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Wednesday, July 23
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Coliloquy Summer Reading Challenge!

Colioquy is hosting their first Reading Challenge this summer and I’d like to personally invite you to participate in this fun reading adventure. If you are not familiar with this publisher, then you clearly don’t read my blog regularly. BUT I’ll forgive you and you can find out more about them and see a list of their titles here:  http://www.coliloquy.com/about/coliloquy/

The challenge will run between July 7 - August 31, and you can follow along on the Summer Reading Goodreads page and on Twitter using the hashtag #SummerReading. The challenge will be a point based system and depending on how you participate (i.e. blogger and/or reader), you will be eligible to receive FREE Coliloquy titles and win lots of cool prizes.  The more you do, the more you receive. And you get to have fun reading while doing it!

And it gets even better… to kickstart the reading challenge, Coliloquy has dropped the price of several titles. Just for the summer the following books will be offered for FREE across various platforms : King Solomon’s Wives: Hunted, Totlandia: Book 1,  Witch’s Brew, Spellspinners 1, and Georgetown Academy, Book 1. Additionally, Dead Letter Office, Parish Mail 1 and The Great Panty Caper are both available for FREE on Wattpad.

Also, for the new adult fans, Coliloquy is offering an EXCLUSIVE discounted price ($4.99) for Game. Set. Match. a sporty summer romance that has taken fans by storm! Click on the link below and enter promo code: GSM Summer Reading for this amazing promotional price! https://buy.coliloquy.com/obxtheseries

HOW TO EARN POINTS:

  • JOIN- Click on the link to the GoodReads page to join. This page will have updated information about the challenge, a list of participating blogs, eligible titles, discussions and fun challenge questions.(10 points)
  • READ & REVIEW- For each eligible title you read and review on Amazon, you will receive (25 points). Additional points are available (10 each) for cross-posting reviews on Barnes & Noble, Goodreads, and a personal blog.
    • If you review a bundle, the  point value will be as follows:
      • Totlandia- 100 points
      • Spellspinners- 75 points
      • Georgetown Academy- 100 points
      • Getting Dumped (+) Great Panty Caper- 75 points
      • King Solomon Wives- 75 points
  • SOCIAL MEDIA- If you are like us and love social media, you can participate on these outlets as well.
    • TWITTER- You can receive up to (10 points) over the summer for tweeting about the challenge (1 tweet = 1 point). Here are some example tweets to use:
      • Join the #SummerReading Challenge with @Coliloquy http://bit.ly/coliloreading
      • The #SummerReading Challenge @Colilquy is starting now! (add link to your blog post)
      • I’m reading (name of book) for @Coliloquy’s #SummerReading Challenge.
      • Have you heard about @Coliloquy’s #SummerReading Challenge yet? (add link to your blog post)
      • Discover a new read through @Coliloquy’s #SummerReading Challenge! (add link to your blog post)
      • Read. Review. Win. Join @Coliloquy’s #SummerReading Challenge! (add link to your blog post)
    • INSTAGRAM- Take a picture of yourself reading a Coliloquy title in your favorite summer reading spot and hashtag it #Summer #Reading #Coliloquy. (10 points)
  • COMMENT- Comment on challenge posts / reviews from the different participating bloggers (max 10 points per week- 2 points per comment). The list of bloggers can be found on the GR page.
  • REFER A FRIEND-  if you are having fun, invite a friend to join! (25 points) after friend has joined and read/reviewed at least 1 title).

REDEEM-

  • Once you reach 100 points, you can cash in your points or you can wait to redeem your prizes at the end of the challenge. All tracking spreadsheets must be turned in by September 7, 2014.
    • 100 points = 1 free Coliloquy title of your choice:
    • 250 points= a 2nd free Coliloquy title of your choice.
    • For each additional 50 points after 250 (up to 500 / 5 entries), you will receive 1 entry into main giveaway. Giveaway includes: (1) Coliloquy Beach Swag Bag (includes: beach bag, silly sunglasses, Coliloquy swag & $10.00 Amazon gift card.

TRACKING

1. Click on the link to access the tracking spreadsheet: https://docs.google.com/a/coliloquy.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AgzxVSgLj7YjdF9UNnNvb3Y3bUhPRFUwNTFXTEROcWc&usp=sharing

2. Click File—>Download as an Excel file and save to your computer.

3. Use the google doc to track your progress. When you are ready to redeem your points, you can send the completed spreadsheet to SummerReading@Coliloquy.com

If you are interested in taking part in the challenge, please click HERE to join. Once you join, you  will be able to review specific details outlining the challenge details, prizes, tracking system and much more!  You can also follow along on Twitter by using the hashtag #SummerReading.

Tags:   #coliloquy #publishing #reading #summer #summer reading challenge #books #i read



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Sunday, July 20
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One glance at a book and you hear the voice of another person, perhaps someone dead for 1,000 years. To read is to voyage through time.
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Wednesday, July 9
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The Swift Boys and Me- Kody Keplinger
Kody’s better known for writing contemporary young adult, but her debut middle grade won’t disappoint. The Swift Boys and Me is a story about loss, friendship, and change.
Nola Sutton has lived next to the Swift boys her whole life. They’re her best friends and her whole world. But when their dad leaves and the Swift boys are jilted into chaos, Nola’s left struggling to pick up the pieces. Nola loses her Swift boys for the summer, but in the process finds new opportunity, new friendships, and a maybe a new version of herself. 
I found Nola to be a bit clueless and naive in her idealism at times but it didn’t detract from the story. The story is very Southern—-both in the manners and language.  If anything, The Swift Boys and Me gave me renewed hope that childhood could still be filled with long summer days spent outside, tall glasses of lemonade, and friendships forged on bike rides and trampolines. It did this world weary heart of mine good.
Overall: A-
The Swift Boys and Me is out now from Scholastic. You can get your copy here. 

The Swift Boys and Me- Kody Keplinger

Kody’s better known for writing contemporary young adult, but her debut middle grade won’t disappoint. The Swift Boys and Me is a story about loss, friendship, and change.

Nola Sutton has lived next to the Swift boys her whole life. They’re her best friends and her whole world. But when their dad leaves and the Swift boys are jilted into chaos, Nola’s left struggling to pick up the pieces. Nola loses her Swift boys for the summer, but in the process finds new opportunity, new friendships, and a maybe a new version of herself. 

I found Nola to be a bit clueless and naive in her idealism at times but it didn’t detract from the story. The story is very Southern—-both in the manners and language.  If anything, The Swift Boys and Me gave me renewed hope that childhood could still be filled with long summer days spent outside, tall glasses of lemonade, and friendships forged on bike rides and trampolines. It did this world weary heart of mine good.

Overall: A-

The Swift Boys and Me is out now from Scholastic. You can get your copy here. 

Tags:   #i read #middle grade #mg #the swift boys and me #scholastic #kody keplinger #contemporary #books #publishing #read #reading #readers



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Monday, July 7
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Better Off Friends- Elizabeth Eulberg
There’s a few things you should know about Elizabeth Eulberg. She writes really good contemporaries, she is from Wisconsin and she absolutely loves the Green Bay Packers. And in Better Off Friends all three of those things combine to form a perfect trifecta, like when the Captain Planet crew combines their powers. 
Better Off Friends follows the story of Levi and Macallan as they meet in 7th grade and become best friends. It’s a modern interpretation for the generation that doesn’t know When Sally Met Harry as well as for those who love that movie. It’s a “will they, wont they” that asks the age old question: Can men and women ever be just friends?  
Levi and Macallan were fantastic characters—-not only because of their love of an obscure British tv show but because they were beautifully flawed, human in their miscommunications, and ultimately restored to the rights by trusting in their friendship first. The book is set in Wisconsin so there’s a lot of talk of cheese and the Packers; while Wisconsin is “home” for Eulberg, the story asks an interesting question—-at what point does a place or a person become home? The alternating point of view is useful and the dialogue between chapters is both funny and refreshing. It’s the kind of tale that warms the cockles of your heart. (I don’t even know what that means). 
Overall: A
Better Off Friends is out now from Scholastic. You can get your copy here!
PS bonus friend points if you knew that cockles of your heart line is from the Love’s Labors Lost Original Cast recording soundtrack from The Public Theatre’s Shakespeare in the Park.
xoxo
VV

Better Off Friends- Elizabeth Eulberg

There’s a few things you should know about Elizabeth Eulberg. She writes really good contemporaries, she is from Wisconsin and she absolutely loves the Green Bay Packers. And in Better Off Friends all three of those things combine to form a perfect trifecta, like when the Captain Planet crew combines their powers. 

Better Off Friends follows the story of Levi and Macallan as they meet in 7th grade and become best friends. It’s a modern interpretation for the generation that doesn’t know When Sally Met Harry as well as for those who love that movie. It’s a “will they, wont they” that asks the age old question: Can men and women ever be just friends?  

Levi and Macallan were fantastic characters—-not only because of their love of an obscure British tv show but because they were beautifully flawed, human in their miscommunications, and ultimately restored to the rights by trusting in their friendship first. The book is set in Wisconsin so there’s a lot of talk of cheese and the Packers; while Wisconsin is “home” for Eulberg, the story asks an interesting question—-at what point does a place or a person become home? The alternating point of view is useful and the dialogue between chapters is both funny and refreshing. It’s the kind of tale that warms the cockles of your heart. (I don’t even know what that means). 

Overall: A

Better Off Friends is out now from Scholastic. You can get your copy here!

PS bonus friend points if you knew that cockles of your heart line is from the Love’s Labors Lost Original Cast recording soundtrack from The Public Theatre’s Shakespeare in the Park.

xoxo

VV

Tags:   #i read #ya #young adult fiction #ya lit #scholastic #elizabeth eulberg #better off friends #when harry met sally #contemporary #friendship #wisconsin



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Saturday, July 5
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Friday, July 4
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American flags from 1767 to present

Petition to reinstate the snake flag sign here

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Thursday, July 3
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Wednesday, July 2
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Love these buttons! @penguinteen @naturallysteph @laurencdonovan #readisla #buttons #Etienne #cricket #josh #anna #lola #isla

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Love these buttons! @penguinteen @naturallysteph @laurencdonovan #readisla #buttons #Etienne #cricket #josh #anna #lola #isla

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Monday, June 23
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duttonbooks:

Enough said.
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Cosigned.

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Enough said.

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Even In Paradise- Chelsey Philpot
When I read Even in Paradise, it was my fourth book of the day. I picked it up thinking it would be a novelty, an easy contemporary which I crave in the summer. Don’t let the cover fool you, this book is not easy. It is the kind of book that leaves you permanently altered, the words sinking under your skin like a tattoo. The “secret” was evident to me from the beginning, but it didn’t matter because I was as fascinated with the Great Buchanan’s as Charlie was—pulled into their wondrous web.
The book is clearly influenced by The Great Gatsby (which is referenced in the book itself); I’d say it’s a parallel story, but more than that it joins in a conversation with Gatsby that I find enchanting. At time the prose rivals Fitzgerald’s, maybe exceeds it in its simple beauty. Each and every character draws you in and charms you into loving them. The twists and turns of the story, every emotion, every separation, every occurrence is as much your own as they are Charlie’s. I could not have put the book down I was so ensorcelled.
No, this book is not easy. It leaves you with questions that burn deep in your gut and with answers that seem to wriggle just out of your grasp. It leaves you uneasy, broken, hopeful, but mostly it leaves you with a desire to live deeply.
It is my second MUST READ of the year and certainly a book that will haunt the edges of my consciousness. I’m glad of that though; we’ll just let it linger there at the edges as it unfolds secrets and subtleties.
Overall: A+
Even in Paradise is due out from HarperTeen October 14th. Pre-Order your copy here. 
ARC provided gratis by HarperTeen at BEA.

Even In Paradise- Chelsey Philpot

When I read Even in Paradise, it was my fourth book of the day. I picked it up thinking it would be a novelty, an easy contemporary which I crave in the summer. Don’t let the cover fool you, this book is not easy. It is the kind of book that leaves you permanently altered, the words sinking under your skin like a tattoo. The “secret” was evident to me from the beginning, but it didn’t matter because I was as fascinated with the Great Buchanan’s as Charlie was—pulled into their wondrous web.

The book is clearly influenced by The Great Gatsby (which is referenced in the book itself); I’d say it’s a parallel story, but more than that it joins in a conversation with Gatsby that I find enchanting. At time the prose rivals Fitzgerald’s, maybe exceeds it in its simple beauty. Each and every character draws you in and charms you into loving them. The twists and turns of the story, every emotion, every separation, every occurrence is as much your own as they are Charlie’s. I could not have put the book down I was so ensorcelled.

No, this book is not easy. It leaves you with questions that burn deep in your gut and with answers that seem to wriggle just out of your grasp. It leaves you uneasy, broken, hopeful, but mostly it leaves you with a desire to live deeply.

It is my second MUST READ of the year and certainly a book that will haunt the edges of my consciousness. I’m glad of that though; we’ll just let it linger there at the edges as it unfolds secrets and subtleties.

Overall: A+

Even in Paradise is due out from HarperTeen October 14th. Pre-Order your copy here

ARC provided gratis by HarperTeen at BEA.

Tags:   #i read #books #ya #young adult #Young Adult Fiction #ya lit #even in paradise #chelsey philpot #harperteen #contemporary #the great gatsby #gatsby #epic reads


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Tuesday, June 17
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Monday, June 16
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Trial By Fire (WorldWalker 1)- Josephine Angelini
You may remember when I fell completely head over heels for Josephine Angelini’s first series, Starcrossed, Dreamless and Goddess. I love those books more than I can possibly convey with words. There would need to be jumping and hand motions and squeeing in an octave only dogs can hear to explain how much I loved those books. SO unsurprisingly, Trial by Fire was my most anticipated book of BEA and it did not disappoint.
The story follows a sick and hyper-allergic girl, Lily, as she gets thrown into a foreign world that is a mirror of her own, one where magic rules instead of science, where she’s not sickly but an extremely powerful witch, and where class differences are about to bring about a civil war. I found Angelini’s mythology and world building as wonderful as ever—-the intersection of magic and science is beautifully done and delightfully conceived for this science nerd. I loved Lily, who despite her fragile body has a warrior’s heart. And shall we discuss Rowan? Cause that boy is a perfect fit for Lily, matching her heart with his strength. But then again, Angelini excels at creating perfectly matched characters doesn’t she? What impresses me more, however, is how well developed her secondary cast of characters are, each of them as riveting as the main ones: Tristan, Caleb, Gideon, Juliet and Carrick all have really interesting story lines worthy of their own books. I for one can’t wait for more world walking, especially with the ending we get in Trial By Fire! I can already tell I’m going to reread this book when I’m in the mood for something a little witchy—-so the fall pub date is perfect; I’ll certainly want a little magic to get ready for Halloween.
love burns. worlds collide. magic reigns.
Overall: A+
Trial By Fire is due out from Feiwel and Friends in September. Pre-order your copy here. 
ARC provided gratis by Macmillan Publishers at BEA. 

Trial By Fire (WorldWalker 1)- Josephine Angelini

You may remember when I fell completely head over heels for Josephine Angelini’s first series, Starcrossed, Dreamless and Goddess. I love those books more than I can possibly convey with words. There would need to be jumping and hand motions and squeeing in an octave only dogs can hear to explain how much I loved those books. SO unsurprisingly, Trial by Fire was my most anticipated book of BEA and it did not disappoint.

The story follows a sick and hyper-allergic girl, Lily, as she gets thrown into a foreign world that is a mirror of her own, one where magic rules instead of science, where she’s not sickly but an extremely powerful witch, and where class differences are about to bring about a civil war. I found Angelini’s mythology and world building as wonderful as ever—-the intersection of magic and science is beautifully done and delightfully conceived for this science nerd. I loved Lily, who despite her fragile body has a warrior’s heart. And shall we discuss Rowan? Cause that boy is a perfect fit for Lily, matching her heart with his strength. But then again, Angelini excels at creating perfectly matched characters doesn’t she? What impresses me more, however, is how well developed her secondary cast of characters are, each of them as riveting as the main ones: Tristan, Caleb, Gideon, Juliet and Carrick all have really interesting story lines worthy of their own books. I for one can’t wait for more world walking, especially with the ending we get in Trial By Fire! I can already tell I’m going to reread this book when I’m in the mood for something a little witchy—-so the fall pub date is perfect; I’ll certainly want a little magic to get ready for Halloween.

love burns. worlds collide. magic reigns.

Overall: A+

Trial By Fire is due out from Feiwel and Friends in September. Pre-order your copy here

ARC provided gratis by Macmillan Publishers at BEA. 

Tags:   #i read #books #ya #young adult #ya lit #young adult fiction #publishing #macmillan #feiwel and friends #trial by fire #josephine angelini #starcrossed #dreamless #goddess #witches #paranormal #world walking #world walker #fantasy #reading



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Sunday, June 15
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Every city has a sex and an age which have nothing to do with demography. Rome is feminine. So is Odessa. London is a teenager, an urchin, and, in this, hasn’t change since the time of Dickens. Paris, I believe, is a man in his twenties in love with an older woman.
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Friday, June 13
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Tuesday, June 10
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yallfest2012:

The 2014 YALLFest Author Lineup is here, exclusively at Just Jared!
Check it out  HERE to see which of your favorite authors are coming!

The YALLFEST line up is EPIC and AMAZING! Who’s going in November? (Hint: I think I am)

yallfest2012:

The 2014 YALLFest Author Lineup is here, exclusively at Just Jared!

Check it out  HERE to see which of your favorite authors are coming!

The YALLFEST line up is EPIC and AMAZING! Who’s going in November? (Hint: I think I am)

Tags:   #yallfest YA books reading literature events


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