31.5.16

ARC REVIEW: IVORY & BONE by Julie Eshbaugh

IVORY & BONE

Author: Julie Eshbaugh
Series: Ivory & Bone #1
Source: ARC via the Publisher
Publisher: HarperTeen
Publication Date: June 14, 2016
Rating: 4/5 stars

Summary:
A prehistoric fantasy—with allusions to Pride and Prejudice.

Hunting, gathering, and keeping his family safe—that’s the life seventeen-year-old Kol knows. Then bold, enigmatic Mya arrives from the south with her family, and Kol is captivated. He wants her to like and trust him, but any hopes of impressing her are ruined when he makes a careless—and nearly grave—mistake. However, there’s something more to Mya’s cool disdain…a history wrought with loss that comes to light when another clan arrives. With them is Lo, an enemy from Mya’s past who Mya swears has ulterior motives.

As Kol gets to know Lo, tensions between Mya and Lo escalate until violence erupts. Faced with shattering losses, Kol is forced to question every person he’s trusted. One thing is for sure: this was a war that Mya or Lo—Kol doesn’t know which—had been planning all along.
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Amazon | Chapters | TBD
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I really enjoyed this one. It took a bit to get used to the writing since it's basically a novel of someone telling you a story about yourself that you should know from their perspective but it was really good once you did get used to it. I found myself quite enjoying it and unable to put it down. I was reading in the bath and ended up refilling my water a couple times instead of getting out so I could continue reading.

30.5.16

ARC REVIEW: TITANS by Victoria Scott

TITANS

Author: Victoria Scott
Source: Traded for an ARC
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Publication Date: February 23, 2016
Rating: 3/5 stars

Summary:
Ever since the Titans first appeared in her Detroit neighborhood, Astrid Sullivan’s world has revolved around the mechanical horses. She and her best friend have spent countless hours watching them and their jockeys practice on the track. It’s not just the thrill of the race. It’s the engineering of the horses and the way they’re programmed to seem so lifelike. The Titans are everything that fascinates Astrid, and nothing she’ll ever touch.

She hates them a little, too. Her dad lost everything betting on the Titans. And the races are a reminder of the gap between the rich jockeys who can afford the expensive machines to ride, and the working class friends and neighbors of Astrid’s who wager on them.

But when Astrid’s offered a chance to enter an early model Titan in this year’s derby, well, she decides to risk it all. Because for a girl from the wrong side of the tracks, it’s more than a chance at fame or money. Betting on herself is the only way she can see to hang on to everyone in the world she cares about.
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Disclaimer: I read an ARC of this that I traded with Aly!

Okay so I really enjoyed this one. I thought it was a good mix of action and familial relationships and there was no unnecessary romance which was a huge plus for me. BUT I couldn't help but compare it to The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater and because of that it, it was lacking something for me.

28.5.16

#ReadProud TBR!

http://julia-ember.com/readproud-reading-challenge/
Julia Ember, author of UNICORN TRACKS, put together a readalong/reading challenge for June, Pride Month, called #ReadProud. There are different categories and you can win prizes by participating! Check out the initial post here! I have decided to double up and read 16 books: 2 from each category. This starts tomorrow and runs until the end of June, so you have plenty of time to participate!

I'll just be linking them below and you can click on the book cover to learn more about the books! Please note that my books are not in order of challenge week/date and just in order that I have them in a list for myself lol Sorry if there is any confusion!

#ReadProud TBR

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25689042-the-art-of-being-normalhttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/27220352-jerkbaithttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/24790901-the-abyss-surrounds-ushttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25331997-saving-montgomery-sole
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17900792-not-otherwise-specifiedhttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23228.Boy_Meets_Boyhttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18367581-afterworldshttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/27158835-you-know-me-well
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18369509-the-second-mangohttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22857416-off-campushttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22701480-the-understatement-of-the-yearhttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/26156987-if-i-was-your-girl
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/12477984-marco-impossiblehttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/21521965-starring-kittyhttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25223500-out-on-good-behaviorhttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/14741571-you-set-me-on-fire

25.5.16

ARC REVIEW: THE WAY TO GAME THE WALK OF SHAME by Jenn P. Nguyen

THE WAY TO GAME THE WALK OF SHAME

Author: Jenn P. Nguyen
Source: eARC via the Publisher
Publisher: Swoon Reads
Publication Date: June 7, 2016
Rating: 4.5/5 stars

Summary:
Taylor Simmons is screwed.

Things were hard enough when her single-minded dedication to her studies earned her the reputation of being an Ice Queen, but after getting drunk at a party and waking up next to bad boy surfer Evan McKinley, the entire school seems intent on tearing Taylor down with mockery and gossip.

Desperate to salvage her reputation, Taylor persuades Evan to pretend they’re in a serious romantic relationship. After all, it’s better to be the girl who tames the wild surfer than just another notch on his surfboard.
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Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

That was so cute! I love love love the fake relationship trope but I think this one was one of the best I've read. It felt so natural and I liked that neither of them were really stereotypes. Sure, Taylor was a Good Girl but she was also catty and a bit rude to people. But she was driven and determined to succeed. And yes, Evan was a Player but he also had dreams of his own, he just needed a bit of a push to get there. I was rooting for them the whole time and if you read this one you will definitely fall in love with their love.

24.5.16

BLOG TOUR: THE ONLY THING WORSE THAN ME THAN YOU by Lily Anderson \\ Guest Post

Hello and welcome to my blog tour stop for

THE ONLY THING WORSE THAN ME IS YOU by Lily Anderson!

I have a Guest Post by the author, Lily Anderson, for you that includes Trixie's Pull List and how she determine her cosplay costumes! Last week, I reviewed the book on Queen of the Bookshelves, which I loved! So let's learn more about the book...


THE ONLY THING WORSE THAN ME IS YOU

Author: Lily Anderson
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Publication Date: May 17, 2016

Summary:
Trixie Watson has two very important goals for senior year: to finally save enough to buy the set of Doctor Who figurines at the local comic books store, and to place third in her class and knock Ben West--and his horrendous new mustache that he spent all summer growing--down to number four.

Trixie will do anything to get her name ranked over Ben's, including give up sleep and comic books--well, maybe not comic books--but definitely sleep. After all, the war of Watson v. West is as vicious as the Doctor v. Daleks and Browncoats v. Alliance combined, and it goes all the way back to the infamous monkey bars incident in the first grade. Over a decade later, it's time to declare a champion once and for all.

The war is Trixie's for the winning, until her best friend starts dating Ben's best friend and the two are unceremoniously dumped together and told to play nice. Finding common ground is odious and tooth-pullingly-painful, but Trixie and Ben's cautious truce slowly transforms into a fandom-based tentative friendship. When Trixie's best friend gets expelled for cheating and Trixie cries foul play, however, they have to choose who to believe and which side they're on--and they might not pick the same side.
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Trixie's Cosplay Guide

Because Trixie attends such a rigorous and competitive school, she really only has one day a year that she can go all out and dress up in costume—the annual Messina Academy Harvest Festival. She spends months digging through Pinterest boards and convention cosplay photos for inspiration before hunting through thrift stores and fabric stores for the perfect building materials.

20.5.16

#EventRecap: The Raven King Tour with MAGGIE STIEFVATER + #GIVEAWAY


GUYS! I MET MAGGIE STIEFVATER AND IT WAS GLORIOUS. Also, I like maybe got an extra book signed and an extra book hugger signed for you to have so learn more about what happened at the event for me & then enter to win!!


Pre-Event Jitters: Late-April to Thursday, May 12, 2016


As soon as I found out that Maggie Stiefvater was going on tour, I was excited! I had been to the Barnes & Noble Livonia before for the Tor Authors Event (with Susan Dennard and Victoria Schwab) so I knew where I was going and that I would get to see the Michigan bloggers again which was half the point of the trip! I was super nervous though because HOLY CRAP MAGGIE STIEFVATER. But I had my hotel book right away (like the night I found out, I booked a hotel room) and I made plans to go, so I was very excited.

On the Thursday before the event, I found out it was wristband-ed, which put a damper on my soul because OMG WHAT IF I DON'T GET A WRISTBAND AND DON'T GET TO MEET MAGGIE. The store assured me that everyone would get their book signed but I was taking no chances, so I upped my plans and left Sunday night after work instead of Monday morning so I could get there right for 9am to get my wristband.



The Drive There: Sunday, May 15, 2016

When I went to Michigan in January, it didn't snow, so the karma gods said "LOL NOW IT SHALL SNOW IN MAY!!" Thankfully it wasn't too heavy or bad but I was driving at night time so when we got to Livonia, it was 11pm. And there was construction so the GPS was taking us in circles but we finally found the hotel. We checked in and then went to a 24 hour grocery store and got food to eat because we skipped dinner. I didn't get to bed until 2:00am on what was technically Monday morning.


Morning of The Event: Monday, May 16, 2016

I was up by 5:30am because it was like Christmas morning for me. I got ready and went over to the B&N for 8:00am because OMG WHAT IF PEOPLE HAVE CAMPED OUT OVER NIGHT (no one did). I ended up being second in line (and we lined up at 8:45am) and had wristband #2! Hooray! I felt much better because I knew I would FOR SURE get my priority books signed and that was all that mattered to me. I camped out and had brought 3 books to read while I was at the store because I ALSO WANTED TO SIT FRONT ROW so basically once I got into B&N, I wasn't leaving unless they picked me up and threw me out (which they did not).

I finished LADY RENEGADES by Rachel Hawkins while I was there and started EXIT, PURSUED BY A BEAR by E.K. Johnston but had to stop because I didn't want to have cry face when taking my picture with Maggie. (I have since finished EXIT and it was GLORIOUS and everyone should read it). As well, I had other people who camped out with me during the day including Amanda and Theresa. The best part about hanging out with book people is you can READ TOGETHER! So I was pretty happy to be able to chill with people and read at the same time.


I was updating the other bloggers I knew were coming on wristband numbers throughout the day because they were only giving out 100 wristbands and then tickets and doing it in numerical order. 


19.5.16

#BlogTour: SUMMER DAYS AND SUMMER NIGHTS edited by Stephanie Perkins \\ #Review

Hello and welcome to my blog tour stop for

SUMMER DAYS AND SUMMER NIGHTS edited by Stephanie Perkins!

I have a review of the book, broken down by individual story, for you guys, so I hope you enjoy! But first, let's learn more about the book...


SUMMER DAYS AND SUMMER NIGHTS

Edited by: Stephanie Perkins
Source: eARC via the Publisher
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Publication Date: May 17, 2016
Rating:4.5/5 stars

Summary:
Maybe it's the long, lazy days, or maybe it's the heat making everyone a little bit crazy. Whatever the reason, summer is the perfect time for love to bloom. Summer Days & Summer Nights: Twelve Love Stories, written by twelve bestselling young adult writers and edited by the international bestselling author Stephanie Perkins, will have you dreaming of sunset strolls by the lake. So set out your beach chair and grab your sunglasses. You have twelve reasons this summer to soak up the sun and fall in love.

Featuring stories by Leigh Bardugo, Francesca Lia Block, Libba Bray, Cassandra Clare, Brandy Colbert, Tim Federle, Lev Grossman, Nina LaCour, Stephanie Perkins, Veronica Roth, Jon Skovron, and Jennifer E. Smith.
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Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I loved My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories that was edited by Stephanie Perkins so when I saw there was going to be a summer anthology, I squealed with joy. I love beach-y summer reads that have a good aspect of romance so I was ready and willing to take this book in. 

18.5.16

#BlogTour: WINGING IT by Cate Cameron // #Review

Hello and welcome to my blog tour stop for

WINGING IT by Cate Cameron!

Today I have a review of the book for you, which I really enjoyed! So let's learn more about the book...


WINGING IT

Author: Cate Cameron
Series: Corrigan Falls Raiders #3
Source: eARC via the Publisher
Publisher: Entangled Teen Crush
Publication Date: May 16, 2016
Rating: 4/5 stars

Summary:
Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush book contains adult language, ice-melting kisses, and a swoon-worthy hero. This fake relationship romance will have you wishing for a hockey player of your own…

Natalie West and Toby Cooper were best friends growing up, on and off the ice. But when Toby’s hockey career took off, their friendship was left behind. Now Natalie has a crazy plan to land her crush—Toby’s biggest rival—and she needs Toby’s help to pull it off. 

When Nat asks Toby to be her fake boyfriend, he can’t say no. Not when it means getting his best friend back. But Natalie is all grown up now, and spending time with her—even when it’s just playing hockey together—stirs up a lot of feelings, old and new. Suddenly pretending to be interested in her isn’t hard at all…if only she wanted him and not his enemy.

Hockey tore them apart. Can it put them back together?
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Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I really enjoyed this one: there were so many good things! I loved that there was a lot of talk of empowerment and saying "no" when you weren't comfortable. I also liked that Nat had a goal she wanted to reach and had Toby help her. I also liked that Nat didn't want to be a part of something just for the sake of being a part of it. I really liked the overall idea and premise and thought the writing and execution really worked well for me.

16.5.16

#EventRecap: ROCHESTER TEEN BOOK FESTIVAL 2016 + #GIVEAWAY

On Saturday, May 14th, I attended the Rochester Teen Book Festival for the second time! I had a lot of fun and met some great authors and some awesome bloggers including Emily from Books & Cleverness and Miranda who is the official blogger for the event! I am going to talk you through the day, including LOTS OF DETAILS ABOUT THE PANELS I WENT TO, and at the bottom, you can enter to win a signed copy of THE SERPENT KING by Jeff Zentner so keep scrolling!

And so my day begins...

I started out my day by DROPPING A MUFFIN ON MY COPY OF THE CROWN'S GAME by Evelyn Skye. Which kinda set up how the day would go for me tbh. (The muffin stain will not relent but at least I have a conversation starter? "This one time, I dropped a muffin...") Then when I got to the actual event, I left my purse in the car and had no way of getting a hold of my father who promptly left after dropping me off (he was spending the day record store shopping). THANKFULLY he came back so I had my ID and some money. And that was JUST THE BEGINNING.

15.5.16

#SST: SUMMER OF SLOANE by Erin L. Schneider // #Review + #Giveaway

Hello and welcome to my Sunday Street Team tour post for
SUMMER OF SLOANE by Erin L. Schneider!
I have a review of the book for you and there is a tour wide giveaway at the bottom so keep scrolling! But first, let's learn more about the book...

SUMMER OF SLOANE

Author: Erin L. Schneider
Source: ARC via the Publisher
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Publication Date: May 3, 2016
Rating: 5/5 stars

Summary:
Warm Hawaiian sun. Lazy beach days. Flirty texts with her boyfriend back in Seattle.

These are the things seventeen-year-old Sloane McIntyre pictured when she imagined the summer she’d be spending at her mom’s home in Hawaii with her twin brother, Penn. Instead, after learning an unthinkable secret about her boyfriend, Tyler, and best friend, Mick, all she has is a fractured hand and a completely shattered heart.

Once she arrives in Honolulu, though, Sloane hopes that Hawaii might just be the escape she needs. With beach bonfires, old friends, exotic food, and the wonders of a waterproof cast, there’s no reason Sloane shouldn’t enjoy her summer. And when she meets Finn McAllister, the handsome son of a hotel magnate who doesn’t always play by the rules, she knows he’s the perfect distraction from everything that’s so wrong back home.

But it turns out a measly ocean isn’t nearly enough to stop all the emails, texts, and voicemails from her ex-boyfriend and ex-best friend, desperate to explain away their betrayal. And as her casual connection with Finn grows deeper, Sloane’s carefree summer might not be as easy to find as she’d hoped. Weighing years of history with Mick and Tyler against their deception, and the delicate possibility of new love, Sloane must decide when to forgive, and when to live for herself. 
 
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Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

This book pulls no punches (ha!) and I felt each and every one of them. As someone who has dealt with something fairly similar, I felt for Sloane. I think everyone can relate to feeling betrayed by someone they call their best friend and give much more than they get out of a friendship and have to learn to walk away. This book not only tells you that it is okay to do something for yourself for once, but also gives you insight into the self-doubt you will have and the pain you will feel when you think "oh I have to tell X about this" before you realize that you shouldn't do that anymore for the good of your health.