Blog Tour ~ The Summer of Chasing Mermaids

The Summer of Chasing Mermaids
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Release Date: June 2nd 2015

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 . . .

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#MeetTheNewbs ~Stefanie Lyons Author of Dating Down (Guest Post)

Meet The Newbies is a blog event co-hosted by Dana @DanaSquare and I, in which we introduce you to all of the new kids in school, the 2015 debut authors!

Meet Stefani Lyons:

Stefanie Lyons holds an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts. When she’s not writing, she’s organizing her locker, crushing on boys, practicing her clarinet, or getting ready for prom. In her head, that is. Because her teen years were great. Stefanie resides in Chicago. Dating Down is her first novel.

ARC Review ~ Rook

Author: Sharon Cameron
Series: N/A
Genre: YA Historical Fiction/Apocalyptic
Page Length:  464 Pages
Publication Date: April 28th, 2015
Publisher: Scholastic
Source: ARC via publisher (thanks Scholastic!)

History has a way of repeating itself. In the Sunken City that was once Paris, all who oppose the new revolution are being put to the blade. Except for those who disappear from their prison cells, a red-tipped rook feather left in their place. Is the mysterious Red Rook a savior of the innocent or a criminal?

Meanwhile, across the sea in the Commonwealth, Sophia Bellamy’s arranged marriage to the wealthy René Hasard is the last chance to save her family from ruin. But when the search for the Red Rook comes straight to her doorstep, Sophia discovers that her fiancé is not all he seems. Which is only fair, because neither is she.

As the Red Rook grows bolder and the stakes grow higher, Sophia and René find themselves locked in a tantalizing game of cat and mouse.

#MeetTheNewbs ~Sona Charaipotra & Dhonielle Clayton Authors of Tiny Pretty Things (Guest Post)

Meet The Newbies is a blog event co-hosted by Dana @DanaSquare and I, in which we introduce you to all of the new kids in school, the 2015 debut authors!

Meet Sona Charaipotra & Dhonielle Clayton:

Sona Charaipotra & Dhonielle Clayton met while attending the New School's Writing for Children MFA program. Sona is a journalist who has written for the New York Times, People, Parade, Cosmopolitan, and other major media. Dhonielle is a librarian at a middle school in Harlem and taught English at a cutthroat ballet academy. Together, the pair have also co-founded CAKE Literary, a boutique book packaging company with a decidedly diverse bent. Find them online at

Blog Tour ~ From the Notebooks of a Middle School Princess

Author: Meg Cabot
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends / Macmillan
Release Date: May 19th, 2015

Olivia Grace Clarisse Mignonette Harrison is a completely average twelve-year-old: average height, average weight, average brown hair of average length, average brown skin and average hazel eyes. The only things about her that aren't average are her name (too long and princess themed), her ability to draw animals (useful for her future career as a wildlife illustrator), and the fact that she is a half-orphan who has never met her father and is forced to live with her aunt and uncle (who treat her almost like their own kids, so she doesn't want to complain).

Then one completely average day, everything goes wrong: the most popular girl in school, Annabelle Jenkins, threatens to beat her up, the principal gives her a demerit, and she's knocked down at the bus stop...

Until a limo containing Princess Mia Thermopolis of Genovia pulls up to invite her to New York to finally meet her father, who promptly invites her to come live with him, Mia, Grandmère and her two fabulous poodles...

Maybe Olivia Grace Clarisse Mignonette Harrison isn't so average after all!

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#MeetTheNewbs ~Jenn Marie Thorne Author of The Wrong Side of Right (Guest Post + Giveaway)

Meet The Newbies is a blog event co-hosted by Dana @DanaSquare and I, in which we introduce you to all of the new kids in school, the 2015 debut authors!

Meet Jenn Marie Thorne:

Jenn Marie Thorne writes YA fiction from her home in beautiful Gulfport, Florida, alongside her dashing husband, her two daring toddlers, and her trusty hound Molly. An NYU-Tisch grad with a BFA in Drama, Jenn still enjoys making a fool of herself on at least a weekly basis. Other hobbies include writing about herself in the third-person, studying classical voice, learning languages, and traveling the world with her family. Her debut novel, THE WRONG SIDE OF RIGHT, is coming March 17, 2015 from Dial Books for Young Readers (Penguin).

Review ~ The Wrong Side of Right by Jenn Marie Thorne

Series: N/A
Genre: YA Contemporary
Page Length: 400 Pages
Publication Date: March 17th, 2015
Publisher: Dial
Source: Borrowed via library 
Fans of Sarah Dessen and Huntley Fitzpatrick will enjoy this smart debut young adult novel, equal parts My Life Next Door and The Princess Diaries—plus a dash of Aaron Sorkin.

Kate Quinn’s mom died last year, leaving Kate parentless and reeling. So when the unexpected shows up in her living room, Kate must confront another reality she never thought possible—or thought of at all. Kate does have a father. He’s a powerful politician. And he’s running for U.S. President. Suddenly, Kate’s moving in with a family she never knew she had, joining a campaign in support of a man she hardly knows, and falling for a rebellious boy who may not have the purest motives. This is Kate’s new life. But who is Kate? When what she truly believes flies in the face of the campaign’s talking points, she must decide. Does she turn to the family she barely knows, the boy she knows but doesn’t necessarily trust, or face a third, even scarier option?

Set against a backdrop of politics, family, and first love, this is a story of personal responsibility, complicated romance, and trying to discover who you are even as everyone tells you who you should be.

#MeetTheNewbs ~ Lori Goldstein Author of Becoming Jinn (Guest Post + Giveaway)

Meet The Newbies is a blog event co-hosted by Dana @DanaSquare and I, in which we introduce you to all of the new kids in school, the 2015 debut authors!

Meet Lori Goldstein:

Lori Goldstein was born into an Italian-Irish family and raised in a small town on the New Jersey shore. She earned her bachelor’s degree in journalism from Lehigh University and worked as a writer, editor, and graphic designer before becoming a full-time author. She currently lives and writes outside of Boston. Lori is the author of the young adult contemporary fantasy series Becoming Jinn (Feiwel & Friends/Macmillan, April 21, 2015, Spring 2016). You can visit her online at

Review ~ The Heir

Author: Kiera Cass
Series: Please stop. I mean: The Selection
Genre: YA (FAKE) Dystopian
Page Length:  368 Pages
Publication Date: May 5th, 2015
Publisher: Harper Teen
Source: Borrowed

Twenty years ago, America Singer entered the Selection and won Prince Maxon’s heart. Now the time has come for Princess Eadlyn to hold a Selection of her own. Eadlyn doesn’t expect her Selection to be anything like her parents’ fairy-tale love story. But as the competition begins, she may discover that finding her own happily ever after isn’t as impossible as she always thought.

#MeetTheNewbs ~ Mary McCoy Author of Dead To Me (Guest Post + Giveaway)

Meet The Newbies is a blog event co-hosted by Dana @DanaSquare and I, in which we introduce you to all of the new kids in school, the 2015 debut authors!

Meet Mary McCoy:

Mary McCoy is the Senior Librarian in Teen'Scape, the young adult department at the Los Angeles Public Library. She's also worked as a hot dog vendor, a hotel maid, a bass player, a fundraiser for public television, and a contributor to On Bunker Hill and the 1947project, where she wrote stories about Los Angeles's notorious past. Mary grew up in western Pennsylvania and holds degrees from Rhodes College and the University of Wisconsin. She currently lives in Los Angeles with her husband and son. Her debut novel, DEAD TO ME, is a film noir-inspired YA mystery set in the glamorous, treacherous world of 1940s Hollywood. Learn more at or follow Mary on Twitter at @MaryElMcCoy.

#MeetTheNewbs ~ Stacey Lee Author of Under A Painted Sky (Guest Post)

Meet The Newbies is a blog event co-hosted by Dana @DanaSquare and I, in which we introduce you to all of the new kids in school, the 2015 debut authors!

Meet Stacey Lee:

Stacey Lee is a fourth generation Chinese-American whose people came to California during the heydays of the cowboys. She believes she still has a bit of cowboy dust in her soul. A native of southern California, she graduated from UCLA then got her law degree at UC Davis King Hall. After practicing law in the Silicon Valley for several years, she finally took up the pen because she wanted the perks of being able to nap during the day, and it was easier than moving to Spain. She plays classical piano, raises children, and writes YA fiction.

Blog Tour ~ Hold Me Like A Breath

Hold Me Like a Breath (Once Upon a Crime Family #1) 
by Tiffany Schmidt 
Publisher: Bloomsbury 
Release Date: May 19th 2015 

Synopsis: Penelope Landlow has grown up with the knowledge that almost anything can be bought or sold—including body parts. She’s the daughter of one of the three crime families that control the black market for organ transplants. Penelope’s surrounded by all the suffocating privilege and protection her family can provide, but they can't protect her from the autoimmune disorder that causes her to bruise so easily. And in her family's line of work no one can be safe forever. All Penelope has ever wanted is freedom and independence. But when she’s caught in the crossfire as rival families scramble for prominence, she learns that her wishes come with casualties, that betrayal hurts worse than bruises, that love is a risk worth taking . . . and maybe she’s not as fragile as everyone thinks. 

A Court of Thorns and Roses Tour Launch + Recap

On Tuesday, May 5th I went to Sarah J Maas' A Court of Thorns and Roses release day tour launch! As you may already know, I am a HUGE Sarah J Maas fan. I wouldn't dream of missing her release day launch.

Unfortunately two plans fell through for me to go to the event, but my superhero and blogger friend Kim from The Midnight Garden was the sweetest and gave me a ride.

We hit some traffic on the way there, but we got to see the end of Jamie's (from The Perpetual Page-Turner) moderation of the Q&A with Sarah J Maas. There was a huge turnout! Tons of fangirlish teenage girls were there as were many adults and bloggers I knew/recognized. I gave Damaris from Good Choice Reading a huge hug!

AND I got three Sarah hugs that night, and she recognized me AGAIN. And I've only met her three times. She's so sweet and awesome and I'm touched that she remembered me.

#MeetTheNewbs ~ Kelly Loy Gilbert Author of Conviction (Guest Post+Giveaway)

Meet The Newbies is a blog event co-hosted by Dana @DanaSquare and I, in which we introduce you to all of the new kids in school, the 2015 debut authors!

Meet Kelly Loy Gilbert:

Kelly Loy Gilbert is the author of Conviction (Disney-Hyperion, 2014). Gilbert’s work has appeared in the San Jose Mercury News, Shrapnel, and The Kenyon Review, where it was designated a resource for teachers. She’s led fiction workshops at UC San Diego and San Francisco State and developed a creative-writing program for teen writers, and is a visiting speaker in local classrooms. She was also recently named a Peninsula Literary Writer, a San Francisco Bay Area organization dedicated to fostering and encouraging the writing community.

#MeetTheNewbs ~ Renée Ahdieh Author of The Wrath and The Dawn (Guest Post+Giveaway)

Meet The Newbies is a blog event co-hosted by Dana @DanaSquare and I, in which we introduce you to all of the new kids in school, the 2015 debut authors!

Meet Renée Ahdieh:

Renée Ahdieh is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In her spare time, she likes to dance salsa and collect shoes. She is passionate about all kinds of curry, rescue dogs, and college basketball. The first few years of her life were spent in a high-rise in South Korea; consequently, Renée enjoys having her head in the clouds. She lives in Charlotte, North Carolina, with her husband and their tiny overlord of a dog. She is the author of The Wrath and the Dawn.

Blog Tour ~ Velvet by Temple West + Giveaway

by Templ e West
Publisher: Swoon Reads
Release Date: May 12th 2015
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal, Vampires
Rate: 4.5 Stars


First rule of dealing with hot vampire bodyguards? Don't fall in love.

After losing both her parents before age seventeen, aspiring designer Caitlin Holte feels like her whole world has been turned upside down, and that was before the terrifying encounter with a supernatural force. Then, she learns that her hot bad- boy neighbor, Adrian—who might have just saved her life—is actually a half- demon vampire.

Suddenly Caitlin is stuck with a vampire bodyguard who feels that the best way to protect her is to become her pretend boyfriend. Trouble is, Caitlin is starting to fall in love for real, while Adrian can never love a human. Caitlin trusts Adrian to keep her safe from his demon father, but will he be able to protect her heart?

#MeetTheNewbs ~ Gina Ciocca Author of Last Year's Mistake (Guest Post+Giveaway)

Meet The Newbies is a blog event co-hosted by Dana @DanaSquare and I, in which we introduce you to all of the new kids in school, the 2015 debut authors!

Meet Gina Ciocca:

Gina Ciocca graduated from the University of Connecticut with a degree in English. She lives in Georgia with her family. Gina is a member of the writing and blogging group YA Misfits and you can find her online at Last Year’s Mistake is her first novel. 

ARC Review ~ The Wrath and The Dawn by Renée Ahdieh

Series: The Wrath and The Dawn #1
Genre: YA Fantasy/Retelling
Page Length: 388 Pages
Publication Date: May 12th, 2015
Publisher: Putnam
Source: ARC via friend (thanks Dawn!)
A sumptuous and epically told love story inspired by A Thousand and One Nights

Every dawn brings horror to a different family in a land ruled by a killer. Khalid, the eighteen-year-old Caliph of Khorasan, takes a new bride each night only to have her executed at sunrise. So it is a suspicious surprise when sixteen-year-old Shahrzad volunteers to marry Khalid. But she does so with a clever plan to stay alive and exact revenge on the Caliph for the murder of her best friend and countless other girls. Shazi's wit and will, indeed, get her through to the dawn that no others have seen, but with a catch . . . she’s falling in love with the very boy who killed her dearest friend.

She discovers that the murderous boy-king is not all that he seems and neither are the deaths of so many girls. Shazi is determined to uncover the reason for the murders and to break the cycle once and for all.

Blog Tour ~ Joyride by Anna Banks +Giveaway

Today I'm here with the blog tour for Anna Banks new book, Joyride! 
Today Anna shares the top five reasons to live in the South. 
You can also win a copy of her book!

Top Five Reasons to Live in the South
JOYRIDE has a setting in the south; the panhandle of Florida around the Destin area, which happens to be where I live, too. In the book, Carly and Arden enjoy the laid-back atmosphere and the predictability of a sleepy, small town—which happens to be prime pranking real estate. If you’re wondering what keeps me tucked away here, wonder no more:

#MeetTheNewbs ~ Elaine Dimopoulos Author of Material Girls (Guest Post+Giveaway)

Meet The Newbies is a blog event co-hosted by Dana @DanaSquare and I, in which we introduce you to all of the new kids in school, the 2015 debut authors!

Meet Elaine Dimopoulos:

Elaine studied writing at Simmons College’s Center for the Study of Children’s Literature. She was admitted to its M.F.A. program on the basis of a single short story. That story would become the first chapter of her novel Material Girls.

Before dedicating herself to writing for young people, Elaine earned a degree in literature from Yale and an M.A. in education leadership from the Klingenstein Center at Columbia. She currently teaches children’s literature and writing courses at Boston University and Grub Street. She served as the Associates of the Boston Public Library’s Children’s Writer-in-Residence while she wrote Material Girls and was also named a St. Botolph Club Emerging Artist. She blogs about children’s books for the parenting site, and her writing has appeared in Of Looms and Lilies, a modern dance composition by choreographer Jody Weber. Elaine lives outside Boston with her family.

#MeetTheNewbs ~ Becky Wallace Author of The Storyspinner (Guest Post+Giveaway)

Meet The Newbies is a blog event co-hosted by Dana @DanaSquare and I, in which we introduce you to all of the new kids in school, the 2015 debut authors!

Meet Becky Wallace:

In second grade, Becky Wallace had to sit in the corner because she refused to write anything besides princess stories and fairy tales (and because she talked too much). Her time in isolation gave her plenty of opportunities to dream up the fantasy worlds she's been dabbling with ever since. She was lucky enough to find her own, real-life prince charming. They have four munchkins and live in a happy little town outside Houston, Texas.

Meet The Newbies Kick-Off - #MeetTheNewbs

Welcome to Meet The Newbies!

Or #MeetTheNewbs as we have nicknamed it.

Ahhhhh!!! We cannot be more excited to finally be kicking this event off. Dana and I have been planning this whole things since last August. When we first started co-blogging, one of our goals was to plan a large blog event together. Tons of emails, Dms, and Google+ Hangouts later; we can finally announce what we have been up to for months. I don't even know how we were able to keep this all under wraps for so long.