Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday (61)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Jill from   Breaking the Spine and specifically spotlights upcoming novels we can't wait to read. As always, there are some amazing upcoming books, but this week I'm particularly excited for..

Title:Always and Forever
Author: Jenny Han
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Release Date: April 4,2017

Lara Jean’s letter-writing days aren’t over in this surprise follow-up to the New York Times bestselling To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before and P.S. I Still Love You.

Lara Jean is having the best senior year a girl could ever hope for. She is head over heels in love with her boyfriend, Peter; her dad’s finally getting remarried to their next door neighbor, Ms. Rothschild; and Margot’s coming home for the summer just in time for the wedding.

But change is looming on the horizon. And while Lara Jean is having fun and keeping busy helping plan her father’s wedding, she can’t ignore the big life decisions she has to make. Most pressingly, where she wants to go to college and what that means for her relationship with Peter. She watched her sister Margot go through these growing pains. Now Lara Jean’s the one who’ll be graduating high school and leaving for college and leaving her family—and possibly the boy she loves—behind.

When your heart and your head are saying two different things, which one should you listen to?

I can't wait to read more about Lara Jean.Jenny Han is one of my favorite authors.
So that's what i'm waiting on.How about you?Leave a link and comment and let me know!! :)

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Waiting On Wednesday (60)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Jill from   Breaking the Spine and specifically spotlights upcoming novels we can't wait to read. As always, there are some amazing upcoming books, but this week I'm particularly excited for..
Title: Empire of Storms
Author: Sarah J Mass
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA  Childrens
Release Date: September 6.2016

The long path to the throne has only just begun for Aelin Galathynius. Loyalties have been broken and bought, friends have been lost and gained, and those who possess magic find themselves at odds with those don't.

As the kingdoms of Erilea fracture around her, enemies must become allies if Aelin is to keep those she loves from falling to the dark forces poised to claim her world. With war looming on all horizons, the only chance for salvation lies in a desperate quest that may mark the end of everything Aelin holds dear.

Hot Dam!I cannot wait to read Empire of Storms.Sarah J Mass is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors.
So that's what I'm waiting. So how about you? Leave a link and let me know. :)

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Review: How To Be Brave

Title: How To Be Brave
Author:E. Katherine Kottara 
Publisher: St. Martins Press

An emotional contemporary YA novel about love, loss, and having the courage to chase the life you truly want.

Reeling from her mother's death, Georgia has a choice: become lost in her own pain, or enjoy life right now, while she still can. She decides to start really living for the first time and makes a list of fifteen ways to be brave - all the things she's wanted to do but never had the courage to try. As she begins doing the things she's always been afraid to do - including pursuing her secret crush, she discovers that life doesn't always go according to plan. Sometimes friendships fall apart and love breaks your heart. But once in a while, the right person shows up just when you need them most - and you learn that you're stronger and braver than you ever imagined.

How to be brave is a wonderful contemporary novel that I read from start to finish. It started off with a subtle bang; it started off with a poem that is beautifully written. Besides the story and characters in said story, the peppering of poems throughout the novel was my favorite thing about reading How To Be Brave.

E. Katherine Kottara has written an intriguing book that makes you think about how to be brave in your own life. Georgia is a very relatable main character who sounds like the type of friend you’d want if she wasn’t fictional. The secondary characters are also pretty relatable and make you wonder. While there were some cliche characters that you’d find in almost all YA contemporary novel like the mean girls, the loyal best friend, the love interested E. Katherine Kottara gave these old clichés some new life. My favorite secondary character is Evelyn. If How to Be Brave ever got a companion book I’d love for it to be about Evelyn and her story after How To Be Brave.

How To Be Brave  was beautiful, heartbreaking, sweet, funny, and ultimately hopeful.Based on the synopsis and cover I expected a light read and yes it was that but it was also thought provoking and has heart. I'd definitely recommend people to read How To Be Brave. 5/5

Saturday, April 9, 2016

When those Good Girls Go Bad

Everyday loves a tattooed  bad boy all brooding,edgy,and mysterious but what about the bad girls.The girls that bite back and aren't afraid to not pull any punches There are so many freakin  books that  have the stereotypical bad boy that are  universally accepted.
 I want books with a bad girl whose not ashamed of it.In my search for books centered around the bad girl I came up short. A lot of the girls in the books with the so called bad girl that i found are labeled bad girls mainly because the promiscuous/date around.I decided not to include those books.

Title:Dare You To(Pushing The Limits 2)
Author: Katie McGarry

Ryan lowers his lips to my ear. "Dance with me, Beth."

"No." I whisper the reply. I hate him and I hate myself for wanting him to touch me again....

"I dare you..."

If anyone knew the truth about Beth Risk's home life, they'd send her mother to jail and seventeen-year-old Beth who knows where. So she protects her mom at all costs. Until the day her uncle swoops in and forces Beth to choose between her mom's freedom and her own happiness. That's how Beth finds herself living with an aunt who doesn't want her and going to a school that doesn't understand her. At all. Except for the one guy who shouldn't get her, but does....

Ryan Stone is the town golden boy, a popular baseball star jock-with secrets he can't tell anyone. Not even the friends he shares everything with, including the constant dares to do crazy things. The craziest? Asking out the Skater girl who couldn't be less interested in him.

But what begins as a dare becomes an intense attraction neither Ryan nor Beth expected. Suddenly, the boy with the flawless image risks his dreams-and his life-for the girl he loves, and the girl who won't let anyone get too close is daring herself to want it all....

Title: Going To Far
Author Jennifer Echols 

All Meg has ever wanted is to get away. Away from high school. Away from her backwater town. Away from her parents who seem determined to keep her imprisoned in their dead-end lives. But one crazy evening involving a dare and forbidden railroad tracks, she goes way too far...and almost doesn't make it back. 

John made a choice to stay. To enforce the rules. To serve and protect. He has nothing but contempt for what he sees as childish rebellion, and he wants to teach Meg a lesson she won't soon forget. But Meg pushes him to the limit by questioning everything he learned at the police academy. And when he pushes back, demanding to know why she won't be tied down, they will drive each other to the edge -- and over...

Title: Geek Girl
Author:Cindy C Bennet

"Think I can turn that boy bad?" 17-year-old Jen turns her life upside down when, out of boredom, she makes a bet that she can turn school geek Trevor into someone like her.

Instead, the goth girl finds herself sucked into his world of sci-fi movies, charity work, and even -ugh!- bowling. To truly belong with him -and with her new foster family- she must first come to terms with her violent past.

Title;Be My Downfall
Author: Lyla Payne
Toby Wright has always prided himself on being one of the most normal guys at Whitman University. He loves his parents, has a great job lined up after graduation, and with the exception of attempting to cross the unbalanced Sebastian Blair sophomore year, has kept his nose pretty clean.

But the rich never have empty closets, and memories long stashed away come spilling free when notorious party girl Kennedy Gilbert almost dies in his dorm room.

Nobody really knows how Kennedy manages to stay in good standing at Whitman–she never goes to class, doesn’t pretend to care about her future, and as far as people can tell, is never sober. This isn’t her first meeting with a stomach pump, but it is the first time she’s woken up to Toby’s concerned brown eyes. Despite the fact that she prefers life without friends, he gets under her skin with his insistence on playing her guardian angel.

No one knows better than Toby that people can only be saved if they want to be, but the realization that she has no one else draws him back into the shadows of Kennedy’s life–and eventually into her bed. But she long ago came to terms with a truth that Toby refuses to accept: she doesn’t want to be rescued, she only wants to forget.

Unwilling to give up on her, Toby’s dragged under by this broken girl and her dark, twisted Whitman University he never guessed existed. If he struggles to the surface, he’ll abandon someone he loves for the second time in his life. If he doesn’t, it won’t be long until they both drown.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Author Interview:Ana Franco

IMG_2078Ana Franco was born on a small town on the interior of São Paulo, Brazil, and still lives there with her family. She is known as a blogger under the name of Ana the Bookworm and her Young Adult novel, The Wormhole(formerly Down The Wormhole), is her first take on writing in English. Ana attends to college of Literature and Teaching in her country as well as she has taken courses in areas of Children’s Literature, Literature in schools, influences of the world wars at the world’s cultures and in writing for a global market.
If you are curious, Ana is also a cat person and dedicated at least one of her books to each cat that lives with her. The allergy is just something that takes some getting used to.
1.What is your favorite motivational phrase?
It’s actually the epigraph of the last book of the Wormhole series! I only came across this phrase when I was exactly looking for epigraphs, but ever since I found it I like to think about it.
“Head up, heart open. To better days!” ― T.F. Hodge, From Within I Rise: Spiritual Triumph Over Death and Conscious Encounters with "The Divine Presence"

2.Where did the inspiration for Down The Wormhole come from?

Well, we can say it’s mostly my mother’s fault. I’ve always loved fantasy books and mythology itself since I was a child (then again, it is my mother’s fault as well) but the specific series of books I’m working now started on a very sad period of my life. I used to have panic attacks all the time when I was sixteen or so and could barely leave my bedroom; in fact, sometime during this period I even refused to read or write. I refused to watch my favorite TV shows, I refused to see my friends (bless them for putting up with me at the time) and would barely do anything other than crying and wallowing in self pity. I needed medications that would make me sleep for hours (I still need some of them, to be quite honest) and whenever I was awake and not crying, my mother would spend time with me. She would take me to walk around a nearby college and we would have lunch with a friend a two that wouldn’t mind me; one of these days, we started talking about my lack of writing and mom started trying to create a story with me.

 Finally, when I decided to play along, I remember saying something along the lines of “Okay, so now we’ll have teenager Anubis and Loki living together, but who will be the villain for their stories and why?”. And it happened. I wrote down every single idea we had and shortly after drafting my project. It was hideous. I have no idea how many times I altered the time line or how many times I changed the beginning of the first book – but finally, it was there. And I couldn’t be more grateful for all these mythologies, for they (along with my beautiful, wonderful and loving tabby cat) helped me come out of my pit.

3.What is the hardest thing about writing your latest book?What is the easiest thing about writing?

Well, the easiest is that, considering the last book I’ve written was for this very same series, I was already used to the characters and plot and such. I already knew how each character behaves and their backstory and, well, what would happen to them in the future. The hardest… it would be regarding writing a series, too, because I’ve written most of it in somewhat “secret”, only now I started making the books available; I guess I would say the hardest part was to write something so long without even knowing if anyone would ever be interested in it.

4.Mermaid or Unicorn Why ?

Mermaid! Blame it completely on Disney. And on my parents for allowing me to have several birthday themed parties with The Little Mermaid when I was a child. And oh dear, how I loved this movie! (Movies?)

5.There's a lot controversy about self-publishing versus traditional publishing, though self-publishing is becoming more widely accepted. What are your thoughts on that matter?

I think publishing a story is publishing a story, be it following the traditional path or the self-publishing one. I’ve read so many nasty things about how “indie writers suck” or how “they don’t use editors and then their work is rubbish” that it hardly makes me cringe anymore. Maybe I am an indie author that sucks for I didn’t exactly have an editor, maybe what I do is rubbish. What I do know, however, is that indie authors hardly “suck” when we remember that we have starts on our side such as Amanda Hocking, Hugh Howley and Andy Weir.


If she doesn’t get pregnant soon, she’ll die. That’s what the witch said.

Jane “Kitty” Doe isn’t sure when her life started being so weird for the simple fact that she can’t recall much of her early life. She knows she’s an orphan and that her former tutor was obsessed with cats – hence her name – but can’t honestly fathom when having a Greek sorceress wanting her to be pregnant became part of that life.

Oh, and did she mention that the man said sorceress wanted to be the father of her child was one who, within months of his life, usurped Loki’s place as a Prince? She must have forgotten to mention that he also has fabulous legs. And a stupidly charming face. And that he actually wants to have a child with her?

Oh, right – that’s because he was under the effects of a love potion, courtesy of the witch that now stalks Kitty.


Waiting on Wednesday(59)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Jill from Breaking the Spine and specifically spotlights upcoming novels we can't wait to read. As always, there are some amazing upcoming books, but this week I'm particularly excited for..

Title: A Season For Fireflies
Rebecca Maizel
Release Date: June 28, 2016
Publisher:  HarperTeen

A story of second chances from the author of Between Us and the Moon, which Kirkus Reviews called “what first love is meant to be.”

A year ago, Penny Berne was the star of her high school’s theater department, surrounded by a group of misfit friends and falling in love for the first time. Now her old friends won’t talk to her, her new best friend is the most popular girl in school, and her first love, Wes, ignores her. Penny is revered and hated. Then, in a flash, a near-fatal lightning strike leaves Penny with no memory of the past year—or how she went from drama nerd to queen bee. 

As a record number of fireflies light up her town and her life, Penny realizes she may be able to make things right again—and that even if she can’t change the past, she can learn to see the magic where she never could before.

I absolutely loved Between Us and the Moon.You can check out my post on it HERE

I can't wait to get my hands on the Season for Fireflies!!

So that's what I'm waiting. So how about you? Leave a link and let me know. :)

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Top Ten Tuesday (32)

Check out how Top Ten Tuesday works & the future schedule of topics HERE.The Top Ten Tuesday, is hosted by the ever-fabulous The Broke and the Bookish   This  meme was created because they are particularly fond of lists at The Broke and the Bookish.
Ten Books On My Spring TBR

  1. The Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare
  2. Miss Petiguens Home For Peculier Children 
  3. Kill the Boy Band Goldy Moldavsky
  4. . A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas
  5. The Inquisition by Taran Matharu
  6. Seven Black Diomands by Melissa Marr
  7. Untill Friday Night by Abbi Gliens
  8. The Autamy of Curiosty
  9. In Real Life By Jessica Love 
  10. The forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Author Interview-Valerie Frankel

Valerie Frankel was born at an early age.  Once a professor at San Jose State University, she does storytelling for kids and has taught most grades, from kindergarten through high school.  She's the author of a dozen books and over a hundred published stories and articles. After earning a B.A. at UC Davis, she became the youngest person ever to receive a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing degree from San Jose State University, an event that has earned her only limited wealth and success.

She enjoys dancing, acting, and costuming in what little remains of her spare time, and reads a novel every day, just for fun.  She would have gone crazy long ago, except for her collection of singing potatoes.

Valerie Estelle Frankel is the author of many nonfiction books:

  Buffy and the Heroine’s Journey·  From Girl to Goddess: The Heroine’s Journey in Myth and Legend·  Katniss the Cattail: An Unauthorized Guide to Names and Symbols in The Hunger Games·       Winter is Coming: Symbols, Portents, and Hidden Meanings in A Game of Thrones·       Winning the Game of Thrones: The Host of Characters and their Agendas·       Doctor Who: The What Where and How·    Sherlock: Every Canon Reference You May Have Missed in BBC’s Series 1-3·       Women in Game of Thrones: Power, Conformity, and Resistance

1.Do you prefer to read YA or NA?
YA has a lot of vivacity lately with the Hunger Games/Mortal Instruments/steampunk books. While I loved all of these, I can’t think of much NA that’s made such a big impression. Though dystopias where they’re ALL a sixteen-year-old girl coping with a  screwed up world get a bit repetitive.

2.What motivated you to follow your dreams and become an author?
I’ve always been obsessed with books. I wrote my first novel at 16 and tried traditional publishing. That didn’t work out (and it wasn’t very good) but by the time I was done with grad school, I’d been studying creative writing for six years and done lots of practicing. Basically, by that point I was writing every day, and my path became quite set. Then, more work and rejections as I published a hundred short stories and spent lots of time on the traditional route. Finally I self-published a couple Harry Potter parodies, then traditionally published a guide to the heroine’s journey (my book that gets me the most fan mail and appreciation now). In 2012 I tried Createspace and self-published a Hunger Games guide (analyzing the Roman and flower names and their significance). When it sold in giant amounts, I realized I’d found a workable model for other books and followed this with  analysis of Game of Thrones, Doctor Who, Buffy, Firefly, Sherlock… I now have about 40 of them.

3.Doctor Who companion or Marvel Super hero?
Well, not Black Widow or Jessica Jones or Wasp or Scarlet Witch. So no one from the films. Depends which superhero I expect. On the other side, even as humans, those companions seem to have an awful lot of fun…Being Buffy would be the most awesome, I think.
4.There's a lot of controversy about self-publishing versus traditional publishing, though self-publishing is becoming more widely accepted. What are your thoughts on that matter?
I haven’t made a firm decision, as shown by my books still being half and half. Traditional gets a bit more respect, but the editing and publicity and all the aspects that USED to be major draws have vanished (or perhaps it’s that my gang of pop culture publishers aren’t the big five in New York). So there’s increasingly less of a difference. Traditional also offers help with cover, title, and those choices…which can be a plus – or not. My worst covers are from two of my traditional publishers, though two others have provided some of my best.

5.If you could hang out with a fictional character who would it be?
The Scarlet Pimpernel. Breathtaking series and character.

6.What is the best piece of advice you received so far?
Since you can’t please everyone, write to please yourself. That way at least one person will like it. And people with similar tastes to yours will like it too.

Waiting On Wednesday (58)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Jill from Breaking the Spine and specifically spotlights upcoming novels we can't wait to read. As always, there are some amazing upcoming books, but this week I'm particularly excited for..

Title: The Raven King
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Release Date: April 26 ,2016
Publisher:  Scholastic Press

The fourth and final installment in the spellbinding series from the irrepressible, #1 New York Times bestselling author Maggie Stiefvater.

All her life, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love's death. She doesn't believe in true love and never thought this would be a problem, but as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she's not so sure anymore.

So that's what I'm waiting. So how about you? Leave a link and let me know. :)

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday (57) The Leaving Season

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Jill from Breaking the Spine and specifically spotlights upcoming novels we can't wait to read. As always, there are some amazing upcoming books, but this week I'm particularly excited for..

Title: The Leaving Season
Author: Cat Jordan
Release Date: March 1 ,2016
Publisher:  HaperTEEN

Middie Daniels calls it the Leaving Season: the time of year when everyone graduates high school, packs up their brand-new suitcases, and leaves home for the first time.

This year Middie’s boyfriend Nate is the one leaving. Nate, who’s so perfect that she can barely believe it. Nate, who makes her better than she is on her own. Nate, who’s promised to come back once he’s finished his gap year volunteering in Central America. And when he does, it’ll be time for Middie to leave, too. With him.

But when a tragedy strikes, Middie’s whole world is set spinning. No one seems to understand just how lost she is… except for Nate’s slacker best friend Lee. Middie and Lee have never gotten along. But with the ground ripped out from under her, Middie is finding that up is down—and that Lee Ryan might be just what she needs to find her footing once more.

Cat Jordan’s heartbreaking story proves that no matter the season, no matter the obstacles, love can help you find yourself in the most unexpected of places.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Top Ten Books I've Recently Added To My TBR (32)

Check out how Top Ten Tuesday works & the future schedule of topics HERE.The Top Ten Tuesday, is hosted by the ever-fabulous The Broke and the Bookish   This  meme was created because they are particularly fond of lists at The Broke and the Bookish.

  1. More Than Happy Not Adam Silvera 
  2. Unlovely by Celeste Conway Eerie Ballerinas...
  3. The Clique by Valerie Thomas
  4. Sophomore Year is Greek To Me Meredith Zeitlin 
  5. Reawakening Marc Johnson 
  6. Down The Wormhole Ana
  7. Melophibia Jim Morris
  8. Demon Princess Kassandra
  9. The Way To Game The Walk of Shame  Jenn P. Nguyen 
  10. The Last Time We Were Us Leah Konen
So Aout 75% of these books are already out and I just haven't picked up yet and the rest are books that have yet to come out yet.

Teaser Tuesdays(7)

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page

Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)

Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Title: Egg & Spoon
Author: Gregory Maguire

" I always think a weeping child makes a sweet picture,don't you?I see this in a dim,crepuscular light, a little greenish."
Pg 25 The Narrator Egg & Spoon, Gregory Maguire 

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