A Mystery Novel I Can't Wait For... Now Guess What It Is!

I'm thrilled to join the Harper Teen Summer 2016 Tour. Thank you so much Stephanie and Hannah for organizing this. 
I have the immense pleasure of promoting a book I'm really looking forward to. Since this book is a mystery novel, I'm giving you clues before revealing the novel. See if you can guess which book I'm talking about before scrolling all the way down to find out the answer. Hey! No cheating.

The Book Hoarding Journey

Hey everyone, today is going to be an APCB story time original. As this title not-so-subtly hints at, I'm sharing my book hoarding journey starting from the beginning and ending at my place in the present. I've come a long way in my feelings and desires in regards to books and owning them. It went something like this.

The Novelty of Subscription Boxes

Today let's talk about subscription boxes. They are quickly becoming all the rage in the bookish community, and I really love the concept: the owner of the subscription box company, a trusted reader, chooses one book per month and curates a box containing the book and other themed items and goodies to go along with it.

I love the idea of not knowing what book I'll get and what else will come with it. It's like Christmas once each month! I've been salivating over these subscription boxes, and once I get a job (soon) I plan on purchasing a subscription. I was approached by my favorite subscription box company, Uppercasebox to review one of their boxes. Thank you, Lisa!

ARC Review: Burning Glass

Today I'm thrilled to be part of the blog tour for Burning Glass by Kathryn Purdie. I've been excited about this book for over a year now, and it has everything I love in fantasy books. COURT POLITICS <-- YES. Magic. Rich Culture. Eloquent writing. Engrossing plot.

Author: Kathryn Purdie
Series: Burning Glass #1
Genre: YA Fantasy
Page Length: 512 Pages
Publication Date: March 1st, 2015
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Source: eARC via Edelweiss (thanks Harper!)
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Sonya was born with the rare gift to feel what those around her feel—both physically and emotionally—a gift she’s kept hidden from the empire for seventeen long years. After a reckless mistake wipes out all the other girls with similar abilities, Sonya is hauled off to the palace and forced to serve the emperor as his sovereign Auraseer.

Tasked with sensing the intentions of would-be assassins, Sonya is under constant pressure to protect the emperor. One mistake, one small failure, will cost her own life and the lives of the few people left in the world who still trust her.

But Sonya’s power is untamed and reckless, her feelings easily usurped, and she sometimes can’t decipher when other people’s impulses end and her own begin. In a palace full of warring emotions and looming darkness, Sonya fears that the biggest danger to the empire may be herself.

As she struggles to wrangle her abilities, Sonya seeks refuge in her tenuous alliances with the volatile Emperor Valko and his idealistic younger brother, Anton, the crown prince. But when threats of revolution pit the two brothers against each other, Sonya must choose which brother to trust—and which to betray.

BURNING GLASS is debut author Kathryn Purdie’s stunning tale of dangerous magic, heart-rending romance, and the hard-won courage it takes to let go.

Book Lover's Wish With Jessica Khoury

Aladdin was always my favorite Disney movie and fairytale, so when I heard about this book of course I was super excited for it. I was luck enough to read this book prior to release, and I can honestly say it's one of my favorite books ever!! Out of the nearly 400 books I've read, only 20 are on my favorites list. So that's .05% YES That is how much I love this book. You can check out my review here. Seriously, go read this book!

Today Jessica Khoury shares her three wishes (you can read mine here)!

About the Book:

Author: Jessica Khoury
Genre: YA Fantasy
Page Length: 352 Pages
Publication Date: February 23rd, 2016
Publisher: Razorbill
Source: ARC via publisher
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She is the most powerful Jinni of all. He is a boy from the streets. Their love will shake the world...

When Aladdin discovers Zahra’s jinni lamp, Zahra is thrust back into a world she hasn’t seen in hundreds of years—a world where magic is forbidden and Zahra’s very existence is illegal. She must disguise herself to stay alive, using ancient shape-shifting magic, until her new master has selected his three wishes.

But when the King of the Jinn offers Zahra a chance to be free of her lamp forever, she seizes the opportunity—only to discover she is falling in love with Aladdin. When saving herself means betraying him, Zahra must decide once and for all: is winning her freedom worth losing her heart?

As time unravels and her enemies close in, Zahra finds herself suspended between danger and desire in this dazzling retelling of the Aladdin story from acclaimed author Jessica Khoury.

ARC Review: Into the Dim

Author: Janet B. Taylor
Genre: YA Historical Fiction
Page Length: 432 Pages
Publication Date: March 1st, 2016
Publisher: HMH
Source: ARC via Publisher
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When fragile, sixteen-year-old Hope Walton loses her mom to an earthquake overseas, her secluded world crumbles. Agreeing to spend the summer in Scotland, Hope discovers that her mother was more than a brilliant academic, but also a member of a secret society of time travelers. Trapped in the twelfth century in the age of Eleanor of Aquitaine, Hope has seventy-two hours to rescue her mother and get back to their own time. Along the way, her path collides with that of a mysterious boy who could be vital to her mission . . . or the key to Hope’s undoing.  

    Addictive, romantic, and rich with historical detail, Into the Dim is an Outlander for teens.

Discovery Report: Jennifer Anne Davis

Discovery: Author, Jennifer Anne Davis
Date Discovered: October 1st, 2015

WARNING: Jennifer's stories are highly addictive. Proceed with caution.

Author of the YA fantasy series True Reign and Reign of Secrets. Writer of fantasy novels that absorb your attention and make you neglect your duties. Cases of forgetting "what is life?" have been common.

Review: Rebel of the Sands

Author: Alwyn Hamilton
Series: Rebel of the Sands #1
Genre: YA Fantasy
Page Length: 320 Pages
Publication Date: March 8th, 2016
Publisher: Viking
Source: ARC via ALAMW
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She’s more gunpowder than girl—and the fate of the desert lies in her hands.

Mortals rule the desert nation of Miraji, but mystical beasts still roam the wild and barren wastes, and rumor has it that somewhere, djinni still practice their magic. But there's nothing mystical or magical about Dustwalk, the dead-end town that Amani can't wait to escape from.

Destined to wind up "wed or dead," Amani’s counting on her sharpshooting skills to get her out of Dustwalk. When she meets Jin, a mysterious and devastatingly handsome foreigner, in a shooting contest, she figures he’s the perfect escape route. But in all her years spent dreaming of leaving home, she never imagined she'd gallop away on a mythical horse, fleeing the murderous Sultan's army, with a fugitive who's wanted for treason. And she'd never have predicted she'd fall in love with him...or that he'd help her unlock the powerful truth of who she really is.

Review: The Girl Who Fell

Author: Shannon M. Parker
Genre: YA Contemporary
Page Length: 320 Pages
Publication Date: March 1st, 2016
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Source: ARC borrowed 
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His obsession.
Her fall.

In this dark kissing book, high school senior Zephyr Doyle is swept off her feet—and into an intense relationship—by the new boy in school.

Zephyr is focused. Focused on leading her team to the field hockey state championship and leaving her small town for her dream school, Boston College.

But love has a way of changing things.

Enter the new boy in school: the hockey team’s starting goaltender, Alec. He’s cute, charming, and most important, Alec doesn’t judge Zephyr. He understands her fears and insecurities—he even shares them. Soon, their relationship becomes something bigger than Zephyr, something she can’t control, something she doesn’t want to control.

Zephyr swears it must be love. Because love is powerful, and overwhelming, and…terrifying?

But love shouldn’t make you abandon your dreams, or push your friends away. And love shouldn’t make you feel guilty—or worse, ashamed.

So when Zephyr finally begins to see Alec for who he really is, she knows it’s time to take back control of her life.

If she waits any longer, it may be too late.

What Am I Known For As A Blogger?

I'm so excited for Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton, which is out on March 8th, 2016. The main character of Rebel of the Sands, Amani is known for her sharp-shooting skills. I was asked what I would be known for as a blogger! With the help of some friends, I've selected a few things I think I'd be known for in the blogosphere.

I'd be a blogger known for...

Books I Mistakenly Judged

You're probably going to shake your head and tsk tsk me, but I have a confession. I judge books before I read them. Wait! Don't go! I admit I am wrong to do it every time, but I can't help it. I make assumptions based on covers and synopsises. Sometimes I'm right, but most of the time I'm wrong.

Interview: Parker Peevyhouse

Today I'm thrilled to share an interview with Parker Peevyhouse, debut author of the sci-fi novel Where Futures End.

About the Book:

Author: Parker Peevyhouse
Genre: YA Sci-Fi
Page Length: 304 Pages
Publication Date: February 9th, 2016
Publisher: Kathy Dawson Books
Source: ARC via publisher
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Five teens. Five futures. Two worlds. One ending.

One year from now, Dylan develops a sixth sense that allows him to glimpse another world.

Ten years from now, Brixney must get more hits on her social media feed or risk being stuck in a debtors’ colony.

Thirty years from now, Epony scrubs her entire online profile from the web and goes “High Concept.”

Sixty years from now, Reef struggles to survive in a city turned virtual gameboard.

And more than one hundred years from now, Quinn uncovers the alarming secret that links them all.

Five people, divided by time, will determine the fate of us all. These are stories of a world bent on destroying itself, and of the alternate world that might be its savior—unless it’s too late.

Blackhearts: Review + Interview with Nicole Castroman

Author: Nicole Castroman
Genre: YA Historical Fiction
Page Length: 384 Pages
Publication Date: February 9th, 2016
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Source: ARC via publisher
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Blackbeard the pirate was known for striking fear in the hearts of the bravest of sailors. But once he was just a young man who dreamed of leaving his rigid life behind to chase adventure in faraway lands. Nothing could stop him—until he met the one girl who would change everything.

Edward "Teach" Drummond, son of one of Bristol's richest merchants, has just returned from a year-long journey on the high seas to find his life in shambles. Betrothed to a girl he doesn’t love and sick of the high society he was born into, Teach dreams only of returning to the vast ocean he’d begun to call home. There's just one problem: convincing his father to let him leave and never come back.

Following her parents' deaths, Anne Barrett is left penniless and soon to be homeless. Though she’s barely worked a day in her life, Anne is forced to take a job as a maid in the home of Master Drummond. Lonely days stretch into weeks, and Anne longs for escape. How will she ever realize her dream of sailing to Curaçao—where her mother was born—when she's stuck in England?

From the moment Teach and Anne meet, they set the world ablaze. Drawn to each other, they’re trapped by society and their own circumstances. Faced with an impossible choice, they must decide to chase their dreams and go, or follow their hearts and stay.

ARC Review: The Shadow Queen

Author: C.J. Redwine
Genre: YA Fantasy/Retelling
Page Length: 400
Publication Date: February 16th 2016
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Source: Edelweiss
Lorelai Diederich, crown princess and fugitive at large, has one mission: kill the wicked queen who took both the Ravenspire throne and the life of her father. To do that, Lorelai needs to use the one weapon she and Queen Irina have in common—magic. She’ll have to be stronger, faster, and more powerful than Irina, the most dangerous sorceress Ravenspire has ever seen.

In the neighboring kingdom of Eldr, when Prince Kol’s father and older brother are killed by an invading army of magic-wielding ogres, the second-born prince is suddenly given the responsibility of saving his kingdom. To do that, Kol needs magic—and the only way to get it is to make a deal with the queen of Ravenspire, promise to become her personal huntsman…and bring her Lorelai’s heart.

But Lorelai is nothing like Kol expected—beautiful, fierce, and unstoppable—and despite dark magic, Lorelai is drawn in by the passionate and troubled king. Fighting to stay one step ahead of the dragon huntsman—who she likes far more than she should—Lorelai does everything in her power to ruin the wicked queen. But Irina isn’t going down without a fight, and her final move may cost the princess the one thing she still has left to lose.

Top Ten Books You Might Not Know About (YET)

I love looking at upcoming releases and spreading the book love and knowledge, so today I'm sharing ten (actually eleven) books that are coming out this spring and summer that you might not know about yet but should be so excited for!!

Mirror in the Sky by Aditi Khorana
The PW Summary/Pitch: "The book follows Tara, a 16-year-old high school junior at a Connecticut private school, whose life is transformed by the discovery of an alternate Earth." Prep meets The Age of Miracles.

ARC Review: Glass Sword

Author: Victoria Aveyard
Series: Red Queen #2
Genre: YA Fantasy
Page Length: 448 Pages
Publication Date: February 9th, 2016
Publisher: HarperTeen
Source: ARC via publisher 
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Mare Barrow’s blood is red—the color of common folk—but her Silver ability, the power to control lightning, has turned her into a weapon that the royal court tries to control.

The crown calls her an impossibility, a fake, but as she makes her escape from Maven, the prince—the friend—who betrayed her, Mare uncovers something startling: she is not the only one of her kind.

Pursued by Maven, now a vindictive king, Mare sets out to find and recruit other Red-and-Silver fighters to join in the struggle against her oppressors.

But Mare finds herself on a deadly path, at risk of becoming exactly the kind of monster she is trying to defeat.

Will she shatter under the weight of the lives that are the cost of rebellion? Or have treachery and betrayal hardened her forever?

Three Bookish Wishes

If I could have three wishes centered around my perfect bookish world, I'd definitely choose the world of The Wrath and The Dawn by Renée Ahdieh! This gorgeous, sweeping world could fulfill practically all my dreams and happens to be a favorite book of mine. If you haven't read The Wrath and The Dawn yet I highly suggest that you do!

The Best (and Worst) Books I've Read for School

Over the years as a high school student, I've read my fair share of assigned books for school.  There's been the good, the bad, and then the just . . . okay.  Here's a list of the most memorable, no matter where they fall on the spectrum.

Mini Reviews: These Vicious Masks & The Forbidden Wish

Authors: Tarun Shanker & Kelly Zekas
Genre: YA Paranormal/Historical Fiction
Page Length: 352 Pages
Publication Date: February 9th, 2016
Publisher: Swoon Reads
Source: ARC via publisher (thanks!)
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Jane Austen meets X-­Men in this gripping and adventure-­filled paranormal romance set in Victorian London.

England, 1882. Evelyn is bored with society and its expectations. So when her beloved sister, Rose, mysteriously vanishes, she ignores her parents and travels to London to find her, accompanied by the dashing Mr. Kent. But they’re not the only ones looking for Rose. The reclusive, young gentleman Sebastian Braddock is also searching for her, claiming that both sisters have special healing powers. Evelyn is convinced that Sebastian must be mad, until she discovers that his strange tales of extraordinary people are true—and that her sister is in graver danger than she feared.