Review: My Life Next Door

Author: Huntley Fitzapatrick
Genre: YA, Contemporary Romance
Page Length: 394
Publication Date: June 14th 2012
Publisher: Dial Books
Source: #Booksfortrade
"One thing my mother never knew, and would disapprove of most of all, was that I watched the Garretts. All the time."

The Garretts are everything the Reeds are not. Loud, messy, affectionate. And every day from her rooftop perch, Samantha Reed wishes she was one of them . . . until one summer evening, Jase Garrett climbs up next to her and changes everything.

As the two fall fiercely for each other, stumbling through the awkwardness and awesomeness of first love, Jase's family embraces Samantha - even as she keeps him a secret from her own. Then something unthinkable happens, and the bottom drops out of Samantha's world. She's suddenly faced with an impossible decision. Which perfect family will save her? Or is it time she saved herself?

A transporting debut about family, friendship, first romance, and how to be true to one person you love without betraying another.

Magic and Mayhem Tour: Leigh Bardugo Came to PA!

Leigh Bardugo came to Pennsylvania last wednesday, and I'm so happy I got to meet her! Thanks so much to Macmillan for planning a tour stop in PA. I was going to record the Q&A session, but I was just in awe of Leigh and seeing her in real life, so sadly I forgot...

I'm Thankful For...

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays, and it's such a great time to think about all that we're thankful for.

1. My Family - I am so thankful to have two wonderful parents who push me to be independent and strong yet are always there for me when I stumble. Thank you to the little sister who, although infuriating at times, still manages to make me laugh and calm me down when I'm stressed. Thanks to my older brother who gives such helpful advice and is always there for me.

Top Ten 2015 YA Debuts That Haven’t Been on Enough Top Ten 2015 Lists

As I'm sure you all know by now, I'm a huge advocate for debuts. I've read so many amazing ones this year and sadly some of those books haven't gotten all the attention they deserve. Jenn Marie Thorne (debut author of the AMAZING novel The Wrong Side of Right) felt similarly, so today Jenn's sharing her Top Ten 2015 YA Debuts That Haven’t Been on Enough Top Ten 2015 Lists

Guest Post - Jenn Marie Thorne

As a member of the Fearless Fifteeners, I was lucky enough to get an early read of many of my fellow debuts’ books this year—and I was absolutely blown away.  I remember flipping to the last page of quite a few of these ARCs, thinking, “This is going to be on all the ‘Best of’ lists this fall.”

My Zodiac: Aries

Series: Zodiac #1
Author: Romina Russell
Genre: YA Science Fiction 
Page Length: 336 Pages
Publication Date: December 9th, 2014
Publisher: Razorbill

At the dawn of time, there were 13 Houses in the Zodiac Galaxy. Now only 12 remain….

Rhoma Grace is a 16-year-old student from House Cancer with an unusual way of reading the stars. While her classmates use measurements to make accurate astrological predictions, Rho can’t solve for ‘x’ to save her life—so instead, she looks up at the night sky and makes up stories.

When a violent blast strikes the moons of Cancer, sending its ocean planet off-kilter and killing thousands of citizens—including its beloved Guardian—Rho is more surprised than anyone when she is named the House’s new leader. But, a true Cancerian who loves her home fiercely and will protect her people no matter what, Rho accepts.

Then, when more Houses fall victim to freak weather catastrophes, Rho starts seeing a pattern in the stars. She suspects Ophiuchus—the exiled 13th Guardian of Zodiac legend—has returned to exact his revenge across the Galaxy. Now Rho—along with Hysan Dax, a young envoy from House Libra, and Mathias, her guide and a member of her Royal Guard—must travel through the Zodiac to warn the other Guardians.

But who will believe anything this young novice says? Whom can Rho trust in a universe defined by differences? And how can she convince twelve worlds to unite as one Zodiac?

Embark on a dazzling journey with ZODIAC, the first novel in an epic sci-fi-meets-high-fantasy series set in a galaxy inspired by the astrological signs.

Review Round-Up

Author: Jennifer Jenkins
Genre: YA Fantasy/Sci-Fi
Page Length: 336
Publication Date: October 6th, 2015
Publisher: Month9Books
Source: eARC via Publisher
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Four clans have been at war for centuries: the Kodiak, the Raven, the Wolf and the Ram. Through brutal war tactics, the Ram have dominated the region, inflicting death and destruction on their neighbors.

Seventeen-year-old Zo is a Wolf and a Healer who volunteers to infiltrate the Ram as a spy on behalf of the allied clans. She offers herself as a Ram slave, joining the people who are called the “nameless.” Hers is a suicide mission – Zo’s despair after losing her parents in a Ram raid has left her seeking both revenge and an end to her own misery. But after her younger sister follows her into Rams Gate, Zo must find a way to survive her dangerous mission and keep her sister safe.

What she doesn’t expect to find is the friendship of a young Ram whose life she saves, the confusing feelings she develops for a Ram soldier, and an underground nameless insurrection. Zo learns that revenge, loyalty and love are more complicated than she ever imagined in the first installment of this two-book series.

WoW + Guest Post (Chandler Baker) + a giveaway

Hi everyone! I'm pleased to host the lovely author Chandler Baker to APCB for the day to share some facts about her latest book, Teen Frankenstein coming out from Feiwel & Friends/Macmillan this winter. I absolutely loved her debut novel Alive, and you can read my review here!

Now about the book...
Author: Chandler Baker
Genre: YA Horror
Page Length: 336 Pages
Publication Date: January 12th, 2016
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends

High school meets classic horror in this groundbreaking new series.

It was a dark and stormy night when Tor Frankenstein accidentally hit someone with her car. And killed him. But all is not lost--Tor, being the scientific genius she is, brings him back to life...

Thus begins a twisty, turn-y take on a familiar tale, set in the town of Hollow Pines, Texas, where high school is truly horrifying.

Blog Tour (Review): The Lies About Truth

I've heard such wonderful things about Courtney C. Stevens worm, so I was especially thrilled when Hannah of Irish Banana Book Tours allowed me to join the tour! 

The Book:

Title: The Lies About Truth
Author: Courtney C. Stevens
Publication Date: November 3rd, 2015
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Page Length: 336 pages
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Sadie Kingston, is a girl living in the aftermath. A year after surviving a car accident that killed her friend Trent and left her body and face scarred, she can’t move forward. The only person who seems to understand her is Trent’s brother, Max.

As Sadie begins to fall for Max, she's unsure if she is truly healed enough to be with him — even if Max is able to look at her scars and not shy away. But when the truth about the accident and subsequent events comes to light, Sadie has to decide if she can embrace the future or if she'll always be trapped in the past.

Review: Between Us and the Moon

Author: Rebecca Maizel
Genre: YA Contemporary
Page Length: 384 pages
Publication Date: June 30, 2015
Publisher: HarperTeen
Source: Borrowed via library

A luminous young adult novel that evokes Judy Blume's Forever for a new generation.
Ever since Sarah was born, she's lived in the shadow of her beautiful older sister, Scarlett.  But this summer on Cape Cod, she's determined to finally grow up.  Then she meets gorgeous college boy Andrew.  He sees her as the girl she wants to be.  A girl who's older than she is.  A girl like Scarlett.

Before she knows what's happened, one little lie has transformed into something real.  And by the end of August, she might have to choose between falling in love, and finding herself.

Fans of Jenny Han and Stephanie Perkins and destined to fall for this story about how life and love are impossible to predict.

Cover Reveal: Unhooked by Lisa Maxwell

Today Lisa Maxwell and a few Blogger friends are revealing the cover for UNHOOKED a YA Fantasy releasing in February 2016! Check out the gorgeous cover and enter to win an awesome book pack and an ARC of UNHOOKED!

On to the reveal! 

A Fictional World I'd Love To Rule

In preparation for the release of Frozen Tides by Morgan Rhodes, book 4 in the Fallen Kingdoms series, a series strife with political intrigue and warring kingdoms, I was asked what fictional world I'd want to rule.

If I could rule or conquer any fictional world, I'd definitely want to rule the fictional world of Bethany Hagen's Landry Park.  You can read my review here.

Stop Bashing YA

At school more and more people have learned that I love to read. When adults (and even some students) find out I love reading, I get so uncomfortable and nervous telling them I read YA. Society and the stigma behind YA being silly and stupid really makes it hard for me to open up. Too often I've heard "Oh you read those books" or "You mean like Twilight?" I want to unabashedly and proudly say I read YA, but society's bashing of my favorite genre makes me so self-conscious. It shouldn't be that way. Stop. Bashing. My. Books.

Food & Books

 I love books. But I also love food. My parents are huge foodies and since we travel a lot, I've had the chance to try and experience new cuisines and authentic foods. The diverse tastes are extraordinary and indescribable, and I still remember some of the best foods I've tried.

Some books also incorporate food culture into their books. The descriptions are mouth-watering, and I wish I could reach into the books and sample some of the delicious foods.

Blog Tour: Gabriel

Author: Nikki Kelly
Genre: YA Paranormal
Page Length: 384 Pages
Publication Date: October 27th, 2015
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends

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The handsome Angel from Lailah gets center stage in this continuation of Wattpad sensation Nikki Kelly’s romantic and action-packed series about mortals, vampires, and angels.

Gabriel is an Angel Descendant. He's also an ally to a generation of vampires who want to break away from the demon who controls them. His faith in the power of good over evil wavers, however, when he discovers that Lailah, the woman he considers his only true love, may be both angel and demon. Is their love enough to overcome the dark forces who are ready to go to war with Gabriel, the vampire Jonah, and the angel and vampire forces? And can Gabriel compete with Jonah, who is also in love with Lailah?

Once again, Nikki Kelly looks deeply into the heart and soul of good and evil to create a romantic, action-packed reading adventure.