August Wrap-Up

Sadly August is coming to a close, and that means school is right around the corner. 
Where has this summer gone?!

Why I Love Cliffhangers

Cliffhangers are pure torture aren't they? Those endings that leave you with a confused and shocked expression and make you wait with undying curiosity until the next book are cruel. 

But I, personally love them!

Series Review ~ The Worldwalker Trilogy (Trial by Fire & Firewalker)

Author: Josephine Angelini
Genre: YA Fantasy/Sci-Fi
Series: The Worldwalker Trilogy
Page Length: 374 Pages | 352 Pages
Publication Date: September 2nd, 2014 | September 1st, 2015
Publisher: Feiwel and Friends
Source: ARCs via Publisher (Thanks Macmillan!)
Trial by Fire | Firewalker

Synopsis for Trial by Fire: 

This world is trying to kill Lily Proctor. Her life-threatening allergies keep her from enjoying experiences that others in her hometown of Salem take for granted, which is why she is determined to enjoy her first high school party with her best friend and longtime crush, Tristan. But after a humiliating incident in front of half her graduating class, Lily wishes she could just disappear.

Suddenly, Lily is in a different Salem—one overrun with horrifying creatures and ruled by powerful women called Crucibles. Strongest and cruelest of them all is Lillian . . . Lily's other self in this alternate universe.

What makes Lily weak at home is what makes her extraordinary in New Salem. In this confusing world, Lily is torn between responsibilities she can't hope to shoulder alone and a love she never expected.

Blog Tour ~ Vengeance Road

Author: Erin Bowman
Genre: YA Historical Fiction
Page Length: 336 Pages
Publication Date: September 1st, 2015
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Source: eARC via Edelweiss
Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes and Noble | iBooks

When Kate Thompson’s father is killed by the notorious Rose Riders for a mysterious journal that reveals the secret location of a gold mine, the eighteen-year-old disguises herself as a boy and takes to the gritty plains looking for answers and justice. What she finds are devious strangers, dust storms, and a pair of brothers who refuse to quit riding in her shadow. But as Kate gets closer to the secrets about her family, she gets closer to the truth about herself and must decide if there's room for love in a heart so full of hate.

In the spirit of True Grit, the cutthroat days of the Wild West come to life for a new generation.

Blog Tour: The Fix

Author: Natasha Sinel
Genre: YA Contemporary
Page Length: 336
Publication Date: September 1st, 2015
Publisher: Sky Pony Press
Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Indie Bound

One conversation is all it takes to break a world wide open.

Seventeen-year-old Macy Lyons has been through something no one should ever have to experience. And she’s dealt with it entirely alone.

On the outside, she’s got it pretty good. Her family’s well-off, she’s dating the cute boy next door, she has plenty of friends, and although she long ago wrote her mother off as a superficial gym rat, she’s thankful to have allies in her loving, laid-back dad and her younger brother.

But a conversation with a boy at a party one night shakes Macy out of the carefully maintained complacency that has defined her life so far. The boy is Sebastian Ruiz, a recovering addict who recognizes that Macy is hardened by dark secrets. And as Macy falls for Sebastian, she realizes that, while revealing her secret could ruin her seemingly perfect family, keeping silent might just destroy her.
The Fix follows two good-hearted teenagers coming to terms with the cards they were dealt. It’s also about the fixes we rely on to cope with our most shameful secrets and the hope and fear that comes with meeting someone who challenges us to come clean.

Review ~ The Archived

Author: Victoria Schwab
Genre : YA Urban Fantasy
Page Length : 328 pages
Publication Date : January 22nd 2013
Publisher : Hyperion
Source : Bought

Imagine a place where the dead rest on shelves like books.

Each body has a story to tell, a life seen in pictures only Librarians can read. The dead are called Histories, and the vast realm in which they rest is the Archive.

Da first brought Mackenzie Bishop here four years ago, when she was twelve years old, frightened but determined to prove herself. Now Da is dead, and Mac has grown into what he once was: a ruthless Keeper, tasked with stopping often violent Histories from waking up and getting out. Because of her job, she lies to the people she loves, and she knows fear for what it is: a useful tool for staying alive.

Being a Keeper isn't just dangerous—it's a constant reminder of those Mac has lost, Da's death was hard enough, but now that her little brother is gone too, Mac starts to wonder about the boundary between living and dying, sleeping and waking. In the Archive, the dead must never be disturbed. And yet, someone is deliberately altering Histories, erasing essential chapters. Unless Mac can piece together what remains, the Archive itself may crumble and fall.

In this haunting, richly imagined novel, Victoria Schwab reveals the thin lines between past and present, love and pain, trust and deceit, unbearable loss and hard-won redemption.

APCB Adds #1

Welcome to a new feature I'm starting here at A Perfection Called Books! 

I love learning about the newest book deals and what to expect in YA in the upcoming seasons. My Goodreads shelves are always up to date! So I decided to share my latest bookish additions here to show you what you should be looking forward to. :)

Blog Tour ~ Jubilee Manor

Jubilee Manor (Landry Park #2)
Bethany Hagen
Publisher: Dial/Penguin
Release Date: August 11th 2015
Genre: Dystopian, Young Adult, Romance, Science Fiction

The thrilling conclusion to Landry Park is full of love, betrayal, and murder--perfect for fans of Divergent, The Selection, and Pride and Prejudice.

In Landry Park, Madeline turned her back on her elite family, friends, and estate to help the Rootless. Now, in Jubilee Manor, she struggles to bring the Gentry and the Rootless together. But when Gentry heirs—Madeline’s old friends—are murdered, even she begins to think a Rootless is behind it, putting her at odds with the boy she loves and the very people she is trying to lead. If she can’t figure out who is killing her friends and bring them to justice, a violent war will erupt and even more will die—and Madeline’s name, her estate, and all the bonds she’s forged won’t make any difference.

This conclusion to Landry Park, which VOYA dubbed "Gone with the Wind meets The Hunger Games,” is a richly satisfying, addictive read.

Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Book Depository | iTunes | Kobo

Bookitcon Recap

On Sunday, August 9th, I went to a book event called Bookitcon hosted by Nori @ Read Write Love in Moorestown, New Jersey. There were around 20 authors there, and I had so much fun!

I got a VIP ticket, so I got to enter the signing place a bit early. Honestly, I was there more for the company than the books! Some of my 2016 debut #FAC16 author friends (Isabel Bandeira, Ami Allen-Vath, and Sarah Glenn Marsh) as well as two Meet the Newbies authors (Kathryn Holmes and Trisha Leaver) were there, so it was wonderful to meet them all! Lots of hugs and chatting ensued. I went around and talked with all the authors in the room for maybe two hours. I can talk a lot... I asked them all what they were reading, and then just took the conversation to their books etc. It's so exciting and fun to have the chance to interact with authors in this way.

Review ~ The Secrets of Lake Road

Author: Karen Katchur
Genre: Mystery
Page Length: 320 Pages
Publication Date: August 4th, 2015
Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books
Source: Received via publisher (Thanks SMP)

Jo has been hiding the truth about her role in her high school boyfriend’s drowning for sixteen years. Every summer, she drops her children off with her mother at the lakeside community where she spent summers growing up, but cannot bear to stay herself; everything about the lake reminds her of the guilt she feels. For her daughter Caroline, however, the lake is a precious world apart; its familiarity and sameness comforts her every year despite the changes in her life outside its bounds. At twelve years old and caught between childhood and adolescence, she longs to win her mother’s love and doesn’t understand why Jo keeps running away.

Then seven-year-old Sara Starr goes missing from the community beach. Rescue workers fail to uncover any sign of her—but instead dredge up the bones Jo hoped would never be discovered, shattering the quiet lakeside community’s tranquility. Caroline was one of the last people to see Sara alive on the beach, and feels responsible for her disappearance. She takes it upon herself to figure out what happened to the little girl. As Caroline searches for Sara, she uncovers the secrets her mother has been hiding, unraveling the very foundation of everything she knows about herself and her family. The Secrets of Lake Road by Karen Katchur is a riveting novel that is impossible to put down and hard to forget.

I Bet You've Met These 10 Typical YA Guys:

I'm sorry for all the "list-type" posts of recent, but when I thought of this post I just had to make it.  I've noticed (and I'm sure you all have too) there are certain prevalent guy characters in our beloved YA books that all seem to fall into a category of sorts.

We hate 'em.  We might learn to love 'em.

And what do they all have in common?

Their utter typicality.

See how many of these 10 typical YA guys you've met.  I'm quite confident to bet you've met them all.

Review ~ Uprooted

Author: Naomi Novik
Genre: Fantasy
Page Length: 438 Pages
Publication Date: May 19th, 2015
Publisher: Del Rey
Source: Borrowed via library
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“Our Dragon doesn’t eat the girls he takes, no matter what stories they tell outside our valley. We hear them sometimes, from travelers passing through. They talk as though we were doing human sacrifice, and he were a real dragon. Of course that’s not true: he may be a wizard and immortal, but he’s still a man, and our fathers would band together and kill him if he wanted to eat one of us every ten years. He protects us against the Wood, and we’re grateful, but not that grateful.”

Agnieszka loves her valley home, her quiet village, the forests and the bright shining river. But the corrupted Wood stands on the border, full of malevolent power, and its shadow lies over her life.

Her people rely on the cold, driven wizard known only as the Dragon to keep its powers at bay. But he demands a terrible price for his help: one young woman handed over to serve him for ten years, a fate almost as terrible as falling to the Wood.

The next choosing is fast approaching, and Agnieszka is afraid. She knows—everyone knows—that the Dragon will take Kasia: beautiful, graceful, brave Kasia, all the things Agnieszka isn’t, and her dearest friend in the world. And there is no way to save her.

But Agnieszka fears the wrong things. For when the Dragon comes, it is not Kasia he will choose.

A New Blog Design

You might have noticed that A Perfection Called Books has a new look! I know, I know; so many changes. First new lovely co-bloggers, now a new lovely blog design.

Olivia @ Fictionally Obsessed is the genius designer and coder behind my past two blog designs and the latest one which I can newly (and proudly) present now. You can check out Olivia's blog design site here at Fabulously Chic.

The Art of Commenting ~ Dos & Don'ts

Commenting is a wonderful and useful element of blogging. I've met so many lovely people through commenting on blogs. I've found awesome posts and learned about a plethora of novels too among other things. That being said, there is definitely a commenting decorum, a list of dos and don'ts if you will, that should be upheld.

Dear books, please don't do these things.

Hi guys, this is Mishma.

One thing that I've forgotten to mention about me, is that I am kinda a hard person to please, when it comes to books. Whether it's because my A/L Lit class is rubbing off on me, I am not sure, but it's really rare that I rate a book with 5 stars. 

Most of the time, some books' inability to please me occurs because they contain a concept, which I normally hate or avoid. Even though I am an open minded person, these concepts and tropes often make me dislike a book, or change my overall opinion, and here are my list of bookish turnoffs.

10 Travel Essentials for the Book Lover

Hey everyone!

As you may (or may not) know, I am currently on a short trip visiting some colleges and family members on the U.S. East Coast.  My own traveling experiences inspired this post for those who love to explore the multitude of countries and cultures of the world.  And even if you're not traveling very far from home, there are certain . . . provisions, shall I say, any book lover should never even think of leaving home without.

Some of the items on this list should be taken seriously.  Others, well, we can just appreciate them for their comedic purposes.

So let's start packing, shall we?

Series Review & Blog Tour ~ Landry Park+Jubilee Manor

Author: Bethany Hagen
Genre: YA Dystopian
Series: Landry Park
Page Length: 374 | 400
Publication Date: February 4th, 2014 | August 11th, 2015
Publisher: Dial Books
Source: Bought |
Copy via Penguin
Goodreads -
Landry ParkJubilee Manor
Amazon | Amazon
B&N | B&N

Synopsis for Landry Park: 

In a fragmented future United States ruled by the lavish gentry, seventeen-year-old Madeline Landry dreams of going to the university. Unfortunately, gentry decorum and her domineering father won't allow that. Madeline must marry, like a good Landry woman, and run the family estate. But her world is turned upside down when she discovers the devastating consequences her lifestyle is having on those less fortunate. As Madeline begins to question everything she has ever learned, she finds herself increasingly drawn to handsome, beguiling David Dana. Soon, rumors of war and rebellion start to spread, and Madeline finds herself and David at the center of it all. Ultimately, she must make a choice between duty - her family and the estate she loves dearly - and desire.

ARC Review ~ The Creeping

Author: Alexandra Sirowy
Genre: YA Mystery/Thriller
Page Length: 400 Pages
Publication Date: August 18th, 2015
Publisher: Simon & Schuster BFYR
Source: eARC via EW (Thanks Simon)

Twelve years ago Stella and Jeanie vanished while picking strawberries. Stella returned minutes later, with no memory of what happened. Jeanie was never seen or heard from again.

Now Stella is seventeen, and she's over it. She's the lucky one who survived, and sure, the case is still cloaked in mystery—and it's her small town's ugly legacy—but Stella is focused on the coming summer. She's got a great best friend, a hookup with an irresistibly crooked smile, and two months of beach days stretching out before her.

Then along comes a corpse, a little girl who washes up in an ancient cemetery after a mudslide, and who has red hair just like Jeanie did. Suddenly memories of that haunting day begin to return, and when Stella discovers that other red-headed girls have gone missing as well, she begins to suspect that something sinister is at work.

And before the summer ends, Stella will learn the hard way that if you hunt for monsters, you will find them.

Utilizing Twitter

Shortly after I started a blog, I started setting up other social media accounts. I saw that a lot of people had Twitter accounts linked to their blogs, yet I was skeptically about taking the plunge and joining. I don't know why but I just had something against Twitter and utilizing it... Now I've been on Twitter for over a year, and it can do so much good for you and your blog! So here's some advice on Twitter dos and don'ts.

Hi, I am Mishma, and let's be friends!

Hi APCB Readers!

This is Mishma, one of the two new faces who joined the blog this month. I am so excited to be a part of A Perfection Called Books and Rachel is such a dear friend to me, and I am so happy that I can help her out with her blog!

ARC Review ~ Rome in Love

Author: Anita Hughes
Series: Standalone
Genre: Chick Lit/Romance
Page Length: 320 pages
Publication Date: August 4, 2015 (Happy Book Birthday!)
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Source: ARC via publisher (Thank you, Macmillan!)
Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Amelia Tate is this year's "It girl."  Cast to play Audrey Hepburn's role in a remake of Roman Holiday, she finds her wildest Italian dreams have come true.  She has a handsome boyfriend, is portraying her idol in a major motion picture, and gets to live in beautiful Rome for the next two months.

The dolce vita is everything Amelia hoped for an more.  She finds an unexpected friend in the hotel laundry room, a charming young woman named Sophie.  Together, they discover all the amazing riches that Rome has to offer.  But when Amelia's boyfriend breaks up with her over her acting career, the Eternal City begins to feel more like a prison than a palace.

Amelia accidentally discovers a stack of letters written by the real Audrey Hepburn in her old hotel suite that starts to put life into perspective.  Then she meets Philip, a handsome journalist who is the under the impression that she is a hotel maid, and it appears as if things are looking up again.  The problem is she can never find the right time to tell Philip her true identity.  Not to mention that Philip has a few secrets of his own.  Can Amelia finally have both the career and love that she's always wanted, or will she be forced to choose between the two?

The 5 Best Bookish Moments

Hey, APCB readers!  Happy Sunday.  It's Julia Anne here with my first post.

In all honesty, I had no flippin' idea what I wanted to write for this first post.  I mean, there's so much pressure to be great.  First posts should be . . . momentous.  AWE-INSPIRING.  Mind-blowing.


I can't vouch that this post will meet those otherworldly expectations, but hopefully, it's relatable.

A couple weeks back on my own blog, I wrote a post listing Ten Struggles Bibliophiles Face.  That got me thinking.  Why not list the flip side?

So for my first post on APCB, here's a list of the five best bookish moments.  Here's what makes reading awesome:

APCB's Got Co-Bloggers!

I've secretly been looking for co-bloggers for awhile now. I wanted some new blood to join APCB! I found two awesome bloggers, so here are the lovelies. I can't wait for you to get to know them. I'm absolutely floored by their professionalism, their creative posts, and their fun personalities. And now the new co-bloggers are going to introduce themselves: