Thursday, August 17, 2017

Are you interested in becoming a YA book reviewer?

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Hey guys! I am currently looking to expand my reviewing team. I am looking for 2 qualified reviewers that are okay with making deadlines but also will review the books they read on their own. Please copy and paste the section of text below and follow the instructions if you wish to apply! I am looking for US residents only unless you are international and wish to only review books that you own. 

Hello! So I have had A LOT of interest in the 2 positions I currently have available and I decided to have an interview type process. Below, you will find information areas to fill out. Please complete these questions and attach a copy of a review you have done in an email and send it to Thank you!

1) How many books can you read in a month?
2) Do you have any book related social media accounts right now? A book blog?
3) Why do you want to join my reviewing team?
4) Are you willing to be on a deadline when it comes to certain books needing to be reviewed?
5) Tell me 5 facts about you.

This entire process, on my part, is a big game of trust. I have been blogging for years and have gone through a lot of reviewers. I need to know that I can trust whoever I pick. So there will be a month long probation period where I send you books that are older and monitor your progress just to make sure you aren't in this for the free books. I currently still have 1 reviewer and she has become my best friend. I would like that my team be kind to each other and I would love if we became close. 

The books each month will vary. Sometimes I will give you a choice of what you would like to review but most of the time I will just be sending at random. It will be a mixture of ARC's and Finished Copies. Some from authors/publishers and some from my personal review collection I keep. I will expect at least 4 reviews a month as you will have a certain day of the week for your reviews on the blog. If you read on your own or have your own personal blog I would love to post any new or old reviews you have as long as they are YA. You would be sending me your reviews through email and I will be posting them with a custom rating and signature layout that I make just for you. 

This position is a very serious one as you will be carrying my blogs name around with you. I am trusting that whomever gets the position understands that this is not a game. Yes, it is meant for fun most of the time but there are moments where it must be taken seriously. There are deadlines that must be met and a level of professionalism that must be upheld. Once you are with me for a few months I will give you permission to use my blog when requesting review copies from publishers. But you must let me know what you've requested and if you get approved so I can keep a list. I am pretty well known with the publishers and need to make sure you uphold your promise to review anything you get from them. 

If you have any other questions about the position please feel free to ask away.

Thank you for applying and I will get back you you soon!



Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Author Spotlight: Just a Normal Tuesday by Kim Turriso + Interview

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A graduate of Florida State University, Kim Turrisi began her career in film and television. After a year of on-set production (getting coffee, wrangling actors and taking lunch orders) Kim segued to the development side of the business. First working as a development executive at Columbia-Tri-Star and eventually shepherding many projects in family entertainment for Disney, Viacom and Hallmark.
Kim created and wrote an online web series for which she won a Daytime Emmy. She wrote for ABC Family's webisode series, PRETTY DIRTY SECRETS, an internet companion piece to smash hit PRETTY LITTLE LIARS. 
While she’s always been a voracious reader and writer, she never thought about writing for teens until she immersed herself in the children’s publishing world as the Director of Special Projects for the Society of Book writers and Illustrators. There, reading children’s literature is a big part of her job. 
Her debut Young Adult novel JUST A NORMAL TUESDAY is loosely based on the author's own experience, the debut YA novel follows 16-year-old Kai as she struggles through the emotional aftermath of her sister's suicide. Kai spends a month at grief camp, discovering a roadmap to piecing her broken heart back together.
One of Kim’s favorite parts of the writing process is to create playlists for her characters that she listens to when she writes. When she revises her manuscripts, she’s generally in mismatched plaid and her desk is riddled with junk food. She collects Chuck Taylor’s, Van’s, and has a killer sock collection. 
Born in Hawaii, she credits her love of travel to her life as an Air Force brat moving every two years. When she isn’t writing or reading, she can be found obsessing over her dogs, Riley and Rocco.
Represented by Tricia Lawrence at EMLA
Follow her on Twitter and Instagram @kimmyt22 

Title: Just a Normal Tuesday
Genre: YA Contemporary Mental Health
Author: Kim Turrisi
Publisher: KCP Loft - Kids Can Press
Publication: May 2nd 2017
Cover Rating: 4/5
Just a Normal Tuesday is about suicide. More so about the horrible aftermath that follows a suicide of an older sister. This book shows us just how horribly a family can be destroyed when a loved one is lost in such a tragic and painful way. At times, this book was very hard to read. I have a personal history with suicide and the people I love. I have lost many friends to various forms of suicide and for various reasons. During a time when mental health issues seem to be at a high, this book is very important and I really think everyone should read this.

Our main character is Kai. I find her name to be rather interesting because her parents and sisters names are very, very common. But Kai is a very complex character. Even before the suicide turned her life upside-down, she was interesting. Her best guy friend is her gay ex-boyfriend. She was quirky and just overall an interesting teenager. Then the drugs and drinking came after her sisters suicide and everything spiraled down the drain. She was so angry and self-destructive. Her parents enrolling her in a Grief Camp was definitely the right thing to do. And her friends telling her parents was also the right thing to do and I am glad Kai realized both of these things.

Before reading this book, I had no idea Grief Camps were actually a thing. While, I do have some certain opinions about such a thing, I do think it is a very helpful idea. I do not think Grief Camp is for everyone because every person grieves differently, but with our youth, they tend to react to loss in destructive ways and I think sending them to a camp rather than them getting in trouble with the law or ruining their grades at school. But the bonds these kids formed in this book that helped each other get through their pair was very beautiful. Pain is one of the few things that actually strips us down to the bone and shows who we really are on the inside. 

This book left me with an overall feeling of just wanting to hug the ever loving  crap out of people. Have tissues near by when you read this book. You will more than likely need them a few times. 

In the end, this book was VERY impactful and I really think everyone should pick this up and red it. Also, needless to say, my sister got a lot of random gushy text messages from me while I was reading this book and she may or may not think I've gone insane. But, she thought I was insane prior to reading this book so that is nothing new. 

Overall, I gave the book 4.5/5 stars.

1) How did you become an author?
I've always been a writer but I made the transition to author recently. I work at the Society of Children's Bookwriter's and Illustrators so I'm surrounded by kid lit and talented authors. I fell in love with YA and dove in. I love the solitude that writing brings. My first book was awful and the rejection pile was vast. Just A Normal Tuesday was born when a dear friend and incredibly talented writer,Aaron Hartzler, was brainstorming with me. Honestly, I'm not sure I would have written it if it wasn't for him. 

2) Have any of your characters ever been influenced by someone you know in real life?
All of them in some way. I pick qualities that I love or don't of people I've met and thread them into my characters.

3) Do you have any pets?
I have two dogs, Riley (An Australian Shepard) and Rocco ( A Golden Retriever) along with a god dog, Stormy ( A golden doodle) who visits often.

4) Are you currently working on any other books?
I am. I'm working on a series that I'm in love with and a stand alone with another writer that I'm so excited to see come to life. 

5) What is your favorite book?
I have way too many but my go to is On The Road by Jack Kerouac. Anything Maya Angelou

Monday, August 14, 2017

REVIEW: When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon - 4.5 stars

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Title: When Dimple Met Rishi
Genre: YA Contemporary OwnVoices?
Author: Sandhya Menon
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Publication: May 30th 2017
Cover Rating: 5/5

First, I would like to state that the synopsis for this book is very misleading. It says that Dimple and Rishi both signed up for this summer program before anything was known. That was no the case and it really bothers me that this synopsis is so wrong. But, that aside, this book was so cute. Think Anna and the French Kiss, cute.

I adored Dimple. She was a headstrong young woman and she knew what she wanted in life. I have read so many reviews where people are bashing her for her attitude and her way of thinking and it just annoyed me. Why do people need to fit into a category in order for you to like them? Dimple was amazing from start to finish. Yes, she ended up a little bit changed at the end of the book but, once again, why does she have to fit into some category just to make you happy? I do, however, think that Dimple had a lot of misplaced anger. But once you read further into the book you sort of see where that comes from. When you lead a life of defending yourself or tucking tail and running, it tends to have some form of negative repercussions.

Rishi. Oh man, Rishi. He was... not at all what I was expecting. He was so sweet and funny and smart. I expected him to be all arrogant and uptight. I love the way he stood up for Dimple's honor and none of his actions had any form of ulterior motives. Rishi was a genuinely awesome guy and Dimple is one lucky girl.

Dimple and Rishi ended up forming a friendship in order to win the App contest that their summer program is hosting. This friendship leads to so many beautiful and cute moments that is was hard to NOT fall for both of them. Along with these cute moments these two did the most amazing things for each other. When you love someone you want to make them happy and try to help them achieve their goals. BOTH Dimple and Rishi reached out and did things like this for each other and it was so heartwarming.

Aside from the cute little friendship/romance, this book also contained a good amount of racism. Since there were other kids at this summer program there was bound to be some form of drama. This drama was just horrible. The things the Aberzombies sad to Dimple without thinking twice was unbelievable. They were kids who had their peers and teachers in their fathers pockets so they were beyond privileged. It just sucks that these type of people exist and it sucks even more when there is no one to stand up to them.

In the end, this book was so cute and I was scared it wasn't going to end the way it did. It NEEDED to end the way it did. I am glad egos were pushed aside and both parties finally saw the light of day. I know the end result wasn't what Dimple had planned for her life but life doesn't follow a straight line and sometimes detours are necessary in order to survive and get to our end goal. Yes, that was cryptic as crap in order to avoid spoilers. You can thank me later.

In addition, this book was actually not what I was expecting at all. I was thinking there was going to be some VERY harsh cultural rules and forced marriage but it was nothing like that and I made me happy to see that some parents truly just want their kids to be happy.

Overall, I gave the book 4.5/5 stars.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Author Spotlight: Into the Hurricane by Neil Connelly + Interview

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Before returning to his home state of Pennsylvania, where he teaches at Shippensburg University, Connelly was director of the MFA program at McNeese State University. He has published five books and numerous short stories.

Title: Into the Hurricane
Genre: YA Contemporary-ish
Author: Neil Connelly
Publisher: Arthur A. Levine Books
Publication: June 27th 2017
Cover Rating: 4/5

Hurricanes are one of natures wonders, albeit a deadly one. I have only experienced maybe 5 hurricanes in my entire life. Hurricane Floyd tossed a tree onto my parents brand new cars and we didn't have power for two weeks and everything was flooded, including our basement that ten year old me thought was cool because, hello, indoor swimming pool, right? We lived off of Burger King croissants. Then there was Hurricane Isabel, that hoebag took my basketball hoop and destroyed it. Once again no power for a long time. And then, the last big storm I can remember was Hurricane Sandy. That one left my back yard a swamp and caused a tree to break off and rub the power lines which caused a small fire, which was pretty scary. So, as you can read, hurricanes are nasty. So why would a boy stay when his entire town was evacuated? And why would a girl drive into the storm territory right before it hit? Well, you'll just have to read the book to find out. Or, my review, but hey, read the book, too, okay?

We start off with Max. Her father just died and she made him a promise that she might have to break the law in order to uphold. Okay, might is a lie. She WILL have to break laws. Max is a very angry person. She is extremely volatile towards everything and very reckless

Then we move on to Eli. There is a category 5 hurricane coming and Eli refuses to evacuate for reasons you learn almost immediately. He lost someone very close to him and that has taken its toll on him. Not to mention this person isn't exactly gone.

Max and Eli end up meeting in an old lighthouse right before the hurricane is about to hit. Both have their own reasons for being at that lighthouse it neither wants to share or budge. Then, a group of holy-rollers show up and crap goes down. This leads Max and Eli into the belly of the monster and straight into the mouth of the storm. But Max needs to get something that was stolen whether it means living or dying. Eli goes along because he is just a nice guy with no sense of self preservation.

So, after trying to get her lost possession back, that is where the meat and potatoes of the story really starts and it gets pretty good. They have to try and escape with their lives and it's not as easy as you might thing when crazies and a storm are chasing you.

The only thing that I disliked about the book was the duel perspectives.  Normally I love those types of books but this duel perspective actually switched from first person to third person and it tripped me up a couple times.

In the end, this book was very enjoyable but very different from what I was expecting. I guess I wasn't expecting the whole religious experience/cult insanity. It wasn't bad, don't get me wrong, just wasn't prepared for that level of nutcrackers.

Overall, I gave the book 4/5 stars.

1) What was your inspiration for writing Into the Hurricane?
Between 1993 and 2010, I lived in Louisiana and North Carolina.  During those years, I had to evacuate a half dozen times because of hurricanes. On those cramped highways heading out of town, every now and then I’d see a single car going in the opposite direction, and I always wondered what would compel someone to head into a natural disaster.  That idea incubated a long time till it came to life in the characters in this book.

2) Do you own any pets? If yes, what kind and what are their names?
I live with my wife, our two sons, and a cute white dog named Muffin.  She’s a cockapoo we think (as a rescued dog, we’re not sure).  Muffin likes to keep me company when I write.

3) If you were given the chance to live on Mars, but you could never come back to Earth, would you do it?
While I like the notion of a grand adventure, I think I’ll leave that to my characters.  Besides, I’d miss too many of the things I love, like coffee and air.

4) What are five random facts about you?
1.      I’m the last of ten children.  (8 older sisters!)
2.      I still like playing with Legos.
3.      As a teen, I worked at a comic book shop.
4.      I do yoga (badly, yes).
5.      I still love teaching after 24 years in the classroom.

5) If you could pick any of your characters to bring to life, who would you pick and why?
That’s a hard question.  All of my main characters still have lives, so far as I know.  Like old friends I’ve lost track of, in my mind they have continued to age and change and grow.  But in my first book, there was a character named Nathan Looby who committed suicide.  When I wrote and rewrote that scene, he looked at me with such pleading and desperate eyes.  I guess, if given such a power, I’d bring Nathan to life, mostly because I feel so guilty about killing him in the first place.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

REVIEW: The Secret History of Us by Jessi Kirby - 3.5 stars

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Title: The Secret History of Us
Genre: YA Contemporary
Author: Jessi Kirby
Publisher: HarperTeen
Publication: August 1st 2017
Cover Rating: 3/5

When we are little, we are taught right from wrong, or at least most of us are. It is right to tell someone the truth. It is wrong to make someone believe things that aren't true. The Secret History of Us is a perfect example of right and wrong. 

Liv was in a bad car accident. Her car ended up at the bottom of a body of water and she couldn't get out. Someone saved her, barely. She ends up in the hospital and is in a coma. When she wakes up, everything is different. Her last few years are missing and she doesn't recognize her boyfriend or understand what happened with her other best friend. It's scary but Liv has to figure out how to accept this and go back to living her life. But it's kind of hard to accept things when the people you trust the most are deceiving you.

Matt was a *beep* and a coward. Then we have Paige, Liv's 'best' friend. The fact that she could be in cahoots with Matt and KNEW the horrible truth about him and Liv just makes her scum in my eyes. I have no idea what the two of them were even trying to accomplish aside from Matt getting a fresh start when he screwed everything up. He didn't deserve a second chance let alone a fresh start with Liv. 

We get a good bit of backstory with this book considering Liv is actually, in a sense, living in the past.  One thing I was really hoping to learn was what happened with Walker when him and Liv were younger and how that connects to him seeming like a drifter living on a boat. I feel like his story and their connections were not touched on enough even though it was a pretty large part of the story line. 

In the end, I was pissed that Liv's 'best friend' and 'boyfriend' did what they did to her but I was happy she found her own place in the world and her own happiness without other people trying to tell her who she was. It sure is scary to think that you have no idea who you can trust and who will take advantage of a situation like the one Liv was in. 

Overall, I gave the book 3.5/5 stars.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Upcoming Release: Wicked Like a Wildfire by Lana Popovic - August 15th

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REVIEW: The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman - Valeria

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Goodreads Description:
Sussex, England. A middle-aged man returns to his childhood home to attend a funeral. Although the house he lived in is long gone, he is drawn to the farm at the end of the road, where, when he was seven, he encountered a most remarkable girl, Lettie Hempstock, and her mother and grandmother. He hasn't thought of Lettie in decades, and yet as he sits by the pond (a pond that she'd claimed was an ocean) behind the ramshackle old farmhouse, the unremembered past comes flooding back. And it is a past too strange, too frightening, too dangerous to have happened to anyone, let alone a small boy.

Forty years earlier, a man committed suicide in a stolen car at this farm at the end of the road. Like a fuse on a firework, his death lit a touchpaper and resonated in unimaginable ways. The darkness was unleashed, something scary and thoroughly incomprehensible to a little boy. And Lettie—magical, comforting, wise beyond her years—promised to protect him, no matter what.

A groundbreaking work from a master, The Ocean at the End of the Lane is told with a rare understanding of all that makes us human, and shows the power of stories to reveal and shelter us from the darkness inside and out. It is a stirring, terrifying, and elegiac fable as delicate as a butterfly's wing and as menacing as a knife in the dark.

The book reminded me a bit of Coraline in the aspect of creepiness surrounding kids. Not kid s themselves but things happening to them.

The things happening him as child were just so harsh but that is just the reality of things at times, and THAT is what pissed me off, that some parents would actually do things like that. The story could be a bit hard to follow at times and I don't know if this was because as a young kid he couldn't understand them himself or if this had to do with the writing in the book itself. This was my first Neil Gaiman book so I have nothing to compare it to yet, there is a long waiting list for his books so I will have to get back to you all on that. 
After a while I had actually forgot that there was a present and that there was a funeral which added to my confusion. 
The book was creepy in the part that this is a fear targeted more towards adults, things that if kids read it they wouldnt be as creeped out by it as we would be. Like Coraline, which by the way is also written by Gaiman, its has the aspect of your family not being your family, and as soon as you don't accept that, shit will go wrong.

Recommend it?
Yeah, it was enjoyable, a tad creepy and even though I was a tad confused at like 3 parts of the book, I still really dug it

Monday, August 7, 2017

Upcoming Release: Little And Lion by Brandy Colbert - August 8th 2017

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Friday, August 4, 2017

Author Spotlight: Love is Both Wave and Particle by Paul Cody + Interview

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Paul Cody was born in Newton, Massachusetts, graduated from Newton North High School, and from the University of Massachusetts at Boston, Magna Cum Laude, With Distinction in English, and Senior Honors in Creative Writing. He worked at the Perkins School for the Blind for three years, and earned an M.F.A. from Cornell University, where he was twice co-winner of the Arthur Lynn Prize in Fiction. He has received grants from the New York Foundation for the Arts, the Saltonstall Foundation, and was awarded a Stegner Fellowship by Stanford University (declined). He has worked as a housepainter, teacher, editor and journalist, was associate editor and staff writer at Cornell Magazine, where he twice won CASE awards for articles; and has taught at Cornell, Ithaca College, Hobart and William Smith Colleges and the Colgate Writing Seminars, and in Auburn Prison. His four published novels include The Stolen Child (Baskerville, 1995), Eyes Like Mine(Baskerville, 1996), So Far Gone (Picador USA, 1998), Shooting the Heart (Viking, 2004), and the forthcoming Love Is Both Wave and Particle (Roaring Brook, 2017), as well as a memoir, The Last Next Time (Irving Place Editions, 2013). His work has appeared in various periodicals, including Harper’s, Epoch, The Quarterly, Story, the Boston Globe Magazine, and Cornell Magazine, and he has appeared on Voice of America as a Critic’s Choice. He lives with his wife and two sons in Ithaca, New York.

Title: Love is Both Wave and Particle
Genre: YA Intellectual Contemporary
Author: Paul Cody
Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
Publication: August 1st 2017
Cover Rating: 4/5

If the title didn't give it away, Love is Both Wave and Particle is one of those intellectual Young Adult contemporary reads that you don't come across too often.

Normally, in my reviews, I will start by telling my readers who the main character is, whether I liked them and then move on to side characters until I get to the plot. This review is going to start off with me telling you about the setting of the book. The book takes place, for the majority, in and around this school in Ithaca, NY, that has been deemed The Clock School. This school is for special needs students who are intellectually gifted. And, in this case, special needs means kids that can be categorized within the DSM-5(The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. Basically, kids that are crazy smart. Get it?

Now, on to the characters. We have Levon and Sam. These two are paired up to do this extremely interesting year long school project. Basically, you document your daily life, I guess like a journal, and then share it with your partner. Problem is, neither of them are very social. So getting this project done was bound to have some interesting turn of events. I liked both of the characters. Sam was a tad prickly at first but after a bit it seemed to settle down or maybe she just grew on me. 

On top of this project, people who know Levon and Sam are asked to submit letters just saying how they know them, where they met, and giving their insight to their lives. So, an outsider looking in opinion. I found this to be entirely fascinating. I really loved the letter from Sam's roommate at the mental hospital. 

So, these two end up spending a lot of time together doing this project which leads to some form of romance. I love how the book is showing us a love story from such a different point of view. It is showing us just how much that love story can alter someones life, hopefully for the better. But, aside from the project and this love story there are some pretty deep and hard topics in this book that make you wonder who you can truly trust at all times. 

In the end, this book found its way into my heart and onto my favorites shelf. Not everyone will like this book. Hell, most people I know would probably get bored after the first few pages. But if you want a book that makes you stop and wonder, then this is the book for you.

Overall, I gave the book 4.5/5 stars.

1. What/who is your favorite book/author?
My favorite authors among so-called adult writers are Shakespeare, Henry James and James Joyce. Among young adult writers, I’m a big fan of Madeleine L’Engle, A Wrinkle in Time; Katherine Paterson’s A Bridge to Terabithia; and recently, Rebecca Stead’s When You Reach Me.

2. What was the inspiration behind Love is Both Wave and Particle?
I’ve always been drawn to odd or eccentric characters, who seem hard to figure out. When I sat down to write Love Is Both Wave and Particle, I wanted to take two kids, Levon and Sam, who had been stuck with various psychiatric labels, throw them together, and see how they might influence and possibly change each other.

3. If you had to choose between never writing again or never reading again, which would you pick and why?
The choice between never reading again or never writing again is almost diabolically difficult. I guess I’d have to give up reading, because the need to write for me is so huge, so fundamental, that it’s unbearable to consider. It’s how I know both myself and the world. But thereto, I’d almost rather give up eating than give up reading.

4. Why did you choose to to write Young Adult books? And what do you think the importance of Young Adult books is/are?
I didn’t realize I was writing a Y/A book when I wrote Love Is Both Wave and Particle. I thought I was writing a book with teenagers as my main characters. But my agent sold it as a Y/A book, and I like the idea of having an audience of young people. Teens are so bright and alive, and full of possibility; they’re on the cusp of adulthood. And for those same reasons, Y/A books seem crucial as an aid to teens, struggling through those incredibly difficult adolescent years.
They can provide solace and guidance and light on that painful journey.

5. Are you currently working on any new books?
I’m currently working on two novels: one about a girl whose mother died of cancer, and who’s trying to get through her teen years, dealing with grief, and trying hard to just grow up. The second book is a murder/mystery for adults, though much of the book is set among high school students. More than the question of who-done- it, I’m far more interested in what this crime does to the community, and the people in the community—parents, teachers, students, friends of the victim. — I’ve finished drafts of both books, and I currently revising the books, one at a time.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

REVIEW: Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl - Valeria

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Goodreads Description:
Lena Duchannes is unlike anyone the small Southern town of Gatlin has ever seen, and she's struggling to conceal her power, and a curse that has haunted her family for generations. But even within the overgrown gardens, murky swamps and crumbling graveyards of the forgotten South, a secret cannot stay hidden forever.

Ethan Wate, who has been counting the months until he can escape from Gatlin, is haunted by dreams of a beautiful girl he has never met. When Lena moves into the town's oldest and most infamous plantation, Ethan is inexplicably drawn to her and determined to uncover the connection between them.

In a town with no surprises, one secret could change everything.

So when the movie came out, I was all about reading the book first, to know what to expect. Which now a days if you have come across both you know that they are different.
Back then, the book was interesting enough to me but still not worth it enough to finish it. It was totally one of the first books that I bought for myself besides Twilight. And even then, my mom bought me Twilight after I asked for it. 

I have ALWAYS wanted to read this series but have never given myself the time to sit and actually get to it and even now, I went the audiobook route. I loved the audiobook, the extra effects that they add personally made the book a lot better when it came to feeling the things that Ethan felt, and saw and made it easier to understand, particularly when it came to the flashbacks and dreams, since the tone was different, it added the creepiness that it really should be. 
It made the experience really enjoyable.

Something I have always wondered is HOW in the world are teens in books and movies able to not just sneak in and out but sneak other people into their rooms and not get caught. Like HOW the living heck!
But that's not relevant
But seriously, someone tell me. 
Anyways, i devoured the book this time around, I thought that the book was simply enjoyable but no, I found myself going through 80% of the book in a single day and would've continued onwards if I wasn't so upset while studying for my calc test.
I would go ahead and rant on calc cuz it destroyed my life but what is the point. 
I can see why people love this series so much, I grew to care so much for the characters, for all of them really and I can't even place what it was about it that just drew me so much. 
I am such a fan now, if I didn't have a life changing test coming up.
The story was entertaining and so was the ending, the ending left with with a sense of satisfaction but knowing that there is more, I am more than eager to devour the world and know all about everyone in it. 

Recommend it?
Yes. I do, I really do.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Upcoming Release: The Hearts We Sold by Emily Lloyd - August 8th

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Author Spotlight: The Woods by Chelsea Bobulski + Interview - OUT TODAY!!

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CHELSEA BUBOLSKI is the author of THE WOOD (August 1, 2017; Macmillan/Feiwel & Friends), a thrilling YA debut in which a high school student’s father goes missing in the woods they protect and she must seek the truth in what happened, why the wood is changing, and what it all has to do with the arrival of a mysterious stranger. Chelsea was born in Columbus, Ohio, graduated from Ohio State University and now lives in Northwest Ohio with her husband, daughter and German Shepherd/Lab mix. You can visit her at

Title: The Wood
Genre: YA Contemporary-Fantasy-ish
Author: Chelsea Bobulski
Publisher: Feiwel and Friends
Publication: August 1st 2017
Cover Rating: 5/5

The Wood is one of those here and now books with a whole paranormal other world thrown into the mix. Chelsea Bobulski wove such a beautiful story around an intricately build world. When the book ended, I wanted more of that world. Sadly, this book is a standalone novel but at least I have the ability to reread it as many times as I want. If you have read and enjoyed The Archived by Victoria Schwab, just add a tiny bit of Harry Potter Deatheaters into the mix, and you've got yourself a book you are bound to enjoy.

Winter is our main character. Her name is pretty awesome and I think it fits her personality. There is no way this girl could ever be a Sarah or a Ashley.

Winter is a guardian for The Wood, a realm of thresholds where people from all over the world and all over the past, present and future accidentally find themselves if they stumble upon the wrong area. It is Winters job to make sure these people find their way back home safely. These people are called Travelers and if they end up going back through the wrong threshold they would end up in a different time and place and that could possibly alter the entire world. So Winter is tasked with making sure that never happens.

The job is passed down through a family line. Winters father was the guardian before her and would still be the current guardian if it wasn't for one tiny thing. He kind of went missing one morning while he was on patrol. That left Winter, fairly young at the time, with the title of guardian weighing on her shoulders.

So there are the Guardians, who are human, The Old Ones, who are immortal and watch over the Guardians, and then you have the council which is basically just Old Ones who are older and wiser. Together, this group of individuals make up the people who guard and protect The Wood. But, somewhere among all of them, there are traitors who don't like the way things work and want to take it all for themselves.

Enter Henry. Because of this disturbance in the force(sorry, couldn't help myself), Henry's parents have gone missing and he crosses over thresholds in search of them. Henry meets Winter and after some smoother talking convinces her to help him. Did I mention Henry is probably 300 years old in Winters time?

Together, they find out what is going wrong with The Wood and go in search of answers. They don't really go anywhere besides The Wood, and a weird high school bonfire, but I was entirely okay with that. I enjoyed the book having a straightforward path with no stupid side issues or filler. The pair spends most of their time hunting down a journal and scouring other journals looking for answers to why The Wood is changing and becoming malevolent.

Once Winter and Henry have figured everything out there is a big fight between the good guys and the bad guys. Someone extremely close to Winter ends up being a horrible person and Henry has to go home, leaving both him and Winter very sad. Maybe they will be able to see each other again some day. Maybe they won't.

The book teaches you that those little 'what if's' can be extremely dangerous. That is what ended up pushing so many people to form new allegiances. But, tell me why, this book left me with so many what ifs. You would think I'd have learned my lesson. Especially when the book had me leaking tears at the end. Over two little words. Ugh. Is ugh even a word? Can I even use it in a review? Well, I'm using it. Ugh. That is how this book left me feeling.

In the end, I loved this book so much. It wasn't this massive tome with an adventure story to rival all adventure stories. It was just a simple story that was written very well and captured my heart.

Overall, I gave the book 4.5/5 stars. 

1) What inspired you to write The Wood?
THE WOOD is different from any other book I’ve ever written in that I wrote the first fifty pages completely free-writing, without any plotting or much thinking about it beforehand. Winter’s voice came to me out of the blue and just started telling me her story. I wasn’t sure at the time if it was going to be an Actual Book, but after a grueling revision of a previous manuscript, I needed to remember why I loved writing in the first place, so I went with it. Fifty pages in, I realized Winter’s story was nowhere near finished, and that I better actually start plotting things out before I completely lost track of what was going on. Other than the inclusion of a couple new scenes, those fifty pages have not changed at all in the final book from those free-writing sessions. So, unlike other projects I’ve worked on, there wasn’t so much one specific thing that inspired me to write THE WOOD; rather, it was as if everything I’ve ever loved and lived and felt blended together in my subconscious and became Winter’s story.

2) Do you prefer ebooks or physical books? Why?
Definitely physical books! I just love the feeling of a physical book in my hands, and the smell of books. Can we talk about how amazing that smell is? It just gives me all the good feelings. However, having said that, ebooks do come in handy in the middle of the night when your husband is sleeping and doesn’t want you turning on the light to read, or when you’re on vacation and your baby is sleeping in the same room with you and also would not be happy if you turned on a light to read. Other than that though, it’s physical books for me all the way.

3) If you could bring one fictional character to life from any book, who would you pick and why?
This is such a tough question!!! Would it be super cheesy to say my own main character, Winter? I would just love to actually walk through the wood with her, to see the magic and the mystery of it firsthand. Plus, I just think she has such an interesting life ahead of her, and it would be really cool to see what she would do.

4) Are you currently working on any new books?
I do have a few projects I’m currently working on, a couple YA and a couple MG, but nothing I can officially announce right now in terms of publication. ;)

5) What are 5 random facts about you or your book?​
(1) I always spill something on myself at parties. Always. And yes, it is as embarrassing as it sounds.

(2) I am a chocolate fiend. Don’t ruin my chocolate by putting something else in it. Just pour some more chocolate on top of my chocolate.

(3) I Love Lucy is one of my favorite shows of all-time, to the point where I’ve visited Lucille Ball’s hometown and museum several times (totally recommend it!).

(4) I am a HUGE college football fan. It’s one of the major reasons autumn is my favorite season (along with the leaves changing colors and Halloween and pumpkin-flavored everything). If it’s game day, you will find me in front of a TV, screaming at some refs. Guaranteed.

(5) Playing the Hamilton soundtrack is the only thing that would calm my baby girl down when she was a newborn, and I still dance to it with her in the kitchen almost every night.

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