Tag: young adult

Jun 16
{Review+Giveaway} PLAINS OF SAND AND STEEL by @AlishaKlapheke

{Review+Giveaway} PLAINS OF SAND AND STEEL by @AlishaKlapheke

Plains of Sand and Steel is the second book in the Uncommon World series by Alisha Klapheke, but the novel is a companion novel, and not a direct sequel so the book can be read without having read the first book in the series, Waters of Salt and Sin first. I really, really enjoyed Plains of Sand and Steel, but I have not read book one yet, which I now need to rectify immediately! This book was so, so much fun! And I really love the covers for the series. Aren’t they super pretty? Plains of Sand and Steel is everything I love about young adult fantasy books. First off, it is described as ” The Wrath and the Dawn meets Truthwitch in the second standalone, full length novel of the Uncommon World series.” Umm, yes please!!! It has an awesome world, awesome characters and plenty of politics to keep me turning the pages just as fast as my eyes would read them. I was honestly super bummed that I didn’t read the… Read more »

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Jun 13
{Interview+Giveaway} The Possible by @TaraAltebrando @bloomsburykids

{Interview+Giveaway} The Possible by @TaraAltebrando @bloomsburykids

  I am super excited to be today’s stop on the Boldly Bookish tour. I have Tara Altebrando here to talk about her new book, The Possible. So check out the fun interview, the information on The Possible and then be sure to enter the awesome giveaway down below to win all kinds of awesome books! Describe The Possible in a tweet. (140 characters or less.) A creepy book about a girl who may or may not have inherited telekinetic powers from her mother—and the podcast being made about them. If you could have any kind of special powers, what would they be and why? I’d like telekinetic powers for sure. It has sort of a lifelong obsession of mine. Like I wanted to be Matilda or the twins from Escape to Witch Mountain or a Jedi or the genie from Bewitched. Right now, because I’m a mom, telekinesis feels like the most practical special power to have. I could deliver snacks to my children and pack their lunches and… Read more »

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Jun 12
{ARC Review+Giveaway} Roar by @CoraCarmack @TorTeen

{ARC Review+Giveaway} Roar by @CoraCarmack @TorTeen

From New York Times bestselling author Cora Carmack comes her debut young adult fantasy, ROAR! Releasing June 13, 2017, ROAR takes readers on an adventure filled with charismatic characters in an enthralling world sure to keep them turning the pages. Order your copy today! Roar is the first book in the young adult fantasy series, called the Stormheart series by author Cora Carmack. Roar honestly blew me away. I loved it so much, and what I loved the most about it was that I don’t feel like the story took the most conventional plot path. It continued to surprise me and that was pretty magical. I have read Cora’s new adult novels in the past and I love her Rusk University books, so I was super excited to see that she was venturing into the young adult fantasy realm. YA fantasies are quickly becoming my very favorite type of books to read. (I do still love a good contemporary romance though…but mostly in the new adult age group.) I thought… Read more »

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Jun 08
{Review+Giveaway} What I Lost by Alexandra Ballard @alexandraballar @FierceReads

{Review+Giveaway} What I Lost by Alexandra Ballard @alexandraballar @FierceReads

What I Lost is a young adult contemporary by Alexandra Ballard. What I Lost is so unlike anything I have read before in young adult, and that was what I loved most about it. I know that there are other books that take place in a rehabilitation/therapy center, and books that center around the issue of anorexia and eating disorders, but I haven’t really read any. I found the whole thing to be super, super interesting. What I Lost follows our main character, Elizabeth as she checks into the facility and through her treatment, as well as a group of other young women being treated at the same place. I loved the raw look we got at each of the characters. I felt like we got to know not only Elizabeth, but also her roommate and some of the other girls. They are also so different and multifaceted. I just love reading books about well crafted flawed characters. This book hit me right in my feelers. I honestly had no idea… Read more »

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Jun 05
{Review+Giveaway} One S’more Summer by Beth Merlin @BethMerlin80 @InkyTheMonster

{Review+Giveaway} One S’more Summer by Beth Merlin @BethMerlin80 @InkyTheMonster

One S’more Summer by Beth Merlin is a young adult contemporary romance, and is the first book in the Campfire Series. I am a sucker for summer camp stories. I think they are the perfect summer pool/beach reads, and One S’more Summer is a great one. I loved the story and I am super excited for the second book in the series, which comes out at the end of this year. One S’more Summer is the story of Gigi, who is going through a rough patch at the start of our story. I really liked Gigi, and I certainly felt for her, though things always tend to happen for a reason. I thought that was particularly true in her case, and by the end of the book I was pleasantly satisfied that things turned out much better for her than I initially thought they would. After a string of bad luck, Gigi decides to get away for the summer, and she goes to her favorite childhood sleep away camp. Only this… Read more »

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May 25
{Review} The Key by Jennifer Anne Davis @AuthorJennifer

{Review} The Key by Jennifer Anne Davis @AuthorJennifer

The Key is the first book in the True Reign series by Jennifer Anne Davis. The True Reign series is a young adult fantasy series. Jennifer Anne Davis’ Reign of Secrets series is my all time favorite young adult fantasy series. The Reign of Secrets series is the story of Princess Alyssa, which is the daughter of the couple in the True Reign series. So even though the two series can be read separately and can stand on their own, they are set in the same world and revolve around the same family of characters. I knew that because I am loving the Reign of Secrets series so much, I needed to read the True Reign trilogy. Plus, I knew I would love it as well because I am such a huge fan of Jennifer Anne Davis’ writing style. I am halfway through book two right now, and I am totally hooked. I love reading the story of Darmik and Rema, Alyssa’s parents. But in The Key, they are just… Read more »

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May 23
{Review+Giveaway} We Were Liars by @ELockhart @DelacortePress

{Review+Giveaway} We Were Liars by @ELockhart @DelacortePress

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart is a best selling young adult contemporary. I remember hearing a ton of hype surrounding this title when it first released a few years ago, and I always meant to read it. I know people either loved it or pretty strongly disliked it, but the summary and mystery of it all drew me in. So when I heard that they were coming out with a super special deluxe edition, I knew I finally had to get this book off my To-Be-Read list. And I am so glad that I did. We Were Liars is a crazy ride! I was so not expecting all of the twists and turns. It was emotional and I can totally see why this book is such a hit. I really enjoyed We Were Liars. The writing in We Were Liars is pretty spectacular. It is lyrical and jarring all at once. It is not told in verse, but the writing has a little bit of a stream of consciousness feel…. Read more »

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May 08
{Review+Giveaway} Air and Ash by @AlexLidell ‏

{Review+Giveaway} Air and Ash by @AlexLidell ‏

Air and Ash is the first book in the Tides series by author Alex Lidell. The Tides series is an epic high fantasy adventure that takes place on the high seas! Umm, yes please!! I was already kicking myself for passing an early review of Daughter of the Pirate King and I have been kicking myself ever since. I was not going to miss out on all the swashbuckling fun in another highly anticipated pirate adventure. And Air and Ash did not disappoint. I absolutely loved this adventure. I loved everything about it! I loved the characters and I really really loved the world building that Alex Lidell created. Trust me, Air and Ash is a book you do not want to miss. I absolutely loved our heroine, Nile. Yes, she is a princess, but she is kick ass! Seriously, She does not turn away from hard work or unfavorable odds. I loved her determination. Nile does not have it easy, but she always faces what is thrown at her… 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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Mar 22
{Review} Seven Days of You by Cecilia Vinesse @TheNovl @cookieplease

{Review} Seven Days of You by Cecilia Vinesse @TheNovl @cookieplease

Seven Days of You  by Cecilia Vinesse is a young adult contemporary romance that takes place in Tokyo, Japan. I loved the setting of this book. I bet Tokyo is such a vibrant and alive city. I thought it made the perfect place for a week of crazy adventures for these friends. I loved the way the book was set up. Sofia, or Sofa to her friends (I hated her nickname!) lives in Tokyo and goes to an American academy there while her mom is teaching at a university. But the book starts out when she only has seven days left until she leaves, and the chapters start off with countdowns until her departure. It kind of reminded me of The Night we Said Yes  by Lauren Gibaldi. I really liked the flow of the book. It is about a group of friends that all have secrets and crushes and their own drama, but the romance was actually super cute. There were some light family issues thrown in to keep things… Read more »

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