Genre: Contemporary

Review: The Sun is also a Star by Nicola Yoon

Review: The Sun is also a Star by Nicola Yoon

The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon Published by Delacorte Press on November 1st 2016 Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult, romance Pages: 384 Format: Paperback Source: the publisher Buy on Amazon Goodreads Natasha: I’m a girl who believes in science and facts. Not fate. Not destiny. Or dreams that will never come true. I’m definitely not the kind of girl who meets a cute boy on a crowded New York City street and falls in love with him. Not when my family is twelve hours away from being deported to Jamaica. Falling in love with him won’t be my story. Daniel: I’ve always been the good son, the good student, living up to my parents’ high expectations. Never the poet. Or the dreamer. But when I see her, I forget about all that. Something about Natasha makes me think that fate has something much more extraordinary in store—for both of us. The Universe: Every moment in our lives has brought us to this single moment. A million futures lie before us. Which one will come true? I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.This was an amazing book. I went into it apprehensively because Everything, Everything ended up rubbing me the wrong way. I picked this […]

Posted December 19, 2016 by Emily in Review / 2 Comments
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TTT: Holiday Gift Guide 2016

TTT: Holiday Gift Guide 2016

10 Contemporary Books to Buy to add Diversity to Your Bookshelf This book is so relevant to some of the social issues we’re facing in the United States today. I loved the dual perspectives because it made the story not just relatable, but easier to understand because I am white. I highly, highly recommend this one for all ages and races. . This is a middle grades book, but it is so good! If you have kids, are a teacher, or just want some insight on a tween boy who grew up under rough circumstances but found a positive outlet in running track, pick this up. . This is a heart wrenching kind of book. I enjoy a lot of true crime shows and have found myself watching documentaries on kids being accused of committing murder at  young age, so I was drawn to this one immediately. Mary is black and was accused at age 9 of killing a 3 month old baby and now after years of time in “baby jail” and a treacherous group home she finds out she’s pregnant. This book shows that sometimes the whole story isn’t told and you can’t always judge a person based on appearances. . I love this book so much. Definitely top 5 of 2016 for me. A mixture of fate, logic, and interracial love is just the beginning of […]

Posted November 29, 2016 by Emily in Events and Features, Top 10 / 9 Comments
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Review: Holding Up the Universe

Review: Holding Up the Universe

Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven Published by Knopf Books for Young Readers on October 4th 2016 Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult Pages: 400 Buy on Amazon Goodreads Everyone thinks they know Libby Strout, the girl once dubbed “America’s Fattest Teen.” But no one’s taken the time to look past her weight to get to know who she really is. Following her mom’s death, she’s been picking up the pieces in the privacy of her home, dealing with her heartbroken father and her own grief. Now, Libby’s ready: for high school, for new friends, for love, and for every possibility life has to offer. In that moment, I know the part I want to play here at MVB High. I want to be the girl who can do anything.  Everyone thinks they know Jack Masselin, too. Yes, he’s got swagger, but he’s also mastered the impossible art of giving people what they want, of fitting in. What no one knows is that Jack has a newly acquired secret: he can’t recognize faces. Even his own brothers are strangers to him. He’s the guy who can re-engineer and rebuild anything, but he can’t understand what’s going on with the inner workings of his brain. So he tells himself to play it cool: Be charming. Be hilarious. Don’t get too close to anyone. Until he meets Libby. When the two get […]

Posted November 17, 2016 by Emily in Review / 2 Comments
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SST ARC Review: Signs of You

SST ARC Review: Signs of You

Signs of You by Emily France Published by Soho Teen on July 19th 2016 Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult, paranormal Pages: 240 Format: Paperback Source: ARC tour, Free for Review Buy on Amazon Since sixteen-year-old Riley Strout lost her mother two years ago, her saving grace has been her quirky little family in the grief support group she joined as a freshman. Jay, Kate, and Noah understand her pain; each lost a loved one, and theyÂ’ve stuck together in spite of their differences, united by tragedies only they understand. When Riley thinks she spots her mother shopping in a grocery store, she fears she is suffering some sort of post-traumatic stress. Then Jay and Kate report similar experiences. Only Noah hasnÂ’t had some kind of vision, which is perhaps why heÂ’s become so skeptical and distant. When Noah disappears, Riley fears sheÂ’s lost another loved one. As they frantically search for him, she, Kate, and Jay are drawn into the mystery surrounding a relic that belonged to JayÂ’s dead father and contains clues about the afterlife. Riley finds herself wrestling with her feelings for both Noah and Jay—which have become clear only in NoahÂ’s absence. If Riley is to help those she loves, and herself, she must set things right with the one sheÂ’s lost. I have a bad habit of reading the first sentence or two of a book […]

Posted July 17, 2016 by Emily in Blog Tour, Review / 0 Comments
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Debut Author Bash: Janet McNally

Debut Author Bash: Janet McNally

Girls in the Moon by Janet McNally Published by HarperTeen on November 29th 2016 Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary Pages: 352 Buy on Amazon Everyone in Phoebe FerrisÂ’s life tells a different version of the truth. Her mother, Meg, ex–rock star and professional question evader, shares only the end of the story—the post-fame calm that PhoebeÂ’s always known. Her sister, Luna, indie-rock darling of Brooklyn, preaches a stormy truth of her own making, selectively ignoring the facts she doesnÂ’t like. And her father, Kieran, the cofounder of MegÂ’s beloved band, hasnÂ’t said anything at all since he stopped calling three years ago. But Phoebe, a budding poet in search of an identity to call her own, is tired of half-truths and vague explanations. When she visits Luna in New York, sheÂ’s determined to find out how she fits in to this family of storytellers, and to maybe even continue her own tale—the one with the musician boy sheÂ’s been secretly writing for months. Told in alternating chapters, PhoebeÂ’s first adventure flows as the story of Meg and KieranÂ’s romance ebbs, leaving behind only a time-worn, precious pearl of truth about her familyÂ’s past—and leaving Phoebe to take a leap into her own unknown future. I’m so excited to host Janet McNally today with a playlist for Girls in the Moon. I love her reasons that she chose each song and […]

Posted June 29, 2016 by Emily in Events and Features, Playlist / 2 Comments
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ARC Review: Summer of Sloan

ARC Review: Summer of Sloan

Summer of Sloane by Erin L. Schneider Published by Disney-Hyperion on May 3rd 2016 Genres: Contemporary, romance Pages: 304 Format: Paperback Source: Free for Review Buy on Amazon Warm Hawaiian sun. Lazy beach days. Flirty texts with her boyfriend back in Seattle. These are the things seventeen-year-old Sloane McIntyre pictured when she imagined the summer sheÂ’d be spending at her momÂ’s home in Hawaii with her twin brother, Penn. Instead, after learning an unthinkable secret about her boyfriend, Tyler, and best friend, Mick, all she has is a fractured hand and a completely shattered heart. Once she arrives in Honolulu, though, Sloane hopes that Hawaii might just be the escape she needs. With beach bonfires, old friends, exotic food, and the wonders of a waterproof cast, thereÂ’s no reason Sloane shouldnÂ’t enjoy her summer. And when she meets Finn McAllister, the handsome son of a hotel magnate who doesnÂ’t always play by the rules, she knows heÂ’s the perfect distraction from everything thatÂ’s so wrong back home. But it turns out a measly ocean isnÂ’t nearly enough to stop all the emails, texts, and voicemails from her ex-boyfriend and ex-best friend, desperate to explain away their betrayal. And as her casual connection with Finn grows deeper, SloaneÂ’s carefree summer might not be as easy to find as sheÂ’d hoped. Weighing years of history with Mick and Tyler against their […]

Posted May 3, 2016 by Emily in Review / 1 Comment
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Awesome Indies: Scarred by Joanne MacGregor

Awesome Indies: Scarred by Joanne MacGregor

For more information, check out the Awesome Indies page 1.What inspires you? What fills my tank of energy and well-being is having some alone-time (I’m an introvert), reading and being in nature. My inspiration for stories comes from anywhere and everywhere – something interesting I see on TV or hear on the radio, an overheard tidbit of conversation, an intriguing news item or a stray thought that just pops into my head. The inspiration for Scarred came to me in the wee hours of the night when I was lying, jet-lagged and wide awake, in a Bed & Breakfast in England. An image of a scarred girl standing in front of a class of kids, where the cute guy is staring back at her with hatred, just appeared in my mind’s eye. I knew that she thought he was repelled by her scar, but that he had a different reason, though what it was, I didn’t yet know. My stories begin their life when I start combining ideas and situation, and then ask the magic words, “What if…?” As a writer, I find I need both types of inspiration. I can’t write if I’m feeling exhausted, depleted or burnt out, and I obviously can’t imagine a story without the kernel of an idea. 2. How do you develop your plots and characters? I spend some time just allowing the ideas […]

Posted April 29, 2016 by Emily in Awesome Indie / 1 Comment
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FFBC Review: Dreamology

FFBC Review: Dreamology

Dreamology by Lucy Keating Published by HarperTeen on April 12th 2016 Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, romance, Fantasy Pages: 336 Format: ebook Buy on Amazon Vibrantly offbeat and utterly original, Lucy KeatingÂ’s debut novel combines the unconventional romance of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind with the sweetness and heart of Jenny Han. For as long as Alice can remember, she has dreamed of Max. Together, they have traveled the world and fallen deliriously, hopelessly in love. Max is the boy of her dreams—and only her dreams. Because he doesnÂ’t exist. But when Alice walks into class on her first day at a new school, there he is. Real Max is nothing like Dream Max. HeÂ’s stubborn and complicated. And he has a whole life Alice isnÂ’t a part of. Getting to know each other in reality isnÂ’t as perfect as Alice always hoped. Alarmingly, when their dreams start to bleed into their waking hours, the pair realize that they might have to put an end to a lifetime of dreaming about each other. But when you fall in love in your dreams, can reality ever be enough? I’ve always been an incredibly vivid dreamer. I dream every night and I usually remember what I’ve dreamt for hours. Sometimes I wish I kept a dream journal because I have dreamt some crazy intricate plotlines over the years. I’m also infamous […]

Posted April 7, 2016 by Emily in Blog Tour, Giveaway, Review / 1 Comment
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IB Review: His Country Bride

IB Review: His Country Bride

His Country Bride by Debra Holt Published by Tulip Romance on April 11th 2015 Genres: Contemporary, romance Pages: 189 Format: ebook Source: Free for Review Buy on Amazon “Sheriff’s Department! Raise your hands above your head and don’t move.” SheÂ’s a runaway bride who left her two-timing fiance at the altar. HeÂ’s a county sheriff determined to keep the peace in his country and leave city girls alone after his own fiance left him for the bright lights of the city. Neither of them planned on running straight into each other…over a burning wedding dress. Ellie and Lucas planned on never trusting their hearts to love again. When danger follows her from the city, the sheriff must do his duty to protect her. However, it isnÂ’t long before he discovers the real danger may be to his heart. Ellie just might teach him that even a city girl can be a country girl at heart. I have a confession to make. I read a lot of genres. I’ve never met a genre I 100% dislike. I’ve read and enjoyed horror, sci fi, fantasy, mystery, thriller, romance, even erotica. There is one genre that I call my guilty pleasure. This genre I love and I read pretty much every book I’ve ever seen in this genre. I just don’t talk about it much because it’s a little silly. Cowboy Romances. […]

Posted April 5, 2016 by Emily in Blog Tour, Giveaway, Review / 2 Comments
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Review: The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner

Review: The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner

The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner Published by Crown Books for Young Readers/Random House on March 8th 2016 Genres: Contemporary Pages: 384 Format: Paperback Buy on Amazon Dill has had to wrestle with vipers his whole life—at home, as the only son of a Pentecostal minister who urges him to handle poisonous rattlesnakes, and at school, where he faces down bullies who target him for his fatherÂ’s extreme faith and very public fall from grace. He and his fellow outcast friends must try to make it through their senior year of high school without letting the small-town culture destroy their creative spirits and sense of self. Graduation will lead to new beginnings for Lydia, whose edgy fashion blog is her ticket out of their rural Tennessee town. And Travis is content where he is thanks to his obsession with an epic book series and the fangirl turning his reality into real-life fantasy. Their diverging paths could mean the end of their friendship. But not before Dill confronts his dark legacy to attempt to find a way into the light of a future worth living. I had the opportunity to read The Serpent King early all thanks to the generosity of Stefani Sloma of Caught Read Handed. She single handedly organized an ARC tour that went from Texas to Toronto just so she could share this book with as many people […]

Posted March 8, 2016 by Emily in Review / 5 Comments
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