As You Turn Away (The Walker Boys #1) by Molli Moran

Beautifully written and full of emotion, As You Turn Away, have you getting wrapped up in such a gorgeous love story brimming with self-discovery, courage, and bravery.

To All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han

To All the Boys I've Loved Before, was absolutely sweet, funny, charming, and definitely emotionally charged.

One Past Midnight by Jessica Shirvington

One Past Midnight , is a wonderfully compelling and captivating read that is unbelievably hard to put down until you have practically binge read the entire book in one sitting.

Sinner (The Wolves of Mercy Falls #3.5 by Maggie Stiefvater

Sinner is a gorgeous stand alone companion novel to this awesome series, that is beautifully poetic and full of raw emotional turmoil.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

15 Days of Being A Book Blogger featuring Day #09: Why Do You Blog About Books?

So, why do I blog about books?

I thought I'd share the skinny with you, on why I started blogging about the books that I love reading so much. 

Reading has always been an escape for me and it's been a wonderful, fantastic adventure too. I've met many a swoon-worthy handsome guy, traversed through some amazing dimensions, fell in love with many a character, and dreamed many dreams within the pages of all the books that I've read and I wouldn't trade a minute of it for anything. Books have been the best thing to happen to me, in more ways than one they may have saved my life. They gave me reason to believe in something, encouraged me to never give up until I've acquired what I wanted, and helped me to discover some things about myself that I never really knew existed. But, I think the most important thing to me, is that they helped to save one of the most amazing and precious friendship's that I could have ever been blessed with. 

Before, when I was diving into my books and reading everything that I could get my hands on, I never thought about blogging about what I was reading. It wasn't until I was browsing through Goodreads that I came across a review written by a book blogger and I followed the link back to her blog. I can't remember who that blogger is at the moment, but I can remember how it felt to be awoken to a whole new world that revolved around the book community and thought how amazing it would be if I actually started one of my own book blogs. So, I thought about it for a while and kept it in the back of my mind, then about a week and a half or so later I decided that I wanted to create my own blog where I could talk about the books that I love and why I love reading them.

I've always been a bit of a book-geek, like that anyway. As long as I've known how to read, I've always loved having my nose stuck in a book. I would read pretty much anything that I could get my hands on from Hank the Cow Dog to the Baby-Sitter's ClubSweet Valley TwinsSweet Valley HighChristopher Pike, and so many other's it was unreal. I used to practically live in our local public library every single summer and would check out the maximum number of books allotted to a patron and read through them quick like flash and then go back and check out another batch of them. It wasn't until the summer I turned 15 and I discovered V.C. Andrews and pretty much EVERYTHING changed for me about the way I love to read books and why I love to read them.

In a Throw Back Thursday post, I talked about why I loved V.C. Andrews as much as I do and why her books and the stories that she told (herself) inspired me in so many ways that it was unreal. I had so much fun blogging about that and expressing my love for her beautiful haunting talent that I wish so many more readers could get to know in the same intimate way that I did. I don't feel as if it's an over-statement at all for me to say that her books literally changed the way that I read forever! For me, to say that these books changed the way that I look at life, gave me a new perspective on controversial subject matter, dared me to step out of my comfort zone and redefine my whole way of thinking, and changed the way that I read books forever would be a true statement. 

More than anything I love to read about cast of multi-faceted, brave, spirited, passionate, and strong-willed characters that allowed me to feel with them, instead of just for them. I honestly don't feel as if there are near enough of them in young adult literature and I wish there were. I would love more than anything for more young adult author's to write them, so that I could immerse myself into their world and fall in love with them. I wish they would be unafraid to write more about reality, instead of sheltering from the harsh realities of the world around and trying to shelter from the ashes and the pain. I want more healthy relationships written into this wonderful world of YA fiction, even if they do start out unhealthy, I would love for them to end up healthy by the end and for the use of love triangles to be a little less than as prevalent as they are. 

Don't get me wrong, there are many wonderful YA authors out there who write strong, kick-ass, phenomenal female heroines, but it would be nice to see a little bit more. Don't be afraid of the controversial, embrace it the same way that V.C. Andrews did and throw caution to the wind and just write it, be proud of it, and share it with the world. I love visiting many worlds and meeting new strong spirited characters that authors like Robin LaFeversSarah J. MaasSuzanne CollinsHeather DemetriosKendall Kulper, Leigh Bardugo, etc. This is pretty much why I love blogging about books and why I started blogging in the first place, because without this blog I don't think I would have been introduced to these authors or would have taken a chance on their books, if it hadn't been for the book blogging and the booktube community. 

I love how encouraging and kind, all of my fellow bloggers and booktuber's have been. They are pretty much amazing and the community is full of discussions, such a passion for books that it's unreal and completely off the charts awesome, and the social media connections make it a lot of fun to discuss books and recommend books and just meet new people and get to know them. Plus, books and the love of books are healing in so many more ways than one, just ask my bestie Molli @ Book Whimsy, who is now at the top of my favorite list of amazingly talented and beautiful authors that I love more than anything. 

In short, I love to blog about the books that I read, because it opens up so many doors for me. It has created so many amazing friendships, mended them, and encouraged me in a lot of ways to keep on going even when it feels like the whole world is about to bottom out on you. It's one of the best decisions that I've ever made with my life, even though it sometimes feels like it's a bit of burden, I take my breaks when I feel like I need them and then I regroup and post some pretty good things. :)

That's why I love to read and blog about books, why do you? Let me know in the comments below, I am curious. :)

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Wishful Wednesday featuring On The Edge by Allison Van Diepen

Wishful Wednesday was inspired by Waiting on Wednesday and Desperately Wanting Wednesday by Breaking the Spine and Parajunkee.

Wishful Wednesday is my own little version of "Waiting On Wednesday". Every week, I'll pick an upcoming book that I'm anticipating the release for and showcase it here on the blog. This week, that book is going to be On The Edge by the talented Allison Van Diepen. I haven't really read anything by Allison Van Diepen, but I've had a copy of Snitch and The Vampire Stalker for a while now and I just haven't had time to get around to reading them. I have heard some pretty good mixed things here and there about them, though. When I came across the synopsis for On The Edge on Goodreads, I knew instantly this was a book that I was going to want to read and badly. 

Murder, getting caught up in street gangs, and a lot of dark mysterious and dangerous mayhem. Who wouldn't want to sink their teeth into a suspenseful mystery thriller like this one.  I hope it's as good as it promises to be, because I'm definitely excited to read this one.

Expected Publication: September 16, 2014
Publisher: HarperCollins
Age Demographic: YA Mystery Romance
Pages: 304

From Allison van Diepen, author of Snitch and Street Pharm, comes a sexy, dangerous novel about a teen who witnesses a murder and gets caught up in the seedy world of Miami’s gangs.

Maddie Diaz never should have taken that shortcut through the park. If she hadn't, she wouldn't have seen two members of the Reyes gang attacking a homeless man. Now, as the only witness, she knows there’s a target on her back.

But when the Reyes jump her on the street, Maddie is protected by a second gang and their secretive leader, Lobo, who is determined to take down the Reyes himself. Lobo is mysterious and passionate, and Maddie begins to fall for him. But when they live this close to the edge, can their love survive?

On the Edge is a compelling story about fighting for what’s right and figuring out where you belong. The novel showcases a gritty, realistic voice and earth–shattering romance that will intrigue readers of Simone Elkeles and Paul Griffin and captivate fans of Allison van Diepen's other novels.

To PreOrder a copy of On The Edge by Allison Van Diepen visit Amazon & Barnes&Noble!

Allison van Diepen is the author of seven teen novels: Takedown, Street Pharm, Snitch, Raven, The Oracle of Dating, The Oracle Rebounds, and The Vampire Stalker. Her novels have been named ALA Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers and New York City Public Library Books for the Teen Age. Her new book, ON THE EDGE, is coming in November 2014 from Harper Teen. 

Don't forget to fan her Goodreads page!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

15 Days of Being A Book Blogger featuring Day #08: Appealing Blog Things

Things that make blogs appealing for me, personally are...

Nice Clean Design. I like the blogs that I follow to have nice neat designs, because it makes it easier for me to navigate through it, and easily reviews and various posts without having to take forever. 

De-Cluttered Sidebars. I like it when the sidebars are de-cluttered and don't have a lot of widgets and other things taking up a lot of space and causing the loading time to take forever. That's kind of a turn off for me.

Discussion Posts. I love a really good discussion post, with a lot of comments that are hitting on points and bringing the topic home. It's a lot of fun to participate in these and sometimes you meet and get to know other bloggers as well, through them.

NO CAPTCHA. Please turn this off, because it's a pain in the tookus. 

Minimal Use of GIF's. I don't mind it when blogger's use GIF's in some of their posts, but it can get out of hand when there's more GIF's than the review, for instance. So, I would rather see a more minimal use of them, than over-excessive. 

Originality. I love it when the blogger has originality in the way they blog, the type of posts they put up, and just in general. It helps to spice up the blog and it makes it more interesting to read, instead of just reading blog after blog with the same thing, but variations on it. 

Regular Features. I love it when blogs have regular features that are unique to the blogger behind the post/feature. Kind of like how Rachel has her Book Watch post that highlights all of the upcoming books for the week and her Reading Pile posts, because these kinds of awesome posts can update you on things that are coming out and books that you might not have known about, but could potentially be interested in.

Personality. I really enjoy it, when I find a blog that tells me a lot more about the person behind it, other than what kinds of books that they love to read. I love seeing the more personal posts showing through and getting to discover their little quirks and whatnot.

Detailed Reviews. I love a good review that is detailed enough to tell me all about the book, the characters, and whether or not the synopsis worked or didn't without giving away any spoilers. This is definitely important to me, because these are usually the things that help me decide on whether or not I want to take a chance on the book. 

Honesty. I love it when bloggers are honest in their reviews of books, discussion posts, and whatnot, because it shows that they aren't afraid to really say what they think. I also enjoy how it's well thought out and now just slapped together all dodgey and whatnot.

Social Media. I like when blogs are super organized and have easy accessible ways to follow them, via Facebook, Twitter, GFC, email, or however else, without you having to hunt through their blog for them for ages.

Regular Updates. It's nice to come across a blog, where the person who is maintaining it takes enough to care to update on a regular basis, even if it's only two or three times a week - you can always count on them to always post at least that much. It makes me a little crazy, when it tends to be super sporadic side of things.

Less Meme's/Cover Reveals and More Other Posts. I like blogs that don't just rely on meme's, cover reveals, and filler posts to keep their bog updated. I would love to see more other types of posts, like book watches, discussion posts, guest posts (author or other blogger's), etc. I mean, I don't mind the occasional meme/cover reveal/blitz posts, but not all of the time to sustain the blog itself.

Review Archives. These are good things to have, even though I'm absolute rubbish at keeping mine up-to-date, because these tell me the kinds of books that you like to read and it also tells me what you think about them. Who knows, it might also help me decide if I want to read the book or not. 

Variety. This is a good thing to have, especially with a book blog.

So, what are some of the things that appeal to you on blogs? Tell me in the comments below, because I'm curious to know. :)

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Blog Tour featuring Hard Knox by Nicole Williams + Giveaway

Guys, I'm really excited to be sharing this little book promotional spot with you guys, because it's by the amazingly awesome and seriously talented Nicole Williams, author of one of the best New Adult contemporary series, Crash. She's back with another steamy cup of New Adult contemporary romance, with Hard Knox the first book in The Outsider Chronicles and I can't wait wait to sink into this one for sure. It looks like it's going to be an intense romantic roller coaster of fun. She's also hosting a very awesome giveaway for a copy of Hard Knox, for one lucky winner.

Want to know more about Hard Knox?!

Hard Knox
The Outsider Chronicles #1
Nicole Williams
Hard Knox
The Outsider Chronicles #1
Nicole Williams
Published: August 12, 2014
Age Demographic: New Adult Contemporary 
Pages: 310
Buy Links: Amazon and B&N

Knox Jagger. The name inspires resent in every male at Sinclair University, want in every female, and contempt in Charlie Chase.

Charlie can be summed up in three words: independent, independent, and independent. To Charlie, Knox epitomizes everything that’s wrong with college males: prolific one-night stands, drunken senseless fights, and a body that hints at prioritizing gym time over study time.

As an up-and-coming writer for Sinclair University’s newspaper, Charlie’s tasked with getting to the bottom of who’s been dropping little white pills into girls’ drinks at parties. In an ocean of All-American boys sporting polo shirts and innocent smiles, Knox is the obvious suspect. As evidence piles up against the bad boy of Sinclair, Charlie becomes more and more certain it isn’t Knox. But when her drink is dosed at a party and she wakes up on Knox’s couch the next morning, Charlie’s left with more questions than answers when it comes to Knox Jagger.

How can Charlie ever hope to uncover the truth behind a guy so closed off he’s become . . .

Hard Knox.

About the Author

Nicole Williams
New Adult/Adult Author

Nicole Williams is the New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of the CRASH series (HarperTeen, S&S UK), LOST & FOUND series, UP IN FLAMES (S&S UK), The EDEN TRILOGY, and a handful of others. 

She writes stories about everyday kinds of people who find themselves in extraordinary kinds of situations. She tells love stories with happy endings because she believes in making the world a better place, and that’s one tiny way she can make it so. 

She's one of those people who still believe in true love and soul mates, and would rather keep her head in the clouds any day over having her feet firmly on the ground.


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