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Monday, January 26, 2015

The Best Read-Along Ever!

Listen Linda. (if you don't get this reference, you're welcome)

If there is ONE BOOK I could've made everyone read in 2014, it would've been THE WINNER'S CURSE. Now if there's ONE BOOK I could make you read in 2015, it is THE WINNER'S CRIME. This is one of my absolute favorite series EVER.


So I'm super excited to be teaming up with a couple of blogging buddies to bring you a read-along of The Winner's Curse and The Winner's Crime!


The read-along will be broken down into chapters, and will run from February 3rd - March 31st. We will share and discuss our thoughts on each week's chapters on the TUESDAY of each week. There is also an awesome giveaway sponsored by Macmillan that will run the entire time of the read-along. You could win a signed copy of The Winner's Curse & The Winner's Crime!! There will be tons of ways to enter and double/triple your chances of winning!

I hope you will join us and follow along!

This is one series you DO NOT want to miss out on!

Make sure to follow the HASHTAG #TheWinnersTrilogy on twitter!

Here are your participating bloggers...


As a general's daughter in a vast empire that revels in war and enslaves those it conquers, seventeen-year-old Kestrel has two choices: she can join the military or get married. But Kestrel has other intentions. One day, she is startled to find a kindred spirit in a young slave up for auction. Arin's eyes seem to defy everything and everyone. Following her instinct, Kestrel buys him'with unexpected consequences. It's not long before she has to hide her growing love for Arin. But he, too, has a secret, and Kestrel quickly learns that the price she paid for a fellow human is much higher than she ever could have imagined.

Set in a richly imagined new world, The Winner's Curse is a story of deadly games where everything is at stake, and the gamble is whether you will keep your head or lose your heart.

Book two of the dazzling Winner's Trilogy is a fight to the death as Kestrel risks betrayal of country for love.

The engagement of Lady Kestrel to Valoria’s crown prince means one celebration after another. But to Kestrel it means living in a cage of her own making. As the wedding approaches, she aches to tell Arin the truth about her engagement…if she could only trust him. Yet can she even trust herself? For—unknown to Arin—Kestrel is becoming a skilled practitioner of deceit: an anonymous spy passing information to Herran, and close to uncovering a shocking secret.

As Arin enlists dangerous allies in the struggle to keep his country’s freedom, he can’t fight the suspicion that Kestrel knows more than she shows. In the end, it might not be a dagger in the dark that cuts him open, but the truth. And when that happens, Kestrel and Arin learn just how much their crimes will cost them.


The Winner's Curse Read-Along

February 3rd - Chapters 1 - 10
February 10th - Chapters 11 - 20
February 17th - Chapters 21 - 30
February 24th - Chapters 31 - 42

The Winner's Crime Read-Along

March 10th - Chapters 1 - 10
March 17th - Chapters 11 - 20
March 24th - Chapters 21 - 34
March 31st - Chapters 34 - 46


Saturday, January 24, 2015

Giveaway: Special ARC of RED QUEEN by Victoria Aveyard

by Victoria Aveyard

The poverty stricken Reds are commoners, living under the rule of the Silvers, elite warriors with god-like powers.

To Mare Barrow, a 17-year-old Red girl from The Stilts, it looks like nothing will ever change.

Mare finds herself working in the Silver Palace, at the centre of
those she hates the most. She quickly discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy Silver control.

But power is a dangerous game. And in this world divided by blood, who will win?
I really liked this book a lot! Luckily for you, I was sent an extra copy in the pretty packaging! It's even still got the plastic on it. Here's what it looks like...

I hope you enjoy it as much as I did! :D
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Friday, January 23, 2015

The Boy Next Door by Katie Van Arc

Review by J

by Katie Van Ark
Age Range: 12 - 18 years
Grade Level: 7 and up
Paperback: 288 pages
Publisher: Swoon Reads (February 3, 2015)
Goodreads | Amazon

Maddy Spier's been in love with the boy next door forever. As his figure skating partner she spends time in his arms every day. But she’s also seen his arms around other girls—lots of other girls. How can she make him realize that they can be partners off the ice as well? Gabe’s relationship with Maddy is vital. He can’t imagine skating with anyone else, and together they have a real chance at gold–maybe even making it to the Olympics! So he’s decided to think of her as a sister. After all, family is forever, but he’s never dated anyone for more than two weeks.

Then their coach assigns a new romantic skating program, and everything changes. Will this be the big break that Maddy’s been hoping for or the big break-up that Gabe has always feared? 

The Boy Next Door is an incredibly cute story about Maddy and Gabe’s relationship on and off the ice. As professional skaters striving to win the gold at Worlds, they can’t take the risk of falling in love and watching what they have slowly crash and burn. It could cost them the medal that they are working extremely hard to achieve. So close to reaching their goal, getting into a relationship with one another now could be detrimental to their career and their future as pair skaters. Is it worth the risk?

                The opening to the novel did a great job at setting up the direction of the plot, conflict, etc. Though Gabe’s thoughts at first are unclear and some of his actions and comments to and about Maddy are somewhat random, I was glad to see the reasoning explained near the end of the book. The explanation was a bit unclear at first, but it was eventually told straightforward to Maddy herself.

                I also would’ve liked to have a bit more description of the pair’s routines; I had a hard time picturing them (most were only given one or two sentences of description per each practice or performance). What I also wish was included were more flashback scenes from Maddy and Gabe’s childhood so I could better understand their feelings towards one another and why they feel the way they do, as we were only given one or two of these. In addition, I found select dialogue throughout the novel to be slightly cheesy.

                Overall, however; I enjoyed reading The Boy Next Door and seeing the course of Maddy and Gabe’s relationship map itself out. The plot was well-developed, the pacing was great, and I loved seeing all of the skating metaphors: they were super adorable and fit the story well. The ending was fitting and the imagery of the final skating scene was highly descriptive. If you’re a fan of skating or looking for a realistic (and adorable!) love story about two teens, I suggest you give The Boy Next Door a try!
-Review by J-

Thursday, January 22, 2015

I'LL MEET YOU THERE by Heather Demetrios

Review by Leydy
by Heather Demetrios
Hardcover: 400 pages
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR); First Edition edition (February 3, 2015)
Language: English
Goodreads | Amazon

If seventeen-year-old Skylar Evans were a typical Creek View girl, her future would involve a double-wide trailer, a baby on her hip, and the graveyard shift at Taco Bell. But after graduation, the only thing standing between straightedge Skylar and art school are three minimum-wage months of summer. Skylar can taste the freedom—that is, until her mother loses her job and everything starts coming apart. Torn between her dreams and the people she loves, Skylar realizes everything she’s ever worked for is on the line.

Nineteen-year-old Josh Mitchell had a different ticket out of Creek View: the Marines. But after his leg is blown off in Afghanistan, he returns home, a shell of the cocksure boy he used to be. What brings Skylar and Josh together is working at the Paradise—a quirky motel off California’s dusty Highway 99. Despite their differences, their shared isolation turns into an unexpected friendship and soon, something deeper.
I’ll Meet You There is one of my many anticipated books of 2015. Since this book is highly hyped, I was worried. Thankfully, I was worrying for nothing. I was quite satisfied to learned that Heather Demetrios delivered a powerful and inspiring story. Trust me, this one is worth the read.

I love when opposite attracts. Love is blind and sure is hard to find. But when we find love, it’s hard to control. I’ll Meet You There is the perfect example. 

We meet Skylar, the girl with many dreams. The girl with a bright future ahead of her. The girl that will leave her small-town, Creek View, behind and do what she is meant to do. Then we meet Josh. The damaged and uncontrollable boy. The boy that left Creek View and joined the Marines. He hoped to never returned but unforeseen circumstances brought him back, minus a leg. What brings them together is their summer job. They both work at a small road-side motel. Even though Josh is a jerk to Skylar at times,  Skylar is compassionate towards him. In three months, we see a simple act of kindness can make a big difference. As they get closer, things get complicated. Yet when love is involved, it conquers all.  

I really enjoyed this book. I slowly felt in love with the characters. Skylar’s story is inspiring. Josh’s journey brought me to tears. Together, these two made an unforgettable love story. They helped each other to overcome their problems. They made each other better. 

What I loved most about I’ll Meet You There is how real it felt. Beautifully written, this book will make you believe that you are them. The struggles they go through are real. We heard about them everyday. Their struggles becomes yours. They will break you. Their hopes will become yours. They will make you whole. Such a surreal feel.

Basically, I’ll Meet You There is a must read!

Leydy Baltodano
Blogger & Book Reviewer, Once Upon a Twilight 

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

WHEN (Death Date) by Victoria Laurie

Review by Tamara

by Victoria Laurie
Age Range: 12 - 18 years
Grade Level: 7 - 12
Hardcover: 336 pages
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion (January 13, 2015)
Goodreads | Amazon

Maddie Fynn is a shy high school junior, cursed with an eerie intuitive ability: she sees a series of unique digits hovering above the foreheads of each person she encounters. Her earliest memories are marked by these numbers, but it takes her father's premature death for Maddie and her family to realize that these mysterious digits are actually deathdates, and just like birthdays, everyone has one.

Forced by her alcoholic mother to use her ability to make extra money, Maddie identifies the quickly approaching deathdate of one client's young son, but because her ability only allows her to see the when and not the how, she's unable to offer any more insight. When the boy goes missing on that exact date, law enforcement turns to Maddie.

Soon, Maddie is entangled in a homicide investigation, and more young people disappear and are later found murdered. A suspect for the investigation, a target for the murderer, and attracting the attentions of a mysterious young admirer who may be connected to it all, Maddie's whole existence is about to be turned upside down. Can she right things before it's too late?

Maddie’s been seeing numbers on people’s foreheads for as long as she can remember. After her father’s death when she was a little girl her family finally realizes that the numbers she sees are the dates people die. Maddie’s mother falls apart after her dad dies and starts drinking, since she can’t hold down a job she makes Maddie see clients, people who want to know when they or their loved ones are going to die. One client brings Maddie a whole lot of trouble. Maddie tells her about her son’s death, he’s killed and she blames Maddie.

The way Maddie is treated through the story really made me feel for her. She is bullied not only by the kids in her class but by teachers too. Everyone thinks she’s guilty and treats her that way. The FBI agents in the book are awful, they are constantly harassing Maddie with little to no proof. She has so much to deal with. I loved Maddie’s Uncle Donny, he’s one of the few people she can count on. He was always there for her and more a parent than her mother.

The mystery was pretty good, I suspected everyone and I was still wrong. I love it when books can surprise me. I had no clue who the killer was, I kept changing my mind on who I thought it was until it finally came out in the end.

There wasn’t a lot of romance in the book and I loved that. I gravitate more toward books without romance lately. Maddie has way too much going on for there to be a real love story going on here. There is a love interest but he’s barely in the book and I think it’s better that way. Plus the ending gives a little hope for Maddie on that front. The book focuses more on Maddie and her best friend Stubby. I love a good friendship, and also a friendship between a boy and girl with no romance thrown in. It can happen! Stubby get wrapped up in the trouble with Maddie and she does everything she can to help her friend even when it could hurt her.

All in all, I really enjoyed this book. It was a great mystery and kept my attention the whole way through.

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