Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Kissing in America Blog Tour ~ Review of Kissing in America by Margo Rabb + GIVEAWAY


I'm so honored to be a part of the blog tour for this fantastic book! You can check out the rest of the tour HERE.


Goodreads rating: 3.76
Hardcover, 400 pages
Expected publication: May 26th 2015 by Harper

"Wise, inspiring, and ultimately uplifting—not to be missed."—Kirkus Reviews, starred review
"A hilarious, thought-provoking, wrenching, and joyful quest."—Publishers Weekly, starred review
"Authentic and complex… This is a smart teen's novel."—Booklist, starred review

Acclaimed writer Margo Rabb’s Kissing in America is "a wonderful novel about friendship, love, travel, life, hope, poetry, intelligence, and the inner lives of girls," raves internationally bestselling author Elizabeth Gilbert (Eat, Pray, Love).

In the two years since her father died, sixteen-year-old Eva has found comfort in reading romance novels—118 of them, to be exact—to dull the pain of her loss that’s still so present. Her romantic fantasies become a reality when she meets Will, who seems to truly understand Eva’s grief. Unfortunately, after Eva falls head-over-heels for him, he picks up and moves to California without any warning. Not wanting to lose the only person who has been able to pull her out of sadness—and, perhaps, her shot at real love—Eva and her best friend, Annie, concoct a plan to travel to the west coast to see Will again. As they road trip across America, Eva and Annie confront the complex truth about love.

In this honest and emotional journey that National Book Award finalist Sara Zarr calls "gorgeous, funny, and joyous," readers will experience the highs of infatuation and the lows of heartache as Eva contends with love in all of its forms.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Pasadena Loves YA Blog Tour ~ Review of Things I Never Learned at Melbrook Academy + Spotlight on Liz Maccie + GIVEAWAY


I'm so excited, not only to be part of this blog tour, but also to have the privilege to go to this awesome event. 


Goodreads rating: 3.58
Paperback, 193 pages
Published November 4th 2014 by Diversion Books

The most important lessons aren't learned in the classroom.

It’s the first day of sophomore year for Roberta Romano, but instead of the comfort of her local high school, she's been thrust into the elitist embrace of the affluent Meadowbrook Academy.

Surrounded by wealth, Roberta battles her own insecurities, as well as evil teachers and mean girls, to prove her worth and maybe land the boy of her dreams. With the help of two unlikely allies — ​and an inflatable toy raft — ​Robert embarks upon a journey of dark secrets and self-discovery to learn the true meaning of friendship and acceptance.



Tuesday, April 21, 2015

What I've Been Up to Lately

Hello everyone! I know I've been a bit scarce lately and I feel terrible about it. Especially since I have SO MANY books to review. Like almost 50... *cringes* But I wanted to let you know that I am in fact alive and kicking over here. I also wanted to let you know that I can't promise I'll be posting more frequently.

I mentioned in a previous post that I've been waiting to hear back from a job at the place I work at now, plus I'm trying to get people to read my book. In fact, I recently contacted one of my book friends who's also a writer, and asked her if she wanted to be a critique partner. It's surprisingly difficult to find someone that will read your book in its entirety in a short amount of time. But I want to do this one right, unlike my last one where no one read it and I got many rejections for it.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Conspiracy of Blood and Smoke Blog Tour: Review of Conspiracy of Blood and Smoke (Prisoner of Night and Fog #2) by Anne Blankman + Giveaway


I love this series so much, and I'm so glad I got to be a part of this tour. This series is so high stakes, and I've loved every moment of this duology. If you want to check out the rest of the tour, go HERE!

Goodreads rating: 4.25
eARC, 416 pages
Expected publication: April 21st 2015 by Balzer + Bray
Genre: YA historical romance and thriller

The girl known as Gretchen Whitestone has a secret: She used to be part of Adolf Hitler’s inner circle. More than a year after she made an enemy of her old family friend and fled Munich, she lives with a kindly English family, posing as an ordinary German immigrant, and is preparing to graduate from high school. Her love, Daniel Cohen, is a reporter in town. For the first time in her life, Gretchen is content.

But then, Daniel gets a telegram that sends him back to Germany, and Gretchen’s world turns upside-down. And when she receives word that Daniel is wanted for murder, she has to face the danger she thought she’d escaped-and return to her homeland.

Gretchen must do everything she can to avoid capture and recognition, even though saving Daniel will mean consorting with her former friends, the Nazi elite. And as they work to clear Daniel’s name, Gretchen and Daniel discover a deadly conspiracy stretching from the slums of Berlin to the Reichstag itself. Can they dig up the explosive truth and get out in time-or will Hitler discover them first?

Saturday, April 11, 2015

What Does the Bookworm Say? ~ Authors I Most Want to Meet


This is a feature hosted by me, Kimbery from The Windy Pages, Thuy from Nite Lite Book Reviews, and Crystal from Books Unbound, where we discuss different bookish topics. This week we're telling you which authors we most want to meet.

Well, living in Southern California, we get a lot of authors out here. Actually, a lot of YA authors live out here, so they're always doing local events. What I'm trying to say is that most of authors I want to meet, I've already met, some multiple times. So I'm going to talk about some authors I want to meet (both alive and deceased, just to make it fun), and other authors that I've met but really want to meet again/in a smaller venue.

  • J.K. Rowling - The things I would do to meet this woman... and don't even get me started on what I would do to have a one-on-one with her! *swoon* She's the reason I started really reading.
  • William Shakespeare - Do I even need to explain? The man made up words we use today for goodness' sake!
  • Jane Austen - Another one that I feel like I don't need to explain. I would've loved to know about her life, and actually get a clear idea of what she looked like. Seriously.
  • Stephanie Meyer - I met Stephanie once, but it was very brief. While J.K.'s books got me to read more, Meyer got me to read more young adult. She made me realize that I could write something about being a teenager, and people would actually read it!
  • Cassandra Clare - This woman also got me into reading more young adult, as well as kick-starting my love for urban fantasies. I've met her a few times, but I'd love to have a one-on-one with her.
  • Rae Carson - We met very briefly when ALA was in Anaheim a few years ago, but it definitely wasn't enough. I love her Fire and Thorns series, and I think that series is what really got me into enjoying high fantasy.
  • Veronica Roth - I met Veronica for the first time right when Divergent had just come out. She ate some of my fries; we had a moment. But I haven't really gotten to talk to her since Divergent became such a sensation, so I'd really like the chance to get to speak with her again.
  • Kelly Creagh - I've never met Kelly and she doesn't really do events, and definitely no events out where I am. I just love how she took Poe's works and made it into this urban fantasy world. 
  • Maggie Stiefvater - Maggie just seems awesome! I've met her a couple times, but I think there's a whole lot more to her than she gives away at her events.
  • Suzanne Collins - I just want to know why Mockingjay!


What authors do you want to meet the most? Let me know in the comments!


Friday, April 10, 2015

The Blogger is MIA + YAllwest is Nigh!

GUYS! I'm so sorry I've been Missing In Action for the last couple months. I've been focused on hopefully getting a full-time position at the company I'm working at now, plus my boyfriend got sick and had to go to the hospital (again!); needless to say, I've been a bit distracted. It's like I gave my blog a whole new look, and then thought: eh, that's good enough for now.

Do you like the new look? I know I do!

Okay, so I've already been to one book festival, which was the Ontario Teen Book Fest. It was amazing and fun and I loved every minute of it! The small festivals really are my favorite. They'll have the same amount of authors that I want to see, but 1/300th of the size and number of people for a festival like the LA Times Festival of Books. It makes it so intimate, and I love it. Also, this particular YA book fest provides Panera for lunch for no cost, and you just can't beat that!

BUT. This weekend is the first annual YALLWEST! And it's very exciting because, while I've met many of these authors before and I can't wait to see their pretty faces, there are going to be some new faces and I'm so excited to meet them. Check out the schedule for Saturday and Sunday (which are actually at different locations) here: http://www.yallwest.com/2015-schedule/. The website it being a little weird right now, but that might be because all the readers are trying to access it to plan for tomorrow. I'm actually most excited about the little side parties, like the one EpicReads is throwing, and the Fierce Reads morning coffee. Plus, you can't go wrong with food trucks. From the feedback I've seen, it looks like this is going to be a crazy event. And with the parking in Santa Monica... Well, I think they underestimated the amount of people that are going to be there. Especially since Veronica Roth is going to be there, and we all know how crazy readers get around authors with her kind of celebrity status.

Words cannot express how excited I am that SoCal is finally getting something that Texas has (YAllwest is a spinoff of YAllfest, which takes place somewhere in Texas annually). Seriously, Texas has all the biggest teen book fests, and I'm glad we finally get to have one that Texas can be jealous of. Its also lucky that it's in Santa Monica weather-wise, and not the middle of the desert. It is not fun standing in signing lines outside in the blistering heat.

I can't wait to see all of my author friends, and book friends. It's events like these that make me happy and proud to be a part of the young adult community. So, if you're in the area, or even sort of not in the area, please come by and say hi!

Saturday, March 28, 2015

What Does the Bookworm Say? ~ Book-to-Film/TV Adaptations You Are Looking Forward To


This is a feature hosted by me, Kimbery from The Windy Pages, Thuy from Nite Lite Book Reviews, and Crystal from Books Unbound, where we discuss different bookish topics. This week is all about the book-to-film adaptations we're most excited about. I'm only going to include ones coming out this year.
  1. Insurgent: To be honest, I didn't really like the book, so I don't have high hopes for the movie. I've heard it's not that great, but that Shailene Woodley was amazing as always.
  2. Paper Towns: This is another book that I wasn't enthralled with, but I'm hoping it'll translate better on screen. I'm actually more excited for them to make Looking For Alaska.
  3. Fallen: Despite the fact that the rest of the series turned out to be not so fantastic, I fell in love easily with Fallen. I'm hoping that they'll do a great job with the movie, but not a lot of people go to see it so that way they don't make any of the other movies.
  4. The DUFF*: They kind of twisted this one, but I think it was to suit it more for the movies. I thought the book was alright, but the movie was great.
  5. The Jungle Book: Not sure this needs an explanation. The Disney animated version was one of my favorites as a kid, and I'm so excited for all the voices coming together for this version.
  6. Pan: So this looks more like a prequel to the original Peter Pan, but it looks so fantastical; I can't wait!
  7. Cinderella*: It was predictably cute, but they added some things that were in the actual story, so I loved that about it. Plus, the romance is better than the Disney version, since they actually kind of know each other.
  8. The Scorch Trials: I still haven't read the book yet, but this series is very intriguing to me. I thought The Maze Runner movie was better than the book because the action translated really well onto the screen, but I'm not sure what to expect for this one yet.
  9. Love, Rosie*: So, the characters never get to the age of fifty like they do in the book (no I haven't read it), but I loved this story. I watched the version that they already released in the UK.
  10. Goosebumps: I don't even care who's in this, I just can't wait to see what they do with my lovely creepy Goosebumps stories.
*seen already

Slowly but surely, YA is getting more of its books getting made into movies. It's great to see that other people want these stories to be heard. I can't wait for these, and more!

What YA adaptations are you most excited for? Let me know in the comments!


Sunday, March 22, 2015

My Poisonous Book Haul (77)

This has now become my replacement for In My Mailbox (which was created by The Story Siren). Since that blog no longer exists, I decided that I needed to move on as well. My book haul feature has a name that's more catered to my blog's theme, but it's exactly the same. Basically, you create a post of the books you either received in the mail/e-mail, bought at a bookstore, or borrowed from the library.
Well, I haven't visited this feature since November 2014. Needless to say, I have a lot of catching up to do, and since I have all these events coming up (one that just passed yesterday), I thought I should get back into this. That means that I have A LOT of books to show you. I also think I repeated some books, but it was hard for me to remember when I bought what. Anyway, ready?

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday (58) ~ Winter, The Heart of Betrayal, and Walk on Earth a Stranger


Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine where you feature an upcoming release that you're highly anticipating.

So the cover for Winter (The Lunar Chronicles #4) by Marissa Meyer recently popped up on the internet, and I can't remember the last time I was so excited about a book coming out. I don't think I'll be reading Fairest, unless I hear that you just can't miss reading it before devouring Winter. Anyway, here's the new cover and what the book is about:

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