Thursday, June 30, 2016

738 Days by Stacey Kade

Paperback, 431 pages
Release Date: June 7, 2016
Published by: Forge Books
Source: BEA 2016
For fans of: Contemporary, Romance, Thrillers, NA, Realistic Fiction

     At fifteen, Amanda Grace was abducted on her way home from school. 738 days later, she escaped. Her 20/20 interview is what everyone remembers—Amanda describing the room where she was kept, the torn poster of TV heartthrob Chase Henry on the wall. It reminded her of home and gave her the strength to keep fighting.
     Now, years later, Amanda is struggling to live normally. Her friends have gone on to college, while she battles PTSD. She’s not getting any better, and she fears that if something doesn’t change soon she never will.
     Six years ago, Chase Henry defied astronomical odds, won a coveted role on a new TV show, and was elevated to super-stardom. With it, came drugs, alcohol, arrests, and crazy spending sprees. Now he's sober and a Hollywood pariah, washed up at twenty-four.
     To revamp his image, Chase’s publicist comes up with a plan: surprise Amanda Grace with the chance to meet her hero, followed by a visit to the set of Chase’s new movie. The meeting is a disaster, but out of mutual desperation, Amanda and Chase strike a deal. What starts as a simple arrangement, though, rapidly becomes more complicated when they realize they need each other in more ways than one. But when the past resurfaces in a new threat, will they stand together or fall apart?


*"This book is part of the new adult contemporary romance genre! It is more mature than both YA and MG. I have featured it in Between the Covers as a way to feature the few Adult and New Adult titles I am beginning to read!"  This book will contain strong language and explicit sexual scenes. Intended for adults 18 and up!  


     To start, I had never heard of this book before BEA. But I saw it mentioned on one of the fliers and one quick check of Goodreads told me all I needed to know about this book. That I wanted to read it. The cool thing about getting this at BEA is the fact that I even got to meet the author and chat with her. Stacey Kade is super cool and now I can't wait for her YA book that comes out in August!
"How are you ever supposed to start over if people won't give you a chance?"
pg. 173
     Amanda Grace was taken on her way home unwillingly. She's able to escape, but feels as if she has more damage than she started with. Then comes Chase Henry who had a helping hand in helping her survive and wants to meet her. (According to his publicist.) But things don't go according to plan and their meeting takes a turn for the worse. 
"If people are going to judge us by our pasts, [...] then I'm at least going to control how it happens and make it work for us. We are not our mistakes, our tragedies, We're more than that."
pg. 175
     The number one thing I loved abot this book was the storyline. I was literally hooked from page one. There was something going on with every page turn. It really surprised me because after finding out we wouldn't get that much of her backstory, we would miss most of the mystery. But there was also another mystery in there that was really enjoyable. 
"On the internet deliberate. anonymous cruelty is a sport."
pg. 295
     I also loved Chase. He made so many mistakes in his past, but he never let that stop him. He sed them to make him a better person. And for that I admired him. He was more real life to me because he was able to admit his mistakes. Along with Chase, the romance was #AMASE-ing (See what I did there. If you've read it, you get it lol) I loved that the both of them came together for each other and used each other to feel better.
"Fuck fear. I'm so sick of it."
pg. 316
     The only things I didn't like about the book was the ending. It felt rushed. That whole scene set-up and then it was over in a page. Idk. Maybe it was because it was already at 400+ pages and needed to be ended right away, but yeah it seemed like rushed. Also a lot of the time the other characters (besides Chase) started to get on my nerves. EVERY SINGLE PERSON IN THIS BOOK IS SO SELFISH OMG. And it sucked even more because there was only one person in this book who deserved to be selfish.
"Life is too short to hold yourself back. From love, from happiness, from the fear of falling when you could have the joy of jumping. And I of all people should know that."
pg. 352
     Thanks to BEA I was able to grab a truly awesome thriller that I can see myself reading again. Y'all if you haven't heard of this "epic" read, add it to your TBR. It's such a good book! You definitely won't regret it. 
Overall, I give this

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday: This is Our Story by Ashley Elston

This bookish meme tells the blogosphere what we're waiting patiently (and sometimes not so patiently) for! It's hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine!

This Is Our Story

     No one knows what happened that morning at River Point. Five boys went hunting. Four came back. The boys won’t say who fired the shot that killed their friend; the evidence shows it could have been any one of them. 
     Kate Marino’s senior year internship at the District Attorney’s Office isn’t exactly glamorous—more like an excuse to leave school early that looks good on college applications. Then the DA hands her boss, Mr. Stone, the biggest case her small town of Belle Terre has ever seen. The River Point Boys are all anyone can talk about. Despite their damning toxicology reports the morning of the accident, the DA wants the boys’ case swept under the rug. He owes his political office to their powerful families.
     Kate won’t let that happen. Digging up secrets without revealing her own is a dangerous line to walk; Kate has her own reasons for seeking justice for Grant. As she and Stone investigate—the ageing prosecutor relying on Kate to see and hear what he cannot—she realizes that nothing about the case—or the boys—is what it seems. Grant wasn’t who she thought he was, and neither is Stone’s prime suspect. As Kate gets dangerously close to the truth, it becomes clear that the early morning accident might not have been an accident at all—and if Kate doesn’t uncover the true killer, more than one life could be on the line…including her own.

Expected Publication: November 15, 2016
Published by: Disney-Hyperion

Why I'm Waiting: Y'all know I love my thrillers, and this one sounds right up my alley. I can't wait to see what hapened to that last person. I also can't wait to know more about this DA wanting it swept under the rug. Is it a political thriller? Because OMG I love those. Whatever the case may be, it sounds super good and I can't wait to read it!!!!

What are you waiting on this week?
Will you be waiting on this with me?

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Top 10 Book Nerd Problems I Can Relate To!

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the BookishEach week we will post a new Top Ten list. Everyone is welcome to join.   

This week's topic is:
Top 10 Book Nerd Problems I Can Relate To!

1. NEVER KNOWING HOW TO CHOOSE WHAT TO READ NEXT: Omg I can't tell y'all how many times I ask Twitter what to read next. Sometimes I have to take a picture and send it to my fiancee or mom to see which one they'd pick just based off the cover and title. How do y'all pick what's next?

2. Too many books: I KNOW this isn't neccassirly a problem, but when you literally have stacks on stacks on stacks next to your bed because you don't have another shelf... Things start to look concerning to your fiancee.

3. Not having anyone IRL to fangirl/boy with: This one is so hard for me because although I read and many of my IRL friends read, many of them don't read YA/MG/NA. So, I spend most of my time telling my fiancee about whatever book I've read and loved lately. He always seems to know what I thought about it because he said if I'm talking really fast I did. But if I'm talking slow, then I didn't lol 

4. Not having my IRL friends know about my blog: For the reason above my IRL friends don't know about my blog. Only because I wasn't sure it would survive when I first started it, but then it did and I still wanted to keep everything separate. Many of them think blogs should only be personal, not about a hobby or just something you love. 

5. To snack or not to snack?: I'm sure y'all know how hard it is to eat and read. I can't stand it, but I do it so often. I am the person who likes to eat hot cheetos while reading. Red fingers and all. Unfortunately I'm also the person that gets red stuff everywhere or crumbs everywhere in the book as well. Maybe one day I'll learn to only eat while reading a Nook book lmao

6. Going to bed at 2 am or later: So many times I've went to bed at 3 am because a book was super good and I just HAD to finish it right then. This is especially bad for me because I get migraines when I don't get enough sleep. But then I do it anyways smdh

7. People talking to you when you're reading: Holy shiz this is one of my BIGGEST pet peeves. I don't mind talking, but please, don't do it when I have a book open in front of me. That annoys me to no end. Especially if you see other people in the room but you come to me because you see I'm quietly reading. Like WHYYYYY? lol (I've resorted to wearing headphones while I'm reading too lol Not playing anything somtimes but just to throw them off)

8. Knowing what the UPS/USPS/Fed Ex truck sounds like: Don't you judge me. I know y'all know what it sounds like too lol But worse than that is when they don't come to your house but they go to the neighbors or just pass by. 

9. Drowning in your TBR pile/ Not being able to read fast enough: With school and a short attention span, reading is hard for me sometimes. So when I'm finally able to read, I still can't read fast enough. And by thennnn  I'm already drowning in my TBR pile. One day I will make it out of it alive. ONE DAY. lol  

10. Waiting on the next book:  It is so hard to wait on the next book in a series! Especially if you read the first one more than a year before because you had an ARC of the first one. The irony of this is not lost on me.

What Book Nerd Problems do you relate to the most? 

Monday, June 27, 2016

Ready to Talk: Stresses of Everyday Life!

     Hey y'all! As you can see the blog's been pretty quiet, but I promise you I'm still around! I'm just taking a really tough class right now during the summer and I guess I didn't realize how intesnse it would be since it's a summer class. I'm getting a little stressed because I'm in someone else's wedding. I'm planning my own, I'm in the last stretch of school, I'm blogging, and still trying to find a library job! 

     And with that being said, here's a couple things I've been doing!:

     Ok, I'm not sure if y'all remember this or not, but I just went to my last Web Institute for classes on June 10-11th! This came along with 7 assignments, so I was already behind. 

     Then the next freaing weekend I went to Miami! There was a wedding for an old college friend of me and the fiancee, so we decided to make that our yearly vacation!

     I was there from the 16-20th! While there I finally decided on my wedding colors, but now trying to find a good bridesmaid dress is wrecking my nerves lol

     So, there you have it! That's where I've been! It kinda sucked because I was in Florida RIGHT before ALA and I could've went there instead lol But the fiance was with me. Not sure he would've wanted me to hijack our trip to look at books!
     But now I'm finally caught up with homework and work, so now my blog (and me) will be on a better schedule! I missed you all! 

What do y'all do when life gets in the way of blogging?

Friday, June 24, 2016

Follow Friday: Wishful thinking!!!

Feature & Follow is hosted by TWO hosts, Parajunkee’s View & Alison Can Read.    

The goal is to increase blog followers and make friends. Basically how it works is you follow them, they follow you. Win. Win. So looking forward to making new blogging friends & following blogs!

name one or more stand-alone books you wish were a series! 
     This question is fairly easy because I just did a Top 10 Tuesday post about this. Well kind of... The TTT list was about characters I'd love to see 10 years from now. I guess basically that's kind of the same thing... In a way since I'm basically saying I'd love to see what they're doing now lol 
 But anyways, here's mine!

1. George: I want to see if things changed for her after she finally shows everyone who she really is. 
2. Damage Done: *SPOILER ALERT* I'd love to see another mystery unfold. I mean let's be real. That ending was basically saying "I'm out to do something again." 
3. Things We Know By Heart: I LOVED this book and I'd love to see how more of the facts about the heart line up with what happens in that chapter ad more about Colton and how his new heart is treating him. 

What about you?!

Thursday, June 23, 2016

The Marked Girl by Lindsey Klingele

ARC, 382
Release Date: June 7, 2016
Published by: HarperTeen
Marked Girl, #1
Source: TLA
For fans of: Magic, Fantasy, Contemp, Romance, Magical Realism, YA

     Once upon a time, in a land far, far away (Los Angeles)…
     When Cedric, crowned prince of Caelum, and his fellow royal friends (including his betrothed, Kat) find themselves stranded in modern-day L.A. via a magical portal and an evil traitor named Malquin, all they want to do is get home to Caelum—soon. Then they meet Liv, a filmmaker foster girl who just wants to get out of the system and on with her life. As she and Cedric bond, they’ll discover that she’s more connected to his world than they ever could’ve imagined…and that finding home is no easy task…


     When I heard about this book I saw it mentioned by another blogger as "Enchanted in YA" and I automatically thought I NEED THIS NOW. I got so excited for this book that I didn't even read the synopsis. And now, I kind of wish I had. 
     In the book Cedric is a prince and his family is in the midst of something huge. Something has gotten into the castle and now they've been forced out to find help. So, they've been forced through a portal through to the present day in Los Angeles. There they meet Liv who doesn't understand anything about them, but is intrigued enough to want to know more. 
     The main thing that I didn't like about this one was the way it seemed to be more of a "telling" than a "showing book." It was missing some of the fluff descriptions that I normally love and it seemed that it was only just putting everything in the scene so I knew it was there, but that was it. Because of that I wasn't immersed in the scene much at all. 
     Then there was the character. I tried liking her. About 97 pages worth. But I just couldn't get past the "COME AT ME BRO" and other things she was saying. I couldn't take her serious. I don't like when people talk like that in real life, so reading it just annoyed me, not going to lie. 
     In the end, I was pretty disappointed because I really wanted to read this book. I'd like to see what happens in the end, but I just couldn't connect. This one wasn't for me. Everyone else should give it a try though! Just because it wasn't for me, doesn't mean you won't like it! 
Overall, I give this

I DNF'ed this book at about page 105. By page 85 I was putting it down to skim. 

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday: 100 Days by Nicole McInnes

This bookish meme tells the blogosphere what we're waiting patiently (and sometimes not so patiently) for! It's hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine!

100 Days

     Agnes doesn't know it, but she only has one hundred days left to live. When she was just a baby, she was diagnosed with Progeria, a rare disease that causes her body to age at roughly ten times the normal rate. Now nearly sixteen years old, Agnes has already exceeded her life expectancy.
     Moira has been Agnes’s best friend and protector since they were in elementary school. Due to her disorder, Agnes is still physically small, but Moira is big. Too big for her own liking. So big that people call her names. With her goth makeup and all-black clothes, Moira acts like she doesn’t care. But she does.
     Boone was friends with both girls in the past, but that was a long time ago—before he did the thing that turned Agnes and Moira against him, before his dad died, before his mom got too sad to leave the house.
     An unexpected event brings Agnes and Moira back together with Boone, but when romantic feelings start to develop, the trio’s friendship is put to the test.

Expected Publication: August 23, 2016
Published by: Farrar, Straus, & Giroux (BYR)

Why I'm Waiting: I know this may seem lame, but this caught my eye at TLA because it kind of had a vibe that reminded me of that movie "The Breakfast Club." I'm not sure if they'll be in detention or if  it'll be anything like it, but they all seem so different and then they're stuck together.... Kind of seems like it right? Maybe I'm reaching, but I loved that movie and I hope to love this book as well! 

What are you waiting on this week?
Will you be waiting on this with me?

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

TTT: Top Ten Best Books of 2016!

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the BookishEach week we will post a new Top Ten list. Everyone is welcome to join.   

This week's topic is:
Top Ten Best Books of 2016!

With MaliceGirl Against the Universe
A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #2)The Long Game (The Fixer, #2)
When We CollidedThe Shadow Queen (Ravenspire, #1)
The Season of You & MeThe Loose Ends List
The Rose & the Dagger (The Wrath & the Dawn, #2)The Unexpected Everything

What about you?
What were your favorites? 

Monday, June 20, 2016

Beyond the Book: The Geeks Guide to Unrequited Love by Sarvenaz Tash

This bookish feature is an original by me! I had the epiphany for this the other day when I was writing out my 15 bookish confessions. (See #7) A lot of times I like to go "beyond the book" and do something that will connect me with the book and characters a little more. It will pop up on Mondays! Be on the look out for which books caught my eye and made me go beyond just reading it! 

"What if we camp out here all night... and still miss out on getting a wristband."
pg. 28 (ARC)

     This is one of the many questions that runs through my mind everytime I attend an author event. I haven't been to many huge ones, but those that I did attend featured those lines where I felt like I was line FOREVER. So, today I'm gonna give y'all some tips on what might make the time in those lines go by a little faster! (These things worked for me, but may not work for everyone....) 

  • Take some form of entertainment: This one is important because you don't want to be bored. It could be headphones, a book, your phone, anything. 
  • Make friends/take a friend: If you make line buddies they can save your place in line while you go and browse around and vice versa. This way you both can get all the things you want while waiting HOURS in line. I became really great friends with this one teen and her grandmother at TLA while waiting for Heartless and since her grandmother was there to pick up stuff for her she stayed in line and let me walk around and get what I wanted. (We were in line for 2 1/2 hours....) 
  • Take a snack: Take a snack and eat it way before the line is scheduled to move. Don't be like me and have to wolf down a slice of Chicago pizza before you're given a copy of Gemina at BEA lmao (Ahhh Amber and Jess and Ashley I miss you!)
  • Get comfy: That could mean comfy shoes or even sitting on the hard ground. Whichever way it is, you may be there a while so be prepared. 
  • Always know whether the line is "official, unofficial, or unofficially unofficial": Trust me, they DO all exist and you don't want to get anyone mad. Not the publishers and not the people in those lines either. 
  • DO fangirl: I fangirled at BEA and tried to sneak attack Nicola Yoon in a selfie when she came to take a peek at her line and she saw I was excited and jumped in it with me. As mush as we're THRILLED to see them, they're THRIILED to see us excited to see them. I love that they're so humble! 
  • Use social media: I know this is stupid after 6 years of blogging, but everytime I get a reply from a favorite author of mine, I still get a thrill. Especially if it's someone that I adore like Adam Silvera or Marissa Meyer. I mean really, how do you NOT fangirl after something like that? 
  • Take pictures: Even if it wasn't a super fun time, you will always remember being in line with the people around you. Take pictures because those 3 hour wait times (Geez Gemina and A Torch Against the Night lines I will never forget you lol) are probs when you or your friends will be the most loopy. The lines may not be fun then, but they will give you something great to think back on down the road. 
  • Divide and conquer: I'm not saying save spots in line for 521011520552 people, but still having someone wait in one line while you're in another and then switch or save that spot next to you for them works wonders. (But also, be kind and courteous to those in line behind you. At least give a warning that there is someone else coming or something.) I was stressing myself out because my momma didn't want to go to BEA with me(she was my line saver at RT that one time we went because those lines there were O_O), but Jess and Amber were amazing. We probs followed our schedule about 2% of the time, but we made it work for all of us.  
     In the end, these things saved me while waiting in line at TLA, BEA, and RT Teen Day. I'm sure there are more things to add, but these things stuck out to me! If you have anything else to add for me (because I plan to be in many other lines like ALA, TLA, BEA, and more in the future) let me know! I want to use it!!!

Here's a look at some of the lines I've been in!:


I missed S.J. Kincaid's Diabolic at TLA, so I HAD to get it at BEA. I made sure I got there early and made it to #2 in line. The other photo is of alot of bloggers in line to get into BEA. We spent that morning singing Disney songs and exchanging business cards! 

In this first photo, I wasn't in line for it, but I was waiting on friends that were... That line or 3 Dark Crowns at BEA was nuts. I was glad I was able to sit that one out.... And then there's the line for Heartless at TLA that started forming at 9 a.m. and her signing was at 11:30 a.m.....


This first line was for Audrey Coulthurst and her new book Of Fire and Stars. As a diverse reads advocate and book group leader, I NEEDED IT. I knew there would be a lot of people in line for it, so I was prepared for the long line that there was. And lastly, I had The Unexpected Everything while I was waiting to go in at TLA. I had gotten there an hour early so I could book it to the Heartless line, and I needed something to help with the "boredom." But when I pulled this book out, it was so summery and bright it was stopping traffic. People were asking me about it left and right! 

What lines have you waited in for long periods of time? 
Any memories you have?
Any pictures you have? 

Have you ever had such a connection with a book that you had to go beyond just reading it? 
Join me on Mondays with Beyond the Book! 

Friday, June 17, 2016

Follow Friday: Website Lurking!

Feature & Follow is hosted by TWO hosts, Parajunkee’s View & Alison Can Read.    

The goal is to increase blog followers and make friends. Basically how it works is you follow them, they follow you. Win. Win. So looking forward to making new blogging friends & following blogs!

5 Websites you love to lurk around that are not shopping sites 
     Not sure if social media counts, but that's mostly all mine are... I'm a such a sucker for all of these:

1. Instagram: So much so that I have two. One for everyday life, and one as my bookish one. And I use them both faithfully. 

2. Snapchat: I don't really use mine that much, but I do look at other people's snaps all day lolol I guess that's the definition of lurking in action haha

3. HTML coding sites:  Wait! Hear me out! I'm obsessed with trying to learn this stuff so I can make my blog bigger and better than what it is. I haven't had much time since I'm in school and still learning it, but once graduation comes, I will do a revamp on the blog and make it brand new again. 

4. Blackboard and any other UNT websites: I am a huge lurker when it comes times for grades to drop. I will sit there on the page and just come back every so often to refresh it. 

5. Twitter: Tweetdeck is the reason why. It updates so quickly and it helps me to stay on top of updates in columns that I'm most interested in. Right now I can't get enough of the #queerselflove (ally) and #booksfortrade. (Can you tell what my interests are?!)

What about you? 

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum

Audio, 8 hours 30 minutes
Release Date: April 5, 2016
Published by: Random House
Source: Library (Overdrive)
For fans of: Contemporary, Romance, LOL,  Realistic Fiction, Diversity, YA

     What if the person you need the most is someone you've never met?" Funny and romantic, this tug-at-your-heartstrings contemporary YA debut is perfect for readers of Rainbow Rowell, Jennifer Niven, and E. Lockhart. Everything about Jessie is wrong. At least, that's what it feels like during her first week as a junior at her new ultra-intimidating prep school in Los Angeles. It s been barely two years since her mother s death, and because her father eloped with a woman he met online, Jessie has been forced to move across the country to live with her step-monster and her pretentious teenage son.
     Just when she s thinking about hightailing it back to Chicago, she gets an email from a person calling themselves Somebody/Nobody (SN for short), offering to help her navigate the wilds of Wood Valley High School. Is it an elaborate hoax? Or can she rely on SN for some much-needed help? In a leap of faith or an act of complete desperation Jessie begins to rely on SN, and SN quickly becomes her lifeline and closest ally. Jessie can't help wanting to meet SN in person. But are some mysteries better left unsolved?


     I didn't hear about this one until the book was already out and by then I saw that everyone was giving it 5 stars or higher and by then I was fearful of the book. As a contemp lover its pretty hard to get a 5 star from me. But when I noticed it was available on Overdrive, I downloaded it immediately. And I'm so glad I did.
     Jessie's dad has gotten re-married... To someone he met on the internet a mere two years after her mother died. Then Jessie is "forced" to move to her step-mother's house and to a school where she feels one hundred percent out of place. But then she gets an e-mail from an anonymous source.... She doesn't know if she can trust them, but she goes out on a limb and they become fast friends. Will meeting SN be a good idea or will it mess up what they've built? 
     The main reason this got just an ok rating from me was because of Jessie. She seemed so selfish. It was like everything had to be about her. I admit it should've been about her with one person, but with others, there was more than just her. I was glad someone finally let her know it wasn't all about her. 
     As for the "mystery" I enjoyed it! I was torn between thinking it was pretty cute and sweet that this person was doing this for her, but then I got incredibly annoyed that they still wouldn't tell her when things took a turn for the worse. But the big reveal made it ok. Because I thought it was hilarious how it all played out. Since the romance was mainly the mystery part, I will say that I was happy with the person it turned out to be. I knew who it was almost all along. But it was still cute to see how it all played out. 
     This book didn't live up to the hype for me, but it did make for a super good contemp with some great swoony parts. I can't wait to see what else Buxbaum has in store for her readers! 
Overall, I give this

(This review will have no quotes because it was an audio!)

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday: Girls Like Me by Lola St. Vil

This bookish meme tells the blogosphere what we're waiting patiently (and sometimes not so patiently) for! It's hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine!

Girls Like Me

     Fifteen-year-old Shay Summers is trying to cope with the death of her father, being overweight, and threats from a girl bully in school.  When she falls in love with Blake, a mysterious boy online, insecure Shay doesn't want to tell him who she is.   But with the help of her two best friends, as well as an assist by Kermit and Miss Piggy, ultimately Shay and Blake’s love prevails. 
     Girls Like Me is a fun and fresh poetic take on teen angst, social media and online anonymity, and high school romance.

Expected Publication: October 4, 2016 
Published by: HMH Books for Young Readers

Why I'm Waiting: Y'all know I'm a sucker for a diverse read and especially one with a super cute cover. Add on to the fact that it's a contemp and I am SOLD. Also since social media is so prevalent now, its nice to see more books incorporating those sites. Especially since it's hard to find a teen that can put down their phone for more than 5 minutes.....

What are you waiting on this week?
Will you be waiting on this with me?