First & Then Blog Tour ~ Best Sense of Humor

Macmillan has such a creative publicity/marketing department and their idea for the First & Then blog tour shows just that; I'm so excited to be part of the tour. The characters of First & Then by Emma Mills are in their senior year of high school, so for the blog tour each stop will have its own yearbook-style superlative in keeping with the senior year vibes. APCB's superlative is Best Sense of Humor as in the writing of the book!

About the Book:

Devon Tennyson wouldn't change a thing. She's happy watching Friday night games from the bleachers, silently crushing on best friend Cas, and blissfully ignoring the future after high school. But the universe has other plans. It delivers Devon's cousin Foster, an unrepentant social outlier with a surprising talent for football, and the obnoxiously superior and maddeningly attractive star running back, Ezra, right where she doesn't want them first into her P.E. class and then into every other aspect of her life.

Pride and Prejudice meets Friday Night Lights in this contemporary novel about falling in love with the unexpected boy, with a new brother, and with yourself.

ARC Review ~ Six of Crows

Author: Leigh Bardugo
Series: The Dregs #1
Genre: YA Fantasy
Page Length: 480 Pages
Publication Date: September 29th, 2015
Publisher: Henry Holt
Source: ARC via Andye (Thanks dear <3)
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Game of Thrones meets Ocean's Eleven in this brand-new book in the world of the Grisha by New York Times-bestselling author Leigh Bardugo.
Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price—and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can't pull it off alone...

A convict with a thirst for revenge.
A sharpshooter who can't walk away from a wager.
A runaway with a privileged past.
A spy known as the Wraith.
A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums.
A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes.

Six dangerous outcasts. One impossible heist. Kaz's crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction—if they don't kill each other first.

Blog Tour: The Weight of Feathers

Author: Anna-Marie McLemore
Genre: Contemporary
Page Length: 320 Pages
Publication Date: September 15th, 2015
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Source: eARC via Netgalley
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For twenty years, the Palomas and the Corbeaus have been rivals and enemies, locked in an escalating feud for over a generation. Both families make their living as traveling performers in competing shows—the Palomas swimming in mermaid exhibitions, the Corbeaus, former tightrope walkers, performing in the tallest trees they can find.

Lace Paloma may be new to her family’s show, but she knows as well as anyone that the Corbeaus are pure magia negra, black magic from the devil himself. Simply touching one could mean death, and she's been taught from birth to keep away. But when disaster strikes the small town where both families are performing, it’s a Corbeau boy, Cluck, who saves Lace’s life. And his touch immerses her in the world of the Corbeaus, where falling for him could turn his own family against him, and one misstep can be just as dangerous on the ground as it is in the trees.

Beautifully written, and richly imaginative, The Weight of Feathers is an utterly captivating young adult novel by a talented new voice.

Blog Tour: This Monstrous Thing

Author: Mackenzi Lee
Genre: YA Historical Fiction
Page Length: 384 Pages
Publication Date: September 22nd, 2015
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books

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In 1818 Geneva, men built with clockwork parts live hidden away from society, cared for only by illegal mechanics called Shadow Boys. Two years ago, Shadow Boy Alasdair Finch’s life shattered to bits.

His brother, Oliver—dead.

His sweetheart, Mary—gone.

His chance to break free of Geneva—lost.

Heart-broken and desperate, Alasdair does the unthinkable: He brings Oliver back from the dead.

But putting back together a broken life is more difficult than mending bones and adding clockwork pieces. Oliver returns more monster than man, and Alasdair’s horror further damages the already troubled relationship.

Then comes the publication of Frankenstein and the city intensifies its search for Shadow Boys, aiming to discover the real life doctor and his monster. Alasdair finds refuge with his idol, the brilliant Dr. Geisler, who may offer him a way to escape the dangerous present and his guilt-ridden past, but at a horrible price only Oliver can pay…

Blog Tour: Dream Things True

Author: Marie Marquardt
Genre: Contemporary
Page Length: 352 Pages
Publication Date: September 1st, 2015
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Source: eARC via Netgalley
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A modern-day Romeo and Juliet story in which a wealthy Southern boy falls in love with an undocumented Mexican girl and together they face perils in their hostile Georgia town.

Evan, a soccer star and the nephew of a conservative Southern Senator, has never wanted for much -- except a functional family. Alma has lived in Georgia since she was two-years-old, excels in school, and has a large, warm Mexican family. Never mind their differences, the two fall in love, and they fall hard. But when ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) begins raids on their town, Alma knows that she needs to tell Evan her secret. There's too much at stake. But how to tell her country-club boyfriend that she’s an undocumented immigrant? That her whole family and most of her friends live in the country without permission. What follows is a beautiful, nuanced, well-paced exploration of the complications of immigration, young love, defying one’s family, and facing a tangled bureaucracy that threatens to completely upend two young lives.

DNF Dish ~ Books I Couldn't Tolerate

I've read (more like attempted to read) quite a few of the eARCs on my iPad and unfortunately I had to DNF (did not finish) quite a few of them. I don't think I can do full on reviews for these books because I didn't read more than 75% of any of them, so I'll just list why I DNFd these books.

Review ~ Legend by Marie Lu

Author: Marie Lu
Series: Legend #1
Genre: YA Dystopia
Page Length: 305 Pages
Publication Date: November 29, 2011
Publisher: Putnam Juvenile
Source: Purchased
What was once the western United States is now home to the Republic, a nation perpetually at war with its neighbors.  Born into an elite family in one of the Republic's wealthiest districts, fifteen-year-old June is a prodigy being groomed for success in the Republic's highest military circles.  Born into the slums, fifteen-year-old Day is the country's most wanted criminal.  But his motives may not be as malicious as they seem.

From very different worlds, June and Day have no reason to cross paths - until the day June's brother, Metias, is murdered and Day becomes the prime suspect.  Caught in the ultimate game of cat and mouse, Day is in a race for his family's survival, while June seeks to avenge Metias's death.  But in a shocking turn of events, the two uncover the truth of what has really brought them together, and the sinister lengths their country will go to keep its secrets.

Queen of Shadows Tour Recap

As if you don't already know, Sarah J Maas is my all-time favorite author. I adore her books, and you really don't want to know how many times I've reread her books... On Sunday, September 6th I went to her Queen of Shadows tour stop in Bensalem and had such a great time.

I drove up with Brittany from Please Feed The Bookworm (thank you hun <3), and we got there at 5 PM when the event was supposed to start. There were so many people there, at least 150. I'm just so happy that Sarah's getting this much attention. Her series has grown so much! I remember reading Throne of Glass and then having to wait another year for each subsequent book. *gets teary-eyed*

Review: Antigoddess

Author: Kendare Blake
Genre: YA Urban Fantasy, Greek Mythology
Page Length: 333
Publication Date: September 10th 2013
Publisher: Tor Teen
Source: Bought
Old Gods never die…

Or so Athena thought. But then the feathers started sprouting beneath her skin, invading her lungs like a strange cancer, and Hermes showed up with a fever eating away his flesh. So much for living a quiet eternity in perpetual health.

Desperately seeking the cause of their slow, miserable deaths, Athena and Hermes travel the world, gathering allies and discovering enemies both new and old. Their search leads them to Cassandra—an ordinary girl who was once an extraordinary prophetess, protected and loved by a god.

These days, Cassandra doesn’t involve herself in the business of gods—in fact, she doesn’t even know they exist. But she could be the key in a war that is only just beginning.

Because Hera, the queen of the gods, has aligned herself with other of the ancient Olympians, who are killing off rivals in an attempt to prolong their own lives. But these anti-gods have become corrupted in their desperation to survive, horrific caricatures of their former glory. Athena will need every advantage she can get, because immortals don’t just flicker out.

Every one of them dies in their own way. Some choke on feathers. Others become monsters. All of them rage against their last breath.

The Goddess War is about to begin.

The 5 Stages of [Book] Grief

Hi.  My name's Dr. Julia, and today I'll be discussing with you all the five stages of book grief.

*Disclaimer: I am definitely not a real doctor.*

Secret Life of a Blogger Tag

Thanks to the lovely Aimee @ Deadly Darlings for tagging me to do the Secret Life of a Book Blogger Tag. This will be fun!

How To Find Time To Blog

People always ask me how I find time to blog. Being a high school student who takes multiple APs, attempts to maintain a good GPA, does lots of extracurriculars, still tries to go to the gym a few times a week and possibly cook, and (if she's lucky) read, it's a wonder that I have time to blog.

Here's the thing. We are all busy people! One important aspect to building a blog is to post consistently, and therefore you must make time to blog. There's no rule like "hey you must blog every. single. day." Nor is there one that says "you can only blog every three days." 

ARC Review ~ Walk on Earth a Stranger

Author: Rae Carson
Series: The Gold Seer Trilogy
Genre: YA Historical Fiction
Page Length: 432 Pages
Publication Date: September 22nd, 2015
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Source: eARC via EW (Thanks Harper!)
Lee Westfall has a secret. She can sense the presence of gold in the world around her. Veins deep beneath the earth, pebbles in the river, nuggets dug up from the forest floor. The buzz of gold means warmth and life and home—until everything is ripped away by a man who wants to control her. Left with nothing, Lee disguises herself as a boy and takes to the trail across the country. Gold was discovered in California, and where else could such a magical girl find herself, find safety? Rae Carson, author of the acclaimed Girl of Fire and Thorns trilogy, dazzles with this new fantasy that subverts both our own history and familiar fantasy tropes.

ARC Review ~ Everything, Everything

Author: Nicola Yoon
Genre: YA Contemporary
Page Length: 320 Pages
Publication Date: September 1st, 2015
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Source: ARC via author (Thank you, Nicola <3)

This innovative, heartfelt debut novel tells the story of a girl who’s literally allergic to the outside world. When a new family moves in next door, she begins a complicated romance that challenges everything she’s ever known. The narrative unfolds via vignettes, diary entries, texts, charts, lists, illustrations, and more.

My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla.

But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He’s tall, lean and wearing all black—black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly.

Maybe we can’t predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster.

Review ~ 5 to 1 by Holly Bodger

Author: Holly Bodger
Genre: YA Dystopia/Poetry
Page Length: 244 pages
Publication Date: May 12, 2015
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Source: Borrowed via library

In the year 2054, after decades of gender selection, India now has a ratio of five boys for every girl, making women an incredibly valuable commodity.  Tired of marrying off their daughters to the highest bidder and determined to finally make marriage fair, the women who form the country of Koyanagar have instituted a series of tests so that every boy has the chance to win a wife.

Sudasa doesn't want to be a wife, and Kiran, a boy forced to compete in the test to become her husband, has other plans as well.  Sudasa's family wants nothing more than for their daughter to do the right thing and pick a husband who will keep her comfortable - and caged.  Kiran's family wants him to escape by failing the tests.  As the tests advance, Sudasa and Kiran thwart each other at every turn until they slowly realize that they just might want the same thing.

This beautiful, unique novel is told from alternating points of view - Sudasa's in verse and Kiran's in prose - allowing readers to experience both characters' pain and their brave struggle for hope.

APCB Adds #2

APCB Adds is a feature where I share my latest Goodreads book additions here to show you what you could be looking forward to.