ARC Review: The Girl From Everywhere

Author: Heidi Heilig
Series: The Girl From Everyone #1 (Duology)
Genre: YA Fantasy/Historical Fiction/Time Travel
Page Length: 464 Pages
Publication Date: February 16th, 2016
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Source: eARC via Edelweiss 
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Heidi Heilig’s debut teen fantasy sweeps from modern-day New York City to nineteenth-century Hawaii to places of myth and legend. Sixteen-year-old Nix has sailed across the globe and through centuries aboard her time-traveling father’s ship. But when he gambles with her very existence, it all may be about to end. The Girl from Everywhere, the first of two books, will dazzle readers of Sabaa Tahir, Rae Carson, and Rachel Hartman.

Nix’s life began in Honolulu in 1868. Since then she has traveled to mythic Scandinavia, a land from the tales of One Thousand and One Nights, modern-day New York City, and many more places both real and imagined. As long as he has a map, Nix’s father can sail his ship, The Temptation, to any place, any time. But now he’s uncovered the one map he’s always sought—1868 Honolulu, before Nix’s mother died in childbirth. Nix’s life—her entire existence—is at stake. No one knows what will happen if her father changes the past. It could erase Nix’s future, her dreams, her adventures . . . her connection with the charming Persian thief, Kash, who’s been part of their crew for two years. If Nix helps her father reunite with the love of his life, it will cost her her own.

Life Lessons From Gayle Forman

Gayle Forman's books are packed full with beautiful, inspiring, and quotable writing. I selected some of my favorite quotes of hers and how they apply to me and blogging!

Review: Assassin's Heart

Author: Sarah Ahiers
Genre: YA, Fantasy, Romance, Adventure
Page Length: 400
Publication Date: February 2nd 2016
Publisher: Harper Teen
Source: EdelweissGoodreads
In the kingdom of Lovero, nine rival Families of assassins lawfully kill people for a price. As a highly skilled member of one of these powerful clans, seventeen-year-old Lea Saldana has always trusted in the strength of her Family. Until she awakens to find them murdered and her home in flames. The Da Vias, the Saldanas’ biggest enemy, must be responsible—and Lea should have seen it coming. But her secret relationship with the Da Vias’ son, Val, has clouded her otherwise killer instinct—and given the Da Vias more reason than ever to take her Family down.

Racked with guilt and shattered over Val’s probable betrayal, Lea sets out to even the score, with her heart set on retaliation and only one thought clear in her mind: make the Da Vias pay.

With shades of The Godfather and Romeo and Juliet, this richly imagined fantasy from debut author Sarah Ahiers is a story of love, lies, and the ultimate vengeance.

ALAMW Day 2 Recap

 I attended the American Library Association Mid-Winter (ALAMW) conference in Boston from January 8th-11th. It was my first big book conference, and I can honestly say it will forever be a highlight of my bookish/blogging experience.

I already recapped Day 1, so here is a recap of Day 2!

Save This Endangered Species ~ Bookstores!

With the rise of the 21st Century, comes the downfall of the now, critically endangered species . . . yes, I'm talking about bookstores.

Blog Tour: Shallow Graves

Author: Kali Wallace
Genre: YA Paranormal
Page Length: 368 Pages
Publication Date: January 26th, 2016
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books

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For fans of Holly Black and Nova Ren Suma, a gripping, hauntingly atmospheric novel about murder, revenge, and a world where monsters—human and otherwise—lurk at the fringes.

When seventeen-year-old Breezy Lin wakes up in a shallow grave one year after her death, she doesn’t remember who killed her or why. All she knows is that she’s somehow conscious—and not only that, she’s able to sense who around her is hiding a murderous past. In life, Breezy was always drawn to the elegance of the universe and the mystery of the stars. Now she must set out to find answers and discover what is to become of her in the gritty, dangerous world to which she now belongs—where killers hide in plain sight and a sinister cult is hunting for strange creatures like her. What she finds is at once empowering, redemptive, and dangerous.

Tense, complex, and wholly engaging, Shallow Graves is a stunning first novel from Kali Wallace.

Blogging Your Own Way

I'm going to let you in on a little secret. It's more of a cautionary tale, so listen closely.

When I first started blogging I was in my own little bubble, untouched by outside influences and other bloggers. As I began connecting with other bloggers and blogging for a greater audience, I became much more self-conscious about my posts and content. Before I was just blindly writing whatever the heck I wanted. Now I had actual frequent readers and blog viewers, and I found myself thinking more about what they'd want to see in my posts as opposed to what I'd want to see or write.

Blog Tour: Arrows

Author: Melissa Gorzelanczyk
Genre: YA Mythology
Page Length: 240 Pages
Publication Date: January 26th, 2016
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Source: eARC via Edelweiss
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A modern cupid story set in present-day Wisconsin combining the fantastical elements of Greek mythology with the contemporary drama of MTV's Teen Mom.

People don’t understand love. If they did, they’d get why dance prodigy Karma Clark just can’t say goodbye to her boyfriend, Danny. No matter what he says or does or how he hurts her, she can’t stay angry with him . . . and can’t stop loving him. But there’s a reason why Karma is helpless to break things off: she’s been shot with a love arrow. Aaryn, son of Cupid, was supposed to shoot both Karma and Danny but found out too late that the other arrow in his pack was useless. And with that, Karma’s life changed forever. One pregnancy confirmed. One ballet scholarship lost. And dream after dream tossed to the wind.

A clueless Karma doesn’t know that her toxic relationship is Aaryn’s fault . . . but he’s going to get a chance to make things right. He’s here to convince Danny to man up and be there for Karma. But what if this god from Mount Olympus finds himself falling in love with a beautiful dancer from Wisconsin who can never love him in return?

This fast-paced debut novel explores the internal & external conflicts of a girl who finds herself inexplicably drawn to a boy who seemingly doesn't reciprocate her feelings, touching on the issues of love, sex and responsibility, with a heroine struggling to control her destiny--perfect for fans of Katie McGarry's novels and MTV’s 16 and Pregnant.

Blog Tour: Front Lines

I'm stoked to be on this blog tour because Front Lines is such a powerful and exciting novel! Thanks so much Hannah for letting me join the tour :)

Author: Michael Grant
Series: Soldier Girl #1
Genre: YA Historical Fiction
Page Length: 576 Pages
Publication Date: January 26th, 2016
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Source: ARC via publisher

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Perfect for fans of The Book Thief and Code Name Verity, New York Times bestselling author Michael Grant unleashes an epic, genre-bending, and transformative new series that reimagines World War II with girl soldiers fighting on the front lines.

World War II, 1942. A court decision makes women subject to the draft and eligible for service. The unproven American army is going up against the greatest fighting force ever assembled, the armed forces of Nazi Germany.

Three girls sign up to fight. Rio Richlin, Frangie Marr, and Rainy Schulterman are average girls, girls with dreams and aspirations, at the start of their lives, at the start of their loves. Each has her own reasons for volunteering: Rio fights to honor her sister; Frangie needs money for her family; Rainy wants to kill Germans. For the first time they leave behind their homes and families—to go to war.

These three daring young women will play their parts in the war to defeat evil and save the human race. As the fate of the world hangs in the balance, they will discover the roles that define them on the front lines. They will fight the greatest war the world has ever known.

The Unpopular Opinions Tag

Hi bookworms! This is Mishma! This is my first post here in 2016, so happy new year!!! ;D

Once upon a time, two potatoes - Kaitlin and Karina - tagged me for the Unpopular Opinions Tag. But me, being the scatter brained blogger I am, forgot all about it until now, so here I am, giving the tag a try, ages after I was tagged for it! :D

ALAMW Day 1 Recap

As you might know from my sporadic tweets on Twitter, I attended the American Library Association Mid-Winter (ALAMW) conference in Boston this past weekend. It was my first big book conference, and I can honestly say it will forever be a highlight of my bookish/blogging experience.

Before attending ALAMW, I made a list of books I wanted to get, but most of all I made a list of authors I knew were attending that I couldn't wait to meet! As you may know, I love debuts and I was so thrilled to hear so many 2016 debut authors would be at ALA.

Blog Tour: Underwater

Author: Marisa Reichardt
Genre: YA Contemporary
Page Length: 288 Pages
Publication Date: January 12th, 2016
Publisher: Farrar, Straus, & Giroux
Source: eARC via Netgalley
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Morgan didn’t mean to do anything wrong that day. Actually, she meant to do something right. But her kind act inadvertently played a role in a deadly tragedy. In order to move on, Morgan must learn to forgive—first someone who did something that might be unforgivable, and then, herself.

But Morgan can’t move on. She can’t even move beyond the front door of the apartment she shares with her mother and little brother. Morgan feels like she’s underwater, unable to surface. Unable to see her friends. Unable to go to school.

When it seems Morgan can’t hold her breath any longer, a new boy moves in next door. Evan reminds her of the salty ocean air and the rush she used to get from swimming. He might be just what she needs to help her reconnect with the world outside.

Underwater is a powerful, hopeful debut novel about redemption, recovery, and finding the strength it takes to face your past and move on.

Interview with Emily Henry

Today I have the immense pleasure of interviewing debut author Emily Henry of The Love That Split The World! I'm pretty sure most of the bookish community is lusting over her book, but if you're not already obsessed check out this gorgeous synopsis, cover and subsequent interview!

Publisher: Razorbill
Release Date: January 26th, 2016
Page Length: 400
Natalie’s last summer in her small Kentucky hometown is off to a magical start…until she starts seeing the “wrong things.” They’re just momentary glimpses at first—her front door is red instead of its usual green, there’s a pre-school where the garden store should be. But then her whole town disappears for hours, fading away into rolling hills and grazing buffalo, and Nat knows something isn’t right.

That’s when she gets a visit from the kind but mysterious apparition she calls “Grandmother,” who tells her: “You have three months to save him.” The next night, under the stadium lights of the high school football field, she meets a beautiful boy named Beau, and it’s as if time just stops and nothing exists. Nothing, except Natalie and Beau.

Emily Henry’s stunning debut novel is Friday Night Lights meets The Time Traveler’s Wife, and perfectly captures those bittersweet months after high school, when we dream not only of the future, but of all the roads and paths we’ve left untaken.

Three Bookish Things That Annoy Me

In the bookish world there are lots of things that merely irk me. Here are the top three!

Review: Hopeless by Colleen Hoover

Author: Colleen Hoover
Genre: NA Romance
Page Length: 416 pages
Publication Date: December 17, 2012
Publisher: Atria Books
Source: Received as a gift!
Sometimes discovering the truth can leave you more hopeless than believing the lies…

That’s what seventeen-year-old Sky realizes after she meets Dean Holder. A guy with a reputation that rivals her own and an uncanny ability to invoke feelings in her she’s never had before. He terrifies her and captivates her all in the span of just one encounter, and something about the way he makes her feel sparks buried memories from a past that she wishes could just stay buried.

Sky struggles to keep him at a distance knowing he’s nothing but trouble, but Holder insists on learning everything about her. After finally caving to his unwavering pursuit, Sky soon finds that Holder isn’t at all who he’s been claiming to be. When the secrets he’s been keeping are finally revealed, every single facet of Sky’s life will change forever.

Blog Tour: Firsts

Author: Laurie Elizabeth Flynn
Genre: Contemporary
Page Length: 320 Pages
Publication Date: January 5th, 2016
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Source: eARC via Netgalley
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In the vein of Easy A, an honest and refreshing young adult novel about sex, love, and high school.

Seventeen-year-old Mercedes Ayres has an open-door policy when it comes to her bedroom, but only if the guy fulfills a specific criteria: he has to be a virgin. Mercedes lets the boys get their awkward fumbling first times over with, and all she asks in return is that they give their girlfriends the perfect first time-the kind Mercedes never had herself.

Keeping what goes on in her bedroom a secret has been easy - so far. Her mother isn't home nearly enough to know about Mercedes' extracurricular activities, and her uber-religious best friend, Angela, won't even say the word "sex" until she gets married. But Mercedes doesn't bank on Angela's boyfriend finding out about her services and wanting a turn - or on Zach, who likes her for who she is instead of what she can do in bed.

When Mercedes' perfect system falls apart, she has to find a way to salvage her own reputation -and figure out where her heart really belongs in the process. Funny, smart, and true-to-life, Firsts is a one-of-a-kind young adult novel about growing up.

2016 Goals and Resolutions

Happy 2016 everyone!

Since it's the new year, I think it's time I set some blogging and personal goals for the year.

Review: Passenger

Author: Alexandra Bracken
Genre: YA Fantasy/Historical Fiction/Time Travel
Page Length: 464 Pages
Publication Date: January 5th, 2015
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Source: ARC via Big Honcho Media
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passage, n.
i. A brief section of music composed of a series of notes and flourishes.
ii. A journey by water; a voyage.
iii. The transition from one place to another, across space and time.

In one devastating night, violin prodigy Etta Spencer loses everything she knows and loves. Thrust into an unfamiliar world by a stranger with a dangerous agenda, Etta is certain of only one thing: she has traveled not just miles but years from home. And she’s inherited a legacy she knows nothing about from a family whose existence she’s never heard of. Until now.

Nicholas Carter is content with his life at sea, free from the Ironwoods—a powerful family in the colonies—and the servitude he’s known at their hands. But with the arrival of an unusual passenger on his ship comes the insistent pull of the past that he can’t escape and the family that won’t let him go so easily. Now the Ironwoods are searching for a stolen object of untold value, one they believe only Etta, Nicholas’ passenger, can find. In order to protect her, he must ensure she brings it back to them— whether she wants to or not.

Together, Etta and Nicholas embark on a perilous journey across centuries and continents, piecing together clues left behind by the traveler who will do anything to keep the object out of the Ironwoods’ grasp. But as they get closer to the truth of their search, and the deadly game the Ironwoods are playing, treacherous forces threaten to separate Etta not only from Nicholas but from her path home . . . forever