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Monday, October 5, 2015

Ten Bookish Things I Want to Quit...

From Becca's Shelves...

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke & The Bookish

This week's topic is Top Ten Bookish Things I Want to Quit, aka the ten book series I think I'm going to abandon. Key word being *think*. Because since I'm such a moody reader, I might just get the urge to go ahead and finish them. Who knows? 

Partials (Partials Sequence series) by Dan Wells - I know I really enjoyed the first two books in this series. I'm pretty sure I have the last one, but so much dang time has passed that I have no idea what even happened. I would probably have to read both books again just so I could read the last one at this point. CURSE MY MEMORY!!! *raises fist*

The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle series) by Maggie Stievfater  - I just didn't like this one. I tried, guys. I really did. But nope. Can't do it. 

Unwind (Unwind Dystology) by Neal Shusterman - Okay, so I KNOW that I loved Unwind. I think I read the second and third one, but by now there's like another 2 on top of that I think? It just got to be too much for me. I think I would've liked it if there wasn't such a huge space between the first and the others. I don't know. 

Starters (Starters series) by Lissa Price - Starters was good, but it wasn't anything that really blew me away. That and the fact that I saw some not so stellar reviews for the 2nd book are the reasons why I'm saying thanks but no thanks to the rest of this duology.

Renegade (The Elysium Chronicles) by J.A. Souders  - Renegade was a meh book. I liked it, but I didn't really really like it, if that makes sense? I think I might have just read it at the wrong time, so I might be willing to give the rest of them a chance in some time.

The Selection by Keira Cass - In my defense, I loved the first three. I was hesitant when they announced more books, but decided to at least give it a try. I struggled through The Heir. I really really wanted to smack the princess upside the head, because she drove me absolutely cray cray. I don't think I can manage to push through anymore of that hot mess.

Taken by Erin Bowman - There wasn't anything bad about Taken, but I think the reason why I didn't absolutely adore it was because it came out right when it seemed like everything had already happened in dystopian. I remember being too busy thinking it was just too much like other books I'd already read to actually enjoy it.

Marked (House of Night series) by PC Cast & Kristin Cast - Way too many books. I lost interest.

Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices) by Cassandra Clare - This series was spoiled for me, and I'm still upset about it so I'm trying to put it off until I completely forget what happens in the end. 

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer series) by Michelle Hodkins - Another series that I tried to love because of hype but couldn't. I dnf'd the second book. See! I tried, but I just can't get into it. 

So what are some bookish things you want to quit? Any certain tropes you're sick of seeing? Wanting to quit certain books forever? Which ones? Let's discuss.

Review & Epic Giveaway: THE ELEMENTAL TRILOGY Featuring THE IMMORTAL HEIGHTS by Sherry Thomas

Review by Andye
The Burning Sky & The Perilous Sea
by Sherry Thomas

The Burning Sky opens with an amazing introduction that hooked me immediately, and I loved every single page that came after.  It was magical!  I almost felt a Harry Potterishness about this world. There was magic and mystery and a beautiful slow romance. I just can't begin to describe the depths of my love for this series, these characters, this world, that ROMANCE, all that action, and the incredible, incredible storyline. There is nothing I would change. Nothing. I could read these books a hundred times and never get tired of them. If you haven't read it,  Get The Burning Sky NOW!

The Elemental Series #3
by Sherry Thomas
Hardcover: 448 pages
Publisher: Balzer + Bray (October 13, 2015)
Language: English
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Iolanthe and Titus's mission comes to its thrilling end in the third book in the Elemental Trilogy—perfect for fans of Cinda Williams Chima and Kristin Cashore—which Publishers Weekly called "a wonderfully satisfying magical saga" in a starred review and Kirkus Reviews said "bids fair to be the next big epic fantasy success."

In a pursuit that spans continents, Iolanthe, Titus, and their friends have always managed to remain one step ahead of the forces of Atlantis. But now the Bane, the monstrous tyrant who bestrides the entire mage world, has issued his ultimatum: Titus must hand over Iolanthe, or watch as his entire realm is destroyed in a deadly rampage. Running out of time and options, Iolanthe and Titus decide to act now and deliver a final blow to the Bane that will end his reign of terror for good.

But getting to the Bane means accomplishing the impossible: finding a way to infiltrate his crypt in the deepest recesses of the most ferociously guarded fortress in Atlantis. And everything is only made more difficult when new prophecies come to light, foretelling a doomed effort. . . .

Iolanthe and Titus will put their love and their lives on the line. But will it be enough?  
It is the best feeling in the world to love a series from beginning to end. You know how it is, so often, that you love book one, only to be disappointed by the following books. I can't explain how happy I am that I loved every minute of every one of these books.

This series is phenomenal!

THE IMMORTAL HEIGHTS starts off where book 2 ends, with our friends in eminent danger, and the threat is constant through the entire book. The Bane will stop at nothing to get his hands on what he wants, and Titus and Iolanthe have to always stay one step ahead.

There are so many things that I love about this book, and this entire series. The world-building is so incredible. Not only is the world that our characters live in explored further, but also the world of The Crucible. I fell in love with these worlds and just want to be able to go there myself.

The characters are so fantastic as well. I adore the banter between Iolanthe and Titus.
"We are all going to die soon," he said, his voice barely audible. "Do you really wish to waste time being angry at me?" "Yes," she hissed. "I remain an unrepentant optimist. If I see that I'm about to die, or you, I will forgive you. But not until then, you bastard."
Titus has such a quick-wit and he's just so caring, kind and fiercely loyal. I loved the way Titus treats Iolanthe. LOVE. He sees her as a partner, but will also do anything to protect her.
"He was afraid -- she knew this because he did not hide his fear from her -- but beyond the fear was an unbreakable will."
"He loves you, in a way that is beyond me...What I mean is that you are everything to him. When he sees you, he sees the one with whom he has been to hell and back – the one who would accompany him to hell again, no questions asked."
This book was everything I could've hoped for in a finale. It kept me on the edge of my seat, ripped my heart open, made me laugh out loud again and again, and made me afraid to turn the pages . . . but unable to stop. This is one of the best series I've ever read. The writing is beautiful, the story is epic, and Titus is mine!

Expect Magic

Thanks to Rockstar Book Tours, we have an AMAZING giveaway for you!! Check it out, and make sure to follow the rest of the tour below!

Giveaway Details: 
  • For First Place: 1 winner will receive. The Burning Sky, The Perilous Sea, The Immortal Heights, and a handmade solid lotion bar and some homemade face scrubs, plus a burning sky bag.
  • Runners Up: 2 winners will receive The Burning Sky, The Perilous Sea, and The Immortal Heights. US Only  

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Tour Schedule:

Week One:

10/5/2015- Reading Teen- Review
10/6/2015- City of Books- Interview
10/7/2015- Fiction Fare- Review
10/8/2015- The Eater of Books!- Guest Post
10/9/2015- Fall Into Books- Review

Week Two:

10/12/2015- Carina's Books- Interview
10/13/2015- Nicks Book Blog- Review
10/14/2015- Fiktshun- Guest Post
10/15/2015- Reading with ABC- Review
10/16/2015- Two Chicks on Books- Interview

Sherry Thomas is one of the most acclaimed romance authors working today. Her books regularly receive starred reviews from trade publications and are frequently found on best-of-the-year lists. She is also a two-time winner of Romance Writers of America's prestigious RITA® Award.

English is Sherry's second language—she has come a long way from the days when she made her laborious way through Rosemary Roger's Sweet Savage Love with an English-Chinese dictionary. She enjoys digging down to the emotional core of stories. And when she is not writing, she thinks about the zen and zaniness of her profession, plays computer games with her sons, and reads as many fabulous books as she can find.

Sherry’s next book, The Immortal Heights volume three of her young adult fantasy trilogy, will be available fall 2015.

Author photo by the lovely and talented Jennifer Sparks Harriman at Sparks Studio.

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The Survival Guide to Bullying by Aija Mayrock \\ Video & Excerpt

Aija Mayrock
Releasing: June 30th, 2015

NEW, updated edition! Written by a teenager, this kid-friendly, inspiring book is filled with advice, tips, and strategies for how to deal with bullying. NEW, updated edition! Written by a teenager who was bullied throughout middle school and high school, this kid-friendly book offers a fresh and relatable perspective on bullying. Along the way, the author offers guidance as well as different strategies that helped her get through even the toughest of days. The Survival Guide to Bullying covers everything from cyber bullying to how to deal with fear and how to create the life you dream of having. From inspiring "roems" (rap poems), survival tips, personal stories, and quick quizzes, this book will light the way to a brighter future. This updated edition also features new, never-before-seen content including a chapter about how to talk to parents, an epilogue, and an exclusive Q&A with the author.
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Meet Aija from Chip Warren on Vimeo.


Aija Mayrock is a 19-year-old girl who experienced bullying firsthand. Instead of letting her experiences break her down, she channeled her positive energy into writing and self-publishing The Survival Guide to Bullying, where she shares the strategies that helped her survive and thrive. Aija writes about how to handle bullying, cyber bullying, dealing with fear, personal safety, and ultimately creating the life that you dream of having. Aija is also an accomplished screenwriter. Her film Diego received a Silver Key from Scholastic’s Art and Writing Awards. Visit Aija online at

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Friday, October 2, 2015

THE DETOUR S.A. Bodeen\\ Interview & Giveaway

by S.A. Bodeen
Age Range: 12 - 18 years
Hardcover: 224 pages
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends (October 6, 2015)
Language: English
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Livvy Flynn is a big deal - she's a New York Times-bestselling author whose YA fiction has sold all over the world. She's rich, she's famous, she's gorgeous, and she's full of herself. When she's invited to an A-list writer's conference, she decides to accept so she can have some time to herself. She's on a tight deadline for her next book, and she has no intention of socializing with the other industry people at the conference. And then she hits the detour.

Before she knows it, her brand new car is wrecked, she's hurt, and she's tied to a bed in a nondescript shack in the middle of nowhere. A woman and her apparently manic daughter have kidnapped her. And they have no intention of letting her go.
Today we have Stephanie Bodeen with us to talk about her upcoming release DETOUR, about a writer that gets a little closer to a couple of (crazy) readers than she ever expected. Don't miss the giveaway at the bottom!

Where did the idea for THE DETOUR come from?

I had been reading so much about young people getting these huge publishing deals, and I wanted to write about one. And it turned out to be something of a cautionary tale.

Do you ever worry this (or something stalker-ish) will happen in real life?

I doubt very much I’m at that level of success where one has to worry about such things, but I’ve gotten some odd emails that have made me uncomfortable. I’m a little cautious about letting people know where I live and all that. You just never know.

How old were you when you wrote your first book?

I woke up on the morning of my 30th birthday and jotted down a first draft of what would become Elizabeti’s Doll, the first picture book I sold. So perhaps I was a little late to the game, but I just wasn’t ready before then.

Do you identify with any of the characters in your book?

Honestly, maybe Peg? The release of my first novel resembled her experience way more than it did Livvy’s. Everything came so easy for Livvy and I had a harder road, much like Peg. But that’s where the comparison ends, trust me…

What book would you recommend (other than yours) to our readers?

Only one? Yikes. I’ll go with a scary one: SHUTTER by Courtney Alameda.

Thanks Stephanie! We'll definitely be checking that one out!

THE DETOUR releases on October 6th! Check out our review here!

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Thursday, October 1, 2015

5 Reasons Why You Should Subscribe To Uppercase Box...

From Becca...

Today, I have a super exciting post for you guys. I was lucky enough to be sent an Uppercase subscription box for the month of September to review! Thank you so much Lisa for allowing Reading Teen the opportunity to convince all of our readers that Uppercase is the subscription box they need in their lives!

First, some of the basics:

Uppercase is a monthly subscription box for Young Adult book lovers. Each box contains a brand new, recently published YA book that Uppercase has personally read and recommends (which is ALSO either signed by the author or comes with a signed book plate), 1-2 bookish bonus item(s), a handwritten, personalized letter explaining why they chose that specific book, access to exclusive author content and a Goodreads group to discuss the book.

There are three different levels of boxes: 

  • Expert - $23, which includes everything I described above. 
  • Personalized - $29, This is the plan to pick if you are scared you're going to get a book you already own. Lisa, the founder of Uppercase, will personally pick a book based on your tastes.
  • Book Exclusive - $17, which is exactly what the name suggests, it is exclusively the book and bonus content, plus publisher-provided goodies that come in the Expert box. It will just be missing the bookish item. 
Still not sure whether you want to take the plunge into the greatest surprise you could gift yourself (or a friend) with every month? Take a look at some of their past box selections! Uppercase has been up and running since August 2014, so you have plenty of pictures to peruse through. 

So enough of my probably want to know WHY I think this box is so great. What exactly ARE those 5 reasons to subscribe to Uppercase? 

1. It's the best surprise to gift yourself with. Sure you might not know what book you're going to get. You could possibly already own it. BUT I'm a pretty avid book buyer, which is what made me hesitant to subscription boxes in the first place, but this was a book that I really wanted, and hadn't bought yet! I was amazed! Of course, Uppercase recommends you don't purchase any newly released books (in the past month) just in case you get a duplicate, but the chance is very slim. 

2. It comes in this epic packaging. Uppercase was shipped to me via Priority USPS, which was great because I was sent a tracking number, and it was on my porch extremely quick! I opened the envelope, and found this adorable printed Uppercase bag, which sort of made me squeal just a tiny bit, because I'm a bag/tote lady (remember?), and I have the perfect use for it. Although, I'm not sure if I want a whole bunch of them. I don't know what I would do with a year's worth of them. 

3. It's pretty cheap for a subscription box. From the research I've personally done, I've found that most boxes are around $29 plus shipping, which is kind of too much in my opinion. But I could totally get behind the $23 (plus shipping), because that's just a little bit more than what you would pay for the book anyways, and the extra content/bookish items totally make it worth it! 

4. The extra bookish items are EXCLUSIVE only to Uppercase subscribers. That's right. If you aren't a subscriber and want that super cute To Be Read notebook I got in the September box, you can't. (I kind of feel like inserting an evil muahaha laugh here). That should be reason enough, because every single past month's exclusive items are things that I want, and I'm kicking myself for not subscribing sooner, because I NEEDS THEM! 

5. The Behind-the-Scenes content is a book lover's dream. I mean, who doesn't love knowing insider info about the book you're reading? Each book comes with little sticky notes on certain pages that are the key to a truly unique reading experience. Just type in the website and code word, and unlock all types of polls, videos, and questions that pertain to that specific part of the book!

Honestly, I wasn't expecting to be as blown away by a subscription box. I was definitely not planning on eventually subscribing to one. I just didn't think it was a "Becca" kind of thing. But this Uppercase Box popped my subscription box cherry, and I'm never looking back. I can't think of anything bad to say about Uppercase. The customer service was superb. The shipping was fast and efficient. The packaging was subtle, but professional and unique. The book was a fantastic choice! I think my favorite part was the handwritten, personalized note. I loved the fact that Lisa took the time to write each of her subscribers a heartfelt little note about why she chose the specific book she did. I think what makes Uppercase stand out from other subscription boxes is the fact that Lisa knows what she's doing. She's been in the book blogging world for the past 4 years, and knows what readers expect/want from books and extra bookish goodies. You can definitely tell she puts a lot of work, thought, and detail into each item. Plus the fact that each book comes with an exclusive reading experience with exclusive content. You can't get that anywhere else as far as I know, and it makes Uppercase wholly unique in that respect. 

If you're on the fence on whether or not to describe, take it from one recently converted subscription box newb to another, just do it. You won't be disappointed-- I can guarantee that. 

P.S. Those HP earrings are totally my new favorite thing. 

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