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Monday, June 9
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The Princess in Black- Shannon Hal and Dean Hale
The Princess in Black is an adorable illustrated chapter book perfect for young readers. The illustration is fantastic and the story is even better. The perfect young princess holds a surprising secret—-she’s also the land’s fierce protector from monsters—The Princess in Black! The plot is filled with interesting questions about defying expectations, being brave, inspiring others, and of course, keeping secrets and being true to yourself. I loved the story of this book and it’s empowering message.  I liked it so that I immediately shipped it off to my favorite toddler “Hellbaby” to read. I highly recommend it for those young readers in your life, especially those looking to make the jump to “chapter” books since this one has brief enough chapters for new readers. 
Overall: A
The Princess in Black is out in October from Candlewick Press! Pre-order your copy here.
Copy provided gratis by Candlewick Publishers

The Princess in Black- Shannon Hal and Dean Hale

The Princess in Black is an adorable illustrated chapter book perfect for young readers. The illustration is fantastic and the story is even better. The perfect young princess holds a surprising secret—-she’s also the land’s fierce protector from monsters—The Princess in Black! The plot is filled with interesting questions about defying expectations, being brave, inspiring others, and of course, keeping secrets and being true to yourself. I loved the story of this book and it’s empowering message.  I liked it so that I immediately shipped it off to my favorite toddler “Hellbaby” to read. I highly recommend it for those young readers in your life, especially those looking to make the jump to “chapter” books since this one has brief enough chapters for new readers. 

Overall: A

The Princess in Black is out in October from Candlewick Press! Pre-order your copy here.

Copy provided gratis by Candlewick Publishers

Tags:   #i read #books #middle grade #early readers #chapter books #the princess in black #shannon hale #dean hale #candlewick press #leuyen pham #illustrated



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Saturday, June 7
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Monday, May 26
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paperlanternlit:

I love seeing “Like, Try, Why” graphics with books I’ve never heard of before! Definitely keep this one handy for summer. 

These are amazing! 

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Saturday, May 24
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Wednesday, May 14
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Let’s Get Lost- Adi Alsaid
Every once in a while there’s a book that presents such a crystal clear truth so beautifully that it cuts you like a knife with its sharpness and insight. Let’s Get Lost did that to me. More than once. At one point while reading I tweeted that it would hurt less if Adi had just stabbed me. That’s completely true. “All the lives we’re not living” is all I’m going to say. The moments of truth are sprinkled throughout the book, and you know them immediately when you read them.. deep down, as if they were the clear ringing of a bell in your soul.
The book follows Leila as she takes on an epic summer road trip to see the Northern Lights. We meet her through the eyes of the five people she encounters on her trip. What immediately gripped me was how empathetic Leila was, how insightful, how she could see what a person needed before they even knew it. It’s a bit more complex than that but from the start I saw her as an old soul, full of wisdom, and frankly, my kind of heroine. So in case you’re wondering, Leila’s my fictional new best friend. 
My experience reading: When Bree describes her thoughts on carpe diem and “the day” I found myself nodding and whispering “yes! exactly!” to the pages. There were plenty of times when I laughed out loud reading this book—“We’ve reached that point in the night, It’s epiphany o’clock” (I’m so using this in my real life) or “I like you because you’re not a murderer” which is definitely a classic line. I struggled not to cry during the Northern Lights story and managed it by some sheer force of will, though I was definitely misty-eyed and shaking from the effort. Did I mentioned I was at the airport? People definitely think I’m nuts. I’m probably on some watchlist now.
Anyway, the bottom line: this book was just breathtaking. This is an absolute, non-negotiable MUST READ if you want to be my friend or you know, just a good human. So go on loves, Let’s Get Lost. 
Overall: A+
Let’s Get Lost is due out from Harlequin Teen on July 29th. Pre-order your copy here.
ARC provided gratis by Harlequin Teen.

Let’s Get Lost- Adi Alsaid

Every once in a while there’s a book that presents such a crystal clear truth so beautifully that it cuts you like a knife with its sharpness and insight. Let’s Get Lost did that to me. More than once. At one point while reading I tweeted that it would hurt less if Adi had just stabbed me. That’s completely true. “All the lives we’re not living” is all I’m going to say. The moments of truth are sprinkled throughout the book, and you know them immediately when you read them.. deep down, as if they were the clear ringing of a bell in your soul.

The book follows Leila as she takes on an epic summer road trip to see the Northern Lights. We meet her through the eyes of the five people she encounters on her trip. What immediately gripped me was how empathetic Leila was, how insightful, how she could see what a person needed before they even knew it. It’s a bit more complex than that but from the start I saw her as an old soul, full of wisdom, and frankly, my kind of heroine. So in case you’re wondering, Leila’s my fictional new best friend.

My experience reading: When Bree describes her thoughts on carpe diem and “the day” I found myself nodding and whispering “yes! exactly!” to the pages. There were plenty of times when I laughed out loud reading this book—“We’ve reached that point in the night, It’s epiphany o’clock” (I’m so using this in my real life) or “I like you because you’re not a murderer” which is definitely a classic line. I struggled not to cry during the Northern Lights story and managed it by some sheer force of will, though I was definitely misty-eyed and shaking from the effort. Did I mentioned I was at the airport? People definitely think I’m nuts. I’m probably on some watchlist now.

Anyway, the bottom line: this book was just breathtaking. This is an absolute, non-negotiable MUST READ if you want to be my friend or you know, just a good human. So go on loves, Let’s Get Lost. 

Overall: A+

Let’s Get Lost is due out from Harlequin Teen on July 29th. Pre-order your copy here.

ARC provided gratis by Harlequin Teen.

Tags:   #i read #books #ya #young adult fiction #ya lit #road trip #summer #contemporary #let's get lost #harlequin teen #publishing #reading


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Monday, May 12
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teenauthorcarnival:

A handy flyer for TAC ‘14 with all our authors, all in one place, courtesy of our favorite Elena over at Novel Sounds.

Are you excited? Will we see you there? Which author(s) are you looking forward to meeting the most?

Who is coming to #tac14 at #bea? We’ve got a great line up this year! And special guests!

teenauthorcarnival:

A handy flyer for TAC ‘14 with all our authors, all in one place, courtesy of our favorite Elena over at Novel Sounds.

Are you excited? Will we see you there? Which author(s) are you looking forward to meeting the most?

Who is coming to #tac14 at #bea? We’ve got a great line up this year! And special guests!


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Talon (Talon #1)- Julie Kagawa
Julie’s done faries. She’s done vampires. And now, she’s doing Dragons and DAMN! Is she doing dragons! Talon was a riveting book, as much about being human as it is being “other.” Where the Iron Fey yielded interesting questions about humans and technology, Talon brings up questions that are more interior—investigating what it means to be truly human. From the start, we’re thrown in to a centuries old war that’s about as morally ambigious and complicated as you can imagine. What resonates most is Ember’s unfailing moral compass, her desire to be true to herself and live up to her own expectations rather than others. And Garrett? Well it’s hard not to pity the boy who knows less about being human than a dragon does, isn’t it? I really loved them. What bugged me a little was this love triangle thing with Riley. It reminded me a bit of the relationships in Andrea Cremer’s Nightshade series. That’s not necessarily a bad thing but I can already tell there are going to be serious team factions for the Talon fandom. Frankly, Team Garrett Xavier Sebastian all the way. ;)
Overall: A
Talon is due out from Harlequin Teen on October 28th. Pre-order your copy here. 
ARC provided gratis by Harlequin Teen

Talon (Talon #1)- Julie Kagawa

Julie’s done faries. She’s done vampires. And now, she’s doing Dragons and DAMN! Is she doing dragons! Talon was a riveting book, as much about being human as it is being “other.” Where the Iron Fey yielded interesting questions about humans and technology, Talon brings up questions that are more interior—investigating what it means to be truly human. From the start, we’re thrown in to a centuries old war that’s about as morally ambigious and complicated as you can imagine. What resonates most is Ember’s unfailing moral compass, her desire to be true to herself and live up to her own expectations rather than others. And Garrett? Well it’s hard not to pity the boy who knows less about being human than a dragon does, isn’t it? I really loved them. What bugged me a little was this love triangle thing with Riley. It reminded me a bit of the relationships in Andrea Cremer’s Nightshade series. That’s not necessarily a bad thing but I can already tell there are going to be serious team factions for the Talon fandom. Frankly, Team Garrett Xavier Sebastian all the way. ;)

Overall: A

Talon is due out from Harlequin Teen on October 28th. Pre-order your copy here

ARC provided gratis by Harlequin Teen

Tags:   #i read #ya #young adult #ya lit #young adult fiction #books #reading #publishing #harlequin teen #julie kagawa #talon #iron fey #dragons #fantasy


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Sunday, May 11
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randombookishness:

Reading literally makes you a better person.

#readers for the win

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Wednesday, April 30
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The Edge of Falling- Rebecca Serle
As some of you may remember, I absolutely loved Rebecca Serle’s When You Were Mine. I’ve awaited her second standalone, The Edge of Falling with baited breath. No, really I was turning blue over here (Violet, you’re turning violet Violet!). Let me tell you: It Was Worth The Wait.
I am hard pressed to think of another author that writes mental illness as well as Serle. What’s more, her characters aren’t to be pitied—they are nuanced, complex, and fully human at times fragile and at times fearsome. McCallister Caufield’s story begins as one of privilege but as we come to know Caggie we see the trauma, grief and guilt underneath her gilded NYC life. I reacted with nothing short of complete fascination and empathy. What I found perhaps the most encouraging part of this plot was Caggie’s slow return to agency and the idea that heroism, at the end of the day, is saving ourselves. The NY setting—both in the city and the Hamptons—did this Long Island girl’s heart proud. I could wax poetic about how I find the NY setting to be in perfect symmetry with Caggie’s tale but really I suspect no one wants to read that. Instead, you should go read The Edge of Falling!
Overall: A+
Edge of Falling is out now from Simon Pulse! Get your copy here!

The Edge of Falling- Rebecca Serle

As some of you may remember, I absolutely loved Rebecca Serle’s When You Were Mine. I’ve awaited her second standalone, The Edge of Falling with baited breath. No, really I was turning blue over here (Violet, you’re turning violet Violet!). Let me tell you: It Was Worth The Wait.

I am hard pressed to think of another author that writes mental illness as well as Serle. What’s more, her characters aren’t to be pitied—they are nuanced, complex, and fully human at times fragile and at times fearsome. McCallister Caufield’s story begins as one of privilege but as we come to know Caggie we see the trauma, grief and guilt underneath her gilded NYC life. I reacted with nothing short of complete fascination and empathy. What I found perhaps the most encouraging part of this plot was Caggie’s slow return to agency and the idea that heroism, at the end of the day, is saving ourselves. The NY setting—both in the city and the Hamptons—did this Long Island girl’s heart proud. I could wax poetic about how I find the NY setting to be in perfect symmetry with Caggie’s tale but really I suspect no one wants to read that. Instead, you should go read The Edge of Falling!

Overall: A+

Edge of Falling is out now from Simon Pulse! Get your copy here!

Tags:   #i read #books #ya #Young Adult Fiction #ya lit #publishing #contemporary #rebecca serle #the edge of falling #when you were mine



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Thursday, April 17
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Georgetown Academy is a juicy series about the politics at D.C.’s most elite prep school. A cross between Scandal and Gossip Girl, it’s fans include Eva Longoria and nearly a million Wattpad fans.
To celebrate the series’ success, we’ve put together an amazing campaign that involves and benefits readers—the more participation, the more we’ll give. Here are the steps:
Book One is currently being featured on Wattpad. Add GTA to your public Wattpad reading list: http://www.wattpad.com/story/8095946-georgetown-academy-book-one
Share Book One’s Wattpad link via twitter (Using #GTScandal)

If GT fans hit 1k tweets by Wednesday, April 23, we will release Chapter 1 of Book 2 on Wattpad


if can hit 1.5k tweets by Sunday 4/27, we’ll release another Book 2 chapter (from the POV of a an unknown character) on Wattpad


If we hit 2k, the price of book 2, across all platforms will be dropped to $1.99

Join our Twitter Party! On Tuesday 4/22 @ 9 pm EST authors Jessica and Alyssa will answer all readers’ questions! Find out if Taryn will stand between Ellie and Gabe, and maybe their parents’ careers. Use the hashtag #GTScandal to participate. Follow us @GTownAcademy.
Other ways to participate in the campaign and spread the word:
Add the books on Goodreads! Book 1 | Book 2 | Book 3 | Book 4 
If you’ve already read and loved the books, consider posting your review on Amazon.
So will you be attending the chat? Let me know in the comments :)

[Insert Book Cover Here] About Georgetown Academy:
Synopsis:
It’s the beginning of a new political administration. That might not mean much at most high schools, but at Georgetown Academy, Washington D.C.’s most elite prep school, January 20th means new alliances, new flings, and new places to party.
While freshmen—nicknamed “interns” for their willingness to jump into bed with anyone higher on the D.C. totem pole—navigate the not-so-friendly halls of GA searching for Algebra and Bio classes, the school’s lifers have other things on their minds.
For self-proclaimed D.C. royalty Brinley Madison (of those Madisons), the first day of school is all about establishing the social hierarchy and playing the part of perfect political wife to her boyfriend, the outgoing Vice President’s son. Too bad he has a wandering eye that puts Bill Clinton’s to shame. Can she keep him, and her own secret vice, in check?
Ellie Walker, Brinley’s best friend, floats through the halls on the arm of golden boy Hunter McKnight (the JFK of GA). But when her ex-boyfriend, Gabe, returns to town and her Senator mother’s political nemesis is reelected, Ellie’s life starts to snowball out of control.
Shy, quiet Evan Hartnett is more into books than beer, and her closet is full of t-shirts and jeans instead of Jason Wu and Jimmy Choo. No one’s ever really noticed her—but she’s been noticing them. When her star rises as an intern at D.C.’s most-watched political news show, she soon finds the two worlds colliding in ways that make her question what’s secret and what’s fair game.
New girl Taryn Reyes is all laid-back, California cool; with a father who’s in line to be the first Hispanic president, she’s ready to dive into the D.C. scene with an open mind. But when her fellow students turn out to be more interested in spreading rumors than making friends, she realizes that forging a drama-free path might be a lot harder than she thinks.
With so many new friends and former flames in the mix, things are bound to get a little heated. And while diplomatic immunity might keep the cops away, there’s not much it can do about the press.
In a town where one teenage misstep can turn into a national scandal, the students at Georgetown Academy will have to be on their best behavior—or, at least, they’ll have to make the world believe that they are.
Because there’s only one rule: whatever you do, don’t get caught.
What’s Cool from Coliloquy:
As the party scene at Georgetown Academy gets under way, authors Alyssa and Jessica let readers decide which of the main girls to follow. You’ll see scandalous behavior, unexpected liaisons, and secret betrayals…all giving you a different perspective as events unfold.

Georgetown Academy is a juicy series about the politics at D.C.’s most elite prep school. A cross between Scandal and Gossip Girl, it’s fans include Eva Longoria and nearly a million Wattpad fans.

To celebrate the series’ success, we’ve put together an amazing campaign that involves and benefits readers—the more participation, the more we’ll give. Here are the steps:

Book One is currently being featured on Wattpad. Add GTA to your public Wattpad reading list: http://www.wattpad.com/story/8095946-georgetown-academy-book-one

Share Book One’s Wattpad link via twitter (Using #GTScandal)

  • If GT fans hit 1k tweets by Wednesday, April 23, we will release Chapter 1 of Book 2 on Wattpad

  • if can hit 1.5k tweets by Sunday 4/27, we’ll release another Book 2 chapter (from the POV of a an unknown character) on Wattpad

  • If we hit 2k, the price of book 2, across all platforms will be dropped to $1.99

Join our Twitter Party! On Tuesday 4/22 @ 9 pm EST authors Jessica and Alyssa will answer all readers’ questions! Find out if Taryn will stand between Ellie and Gabe, and maybe their parents’ careers. Use the hashtag #GTScandal to participate. Follow us @GTownAcademy.

Other ways to participate in the campaign and spread the word:

Add the books on Goodreads! Book 1 | Book 2 | Book 3 | Book 4 

If you’ve already read and loved the books, consider posting your review on Amazon.

So will you be attending the chat? Let me know in the comments :)

[Insert Book Cover Here] About Georgetown Academy:

Synopsis:

It’s the beginning of a new political administration. That might not mean much at most high schools, but at Georgetown Academy, Washington D.C.’s most elite prep school, January 20th means new alliances, new flings, and new places to party.

While freshmen—nicknamed “interns” for their willingness to jump into bed with anyone higher on the D.C. totem pole—navigate the not-so-friendly halls of GA searching for Algebra and Bio classes, the school’s lifers have other things on their minds.

For self-proclaimed D.C. royalty Brinley Madison (of those Madisons), the first day of school is all about establishing the social hierarchy and playing the part of perfect political wife to her boyfriend, the outgoing Vice President’s son. Too bad he has a wandering eye that puts Bill Clinton’s to shame. Can she keep him, and her own secret vice, in check?

Ellie Walker, Brinley’s best friend, floats through the halls on the arm of golden boy Hunter McKnight (the JFK of GA). But when her ex-boyfriend, Gabe, returns to town and her Senator mother’s political nemesis is reelected, Ellie’s life starts to snowball out of control.

Shy, quiet Evan Hartnett is more into books than beer, and her closet is full of t-shirts and jeans instead of Jason Wu and Jimmy Choo. No one’s ever really noticed her—but she’s been noticing them. When her star rises as an intern at D.C.’s most-watched political news show, she soon finds the two worlds colliding in ways that make her question what’s secret and what’s fair game.

New girl Taryn Reyes is all laid-back, California cool; with a father who’s in line to be the first Hispanic president, she’s ready to dive into the D.C. scene with an open mind. But when her fellow students turn out to be more interested in spreading rumors than making friends, she realizes that forging a drama-free path might be a lot harder than she thinks.

With so many new friends and former flames in the mix, things are bound to get a little heated. And while diplomatic immunity might keep the cops away, there’s not much it can do about the press.

In a town where one teenage misstep can turn into a national scandal, the students at Georgetown Academy will have to be on their best behavior—or, at least, they’ll have to make the world believe that they are.

Because there’s only one rule: whatever you do, don’t get caught.

What’s Cool from Coliloquy:

As the party scene at Georgetown Academy gets under way, authors Alyssa and Jessica let readers decide which of the main girls to follow. You’ll see scandalous behavior, unexpected liaisons, and secret betrayals…all giving you a different perspective as events unfold.

Tags:   #i read #books #ya #ya lit #young adult fiction #publishing #reading #coliloquy #georgetown academy #gta #GTScandal #politics #private school



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Tuesday, April 15
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celeste-boldlygoes:

fatmanatee:

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mildhorror:

Here’s the link for more information about the PS244 fundraising campaign

Here’s the link to the GIVE IT ALL TO ME Library Collection at OutofPrintClothing.com.

Check it out! The good folks dropped me a line about this project last week, and I’m happy to boost for Library Week.

That tshirt is pretty legit.

HOLY.

CRAP.

YOU GUYS.

I want all of these


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Monday, April 14
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Thursday, April 10
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Such a small, pure object a poem could be, made of nothing but air, a string of tiny letters, maybe small enough to fit in the palm of your hand. But it could blow everybody’s head off.
— Mary Karr  (via childoflust)

Poetry. Smallest effective sometimes lethal tool in the wordsmith arsenal since forever.

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So true

So true


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Friday, April 4
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I often think that the night is more alive and more richly colored than the day.
— Vincent van Gogh (via feellng)

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