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Monday, September 15
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My Year of Epic Rock by Andrea Pyros
Middle School was a B*TCH. I’m pretty sure it was like that for just about everyone. You’re navigating social labyrinths that have more booby traps the Temple of Doom; you’re figuring out who you are, who you want to be, what you like, who you want to be friends with and all while dealing with an 8 hour school day, after school activities, and acne. It’s the worst, but it’s nothing compared to what Nina deals with in My Year of Epic Rock. Nina’s serious food allergies add a layer of complexity to middle school that I certainly didn’t envy. While the issue of food allergies is becoming more prevalent in schools these days, this is the first story I’ve come upon that explains the social and personal ramifications. Nina feels isolated but has an amazing support system and while she’s different she also knows she deserves to be treated well, befitting her personhood. I loved My Year of Epic Rock and it’s perfect for all those young readers (9-12ish) who will at some point feel other, different, special, unique, or isolated, even if they don’t have food allergies. 
Overall: A-
My Year of Epic Rock is out now from Sourcebooks, get your copy here!
eArc provided gratis via NetGalley by Sourcebooks. 

My Year of Epic Rock by Andrea Pyros

Middle School was a B*TCH. I’m pretty sure it was like that for just about everyone. You’re navigating social labyrinths that have more booby traps the Temple of Doom; you’re figuring out who you are, who you want to be, what you like, who you want to be friends with and all while dealing with an 8 hour school day, after school activities, and acne. It’s the worst, but it’s nothing compared to what Nina deals with in My Year of Epic Rock. Nina’s serious food allergies add a layer of complexity to middle school that I certainly didn’t envy. While the issue of food allergies is becoming more prevalent in schools these days, this is the first story I’ve come upon that explains the social and personal ramifications. Nina feels isolated but has an amazing support system and while she’s different she also knows she deserves to be treated well, befitting her personhood. I loved My Year of Epic Rock and it’s perfect for all those young readers (9-12ish) who will at some point feel other, different, special, unique, or isolated, even if they don’t have food allergies. 

Overall: A-

My Year of Epic Rock is out now from Sourcebooks, get your copy here!

eArc provided gratis via NetGalley by Sourcebooks. 

Tags:   #i read #books #ya #young adult #middle grade #ya lit #young adult fiction #mg #publishing #sourcebooks #my year of epic rock #andrea pyros #epipens #epipens tour #food allergies



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Sunday, September 14
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I’m so happy to be part of the Epipens tour for My Year of Epic Rock! In addition to my review which will go up tomorrow, Andrea Pyros has written a guest post about why food allergies are so important to her and how it influenced her book. 
From Andrea:
Food allergies + middle school = NOT AWESOME 
The idea for My Year of Epic Rock came when my now eight-year-old daughter was a baby and we found out she had multiple food allergies to staples like eggs, nuts, and dairy. My husband and I were freaked out and totally overwhelmed on how to safely feed our poor kid. There was a big learning curve where I read everything I could about food allergies, from cookbooks and blogs to interviews and books with allergists. 
Two things I learned that stuck with me:
1) Many kids with food allergies are bullied or teased because of their allergies
2) It’s during the tween/teen years where food allergic people are most at risk for having an allergic reaction. Kids that age just want to hang out with friends and not worry about reading labels, asking restaurants what ingredients are in what dishes, or carrying around their medication like EpiPens and Benadryl.
They just want to fit in.
And nothing makes you feel like you stand out more than being the only one not eating a certain food that everyone gleefully chowing down on is or opening up a lunchbox with something “different” than everyone else. Even worse, someone makes fun of you for your health condition.

Thinking about how my daughter—and kids like her—might manage their food allergies during these already tricky years sparked the My Year of Epic Rock. It’s not just for kids with food allergies, though. Pretty much anyone who has felt different or apart from their peers (and who hasn’t at one point?) will hopefully relate to Nina’ story and experience and take comfort from what she learns and achieves.
Thanks Andrea! My Year of Epic Rock is out now from Sourcebooks. Get your copy here!
eARC provided gratis by Sourcebooks via NetGalley

I’m so happy to be part of the Epipens tour for My Year of Epic Rock! In addition to my review which will go up tomorrow, Andrea Pyros has written a guest post about why food allergies are so important to her and how it influenced her book. 

From Andrea:

Food allergies + middle school = NOT AWESOME 

The idea for My Year of Epic Rock came when my now eight-year-old daughter was a baby and we found out she had multiple food allergies to staples like eggs, nuts, and dairy. My husband and I were freaked out and totally overwhelmed on how to safely feed our poor kid. There was a big learning curve where I read everything I could about food allergies, from cookbooks and blogs to interviews and books with allergists. 

Two things I learned that stuck with me:

1) Many kids with food allergies are bullied or teased because of their allergies

2) It’s during the tween/teen years where food allergic people are most at risk for having an allergic reaction. Kids that age just want to hang out with friends and not worry about reading labels, asking restaurants what ingredients are in what dishes, or carrying around their medication like EpiPens and Benadryl.

They just want to fit in.

And nothing makes you feel like you stand out more than being the only one not eating a certain food that everyone gleefully chowing down on is or opening up a lunchbox with something “different” than everyone else. Even worse, someone makes fun of you for your health condition.

Thinking about how my daughter—and kids like her—might manage their food allergies during these already tricky years sparked the My Year of Epic Rock. It’s not just for kids with food allergies, though. Pretty much anyone who has felt different or apart from their peers (and who hasn’t at one point?) will hopefully relate to Nina’ story and experience and take comfort from what she learns and achieves.

Thanks Andrea! My Year of Epic Rock is out now from Sourcebooks. Get your copy here!

eARC provided gratis by Sourcebooks via NetGalley

Tags:   #i read #books #ya #young adult #ya lit #young adult fiction #sourcebooks #food allergies #netgalley #epipens #my year of epic rock #middle grade #andrea pyros #epipen tour #blog tour #publishing



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Monday, July 28
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Model Undercover: Paris by Carina Axelsson
I’ve loved a good sleuthing mystery since I was a little middle grade reader myself, which is why I jumped at the chance to review Model Undercover: Paris. I loved it! While I personally had a few issues in the start suspending belief that any 16 year old girl wouldn’t want to be a model (WHAT?!), I really loved the story. I enjoyed how dedicated Axelle was to her detective work and how resilient she was in the face of pressure to give up her dreams. The fast-paced cutthroat world of fashion during Paris fashion week makes a splendid backdrop for a mystery. The city itself is a great setting full of secret passageways and creepy catacombs. Of course, there are new friends, a cute boy, and clothes to die for. I highly recommend this book for fans of mystery, fashion, or just a fun story!
Overall: A-
Model Undercover is out now from Sourcebooks! Get your copy here. And check out the next book Model Undercover: New York here
Synopsis:
A Crime of Fashion…
Nancy Drew meets The Devil Wears Prada in the debut of this action-packed mystery series
Author Carina Axelsson, is a former professional model and draws her inspiration for this teen sleuth series from years of experience on the catwalk and a long time love ofScooby Doo. 
Axelle Andersen wants nothing more than to be a teen-sleuth despite the influence of her pushy fashionista aunt, Venetia. So when top fashion designer Belle La Lune goes missing, and Aunt Venetia becomes a prime suspect, Axelle must go undercover as a model during Paris Fashion Week to uncover the truth behind Belle’s disappearance and clear her aunt’s name.
She’s thrust into a frenetic world of castings, photo shoots, and sequins, while struggling to fit in and track down clues. Can Axelle solve a kidnapping and survive the world of fashion?
With educational back matter that includes information about the fashion industry and a glossary of fashion terms, Model Undercover: Paris is a marriage of fashion and mystery that is perfect for aspiring fashionistas and teen sleuths alike. 

About The Author: 
Carina Axelsson Carina Axelsson is a writer, illustrator, and former model. She grew up in California with her Swedish father and Mexican mother. After high school, Carina moved to New York City to model, then on to Paris where she published her first book. She currently lives in in the forests of Germany with four dogs and a very large aquarium full of fish.

Model Undercover: Paris by Carina Axelsson

I’ve loved a good sleuthing mystery since I was a little middle grade reader myself, which is why I jumped at the chance to review Model Undercover: Paris. I loved it! While I personally had a few issues in the start suspending belief that any 16 year old girl wouldn’t want to be a model (WHAT?!), I really loved the story. I enjoyed how dedicated Axelle was to her detective work and how resilient she was in the face of pressure to give up her dreams. The fast-paced cutthroat world of fashion during Paris fashion week makes a splendid backdrop for a mystery. The city itself is a great setting full of secret passageways and creepy catacombs. Of course, there are new friends, a cute boy, and clothes to die for. I highly recommend this book for fans of mystery, fashion, or just a fun story!

Overall: A-

Model Undercover is out now from Sourcebooks! Get your copy here. And check out the next book Model Undercover: New York here

Synopsis:

A Crime of Fashion…

Nancy Drew meets The Devil Wears Prada in the debut of this action-packed mystery series

Author Carina Axelsson, is a former professional model and draws her inspiration for this teen sleuth series from years of experience on the catwalk and a long time love ofScooby Doo. 

Axelle Andersen wants nothing more than to be a teen-sleuth despite the influence of her pushy fashionista aunt, Venetia. So when top fashion designer Belle La Lune goes missing, and Aunt Venetia becomes a prime suspect, Axelle must go undercover as a model during Paris Fashion Week to uncover the truth behind Belle’s disappearance and clear her aunt’s name.

She’s thrust into a frenetic world of castings, photo shoots, and sequins, while struggling to fit in and track down clues. Can Axelle solve a kidnapping and survive the world of fashion?

With educational back matter that includes information about the fashion industry and a glossary of fashion terms, Model Undercover: Paris is a marriage of fashion and mystery that is perfect for aspiring fashionistas and teen sleuths alike. 

About The Author: 

Carina Axelsson Carina Axelsson is a writer, illustrator, and former model. She grew up in California with her Swedish father and Mexican mother. After high school, Carina moved to New York City to model, then on to Paris where she published her first book. She currently lives in in the forests of Germany with four dogs and a very large aquarium full of fish.

Tags:   #i read #reading #books #ya #middle grade #Young Adult Fiction #ya lit #young adult #fashion #mystery #nancy drew #model undercover #sourcebooks #carina axelsson



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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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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, June 23
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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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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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Friday, June 13
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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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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.

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Monday, May 12
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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

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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!

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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.

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Tuesday, March 25
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I am extremely excited to say that Nichole Chase’s RECKLESSLY ROYAL is now available!! RECKLESSLY ROYAL is a New Adult contemporary romance novel being published by HarperCollins Avon imprint and is a part of Nichole Chase’s Suddenly Series.

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RECKLESSLY ROYAL Synopsis:

Catherine has spent her life being the perfect princess. She’s kept her hands clean, her head down, and most importantly—men at arm’s length. After all, most men are after only one thing, and for Cathy there’s a lot more at stake than her bed; she has to worry about the fate of an entire nation. But at the rate she’s going, Cathy is afraid she’ll give the Virgin Queen a run for her money. She is tired of waiting for someone good enough to come along. She has a plan, and it all hinges on seducing the one man who seems utterly unimpressed by all things royal. The one man she is tempted by more than any other …

When David arrives at the royal wedding of his friend, the newly ordained Duchess Samantha Rousseau, he expected to feel uncomfortable and out of his element, but he wasn’t prepared to be targeted by Prince Alex’s gorgeous younger sister. With Cathy’s giant blue eyes, killer figure, and sense of humor, it won’t take long before he gives in. But when he finds out just how innocent the crown princess really is, will he play the part of knight in shining armor or the dashing rogue?

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I was a bit sloshed, but I wasn’t going to tell Sam that. My legs slipped and I slid the rest of the way to the ground, my head stopping my fall. Maybe I was drunker than I thought. The doorbell rang as I scrambled up from my spot on the floor.

“I’ve got it!” Chadwick took off to the front door, his steps a little too loud.

Backing away from the pole, I took a running jump and grabbed directly in the middle. I used my momentum to swing my legs high in the air. Making sure I had a good grip on the pole, I spread my legs into a split.

“Wow.” A deep voice broke into my thoughts and I looked up. A man was standing next to Chadwick, wearing a backpack and carrying a large duffel bag. His dark eyes ran over my body and I shivered, which was a bad thing. My hands slipped and I fell, crashing to the floor with a loud oof.

“Are you okay?” Sam ran over and helped me stand up, but I wasn’t feeling any pain. In fact, I was feeling awesome. Looking past Sam’s shoulder, I smiled at the hottie and waved. He was perfection, from his messy dark hair down to his scuffed boots. And exactly what we needed to end the night with a bang.

“Heeeyyooou. I don’t remember hiring a stripper, but boy am I glad you showed up.” I let Sam help me up to my feet and wondered why she was making a choking sound. I slapped her on the back, worried. “Are you okay?”

“I’m fine. Fine!” Sam barked a laugh. “That’s not—”

“Good! Because it looks like I outdid myself!” I turned her around with a flourish to look at the delicious man standing on the stairs. His shirt strained across his chest as he shifted his feet and I found myself thinking about tracing my fingers across those hard lines. I let my eyes run over him instead, taking in the tight plaid shirt, worn jeans, and work boots. There was nothing polished or metropolitan about him. Everything screamed outdoors. And I liked it.

“Cathy,” Sam tried to stop me, but I shrugged her off and skipped up the steps.

“What are you supposed to be? A lost lumberjack?” I pulled the heavy bag out of his hands and set it on the ground. “We’ll, c’mon! Someone start some music.” I gyrated my hips a little and wiggled my eyebrows. “Take it off, bab-ay!”

“If you insist, gorgeous.” His American accent gave me pause as a dim memory tried to fight through the fog in my brain, but it didn’t last long. His eyes stayed locked on mine as his calloused fingers worked the top couple of his buttons free. I wasn’t sure if it was the alcohol, or just his deep brown eyes, but I was entranced. I didn’t even notice when Sam climbed the stairs.

I couldn’t look away from him as he slowly unbuttoned his shirt and exposed the skin underneath. The need to touch that tantalizing bit of flesh raced through me and my fingers twitched. Hypnotized by eye the color of melted chocolate, I leaned forward. One corner of his mouth turned up into a smirk and it only added to his appeal. Where it might have been a turn off in another man, It simply added to this strippers appeal. I smiled in response, eager for him to continue.

“God, please don’t, David. I’ll never be able to look at you again.” She covered his hands with her own and laughed, her cheeks a bright red.

“David?” I looked at him, confused, before looking over my shoulder at Jess. She was nodding her head with wide eyes like I was supposed to remember something. “David?” I said the name again, mulling over what that could mean.

I looked down at the bag I had taken from him and my eyes landed on his boots. It was then that a moment of clarity surged through my mind like a stampede of wild horses and I covered my mouth.

“Oh God.” A wave of nausea hit me. “You’re Sam’s friend.”

I promptly turned around and threw up into a potted plant.

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Author Photo B&WNichole Chase Bio:

Nichole Chase is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Suddenly Royal, Flukes, The Dark Betrayal Trilogy, and several short stories. She is also the instructor of Say What? a dialogue class at the Romance Academy.

Nichole lives in Georgia with her husband, energetic daughter, superhero dog, Sulcata tortoise, and two cats. When not writing, you may find her reading, painting, crafting, or chasing her daughter around the house while making monster noises.


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Tuesday, February 25
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Kiss and Sell by Brittany Geragotellis

I was in a bit of a reading slump. The kind of slump where you dont want to even pick up a book and try to read. Well I finally forced myself to start Kiss and Sell, and then here was this sweet little book reviving my love of reading again. The entire time I was reading this I saw a made-for-tv movie of it in my head and let me tell you it would be fabulous! It’s smart and sassy; the kind of story that leaves you with the warm and fuzzies and maybe, just maybe, a little nostalgic for your own first kiss. 

I loved Arielle Sawyer’s from the very beginning and watching her grow into self-confidence was a delight. While putting a first kiss up for sale on Ebay sounds odd and unsafe, if you suspend reality enough to get past that this book gives you so much more. Who doesn’t remember their first kiss or more appropriately the time before their first kiss when all you wanted to do was check that box off the bucket list? Also, Arielle has some kick ass friends and a disturbling cool and smart mother. There are mean girls, swoon worthy boys, and an empowering story of taking your life and fate into your own hands and growing into your confidence. Now that’s a story I can get behind. I highly recommend giving Kiss and Sell a try—-you just might fall in love all over again.

Overall: A

Kiss and Sell is out now, you can get yours here.

Synopsis: Arielle Sawyer is freaking out because she’s the last in her class to be kissed. Frustrated and wanting to get it over with, she and her friends decide to sell her first kiss on eBay! Suddenly, this former wallflower finds herself the focus of everyone’s attention. But as her popularity grows and her friendships start to weaken, Arielle begins to wonder why she put the post up in the first place. In the end there will be a winner, but will Arielle’s first kiss end up being everything she’s ever dreamed of?

About the Author: Brittany Geragotelis, a former Olympic-bound gymnast and magazine editor, is a self-professed pop culture junkie turned author. Her paranormal action book, LIFE’S A WITCH, received 19 million reads on the writing site Wattpad before being sold to Simon & Schuster in 2012. Both LIFE’S A WITCH and the prequel WHAT THE SPELL (which appeared in an episode of “Glee”) debuted in 2013. The third book in the series, THE WITCH IS BACK, will be published Jan 2014. Brittany recently moved to Los Angeles with her husband Matt, and her two cats, Murray and Cohen. Visit her at www.thebookslayer.com.

eBook provided gratis in exchange for a fair review

Kiss and Sell by Brittany Geragotellis

I was in a bit of a reading slump. The kind of slump where you dont want to even pick up a book and try to read. Well I finally forced myself to start Kiss and Sell, and then here was this sweet little book reviving my love of reading again. The entire time I was reading this I saw a made-for-tv movie of it in my head and let me tell you it would be fabulous! It’s smart and sassy; the kind of story that leaves you with the warm and fuzzies and maybe, just maybe, a little nostalgic for your own first kiss.

I loved Arielle Sawyer’s from the very beginning and watching her grow into self-confidence was a delight. While putting a first kiss up for sale on Ebay sounds odd and unsafe, if you suspend reality enough to get past that this book gives you so much more. Who doesn’t remember their first kiss or more appropriately the time before their first kiss when all you wanted to do was check that box off the bucket list? Also, Arielle has some kick ass friends and a disturbling cool and smart mother. There are mean girls, swoon worthy boys, and an empowering story of taking your life and fate into your own hands and growing into your confidence. Now that’s a story I can get behind. I highly recommend giving Kiss and Sell a try—-you just might fall in love all over again.

Overall: A

Kiss and Sell is out now, you can get yours here.

Synopsis: Arielle Sawyer is freaking out because she’s the last in her class to be kissed. Frustrated and wanting to get it over with, she and her friends decide to sell her first kiss on eBay! Suddenly, this former wallflower finds herself the focus of everyone’s attention. But as her popularity grows and her friendships start to weaken, Arielle begins to wonder why she put the post up in the first place. In the end there will be a winner, but will Arielle’s first kiss end up being everything she’s ever dreamed of?

About the Author: Brittany Geragotelis, a former Olympic-bound gymnast and magazine editor, is a self-professed pop culture junkie turned author. Her paranormal action book, LIFE’S A WITCH, received 19 million reads on the writing site Wattpad before being sold to Simon & Schuster in 2012. Both LIFE’S A WITCH and the prequel WHAT THE SPELL (which appeared in an episode of “Glee”) debuted in 2013. The third book in the series, THE WITCH IS BACK, will be published Jan 2014. Brittany recently moved to Los Angeles with her husband Matt, and her two cats, Murray and Cohen. Visit her at www.thebookslayer.com.

eBook provided gratis in exchange for a fair review

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