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:


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!

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Cover Reveal: The Awakened by Sara Elizabeth Santana!

Hi y'all! I'm so excited to be a part of this cover reveal. Sara is a book friend of mine who has been trying to get this book published for a while, and she finally caught a break! She got even luckier because this cover is gorgeous! Without further ado, here's the cover:

The official release date is December 1st, 2015 and it will be available in Kindle and paperback format! Pre-order is only available for the kindle edition.

Zoey Valentine is concerned with two things: surviving the multitude of self-defense classes her dad makes her take and avoiding Ash

That is, until the Z virus hits, wiping out a third of the population in a matter of weeks. If that weren’t frightening enough, the bodies of the victims disappear and suddenly reappear, awakened from their dead state. They're faster, smarter, and they work together to get the one thing they crave, human flesh.

The United States is in a panic and then the government decides the unthinkable: to bomb every major city overrun with the awakened.

Now Zoey is on the run, with her dad and Ash, desperate to find a place of safety amongst the ruined remains of the country.

Sara Elizabeth Santana is a young adult and new adult fiction writer. She has worked as a smoothie artist, Disneyland cast member, restaurant supervisor, nanny, photographer, pizza delivery driver and barista but writing is what she loves most. Her first story was written at age nine. She runs her own nerd girl/book review blog, What A Nerd Girl Says. Her favorite books are a tie between Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by JK Rowling and Trickster's Choice by Tamora Pierce. She lives in Southern California with her dad, five siblings and two dogs. Her debut novel is The Awakened.


Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Walk on Earth a Stranger Release Day Celebration! + Giveaway

I am so excited that WALK ON EARTH A STRANGER by Rae Carson releases today and that I get to share the news, along with an awesome giveaway!
If you haven’t yet heard about this wonderful new series by Rae Carson, be sure to check out all the details below.

This blitz also includes a giveaway for a set of the GIRL OF FIRE AND THORNS series (in paperback format). US only. So if you’d like a chance to win, enter in the Rafflecopter at the bottom of this post.


Author: Rae Carson
Pub. Date: September 22, 2015
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Pages: 448

The first book in a new trilogy from acclaimed New York Times bestselling author Rae Carson. A young woman with the magical ability to sense the presence of gold must flee her home, taking her on a sweeping and dangerous journey across Gold Rush–era America.

Lee Westfall has a secret. She can sense the presence of gold in the world around her. Veins deep beneath the earth, pebbles in the river, nuggets dug up from the forest floor. The buzz of gold means warmth and life and home—until everything is ripped away by a man who wants to control her. Left with nothing, Lee disguises herself as a boy and takes to the trail across the country. Gold was discovered in California, and where else could such a magical girl find herself, find safety? Rae Carson, author of the acclaimed Girl of Fire and Thorns trilogy, dazzles with this new fantasy that subverts both our own history and familiar fantasy tropes.

Walk on Earth a Stranger, the first book in this new trilogy, introduces—as only Rae Carson can—a strong heroine, a perilous road, a fantastical twist, and a slow-burning romance. Includes a map and author’s note on historical research. 

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Queen of Shadows Release Day Blitz!

Hi everyone! I know it's been quite some time since I've been here, but I'm hoping to still post every now and then. Life has just been a bit in the way!

Without further ado...

I am so excited that QUEEN OF SHADOWS by Sarah J. Maas releases today and that I get to share the news, along with an awesome giveaway!

If you haven’t yet heard about this wonderful series by Sarah J. Maas, be sure to check out all the details below.

This blitz also includes a giveaway for a set of the first 3 books in the series (in paperback format). US only. So if you’d like a chance to win, enter in the Rafflecopter at the bottom of this post.


Author: Sarah J. Maas
Pub. Date: September 1, 2015
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Pages: 656

Sarah J. Maas's New York Times bestselling Throne of Glass series reaches new heights in this sweeping fourth volume.

Everyone Celaena Sardothien loves has been taken from her. But she's at last returned to the empire—for vengeance, to rescue her once-glorious kingdom, and to confront the shadows of her past . . .She will fight for her cousin, a warrior prepared to die just to see her again. She will fight for her friend, a young man trapped in an unspeakable prison. And she will fight for her people, enslaved to a brutal king and awaiting their lost queen's triumphant return.

Celaena’s epic journey has captured the hearts and imaginations of millions across the globe. This fourth volume will hold readers rapt as Celaena’s story builds to a passionate, agonizing crescendo that might just shatter her world.

Read Chapters 1-5 of QUEEN OF SHADOWS HERE!


Sarah J. Maas is the author of the New York Times, USA Today, and internationally bestselling Throne of Glass series–Throne of Glass, Crown of Midnight, and Heir of Fire, and the series’ prequel, The Assassin’s Blade–as well as the New York Times and USA Today bestselling A Court of Thorns and Roses. She wrote the first incarnation of the Throne of Glass series when she was just sixteen, and it has now sold in twenty-three languages. Queen of Shadows, the fourth book in the Throne of Glass series, will release worldwide on September 1st, 2015.A New York native, Sarah currently lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and dog. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Hamilton College in 2008 with a degree in Creative Writing and a minor in Religious Studies. 
Connect with the Author: Website | Twitter | Facebook | Tumblr | Pinterest | Instagram| Goodreads

Giveaway Details:1 winner will receive the first 3 books (in paperback) in the THRONE OF GLASS Series. US Only.Ends on September 11th at Midnight EST!

Monday, May 25, 2015

Fealty to Fantasy Read-a-Thon Announcement!

Hi everyone! So I'm not sure if you remember me posting a little while ago about not being able to invest time in fantasy novels, mostly because I feel like I don't want to cross paths with my own fantasy novel when it comes to ideas. But I'm putting my foot down and making myself read as many fantasies as I possibly can in a month. I know that won't be easy because a lot of them are pretty big books, but I'm going to do my best. I don't expect anyone to join me, but it's something I just need to do. I've been reading mostly contemporaries this year, and while there are a lot of great contemporaries out and coming out this year, there are also a lot of fantastic fantasies coming out this year, and I'm not going to miss them.

Here's my list of books that I'm making available for myself this coming month (not all the books listed are pictured):

I am pledging my fealty to any of the YA books on this list. And who knows: maybe I'll keep going and finish everything on this list even after the month is over. Anyway, if you want to join me, feel free to comments! :)

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.

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