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Monday, September 16
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Letters to Nowhere- Julie Cross
I haven’t read Julie’s timetravel series, Tempest, but I do love a good contemporary so I went into Letters to Nowherewith no expectations. Turns out, I LOVE sports books. Seriously love them. I want to work out the entire time I’m reading them. I also maybe have a small competitive streak the size of the Grand Canyon so sports books seem to play into my psychology well.
 Karen is an elite gymnast. I love Olympic gymnastics so this behind the scenes peak into what that life is like was fascinating for me. Don’t mistake me, this book is about more than gymnsatics; its about death and loss and grief. It’s about regret, fear, making your own life choices, expectations and of course, romance. The dynamic between the gymnasts, this fine line between individual and team, sisterhood and selfishness is done perfectly. I also love that the budding romance with Jordan wasn’t immediate and it wasn’t perfect. I appreciate a dose of realism now and again. Frankly, I though Letters to Nowhere was a read worthy of a ten from even that persnickity Russian judge and well worth a read. 
Overall: A
Get your copy here. For $3 it’s a steal on Kindle right now!
e-Arc provided gratis via Erica at The Book Cellar. Thanks Erica!

Letters to Nowhere- Julie Cross

I haven’t read Julie’s timetravel series, Tempest, but I do love a good contemporary so I went into Letters to Nowherewith no expectations. Turns out, I LOVE sports books. Seriously love them. I want to work out the entire time I’m reading them. I also maybe have a small competitive streak the size of the Grand Canyon so sports books seem to play into my psychology well.

 Karen is an elite gymnast. I love Olympic gymnastics so this behind the scenes peak into what that life is like was fascinating for me. Don’t mistake me, this book is about more than gymnsatics; its about death and loss and grief. It’s about regret, fear, making your own life choices, expectations and of course, romance. The dynamic between the gymnasts, this fine line between individual and team, sisterhood and selfishness is done perfectly. I also love that the budding romance with Jordan wasn’t immediate and it wasn’t perfect. I appreciate a dose of realism now and again. Frankly, I though Letters to Nowhere was a read worthy of a ten from even that persnickity Russian judge and well worth a read. 

Overall: A

Get your copy here. For $3 it’s a steal on Kindle right now!

e-Arc provided gratis via Erica at The Book Cellar. Thanks Erica!

Tags:   #i read #books #ya #young adult #ya lit #young adult fiction #publishing #julie cross #letters to nowhere #gymnastics #olympics #read #sports



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Friday, September 13
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Chaos- Christine O’Neil

I really enjoyed Chaos by Christine O’Neil. The semi-god plot plays well into my love of mythology while the romance was a bit Elizabeth Bennett and Mr. Darcy and who doesn’t love that trope?! I like how much time we spent getting to know and engage with the complexities of Maggie. The friendships in this book with Bink and Libby stand out almost as much as the romance with Mac does and I’m grateful for that balance. Love in all its various forms is the glue that holds this story together and it was lovely to stop and think about that for a while. I found Chaos to be a great start to the series, one which leaves open lots of obstacles to overcome and potential danger to avoid. I’m looking forward to reading more of “Magpie” and Mac as soon as possible!

I should also mention that Chaos is one of two books on the Ember tour, so you may want to check out Dark Days from Jus Accardo as well. These are the first books from Entangled Teen’s new imprint, Ember. If this story is any measure, the books we can expect from them will make us burn with wanting more.

A message from Ember: Our fires burn brightly for our readers and as a way to say thanks to our readers we’ve launched our latest division of Entangled Teen and it’s name is Ember. We have two exciting launch titles: Darker Days by Jus Accardo and Chaos by Christine O’Neil. Read away!” Entangled Teen Ember is a division of Entangled Teen that specializes in digital-first YAs.

Overall: A-

Thanks to InkSlinger PR you can enter to win a gift basket from Jus Accardo or a prize pack from Christine O’Neil using the rafflecopter here!

Don’t forget to order your copy of Chaos here!

About the Author: 

Christine O’Neil was born and raised in Connecticut, where she spent most of her childhood outdoors catching salamanders, frogs and colds. When she wasn’t terrorizing Mother Nature, she was curled up under the covers with her nose in a book. As an adult, she’s stopped stalking amphibians, but still loves books. When she isn’t reading, she likes to spend her time people-watching. In fact, she’s probably watching you RIGHT NOW O_O She’s also pretty obsessed with writing YA books, but if she had to pick another profession she would be a ninja…or a Professor of the Dark Arts. Christine also writes adult romance under the pen name Christine Bell.

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Synopsis of Chaos:

My name is Maggie Raynard. After sixteen years being just plain me, suddenly, when I lose my temper, my fingers become weapons of mass destruction. Turns out I’m a semi-god, descended from Aphrodite. Sounds cool in theory, but when I accidentally put my ex-boyfriend in a coma, things go downhill pretty fast.

Now some new guy named Mac Finnegan has made it his mission in life to continually piss me off. I’m stuck learning how to use my new powers while also dealing with regular high school problems, and with this annoying and super-hot—guy all
up in my business, I’m about to flip out.

But it gets worse. I just learned there’s this watchdog council of semis who keep an eye out for any bad apples. They think I’m the baddest one in the bunch and want to take me out before I do any more damage. My nemesis Mac might turn out to be my salvation, only he’s got secrets of his own…and they may just kill us both.

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Tuesday, September 3
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Sweet Legacy Blog Blitz with Tera Lynn Childs!
I’m obsessed with mythology if you didn’t already realize that and I’ve been in love with Tera Lynn Child’s take on the Medusa myth since page 1 of Sweet Venom. The best news: the third book Sweet Legacy is out now! I had a chance to ask Tera five fast questions. In addition, there’s a blurb and a CONTEST OF EPIC PROPORTIONS below! Read on friend…
xoxo,
V.V.
Fast Five with Tera Lynn Childs


Favorite Word? Equality
Least Favorite Word? Hate
Favorite Sound? Thunderstorms
What profession other than author would you like to attempt? World traveller (what, that’s a profession)
Favorite Greek God or Goddess? Athena

About Sweet Legacy
Greer has always known she was privileged, though she had no idea how special her second sight made her, even among her triplet monster-fighting sisters. But when a god starts playing with her mind, can Greer step up in her pretty high heels to prevent anything from stopping her sisters’ mission?
Grace loves her adopted brother, Thane, but now that he’s back and has joined her sisters’ team, it’s clear his past is full of dark mysteries. She wants to trust him, but will Thane’s secret put the girls in even more danger?
Gretchen knows she can rely on her sisters to help her stop the monsters. But after getting to know some of the beasties in the abyss, she finds her role as a huntress comes with more responsibility than she ever imagined. How can she know what her birthright demands of her now?
The girls cannot hesitate as they seek the location of the lost door between the realms, even as monsters and gods descend on San Francisco in battle-ready droves. In this exciting conclusion to the Sweet Venom trilogy, these teenage heirs of Medusa must seek the truth, answer the ancient riddles, and claim their immortal legacy.
The Giveaway! Enter to win lots of books!
Grand prize is a complete set of Tera Lynn Childs books that includes her demigod, mermaid and Medusa series: Oh.My.Gods!, Goddess Boot Camp, Forgive my Fins, Fins are Forever, and Just for Fins, Sweet Venom, and Sweet Shadows, and of course, Sweet Legacy. That’s EIGHT books!
Additional prizes include: 3 complete Sweet Venom trilogies, 6 copies of Sweet Venom, 6 copies of Sweet Shadows, and 6 copies of Sweet Legacy.
To Enter the giveaway use the rafflecopter here!
Where to buy Sweet Legacy:
Indiebound (hardcover)
Amazon (hardcover | kindle)
Apple (ibookstore)
Barnes & Noble (hardcover | nook)
Books-a-Million (hardcover)
Book Depository (hardcover)
Follow Tera Lynn Childs through her website, twitter, facebook.

Sweet Legacy Blog Blitz with Tera Lynn Childs!

I’m obsessed with mythology if you didn’t already realize that and I’ve been in love with Tera Lynn Child’s take on the Medusa myth since page 1 of Sweet Venom. The best news: the third book Sweet Legacy is out now! I had a chance to ask Tera five fast questions. In addition, there’s a blurb and a CONTEST OF EPIC PROPORTIONS below! Read on friend…

xoxo,

V.V.

Fast Five with Tera Lynn Childs
Favorite Word? Equality
Least Favorite Word? Hate
Favorite Sound? Thunderstorms
What profession other than author would you like to attempt? World traveller (what, that’s a profession)
Favorite Greek God or Goddess? Athena

About Sweet Legacy

Greer has always known she was privileged, though she had no idea how special her second sight made her, even among her triplet monster-fighting sisters. But when a god starts playing with her mind, can Greer step up in her pretty high heels to prevent anything from stopping her sisters’ mission?

Grace loves her adopted brother, Thane, but now that he’s back and has joined her sisters’ team, it’s clear his past is full of dark mysteries. She wants to trust him, but will Thane’s secret put the girls in even more danger?

Gretchen knows she can rely on her sisters to help her stop the monsters. But after getting to know some of the beasties in the abyss, she finds her role as a huntress comes with more responsibility than she ever imagined. How can she know what her birthright demands of her now?

The girls cannot hesitate as they seek the location of the lost door between the realms, even as monsters and gods descend on San Francisco in battle-ready droves. In this exciting conclusion to the Sweet Venom trilogy, these teenage heirs of Medusa must seek the truth, answer the ancient riddles, and claim their immortal legacy.

The Giveaway! Enter to win lots of books!

Grand prize is a complete set of Tera Lynn Childs books that includes her demigod, mermaid and Medusa series: Oh.My.Gods!, Goddess Boot Camp, Forgive my Fins, Fins are Forever, and Just for Fins, Sweet Venom, and Sweet Shadows, and of course, Sweet Legacy. That’s EIGHT books!

Additional prizes include: 3 complete Sweet Venom trilogies, 6 copies of Sweet Venom, 6 copies of Sweet Shadows, and 6 copies of Sweet Legacy.

To Enter the giveaway use the rafflecopter here!

Where to buy Sweet Legacy:

Follow Tera Lynn Childs through her website, twitter, facebook.

Tags:   #i read #books #ya #young adult #young adult fiction #ya lit #tera lynn childs #sweet venom #sweet shadows #sweet legacy #medusa #greek mythology #mythology #publishing #reading



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Wednesday, July 17
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Going Vintage- Lindsey Leavitt
Going Vintage is predicated on an interesting idea—that the world is more complicated because of technology. As we come to rely on technology and that technology changes the way we communicate and interact, I think the idea of “going vintage” while slightly insane is actually quite a novel idea. When Mallory finds her boyfriend is emotionally cheating on her with his “online wife,” Mal decides she’s done with this decade. She ends up slightly romanticizing the 60s as an idyllic time when it was actually far from that but the book (and her sister) also calls her out on that.  While she sort of misses the forest for the trees, the results of her decision forces her to stretch outside her comfort zone and discover new things and new people. It’s appropriate for even young teens and I think the message is actually useful for all ages—Get offline and go live your life; the results may surprise you!
Overall: A-
Going Vintage is out now from Bloomsbury. Get your copy here!

Going Vintage- Lindsey Leavitt

Going Vintage is predicated on an interesting idea—that the world is more complicated because of technology. As we come to rely on technology and that technology changes the way we communicate and interact, I think the idea of “going vintage” while slightly insane is actually quite a novel idea. When Mallory finds her boyfriend is emotionally cheating on her with his “online wife,” Mal decides she’s done with this decade. She ends up slightly romanticizing the 60s as an idyllic time when it was actually far from that but the book (and her sister) also calls her out on that.  While she sort of misses the forest for the trees, the results of her decision forces her to stretch outside her comfort zone and discover new things and new people. It’s appropriate for even young teens and I think the message is actually useful for all ages—Get offline and go live your life; the results may surprise you!

Overall: A-

Going Vintage is out now from Bloomsbury. Get your copy here!

Tags:   #Going vintage #i read #books #reading #publishing #lindsey leavitt #ya #young adult #ya lit #young adult fiction #contemporary #the 60s #vintage


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Tuesday, July 16
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The Trouble With Flirting- Claire LaZebnik
I really enjoyed The Trouble With Flirting, a theatre centered contemporary. In addition to Shakespeare (they hook me with Will everytime!), there’s quite a bit about costumes which was actually really different. I feel like I haven’t come across too many theatre books where the costume aspect is explored as a main plotline. I had no idea how much work that was. Franny is kind of adorable and her summer of working with her aunt turns into something so much more than she expected. I like that even though she isn’t conceited, she is confident and sure of herself and yet humble too. Even more importantly, the boys are hot. I liked her dilemma of being torn by past feelings and current chemistry. The supporting characters range from delightful to narcissistic and everything in between. I’d call it a great light summer read for sure. 
Overall: A-
The Trouble With Flirting is out now. Get your copy here!

The Trouble With Flirting- Claire LaZebnik

I really enjoyed The Trouble With Flirting, a theatre centered contemporary. In addition to Shakespeare (they hook me with Will everytime!), there’s quite a bit about costumes which was actually really different. I feel like I haven’t come across too many theatre books where the costume aspect is explored as a main plotline. I had no idea how much work that was. Franny is kind of adorable and her summer of working with her aunt turns into something so much more than she expected. I like that even though she isn’t conceited, she is confident and sure of herself and yet humble too. Even more importantly, the boys are hot. I liked her dilemma of being torn by past feelings and current chemistry. The supporting characters range from delightful to narcissistic and everything in between. I’d call it a great light summer read for sure. 

Overall: A-

The Trouble With Flirting is out now. Get your copy here!

Tags:   #i read #books #ya #young adult #ya lit #young adult fiction #publishing #the trouble with flirting #theatre #shakespeare #claire lazebnik



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Monday, July 15
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Welcome to Louisiana! Reading Road Trip Blog Stop!

I am a New York girl but I love, love, love Louisiana! It’s my go to vacation spot and frankly I’d live there if I thought I could slow myself down for more than a few days at a time. What isn’t there to love though—-jazz music, sweet tea, Creole cooking, parades, masks, and a decaying beauty that makes my breath catch every damn time. I often say that every city has it’s own heartbeat. To me, NYC has the frenetic heartbeat of a hummingbird—constant and almost a buzz. New Orleans, ahh New Orleans has something completely different—-the thready beginings of a jazz song, individual notes surrounded by silence. It’s lovely. But I’ve digressed—I wanted to highlight Louisiana with a great book that combines my love of New Orleans with lots of my other loves (like Greek Mythology) and well there was one series of books that jumped to mind as probably being under-read but deserving of more press and importantly, more readers: Darkness Becomes Her and A Beautiful Evil by Kelly Keaton.

Set in New Orleans post a series of devastating hurricanes that have all but destroyed the city, Darkness Becomes Her captures both post-natural disaster NOLA and the magic of the city itself. Not only did the NOLA setting impress me, but the plot is well conceived—putting a mythological classic twist on the paranormal.  I love it when authors go old school, and by old school I mean ancient Greek. Goddess villains, shady adults, and a great band of misfits that make a family. Ah, but there is more!  A fiery female lead and a hot love interest.  It’s perfect start to a great Medusa series.

A Beautiful Evil is the sequel to Darkness Becomes Her.  The series transcends genres managing to be dystopian, paranormal, and mythological in a brilliant feat. A Beautiful Evil picks up right where Darkness Becomes Her left off and boy is that an interesting place. Ari and Sebastian just make sense and what they go through together in this book makes every page worth reading. In addition to a great romance this book is ALL ACTION.  Ari’s a doer more than a thinker and damn is she busy. Part of that is because Athena is such a good villain. What I love the most is that Keaton places these tiny details in her narrative that end up being important. The future destroyed and then reclaimed New Orleans is a great setting and there’s beauty amidst the decay and rubble. 

There are lots of other amazing books set in New Orleans—Dead Letter Office, Post Mortem, and Interview with a Vampire to name a few. And everyone knows that Charlene Harris’ books are set in Louisiana too (SOOOOOOKIE) If you’re interested in more recommendations or if you just want to talk about NOLA or books set in the crescent city, you know where to find me. 

I hope you’ve enjoyed your trip to Louisiana with me. It’s been a pleasure. And for those of you who don’t want you stop to end here, I’m giving away a set of Darkness Becomes Her and A Beautiful Evil to one lucky winner! Enter the rafflecopter here.

Bless Your Hearts,

V.V.

Tags:   #i read #books #ya #young adult #young adult fiction #ya lit #publishing #reading #louisiana #reading road trip #road trip #Darkness becomes her #a beautiful evil #kelly keaton #paranormal #mythological #dystopian #new orleans



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Friday, July 12
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V is for Virgin- Kelly Oram
While the title may throw you off, V is for Virgin isn’t a preachy story about abstinence. Not really. It’s a story about taking ownership of your life and decisions, about not giving in to peer pressure, and about the changes that one person can bring to the world. It has a great message especially for women to stand up for themselves and their needs. It also raises interesting questions about fame and paparazzi and living in a world where anything you do can be the next Internet sensation. The chemistry with rock star Kyle Hamilton and Valerie is electric and their banter is hilarious. My only pet peeve was the ending—-it was unrealistically happy in my opinion. All of these characters were married by like age 20, who does that anymore? No one in New York that’s for damn sure. And frankly I feel like it undermined the women empowerment that it built earlier in the story. You end the whole thing with all these women getting married or being in relationships? Wow, how very unsubversive to patriachial culture. It’s just weird. Apart from the overly happy ending, it was a good read, thought provoking and inspiring.
Overall: A-
V is for Virgin is out now. Get your copy here!

V is for Virgin- Kelly Oram

While the title may throw you off, V is for Virgin isn’t a preachy story about abstinence. Not really. It’s a story about taking ownership of your life and decisions, about not giving in to peer pressure, and about the changes that one person can bring to the world. It has a great message especially for women to stand up for themselves and their needs. It also raises interesting questions about fame and paparazzi and living in a world where anything you do can be the next Internet sensation. The chemistry with rock star Kyle Hamilton and Valerie is electric and their banter is hilarious. My only pet peeve was the ending—-it was unrealistically happy in my opinion. All of these characters were married by like age 20, who does that anymore? No one in New York that’s for damn sure. And frankly I feel like it undermined the women empowerment that it built earlier in the story. You end the whole thing with all these women getting married or being in relationships? Wow, how very unsubversive to patriachial culture. It’s just weird. Apart from the overly happy ending, it was a good read, thought provoking and inspiring.

Overall: A-

V is for Virgin is out now. Get your copy here!

Tags:   #i read #books #ya #young adult #ya lit #young adult fiction #publishing #v is for vigin #kelly oram #contemporary #romance #feminist



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Thursday, July 11
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Serial Hottie- Kelly Oram 
Okay so overall, I liked Serial Hottie. However, there are parts of the romantic relationship that scared me a bit. Ellie was an awesome main character—strong, tough, full of moxy. Plus she plays hockey-you go girl! I loved her. But Seth, well, Seth was controlling and violent and frankly terrifying at points. It’s necessary to the plot and I get that but still sort of questionable behavior in my opinion. What is more interesting is that the whole time I was reading, I was wondering if Seth was autistic, which would have explained all of the behaviors and actually sort of made me feel bad for him. He honestly couldn’t understand what he was doing wrong and frankly, throughout the whole book he does try to be better. I liked that a lot and it redeemed him a bit in my mind. There’s a great plot twist and I should warn you, I definitely had trouble falling asleep after this one because hello, serial killer stories are scary! Definitely worth the read even if you have to leave the light on to go to sleep.
Overall: A-
Serial Hottie is out now. Get your copy here!

Serial Hottie- Kelly Oram 

Okay so overall, I liked Serial Hottie. However, there are parts of the romantic relationship that scared me a bit. Ellie was an awesome main character—strong, tough, full of moxy. Plus she plays hockey-you go girl! I loved her. But Seth, well, Seth was controlling and violent and frankly terrifying at points. It’s necessary to the plot and I get that but still sort of questionable behavior in my opinion. What is more interesting is that the whole time I was reading, I was wondering if Seth was autistic, which would have explained all of the behaviors and actually sort of made me feel bad for him. He honestly couldn’t understand what he was doing wrong and frankly, throughout the whole book he does try to be better. I liked that a lot and it redeemed him a bit in my mind. There’s a great plot twist and I should warn you, I definitely had trouble falling asleep after this one because hello, serial killer stories are scary! Definitely worth the read even if you have to leave the light on to go to sleep.

Overall: A-

Serial Hottie is out now. Get your copy here!

Tags:   #i read #books #ya #young adult #ya lit #young adult fiction #serial hottie #kelly oram #publishing #contemporary #serial killer #thriller



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Wednesday, July 10
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The Avery Shaw Experiment- Kelly Oram
The Avery Shaw Experiment was one of those perfect, light summer reads. No seriously, it’s so adorable I can’t even stand it. I loved the alternative viewpoints between Avery and Grayson. The idea of getting over a heartbreak using the stages of grief and a little scientific method was a great plot concept.  It was laugh out loud funny from page 1 and by the end it just gave me that feel good feeling sigh. You know what I mean, the one where you exhale and you realize you’re smiling so hard it hurts and you feel relaxed and just joyful. I love that feeling and maybe that’s part of why I loved this book so hard. But I know that it was so phenomenal that I immediately went and bought every other book that Kelly Oram has written, and that’s an unusual buying pattern for me which really speaks to how fantastic this book is. So if you’re looking for a light, easy, contemporary that will leave you feeling good about life look no further than The Avery Shaw Experiment.
Overall: A
The Avery Shaw Experiment is out now and is a STEAL at only 99 cents! Get your copy here!

The Avery Shaw Experiment- Kelly Oram

The Avery Shaw Experiment was one of those perfect, light summer reads. No seriously, it’s so adorable I can’t even stand it. I loved the alternative viewpoints between Avery and Grayson. The idea of getting over a heartbreak using the stages of grief and a little scientific method was a great plot concept.  It was laugh out loud funny from page 1 and by the end it just gave me that feel good feeling sigh. You know what I mean, the one where you exhale and you realize you’re smiling so hard it hurts and you feel relaxed and just joyful. I love that feeling and maybe that’s part of why I loved this book so hard. But I know that it was so phenomenal that I immediately went and bought every other book that Kelly Oram has written, and that’s an unusual buying pattern for me which really speaks to how fantastic this book is. So if you’re looking for a light, easy, contemporary that will leave you feeling good about life look no further than The Avery Shaw Experiment.

Overall: A

The Avery Shaw Experiment is out now and is a STEAL at only 99 cents! Get your copy here!

Tags:   #i read #books #young adult fiction #ya #ya lit #young adult #publishing #the avery shaw experiment #kelly oram #science #high school #contemporary #romance



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Tuesday, July 9
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Dare You To- Katie McGarry
Dare You To continues McGarry’s success in deep gritty contemporaries. I loved exploring and learning more about Beth, a character we’ve met previously in McGarry’s first book, Pushing the Limits. In this book we get baseball and dares, love and self-confidence, and an exploration of relationships in all their various forms. True to her hallmark style, romance isn’t the only plot here and the character development rivals that of Simone Elkeles. Tough issues, tough characters and tough decisions seem to be a hallmark of McGarry’s writing. Be prepared to face the gamut of human emotions reading this book, including some pretty serious violence, but don’t worry too much you’ll get a reasonable happy ending. 
Overall: A+
Dare You To is out now from Harlequin Teen. Get your copy here!
ARC provided gratis by Harlequin Teen

Dare You To- Katie McGarry

Dare You To continues McGarry’s success in deep gritty contemporaries. I loved exploring and learning more about Beth, a character we’ve met previously in McGarry’s first book, Pushing the Limits. In this book we get baseball and dares, love and self-confidence, and an exploration of relationships in all their various forms. True to her hallmark style, romance isn’t the only plot here and the character development rivals that of Simone Elkeles. Tough issues, tough characters and tough decisions seem to be a hallmark of McGarry’s writing. Be prepared to face the gamut of human emotions reading this book, including some pretty serious violence, but don’t worry too much you’ll get a reasonable happy ending. 

Overall: A+

Dare You To is out now from Harlequin Teen. Get your copy here!

ARC provided gratis by Harlequin Teen

Tags:   #i read #books #ya #young adult #ya lit #young adult fiction #publishing #dare you to #pushing the limits #katie mcgarry #harlequin teen #contemporary #romance


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Monday, July 8
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Welcome to D.C! I’m so proud that my first Reading Road Trip Tour Stop is for our nation’s capitol— a city of the people, by the people, and for the people. How can you not love the reclaimed swampland that makes history happen on a daily basis and where marble phallic symbols run amok? Eff yea ‘Merica!

SO anyway on to the reading bit—- four score and several months ago I started to read the Georgetown Academy series. I fell head over heels for it. We’re talking faceplant may need reconstructive plastic surgery levels of falling here. And central to series is the D.C. setting since politics at GTA go far beyond the normal high school kind and on to the national stage. D.C. becomes it’s own character in these books—from the start of book 1 to the close of book 4- Georgetown Academy rings like a love story to America’s capitol. I truly love this series and I think it’s a great representation on what makes D.C. so utterly amazing.

If you would like to read my reviews of the individual books, you can find them here:

Book One, Book Two, Book Three, Book Four and my Top Ten Reasons to read Georgetown Academy Season 1 here.

AND NOW FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT! Jessica and Alyssa, authors of Georgetown Academy, have graciously written us a little something entitled:

WE HEART D.C.

When we used to go on yearly field trips to D.C. in middle school, the most exciting part was the three hour bus ride—you really can’t ask for more drama than when you put fifty seventh graders in a confined space. But now that we’re adults (or as adult as we’ll admit to being), we have a whole new love for the District—so much so that we set an entire YA series there!

For one, you’ve got the monuments. For some reason in every TV show about the Beltway, people only meet up at the monuments in order to scheme to take down the president or rendezvous with the person they’re having an affair with. But for us, we love to sit in the perfectly manicured grassy area of the National Mall and read, people watch or write. It’s the only mall where we’re not distracted by a window display of shoes. 

Two, the bar and restaurant scene is amazeballs and keeps getting better. Not only are the food and cocktails good, but eavesdropping on the conversation around you is even better. Just last week at one of our favorite bars, Churchkey in Logan Circle, the two women to the right of us were talking about their clearance level at the State Department and the two guys to the left of us were dishing on the respective Congressmen they work for. Way better than hearing the usual bar talk of women drunkenly declaring that whatever song is playing is their favorite song ever and listening to guys trash talking about their fantasy teams. (But full disclosure, we admit when Like a Prayer came on, we were the two girls who loudly announced that it’s our all-time favorite.).

Three, not to sound like we read Eat, Pray, Love too many times, but we’re obsessed with the aura of the city. Manhattan has its own frenetic pulse and same with L.A. (although the pulse is a lot slower because everyone is hungry), but D.C. has a unique energy that you can’t get anywhere else. Yes, Congress is a bigger disaster than when we cut our own bangs, but there is still something about this city where you feel like you’re in the heart of the action even as you wolf down that Georgetown Cupcake.

And finally, we heart D.C. because it’s the perfect place to set a YA series. We got the idea to write Georgetown Academy after hearing the stories of our friends who went to prep school in D.C. Nowhere else in the country are high schoolers throwing parties at people’s houses whose parents have diplomatic immunity so the cops legally can’t break up their rager. Some people imagine what life would be like to be a powerful senator, the director of the CIA or the Veep. We wonder what it would be like to be the teenage children of those high-ranking officials because it’s got to suck when your senator mother is publicly trying to take down the senator father of the hot guy you share a Bunsen Burner with in chemistry class. D.C. is like its own character in our series and all we can say is, we hope we do our favorite city justice. 


Thanks so much to Jessica and Alyssa for letting us in on why they <3 D.C. UGH, do you not want to go visit D.C. like right this instant? I do!

Anyway, I hope you’ve enjoyed you little pitstop here at the D.C. tour stop and that you’ll consider reading Georgetown Academy. For one lucky reader I’m giving away a copy of Georgetown Academy Season 1—ALL FOUR BOOKS! Just follow the link and enter via the rafflecopter here.

xoxo,

V.V.

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Friday, July 5
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This Song Will Save Your Life- Leila Sales
I appreciate Leila&#8217;s contemporary novels because they are always unique. I didn&#8217;t think anything would top Past Perfect, but This Song Will Save Your Life certainly does. I love that the story really focuses on Elise and her growth out of the depths of suicidal depression. Rather than shirk away from tough issues, the book explores them without being cliche, preachy or utterly depressing. Rather than being about suicide it is about finding your place in the world, finding your people, and recognizing that what other people see doesn&#8217;t define you. The music throughout the book and it&#8217;s central place to Elise&#8217;s healing rings true to the crucial role music can play in our lives. Frankly, it me want to listen to a really long playlist of these songs. I hope you have one ready, Leila. 
Overall: A-
This Song Will Save Your Life is due out in September from Farrar, Straus and Giroux. Pre-order your copy here. 
ARC provided gratis via TEEN AUTHOR CARNIVAL

This Song Will Save Your Life- Leila Sales

I appreciate Leila’s contemporary novels because they are always unique. I didn’t think anything would top Past Perfect, but This Song Will Save Your Life certainly does. I love that the story really focuses on Elise and her growth out of the depths of suicidal depression. Rather than shirk away from tough issues, the book explores them without being cliche, preachy or utterly depressing. Rather than being about suicide it is about finding your place in the world, finding your people, and recognizing that what other people see doesn’t define you. The music throughout the book and it’s central place to Elise’s healing rings true to the crucial role music can play in our lives. Frankly, it me want to listen to a really long playlist of these songs. I hope you have one ready, Leila. 

Overall: A-

This Song Will Save Your Life is due out in September from Farrar, Straus and Giroux. Pre-order your copy here

ARC provided gratis via TEEN AUTHOR CARNIVAL

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Wednesday, July 3
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Pushing the Limits- Katie McGarry
I was slow to jump on this bandwagon, I&#8217;ll admit it. But Pushing The Limits was getting a lot of hype and I am always wary when theres too much hype because it&#8217;s rare that a book can live up to that. Welp, this book did. 100% completely blew me away. Pushing the Limits is a contemporary that isn&#8217;t cliche and that deals with a myriad of difficult issues&#8212;grief, loss, responsibility, trauma, mental illness, and scars of the physical, mental and emotional variety. The heaviness of the subject matter is offset nicely by the chemistry and romance between Echo and Noah. I laughed, I cried, I got that warm fuzzy feeling we all love when reading. Frankly, this was a stunning read and I&#8217;m going to go ahead and call it a MUST READ for contemporary fans. I won&#8217;t be waiting at all to read McGarry&#8217;s new book Dare You To.
Overall: A+
Pushing the Limits is out now from Harlequin Teen. Get your copy here.
Book provided gratis via Harlequin via BEA 

Pushing the Limits- Katie McGarry

I was slow to jump on this bandwagon, I’ll admit it. But Pushing The Limits was getting a lot of hype and I am always wary when theres too much hype because it’s rare that a book can live up to that. Welp, this book did. 100% completely blew me away. Pushing the Limits is a contemporary that isn’t cliche and that deals with a myriad of difficult issues—grief, loss, responsibility, trauma, mental illness, and scars of the physical, mental and emotional variety. The heaviness of the subject matter is offset nicely by the chemistry and romance between Echo and Noah. I laughed, I cried, I got that warm fuzzy feeling we all love when reading. Frankly, this was a stunning read and I’m going to go ahead and call it a MUST READ for contemporary fans. I won’t be waiting at all to read McGarry’s new book Dare You To.

Overall: A+

Pushing the Limits is out now from Harlequin Teen. Get your copy here.

Book provided gratis via Harlequin via BEA 

Tags:   #i read #books #ya #young adult #ya lit #young adult fiction #pushing the limits #katie mcgarry #harlequin teen #publishing #contemporary



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Monday, July 1
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The Eye of Minds (Morality Doctrine #1)- James Dashner
Being in James Dashner&#8217;s mind must be seriously disturbing. Eye of Minds is a fast paced, gritty, dystopian unlike anything I&#8217;ve seen before. As anyone who has read The Maze Runner trilogy knows, Dashner creates brutal worlds with haunting trials and disturbing twitsts and turns. Eye of Minds exceeds The Maze Runner world in all of its horrific glory in my opinion. The entire story forces questions on our reliance on technology, the dangers of virtual reality, cyberterrorism and what that might mean in a thoroughly sci-fi twisted future. There were plenty of plot twists I didn&#8217;t see coming; surprising me as a reader is a rare talent that Mr. Dashner seems to possess in spades. I loved the characters&#8212;Michael, Sarah, and Bryson are a merry trio.  I&#8217;m excited to see what happens in the next book with them. If this book is any measure, we&#8217;re in for a thrilling, heartbreaking, dark adventure. Eye of Minds is a delightful reminder that a good story doesn&#8217;t need to rely on a romance plot. I highly recommend The Eye of Minds for any YA reader interested in sci-fi, technology, gaming, dystopian, or just something different. 
Overall: A+
The Eye of Minds is due out from Delacorte Press in October. Pre-order your copy here.
ARC provided gratis by Delacorte via BEA

The Eye of Minds (Morality Doctrine #1)- James Dashner

Being in James Dashner’s mind must be seriously disturbing. Eye of Minds is a fast paced, gritty, dystopian unlike anything I’ve seen before. As anyone who has read The Maze Runner trilogy knows, Dashner creates brutal worlds with haunting trials and disturbing twitsts and turns. Eye of Minds exceeds The Maze Runner world in all of its horrific glory in my opinion. The entire story forces questions on our reliance on technology, the dangers of virtual reality, cyberterrorism and what that might mean in a thoroughly sci-fi twisted future. There were plenty of plot twists I didn’t see coming; surprising me as a reader is a rare talent that Mr. Dashner seems to possess in spades. I loved the characters—Michael, Sarah, and Bryson are a merry trio.  I’m excited to see what happens in the next book with them. If this book is any measure, we’re in for a thrilling, heartbreaking, dark adventure. Eye of Minds is a delightful reminder that a good story doesn’t need to rely on a romance plot. I highly recommend The Eye of Minds for any YA reader interested in sci-fi, technology, gaming, dystopian, or just something different. 

Overall: A+

The Eye of Minds is due out from Delacorte Press in October. Pre-order your copy here.

ARC provided gratis by Delacorte via BEA

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Monday, June 24
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Fire with Fire (Burn for Burn #2)- Siobhan Vivian and Jenny Han
I thought I knew what was coming in Fire with Fire. I did NOT know what was coming in this book. Wow. Just wow. The bulk of the plot of this story builds on the first book&#8217;s revenge plot. Only now there&#8217;s aftermath&#8212;-consequences to the revenge enacted at the end of Burn for Burn. Oh don&#8217;t worry, there&#8217;s still plenty more revenge to be had and lots of drama in the process. I love that we continue to explore Kat, Lillia and Mary both as individuals and within their friendships. Their emotional growth is staggering in this book and yet they continue to make foolish mistakes. Alas, such is high school and hormones. We see more of the boys too and in a new light, Alex and Reeve in particular get lots of exploration. An the ending? I cannot get over it. Impressive. Frankly, I&#8217;m a little bit terrified for book 3! IT&#8217;S AWESOME!
Overall: A
Fire with Fire is due out from Simon and Schuster September 3rd. Pre-order your copy here or find book 1  Burn for Burn here.
ARC provided gratis by Simon and Schuster via BEA

Fire with Fire (Burn for Burn #2)- Siobhan Vivian and Jenny Han

I thought I knew what was coming in Fire with Fire. I did NOT know what was coming in this book. Wow. Just wow. The bulk of the plot of this story builds on the first book’s revenge plot. Only now there’s aftermath—-consequences to the revenge enacted at the end of Burn for Burn. Oh don’t worry, there’s still plenty more revenge to be had and lots of drama in the process. I love that we continue to explore Kat, Lillia and Mary both as individuals and within their friendships. Their emotional growth is staggering in this book and yet they continue to make foolish mistakes. Alas, such is high school and hormones. We see more of the boys too and in a new light, Alex and Reeve in particular get lots of exploration. An the ending? I cannot get over it. Impressive. Frankly, I’m a little bit terrified for book 3! IT’S AWESOME!

Overall: A

Fire with Fire is due out from Simon and Schuster September 3rd. Pre-order your copy here or find book 1  Burn for Burn here.

ARC provided gratis by Simon and Schuster via BEA

Tags:   #i read #books #ya #young adult #ya lit #young adult fiction #fiction #publishing #siobhan vivian #jenny han #burn for burn #paranormal #contemporary #revenge #fire with fire #simon and schuster #BEA



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