Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Waiting on Everybody Rise!



Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine.


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It's 2006 in the Manhattan of the young and privileged, and a new generation of heirs and strivers are jockeying for social power and discovering that class, especially on the Upper East Side, still holds sway.
At 26, Evelyn Beegan is the product of new money, propelled by her social-climbing mother through an elite prep school, a posh college, and into Manhattan. Evelyn has always managed to stay just on the periphery of this world her mother so desperately wants her to become a part of. But when she takes a job at a new social networking site aimed at her very elite peers, she's forced to leverage her few connections to work her way to the front of the pack. With the help of her prep school friends, Evelyn goes from lush "camps" in the Adirondacks and "cottages" in Newport, to Southampton weekends and clubs thick with socialites and Wall Street types, eventually befriending target #1, Camilla Rutherford-a young woman who is a regular on the front page of every society blog.
In order to be accepted by this rarefied set, Evelyn must be seen as someone who established old money. Her lies start small, but quickly grow, and as she relentlessly elbows her way up the social ladder, the ground underneath her begins to give way.

Release Date: August 18

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Blog Tour | All We Have is Now & Giveaway!


Today I'm lucky enough to be part of the All We Have is Now blog tour, brought to you by CBB Book Promotions!

22840148Title: All We Have is Now
Author: Lisa Schroeder
Release Date: July 28, 2015
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What do you do with your last day on earth?

Just over twenty-four hours are left until an asteroid strikes North America, and for Emerson and everyone else who didn't leave, the world will end. But Emerson's world already ended when she ran away from home. Since then, she has lived on the streets, relying on her wits and on her friend Vince to help her find places to sleep and food to eat.

The city's quieter now that most people are gone, and no one seems to know what to do as the end approaches. But then Emerson and Vince meet Carl, who tells them he has been granting people's wishes -- and gives them his wallet full of money.

Suddenly, this last day seems full of possibility. Emerson and Vince can grant a lot of wishes in one last day -- maybe even their own.

The second I heard about All We Have is Now, I knew that it'd be a book to remember. I'm a huge fan of dystopians, but I found this book intriguing because it toys with the storyline of what happens before the world ends instead of after

The story follows Emerson (I just have to say that I love this name) and Vince. The two of them have been living on their own out on the streets for over a year. When the world finds out that an asteroid is going to hit North America, Vince and Emerson decide that they'd rather commit suicide and die peacefully. The two go to a bridge that is known as a place with jumpers go to commit suicide and instead end up meeting a man named Carl. Carl says that he has been helped by someone and was told to pay it forward by helping five others, and that Vince and Emerson would be the fifth. They end up with a wad of cash even though cash can't really be used anymore.

Of course, their job is to pay it forward to other people. That's why Vince and Emerson decide to spend their last day alive helping others so that their last dream or wish could come true. I think that's my favorite thing about this story; it really sheds light on the point that it's good to help other people. I love how Vince and Emerson worked to help others. It was sweet, even if it was just because Carl helped them first. 

Emerson and Vince were great characters. I think it's awesome that they had known each other for a very long time so that they were close. Living on the streets can't be that easy, so I guess it's good that they do have each other. I also liked Carl, who had his own chapters in the book every once and a while. It was cool to see how different people reacted to the same situation: what are you going to do with your last day before an asteroid strikes your home? 

Lisa's writing was absolutely impeccable. I adored how there would be alternating perspectives in the story. We also got to see some poetry written by Lisa, which I'd have to say was one of my favorite things about this book. It was just so creative and I'm a huge fan of poetry, so I loved reading those sections! I'll be sure to check out more of her novels in the future!






Lisa Schroeder is the author of over a dozen books for kids and teens, including the YA novels I Heart You, You Haunt Me and The Bridge From Me to You. She loves tea and cookies, flowers, family hikes, books and movies that make her laugh and cry, and sunshine. Living in Oregon, she doesn’t get nearly enough sunshine, but the hikes are amazing. You can visit her online at www.lisaschroederbooks.com on Twitter at @lisa_schroeder.



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Top Ten Favorite Book-Loving Characters!

By the way, the yellow says Matilda! I'm sorry that it was so hard to read.


Who are your top book-loving characters?

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Interview with Yvonne of A World Between Folded Pages!

A World Between Folded PagesToday I have a wonderful interview with Yvonne of A World Between Folded Pages! After reading the interview, be sure to check out her beautiful blog!

About Yvonne:
Hi everyone! My name is Yvonne and I blog @ A World Between Folded Pages! :) Yes, I'm a booklover and find immense pleasure in reading all day in my bed ... it's just so comfortable, ugh! I'm also a fangirl & more than ready for Dean Wichester to finally drop by - seriously, Dean, how much longer do I have to wait?! -, I love the 90's with all its amazing kid's series (Pokemon, Dragonball, Sailor Moon, ...), the music and let's be honest: Disney movies. They're heaven and I love them so much! Also I'm desperately waiting for a zombie apocalypse to happen so I can brag with my "knowledge" (and probably die very soon but psst!)! Usually I'm shy and quiet - well, in real life - but once you get to know me I can be pretty funny and crazy. Mostly I'm just weird though. :D

Now, onto the questions!


1. Hardcover or Paperback?
Well, I used to buy only paperbacks because they're cheaper and handier but ... hardcovers are so damn pretty. Lately I buy more HC's, even if they're more expensive, I just love how they look on my shelves, haha. :D So I'd say it's a mixture of both - if I want a book really badly I'll probably buy the HC, if I'm not so sure about it I'll go for the PB version. 

2. If you could live in any possible genre, which would you choose and why?
Who's not going to say (Contemporary) Romance? A book by Stephanie Perkins? I'm all in! J. Lynn? Yes, please! Something with swoon-worthy characters, I'd say. :P

3. If you could meet any one author, who would you choose and why?
Hmmm, that's a tough one. I adore so many authors and would love to meet Tahereh Mafi because I love the "Shatter Me" series and Aaron Warner is one of my alltime favorite characters ever. Then again I also want to see Jennifer L. Armentrout and Richelle Mead (Adrian Ivashkov ftw!) but Colleen Hoover is the queen of contemporary and gives me so many feels with all her books - It's so hard to decide! I'd just write their names on a stripe of paper and draw one because I really don't know!

4. How many times have you read your favorite book and will you read it again?
I usually don't re-read my books. I can't. Well, I tried it once with Shatter Me and it worked quite good but most of the time I remember the plot so well that I get bored pretty quickly. I do want to re-read some of my faves though and I'm trying really hard ... Maybe Somedayis definitely one of those books!

5. Besides reading, what are some of your other favorite hobbies?
I like to play videogames - the result of having a brother and (mostly) male cousins around my age that never wanted to play with barbies - preferably games such as The Sims or "casual games" that you can play for a bit without a long storyline. The exception is "The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt"! I've been playing it for the past week on and off and it's SOOOO good! I adore it so much! Other than that I like to take pictures with my camera, blogging and watching TV series. Loads of TV series. :D

6. What's your favorite book to movie adaptation?
Definitely Harry Potter! I have yet to read the books - I only read book 1 and 2 - but I think the movies are fantastic!

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7. How do you organize your books on your bookshelf?
Right now they're in a rainbow (at least I tried), as you can see, but I don't really have a system. Books of a series or by the same author are together but that's it, really.

8. What's your favorite genre of music? Your favorite bands?
I don't know if I have a "favorite genre" but I like to listen to Classic Rock (thanks, Dean!) and Alternative Rock. Some of the songs on the radio or the charts are also favorites of mine and like I mentioned above I love Disney, so all the Disney songs are great too! :D My favorite bands are probably 30 Seconds to MarsFall Out BoyPanic! at the DiscoImagine DragonsBastille and and and. 

9. Do you like to listen to music or snack on food while you read, or do you like it really quiet?
I hope I'm not alone but I can't read while it's super quiet ... I need some kind of background noise, so I love listening to music while reading! Especially if a song fits the general mood/feel of a scene it's SO epic! It makes it a hundred times better! I guess that's also why I enjoyed Maybe Someday so much - the music/soundtrack is brilliant!

10. If you were allowed to have a party and you could invite any three book characters, which three book characters would you invite and why?
Okay, firstly I'd choose Alice Cullen from Twilight (don't hate me) - she always has this sunny disposition and loves planning things, so she could definitely help me. That way I'd be sure that my party is be a success and that there would be people. Secondly I'd invite Cameron Hamilton from Wait For You and hope he brings some of his delicious pastries with him and lastly, of course, my beloved ... oh damnit. I was going to say Aaron Warner but actually I think Adrian Ivashkov from the Bloodlines series would be better. He definitely knows how to party!


Thank you so much for taking the time to answer all of the questions Yvonne!

Find Yvonne on:
A World Between Folded Pages
Goodreads
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Saturday, July 25, 2015

Stacking the Shelves (70)


For Review:
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The Body Institute by Carol Riggs (Thank you Entangled Teen!)
The Foxglove Killings by Tara Kelly (Thank you Entangled Teen!)

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Master of Formalities by Scott Meyer (Thank you 47North!)
Rewinder by Brett Battles (Thank you 47North!)

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The Undying by Ethan Reid (Thank you Simon & Shuster!)

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Shattered Blue by Lauren Bird Horowitz (Thank you Skyscape!)
Lumiere by Jacqueline E. Garlick (Thank you Skyscape!)
Under Different Stars by Amy A. Bartol (Thank you 47North!)

From the Library:
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Tilt by Ellen Hopkins

Friday, July 24, 2015

ARC August Sign-Up!

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ARC August is hosted by Read Sleep Repeat, and if you want to know more about it, click here!

I'm sure all of you fellow book bloggers know the lure of Netgalley. You don't go on there for a while and then when you finally do you go a little crazy requesting some books or getting the ones that say read now because they all seem so great. Then you look at the books you've gotten and you're all like:
WHAT HAVE I JUST DONE?!?
That has happened to me a few times this year, so that's why I've decided to join in and devote an entire month to knocking out tons of ARCs that I've received! Here are the ones that I'm hoping to get to, plus some *maybes*:
  1. The Body Institute by Carol Riggs (9/1/15)
  2. The Foxglove Killings by Tara Kelly (9/1/15)
  3. Your Voice is All I Hear by Leah Scheier (9/1/15)
  4. Lumiere by Jacqueline Garlick (9/15/15)
  5. Shattered Blue by Lauren Bird Horowitz (9/15/15)
  6. The Scorpion Rules by Erin Bow (9/22/15)
  7. Master of Formalities by Scott Meyer (7/28/15)
  8. The Undying by Ethan Reid (10/7/14, though I just recently got it on Netgalley)
  9. Earth & Sky by Megan Crewe (10/28/14)
  10. The Clouded Sky by Megan Crewe (5/5/15)
  11. The Vanishing Girl by Laura Thalassa (1/27/15)
  12. From a Different Star by Karen McQuestion (5/19/15)
  13. Everything You And I Could Have Been If We Weren't You and I by Albert Espinosa (7/2/15)
Are any of you participating in ARC August? What are you hoping to get read?

Book Review: The Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Suma

18044277Title: The Walls Around Us
Author: Nova Ren Suma
Publisher: Algonquin Young Readers
Release Date: March 24, 2015
Source: Netgalley
Edition: eARC

The Walls Around Us is a ghostly story of suspense told in two voices-one still living and one long dead. On the outside, there's Violet, an eighteen-year-old dancer days away from the life of her dreams when something threatens to expose the shocking truth of her achievement. On the inside, within the walls of a girls' juvenile detention center, there's Amber, locked up for so long she can't imagine freedom. Tying these two worlds together is Orianna, who holds the keys to unlocking all the girls' darkest mysteries.
We hear Amber's story and Violet's, and through them Orianna's, first from one angle, then from another, until gradually we begin to get the whole picture-which is not necessarily the one that either Amber or Violet wants us to see.
Nova Ren Suma tells a supernatural tale of guilt and innocence, and what happens when one is mistaken for the other. 
This book follows two different characters: Violet and Amber. Violet is a ballet dancer whose best friend was Orianna, who was the best dancer at her dancing company. The two of them did a lot together and always made pacts together. On the other hand, Amber is in jail under the terms that she killed her stepfather. She ends up rooming with Orianna in jail. Throughout both of the girl's stories, we get to learn more about this girl named Orianna.

Before I go on to tell my thoughts about this book, I thought I'd take a second to recognize the wonderful writing skills that Nova Ren Suma possesses. Her writing is just so lyrical and beautiful! I loved it so much. It definitely made me want to read more by her, so I'll be sure to check out Imaginary Girls. 

I found this book to be kind of confusing at times, though after finishing it and processing the story for a bit, I feel that it was kind of supposed to be. I don't think that everything was meant to be clear... I think some of it is meant to be up to the reader. At times I had no clue what was going on, though I kept on reading anyway. If you're not someone who can do this, I don't know how much you'd enjoy it!

If you're a fan of the show Orange is the New Black, I definitely suggest checking this one out. It definitely had that sort of vibe to it, especially when the story was told through Amber's point of view! I also thought I'd say that I didn't find this story to be predictable at all, which was great. I think I may have to give this one a reread sometime in the future to make sure I understood it all correctly!

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Book Review: Siren's Fury by Mary Weber

22586972Title: Siren's Fury
Author: Mary Weber
Publisher: Thomas Nelson/Harper Collins
Release Date: June 2, 2015
Genre: Fantasy
Source: For Review from Publisher
Edition: Hardcover (352 pages)

"I thrust my hand toward the sky as my voice begs the Elemental inside me to waken and rise. But it's no use. The curse I've spent my entire life abhorring-the thing I trained so hard to control-no longer exists."
Nym has saved Faelen only to discover that Draewulf stole everything she valued. Now he's destroyed her Elemental storm-summoning ability as well.
When Nym sneaks off with a host of delegates to Bron, Lord Myles offers her the chance for a new kind of power and the whispered hope that it may do more than simply defeat the monster she loathes. But the secrets the Bron people have kept concealed, along with the horrors Draewulf has developed, may require more than simply harnessing a darker ability.
They may require who she is.
Set against the stark metallic backdrop of the Bron kingdom, Nym is faced with the chance to change the future.
Or was that Draewulf's plan for her all along?

**Thank you to Thomas Nelson & Wunderkind PR for allowing me to read this in exchange for an honest review!**

I read Siren's Fury a few weeks ago and absolutely loved it. I honestly didn't think that it could get any better, but Siren's Fury showed me differently! I loved this book even more than book one. Let me tell you why!

I was actually kind of worried about reading this one after that ending from book one. I got so close to some characters and then boom, they were gone just like that! I was extremely worried that we'd lose even more characters that I came to love from book one in this book, though luckily, that didn't happen! 

Right off the beginning of the book, we find that Draewulf has overtaken someone close to Nym, and Nym doesn't know how to go about this because she doesn't know how long the person could last with Draewulf in his/her body. Nym also has her powers taken away, so she has none to even try to get the person back. However, Lord Myles says that he knows a way for her to get some magic, though he doesn't exactly say that it may not be the best magic for her to have. 

I loved Nym even more in this book. I loved how she would do absolutely anything for the people in her life she cared about, including the entire world that she lived in. She's a strong character who will stand up for what she believes is right, which is totally badass. I also learned to love Lord Myles in this book, even though I don't know if I was supposed to. I don't know why, but he started to grow on me since I know more about him now! I mean yes, he is a little bugger, but he's just one of those characters that you love to hate in my opinion. 

This book ended with yet another cliffhanger, which makes me just want to know what's going to happen in the final book! This series is just filled with romance, adventure, and suspense which makes it so hard to put down. It's a series worth checking out! Siren's Fury definitely does not suffer from second-book syndrome.


Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Burn, Rewrite or Reread Tag!

Hey guys! I was tagged by Jessica at Lovin' Los Libros to do the Burn, Rewrite or Reread tag!

The rules:
There are three rounds. Use a random number generator to pick a number and apply that to your read shelf on Goodreads. Then, decide what book you'd burn, rewrite, or reread!
Round 1:
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Burn: Companions of the Night 
I don't remember really liking this book. It was just your average vampire story.

Rewrite: The Dead I Know
I enjoyed this one but I found it kind of boring at times. I loved the concept though.

Reread: Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
I love this book!


Round 2:
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Burn: The Body Finder
I'd find it easiest to burn this one since I read it so long ago.

Rewrite: Quarantine: The Loners
I don't remember much about this one so if it was rewritten I wouldn't notice.

Reread: Shiver
This is one of my favorites!


Round 3:
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Burn: Juliet Immortal
I don't mind burning this one even though I loved it because I lent it out and never got it back.

Rewrite: You and Me and Him
I loved this book but I would've rewritten it very slightly to make one of the characters not such an ass.

Reread: The Hunt
I read this one years ago but it's the first book in one of my favorite trilogies!
I tag whoever wants to take part in this!

Book Review: Armada by Ernest Cline

16278318Title: Armada
Author: Ernest Cline
Publisher: Crown Publishing
Release Date: July 14, 2015
Genre: Science Fiction/Dystopian
Source: Publisher For Review
Edition: Hardcover (368 pages)

Zack Lightman has spent his life dreaming. Dreaming that the real world could be a little more like the countless science-fiction books, movies, and videogames he’s spent his life consuming. Dreaming that one day, some fantastic, world-altering event will shatter the monotony of his humdrum existence and whisk him off on some grand space-faring adventure.

But hey, there’s nothing wrong with a little escapism, right? After all, Zack tells himself, he knows the difference between fantasy and reality. He knows that here in the real world, aimless teenage gamers with anger issues don’t get chosen to save the universe.

And then he sees the flying saucer.

Even stranger, the alien ship he’s staring at is straight out of the videogame he plays every night, a hugely popular online flight simulator called Armada—in which gamers just happen to be protecting the earth from alien invaders.

No, Zack hasn’t lost his mind. As impossible as it seems, what he’s seeing is all too real. And his skills—as well as those of millions of gamers across the world—are going to be needed to save the earth from what’s about to befall it.

It’s Zack’s chance, at last, to play the hero. But even through the terror and exhilaration, he can’t help thinking back to all those science-fiction stories he grew up with, and wondering: Doesn’t something about this scenario seem a little…familiar?

At once gleefully embracing and brilliantly subverting science-fiction conventions as only Ernest Cline could, Armada is a rollicking, surprising thriller, a classic coming of age adventure, and an alien invasion tale like nothing you’ve ever read before—one whose every page is infused with the pop-culture savvy that has helped make Ready Player One a phenomenon.

**Thank you so much to Crown Publishing & Wunderkind PR for allowing me to read this in exchange for an honest review!**

A few years ago, I read this amazing book entitled Ready Player One; it instantly became a favorite of mine. Years later, I still recommend it to people when they ask what book they should read or grab from the library or bookstore. It was just that memorable and that amazing. The second I found out that Ernest Cline would be releasing yet another book, I knew that I had to read it.

Armada follows a teenager named Zack, who's pretty much just like every other teenager. He goes to school and loves gaming. His particular favorite is Armada, in which he battles evil aliens with aircraft. He's actually incredibly good at it; he's placed sixth on the leader board worldwide. Zack also works at a local video game store with a guy named Ray, who he has become pretty good friends with. 

Zack only lives with his mother because his father died in an explosion at the age of nineteen, just mere months after Zack was born. Therefore he has never known what it is like to have a father. However, his mother kept everything that his father ever owned, so Zack spends a lot of time going through it all in the attic. He even found a super cool jacket covered in gaming patches, which he enjoys wearing, along with his father's playlist of music that he used to listen to, so Zack decides to listen to it all the time when he games. The best thing he found was tons of journals that hold his father's suspicions. Xavier Lightman, Zack's father, believed that the idea of aliens was expertly played out to humans through multimedia for a reason, and that gaming was used as a way to recruit people to help fight the real-live aliens. Turns out that he was right, because one day while at school, Zack is recruited to join the EDA and help fight the aliens because they're going to be attacking the world in a day. Will the world be safe?

OKAY, I DON'T EVEN KNOW WHERE TO START WITH THIS REVIEW. First of all, Ernest Cline is hands-down one of my favorite authors. Anything he writes, I will automatically buy because he's just that awesome. He always throws in references to geeky things, and as a geek myself, I love it so much. He references old videogames and Star Wars and different bands and it just makes me so incredibly happy inside. He did the same in Ready Player One. I just love his writing style and way of explaining things as well.

I also loved this story. I absolutely adored Zack and his story and how he was this amazing video gamer. I thought it was so awesome when he was recruited by the EDA. He was so surprised but went along with it anyway! I also loved how the characters were really complex. Also, there were so many twists and turns. I didn't find it to be predictable at all, which was a huge plus!

The whole idea behind this story was absolutely mind-blowing, because it could absolutely be true. I mean, so many teenagers and adults play video games around the world (including me), so what if we are being tracked on our progress in the game in case of an invasion or even for the military? I just think it's a cool idea. I haven't read a science fiction story in the longest time, but I think I'm going to have to go binge-read some sci-fi novels now. If you've not read anything by Ernest Cline yet, definitely check out Armada. You won't regret it, I promise you!


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"That's how you know you've mastered a videogame-when a bunch of butt-hurt crybabies start to accuse you of cheating in an effort to cope with the beatdown they've just suffered at your hands."

"I had been hoping and waiting for some mind-blowingly fantastic, world-altering event to finally shatter the endless monotony of my public education."

"The only thing crazier than hallucinating a fiction videogame spaceship would be to blame it on a frosted breakfast pastry."

Have you read Armada yet? What were your thoughts? If you've not read it, what interests you about it? 

How I Read Books Tag

I was tagged by Jess Kidding Books to do the How I Read Books Tag!

1. How do you find out about new books to read?
Mainly Booktube and other blogs!

2. How did you get into reading?
I can't really remember. I've been a reader for as long as I can remember.
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3. How has your taste in books changed as you've gotten older?
I don't think it really has, honestly. I just can't read little kid books or some middle grades anymore, because I don't find them as enjoyable.

4. How often do you buy books?
I buy books at least a few times a month. Lately I've been getting books at the library because it saves money!
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*cough cough* THE BOOK STORE.

5. How did you get into blogging?
I got into blogging after finding booktube! I knew that I couldn't exactly make videos because I'm too awkward, so I did research and found Harmony's Radiant Reads and Katie's Book Blog. Their blogs inspired me to make my own!

6. How do you react when you don't like the end of a book?
I RAGE. No, but really, I tend to get really upset and sometimes I resort to throwing it.
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7. How often do you take a "sneak peak" at the end of a book to see if there is a happy ending?
Never! If I ever did that I probably wouldn't end up reading what was in between the beginning of the end. I hate spoilers... always have and always will!
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8. Who are you going to tag?
I tag everyone who wants to do this tag!

Waiting on What You Left Behind!



Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine.

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It's all Ryden's fault. If he hadn't gotten Meg pregnant, she would have never stopped her chemo treatments and would still be alive. Instead, he's failing fatherhood one dirty diaper at a time. And it's not like he's had time to grieve while struggling to care for their infant daughter, start his senior year, and earn the soccer scholarship he needs to go to college.
The one person who makes Ryden feel like his old self is Joni. She's fun and energetic-and doesn't know he has a baby. But the more time they spend together, the harder it becomes to keep his two worlds separate. Finding one of Meg's journals only stirs up old emotions, and Ryden's convinced Meg left other notebooks for him to find, some message to help his new life makes sense. But how is he going to have a future if he can't let go of the past?


Release Date: August 4

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Blog Tour: The Summer of Chasing Mermaids

Today, I'm lucky enough to be part of the blog tour for The Summer of Chasing Mermaids!


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 Title: The Summer of Chasing Mermaids
Author: Sarah Ockler
Publisher: Simon & Shuster
Release Date: June 2, 2015
Genre: Contemporary
Source: Publisher
Edition: eARC

The youngest of six talented sisters, Elyse d’Abreau was destined for stardom—until a boating accident took everything from her. Now, the most beautiful singer in Tobago can’t sing. She can’t even speak.
Seeking quiet solitude, Elyse accepts a friend’s invitation to Atargatis Cove. Named for the mythical first mermaid, the Oregon seaside town is everything Elyse’s home in the Caribbean isn’t: An ocean too cold for swimming, parties too tame for singing, and people too polite to pry—except for one.
Christian Kane is a notorious playboy—insolent, arrogant, and completely charming. He’s also the only person in Atargatis Cove who doesn’t treat Elyse like a glass statue. He challenges her to express herself, and he admires the way she treats his younger brother Sebastian, who believes Elyse is the legendary mermaid come to life.

When Christian needs a first mate for the Cove’s high-stakes Pirate Regatta, Elyse reluctantly stows her fear of the sea and climbs aboard. The ocean isn’t the only thing making waves, though—swept up in Christian’s seductive tide and entranced by the Cove’s charms, Elyse begins to wonder if a life of solitude isn’t what she needs. But changing course again means facing her past. It means finding her inner voice. And scariest of all, it means opening her heart to a boy who’s best known for breaking them . . .

The Summer of Chasing Mermaids isn't your average contemporary, which is why I absolutely loved it! I'm a huge fan of music, so I loved that Elyse used to be able to sing. I also loved how this book involved so much about the ocean and the water, especially the boat that Elyse was on in the beginning of the book. If I could live any closer to the sea, I definitely would.

The love interest, Christian, actually bothered me in the beginning. I think it's because he does come off as a playboy, like the description of the book says. However, the more I got to know him the more I grew to like him as a person. I also was a huge fan of his little brother, because he was so adorable! I found it so awesome that he was obsessed with mermaids too, because that was basically me when I was younger. He was just so sweet and charming!

This was my first book that I've read that was written by Sarah Ockler, and now I finally know why everyone can't stop recommending her lovely novels. Her writing style was brilliant! I absolutely loved it and I couldn't put the book down because of it. I definitely felt all of the emotions because of the way that Ockler brilliantly depicted each and every scene in the book, as well as the characters. I'll be sure to pick up more of Ockler's books in the future because of that!

I honestly think that this would be the perfect book to bring on vacation or even to the pool side for a day! I haven't always been the biggest fan of contemporary novels, but this is definitely one that I'd recommend!



Sarah Ockler is the bestselling author of six young adult novels: Twenty Boy Summer, Fixing Delilah, Bittersweet, The Book of Broken Hearts, #scandal, and The Summer of Chasing Mermaids. Her books have been translated into several languages and have received numerous accolades, including ALA’s Best Fiction for Young Adults, Girls’ Life Top 100 Must Reads, Indie Next List, Amazon Top Movers and Shakers, and nominations for YALSA Teens’ Top Ten and NPR’s Top 100 Teen Books. Her short work has appeared in the anthologies Dear Teen Me and Defy the Dark.

She’s a champion cupcake eater, tea drinker, tarot enthusiast, night person, and bookworm. When she’s not writing or reading at home in the Pacific northwest, Sarah enjoys hugging trees and road-tripping through the country with her husband, Alex. Fans can find her on Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook, and at sarahockler.com.