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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Now and Forever (Review)

Now and Forever
By: Susane Colansanti

What if your boyfriend was the world's biggest rockstar?

Sterling is crazy in love with Ethan. Not only is he the sweetest boy she's ever met, but he's an incredibly talented guitarist, singer, and songwriter. And since forever, he's believed he has what it takes to be a star.

When Ethan becomes an overnight sensation, he's thrown head-first into the glam world of celebrity-and so is Sterling. Before she knows it, she's attending red-carpet premieres, getting free designer clothes, and flying around the country to attend Ethan's monumental sold-out concerts.

It's a dream come true...but whose dream is Sterling living? And what do you do when "forever" comes to an end?

Friday, July 25, 2014

Say What You Will (Review)

Say What You Will
By: Cammie McGovern

Born with cerebral palsy, Amy can't walk without a walker, talk without a voice box, or even fully control her facial expressions. Plagued by obsessive-compulsive disorder, Matthew is consumed with repeated thoughts, neurotic rituals, and crippling fear. Both in desperate need of someone to help them reach out to the world, Amy and Matthew are more alike than either ever realized.

When Amy decides to hire student aides to help her in her senior year at Coral Hills High School, these two teens are thrust into each other's lives. As they begin to spend time with each other, what started as a blossoming friendship eventually grows into something neither expected.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Let's Get Lost (Review)

Let's Get Lost
By: Adi Alsaid

Five strangers. Countless adventures. One epic way to get lost. 

Four teens across the country have only one thing in common: a girl named LEILA. She crashes into their lives in her absurdly red car at the moment they need someone the most. 

There's HUDSON, a small-town mechanic who is willing to throw away his dreams for true love. And BREE, a runaway who seizes every Tuesday—and a few stolen goods along the way. ELLIOT believes in happy endings…until his own life goes off-script. And SONIA worries that when she lost her boyfriend, she also lost the ability to love. 

Hudson, Bree, Elliot and Sonia find a friend in Leila. And when Leila leaves them, their lives are forever changed. But it is during Leila's own 4,268-mile journey that she discovers the most important truth— sometimes, what you need most is right where you started. And maybe the only way to find what you're looking for is to get lost along the way.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Waiting (Review)

By: Carol Lynch Williams

Growing up in Africa and Latin America as the children of missionaries, London and Zach were as close as could be. And then Zach dies, and the family is gutted. London’s father is distant. Her mother won’t speak. The days are filled with what-ifs and whispers: Did Zach take his own life? Was it London’s fault?

Alone and adrift, London finds herself torn between her brother’s best friend and the handsome new boy in town as she struggles to find herself—and ultimately redemption—in this authentic and affecting novel from award-winning novelist Carol Lynch Williams.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Blog Tour: Breathe, Annie, Breathe (Review)

Breathe, Annie, Breathe
By: Miranda Kenneally 

Annie hates running. No matter how far she jogs, she can’t escape the guilt that if she hadn’t broken up with Kyle, he might still be alive. So to honor his memory, she starts preparing for the marathon he intended to race.

But the training is even more grueling than Annie could have imagined. Despite her coaching, she’s at war with her body, her mind—and her heart. With every mile that athletic Jeremiah cheers her on, she grows more conflicted. She wants to run into his arms…and sprint in the opposite direction. For Annie, opening up to love again may be even more of a challenge than crossing the finish line.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Anna and the French Kiss & Lola and the Boy Next Door Read Along

Hey guys! So Isla and the Happily Ever After is just so close and to celebrate I'm hosting a ReadAlong of Anna and the French Kiss & Lola and the Boy Next Door!

Step 1: Find a copy!
It doesn't matter if you've already read Anna and the French Kiss & Lola and the Boy Next Door or not. You still can participate! Just grab a copy. You can already own, borrow from the library, or borrow from a friend – just (legally) get your hands on a copy.

Step 2: Follow Along
We're going to try to read each book in 6 day. If you're a fast reader or a slow reader, it doesn't matter. The schedule below is just a guideline.

Step 3: #AnnaLolaIsla
Participate via social media! Let's try to take over the internet and track your progress at the same time! If you also want to submit any fan art or photography, use the hashtag. 
Whether it's twitter, tumblr, Instagram or any other social media platform.

Step 4: Win
By using the hashtag above you'll automatically be entered to win a prize. There'll still be more goodies to be won if you participate in the twitter chat on August 13! & Trust me, you're going to want to win ;)

That's a chance for you to win a copy of Anna, Lola, or Isla :) 

(if you click the picture it will enlarge the readalong schedule). 

All you have to do is sign up on the linky list below! Anyone anywhere can participate. It's just a way for all of us, fans of Stephanie Perkins, can join together and wait for Isla!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Strange and Ever After

Strange and Ever After
By: Susan Dennard

In the conclusion to the trilogy that Publishers Weekly called “a roaring—and addictive—gothic world,” Eleanor Fitt must control her growing power, face her feelings for Daniel, and confront the evil necromancer Marcus...all before it’s too late.

 He took her brother, he took her mother, and now, Marcus has taken her good friend Jie. With more determination than ever to bring this sinister man to justice, Eleanor heads to the hot desert streets of nineteenth-century Egypt in hopes of ending this nightmare. But in addition to her increasingly tense relationships with Daniel, Joseph, and her demon, Oliver, Eleanor must also deal with her former friend, Allison, who has curiously entangled herself in Eleanor’s mission. 

 With the rising dead chomping at her every move and Jie’s life hanging in the balance, Eleanor is convinced that her black magic will see her through to the bitter end. But there will be a price. Though she and the Spirit Hunters have weathered every battle thus far, there will be consequences to suffer this time—the effects of which will be irreversible. And when it’s over, only some will be able to live a strange and ever after.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Behind the Scenes (Review)

Behind the Scenes
By: Dahlia Adler

High school senior Ally Duncan's best friend may be the Vanessa Park - star of TV's hottest new teen drama - but Ally's not interested in following in her BFF's Hollywood footsteps. In fact, the only thing Ally’s ever really wanted is to go to Columbia and study abroad in Paris. But when her father's mounting medical bills threaten to stop her dream in its tracks, Ally nabs a position as Van's on-set assistant to get the cash she needs.

Spending the extra time with Van turns out to be fun, and getting to know her sexy co-star Liam is an added bonus. But when the actors’ publicist arranges for Van and Liam to “date” for the tabloids just after he and Ally share their first kiss, Ally will have to decide exactly what role she's capable of playing in their world of make believe. If she can't play by Hollywood's rules, she may lose her best friend, her dream future, and her first shot at love.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Long Ass Book Titles, Why?!? - Discussion Post

I recently noticed that some YA titles have gotten pretty long. In my opinion, ridiculously long. So long, in fact, I have to give them nicknames. Which, when you think about it, isn't that big of a deal, except, what's the point of this ridiculously long names? 

Maybe it's supposed to be cute, quirky and or clever. But is it really when I can't even remember the entire title? I'll admit, maybe it's just me. I was going over this in my head and I was trying to figure out the fine line for me.

 How many words is enough? Personally, I think five. 

For me that's the golden number: The Fault in Our Stars. The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer. House of Ivy and Sorrow. Prisoner of Night and Fog. The Things You Kiss Goodbye. What I Thought Was True. The Museum of Intangible Things.

You get the point. I find all those titles pretty easy to remember. It's when the titles get past the five words, is when my memory starts getting dicey.

Broken Hearts, Fences, and Other Things to Mend. Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. To All the Boys I've Loved Before. The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight. 

I've noticed that I have trouble remembering the names of books with a really long title unless I give then nicknames. Which is why I shorten Broken Hearts, Fences, and Other Things to Mend to Broken Hearts. Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children to Miss Peregrine's

I'm guess my point is why have such unusually long titles? Maybe readers are supposed to remember the book, not so much the name? But that doesn't make sense to me. If I like it, how am I supposed to spread it through word of mouth, when I can barely remember the name of the book? 

Not to mention when I'm trying to type, tumbl, or tweet about the book. I usually resort to acronyms. TATBILB, ftw! I loved TSPoLaFS. 

Is it just me or do you feel this way too? Also, I challenge you to find a YA title that's longer than The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight. I challenge you. 

Not to mention when I'm trying to type, tumbl, or tweet about the book. I usually resort to acronyms. TATBILB, ftw! I loved TSPoLaFS.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Prisoner of Night and Fog

Prisoner of Night and Fog
By: Anne Blankman

In 1930s Munich, danger lurks behind dark corners, and secrets are buried deep within the city. But Gretchen Müller, who grew up in the National Socialist Party under the wing of her "uncle" Dolf, has been shielded from that side of society ever since her father traded his life for Dolf's, and Gretchen is his favorite, his pet.

Uncle Dolf is none other than Adolf Hitler. And Gretchen follows his every command.

Until she meets a fearless and handsome young Jewish reporter named Daniel Cohen. Gretchen should despise Daniel, yet she can't stop herself from listening to his story: that her father, the adored Nazi martyr, was actually murdered by an unknown comrade. She also can't help the fierce attraction brewing between them, despite everything she's been taught to believe about Jews.

As Gretchen investigates the very people she's always considered friends, she must decide where her loyalties lie. Will she choose the safety of her former life as a Nazi darling, or will she dare to dig up the truth—even if it could get her and Daniel killed?

From debut author Anne Blankman comes this harrowing and evocative story about an ordinary girl faced with the extraordinary decision to give up everything she's ever believed . . . and to trust her own heart instead.

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