Hello? Valentine’s Special Sale + Giveaway

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There’s a special Valentine’s sale for Hello? by Liza Wiemer. If you buy a copy (for yourself, or someone else), you can enter the below Rafflecopter to win one of three $10 Amazon gift cards! I’ve read this book, and it’s amazing (see my review here). And you can’t go wrong if you buy it for 99 cents! That’s a steal! For your convenience, below are the links where you can purchase the eBook/read more more about it:

 

Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo |Goodreads

 

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Waiting on Wednesday [27]

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly awaiting.

 

There are so many books I’m excited about, so I’ll definitely keep doing Waiting on Wednesday. With that said, here’s my pick that I can’t wait for.

 

In Real Life

Title: In Real Life
Author: Jessica Love
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Publication date: March 1, 2016
Summary (via Goodreads): Hannah Cho and Nick Cooper have been best friends since 8th grade. They talk for hours on the phone, regularly shower each other with presents, and know everything there is to know about one another.

There’s just one problem: Hannah and Nick have never actually met.

Hannah has spent her entire life doing what she’s supposed to, but when her senior year spring break plans get ruined by a rule-breaker, she decides to break a rule or two herself. She impulsively decides to road trip to Vegas, her older sister and BFF in tow, to surprise Nick and finally declare her more-than-friend feelings for him.

Hannah’s romantic gesture backfires when she gets to Vegas and meets Nick’s girlfriend, whom he failed to mention. And it turns out his relationship status isn’t the only thing he’s been lying to her about. Hannah knows the real Nick can’t be that different from the online Nick she knows and loves, but now she only has one night in Sin City to figure out what her feelings for Nick really are, all while discovering how life can change when you break the rules every now and then.


Why I Chose This Book:

I’ll be requesting this book very soon, and crossing my fingers that my request will be approved, because this book sounds great. Online/long distance relationships are so prevalent in our society, so I think this book will be easy to relate to for most teens/adults. I can’t wait to see what happens between Hannah and Nick in Sin City! 😉

 

What upcoming releases are you most excited about?

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten OTPs

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Every week there’s a new topic for a top ten list.

 

This week’s topic is a Valentine’s Day themed freebie! Top Ten Books That Would Make Great Valentine’s Day Reads (or anti-Valentine’s Day Reads), Top Ten OTPs, Top Ten Fictional Crushes, Top Ten Great Love Declarations in Fiction, Swoony Quotes from Books, etc. I’m choosing to focus on Top Ten OTPs (one true pairings).

 

The Start of Me and You  Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda  Cress  Since You've Been Gone  Crown of Midnight

Paige and Max

Simon and Blue

Cress and Thorne

Emily and Frank

Celaena and Chaol

Fangirl  Lola and the Boy Next Door  Everything, Everything Cover  To All the Boys I've Loved Before  Twilight

Cath and Levi

Lola and Cricket

Maddy and Olly

Lara Jean and Peter

Bella and Edward

 

Are any of these couples your OTPs? Any other books I should read to get more amazing OTPs?

February SST: Symptoms of Being Human by Jeff Garvin Review + Giveaway

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Welcome to the Sunday Street Team! I received an ARC of this book in exchange for a honest review. It was so good, and beautifully written! I gave it 5 out of 5 stars.

 


Symptoms of Being HumanTitle:
Symptoms of Being Human
Author: Jeff Garvin
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Publication date:
February 2, 2016
Summary (via Goodreads): The first thing you’re going to want to know about me is: Am I a boy, or am I a girl?

 

Riley Cavanaugh is many things: Punk rock. Snarky. Rebellious. And gender fluid. Some days Riley identifies as a boy, and others as a girl. The thing is . . . Riley isn’t exactly out yet. And between starting a new school and having a congressman father running for reelection in uber-conservative Orange County, the pressure—media and otherwise—is building up in Riley’s so-called “normal” life.

 

On the advice of a therapist, Riley starts an anonymous blog to vent those pent-up feelings and tell the truth of what it’s REALLY like to be a gender-fluid teenager. But just as Riley’s starting to settle in at school—even developing feelings for a mysterious outcast—the blog goes viral, and an unnamed commenter discovers Riley’s real identity, threatening exposure. Riley must make a choice: walk away from what the blog has created—a lifeline, new friends, a cause to believe in—or stand up, come out, and risk everything.

 


 

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I really loved this book. I was so happy that I was part of the Sunday Street Team for this book, and was able to review an eARC from Edelweiss. This book was definitely 5 out of 5 stars in my opinion.

 

This is a diverse novel, with the main character identifying as gender fluid. The story really sucks you in. A few things throughout the book were kind of predictable, at least to me, but I think I’m a pretty good guesser at what’s going to happen in a book. I loved seeing the world through Riley’s eyes, learning more about what being gender fluid really means. The writing was unique and absolutely beautiful. My stomach was full of butterflies, and a smile overtook my face often while reading. I even cried some.

 

Besides my enormous love for Riley, I really liked Bec as well. Solo was okay at parts, especially towards the last half of the book. Riley’s parents annoyed me here and there throughout the book. They were too demanding; helicopter parents always hovering and bugging Riley. I thought the blog posts were really interesting and informative. The romance wasn’t very prominent in the book, but I loved it nevertheless. The pairing was absolutely adorable.

 

I didn’t find any book boyfriends in this book, but it was definitely still worth the read. The parts where I cried, my heart felt like it was breaking. I don’t want to say what happened, because it would spoil the book, but wow, just wow.

 

Some of my favorite lines: “‘Why does that make you think I’m from the Midwest?’ Solo shrugs. ‘Where else could you develop such contempt for traditional American values?'” and “Ten minutes later we’re speeding down the freeway, Solo’s hatchback shuddering like a porta-potty in a 5.0 magnitude earthquake.” and “‘As for wondering if it’s okay to be who you are–that’s not a symptom of mental illness. That’s a symptom of being a person.'”

 

Final note: Jeff did an amazing job with his debut book, and I’d highly recommend it to anyone who loves diverse books. I loved it so much that I had to buy a hardcover copy for my personal library! Check it out!

 


5 stars

 


 

about the author

 

Before becoming a novelist, Jeff Garvin acted on TV and toured as the lead singer of a rock band. He has a BFA in Film from Chapman University and lives in Southern California, surrounded by adorable, shedding beasts.

 


 

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Stacking the Shelves [14]

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Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews. Stacking the Shelves is about sharing the books you’re adding to your shelves. You can include books you buy in a physical store or online, books your borrow from the library or friends, review books, gifts and eBooks.

 

It’s quite a while since I’ve posted for Stacking the Shelves, so without further ado, here we go. I bought some books from BookOutlet and Amazon (I’m cheating a bit here and showing off books I’ve purchased in the last month or so, since it’s been a while since I did a STS post). I’ve also been making good use of my library with audiobooks, and ebooks this past week. I’ve only requested a few Netgalley eARCs, but I haven’t heard back yet. However, I did get approved for a couple titles from Edelweiss.

 

With that said, here are the books I’ve bought, borrowed, and received this past week:

 

Bought:

Open Road Summer Since You've Been Gone Stand-Off The Love That Split the World Underwater To All the Boys I've Loved Before P.S. I Still Love You A Criminal Magic The Winner's Kiss Salt to the Sea Symptoms of Being Human This Savage Song The Star-Touched Queen Suffer Love Grave Mercy Water for Elephants Fans of the Impossible Life My Heart and Other Black Holes Not Okay Cupid The Secrets of Attraction Between Us and the Moon Entwined The Improbable Theory of Ana and Zak Crimson Bound

 

Edelweiss:

The Way I Used to Be South of Sunshine

 

Borrowed:

Let's Get Lost Eclipse The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner Breaking Dawn Before I Fall Boy Meets Boy The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants Kissing in America The Beginning of Everything

 

Won:

The Fault in Our Stars The Gaia Chronicles Birth of Hope Dead Ringer The Last Time We Were Us My Lady Jane

 

What are you Stacking the Shelves with this week? Any books you can’t wait to read?

Contemporary Romance for Newbies

I’m doing this post as part of the Contemporary Romance Reading Challenge I signed up for at the beginning of the year. The objective is to highlight books/authors that people could start with if they’re interested in giving contemporary romance a try. Contemporary romance is probably my all-time favorite genre, no matter the age category. Something about the swoony romance, the fantastic male characters that I want to make my book boyfriends, the way I squeal with happiness at the cute parts, etc. just makes me love love (at least in books). So without further ado, here are some of my top author choices (along with book recommendations) for contemporary romance for young adult and adult age categories:

 

Young Adult

 

This Lullaby Lock and Key Just Listen

Sarah Dessen

 The Start of Me and You Open Road Summer

Emery Lord

Anna and the French Kiss Lola and the Boy Next Door Isla and the Happily Ever After

Stephanie Perkins

To All the Boys I've Loved Before P.S. I Still Love You

Jenny Han

Fangirl Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda Since You've Been Gone

Rainbow Rowell / Becky Albertalli / Morgan Matson

 

Adult

 

A Walk In The Park Don't Want to Miss a Thing To the Moon and Back Rumour Has It Staying at Daisy's

Jill Mansell

Chasing Perfect Almost Perfect Finding Perfect

Susan Mallery

Deep Dish Hissy Fit

Mary Kay Andrews

Match Me If You Can Natural Born Charmer What I Did for Love Call Me Irresistible The Great Escape

Susan Elizabeth Phillips

Queen of Babble Queen of Babble in the Big City Queen of Babble Gets Hitched

Meg Cabot

Remember Me Twenties Girl

Sophie Kinsella

Cross My Heart Lucky Charm The Bachelor Hot Stuff Serendipity

Carly Phillips

How to Bake a Perfect Life The Lost Recipe for Happiness

Barbara O’Neal

Tell Me Lies Crazy For You Bet Me Anyone But You Welcome to Temptation

Jennifer Crusie

 

Have you read any of these authors? If so, which books? Any author recommendations for me?

Waiting on Wednesday [26]

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly awaiting.

 

There are so many books I’m excited about, so I’ll definitely keep doing Waiting on Wednesday. With that said, here’s my pick that I can’t wait for.

 

You Were Here

Title: You Were Here
Author: Cori McCarthy
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Publication date: March 1, 2016
Summary (via Goodreads): Grief turned Jaycee into a daredevil, but can she dare to deal with her past?

On the anniversary of her daredevil brother’s death, Jaycee attempts to break into Jake’s favorite hideout—the petrifying ruins of an insane asylum. Joined by four classmates, each with their own brand of dysfunction, Jaycee discovers a map detailing her brother’s exploration and the unfinished dares he left behind.

As a tribute to Jake, Jaycee vows to complete the dares, no matter how terrifying or dangerous. What she doesn’t bargain on is her eccentric band of friends who challenge her to do the unthinkable: reveal the parts of herself that she buried with her brother.


Why I Chose This Book:

This book sounds thrilling, intense, and so good! I was so happy when Netgalley approved my request. Since it doesn’t come out for another month, there aren’t a ton of reviews yet, but the ones it has so far have been pretty good. I can’t wait to read it!

 

What upcoming releases are you most excited about?

February 2016 TBR

Here’s my tentative February TBR list. I won’t get to all these books this month, but I can try to read as many as possible! I’m a mood reader, so I need options.

 

Currently reading:

New Moon Will Grayson, Will Grayson

 

Starting soon:

Truthwitch

 

To read:

 Amy & Roger's Epic Detour Second Chance Summer Underwater The Love That Split the World Winter Carry On I'll Meet You There All the Bright Places The Coldest Girl in Coldtown The F- It List This Song Will Save Your Life The Year We Fell Apart My Heart and Other Black Holes The Beginning of Everything The Distance from A to Z Let's Get Lost Crown of Midnight Heir of Fire Queen of Shadows Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Eclipse The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner Breaking Dawn Before I Fall Boy Meets Boy The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants Kissing in America Bookishly Ever After Did I Mention I Need You Blackhearts Where You'll Find MeLiars and Losers Like Us

 

Have you read any of these books? Which ones should I move to the top of my TBR list?

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Futuristic Settings

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Every week there’s a new topic for a top ten list.

 

This week’s topic is Top Ten Historical Settings You Love/Ten Historical Settings You’d Love To See or Top Futuristic Books You Love/Ten Futuristic Societies I’d Love To Read in Books. Honestly, I haven’t read a ton of futuristic, or historical, YA novels, so I’m going to list the ones I love, and then list ones I want to read very soon. The focus of this post will be on futuristic societies, even though I do love historical books as well. Maybe I’ll do that post for the next freebie week! All of these books are part of a completed, or continuing, series. I just listed the first book for each series.

 

The Hunger Games  Cinder  The Selection  Divergent  Breathe

1. The Hunger Games  I absolutely love this series. It’s been a while since I read the books (I read them after the first movie came out on DVD), so I think it’s time for a re-read soon.

2. Cinder  Another fantastic series. I read the first 3 books (and novella) in 2015, and I can’t wait to finish the series with Winter. Hopefully I’ll get around to that book this month!

3. The Selection – I love the Bachelor, so a book that combines that type of competition plus a dystopian world is amazing. The series is pretty cute. The first three books are the best in my opinion, because I don’t really like Eadlyn.

4. Divergent – The first two books were pretty good, and the third book sucked in my opinion. I hate how the series ended.

5. Breathe – This duology was interesting and entertaining. It’s a little reminiscent of some dystopian features from The Selection, Divergent, and The Hunger Games.

Forget Tomorrow  Illuminae  The Winner's Curse  Shatter Me  The 5th Wave

6. Forget Tomorrow – I received an eARC from Netgalley of this book, and I really enjoyed it. I can’t wait to read the next book in this series.

7. Illuminae – A lot of people have told me to read this book, so I’m hoping to read it soon.

8. The Winner’s Curse – I’ve heard great things about these books, so I’d love to read the trilogy.

9. Shatter Me – This is another series I’ve wanted to read for a while. I’m going to read it for one of my A Series A Month picks.

10. The 5th Wave – The movie previews look pretty good, so I’d like to read the books as well.

 

Some other books I’d like to read eventually (please note: sorry in advance if all of these books aren’t futuristic! I picked books based on a dystopian genre): These Broken Stars, Free to Fall, Under the Never Sky, Delirium, The Darkest Minds, The Program, The Kiss of Deception, This Savage Song, Incarnate, The Maze Runner, Perfected, Zodiac, An Ember in the Ashes, Tracked, Court of Fives, Red Rising, Legend, The Young Elites, The 100, The Queen of the Tearling, Matched, etc.

 

Have you read any of the futuristic books listed here? If so, what’d you think of them? Any others good ones you’d suggest?

You’re Still the One Blog Tour by Sasha Clinton Interview + Giveaway

Sasha contacted me to be part of her blog tour, and I happily said yes. Below you’ll find her answers to some interview questions, plus a giveaway for a chance to win one of three ebooks. The first 5 chapters of this book can be downloaded from Sasha’s website by subscribing to her newsletter.

 

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Title: You’re Still the One
Author: 
Sasha Clinton
Series:
NYC Singles #1
Publication date:
February 27, 2016
Summary (via Goodreads): One love. One man. Two chances.

 

Ashley has her life sorted out. After a painful divorce, she has now rebuilt her life as an editor. She is happy with her life—until her ex-husband Andrew walks into it, opening up the deep scars that even time has failed to heal.

 

He’s gorgeous, funny and as utterly tempting as he was seven years ago. Plus, being the editor for his new book, she cannot avoid him. But Andrew has his own issues lingering from the past.

 

Bound together by work, every breath they take draws them closer, into the same hopeless, passionate love that they once shared…

 


 

 

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Was there anything specific in your life that made you want to write?

I’ve always enjoyed writing and used to write a lot throughout my school years. But after I started university, I don’t know why I stopped writing all of a sudden. When my mother passed away last year, it triggered off an obsessive need to write again. I wrote a lot of books last year, most of them really bad, but they were crucial steps towards improving my craft and establishing a writing routine. You’re Still The One was also written in 2015.

 

What’s your favorite color?

White. But unfortunately, I’m unable to keep white things white, so I don’t own a lot of white clothes or white shoes. 🙁

 

Do you have a favorite background character in You’re Still the One?

Andrew’s father, Carl Smith. He’s not a particularly likable character, but he is a very complex character who grows a lot during the book.

 

If you were on a deserted island, what’s one book that you’d want to have with you?

I’d rather have an iPad (I read on my iPad) and an internet connection, so I could read any book I wanted to (I’m cheating here, aren’t I?).

 

Have you started working on book two in this series? Do you know how many books there are going to be in the series?

Yes, I’ve started writing book two. It’s called ‘In my Arms Tonight’. You can find the cover on my website. There are three books planned for this series but that number could increase to include novellas depending on the response I get from my readers.

 

If you could have any job in the world, what would you choose and why?

I’d want to be a writer. The lifestyle of a writer really suits me, plus I love to write. My second choice would be to be a singer/songwriter because I love music too.

 

Do you have any advice for writers looking to be published?

I’ll talk about self-publishing here, since I’ve never been traditionally published. I’d say it’s really important to get your work edited and polished so it’s the best it can be. I’ve seen firsthand how much of a difference editing has made for my book and for my growth as a writer. But that said, the editor your work with must understand and respond to your style and vision for the book, otherwise it’s going to be a disharmonious relationship. The other thing that’s also equally important is to be disciplined about writing and try to write every day.

 

Have you read any good books lately?

I finished reading The Screaming Staircase by Jonathan Stroud recently. It’s a fantasy/mystery novel for younger readers. I loved it. The characters were so well fleshed out and plot was incredibly clever. I can’t wait to read the next book in that series.

 

Chocolate or vanilla?

Vanilla.

 

What are some of your hobbies?

Apart from reading and writing, I like to dance and exercise. I find that physical activity improves my concentration and mood and makes me very happy.

 


 

 

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