Blog Tour: Zero Day by Jan Gangsei

Jan 22, 2016

Hello, dear readers! Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Jan Gangsei's Zero Day! This thriller takes place in the White House after the president's previously missing daughter magically reappears. (And if you happen to see a copy in real life, you'll notice that the pages are very coolly edged in black!) I have an interview with Jan and some fun info behind Zero Day, plus a giveaway. Check it out!

Waiting on Wednesday (160)

Jan 20, 2016

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So, here's the deal with this book. I liked the first book in this series. I did! But I think it was hard to love it when there was so much hype--some self inflicted--and when I love this author's other series so damn much. All that said, HELL YES, I STILL WANT THE SEQUEL. But it scares me. I fear the romance is going to go a certain way and I really, really don't want it to. We'll just have to wait and see what insane, emotional, gut-wrenching, swear-inducing thing this author does four freaking months.

Top Ten Tuesday (160)

Jan 19, 2016

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Review: Bone Gap by Laura Ruby

Jan 18, 2016

TitleBone Gap
Author: Laura Ruby
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Publishing Date: March 3, 2015
Pages/Format: 368, Hardcover
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Everyone knows Bone Gap is full of gaps—gaps to trip you up, gaps to slide through so you can disappear forever. So when young, beautiful Roza went missing, the people of Bone Gap weren’t surprised. After all, it wasn’t the first time that someone had slipped away and left Finn and Sean O’Sullivan on their own. Just a few years before, their mother had high-tailed it to Oregon for a brand new guy, a brand new life. That’s just how things go, the people said. Who are you going to blame?

Finn knows that’s not what happened with Roza. He knows she was kidnapped, ripped from the cornfields by a dangerous man whose face he cannot remember. But the searches turned up nothing, and no one believes him anymore. Not even Sean, who has more reason to find Roza than anyone, and every reason to blame Finn for letting her go.

As we follow the stories of Finn, Roza, and the people of Bone Gap—their melancholy pasts, their terrifying presents, their uncertain futures—acclaimed author Laura Ruby weaves a heartbreaking tale of love and loss, magic and mystery, regret and forgiveness—a story about how the face the world sees is never the sum of who we are.

Book in One Word: Huh.

Waiting on Wednesday (159)

Jan 13, 2016

is a weekly feature hosted by Breaking the Spine that 
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I find books--and movies and shows--dealing with teen pregnancy to be interesting (maybe because it's the closest I get to seeing my ships in the future living happily ever after with little babies?), and I don't see it very much in the former. So when a book like that pops up I want to read it, and this one seems extra compelling because 1) the guy's name is Taco and 2) I think this has a larger focus on the teen father. Plus, the cover suggests this contemporary will be on the lighter, fluffier side, and I love books like that. In other words: this book, I want it.

Top Ten Tuesday (159)

Jan 12, 2016

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Review: Three Day Summer by Sarvenaz Tash

Jan 8, 2016

TitleThree Day Summer
Author: Sarvenaz Tash
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Publishing Date: May 19, 2015
Pages/Format: 304, Hardcover
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Michael is unsure about most things. Go to college? Enlist in the military? Break up with his girlfriend? All big question marks. He is living for the moment and all he wants is a few days at the biggest concert of the summer.

Cora lives in the town hosting the music festival. She's volunteering in the medical tent. She's like that, always the good girl. But there is something in the air at this concert and suddenly Cora finds herself wanting to push her own boundaries.

When Michael and Cora meet, sparks fly, hearts race, and all the things songs are written about come true. And all the while, three days of the most epic summer await them...

Book in One Word: GROOVY.

Waiting on Wednesday (158)

Jan 6, 2016

is a weekly feature hosted by Breaking the Spine that 
showcases upcoming releases people are very much anticipating.

The thing about finishing a series is that your left with this emptiness because it's all over forever and you'll never be able to go back (unless you reread it). But every once in awhile, an author gives us a delightful, terrifying treat and, after over ten years, returns to that world with a new installment (or two!) to one of your favorite series. My excitement for this is unreal, and thank gosh the release date is just around the corner. Welcome back, my babies, welcome back. (Though you never really left, did you?)

Top Ten Tuesday (158)

Jan 5, 2016

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Review: Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

Jan 4, 2016

TitleEverything, Everything
Author: Nicola Yoon
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Publishing Date: September 1, 2015
Pages/Format: 320, Hardcover
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My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla.

But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He’s tall, lean and wearing all black—black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly.

Maybe we can’t predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster.

Book in One Word: GOOD.

Finding Neverland with Nora & Kettle

Jan 3, 2016

Hello, lost boys and girls! In case you didn't know, I'm kind of sort of obsessed with Peter Pan retellings. Despite my favorite tale clearly being Beauty and the Beast, Peter Pan retellings tend to be the most successful. So when I discovered this latest version, a retelling set in the 1950s that explores internment camps, I was super excited. Not only does it sound fantastic, but it's also a pretty original take on a tale that's been told many, many times. And because I'm so stoked for this book--Nora & Kettle--I asked Lauren Nicolle Taylor if she'd be up for an interview, and she so kindly said yes! Here's what she had said about Nora & Kettle, but be warned: you're going to want this book as soon as possible.

Recap: December to January

Jan 2, 2016

Once the quarter ended (seriously, college is such a reading killer), I did my best to read my ass off and try to get my initial reading goal of 100 books achieved. (After always being behind a dozen or so books I lowered it, but as I started catching up and saw a higher number as achievable, I gradually raised it.) AND I DID IT! I finished the year having read 101 books, including graphic novels and an audio or two and some picture books and school books and novellas. For the past couple years I've made 100 books my reading goal and never got near it, so I'm thrilled to have finally done so. Let's take our noses out of our books for a second and raise a book to 2016!
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