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

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

BookCon 2016

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BookCon 2016’s Show Floor

I had never been to a book convention of any kind before this and it was AMAZING!!! Imagine a day packed full events to create book nerd heaven and you have BookCon! Be prepared for a lot of exclamation points in this post because the excitement hasn’t faded. My day began early (read: I woke up when I’d normally be going to bed) so that I could get a good spot in line to get autograph signing wristbands then a good spot in line to get onto the show floor.

It was fantastic to be surrounded by so many fellow book nerds. Plus the amount of authors walking around may have had me starstruck (Tahereh Mafi and Ransom Riggs are an adorable couple in person too). I decided to go in without a set plan and found that being flexible really worked out. Continue reading