Why I Love Vampire Academy

When I was in 9th grade, I went through a huge adjustment. High school was incredibly demanding and extremely difficult at first. I had buckets of homework and loads of stress to accompany it. I turned to reading as a comfort, something to help me escape from school's pressures and workload. In September 2012 I discovered the highly popular Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead. I binged the series in under a month. I was so drawn to the hilarious and badass Rose Hathaway. I loved following her narrative. She fought off deadly vampires, fiercely protected her best friend, and held her own against the petty drama at school. The secondary characters are just as lovable, and the romances are so swoony!

Rachel's College Update

Hey friends!

So it's been awhile... I know, complete understatement.

I started my freshman year at Penn State in late August. Immersing myself in a new environment, a new place to call home, was so difficult. I had acute homesickness for a few weeks, but Happy Valley charmed me so completely as did the Penn State community. I've met so many amazing people and I've had some experiences that are just "so college." I can't imagine myself going anywhere else but Penn State. Also our football team is nationally ranked in the Top Ten!! Yes dear readers, I now bleed blue and white like a true Penn Stater. WE ARE!!

Reviews: Afterward and Diplomatic Immunity

Author: Jennifer Mathieu
Series: N/A
Genre: YA Contemporary
Page Length: 320 Pages
Publication Date: September 20, 2016
Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
Source: ARC via Publisher (thanks!)
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When Caroline's little brother is kidnapped, his subsequent rescue leads to the discovery of Ethan, a teenager who has been living with the kidnapper since he was a young child himself. In the aftermath, Caroline can't help but wonder what Ethan knows about everything that happened to her brother, who is not readjusting well to life at home. And although Ethan is desperate for a friend, he can't see Caroline without experiencing a resurgence of traumatic memories. But after the media circus surrounding the kidnappings departs from their small Texas town, both Caroline and Ethan find that they need a friend--and their best option just might be each other.

Review: Consent

Author: Nancy Ohlin
Genre: YA Contemporary
Page Length: 288 Pages
Publication Date: November 10th, 2015
Publisher: Balzer+Bray
Source: eARC via EW (Thanks Simon!)

In this sexy and intriguing novel, an intense—and passionate—bond between a high school senior and her music teacher becomes a public scandal that threatens the reputation of both.

Bea has a secret.

Actually, she has more than one. There’s her dream for the future that she can’t tell anyone—not her father and not even her best friend, Plum.

And now there’s Dane Rossi. Dane is hot, he shares Bea’s love of piano, and he believes in her.

He’s also Bea’s teacher.

When their passion for music crosses into passion for each other, Bea finds herself falling completely for Dane. She’s never felt so wanted, so understood, so known to her core. But the risk of discovery carries unexpected surprises that could shake Bea entirely. Bea must piece together what is and isn’t true about Dane, herself, and the most intense relationship she’s ever experienced in this absorbing novel from Nancy Ohlin, the author of Beauty.

Review: Heartless


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Author: Marissa Meyer
Genre: YA Fantasy
Page Length: 464 Pages
Publication Date: November 8th, 2016
Publisher: Feiwel and Friends
Source: ARC via Publisher (thanks!)
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Long before she was the terror of Wonderland—the infamous Queen of Hearts—she was just a girl who wanted to fall in love.

Long before she was the terror of Wonderland, she was just a girl who wanted to fall in love. Catherine may be one of the most desired girls in Wonderland, and a favorite of the unmarried King of Hearts, but her interests lie elsewhere. A talented baker, all she wants is to open a shop with her best friend. But according to her mother, such a goal is unthinkable for the young woman who could be the next queen.

Then Cath meets Jest, the handsome and mysterious court joker. For the first time, she feels the pull of true attraction. At the risk of offending the king and infuriating her parents, she and Jest enter into an intense, secret courtship. Cath is determined to define her own destiny and fall in love on her terms. But in a land thriving with magic, madness, and monsters, fate has other plans.

In her first stand-alone teen novel, the New York Times-bestselling author dazzles us with a prequel to Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.