July TBR List

FullSizeRenderHow is July already here? Please tell time to pause for a while (maybe so I could get through my whole TBR pile). This month I’m hoping to focus on completing series that I’m in the middle of because I’ve needed to finish them for way too long. It’s all of those pretty new covers that distract me! Plus, I’d love to finish any ARCs I have coming out in August so you guys can read what I think sooner. Continue reading

The Memory Book

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Author: Lara Avery
Series: Stand-alone Novel
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: 7/5/2016
Pages: 368
Source: ARC from BookCon 2016

*I received this ARC for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.*

Read All About It:
They tell me that my memory will never be the same, that I’ll start forgetting things. At first just a little, and then a lot. So I’m writing to remember.

Sammie McCoy is a girl with a plan: graduate at the top of her class and get out of her small town as soon as possible. Nothing will stand in her way—not even the rare genetic disorder the doctors say will slowly steal her memories and then her health.

So the memory book is born: a journal written to Sammie’s future self, so she can remember everything from where she stashed her study guides to just how great it feels to have a best friend again. It’s where she’ll record every perfect detail of her first date with longtime-crush Stuart, a gifted young writer home for the summer. And where she’ll admit how much she’s missed her childhood friend Cooper, and the ridiculous lengths he will go to make her laugh. The memory book will ensure Sammie never forgets the most important parts of her life—the people who have broken her heart, those who have mended it—and most of all, that if she’s going to die, she’s going to die living. Continue reading

We Own the Night

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We Own the Night

Author: Ashley Poston
Series: Radio Hearts Series, #2
Publisher: Bloomsbury Spark
Publication Date: 6/28/16
Pages: 238
Source: Requested from Netgalley

*I received this ARC for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.*

Read All About It:
No one would ever suspect that responsible, ugly-sweater-wearing Ingrid North is the incognito radio deejay known only as Niteowl. Finally a high school grad, she can’t wait to get out of her tiny hometown of Steadfast, Nebraska (population three hundred and forty-seven) to chase her dreams. Thankfully, her three best friends–Billie, LD, and Micah (who she is definitely, absolutely not in love with)–are more concerned with spending one last epic summer together than finding out where Ingrid slinks off to every weekend.

But for that one glorious hour every Saturday night, Iggy shucks her own skin to become Niteowl–an infamous and daring deejay with the answers to everyone’s love life but her own. There is one caller in particular–Dark and Brooding–whose raspy laugh and snarky humor is just sexy enough to take her mind off the fact that Micah is rapidly falling for a Mean-Girls-worthy nightmare. But when Ingrid lands an interview in New York City for the internship of a lifetime, her secret life begins to unravel. It’s her chance to follow her heart, but she’ll have to leave everything behind–her ailing grandmother, her friends, her radio show . . . and a chance at her very own happy ending.

Torn between her dreams and her home, Iggy begins to realize that to get what she wants she has to give up the things that mean the most to her. But letting go could lead to a summer of sunflowers, rock stars, and the show of a lifetime.

And Iggy might just find that her real life begins when Niteowl goes off the air.  Continue reading

B-Fest

b-festB-Fest is Barnes and Noble’s first nation-wide teen book festival that took place this past weekend. With over 1,000 authors participating, there were plenty of opportunities to meet authors or part-take in some book nerd fun. Unfortunately, due to my work schedule I was only able to attend the first night’s trivia session, but it was still completely worth attending! Continue reading

And I Darken

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And I Darken

Author: Kiersten White
Series: The Conquerors Saga
Publisher: Random House Children’s Books
Publication Date: 6/28/2016
Pages: 496
Source: ARC from BookCon 2016

*I received this ARC for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.*

Read All About It:
NO ONE EXPECTS A PRINCESS TO BE BRUTAL. And Lada Dragwlya likes it that way. Ever since she and her gentle younger brother, Radu, were wrenched from their homeland of Wallachia and abandoned by their father to be raised in the Ottoman courts, Lada has known that being ruthless is the key to survival. She and Radu are doomed to act as pawns in a vicious game, an unseen sword hovering over their every move. For the lineage that makes them special also makes them targets.

Lada despises the Ottomans and bides her time, planning her vengeance for the day when she can return to Wallachia and claim her birthright. Radu longs only for a place where he feels safe. And when they meet Mehmed, the defiant and lonely son of the sultan, who’s expected to rule a nation, Radu feels that he’s made a true friend—and Lada wonders if she’s finally found someone worthy of her passion.

But Mehmed is heir to the very empire that Lada has sworn to fight against—and that Radu now considers home. Together, Lada, Radu, and Mehmed form a toxic triangle that strains the bonds of love and loyalty to the breaking point.

My Opinion:
Yes, yes, yes!!! A strong female lead, an entertaining cast of characters, and super intriguing gender bent historical fiction plot that leaves me NEEDING more – what else could I ask for from a book? Maybe an awesome cover too? Oh wait, check. Continue reading

B.O.W. Summer Teen Panel

image2I got to attend Books of Wonder’s Summer Teen Panel and it was awesome! Carrie Firestone, Aimee Friedman, and Christine Heppermann were all there to discuss their new books. Not only does my to-be-read list now have a few more books added to it, but it was great to hear about each author’s writing process for the books before I began to read them.

One thing that made this selection of three women even more interesting was the different stages of publishing they are in – debut author to a well-published author. Continue reading

Furiously Happy

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Author: Jenny Lawson
Series: Stand-alone Novel
Publisher: Flatiron Books
Publication Date: 9/22/2015
Pages: 352
Source: Borrowed from library

Read All About It:
In Furiously Happy, #1 New York Times bestselling author Jenny Lawson explores her lifelong battle with mental illness. A hysterical, ridiculous book about crippling depression and anxiety? That sounds like a terrible idea.

But terrible ideas are what Jenny does best.

As Jenny says:

“Some people might think that being ‘furiously happy’ is just an excuse to be stupid and irresponsible and invite a herd of kangaroos over to your house without telling your husband first because you suspect he would say no since he’s never particularly liked kangaroos. And that would be ridiculous because no one would invite a herd of kangaroos into their house. Two is the limit. I speak from personal experience. My husband says that none is the new limit. I say he should have been clearer about that before I rented all those kangaroos. Continue reading