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Sep 15
{Guest Post+Giveaway} Children of Refuge by Margaret Peterson Haddix @mphaddix @SimonKIDS ‏

{Guest Post+Giveaway} Children of Refuge by Margaret Peterson Haddix @mphaddix @SimonKIDS ‏

  Welcome to Day #5 of the Children of Refuge Blog Tour! To celebrate the release of The Children of Refuge (Children of Exile #2) (9/12/17), blogs across the web are featuring exclusive content from Margaret Peterson Haddix and 10 chances to win a both books so far in the series! ——————————— Ten Terrible Titles Years ago I heard the advice that an author struggling to come up with a title for a book should read back through the entire manuscript; magically, she will find that the exact right combination of words has been hiding there all along.More recently I heard of the Terrible Titles game, where an author can scroll blindly through a manuscript, stop at random, and find comically awful title possibilities beneath the blinking cursor. As with many other seemingly contradictory “rules” about writing, I can easily believe that these two concepts could both be true. (And, really, the difference between “brilliant” and “terrible” is often the difference between working hard at something and thinking deeply about it, or… Read more »

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Sep 01
{Review+Giveaway} The Big F by Maggie Ann Martin @SwoonReads @maggersann

{Review+Giveaway} The Big F by Maggie Ann Martin @SwoonReads @maggersann

The Big F is author Maggie Ann Martin’s debut novel, and I have to say, I loved it! The Big F is a young adult contemporary romance that is sure to put a smile on your face. This book gave me major Kasie West vibes…obviously in a great way! I honestly enjoyed everything about this book. Right from the moment I picked it up, to the very last page, I had a great time reading The Big F. Can we also talk about the awesome cover for a moment. I love it! I think it is so perfect for this story. I love the doodling on the cover as well. The Big F is the story of Dani and Luke. Dani thought she had her future planned out, until an F got her rejected from her dream college. Can I first just say, this would have sent me into a tailspin when I was in high school, so I really related to Dani. I liked her character a lot. And… Read more »

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Aug 25
{ARC Review} Fireblood by @Elly_Blake @TheNovl

{ARC Review} Fireblood by @Elly_Blake @TheNovl

Fireblood is the second book in the Frostblood saga and should be read in order. This review might contain light spoilers from the first book.  If you are new to the series, you can check out my review of the first book HERE Fireblood is the second book in the young adult fantasy Frostblood Saga series by Elly Blake. I read Frostblood at the end of last year and I really loved it. I have been itching for the second book in the series ever since.  I loved the lore and myths behind the Firebloods and the Frostbloods. and I am so, so happy to say that I loved Fireblood just as much as Frostblood.  I am so ready for book three, Nightblood! I need it right now! Fireblood was just as action packed as the first installment, and we learned so much more about the Firebloods, the Minax and the history of the world. There are plenty more secrets to be revealed in the next book. If you remember… Read more »

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Aug 22
{Excerpt+Giveaway} REUNITED by @ColleenHouck @DelacortePress ‏

{Excerpt+Giveaway} REUNITED by @ColleenHouck @DelacortePress ‏

    Praise for REAWAKENED Series     “[A] must-read for thrill-seekers and fans of alternate worlds.”—RT Book Reviews “Rick Riordan fans who are looking for another series will delight in this fantasy.”—SLJ “Littered with Egyptian mythology and snappy dialogue, this romantic adventure is a good choice for graduates of Rick Riordan or fans of Houck’s Tiger’s Curse series.”—Booklist “Fans of paranormal romance will love the Egyptian spin on this story of devotion and sacrifice, and Lily’s humor, combined with plentiful dangerous escapades, will keep readers engaged.”—VOYA “The author weaves her story out of Egyptian lore, cinematic magic, selfless love, and . . . is clever enough to remain surprising even to the last sentence.”—Kirkus Reviews “Houck’s moving depiction of the love between Lily and Amon is memorable.”—Publishers Weekly “Wonderfully written and…the heart-pounding adventures are topped only by the heart-melting romance.”—The Deseret News “A sparkling new novel with a fully imagined world and mythos, and crackling romance! Egyptian mythology has never been this riveting!”—Aprilynne Pike, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Wings series, on Reawakened, book one in… Read more »

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Aug 09
{Review} Alex, Approximately by @Jenn_Benn ‏ett @SimonTeen @RivetedLit ‏

{Review} Alex, Approximately by @Jenn_Benn ‏ett @SimonTeen @RivetedLit ‏

  Alex, Approximately is a young adult standalone romance by author Jenn Bennett. This book was so stinkin’ cute and amazing, I can’t stand it! In the best way of course. I expected to enjoy Alex, Approximately, but I didn’t expect to fall so completely head over heels in love with it like I did. This is one of my favorite reads of the year! I mean business when I say Alex, Approximately deserves every bit of these five stars. Alex, Approximately is the story of Bailey and  Alex. Bailey, or Mink, and Alex, met online where they instantly bonded over their love of classic movies. Bailey knows that Alex lives in the same town in California as her dad, but she gets gun shy when it comes to telling Alex that she has moved in with her dad. She is nervous about taking her online friendship offline. Bailey is trying to search Alex out with the bits of information she knows about him. At the same time she starts working… Read more »

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Aug 03
{Review+Giveaway} The Thirteenth Gate by Kat Ross @katrossauthor

{Review+Giveaway} The Thirteenth Gate by Kat Ross @katrossauthor

The Thirteenth Gate is the first book in the Dominion Mystery series by Kat Ross. I have previously read The Daemoniac by her, which I thought was going to be the first book in the series, but really ended up being more of a prequel. I have also real the first book in her Fourth Element series, and I while I enjoyed that one was well, the Dominion series is really shaping up to be my favorite! But, what is cool about The Thirteenth Gate  is that there is character overlap between the two series. It was very creative and well done on her part. I enjoyed getting to see Alex and Vivienne, though I have not read all the books in the Fourth Element series. The Thirteenth Gate did not disappoint. I loved this atmospheric read. It was exactly what I wanted, and I can’t wait for more. The Dominion series is a young adult detective mystery story with a flair of the paranormal. It felt like the anime Ghost Hunt (which I am… Read more »

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Jul 31
{ARC Review+Giveaway} Kissing Max Holden by @KatyUpperman ‏@SwoonReads @FierceReads

{ARC Review+Giveaway} Kissing Max Holden by @KatyUpperman ‏@SwoonReads @FierceReads

Kissing Max Holden by Katy Upperman is a young adult contemporary romance that put a huge smile on my face. I really, really loved this book. It was cute, it was swoony and it was a whole lot of fun. Just what I love in my summer beach/pool reads. Max Holden is total book boyfriend material. I did have a few minor issues with the story, which I will discuss below, but overall I really enjoyed Kissing Max Holden. Kissing Max Holden is told from Jillian’s point of view. She grew up next door to Max Holden and they used to be very close, but because of personal issues in Max’s family, he has withdrawn a lot and because distant with Jillian. It is interesting because Jillian and Max still ran in similar friend groups at school so they are circling around in each other’s lives. I love a friends to more story, so I really liked the various facets to Jillian and Max’s relationship. It is clear that they… Read more »

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Jul 19
{Review+Giveaway} Wesley James Ruined My Life by Jennifer @Honeybourn @SwoonReads @FierceReads

{Review+Giveaway} Wesley James Ruined My Life by Jennifer @Honeybourn @SwoonReads @FierceReads

Wesley James Ruined My Life by Jennifer Honeybourn is a young adult standalone contemporary romance. I loved this book. This is going to be a unique review because there were a few issues I had with the main character, but they really didn’t detract from my enjoyment one bit because while reading Wesley James Ruined My Life, I had a major case of perma-smile. I really really enjoyed myself while I was reading this story. It just had this adorable quality to it that I can’t pin point. Jennifer Honeybourn did a great job with the writing, because this book won me over big time. Wesley James Ruined My Life is the story of Quinn and her ex best friend turned bitter enemy Wesley. Wesley and Quinn used to be super close, then they had a huge falling out when they were younger and Wesley and his family moved away for five years. Quinn basically blames Wesley for every bad thing that is going on in her life. Now that Wesley… Read more »

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Jul 17
{Review} I Believe in a Thing Called Love by Maurene Goo @mauxbot ‏@FierceReads

{Review} I Believe in a Thing Called Love by Maurene Goo @mauxbot ‏@FierceReads

I Believe in a Thing Called Love by Maurene Goo is a young adult standalone contemporary romance. This book had me giggling and smiling right from the very beginning. I seriously loved this novel. I can’t wait to read more by Maurene Goo because this was everything I am looking for in a cute, feel good contemporary romance. This tag line right here sold me from the get-go: “A funny young adult novel about a Korean-American girl who uses K-Drama techniques to snag the boyfriend of her dreams.” Umm, yes!!! And it was every bit as adorable as you think it would be. I loved all of the k-drama inspiration, and I really loved Desi’s list to finding her perfect boyfriend. It was hilarious. Desi and I clicked from the very first page. As soon as she was describing trying to make her pencil move with her mind, and she was so deep into her concentration, she had her dad come into the room and feed her soup, I was… Read more »

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Jul 13
{Review+Giveaway} The Perfectly Imperfect Match by @KendraHighley @entangledteen

{Review+Giveaway} The Perfectly Imperfect Match by @KendraHighley @entangledteen

The Perfectly Imperfect Match is the third book in the young adult contemporary romance series, called the Suttonville Senitels by Kendra C. Highley. I love that this series centers around the baseball team. It is a series formula that works so well with me, but before the Suttonville Sentiels I had only seen it done in the adult sports romance world, so I love that there is a young adult series that is doing something similar.  I read and LOVED The Bad Boy Bargain  and Swinging at Love, which I also thoroughly enjoyed.  This series is a welcome smash hit for me! And The Perfectly Imperfect Match is a great addition to the series. Just like all of the previous books in this series, The Perfectly Imperfect Match is chock full of cuteness. That is the best way to describe it. It is like a smile in a box. All of the books in this series are actually. Perfectly Imperfect Match is the story of Dylan and Luck. I liked this couple… Read more »

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