ARC Review: What You Left Behind by Jessica Verdi

ARC Review: What You Left Behind by Jessica Verdi

What You Left Behind by Jessica Verdi Published by Sourcebooks Fire on August 4th 2015 Pages: 320 Format: ebook Source: Netgalley, Free for Review Buy on Amazon ItÂ’s all RydenÂ’s fault. If he hadnÂ’t gotten Meg pregnant, she would have never stopped her chemo treatments and would still be alive. Instead, heÂ’s failing fatherhood one dirty diaper at a time. And itÂ’s not like heÂ’s had time to grieve while struggling to care for their infant daughter, start his senior year, and earn the soccer scholarship he needs to go to college.The one person who makes Ryden feel like his old self is Joni. SheÂ’s fun and energetic—and doesnÂ’t know he has a baby. But the more time they spend together, the harder it becomes to keep his two worlds separate. Finding one of MegÂ’s journals only stirs up old emotions, and RydenÂ’s convinced Meg left other notebooks for him to find, some message to help his new life make sense. But how is he going to have a future if he canÂ’t let go of the past? Sometimes, when I’m reading, I connect to a book on a very personal level. This book was one of those very personal reads for me. I don’t make a secret of it. I’m a cancer survivor and in March it will be 13 years. Now, at 20, I was a little […]

Posted August 4, 2015 by Emily in Review / 1 Comment
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OddSquad Special Feature: PYP #1

OddSquad Special Feature: PYP #1

  Choose Erica Crouch’s next book! Pick Your Pages is a Patchwork Press feature that puts readers in control of the publishing process. With PWP PYP, two titles will compete for your vote. You’ll see the cover and have access to the first chapter. Both books will eventually be published, but your vote will decide which book hits shelves first. So take a look, read a sample, and pick your pages! Today for Pick Your Pages, two of Erica Crouch‘s new adult novels will be competing for votes, both from very different genres: Mostly Marceline and Lovely Dark & Deep. Check out the blurbs below, and make sure to read the first chapter of each story before you vote. Then let me know which book you want to see published first! (Click the image above to see the covers BIGGER!) About Mostly Marceline Genre: New Adult Contemporary/Romance Blurb: Marceline has this whole “adult” thing under controlÂ… mostly. Even after carving out a decent career for herself as a young author, she still has trouble remembering to feed her cat—who sheÂ’s sure is plotting her death—pay her bills, do the dishes, or cook anything more complicated than pasta. But most unnervingly, Marceline is having trouble writing. Just months after a catastrophic breakdown, MarcelineÂ’s not sure sheÂ’ll be able to put pen to paper again, and it terrifies her. Critics once […]

Posted August 3, 2015 by Emily in Special Feature / 0 Comments
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SBPT Sunday: Introducing The Regal Critiques

SBPT Sunday: Introducing The Regal Critiques

  Veronika from Reading is Dreaming with Open Eyes is now Veronika from The Regal Critiques. I’m so excited that Ruzaika (her new co-blogger) and Veronika are both here today to talk about the new direction of their blog.   Hi everyone. IÂ’m Veronika from The Regal Critiques and IÂ’m so SO excited to be teamed up with the lovely Emily here. A few months ago I decided to add a co-blogger to my blog and, based on EmilyÂ’s idea, IÂ’m going to tell you a bit about the reasons for my choice. Next to that Ruzaika, my new co-blogger wrote a bit about herself and the start of our wonderful friendship. We hope youÂ’ll enjoy our post. 🙂 ‘Should I try co-blogging?’ was a question that used to come to my mind all the time. However much fun co-blogging has always looked like to me, the answer to that question strictly stayed no. One day, though, on an impulse I asked Ruzaika if she has ever been interested in blogging and if yes, would she consider co-blogging on Reading Is Dreaming with Open Eyes (now re-named The Regal Critiques). In this post IÂ’m going to list 6 reasons why you should definitely consider co-blogging. Hope youÂ’ll enjoy. Blogging can get stressful but as soon as you have a co-blogger you donÂ’t have to carry all the weight on your shoulders alone. Most […]

Posted August 2, 2015 by Emily in Blog Tour, Special Feature / 1 Comment
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Where am I? Uninteresting edition

Where am I? Uninteresting edition

This week I’m home! This is almost the first time I’ve been home all summer. I’ve been busy and out of state for weeks so on this little break I almost didn’t know what to do with myself. That’s a lie. I’m off again on Sunday so I really enjoyed the downtime. I knew exactly what I wanted to do. Sleep. Instead I worked on two very important issues. I left the house with some unfinished business I had to take care of immediately.   I also got some very important TV and twitter accomplished.   I didn’t do much this week and it was glorious. Unfortunately its back to work for the next couple of weeks with back to back braille programs. I’m off again!  

Posted July 30, 2015 by Emily in Special Feature / 0 Comments
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Sunday Street Team: Guest Post by Shanna Swendson

Sunday Street Team: Guest Post by Shanna Swendson

This post is part of the Sunday Street Team. If you’d like more information or sign up to become a part please click here. Title: Rebel Mechanics Author: Shanna Swendson Genre: YA Format: Paperback, 320 Pages Publishing Information: 7/14/2015 Farrar, Straus and Giroux   Librarything | Goodreads | Amazon A sixteen-year-old governess becomes a spy in this alternative U.S. history where the British control with magic and the colonists rebel by inventing. ItÂ’s 1888, and sixteen-year-old Verity Newton lands a job in New York as a governess to a wealthy leading family—but she quickly learns that the family has big secrets. Magisters have always ruled the colonies, but now an underground society of mechanics and engineers are developing non-magical sources of power via steam engines that they hope will help them gain freedom from British rule. The family Verity works for is magister—but it seems like the children’s young guardian uncle is sympathetic to the rebel cause. As Verity falls for a charming rebel inventor and agrees to become a spy, she also becomes more and more enmeshed in the magister familyÂ’s life. She soon realizes sheÂ’s uniquely positioned to advance the cause—but to do so, sheÂ’ll have to reveal her own dangerous secret. Today I’m so excited to welcome Shanna Swendson to my blog. She has a really great looking book coming out. I’m especially excited about it because I love Steampunk! She’s here […]

Posted July 26, 2015 by Emily in Blog Tour, Special Feature / 0 Comments
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Sunday Street Team: Interview with Erica Cameron and Giveaway!

Sunday Street Team: Interview with Erica Cameron and Giveaway!

This post is part of the Sunday Street Team. If you’d like more information or sign up to become a part please click here. I’m so thrilled to have Erica Cameron here! Her first book in the Dream Wars Saga, Sing Sweet Nightingale came out last May. I love the paranormal fantasy concept where your dreams can lie to you and I’m really excited to read her next book. Whatever you do, don’t miss the giveaway for this book below. You definitely want a copy! Title: Deadly Sweet Lies Author: Erica Cameron Genre: YA/Paranormal/Fantasy Format: Paperback, 400 Pages Publishing Information: 8/18/15 by Spencer Hill Press Librarything | Goodreads | Amazon From her bio, “Erica is many things but most notably the following: writer, reader, editor, dance fan, choreographer, singer, lover of musical theater, movie obsessed, sucker for romance, ex-Florida resident, and quasi-recluse. She loves the beach but hates the heat, has equal passion for the art of Salvador Dali and Venetian Carnival masks, has a penchant for unique jewelry and sun/moon décor pieces, and a desire to travel the entire world on a cruise ship. Or a private yacht. You know, whatever works.” So let’s hear from Erica about herself and her new book! Interview Questions 1. Tell us a little about yourself and your background? I was a bookworm before I knew the word existed. Books, movies, TV–IÂ’ve always loved stories in all their forms. […]

Posted July 26, 2015 by Emily in interview, Special Feature / 0 Comments
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SBPT Sunday: LittleBookHeaven

SBPT Sunday: LittleBookHeaven

Please welcome Jess from Little Book Heaven as part of The Book Bratz Summer Promo Blogger Tour. Jess is an animal lover from the Sagebrush State. She works in a Veterinarian’s office and shares her life with 3 dogs. In addition to reading, she loves baking and Peter Pan. Here we go! Hi everyone! I am so excited to be part of the Summer Blogger Promo Tour hosted by the wonderful Amber and Jessica at The Book Bratz. I am thrilled to be teaming up with the awesome Emily from Emily Reads Everything today and discussing dream destinations. She had asked me what my top five places to travel would be and to make it extra fun, pick places from some books that I have read. Time to put my thinking cap on.. 1. Australia ~ This destination comes from a book series that I have read and consider to be one of my favorites,The Wishes Series by G.J. Walker-Smith. This country is described so beautifully in these books and they sound breathtaking and full natural wonders. 2. Paris, France  ~ This destination comes from a book series called The Revenant Series by Amy Plum. I have always wanted see the city of Paris, but after reading these books my desire to go is even more than before. It’s sounds so magical, romantic and historical to me. 3. Boston, Massachusetts ~ […]

Posted July 26, 2015 by Emily in Blog Tour, Special Feature / 2 Comments
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Where am I? Vacation edition

Where am I? Vacation edition

  I got to spend last week in North Carolina with family vacationing on the beach! The weather cooperated for the most part. One day we went to Fort Macon and it poured buckets. It was great spending the time with family that we don’t see very often. My sister-in-law has 4 hilarious children. They make every trip fun.   One thing that’s very different about my inlaws is that they love to play games. There’s always a game going on when they are around. My husband was raised with games and learned his deep and abiding love for board games early. Here’s a picture of us playing Temporum early in the week. We also spent some time geocaching. We found Bob’s Sinkhole (yes, that’s the real name) in the Croatoan National Forest. It was searingly hot but we still walked a couple miles and then went out for ice cream. Thanks to my sister-in-law who doesn’t know I stole a bunch of pictures off her facebook. I was too busy having fun to take pictures of my own.

Posted July 23, 2015 by Emily in Special Feature / 0 Comments
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Blog Tour: Awakened by Patricia Vanasse and Giveaway!

Blog Tour: Awakened by Patricia Vanasse and Giveaway!

I’m very excited to bring you this review today. I was happy to be able to read both Resilient, the first book in this series as well as Awakened, the second book. I really enjoyed Resilient so I knew I would like Awakened as well. Title:  Awakened Author: Patricia Vanasse Genre: YA Sci fi Dystopian Format: Ebook 266 pages Publishing Information: 7/13/15 Pants On Fire Press Source: Free for review Librarything | Goodreads | Amazon Synopsis In an attempt to protect their families, Livia and Adam set out in a search for answers that would change their lives forever. While on the run, Livia and Adam crossed paths with Daniel, who had been searching for them and the five other genetically enhanced teens Daniel knew existed. But getting out from under The AgencyÂ’s radar has not been easy. After being ambushed by the leader of The Agency that created them—a desperate attempt to claim what they lost just over a decade earlier—Livia was forced to leave an injured Adam behind, barely escaping to safety with Daniel.  Now under the control of The Agency, Adam is serving the purpose for which he was created. Manipulated to forget his love for Livia and his past, he lives a life crafted by fake memories that enslave him to a life of following the orders of The Agency. Adam battles with vivid “dreams” of a life he does not […]

Posted July 21, 2015 by Emily in Giveaway, Review, Special Feature / 2 Comments
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SBPT Sunday: The Book Bandit Blog

SBPT Sunday: The Book Bandit Blog

  Welcome to Nicole from The Book Bandit! Hi! My name is Nicole. I’m a librarian by day, and a book blogger by night. I’m (obviously) an avid reader who is also an aspiring writer. I am a complete and utter music junkie, a sucker for any book to movie adaption, and I buy way too much makeup for one girl. My favorite author and book changes daily. And terrible at the ‘about’ me section of anything. For more info about me and my blog check out http://thebookbandit.wordpress.com ItÂ’s no secret Â… I read a lot of books. Some of those books I like, some I do not, some I absolutely adore. And sometimes I feel those books that I absolutely adore do not get the attention that I feel they deserve. Today, IÂ’ll be talking about a book that I hold very near and dear to my reading heart. ItÂ’s a book that captured and captivated me within the very first chapter. ItÂ’s a book that I feel doesnÂ’t get the recognition or the attention I feel it deserves! And that book is Dreamland Social Club written by author Tara Altebrando. So before I tell you exactly why I think this book needs more love, let me tell you what itÂ’s about… When Jane and her family move to Coney Island, and the last thing she expects to […]

Posted July 19, 2015 by Emily in Special Feature / 1 Comment
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