Teen Reads

Hey book lovers! I wanted to let you guys know that I’m currently on the Teen Board for Teen Reads! My first review is up on their blog, and I would appreciate it if you checked it out! Here’s the link: http://www.teenreads.com/reviews/pasadena

Don’t worry, I’m going to be writing on here more. I’m working on getting everything figured out and scheduled right now.


Xx Sincerely,



WoW: The Color Project by Sierra Abrams

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Release Date: August 17th, 2017
Publisher: Gatekeeper Press

Synopsis: “Bernice Aurora Wescott has one thing she doesn’t want anyone to know: her name. That is, until Bee meets Levi, the local golden boy who runs a charity organization called The Color Project.

Levi is not at all shy about attempting to guess Bee’s real name; his persistence is one of the many reasons why Bee falls for him. But while Levi is everything she never knew she needed, giving up her name would feel like a stamp on forever. And that terrifies her.

When unexpected news of an illness in the family drains Bee’s summer of everything bright, she is pushed to the breaking point. Losing herself in The Color Project—a world of weddings, funerals, cancer patients, and hopeful families that the charity funds—is no longer enough. Bee must hold up the weight of her family, but to do that, she needs Levi. She’ll have to give up her name and let him in completely or lose the best thing that’s ever happened to her.

For fans of Stephanie Perkins and Morgan Matson, THE COLOR PROJECT is a story about the three great loves of life—family, friendship, and romance—and the bonds that withstand tragedy.”

I cannot wait to finally read this novel. I remember hearing about this book on Twitter and realizing “wow, I can’t wait to read this!”. I didn’t know that this was realizing so soon. I figured it was going to realize later on within the year, but I am so happy that I was wrong.

Gifs of Excitement:


Xx Sincerely,


#FemPowerAThon and #BorrowAThon TBR

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


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


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 · 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 · Book Reviews · Uncategorized

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.***



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.




*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,



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.


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)


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


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


Spider-Men #1


Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1


Tiny Titans #1

Superman: War of Supermen #0

Aladdin: Legacy of the Lost #1

Alpha Fight #1

Avengers/Thunderbolts #1

Xx Sincerely,


*Sorry for the short hiatus


Series I Want to Start #1

I have so many series that I want to start reading. Here’s just a small

sample of the series I want to start reading.

Game of Thrones – I’m so excited to start this extremely long series that may or may not ever be completed because have you seen these books? It must take George R.R. Martin ages to write them. I finally own them so I’m planning on starting the series soon. This series currently has 5 books, but is rumored to have at least seven books by the end of the series.

Outlander – This is another extremely long series, but this one is by Diana Gabaldon. I bought the first book about two years ago so it’s about time that I start this series. This series currently has seven books out.

Bloodlines – This series is kind of a companion series to Vampire Academy series. I really loved the Vampire Academy series so I can’t believe that I haven’t started this series yet. Bloodlines follows the character of Sydney and another character who I may have fallen in love with in the Vampire Academy series (I feel like saying anymore spoils the Vampire Academy series). The series has six books.

Across the Universe – This is a trilogy by Beth Revis that everyone seems to have enjoyed. I met the author in 2016 at SE-YA. She was really nice and that made me want to read her books even more. This series also has some novellas within it.

Razia – This series was written by S. Usher Evans and sounds really intriguing. The main character sounds really kickbutt! This series consists of four books along with a few novellas.

Again, there are so many other series that I want to start,

but these are the first that come to my mind.

Xx Sincerely,



Fire In You Release Day Launch!




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Jillian Lima’s whole world was destroyed in a span of a few hours. The same night her childhood love, Brock ‘the Beast’ Mitchell, broke her heart, her life was irrevocably altered by the hand of a stranger with a gun. It takes six years to slowly glue together the shattered pieces of her life, but Jillian is finally ready to stop existing in a past full of pain and regret. She takes a job at her father’s martial arts Academy and she’s going out on her first date since a failed relationship that was more yuck than yum. Jillian is determined to start living.

She just never expected Brock to be a part of her life again. But he’s firmly back in her life before she knows it, and not only is he older, he’s impossibly more handsome, more teasing and more everything. And when he sees Jillian, he’s no longer capable of thinking of her as the little girl who was his shadow growing up or the daughter of the man who gave him a second chance at life. He sees the woman who’d always been there for him, the one person who believed in him no matter what.

Brock knows she’s the one he should’ve made his, and what begins as a tentative friendship quickly turns to red-hot chemistry that sparks a flame that burns brighter than lust. Falling for Brock again risks more than her heart, because when the sorrow-filled and guilt-ridden past resurfaces, and a web of lies threatens to rip them apart, the fallout could lay waste to everything they’ve fought to build together, and destroy the dreams of those they care most about.

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Making my way through the narrow pathways between the tables, I headed back toward the bathroom. Only once I pushed open the double doors and stopped in front of the water-spotted mirror did I realize I’d left my purse at the table, so there’d be no reapplying my lipstick.

I pumped soap onto my hands and waved them under the facet. Water flowed, washing away the suds as I slowly lifted my gaze to my reflection. Normally when I looked at myself, I didn’t really pay attention longer than was necessary to put makeup on without ending up looking like a tutorial gone wrong.

Standing here now, I really looked at myself, though.

I used to wear my hair up all the time, but I’d stopped doing that every day. My hair now hung in waves and the ends curled over the tips of my breasts. I also used to have heavy bangs, but thank God they were long gone. I’d finally learned how to put on eyeliner. That was another miracle. The slight flush of my face darkened my naturally tan skin. My lips were fuller and my nose straight.

My hair was parted to sweep to the left so it shielded my cheek…and my cheek didn’t look that bad, especially considering how it looked the first time I’d seen it after…after days in the hospital.

Heck, my entire face had been one hot mess.

There was a deep indentation in my left cheek, almost like an icepick had been shoved in there, and as I stared at my right jaw line, I was still amazed by what reconstructive plastic surgeons could accomplish. Half my face had literally been pieced back together with an iliac crest graft with a reconstruction plate and a **** ton of dentistry to give me back a full set of functional teeth.

Plastic surgeons didn’t have magic wands, but they were magicians. If you weren’t looking at me straight on, you’d have no idea that my right jaw was thinner than my left.

You’d have no idea what had happened to me that night.

Now I stared back at myself just like I had done that night, six years ago, standing in a bathroom, mere minutes before my entire life came crashing down.

It wasn’t that I hated the way I looked now. The fact that I was alive meant I was one of those rare, walking and breathing statistics.

But even knowing how lucky I was didn’t change the fact that I felt…deformed. That was a harsh word to use. I didn’t like to whip it out often. Doing so on what was so far a pretty good date was probably not a good idea.

Taking a deep breath, I shook my head. I didn’t need my thoughts going in that direction tonight. So far, the dinner had been amazing. Grady was nice and he was cute. I could maybe see myself going out with him again, to an art exhibit, and maybe coffee.

And that was what had freaked me out.

I was not going to let living freak me out.


I could give him a chance and not worry about whether or not I was settling.

Turning from the sink, I dried my hands and then readjusted my hair so it fell forward, over my left shoulder and cheek. I walked out of the bathroom and into the narrow hall, gaze trained on the floor as I took about two steps before I realized someone was standing right outside the door, leaning against the wall. Before I nearly plowed into him.

Gasping, I took a step back. All I could see were finely cut black trousers paired with…with old black and white Chucks? What an odd combination, but those shoes reminded me of…

I gave a little shake of my head and stepped to the side. “Sorry. Excuse—”


I stopped.

Time stopped.

Everything stopped except my heart, because it was suddenly pounding in my chest too hard, too fast. That deep, rough voice. I recognized it all the way to my very core. Slowly, I lifted my gaze, already knowing what I was going to see but refusing to believe it.

Brock Mitchell stood in front of me.

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author-photo-jla_j-lynnAbout Jennifer L. Armentrout:

# 1 New York Times and # 1 International Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. She spends her time reading, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki.

Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. Her book Obsidian has been optioned for a major motion picture and her Covenant Series has been optioned for TV. Jennifer has won numerous awards, including the 2013 Reviewers Choice Award for Wait for You, the 2015 Editor’s Pick for Fall With Me, and the 2014/2015 Moerser-Jugendbuch- Jury award for Obsidian. Her young adult romantic suspense novel DON’T LOOK BACK was a 2014 nominated Best in Young Adult Fiction by YALSA.

She also writes Adult and New Adult contemporary and paranormal romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.


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School Assigned Books vs. Self-Chosen Books

Just imagine seeing these on your reading list for school *drool* (I would cry – A)


Instead of the typical, or maybe even along with #compromise


Being told to do something, whether it’s to fold the laundry or to just stop talking, is rarely received well.  So when a student is told to read a book, even if they happen to be a booklover, the assignment is a struggle because for some reason, english classes have decided to recycle the same set of novels over and over again.  I get it, they’re the classics.  I don’t dislike all of them, I’m a major fangirl for Jane Austen (Mr. Darcy raised my standards too high) and Shakespeare (s/o to my OTP Benedick and Beatrice), but the out-of-touch, droll plots get monotonous.  

My sophomore year, two of the books we had to read were The Awakening by Kate Chopin and Maggie Girl of the Streets by Stephen Crane.  One was about a woman’s “sexual awakening” (can’t get any more interesting than that) and the other……..I still don’t know what the point was.  I get that some of these novels were controversial for the time they were printed and made an impact on society, which is great, but we have books being published now and within the last 20 years that are doing the same thing for our current society.  For example, my summer assigned read this year was I Am Malala and when I heard the news I was so incredibly relieved – I wouldn’t have to cram in an unengaging novel the week before school started.  The day I told myself I was going to start I Am Malala I got a package from B&N (naturally) and told my mom to hide the books until I had finished Malala.  Motivation at its finest.

Reading books that I have chosen myself is an easy task, I whip through them and avoid all social interaction.  Reading books that school has assigned is like trying to get through a mouthful of peanut butter, I drag my feet and reading ahead is not even a problem I have to dissuade myself from.  

AP English………here I come. *cowers*



School books are a hit or miss. Sometimes, it seems like a teacher is trying to punish the students. In fifth grade, I had to read The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster and I fell. in. love. The writing drew you in and didn’t let you go. It was so whimsical with a slight bit of education. I had to read The Circuit: Stories from The Life of a Migrant Child, and I could not get into it. It didn’t hold my attention at all and it didn’t help that the narrator was boring (the teacher made us listen to it while we read). I also couldn’t get into Code Orange by Caroline B. Cooney. I think I remember the book just being weird. I didn’t understand exactly what the point of it was, and I still don’t. My freshman year, I had to read Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford, Ordinary People by Judith Guest, Lord of the Flies by William Golding, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, Romeo & Juliet by William Shakespeare, and Of Mice & Men by John Steinbeck. Ordinary People by Judith Guest was just depressing. I mean, it was an okay book, but I was surprised that they let us read it when everything is so monitored. I enjoyed Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, Romeo & Juliet, and Of Mice & Men. The other two were okay. Sophomore year, I switched schools. I had to read Lord of the Flies (yet again), Of Mice & Men (again) and Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare. Even though I didn’t mind reading the first two again, I wish I could have read other books. There are so many classics out there that I wanted to read. Julius Caesar was a very good play. I enjoyed listening to the audio of it while reading it in the text book. That’s all I have read so far for high school, since I’m entering my junior year this year. I’m taking a AP Lit class so I’m sure I’ll be reading many more books that I’ll either love or dislike with all of my being.

I think that required reading is mostly a good thing. It helps diversify my reading. I just wish every once in awhile, we could take a vote on which book. There are so many books that have come out in recent years that some students may need in their lives. I believe Katie McGarry’s books could hit home with some students. John Green’s books, Shannon Lee Alexander’s, Connor Franta’s, Julie Murphy’s, Nicola Yoon’s and many other authors’ books should be required reading. Isn’t the point to help educate kids and get them into reading? I’ve seen so many people be turned off of reading because the books they are required to read are a bore to them. A mix of classics and newer novels would help keep interest.

Anyway, that’s our thoughts on required reading at school. What are your thoughts?


Xx Sincerely,

Natalie and Anna

SBPT 2016 · Uncategorized

SBPT 2016: Dejah from Legand of Lost Books



How To Disappear

by Ann Redisch Stampler

Publication: Simon Pulse – June 24, 2016

Pages: 416

Rating: 3 STARS


This electric cross-country thriller follows the game of cat and mouse between a girl on the run from a murder she witnessed—or committed?—and the boy who’s sent to kill her.

Nicolette Holland is the girl everyone likes. Up for adventure. Loyal to a fault. And she’s pretty sure she can get away with anything…until a young woman is brutally murdered in the woods near Nicolette’s house. Which is why she has to disappear.

Jack Manx has always been the stand-up guy with the killer last name. But straight A’s and athletic trophies can’t make people forget that his father was a hit man and his brother is doing time for armed assault. Just when Jack is about to graduate from his Las Vegas high school and head east for college, his brother pulls him into the family business with inescapable instructions: find this ruthless Nicolette Holland and get rid of her. Or else Jack and everyone he loves will pay the price.

As Nicolette and Jack race to outsmart each other, tensions—and attractions—run high. Told in alternating voices, this tightly plotted mystery and tense love story challenges our assumptions about right and wrong, guilt and innocence, truth and lies.

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When I started writing this review, I had no idea where to start. Then I decided I should just start at the beginning. So here we go.

I didn’t like it. There I said it. For me, the most important part about a book other than the plot is how they start. The first thing I noticed is that the POV switches literally ever chapter between Nicolette (Cat) and Jack. That stinks because the beginning is where you want to get to know the characters and how can you do that when you are constantly flipping back and forth? It made me feel disconnected and I didn’t like that at all.

The second thing was the setting. Going in we know nothing. The story starts immediately and all the reader knows is that Nicolette is running from something and her real name isn’t Catherine. That would be awesome except for the fact that Jacks more calm and random POV kept interfering. It was quite frustrating.

So now I move on to the plot. Once I got used to the back and forth writing style, I realized that the plot was actually very enjoyable! I loved the twists and turns and nothing about this book was predictable. The pace was just right and I enjoyed everything from the middle to the end.

The 2 main characters were cool. You had Nicolette who is on the run. I’m not going to say why because that would ruin the book. Most of her skills about hiding come from re run episodes of Law and Order so I thought that was pretty funny. Then we have Jack who I liked a lot more than Nicolette. He was sent by his brother who is in jail to kill this girl and if he doesn’t, then bad things will happen to his mom, He is a straight A student on his way to college. He has never hurt anyone so it was cool to see how he built the courage to kill this girl that he starts to fall for. I wasn’t a fan of the romance in this book. It seemed forced and didn’t flow naturally. I can’t really describe it.

The ending was awesome! Plot twists everywhere! At times it was hard to keep up because there was so much going on. I pretty much hated Nicolette by the time the story ended. Overall even though I wouldn’t consider this book one of favorites. I would definitely recommend it. It’s a wild ride.
Dejah is a 19 year old part time college student studying biology. She loves all things Disney and Marvel super heroes. Here favorite book genres are mystery/thriller and retellings of the Peter Pan and Alice in Wonderland variety. If she isn’t reading, you can find her dancing and listening to music. Feel free to check her out at https://legendoflostbooks.wordpress.com/ and follow her on twitter at https://twitter.com/LegendOfBooks .


Thanks Dejah for this awesome review!


Xx Sincerely,