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Apr 20
{Review+Giveaway} The Takedown by Corrie Wang @CorrieWangBooks

{Review+Giveaway} The Takedown by Corrie Wang @CorrieWangBooks

The Takedown is the debut novel of author Corrie Wang. The Takedown is a young adult contemporary novel that had kind of a Pretty Little Liars/mean girls vibe to it. I really enjoyed this book. I love that FreeForm now has a line of young adult titles. The books are a lot like their tv shows- fast paced, addictive, dramatic, and totally engaging. The Takedown feels like something that could happen in real life, as scary as that is. The book takes place in the not so distant future and it asks the question, “who would you rely on if your tech turned against you?” And honestly, I have no idea. The idea kind of terrifies me. Either way, I was totally hooked on this book. Once I picked it up, I couldn’t stop reading. The thing that I found the most fascinating about The Takedown was actually the characters. The characters in this book are not your typical characters. At least, they didn’t feel like that to me. Some… Read more »

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Apr 19
{Quiz+Excerpt+Giveaway} Defy the Stars by @ClaudiaGray @TheNovl

{Quiz+Excerpt+Giveaway} Defy the Stars by @ClaudiaGray @TheNovl

Have you guys heard about Defy the Stars by Claudia Gray. I am sure you have because this book sounds EPIC! I am so excited to partner with Little, Brown to share an awesome giveaway and all kinds of fun extras from the book with you. So, check out the first chapter from Defy the Stars, take a quiz to see “What your Place in the Future is”, and then be sure to enter the awesome giveaway below.   A post shared by BookBriefs (@bookbriefs) on Apr 19, 2017 at 7:43am PDT   Read the first chapter of Defy the Stars on Entertainment Weekly! And take this fun quiz to determine “What your Place in the Future is”  Let me know your results in the comments below.  If the quiz does not work for you on my website, you can Take the quiz! here If you want to show your planet pride, you can download any of the planets as a cell phone background! Download your smartphone planet wallpapers here (zip file) To enter, fill… Read more »

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Apr 17
{Review+Giveaway} Don’t Kiss the Messenger by Katie Ray @TheWeirdists @EntangledTeen

{Review+Giveaway} Don’t Kiss the Messenger by Katie Ray @TheWeirdists @EntangledTeen

Don’t Kiss the Messenger is a the first book in the young adult contemporary series, called Edgelake High School by Katie Ray. Katie Ray is actually a new name for YA author Katie Kacvinsky (who wrote the books- First Comes Love, Second Chance, Finally Forever, Awaken, Middle Ground, and Still Point). I have never read any of Katie’s books, but I have to say I absolutely LOVED Don’t Kiss the Messenger. I can’t wait for the next book in the Edgelake High series. Don’t Kiss the Messenger is a retelling of the classic tale of Cyrano de Bergerac. I can’t even tell you how much I loved this version of the story. Our main character, and this tale’s Cyrano is a young lady named CeCe. Cece was in a very bad car accident and has really significant facial scarring from reconstructive surgeries. CeCe is a school superstar student. She is brilliant but she is also a really excellent student athlete. I loved how well rounded CeCe is. She is a really hard worker… Read more »

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Apr 17
{Review+Giveaway} Royce Rolls by Margaret Stohl @MStohl @DisneyHyperion ‏

{Review+Giveaway} Royce Rolls by Margaret Stohl @MStohl @DisneyHyperion ‏

Royce Rolls is a young adult humorous contemporary by Margaret Stohl. I loved this book. I found it to be hilarious. It is no secret that I am a HUGE reality tv show junkie. I watch all of it…the good, the bad and the plain old trashy. I love it. And I loved Royce Rolls because it took all of the aspects of reality tv…from the filming and production, to the impact that being a reality tv “star” has on your life, to all of the absurd moments. It all worked for me. This book is pure guilty pleasure fun. Now, I will admit that if you find the whole idea of reality tv awful, and you can’t stand to even think about it…this is probably not going to be the book for you. You might find it superficial and gratuitous, and unnecessarily dramatic…which it is. But to be fair, those are some of the things I love most about reality tv. I found Royce Rolls to be a great… Read more »

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Apr 17
{Review} Kissing in Cars by @SaraNey

{Review} Kissing in Cars by @SaraNey

Kissing in Cars is the first book in the YA contemporary romance series, Kiss & make Up by Sara Ney. Each of the books in the series can be read as a standalone, but the entire series has just gotten a cover makeover and has recently been re-released, so now is the perfect time to binge read them. I love the new covers for the series. Kissing in Cars was great for a quick, cute YA read. It was pretty light. I enjoyed this one, and I will be reading book 2 shortly. Kissing in Cars is told in dual narrative between Molly and Weston. I ended up really liking both of the main characters. I liked Weston right from the start, but it took me a little bit of time to warm up to Molly. But in the end, I liked her more than Weston. Funny how that sometimes works out. At first glance, Molly seems to be stuck up and superficial. She has no problem describing how pretty… Read more »

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Apr 11
{Review+Random Things+Giveaway} TOWARD A SECRET SKY by @HeatherMaclean @BlinkYABooks ‏

{Review+Random Things+Giveaway} TOWARD A SECRET SKY by @HeatherMaclean @BlinkYABooks ‏

Toward a Secret Sky is a young adult supernatural romance by Heather Maclean. It has been a long while since I have read fantasy in the supernatural genre. I tend to lean more towards the paranormal side of things and the magic fantasy side of things, but I really really enjoyed Toward a Secret Sky by Heather Maclean. It made me want to find some other supernatural romances to pick up, in fact. Toward a Secret Sky is the start to Maren’s story. And unfortunately, it starts off in the sad way that many YA books do, with Maren losing the last of her parents. Right before she is sent off to live with relatives in Scotland that she has never met, she finds a cryptic note from her mother warning her of danger and telling her to trust no one. Yes, I am so in. The story that follows was very quest like, which I loved. It reminded me a bit of National Treasure and I know other people… Read more »

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Apr 11
{Release Day Review+Giveaway} Duels and Deception by @CindyAnstey @Swoonreads

{Release Day Review+Giveaway} Duels and Deception by @CindyAnstey @Swoonreads

Cindy Anstey has done it again! Love, Lies and Spies was one of my favorite books of 2016. And now Duels and Deception is one of my favorite reads of 2017! I just love Cindy’s books. Duels and Deception is a companion novel, set in the same time period as Love Lies and Spies. So while you do not need to read Love Lies and Spies to understand Duels and Deception, both of these books are seriously so good that you need to read both. Trust me on that one! Duels and Deception is a young adult historical romance by Cindy Anstey. Young Adult historical is a genre that I don’t read too much of…not because I don’t enjoy it. When it is is well done, I love it. But I am super picky when it comes to the writing and world building in my historical books. And Cindy Anstey has the historical writing IT FACTOR in spades. I felt like I was reading a young adult Oscar Wilde. Cindy is… Read more »

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Apr 04
{Excerpt+Giveaway} Perfect by @Cecelia_Ahern @FierceReads

{Excerpt+Giveaway} Perfect by @Cecelia_Ahern @FierceReads

I am so excited that PERFECT by C is available now and that I get to share the news! If you haven’t yet heard about this wonderful book by Author Cecelia Ahern, be sure to check out all the details below.   This blitz also includes a giveaway for 2 sets of finished copies of FLAWED & PERFECT courtesy of Fierce Reads and Rockstar Book Tours. So if you’d like a chance to win, enter in the Rafflecopter at the bottom of this post.    Title: PERFECT (Flawed #2) Author: Cecelia Ahern Pub. Date: April 1, 2017 Publisher: Feiwel & Friends Pages: 352 Find it: Amazon, B&N, Audible, iBooks, Goodreads              Celestine North lives in a society that demands perfection. After she was branded Flawed by a morality court, Celestine’s life has completely fractured–all her freedoms gone.             Since Judge Crevan has declared her the number one threat to the public, she has been a ghost, on the run with Carrick–the only person she can trust.        … Read more »

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Apr 03
{Review+Giveaway} Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones

{Review+Giveaway} Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones

Wintersong is a young adult magical fantasy by S. Jae-Jones. Wintersong is the story of the Goblin king. It is also a retelling of Labyrinth, but I know very little of that story so I can’t really speak on how good or bad of a retelling it was in that regard. But I can tell you that this was an enjoyable story with lots of music woven in. I liked the musical elements of the tale best. Overall, I found this story to be lacking…something…but I don’t really know exactly what it was. I’m not really sure it was that was holding me back from going from like to love with this one, but it was something. Overall though, Wintersong was a good read. I enjoyed it. Wintersong is the story of the Goblin King and Liesl. I loved the musical feel of the writing. Music plays a big part in the storyline of Wintersong but it also played a part in the flow of the story. Author S. Jae-Jones… Read more »

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Mar 31
{Review+Giveaway} Blood Rose Rebellion by @RosalynEves @KnopfBFYR ‏@TheNovl

{Review+Giveaway} Blood Rose Rebellion by @RosalynEves @KnopfBFYR ‏@TheNovl

Blood Rose Rebellion is the first book in the young adult fantasy series by the same name. It is also author Rosalyn Eves debut novel, which really impressed me. Blood Rose Rebellion was an excellent read for me, and I can’t wait to journey back into this crazy world. I loved the fantasy elements a little more than the romance elements but I have a feeling book two will change my mind. I think this is a romance that is going to get better and better with each book, now that the foundation has been laid for the characters and the story. Blood Rose Rebellion tells the story of young Anna. Anna is a member of a high class Luminate family. Luminate meaning they are the wielders of magic in this world. Only Anna is barren, she can’t wield magic. But she does seem to mess up people’s spells when she is around. I loved this premise. I found it to be a breath of fresh air from the norm of magic… Read more »

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