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Saturday, April 18, 2015

Clearing My Bookshelves #Giveaway!

I'm in need of a little Bookshelf Spring Cleaning, and I'm also in need of some new Instagram friends! So, I thought I'd kill two birds with one stone and have an Instagram Bookshelf Cleaning Giveaway!

The winner can pick FOUR books from the picture (or if you want to pay for shipping, you can have them all).

Books on the left are hardcover, and on the right are paperbacks/ARCs. International!

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Friday, April 17, 2015

Me Being Me Is Exactly as Insane as You Being You by Todd Hasak-Lowy

Review by Krista

by Todd Hasak-Lowy
Hardcover: 656 pages
Publisher: Simon Pulse; First Edition edition (March 24, 2015)
Language: English
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A heartfelt, humorous story of a teen boy’s impulsive road trip after the shock of his lifetime—told entirely in lists!

Darren hasn't had an easy year.

There was his parents’ divorce, which just so happened to come at the same time his older brother Nate left for college and his longtime best friend moved away. And of course there’s the whole not having a girlfriend thing.

Then one Thursday morning Darren's dad shows up at his house at 6 a.m. with a glazed chocolate doughnut and a revelation that turns Darren’s world inside out. In full freakout mode, Darren, in a totally un-Darren move, ditches school to go visit Nate. Barely twenty-four hours at Nate’s school makes everything much better or much worse—Darren has no idea. It might somehow be both. All he knows for sure is that in addition to trying to figure out why none of his family members are who they used to be, he’s now obsessed with a strangely amazing girl who showed up out of nowhere but then totally disappeared.

Told entirely in lists, Todd Hasak-Lowy's debut YA novel perfectly captures why having anything to do with anyone, including yourself, is:

1. painful
2. unavoidable
3. ridiculously complicated
4. possibly, hopefully the right thing after all.

The appeal I initially felt for the book was the fact that it is written in lists. At an incredible 656 pages I felt that It would be a fast read if all done in list form. Not all the lists are written in such few words, but paragraphs at a time and eventually had the feel of reading a diary for me. It was not a fast read and at times I felt Darren was rambling and jumped around a lot.

Darren is on his way to turning 16 and does not only have one huge event happen in his life, but more around 5 life changing events that take place. The story give us insights into a pretty normal boys mind. From girls, music, family and school. His daily struggles to just make it through the day in a very emotionally hard time in his life. Even though I did feel that at times he jumps around a lot from the past to present day, it was pretty easy to follow and understand the connections he was making.

When is father breaks some news to him, Darren's life gets thrown off track and he cannot concentrate. He focuses on his need to see his brother who recently left for college. Deciding it is what he needs more than anything he decides to get on a bus and go see him. With unexpected events and new life experiences the trip leaves Darren a changed man. Only to return home to new hardships and (more) life changing news. It is very much a coming of age story, full of drama, heartache and love.

As there are no chapters or markings to help a reader remember where they left off, it's highly recommended you use a book mark at all times. I have seen this book recommended to fans of John Green and I do agree with that statement. The book also has different section breaks and that is how I approached the story, by reading a section at a time which made it easier for me to read. Darren is a great main character and somebody I could see myself being friends with.

I'm an Into the Dark Ambassador!!

Hello fellow bloggers, Anna here! I was chosen to be one of Bree Despain's Into the Dark Ambassador! I'm super excited to be doing this. Bree is one of my top 5 favorite authors. Her first series; The Dark Divine is one of my favorites and forever will be. Bree is an amazing author and I am proud to announce that she has come out with a new series! Its called The Shadow Prince series and the first book is available to buy on Amazon right now! 
The Dark Divine Series
The Eternity Key (Book #2) is available to Pre-Order on Amazon.
I will be doing reviews and more here once a week for six weeks! 

Haden Lord, the disgraced prince of the Underrealm, has been sent to the mortal world to entice a girl into returning with him to the land of the dead. Posing as a student at Olympus Hills High—a haven for children of the rich and famous—Haden must single out the one girl rumored to be able to restore immortality to his race.

Daphne Raines has dreams much bigger than her tiny southern Utah town, so when her rock star dad suddenly reappears, offering her full tuition to Olympus Hills High’s prestigious music program, she sees an opportunity to catch the break she needs to make it as a singer. But upon moving into her estranged father’s mansion in California, and attending her glamorous new school, Daphne soon realizes she isn’t the only student in Olympus who doesn’t quite belong.

Haden and Daphne—destined for each other—know nothing of the true stakes their fated courtship entails.  As war between the gods brews, the teenagers’ lives collide. But Daphne won’t be wooed easily and when it seems their prophesied link could happen, Haden realizes something he never intended—he’s fallen in love. Now to save themselves, Haden and Daphne must rewrite their destinies. But as their destinies change, so do the fates of both their worlds.

A pulsating romance of epic proportions, Bree Despain’s The Shadow Prince will leave her fans breathless for the next book in the Into The Dark series. 


Thursday, April 16, 2015


Review by Leydy
by Jen Brooks
Age Range: 12 and up
Grade Level: 7 and up
Hardcover: 432 pages
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (April 28, 2015)
Goodreads | Amazon
Imagination takes on new meaning for a uniquely talented teen in this debut novel that is a breathtaking blend of contemporary, fantasy, and romance.

Sometimes Jonathan Aubrey wishes he could just disappear. And as luck—or fate—would have it, he can. Ever since coming out of a coma as a kid, he has been able to create alternate worlds. Worlds where he is a superhero, or a ladies’ man, or simply a better version of himself. That’s the world he’s been escaping to most since sophomore year, a world where he has everything he doesn’t have in real life: friends, a place of honor on the track team, passing grades, and most importantly, Kylie Simms as his girlfriend.

But when Jonathan confuses his worlds senior year and tries to kiss the real Kylie Simms, everything unravels. The real Kylie actually notices Jonathan…and begins obsessing over him. The fantasy version of Kylie struggles to love Jonathan as she was created to do, and the consequences are disastrous. As his worlds collide, Jonathan must confront the truth of his power and figure out where he actually belongs—before he loses both Kylies forever.  
Have you ever closed your eyes and picture a different world? Maybe even imagine to be dating the person you like? Have you picture a loved one alive, when you know she or he is dead? Have you ever wanted to be in another place or have things you just can’t get in the real world? A world that is just in your liking. 

In a World Just Right, Jonathan Aubrey creates a new world. A world in which his parents are still alive. A world that he isn’t shy. A world that he has friends and even dates the girl he likes. Jon has created a world that is just right for him. A world with happiness. A world that he is not called Frankenstein. A world that his burns and scars are simply symbols of surviving. A world in which he doesn’t limp and is able to run.

Little did I know this book will make me cry. The tragedy Jonathan goes thru is one that I wish no one would go thru. It is a harsh world and when we lose the ones we love, we realize life is precious to waste. Even the simple act of walking is precious - we have to be grateful for it. Some are not fortunate to walk, others are able to walk but while limping. 

There are some parts In A World Just Right that will break you, there are parts that will make you smile, but most of all there is a twist in the story that is mind-blowing. I was utterly and completely blown away with the last pages. I recommend this book to everyone. It is a piece of art that will show you the beauty of life.
Peace, Love + Twilight,
Leydy Baltodano
Blogger & Book Reviewer, Once Upon a Twilight

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

NOWHERE BUT HERE by Katie McGarry {Trailer Reveal & Pre-order Giveaway}

Today we have the honor of taking part in the Trailer Reveal for Katie McGarry's NOWHERE BUT HERE! NOWHERE BUT HERE is a Young Adult Contemporary Romance from Harlequin Teen and is the first book in Katie McGarry’s new Thunder Road Series. It will be available May 26th, 2015!!

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An unforgettable new series from acclaimed author Katie McGarry about taking risks, opening your heart and ending up in a place you never imagined possible.

Seventeen-year-old Emily likes her life the way it is: doting parents, good friends, good school in a safe neighborhood. Sure, she's curious about her biological father—the one who chose life in a motorcycle club, the Reign of Terror, over being a parent—but that doesn't mean she wants to be a part of his world. But when a reluctant visit turns to an extended summer vacation among relatives she never knew she had, one thing becomes clear: nothing is what it seems. Not the club, not her secret-keeping father and not Oz, a guy with suck-me-in blue eyes who can help her understand them both. Oz wants one thing: to join the Reign of Terror. They're the good guys. They protect people. They're…family. And while Emily—the gorgeous and sheltered daughter of the club's most respected member—is in town, he's gonna prove it to her. So when her father asks him to keep her safe from a rival club with a score to settle, Oz knows it's his shot at his dream. What he doesn't count on is that Emily just might turn that dream upside down. No one wants them to be together. But sometimes the right person is the one you least expect, and the road you fear the most is the one that leads you home.   

Katie McGarry Author PhotoAbout Katie McGarry: Katie McGarry was a teenager during the age of grunge and boy bands and remembers those years as the best and worst of her life. She is a lover of music, happy endings, reality television, and is a secret University of Kentucky basketball fan. Katie is the author of full length YA novels, PUSHING THE LIMITS, DARE YOU TO, CRASH INTO YOU, TAKE ME ON, BREAKING THE RULES, and NOWHERE BUT HERE and the e-novellas, CROSSING THE LINE and RED AT NIGHT. Her debut YA novel, PUSHING THE LIMITS was a 2012 Goodreads Choice Finalist for YA Fiction, a RT Magazine's 2012 Reviewer's Choice Awards Nominee for Young Adult Contemporary Novel, a double Rita Finalist, and a 2013 YALSA Top Ten Teen Pick. DARE YOU TO was also a Goodreads Choice Finalist for YA Fiction and won RT Magazine’s Reviewer’s Choice Best Book Award for Young Adult Contemporary fiction in 2013.

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