Cinderella Book Tag


Amber @ YA Indulgences tagged me for the Cinderella Book Tag! 
This looks like such fun :D 

Cover Reveals (New and Old) & Bookish News

I've been meaning to post another cover recap, but I've been too lazy to find all the covers I wanted. So here are a lot of covers that have been revealed in the past month!

Fledgling Author Twitter Chat ~ 2016 Debuts!

As you probably know, I am a huge advocate and enthusiast for debuts. Whilst fangirling with Nicola (@thewickedpowers) and Kristen (@Kris10MFAF) on Twitter about the 2016 debuts, we decided to host a Twitter chat tomorrow at 3 PM EST using #FAC16. We'll be chatting with 2016 debut authors, and we hope to see you there! You'll get to learn about new books coming our way next year, "meet" lovely authors, and ask questions! I'm @yaperfectionist!

ARC Review ~ The Heart of Betrayal by Mary E. Pearson

Series: The Remnants Chronicles #2
Genre: YA Fantasy
Page Length:  480 Pages
Publication Date: July 7th, 2015
Publisher: Henry Holt & Co. 
Source: ARC via publisher (thanks Macmillan!)
Goodreads
Held captive in the barbarian kingdom of Venda, Lia and Rafe have little chance of escape. Desperate to save her life, Lia's erstwhile assassin, Kaden, has told the Vendan Komizar that she has the gift, and the Komizar's interest in Lia is greater than anyone could have foreseen.

Meanwhile, nothing is straightforward: there's Rafe, who lied to Lia, but has sacrificed his freedom to protect her; Kaden, who meant to assassinate her but has now saved her life; and the Vendans, whom Lia always believed to be barbarians. Now that she lives amongst them, however, she realizes that may be far from the truth. Wrestling with her upbringing, her gift, and her sense of self, Lia must make powerful choices that will affect her country... and her own destiny.

#MeetTheNewbs ~ Katie Stout Author of Hello, I Love You (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 Katie Stout:

Katie M. Stout is from Atlanta, Georgia, and works for an international charity that sends her to fun places like Spain and Singapore. When she's not writing, you can find her drinking an unhealthy amount of chai tea and listening to Girls' Generation, Teen Top and all her other favorite K-pop tunes. HELLO, I LOVE YOU is her first novel.

Review ~ Hello, I Love You

Author: Katie M. Stout
Series: N/A
Genre: YA Contemporary
Page Length: 304 Pages
Publication Date: June 9th, 2015
Publisher: St Martin's Griffin
Source: Finished Copy via publisher (Thanks St. Martins!)
Goodreads
A teen escapes to a boarding school abroad and falls for a Korean pop star in this fun and fresh romantic novel in the vein of Anna and the French Kiss.

Grace Wilde is running—from the multi-million dollar mansion her record producer father bought, the famous older brother who’s topped the country music charts five years in a row, and the mother who blames her for her brother’s breakdown. Grace escapes to the farthest place from home she can think of, a boarding school in Korea, hoping for a fresh start.

She wants nothing to do with music, but when her roommate Sophie’s twin brother Jason turns out to be the newest Korean pop music superstar, Grace is thrust back into the world of fame. She can't stand Jason, whose celebrity status is only outmatched by his oversized ego, but they form a tenuous alliance for the sake of her friendship with Sophie. As the months go by and Grace adjusts to her new life in Korea, even she can't deny the sparks flying between her and the KPOP idol. 

Soon, Grace realizes that her feelings for Jason threaten her promise to herself that she'll leave behind the music industry that destroyed her family. But can Grace ignore her attraction to Jason and her undeniable pull of the music she was born to write? Sweet, fun, and romantic, this young adult novel explores what it means to experience first love and discover who you really are in the process.

Summer Reads 2015


There are so many books that I've wanted to read for so long. I'm hesitantly edging more and more towards my most feared genre, contemporary. I can't wait to delve deeper into contemporary by reading these cutesy contemporaries this summer!

The Ultimate Book Tag


The marvelous Mishma tagged me to do The Ultimate Book Tag! This should be fun :) 

1. Do you get sick while reading in a car?

Sometimes I do get a bit nauseous, but I always stick through it so I can continue reading!! 

AEITA ~ Fandom Name & Gif-y Review


For those of you who don't know, Sabaa Tahir's New York Times Best-Selling novel, An Ember in the Ashes, where have you been?! Haha just kidding. This book is an epic fantasy novel that has similiarities to Ancient Rome. This book is pretty intense, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. You can read my review here.
Penguin is launching a campaign for AEITA and the first post has to do with fandom-naming. What should we call Ember fans?! 

I honestly have no idea, but Penguin Teen has some great ideas (and you can vote) here!

I think my favorite option is THE EMBERLINGS or maybe The Aspirants. I don't know, your thoughts?

#MeetTheNewbs ~ Melissa Grey Author of Girl At Midnight (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 Melissa Grey:

Melissa Grey penned her first short story at the age of twelve and hasn't stopped writing since. As an undergrad at Yale, she learned how ride a horse and shoot a bow and arrow at the same time, but hasn't had much use for that skill since graduating in 2008. 

Review ~ The Royal We

Author: Heather Cocks & Jessica Morgan
Series: I WISH...
Genre: Chick Lit/Contemporary
Page Length:  464 Pages
Publication Date: April 7th, 2015
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Source: Purchased 
Goodreads
"I might be Cinderella today, but I dread who they'll think I am tomorrow. I guess it depends on what I do next." 

American Rebecca Porter was never one for fairy tales. Her twin sister, Lacey, has always been the romantic who fantasized about glamour and royalty, fame and fortune. Yet it's Bex who seeks adventure at Oxford and finds herself living down the hall from Prince Nicholas, Great Britain's future king. And when Bex can't resist falling for Nick, the person behind the prince, it propels her into a world she did not expect to inhabit, under a spotlight she is not prepared to face.

Dating Nick immerses Bex in ritzy society, dazzling ski trips, and dinners at Kensington Palace with him and his charming, troublesome brother, Freddie. But the relationship also comes with unimaginable baggage: hysterical tabloids, Nick's sparkling and far more suitable ex-girlfriends, and a royal family whose private life is much thornier and more tragic than anyone on the outside knows. The pressures are almost too much to bear, as Bex struggles to reconcile the man she loves with the monarch he's fated to become.

Which is how she gets into trouble.

Now, on the eve of the wedding of the century, Bex is faced with whether everything she's sacrificed for love-her career, her home, her family, maybe even herself-will have been for nothing.

Spanning nearly a decade, The Royal We is a richly imagined, emotionally compelling novel that examines, with warmth and wit, what truly happens after your prince has come.

#MeetTheNewbs ~ Sharon Huss Roat Author of Between the Notes (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 Sharon Huss Roat:

Sharon Huss Roat grew up in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, and now lives in Delaware with her husband and two children. She worked in public relations for 20 years before deciding what she really wanted to be when she grew up. BETWEEN THE NOTES is her debut novel. When she's not writing (or reading) books for young adults, you might find her planting vegetables in her backyard garden or sewing costumes for a school musical. Visit her online at www.sharonroat.com or on Twitter @sharonwrote.

On Opinions and Freedom of Speech


**I apologize to any booktubers & bloggers and other personnel if I offend

Freedom of Speech - the right to express any opinions without censorship or restraint

In the United States we pride ourselves on our right to speak our minds, yet I can't help but consider all the ways that it doesn't hold true in life. In school. In work. In public. In politics. You may not be arrested unless you threaten lives, but there are other ways to restrain what people say, and I still view that as infringing on our right to express our opinions. And apparently on social media. And possibly on our own blogs. I'd be lying if I said I'm not afraid of this post I'm writing right now. I'm afraid of the backlash, but this post is something I need to say. But isn't it a sad day when I need to be hesitant to post on my own blog? It's my personal place to share my opinion. 

Blog Tour ~ Hello, I Love You + Guest Post

I'm thrilled to be part of the Hello, I Love You blog tour! This book is such fun and today Katie Stout visits the blog to introduce you to her characters.

About The Book 
Grace Wilde is running—from the multi-million dollar mansion her record producer father bought, the famous older brother who’s topped the country music charts five years in a row, and the mother who blames her for her brother’s breakdown. Grace escapes to the farthest place from home she can think of, a boarding school in Korea, hoping for a fresh start.

She wants nothing to do with music, but when her roommate Sophie’s twin brother Jason turns out to be the newest Korean pop music superstar, Grace is thrust back into the world of fame. She can't stand Jason, whose celebrity status is only outmatched by his oversized ego, but they form a tenuous alliance for the sake of her friendship with Sophie. As the months go by and Grace adjusts to her new life in Korea, even she can't deny the sparks flying between her and the KPOP idol. 

Soon, Grace realizes that her feelings for Jason threaten her promise to herself that she'll leave behind the music industry that destroyed her family. But can Grace ignore her attraction to Jason and her undeniable pull of the music she was born to write? Sweet, fun, and romantic, this young adult novel explores what it means to experience first love and discover who you really are in the process.





#MeetTheNewbs ~ Lauren Gibaldi Author of The Night We Said Yes (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 Lauren Gibaldi:

Public librarian and author of THE NIGHT WE SAID YES (HarperCollins / HarperTeen, June 16, 2015) and MATT'S STORY (a The Night We Said Yes Novella, out August 2015). Fan of dinosaurs and cheesy jokes. And you.

Blog Tour ~ The Night We Said Yes


The Night We Said Yes
by Lauren Gibaldi
Publisher: Harper Teen
Release Date: June 16th 2015

Synopsis:

A fun, romantic read, perfect for fans of Sarah Dessen and Susane Colasanti!

Before Matt, Ella had a plan. Get over a no-good ex-boyfriend. Graduate from high school without any more distractions. Move away from Orlando, Florida, where she’s lived her entire life.

But Matt—the cute, shy, bespectacled bass player who just moved to town—was never part of that plan.

And neither was attending a party that was crashed by the cops just minutes after they arrived. Or spending an entire night saying “yes” to every crazy, fun thing they could think of.

Then Matt abruptly left town, and he broke not only Ella’s heart but those of their best friends, too. So when he shows up a year later with a plan of his own—to relive the night that brought them together—Ella isn’t sure whether Matt’s worth a second chance. Or if re-creating the past can help them create a different future.

In alternating then and now chapters, debut author Lauren Gibaldi crafts a charming, romantic story of first loves, lifelong friendships, uncovered secrets, and, ultimately, finding out how to be brave.

Buy Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Book Depository | iTunes | Kobo

#MeetTheNewbs ~Chandler Baker Author of Alive (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 Chandler Baker:

Chandler Baker got her start ghostwriting novels for teens and tweens, including installments in a book series that has sold more than 1 million copies. She grew up in Florida, went to college at the University of Pennsylvania and studied law at the University of Texas. She now lives in Austin with her husband. Although she loves spinning tales with a touch of horror, she is a much bigger scaredy-cat than her stories would lead you to believe.

You can find Chandler as the books contributor on the YouTube channel Weird Girls.

#MeetTheNewbs ~Stephanie Oakes Author of The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly (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 Stephanie Oakes:

Stephanie Oakes is a teacher and YA author from Washington State. Her debut novel, THE SACRED LIES OF MINNOW BLY (Dial/Penguin, June 9, 2015), about a girl who escapes from a religious commune only to find herself at the center of a murder investigation, is based on the Grimm fairy tale, "The Handless Maiden."

THE ARSONIST, her second YA mystery through Dial/Penguin, is scheduled for publication in fall 2016.

ARC Review ~ The Witch Hunter

Author: Virginia Boecker
Series: I WISH...
Genre: YA Fantasy
Page Length:  368 Pages
Publication Date: June 2nd, 2015
Publisher: Little Brown Books
Source: ARC via publisher
Goodreads
The magic and suspense of Graceling meet the political intrigue and unrest of Game of Thrones in this riveting fantasy debut.

Your greatest enemy isn't what you fight, but what you fear.

Elizabeth Grey is one of the king's best witch hunters, devoted to rooting out witchcraft and doling out justice. But when she's accused of being a witch herself, Elizabeth is arrested and sentenced to burn at the stake.

Salvation comes from a man she thought was her enemy. Nicholas Perevil, the most powerful and dangerous wizard in the kingdom, offers her a deal: he will save her from execution if she can break the deadly curse that's been laid upon him.

But Nicholas and his followers know nothing of Elizabeth's witch hunting past--if they find out, the stake will be the least of her worries. And as she's thrust into the magical world of witches, ghosts, pirates, and one all-too-handsome healer, Elizabeth is forced to redefine her ideas of right and wrong, of friends and enemies, and of love and hate.

Virginia Boecker weaves a riveting tale of magic, betrayal, and sacrifice in this unforgettable fantasy debut.

#MeetTheNewbs ~Margaret Fortune Author of Nova (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 Margaret Fortune:

Margaret Fortune wrote her first story at the age of six and has been writing ever since. She lives in Wisconsin. NOVA is her first novel.

5 Books Everyone Has Read Except For Rachel


I feel as though I'm always behind on my TBR. I think my focus has shifted to reading what's next, not what's already been published. I WILL remedy this. Until that time though, here are five books that I've shamefully never read. Feel free to yell at me!

#MeetTheNewbs ~Emily Adrian Author of Like It Never Happened (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 Emily Adrian:

Emily Adrian was born in 1989 in the suburbs of Portland, Oregon. After graduating from Portland State University, she moved to Toronto, Ontario, where she worked as a receptionist while secretly writing books.

Emily currently lives in Toronto with her husband and their dog named Hank. Like It Never Happened is her debut novel.

March+April+May Wrap-Up

If you've read the title of this post, I'm sure you're slightly baffled. Why is she wrapping up THREE months? After I went on vacation at the end of March and into April, I got so off my blogging game. Then I was struggling to makeup all the schoolwork I missed. Then it was time to study for AP exams and then the exhausting two weeks of AP exam testing. After that I hibernated for like a week and then I got bombarded with end of the year projects. Now there is finally a lull in the action, and soon I'll have all the blogging time!! I've been so off my blogging game for so long... :0

Blog Tour ~ The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly



The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly
by 
Stephanie Oakes
Publisher: Dial/Penguin
Release Date: June 9th 2015
Genre: Young Adult ThrillerJune 2nd 2015

Synopsis: 

With a harrowing poetic voice, this contemporary page-turner is perfect for fans of Laurie Halse Anderson's Speak, Julie Berry's All The Truth That's in Me, and the works of Ellen Hopkins. 

The Kevinian cult has taken everything from seventeen-year-old Minnow: twelve years of her life, her family, her ability to trust. 

And when she rebelled, they took away her hands, too. 

Now their Prophet has been murdered and their camp set aflame, and it's clear that Minnow knows something—but she's not talking. As she languishes in juvenile detention, she struggles to un-learn everything she has been taught to believe, adjusting to a life behind bars and recounting the events that led up to her incarceration. But when an FBI detective approaches her about making a deal, Minnow sees she can have the freedom she always dreamed of—if she’s willing to part with the terrible secrets of her past. 

The Sacred Lies of Minnow By is a hard-hitting and hopeful story about the dangers of blind faith—and the power of having faith in oneself.



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