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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.

Tags:   #i read #books #ya #young adult #ya lit #young adult fiction #d.c. #washington d.c. #georgetown academy #coliloquy #reading road trip #blog tour



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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

Tags:   #i read #books #ya #young adult #ya lit #young adult fiction #publishing #fsg #this song will save your life #leila sales #contemporary


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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

Tags:   #i read #books #ya #young adult #ya lit #young adult publishing #the eye of minds #james dashner #the maze runner #dashnerarmy #delacorte press #bea #publishing


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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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Friday, June 21
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All I Need- Susanne Colasanti
I think I may need a dentist visit after this book, because it was so sweet it rotted my teeth. Okay, okay, while I&#8217;m snarky and cynical, I did enjoy All I Need which is fundamentally about true love. I have some issues with the end, but if we let that go the rest was exactly what I signed up for&#8212;-a summer read&#8212;light and easy, quick paced and sweet. Young love in the summer always seems to be a good fit for this time of the year. I like that Colasanti brings realism to her idealistic characters; there is struggle, real world pressures and work in this relationship. While Seth and Skye do seem made for each other, it doesn&#8217;t come easily. The subplots of college life and high school friendships hit the nail on the head as well. The 80s music throughout is also a plus in my book too. And finally in the plus column, it&#8217;s a short book, one you can easily finish in a single sitting (or a single hour if you&#8217;re me). All in all, All I Need continues Colasanti&#8217;s tradition of delivering solid, sweet contemporaries to readers.
Overall: A-
All I Need is out now from Viking, an imprint of Penguin. Get your copy here!
ARC given to me by Erica at The Book Cellar! Thanks E!

All I Need- Susanne Colasanti

I think I may need a dentist visit after this book, because it was so sweet it rotted my teeth. Okay, okay, while I’m snarky and cynical, I did enjoy All I Need which is fundamentally about true love. I have some issues with the end, but if we let that go the rest was exactly what I signed up for—-a summer read—light and easy, quick paced and sweet. Young love in the summer always seems to be a good fit for this time of the year. I like that Colasanti brings realism to her idealistic characters; there is struggle, real world pressures and work in this relationship. While Seth and Skye do seem made for each other, it doesn’t come easily. The subplots of college life and high school friendships hit the nail on the head as well. The 80s music throughout is also a plus in my book too. And finally in the plus column, it’s a short book, one you can easily finish in a single sitting (or a single hour if you’re me). All in all, All I Need continues Colasanti’s tradition of delivering solid, sweet contemporaries to readers.

Overall: A-

All I Need is out now from Viking, an imprint of Penguin. Get your copy here!

ARC given to me by Erica at The Book Cellar! Thanks E!

Tags:   #i read #books #ya #young adult #ya lit #young adult fiction #contemporary #romance #susanne colasanti #all i need #viking #penguin



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Wednesday, June 19
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Just One Day - Gayle Forman
There is something unique and wonderful about travel. It forces you to take risks, to appreciate the &#8220;accidents.&#8221; When traveling, you cannot help but be the best version of yourself. And so it is unsurprising that travel is a perfect setting for a story like Just One Day. In Just One Day, we follow the blossoming of Allyson from childhood to adulthood over the course of a year proceeding from what might as well be called &#8220;dronehood&#8221; to self-actualization. To say I enjoyed the backdrop of Paris is an understatement. Unlike other contemporaries this book is much more about Allyson than it is about the boy, Willem, and I appreciated that. This standalone continues to build Forman&#8217;s reputation for analyzing the growth, struggles and depth of her characters in a way that reflects the unique problems of modern life while addressing age old questions. But beware, Just One Day is sure to leave you with a case of wanderlust. Trip to Paris anyone?
Overall: A-
Just One Day is out now. Get your copy here. 
ARC given to me by Erica of The Book Cellar! Thanks E! 

Just One Day - Gayle Forman

There is something unique and wonderful about travel. It forces you to take risks, to appreciate the “accidents.” When traveling, you cannot help but be the best version of yourself. And so it is unsurprising that travel is a perfect setting for a story like Just One Day. In Just One Day, we follow the blossoming of Allyson from childhood to adulthood over the course of a year proceeding from what might as well be called “dronehood” to self-actualization. To say I enjoyed the backdrop of Paris is an understatement. Unlike other contemporaries this book is much more about Allyson than it is about the boy, Willem, and I appreciated that. This standalone continues to build Forman’s reputation for analyzing the growth, struggles and depth of her characters in a way that reflects the unique problems of modern life while addressing age old questions. But beware, Just One Day is sure to leave you with a case of wanderlust. Trip to Paris anyone?

Overall: A-

Just One Day is out now. Get your copy here

ARC given to me by Erica of The Book Cellar! Thanks E! 

Tags:   #i read #ya #young adult #young adult fiction #ya lit #books #gayle forman #just one day #contemporary #fiction #travel #paris



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Monday, June 17
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Antigoddess (Goddess War #1)- Kendare Blake 
Kendare Blake must have some sort of dark muse because Antigoddess is twisted, disturbing and a damn good read. Building off Greek mythology and in particular the story of Troy and epics of Homer, what awaits in Antigoddess is a modern story full of age old ideas&#8212;angry, vengeful, spiteful gods warring with each other and the humans, sometimes gifted, who are stuck in the crossfire. I loved the new modern interpretation of each of the gods and the Dante-esque horrors they must endure. If you&#8217;re looking for a happy ending, look elsewhere, because this ending is fitting for the genre of myths and the consequences are no less severe than in the ancient stories. Honestly, what do you say about a book that gives all your favorite characters/gods new life and new adventures? I just finished Angelini&#8217;s Starcrossed series which takes the same story and characters and interprets them quite differently than Blake does. I love them both for being so different, imaginative, and enthralling. I&#8217;m glad I have more in the Goddess War series to look forward to, because I&#8217;m not about to get over my love of mythology any time soon. So Kendare Blake, &#8220;sing me O [Dark] Muse.&#8221;
Overall: A+
Antigoddess is due out September 10th. Pre-order your copy of this must read here.
ARC provided gratis by Tor Teen

Antigoddess (Goddess War #1)- Kendare Blake 

Kendare Blake must have some sort of dark muse because Antigoddess is twisted, disturbing and a damn good read. Building off Greek mythology and in particular the story of Troy and epics of Homer, what awaits in Antigoddess is a modern story full of age old ideas—angry, vengeful, spiteful gods warring with each other and the humans, sometimes gifted, who are stuck in the crossfire. I loved the new modern interpretation of each of the gods and the Dante-esque horrors they must endure. If you’re looking for a happy ending, look elsewhere, because this ending is fitting for the genre of myths and the consequences are no less severe than in the ancient stories. Honestly, what do you say about a book that gives all your favorite characters/gods new life and new adventures? I just finished Angelini’s Starcrossed series which takes the same story and characters and interprets them quite differently than Blake does. I love them both for being so different, imaginative, and enthralling. I’m glad I have more in the Goddess War series to look forward to, because I’m not about to get over my love of mythology any time soon. So Kendare Blake, “sing me O [Dark] Muse.”

Overall: A+

Antigoddess is due out September 10th. Pre-order your copy of this must read here.

ARC provided gratis by Tor Teen

Tags:   #i read #ya #books #young adult #ya lit #young adult fiction #antigoddess #goddess war 1 #tor teen #mythology #greek myths #troy #homer #epics


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Thursday, June 13
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Goddess (Starcrossed #3)- Josephine Angelini
What do you say when a series you love comes to an end? Are there words for it that I just don&#8217;t know? Perhaps in Greek or another foreign tongue, there&#8217;s a word that can say what it means to be overjoyed and bereft, fulfilled and hollowed all at once. Whatever that word is, that&#8217;s how I feel now that Starcrossed series has ended. I&#8217;m not ready to say goodbye to Helen and her band of demigod heroes blueprinted by the heroes of Troy. But if I do have to say goodbye I&#8217;m glad it&#8217;s with a book like Goddess.
Angelini culminates her brilliant series with smart twists and turns, emotional turmoil that rivals ancient Greek tragedies, and with stunning starcrossed lovers. I am particularly fond of how she addresses the battles both among the scions and with the gods&#8212;clever tricksy author that she is. Any day you get to yell &#8220;RELEASE THE KRAKEN&#8221; is fundamentally a good day in my book. The lovers plot line has expanded even more with nearly every character finding their counterpoint. Each of those loves are different and wonderful and reflect the characters personalities while exploring the various forms that true love can take; I was fascinated by the Cassandra experience in particular book as well&#8212;her disturbing coldness as Oracle allowing for a different kind of love.
For me this series has been a bright star in the night, an oasis in the desert, an ever-fixed island in a sea of change; So thank you, Josephine, for this series, for giving me this world to revel in and enjoy. The best thing about loving books, you don&#8217;t ever need to say goodbye, so I&#8217;ll just say, &#8220;till we read again old friend.&#8221;
Overall: A+
Goddess is out now from Harper Teen. Get your copy here!

Goddess (Starcrossed #3)- Josephine Angelini

What do you say when a series you love comes to an end? Are there words for it that I just don’t know? Perhaps in Greek or another foreign tongue, there’s a word that can say what it means to be overjoyed and bereft, fulfilled and hollowed all at once. Whatever that word is, that’s how I feel now that Starcrossed series has ended. I’m not ready to say goodbye to Helen and her band of demigod heroes blueprinted by the heroes of Troy. But if I do have to say goodbye I’m glad it’s with a book like Goddess.

Angelini culminates her brilliant series with smart twists and turns, emotional turmoil that rivals ancient Greek tragedies, and with stunning starcrossed lovers. I am particularly fond of how she addresses the battles both among the scions and with the gods—clever tricksy author that she is. Any day you get to yell “RELEASE THE KRAKEN” is fundamentally a good day in my book. The lovers plot line has expanded even more with nearly every character finding their counterpoint. Each of those loves are different and wonderful and reflect the characters personalities while exploring the various forms that true love can take; I was fascinated by the Cassandra experience in particular book as well—her disturbing coldness as Oracle allowing for a different kind of love.

For me this series has been a bright star in the night, an oasis in the desert, an ever-fixed island in a sea of change; So thank you, Josephine, for this series, for giving me this world to revel in and enjoy. The best thing about loving books, you don’t ever need to say goodbye, so I’ll just say, “till we read again old friend.”

Overall: A+

Goddess is out now from Harper Teen. Get your copy here!

Tags:   #i read #books #ya #young adult fiction #ya lit #young adult #fiction #goddess #starcrossed #dreamless #josephine angelini #publishing #harper teen #mythology #greek myths #troy #trojan war



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Tuesday, June 11
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Georgetown Academy Book 4- Alyssa Embree Schwartz and Jessica Koosed Etting
At this point, I think we all know that Georgetown Academy is my favorite guilty pleasure. I don&#8217;t read gossip columns or tabloids but GTA fills that need for me in a fictional world. Book 4 takes things to entirely new heights with the role of Vice President on the line. This plot is full of brand new scandals and an intricate web of entangling alliances. I love how different each of the girls are and yet how they are all experiencing the same issues&#8212;the pressures of the political world where one false step means a barrage of bad press, the critical juncture of growing up where you decide who you are and who you want to be, and of course the cosmic pull of first loves&#8212;and yet each of them reacts differently and changes subtlely. Over the course of four books, they have all grown so much and I think that is fascinating to watch. Etting and Schwartz keep GTA fresh and current with superb plot twists, thrilling ethical dilemmas, clothes to die for, and a fast paced writing that wills you to keep you reading. I cannot get enough!
Overall: A
Georgetown Academy Book 4 is out TODAY! Get your copy now!
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Georgetown Academy Book 4- Alyssa Embree Schwartz and Jessica Koosed Etting

At this point, I think we all know that Georgetown Academy is my favorite guilty pleasure. I don’t read gossip columns or tabloids but GTA fills that need for me in a fictional world. Book 4 takes things to entirely new heights with the role of Vice President on the line. This plot is full of brand new scandals and an intricate web of entangling alliances. I love how different each of the girls are and yet how they are all experiencing the same issues—the pressures of the political world where one false step means a barrage of bad press, the critical juncture of growing up where you decide who you are and who you want to be, and of course the cosmic pull of first loves—and yet each of them reacts differently and changes subtlely. Over the course of four books, they have all grown so much and I think that is fascinating to watch. Etting and Schwartz keep GTA fresh and current with superb plot twists, thrilling ethical dilemmas, clothes to die for, and a fast paced writing that wills you to keep you reading. I cannot get enough!

Overall: A

Georgetown Academy Book 4 is out TODAY! Get your copy now!

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Sunday, June 9
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Ten Reasons I Love Georgetown Academy

No secret here, I love the Georgetown Academy series and now Coliloquy is releasing Season One (the first four books as a single collection). If 1000 people Mark it as Want to Read on Goodreads (CLICK HERE)  by Tuesday, 6/11 then the authors will release a “lost” scene. If 2000 people do it, then we get a scene from one of the boys’ perspectives. I NEED THESE SCENES PEOPLE! So please please please add it to your shelf. Not sure if Georgetown is for you? Well here’s ten reasons I love it!

MY TOP TEN REASONS TO READ AND LOVE GEORGETOWN ACADEMY:

1. The clothes. I DIE to wear some of these outfits. No seriously, I’m writing this from the grave because I’ve died of clothes envy.
2. Four completely unique and authentic young women’s voices who are dealing with public pressure and scrutiny with the most amount of grace and no small amount of ambition. 
3. The writing. It’s quick, it’s easy, it’s accurate and it flows so well that it actually energizes your reading experience. 
4. Well the hot boys aren’t hurting things either.
5. Politics. GTA makes politics not only interesting but relevant to a generation that is just coming of age in a world where politics is more polarized than ever.
6. Voyeurism. I don’t like to support tabloids or gossip rags or the paparazzi in real life but HOT DAMN if I’m not totally into it when it’s a fictional world. 
7. Scandal. I guess this is really 6.5 but who doesn’t love a good scandal. It’s impossible to tear your eyes away from the train wrecks.
8. Parents. This is a big deal to me, but finally and thankfully we don’t have completely absentee parents, or bad parents, or evil parents. These parents genuinely care about their kids and while they may make mistakes it’s a welcome change in the YA world for me. 
9. D.C. Setting can make or break a book but D.C. with its history and monuments and power is an ideal location. I don’t ever get tired of exploring more of our nation’s capitol in GTA.
10. The Authors. They are so sweet and it’s crazy to me that they can write four young women so perfectly and seamlessly. Honestly, they have a single author voice and yet there is two of them. What witchcraft is this?
Are you convinced yet? If you need more reasons check out the Top 30 Reasons list from Coliloquy where they list a new reason every day for a month. (I hope you’ll add GTA Season 1 to your goodreads. For your sake or mine. 
xoxo,
V.V.

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Wednesday, June 5
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Code (Virals #3)- Kathy Reichs
Kathy Reichs does mystery and suspense unlike any other really and her third book in the Virals series, Code, is no exception.  If you&#8217;re looking for a good old Nancy Drew style sleuthing story with an emphasis on friendship and family, then look no further. I&#8217;ve enjoyed all the books in this series including Code. It continues to be set in Charleston, which must lend it some Southern charm because these books go down like sweet tea for me. Reichs incorporates both science and history without batting an eye. Our newest adventure brings a serial killer, serious danger and a debutante ball. Who can ask for more?
Overall: A-
Code is out now, get your copy here.
ARC given to me by Erica of The Book Cellar! Thanks E!

Code (Virals #3)- Kathy Reichs

Kathy Reichs does mystery and suspense unlike any other really and her third book in the Virals series, Code, is no exception.  If you’re looking for a good old Nancy Drew style sleuthing story with an emphasis on friendship and family, then look no further. I’ve enjoyed all the books in this series including Code. It continues to be set in Charleston, which must lend it some Southern charm because these books go down like sweet tea for me. Reichs incorporates both science and history without batting an eye. Our newest adventure brings a serial killer, serious danger and a debutante ball. Who can ask for more?

Overall: A-

Code is out now, get your copy here.

ARC given to me by Erica of The Book Cellar! Thanks E!

Tags:   #i read #ya #books #young adult #ya lit #young adult fiction #mystery #thriller #kathy reichs #virals #code #charleston


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Monday, May 27
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So bookish friends, are you in NY for Book Expo America? Stop by Jefferson Market Library on Wednesday, May 29th at 6:30 for the Teen Author Carnival! There&#8217;s some great authors participating in two panels. Plus, I&#8217;m moderating!
Looking forward to seeing you there!
xoxo,
V.V. 

So bookish friends, are you in NY for Book Expo America? Stop by Jefferson Market Library on Wednesday, May 29th at 6:30 for the Teen Author Carnival! There’s some great authors participating in two panels. Plus, I’m moderating!

Looking forward to seeing you there!

xoxo,

V.V. 

Tags:   #teen author carnival #bea #book expo america #TAC #ya #young adult #ya lit


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