Crimson Bound (Review)

Crimson Bound
By: Rosamund Hodge

When Rachelle was fifteen she was good—apprenticed to her aunt and in training to protect her village from dark magic. But she was also reckless— straying from the forest path in search of a way to free her world from the threat of eternal darkness. After an illicit meeting goes dreadfully wrong, Rachelle is forced to make a terrible choice that binds her to the very evil she had hoped to defeat.

Three years later, Rachelle has given her life to serving the realm, fighting deadly creatures in an effort to atone. When the king orders her to guard his son Armand—the man she hates most—Rachelle forces Armand to help her find the legendary sword that might save their world. As the two become unexpected allies, they uncover far-reaching conspiracies, hidden magic, and a love that may be their undoing. In a palace built on unbelievable wealth and dangerous secrets, can Rachelle discover the truth and stop the fall of endless night?

Inspired by the classic fairy tale Little Red Riding Hood, Crimson Bound is an exhilarating tale of darkness, love, and redemption.

This is a standalone novel, not part of the Cruel Beauty Universe.

I Was Here (Review)

I Was Here
By: Gayle Forman

When her best friend Meg drinks a bottle of industrial-strength cleaner alone in a motel room, Cody is understandably shocked and devastated. She and Meg shared everything—so how was there no warning? But when Cody travels to Meg’s college town to pack up the belongings left behind, she discovers that there’s a lot that Meg never told her. About her old roommates, the sort of people Cody never would have met in her dead-end small town in Washington. About Ben McAllister, the boy with a guitar and a sneer, who broke Meg’s heart. And about an encrypted computer file that Cody can’t open—until she does, and suddenly everything Cody thought she knew about her best friend’s death gets thrown into question.

Jesse's Girl (Review)

Jesse's Girl
By: Miranda Kenneally

Everyone at Hundred Oaks High knows that career mentoring day is a joke. So when Maya Henry said she wanted to be a rock star, she never imagined she’d get to shadow *the* Jesse Scott, Nashville’s teen idol.

But spending the day with Jesse is far from a dream come true. He’s as gorgeous as his music, but seeing all that he’s accomplished is just a reminder of everything Maya’s lost: her trust, her boyfriend, their band, and any chance to play the music she craves. Not to mention that Jesse’s pushy and opinionated. He made it on his own, and he thinks Maya’s playing back up to other people’s dreams. Does she have what it takes to follow her heart—and go solo?

The Blog Most Likely To... (Giveaway)

In honor of Huntley Fitzpatrick's My Life Next Door and The Boy Most Likely To, I've been asked by Penguin Teen to help celebrate these books. I'm very glad to because I loved My Life Next Door and have been anxiously waiting for The Boy Most Likely To since it was announced!

Reading a book for the first time is amazing. Almost indescribable. Especially when you really connect with a book. It can be exciting and thrilling and you don't know what's going to happen next. Because you don't know, anything seems possible. I love that feeling.

But what I love more is revising a book that I know and loved. The familiarity of the story and characters. They feel like people you know, like they can be friends – they are friends, after all, you've been through that journey with them. I love how you find something different every time you reread and how meaning shifts as time passes and you go through different phases in your life. It's absolutely wondrous.

To All The Boys I've Loved Before & PS I Still Love You
By: Jenny Han

I know PS I Still Love You recently came out but I've already lost count of how many times I read it. I honestly love both books so much, I didn't think I could love any Jenny Han book more than The Summer Series, but I do. I love Lara Jean and Peter. And Kitty. And Margot. And all the baking. I think I reread it so much because I wasn't unlike Lara Jean when I was growing up and I'm still waiting for my Peter Kavinsky. Also, did I mention Peter?

The Raven Cycle
By: Maggie Stiefvater

I started this series recently and I'm so glad that I did. It's hilarious and unexpectedly swoony. It's an adventure and most of all I love the camaraderie.  It's a slow burn and I love that part of the romance but what I love more is the friendship. It's firecrackery but through it all, even though they fight, you know that they love each other and would do anything for each other. Plus I love the sass. And the assholery.

Anna and the French Kiss & Lola and the Boy Next Door
By: Stephanie Perkins

Maybe it's because the was a big gap between the first two books and the final book in the companion set, but I'm partial to Anna and Lola more so than Isla. Plus I love Etienne St. Claire and Cricket. I love that writing. The setting. The story. And the more I reread it, the more that I love it and I can stop. Plus I don't want to.

In anticipation of the release of The Boy Most Likely To, I'm definitely planning on rereading The Boy Next Door. Hell, I might reread both of Huntley Fitzpatricks books.
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The Fill-In Boyfriend (Review)

The Fill-In Boyfriend
By: Kasie West

When Gia Montgomery's boyfriend, Bradley, dumps her in the parking lot of her high school prom, she has to think fast. After all, she'd been telling her friends about him for months now. This was supposed to be the night she proved he existed. So when she sees a cute guy waiting to pick up his sister, she enlists his help. The task is simple: be her fill-in boyfriend—two hours, zero commitment, a few white lies. After that, she can win back the real Bradley.

The problem is that days after prom, it's not the real Bradley she's thinking about, but the stand-in. The one whose name she doesn't even know. But tracking him down doesn't mean they're done faking a relationship. Gia owes him a favor and his sister intends to see that he collects: his ex-girlfriend's graduation party—three hours, zero commitment, a few white lies.

Just when Gia begins to wonder if she could turn her fake boyfriend into a real one, Bradley comes waltzing back into her life, exposing her lie, and threatening to destroy her friendships and her new-found relationship.

2015 Summer Reads June Giveaway

Thank you everyone who signed up for the challenge. It's going to be a great summer and to kick off the challenge, here's the second giveaway. 

Sorry, it's late but it's up!! You can add all your YA reviews for June anytime you want :)

(also known as the Floridan eternal summer prize)

The Rules:
To enter the giveaway, just link any YA book that you've reviewed in the month of May.
You have from June 1st to June 30th to link your reviews.
Every link counts as an entry.
You have to signed up to the challenge. 
You have to be 13 years or older. 
Winner of giveaway has 24 hours to respond and claim their prize or prize will be forfeited. 
Another winner will be chosen if original winner forfeits their prize. 

The Prize:
Winner's choice of the following novels set in FL:
Paper Towns by John Green
The Probability of Miracles by Wendy Wunder
The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
Where the Stars Still Shine by Trish Doller
ARC of The Devil You Know by Trish Doller. 
Florida inspired swag. 

Between Us and the Moon (Review)

   Between Us and the Moon

By: Rebecca Maizel

Ever since Sarah was born, she’s lived in the shadow of her beautiful older sister, Scarlett. But this summer on Cape Cod, she’s determined to finally grow up. Then she meets gorgeous college boy Andrew. He sees her as the girl she wants to be. A girl who’s older than she is. A girl like Scarlett.

Before she knows what’s happened, one little lie has transformed into something real. And by the end of August, she might have to choose between falling in love, and finding herself.

BEA: 2015 Edition

Another year, another BEA. Prior to this year's event, I actually almost had my shit together. Almost. I found a roommate, two actually. I booked a hotel room, booked a flight, and even made a fucking itinerary. Guys, I had my shit together. It was surprising – even to me.

Then one roommate dropped out. Making the hotel situation iffy at best. So then two parts of my little library paradise was wobbly. The third roommate is what made the hotel situation affordable in the first place. But with wasn't looking too bright. Not to mention that I didn't want the other roommate to panic and split on me because the quote price had dramatically increase, even by New York City standards.

But then, the stars started to align, again. The weekend before BEA, I emailed my roommate, Rebecka, trying to finalize whatever plans. I wanted to cancel the room, even though I was told that I'd had to pay a cancellation fee, and instead book a room via Airbnb. But then Rebecka emailed me back with a great idea. She noticed that the hotel was having a really good e-offer that cut the cost per night down by fifty person. Making the host for the two of us even less than if the original three roommates had split the room. So we cancelled. And we rebooked. So the hotel and roommate saga was finally situated. That meant that I had nothing to really worry about except not miss my flight to NYC.

That first Tuesday, I flew into Newark and took a shuttle into the city. I spent the first day exploring the city hanging out in Time Square and just kind of being a tourist. I planned on going to the Jenny Han book launch but the book that I ordered hadn't arrived and I wasn't really feeling it anymore. Especially since I'd be seeing her later in the summer when she came to Geekycon. I honestly can say though, after seeing all the pictures, that's what's my biggest BEA regret. I wish I had gone. It looked like so much freaking fun.

On Wednesday 
The first official day of BEA. But it also happened to be the same day as Blogger Con, which I also registered for. I never gone to the Blogger Con before and I thought I might as well go this year. It's my first year out of school and working (read: not completely broke) and I honestly wanted some tip to help step up my blogging game. To be honest. It was helpful. But I only really attending the first half of the panels because it conflicted a lot with the BEA things that I wanted to do. But it did make me realize that I didn't want to quit. At least not right now. I had been seriously comtiplating quitting but walking away from BEA, I think at least for the time being, I'm sticking around for a little bit longer. I went to the Blogger Con and it was kind of inspiring. It made me want to step of my blogging creatively but also wanted help expand the bookish scene in my area.

Amy Ewing (Left) and Susan Dennard (Right).

So after lunch, I skipped out and started wondering around Javits. I'm not really one for paying annoying kind of attention, so I walked through the far side of the convention center. And they let me. It wasn't until I started wondering around the floor space that I realized something weird. It was empty. Not completely, but really empty except for publishing people. Then I passed by an entrance and noticed a line waiting. I hadn't realized that I wasn't supposed to be let in yet. But everybody was pretty chill and the people at Little Brown even let me grab a couple of ARCs. Before I knew it though, it was 1 o'clock and they were letting everyone in. Before I could even process it though, there was a stampede of people, rushing towards Macmillan. And I don't know. Before I could even process, I thought, just go with it. And I'm glad that I did because they were stampeding to line up for a ticket for The Truthwitch by Susan Denard, which was highly in demand. And I managed to get a ticket.
Day one book haul. 

Highlight of day:
Signed copy of The White Rose by Amy Ewing
Signed copy of The Truthwitch by Susan Dennard
& I got to hang out with my best friend and eat at Mark.

On Thursday
Even though Wednesday was kind of a half day. It still kind of kicked my ass. I wasn't completely sore but I definitely felt the affects of Wednesday. But I woke up bright and early to go to the Harlequin Teen breakfast. On the plus side: this year I wasn't really late. Just a few minutes and I arrived before anything had actually started. It was really cool. They got me super excited about the books they were presented but even more the books that were coming in the fall. Honestly of the hundred or so books that I read every year, Harlequin Teen books make a minisuicle portion of the books that I read. Very small. They do publish a small amount of books per year, but of what they publish, I don't really read much. But after this breakfast, I honestly do think that's going to change.

Harlequin Teen Breakfast. 

After the breakfast I had a pretty full day ahead of me. I wandered into a line for Passenger by Alexandra Bracken (and she remember me, which a nice surprise). But that took forever, which I expected as the like snaked into nowheresville. But everything that I wanted on Thurday mostly happened in the afternoon. 

Alexandra Bracken

Carolyn Mackler and Margo Rabb. 

Kristin Hubbard.

Marissa Meyer.

Then later that night my roommate Rebecka and I tricked all the way to East Village to hang out with some popular bloggers from Tumblr. They were great and hilarious and we ate at this barbecue joint called Mighty Quinns. From my hotel to the restaurant I fell in love with half a dozen hipsters.

Highlights of the day:
Signed copy of Fairest by Marissa Meyer.
Survived Day Two!!
Had dinner with Maureen and Alissa from Tumblr.

On Friday:
Not going to lie, I was hurting. A whole lot. But I thought I'd brave through it all. Because there were only a few of the high priority books that I hadn't gotten yet. I had most everything. Almost. I went to Javits early. I wanted to snag a ticket of the Meg Cabot signing and it's funny. The line to check in luggage was longer for than the ticketed author signing line. When they finally let us in, I stumbled upon an ARC giveaway for Soundless by Richelle Mead. I wanted it but after the Bloodlines series I didn't know if I was experiencing Richelle fatigue.

The line for Six of Crows (over an hour before it was supposed to start).

Then I rushed over to the Six of Crows signing and even though it was over an hour until it was supposed to start, the line was pretty damn long. I had was one of the first thirty people in line. I heard from various people that there were at least 100 copies available. I don't know how true that was. What I do know, is that not everyone who waited in line, over an hour, did not get a copy because so many people were using there skip-the-line passes. I'm not going to say it's wrong, because I had my own pass (that I used later). But I feel like it's still a tricky situation. Like maybe there should be a cap of how many skip-the-line passes available and how many can be used per autographing line. I was lucky enough to still get a copy but I felt bad for everyone who waited in line almost as long as I did and didn't get a copy.

Leigh Bardugo.

But nevertheless, the I got pretty much everything I wanted except The Mindy Kaling signing. The signing literally ran out three people before me. Which was annoying as fuck. Why? Fun story: I was in line for the In the After signing and I wanted to use my skip the line pass because it was the last day I could and I still hadn't, plus I thought that way I could skip out and head straight over to the Mindy line. But before I could use it, this blogger had to but in and offer her two cents. I don't think she really meant any harm but she was like why use it? Save it for the Meg Cabot line because they weren't going to let anyone line up early for the Mindy line. And like an idiot, I fucking listening. Went against my gut and saved the pass. I had a bad feeling as soon as I walked over to the line. And I had no one to blame except myself for listening to someone else.

Alexandra Bracken, Cammie McGovern, Arron Hartzler.

Meg Cabot.

I got signed copies of Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo, In the Afterlight by Alexandra Bracken, and Royal Wedding by Meg Cabot.
Went to Chinatown with my best friend.
My roommate bought me pie from this place in Brooklyn which might've been the best pie in my life.

Missed the Mindy Kaling Signing. It was heartbreaking because I ignored my gut and in the end it cost me. I really wanted to tell Mindy she was my Beyonce Pad Mindy Pad Thai and never got a chance to tell her.

On Saturday:
Someting in me just really wanted to brave BookCon. Last year was a complete shit show but this year was better. It was organized chaos. I didn't really stay long, just long enough to pop in and catch the Jenny Han, Sarah Dessen and Gayle Forman panel. It was hilarious and heartwarming and I'm glad that I got a chance to go to it.

Gayle Forman, Jenny Han, and Sarah Dessen. 

Then later on in the day I made my way to Long Island to hang with family.

Highlight: BFF panel.

Lowlight: BEA ebay-gate.

I honestly think it was my favorite BEA yet. Everything clicked and just went pretty smoothly and except for the Mindy incident, when I missed out, I wasn't too sad. It just made me happy and appreciative of everything that I did get. I don't know if I'm going to next years event in Chicago, I can't see that far yet, but if this was my last one, I'm really happy with the way everything settled.

If I were to describe this BEA in one word: chill.