Cover Reveals

Spent by Deirdre Riordan Hall Cover Reveal!

Hey guys! I’m so excited to be revealing Deirdre’s new novel’s, Spent’s, cover! Eek! It’s super cute guys. I cannot wait for you guys to see it. But first, I’d like to start off with some information about Spent so you can understand what the book is about and maybe add it to your TBR!

Genre: Contemporary Fiction // Age Group: Young

Adult

young thief. A golden dragon. A stolen life. A modern Romeo and Juliet and heist mashup.

Sysnopsis:

“Rule #1 Never get caught.

Rule #2 Never admit to anything.

Rule #3 Never get involved with boys.

It’s not until Ru Rocklin is caught shoplifting that she considers exactly what has been taken from her. For sixteen years, she’s lived on the fringe and in isolation with her older sister, Silky, a master thief who doubles as Ru’s guardian—lying and thieving is the family biz. After she’s given the ultimatum to go to school or kick it in jail, Ru meets Julian Freese, and finally feels, well, normal. At least until the shame of her not-so- normal life pushes them apart. But when he reveals his own secrets, she realizes love is one con she can’t pull. When tragedy exposes the mystery of Ru’s past, she’s determined to finish the job Silky groomed her for: stealing the famed golden dragon, Mǔ long, from the Institute of Fine Art. It’s a heist she can’t do alone so she gathers a crack team of liars and thieves to help. As she tries to avoid the attention of the authorities, the crew embarks upon a wild game of give and take, bluffs and blunders, and twists and turns. Though it felt like the perfect plan, the dragon only leads to more questions. Ru will have to break every rule she knows to find the answers to Silky’s finely-woven lies and get her life back, or make a new one.

With Romeo and Juliet inspired romance and a caper with Ocean’s 11 tension and thrills, fans of Heist Society by Ally Carter will enjoy this story of thieves and thugs, love and loss, and high-stakes action.”

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Isn’t it so pretty?? I love the flowers in the bottom and top!  I also love how the cover has shadows on it inside of a photo of a person. I feel like that technique isn’t used often in YA literature, but it looks amazing and makes me wish that there were more books with shadows. I think that the cover resembles the synopsis well and I’m so excited to dive into the book! Spent releases on April 11th, 2017!

 

20150308deirdrehall-lr-lf2b32b230Deirdre Riordan Hall is the author of the young adult bestsellers, Sugar and Pearl along with women’s fiction. When she’s not writing, she’s probably surfing or in pursuit of magic. She also has a healthy case of wanderlust, loves chips and salsa, and dreams about learning no less than three languages. Join her monthly newsie.

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Xx Sincerely,

Anna

anna · Blog and Promo Tours · Book Reviews

Shattered Blue and a 20% Check In of Renegade Red by Lauren Bird Horowitz

**** I am reviewing this for part of a blog tour. I was supposed to receive an ecopy, but I ended up buying my own copy after not being able to find the link and not wanting to bother anyone by emailing them. All opinions are my own.****

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Edition: Kindle

Pages: 336 and 420

Series or Standalone: Series, 1st and 2nd

Published: September 15th, 2016 and March 14th, 2017

Publisher: Papaloa Press

Goodreads Synopsis for Shattered Blue: “For Noa and Callum, being together is dangerous, even deadly. From the start, sixteen-year-old Noa senses that the mysterious transfer student to her Monterey boarding school is different. Callum unnerves and intrigues her, and even as she struggles through family tragedy, she’s irresistibly drawn to him. Soon they are bound by his deepest secret: Callum is Fae, banished from another world after a loss hauntingly similar to her own.

But in Noa’s world, Callum needs a special human energy, Light, to survive; his body steals it through touch—or a kiss. And Callum’s not the only Fae on the hunt. When Callum is taken, Noa must decide: Will she sacrifice everything to save him? Even if it means learning their love may not be what she thought?

 

I am not sure at this point in time whether I will finish this novel or not.

 

Xx Sincerely,

Anna

Read-a-thon Wrap Ups

Read-O-Rama Round 6 Wrap Up

I ended up reading four books for this read-a-thon. That is less than what my goal was, but I ended up spending the week cleaning and getting some new furniture.

American Street by Ibi Zoboi 4.5/5 Hot Aliens. I read this book in one sitting, staying up all night to finish it. This book was phenomenal. I think everyone should read this. It was an eye-opening book for me that toyed with my emotions throughout it.

  • A book with RAMA in the title/author name

Giant Days Vol. 3 by John Allison 5/5 Hot Aliens. I really enjoyed the plot of this volume. It was kind of all over the place and it held my attention the entire time.

  • Book with an animal on the cover

 

Soppy by Philippa Rice 4.5/5 Hot Aliens. This was an extremely quick read. I really liked the art style.

  • random book I decided to pick up

 

Started:

Shattered Blue by Lauren Bird Horowitz – I started this yesterday and I can’t wait to continue reading it.

 

Xx Sincerely,

Anna

 

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#FemPowerAThon and #BorrowAThon TBR

Hey guys! So these two readathons started today and I’m hoping to participate in both!

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I’m looking for recs because I still have spaces to fill. Plus, I’m always up for switching a book I already have listed for another one if you guys tell me that I have to read a certain book now because of how amazing it is

woman in a position of power – Bad Girls Throughout History by Ann Shen possibly?
a woman of color – Waiting in the Wings by Tara Frejas or possibly another book because I have a ton of books that would fit here
a LGBTQIA+ woman – The Wicked + The Divine Vol. 2 by Kieron Gillen (?)
prominent sister relationship –
a woman with a mental illness – A Tragic Kind of Wonderful by Eric Lindstorm
an own voices novel – Waiting in the Wings by Tara Frejas
read a book about a woman not set in the western world –
a graphic novel by a female – Bee and Puppycat by Natasha Allegri

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I’d also love to get recs for this readathon! I haven’t gone to the library yet and I’m planning on going tomorrow to pick some up for this.

a book that you’d like to purchase –
a graphic novel – Bee and Puppycat by Natasha Allegri
an author you’ve never read – Deliah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenant by Tony Cliff
a book that’s been recommended –
a book that’s cover is your favourite colour –
a book that features a library –

Are you guys participating in one of these readathons?

Xx Sincerely,

Anna

anna · TBR (To be read) · Uncategorized

Read-O-Rama Round 6 TBR

So I’m joining in slightly late for the Read-O-Rama readathon, but I am super excited! I have the week off for break so I will be reading the entire time.

A book with RAMA in the title/author name – American Street by Ibi Zoboi

Book with an animal on the cover – Giant Days Vol. 3 by John Allison

Main character that shares your initials – I honestly have no clue for this one. I can’t think of any book character with the initials AR so we shall see if this challenge gets done.

Book with Irish elements – Soulmated by Shaila Patel

Book about a mental or physical illness – A Tragic Kind of Wonderful by Eric Lindstrom

Start a new series – Shattered Blue by Lauren Bird Horowitz

Read a book blind – Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur

Read 7 books – And then I’ll pick up another book or two to try to read seven books.

Are you guys participating in Read-O-Rama?

Xx Sincerely,

Anna

anna · Favorites

Favorite Four Items I Take to Events/Conventions

I decided with a lot of book events and conventions coming up, that I might as well do a “what’s in my bag” but instead of that, a “what do I take to a convention with me”.

1. A backpack or large bag 

Carrying a large bag or backpack is a must for me when I am going to a book convention. I cannot even fathom going without one. The amount of books you bring or receive at a book convention can vary, but it is always nice to not be holding them all day.

2. Some small pouches

I have these smaller zip pouches that fit up to three books within them. I use these if I am bringing a favorite book of mine with me. This is just an added protection to the book and is unnecessarily for me unless it is an absolute favorite. My little pouches are from Thirty-One.

3. Something to take photos with

For me, that is usually my camera since I am also a vlogger. I also take a mini tripod (not anymore because it broke off while still in my camera) and an extra battery just in case. But if you don’t feel the need to lug a camera around, a cellphone works also (and the photos are instantly available to post on social media)!

4. Portable Charger

I don’t know about you, but my phone always seems to die quicker when I’m at a convention. Probably from me editing bookstagram photos or me texting friends to either try to find them again or  to tell them about the event.

Those are the top four items I usually bring to events/conventions with me. I know a lot of people are smart and bring snacks with them to conventions or events, but I usually end up forgetting to. Anyways, I find all of the items extremely helpful during a convention or an event, especially the portable charger.

Xx Sincerely,

Anna

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Life After Juliet by Shannon Lee Alexander

******I received an e-arc of the book from the author. All thoughts are my own*******

*** Spoilers for Love and Other Unknown Variables. I suggest you go read that book quickly then come back to this review because it is a phenomenal book.***

 

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Edition: e-ARC

Pages: 304

Series or Standalone: Standalone/Companion Novel

Published: July 5th, 2016

Publisher: Entangled Teen

 

Goodreads Synopsis: “Becca Hanson was never able to make sense of the real world. When her best friend Charlotte died, she gave up on it altogether. Fortunately, Becca can count on her books to escape—to other times, other places, other people…

Until she meets Max Herrera. He’s experienced loss, too, and his gorgeous, dark eyes see Becca the way no one else in school can.

As it turns out, kissing is a lot better in real life than on a page. But love and life are a lot more complicated in the real world…and happy endings aren’t always guaranteed.

5/5 Hot Aliens

Okay, so let’s start with the obvious. This review is super late. You want to know why? Because this book caused me to look back on hard events that took place in my life and I was not emotionally ready for that or for this review yet. I had pushed the event out of my mind as soon as it happened many years ago and never let myself process the pain and sorrow. I feel like I am able to talk about it now, at least, mostly talk about it. I’ll be very vague probably about the event that took place in my life.

This book starts after Charlotte dies, continuing to follow the character from Love and Other Unknown Variables. Only this time, we follow Becca, Charlie’s younger sister who had become friends with Charlotte. Becca Hanson is an avid reader, like ourselves. She has counted away from Charlotte’s death by pages, 108,023 pages to be exact from where the book starts. Becca is sort of escaping the world through reading which reminds me of how I was a few years back (not the event that made this such a hard book and review for me, but it was still one of the worst events of my entire life). Anyways, she is trying not the face the death of her friend. Charlie has gone off to college which leaves her  with her parents alone.

I really liked the plot. The play fit in perfectly with the rest of the plot and helped the book move along smoothly. Plus, being a theatre geek, it made me smile to see a book mention a play then actually go ahead and not forget about it.

The rest of the cast were amazing. I enjoyed how each character was well rounded. The plot was also phenomenal.

 

I just wanted to say I cried A LOT during this.

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*Tiny spoiler and emotions*

**Tiny spoiler and emotions*

***Tiny spoiler and emotions***

****Tiny spoiler and emotions****

Don’t say I didn’t warn you

So…. At one point in the novel, they are by a railroad. If I remember correctly, she is with a friend (I forget which character exactly) and they are discussing how one of their friends or siblings walked in front of a moving train. I had a friend die in a car crash with a train. I kind of pushed it away when it happened and refused to think about it. This book kind of forced me to think about it which actually was a good thing. I’m slightly getting better at being okay with showing emotion now.

As for Becca’s loss of her best friend, I relate to that because the girl who died had been my best friend throughout my childhood and died after I hadn’t been able to see her for a year because she went to another country for a year. I don’t want to go into anymore details. Just know this was extremely hard for me to read and write because of the emotions and memories I have.

Xx Sincerely,

Anna

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January 2017 Wrap Up

Hey guys! I read 24 books in January! Which is kind of insane. I won’t go into detail about my rating here, but I plan on posting either full reviews or mini reviews of most of the books here.

5/5

Disney Princess #1

The Tiny Curse by Anita Oh

A Very Werey Christmas: A Werewolf High School Short by Anita Oh

The Body Swap by Anita Oh

Ouran High School Host Club Vol. 5 by Bisco Hatori

Lie Down With Dogs by Hailey Edwards

The Enchanted Christmas: A Little Golden Book  by Diane Muldrow

Under A Rose-Tainted Skies by Louise Gornall

Slumber by Christy Sloat

Prince of Wolves by Quinn Loftis

Seconds by Bryan Lee O’Malley

Scott Pilgrim’s Precious Little Life by Bryan Lee O’Malley (reread)

Scott Pilgrim vs. The World by Bryan Lee O’Malley (reread)

4.5/5

Ms. Marvel, Vol. 3: Crushed by G. Willow Wilson

Ms. Marvel, Vol. 4: Last Days by G. Willow Wilson

Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco

4/5

The Truth Spell by Anita Oh

The Wicked + The Divine Volume 1 by Kieron Gillen

My Heart and Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga

Poison’s Kiss by Breeana Shields

Deadfall by Anna Carey

3.5/5

Spider-Men #1

3/5

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1

2.5/5

Tiny Titans #1

Superman: War of Supermen #0

Aladdin: Legacy of the Lost #1

Alpha Fight #1

Avengers/Thunderbolts #1

Xx Sincerely,

Anna

*Sorry for the short hiatus

Blog and Promo Tours

UnRest Release Day La

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Today we have the blog tour stop for UNREST by Wendy Higgins! Check it out and grab your copy today!!

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Title: Unrest

Author: Wendy Higgins

Release Day: February 14th

About Unrest:

Being on the run in the desert means food and sanctuary are hard to come by, but Amber Tate and her crew are not about to give up. Not after having so many of the things they love brutally ripped from them by an unknown enemy who sent their world into the apocalypse.

 

Survival takes precedence, but once safe shelter is found, their guards fall and the emotions they’ve been holding in are finally released. Anger, insecurities…lust. In their tight quarters, Amber, Rylen, Tater, and Remy can’t escape it. The past must be faced, and passions run even stronger in the darkest of times.

 

In the midst of unrest, their worlds are rocked again when they discover the truth about the war that’s ruined their lives. They thought finding out the enemy’s identity would give them the edge; instead it’s revealed terrifying dangers they never thought possible.

Preorder Today:

Kindle or Nook

Get your copy of Unrest:

AmazonUS / AmazonUK / B&N / iTunes / Book Depository

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About Wendy Higgins:

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Wendy Higgins is a soccer mom and backstage drama mama. Most people in her tiny bayside town don’t know she’s a USA Today and NYT bestselling author of paranormal, fantasy, and science-fiction romances. Wendy is a former high school English teacher who now writes full time in her pajamas, and lives on the Eastern Shore of Virginia with her veterinarian husband, daughter, son, and little doggie Rue.

Wendy earned a bachelor’s in Creative Writing from George Mason University and a master’s in Curriculum and Instruction from Radford University.

 

Reach Wendy Online:

Email: wendyhigginswrites@gmail.com

Website: http://www.wendyhigginswrites.com

Twitter: @Wendy_Higgins https://twitter.com/Wendy_Higgins

Facebook: WendyHigginsWrites https://www.facebook.com/WendyHigginsWrites/

Instagram: @wendyhigginswrites https://www.instagram.com/wendyhigginswrites/

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Unrest Excerpt Reveal!

Today we’re revealing an excerpt from UNREST by Wendy Higgins! Check it out and grab your copy today!!

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Title: Unrest

Author: Wendy Higgins

Release Day: February 14th

 

About Unrest:

Being on the run in the desert means food and sanctuary are hard to come by, but Amber Tate and her crew are not about to give up. Not after having so many of the things they love brutally ripped from them by an unknown enemy who sent their world into the apocalypse.

 

Survival takes precedence, but once safe shelter is found, their guards fall and the emotions they’ve been holding in are finally released. Anger, insecurities…lust. In their tight quarters, Amber, Rylen, Tater, and Remy can’t escape it. The past must be faced, and passions run even stronger in the darkest of times.

 

In the midst of unrest, their worlds are rocked again when they discover the truth about the war that’s ruined their lives. They thought finding out the enemy’s identity would give them the edge; instead it’s revealed terrifying dangers they never thought possible.

Preorder Today:

Kindle or Nook

 

Get your copy of Unrest:

AmazonUS / AmazonUK / B&N / iTunes / Book Depository

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Exclusive Excerpt:

A golden hue of sunrise turned night into dawn. I sat on a small boulder, staring at the sliver of sun through trees of the Nevada parkland, the same spot where I’d been sitting silently in the dark for two hours in the cold. I couldn’t take Remy’s whimpering and soul-crushing cries each time she fell back asleep in the tent, venturing into nightmares of what she’d seen the night before. What we’d all seen. I might never sleep again.

Mom. Dad. Abuela.

I fought back another wave of debilitating grief that made my bones feel like liquid—like I’d never have the ability to stand again. Have to be strong. Have to be strong. I rocked back and forth with my eyes shut tight. I couldn’t afford to give in to the loss. If I did, it would consume me whole and devour my will to live. I took a deep breath in and let it out slowly.

We’d been fired up to leave the nature preserve last night and head north to the base in Utah after hearing the Morse code message, supposedly from other military personnel in hiding, like us. But we decided to wait until morning since we needed more light to plan our trip on the map. Plus, headlights in the night would be too easy to spot, and we were all worthless last night, running on adrenaline and vengeance, one step away from crashing. I never did crash or sleep a wink, even though my adrenaline was long gone.

The soft sunrise was too pretty—too majestic—for the way I felt inside. Raw. Like my heart had been grated. During the night, I’d begun to believe the sun would never rise again, and now that it was I felt as if the Earth were mocking what we’d been through, reminding me just how miniscule and unremarkable we were. A new day was happening despite what we’d lost. The world wasn’t stopping to mourn. It felt wrong.

We’d been so close to the camp yesterday where the Disaster Relief Initiative, the DRI personnel, had taken my parents, my grandmother, Remy’s parents, and Rylen’s wife Livia. We watched in confusion as those DRI bastards fled. Then we’d watched in disbelief as Air Force jets dropped a bomb on that camp, obliterating our family and the people from our town. Oh, gosh.

I pressed the back of my hand to my mouth and squeezed my eyes shut. Even while the world fell apart around us, I never imagined anything would happen to my parents. I never let myself believe it was possible, even after watching my Grandpa Tate shot and killed by a Disaster Relief Personnel—******** Derps. Who was I without my parents? I was the daughter of an Army man and a Mexican dancer. A Green Machine and a Señorita. A small bubble of laughter worked its way through a sob in my throat when I thought about my parents’ silly banter with each other. Their relentless love and devotion to me and my older brother, Tater.

The sound of a tent’s zipper wrenched through the morning solitude and I quickly wiped my eyes. I looked over and saw Rylen crouching as he pushed through the opening. The golden hue of sun made his blond hair and the scruff on his face stand out. His eyes met mine and I had to swallow hard at the sight of pain in his expression. I’d already cried so much last night.

Seeing those solemn gray eyes brought back a flood of memories: young, scrawny Rylen Fite, loved and cared for by my parents like he was their own son. And his eyes reflected his remembrance too, as if he felt their absence as prominently as I did. But he’d lost a wife, as well. Maybe she hadn’t been his wife in every technical sense of the word, but he’d been trying to make it right. Every bit of his loss was reflected in the heavy way he sat on the rock beside me and rubbed his face before staring out at the sunrise.

 

About Wendy Higgins:

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Wendy Higgins is a soccer mom and backstage drama mama. Most people in her tiny bayside town don’t know she’s a USA Today and NYT bestselling author of paranormal, fantasy, and science-fiction romances. Wendy is a former high school English teacher who now writes full time in her pajamas, and lives on the Eastern Shore of Virginia with her veterinarian husband, daughter, son, and little doggie Rue.

Wendy earned a bachelor’s in Creative Writing from George Mason University and a master’s in Curriculum and Instruction from Radford University.

 

Reach Wendy Online:

Email: wendyhigginswrites@gmail.com

Website: http://www.wendyhigginswrites.com

Twitter: @Wendy_Higgins https://twitter.com/Wendy_Higgins

Facebook: WendyHigginsWrites https://www.facebook.com/WendyHigginsWrites/

Instagram: @wendyhigginswrites https://www.instagram.com/wendyhigginswrites/