extra} The Wicker King by @KaylaAncrum @FierceReads

Hi Guys! I hope you are having an excellent weekend! Today I am super excited to be a part of The Wicker King blog tour! I really enjoyed the book, so you can check out my mini review. I also have a guest post from the author, K. Ancrum and an exclusive GIF extra from the cover shoot for the book cover. How awesome is that? Be sure to jump around to the other blogs on the tour to see more exclusive extras! Today we have author K. Ancrum here to tell us 10 things we didn’t know about her. Thank you so much for being here Kayla! blue is Book Briefs commentary Even though I write YA, I actually prefer MG for my recreational reading. My current favorite is The Mysterious Benedict Society. I used to have an expansive personal library, but recently donated all of my books so that I could participate more actively in our public library system. I’ve always only written novels and long-form fiction, and… Read more »

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Oct 28
{ARC Review+Halloween Costume Ideas} #Renegades by @Marissa_Meyer @FierceReads

{ARC Review+Halloween Costume Ideas} #Renegades by @Marissa_Meyer @FierceReads

Renegades is the first book in a new series of the same name by author powerhouse Marissa Meyer. Marissa’s Lunar Chronicles has been on my TBR for forever, but I recently read, and loved! Heartless. So I was super excited to pick up Renegades because I am obsessed with super heroes. Ever since I watched X-men, years and years ago, I was instantly hooked. And what was extra cool, was that Marissa Meyer said something really similar in her foreword note to Renegades. So extra yay for that! Renegades is set on the premise of a world like our own, where super powers have started to emerge. And with those powers a group of villains, called the Anarchists gained power and actually were in control for a number of years, so the world was a very different place, full of violence and chaos. Enter the Renegades, who swooped in to save the day. And right after these events, our story takes place. It was really cool to see a world where… Read more »

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