Tuesday, April 26, 2016

YALLWEST is coming! + RT Convention in Vegas Recap

Long-time no talk, followers! I know I've been extremely quiet recently, and I know that I promised to get back in the swing of things, but I'm doing my best.

First, I want to tell ya'll about Yallwest, which is happening this weekend in Santa Monica, CA! You can find the list of authors/creators attending here, the schedule for the Saturday panels here and the Sunday panels here, and the PDF for the signing schedule here. There's also an event going on on Friday, but I won't be able to make it. I'm hoping it'll be more organized than last year, especially since there will be more authors this time around. Meanwhile, here's a short look at the schedule:

Fierce Friday: YALLWEST Preview Event (Registration required at YALLWEST.com)
Presented by Macmillan Fierce reads and co-produced by the Santa Monica Public Library
Friday, April 29; 6PM - 8PM
Santa Monica Public Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90401

Saturday, April 30; 9AM - 6:30 PM
Santa Monica High School, 601 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90405

Sunday, May 1; 10:30AM - 5PM
Santa Monica High School, 601 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90405

This is the second year that this spin-off from Yallfest has been in existence, and I'm so excited to be attending it again. I was able to secure a press pass, which will allow me to go to more panels and tell you all about what goes on. I still need to decide on which ones I'll be attending, and also who I'll be bringing with me to stand in lines. Let's be real, it'll probably be my dad.

Are you going? Which authors/artists are you most excited for?

The second reason for this post is to tell you all about my experience with Teen Day at the Romantic Times conventions in Las Vegas a couple weekends ago. My dad was nice enough to drive up with me to my parents' retirement house. We got there on Friday night and the first thing we did was go to this coffee place called Bad Owl Cafe, which is Harry Potter themed! If you check out my Instagram, you can see the pictures I took, but the best part was the Butter Brew coffee drink. If you're going for the taste, I would suggest no espresso. Then we went to go Zootopia (me for the second time), and it was still awesome! Little did I know that it was the calm before the storm.

The next day was pretty insane. Everything had a line. EVERYTHING. There was a line to check your bag because you could only bring in ten books at a time (at first I followed that rule, but then I realized they weren't really checking so I threw caution to the wind). There was a line in another room entirely to get into the Giant Book Fair. Inside the Giant Book Fair, there were lines for authors. They were really smart about the more popular authors, though, because they'd give a wristband with numbers on it, and they would call groupings of numbers over the PA system. That ended around 2pm, and then there were more lines. A line for the Sugar Rush Party with Fierce Reads and Swoon Reads (which came with some free books and candy!!), a line for the Harry Potter trivia panel (totally epic! Sadly, Gryffindor won and they would not let us hear the end of it), and finally a line for the Teen Day Party (a line for which I had to miss all of a panel for because what else would you expect from YA readers and free books).

When they finally let us in, we sat down with authors at round tables and played YA jeopardy! They also provided us sustenance in the form of hamburger sliders and soda. After that was over, it was time for the highly-anticipated tote bags as pictured above. Awesomely, I got to be a teen for a day due to my girlish good looks, and came home with probably around 20 free books. My most favorite book that I was able to snag was My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows. Luckily, they'll be at Yallwest, so I'll be able to get it signed by all of them!

I was such a hectic day, but I was really glad I went. I wish it was close to me like that every year!

That's it for now! Hopefully I'll be posting soon about my fun at Yallwest.

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Ontario Teen Book Festival Blog Tour: Spotlight on Virginia Boecker, author of The Witch Hunter + GIVEAWAY

Hi everyone! I can't believe I'm posting twice in the same week. This is one I'm really excited about because I'm featuring one of the wonderful authors that will be at the Ontario Teen Book Fest, Virginia Boecker! I recently read her book and loved it.

First, here's what you need to know about the event, which is in SoCal:
When: Saturday March 12th , 9 am to 5 pm
Where: Colony High School 3850 E. Riverside Drive, Ontario, CA 91761 
THIS IS A FREE AND UNTICKETED EVENT! Not only that, but it comes with a free Panera Lunch. Honestly, this is one of my favorite book festivals of the year.
The event is sponsored by Once Upon A Time. They will have books available for purchase at the event. There will also be t-shirts and posters available for purchase as well.

The Ontario Teen Book Fest Website: http://www.ontariotbf.org/


Virginia Boecker recently spent four years in London obsessing over English medieval history, which formed the basis of her debut novel, The Witch Hunter. She now lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband and spends her days writing, reading, running, and chasing around her two children and a dog named George.

In addition to English kings, nine-day queens, and Protestant princesses, her other obsessions include The Smiths, art museums, champagne, and Chapstick. You can visit Virginia online at virginiaboecker.com or on Twitter @virgboecker.

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Bluescreen Blog Tour: Spotlight on Bluescreen (Mirador #1) by Dan Wells + GIVEAWAY

Hi all, and welcome to my stop on the Bluescreen blog tour. I'm a huge fan of Dan Wells and was really excited to be a part of this tour. Sadly, life got in the way and I wasn't able to finish the book in time for my stop, but I hope to finish it soon and have my review up! From what I've read so far, I'm really enjoying the world that's been built.

Luckily there are other people on the tour that HAVE reviewed it. Check out the rest of the tour HERE!


Bluescreen (Mirador #1) by Dan Wells
Published: February 16th 2016 by Balzer & Bray
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Dystopia, Fantasy, Action, Teen

Los Angeles in 2050 is a city of open doors, as long as you have the right connections. That connection is a djinni—a smart device implanted right in a person’s head. In a world where virtually everyone is online twenty-four hours a day, this connection is like oxygen—and a world like that presents plenty of opportunities for someone who knows how to manipulate it.

Marisa Carneseca is one of those people. She might spend her days in Mirador, the small, vibrant LA neighborhood where her family owns a restaurant, but she lives on the net—going to school, playing games, hanging out, or doing things of more questionable legality with her friends Sahara and Anja. And it’s Anja who first gets her hands on Bluescreen—a virtual drug that plugs right into a person’s djinni and delivers a massive, non-chemical, completely safe high. But in this city, when something sounds too good to be true, it usually is, and Mari and her friends soon find themselves in the middle of a conspiracy that is much bigger than they ever suspected.

Dan Wells, author of the New York Times bestselling Partials Sequence, returns with a stunning new vision of the near future—a breathless cyber-thriller where privacy is the world’s most rare resource and nothing, not even the thoughts in our heads, is safe.



Dan Wells is a thriller and science fiction writer. Born in Utah, he spent his early years reading and writing. He is he author of the Partials series (Partials, Isolation, Fragments, and Ruins), the John Cleaver series (I Am Not a Serial Killer, Mr. Monster, and I Don't Want To Kill You), and a few others (The Hollow City, A Night of Blacker Darkness, etc). He was a Campbell nomine for best new writer, and has won a Hugo award for his work on the podcast Writing Excuses; the podcast is also a multiple winner of the Parsec Award.


Monday, February 1, 2016

The Secret to Letting Go Blog Tour: Review + Giveaway of The Secret to Letting Go by Katherine Fleet

I'm so excited to be a part of this tour! I know I haven't posted in a while, but blog tours are my way of trying to get back on the horse.

Check out the rest of the tour here: http://blogtours.yareads.com/2016/01/08/blog-tour-sign-ups-the-secret-to-letting-go-by-katherine-fleet/


Genre: YA Contemporary
Published February 1st, 2016 by Entangled Teen

One summer can change everything…
Haunted with guilt after his girlfriend’s death, Daniel Hudson has no interest in committing to anyone. At the end of the summer, he’ll be leaving Florida for a new start in college. If only he could avoid the mysterious new girl in town, who seems every bit as naive and eccentric as she looks. Trouble is, she’s hard to ignore, with her beautiful piercing eyes, pitiful-looking dog, and unsettling tendency of finding trouble.

Clover Scott lived her whole life off the grid and arrives on the Gulf coast in search of her grandparents. She never expected to nearly drown, or get caught in a hurricane, or fall in love with the boy who rescues her. Now, she has a chance to rewrite her life’s story, to finally fit in somewhere, but Daniel wants answers about her past. When the police start asking questions about the disappearance of her parents, she must make a choice: go to jail or confess her secrets—even if they might destroy her chance at a happily-ever-after.

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

The Reader's Antidote Best Books of 2015

Well, just because I haven't been blogging doesn't mean I haven't been reading! I read a lot less than last year, but that's because I've been reading a lot more and because of my job. But I couldn't stop myself from telling you all about my favorite books from this year.

  1. Oblivion (Nevermore #3) by Kelly Creagh: This was the first book I finished at the beginning of this year, and words cannot express how much I loved it. As soon as I got access to the advanced copy, I devoured it quickly. I was so happy with the ending, but I'm very sad to see this series come to an end, no matter how long I had to wait. If you haven't started this series, I highly recommend it.
  2. All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven: I hadn't heard too much when I decided to read my review copy of this little book, but it was all good things. This book tore my heart apart, and was the epitomy of "It's better to have love and lost than never to have loved at all." It also helps that the author is a total sweetheart.
  3. The Coincidence of Callie & Kayden (The Coincidence #1) by Jessica Sorensen: It's funny because I really don't remember much about this book (apparently March is too far away to remember), I just remember loving it. Here's what I wrote originally on my Goodreads pre-review: THIS BOOK WAS SO INTENSE! AND THAT CLIFFHANGER! I was so happy that they had a little sampler of the sequel in the back, because I just had to know! I definitely still want to read the sequel though. DANG! 
  4. Conspiracy of Blood and Smoke (Prisoner of Night and Fog #2) by Anne Blankman: I absolutely adored the first book in this series, and I couldn't wait to find out the fate of our two main characters. This book just ripped at me, and there were points I had to put it down because the feels were getting to me. Another highly-recommended series.
  5. Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira: It took me so long to pick up this book, but I figured since I'd finally read The Perks of Being a Wallflower, that I needed to read the book that Stephen Chbosky had so highly recommended. And like The Perks of Being a Wallflower, it really brought me back to being a teenager. 
  6. Made You Up by Francesca Zappia: Geez, this book surprised me! I'd gotten an advanced copy at a book festival, but I'd honestly chosen it because the cover looked so cool. But this book took me by surprise, not just by how much I loved it, but there was also a huge twist I did NOT see coming.
  7. Faking Normal by Courtney C. Stevens: Books with mental illnesses that manifest in a physical way are always interesting to me because I've never had that sort of problem. But get some awkward teens together, and it makes everything more relatable. Include a twist, and you have this wonderful book.
  8. Don't Touch by Rachel M. Wilson: The main reason I chose this book was because the play that was a big part of the book was Hamlet, which is my favorite play EVER. Needless to say, I loved everything about this book. I bought this book at a book festival, not sure if I'd ever read it, and I'm glad that I did.
  9. Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon: I'd heard a lot of good things about this book, but sometimes that scares me away because I don't want to be underwhelmed. This book did not disappoint me!
  10. Winter (The Lunar Chronicles #4) by Marissa Meyer: I'm so SO sad that this series is over, but it ended with such a bang! I read this as quickly as the 800-something pages allowed me to, and I loved every moment of it. I'm excited to read Meyer's next book (that is, after Stars Above come out!).

I'll be posting about the reading challenges I'm hosting for next year soon, so look for that as well. I wish I could've read more, but I did get a lot of writing done, and that matters a lot to me. I hope you had a great year in books as well, and let me know if any of these were your favorites as well!

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