Saturday, September 1, 2018

Goodreads Ultimate Summer Reading Challenge Wrap-Up [NEED TO COMPLETE]

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This summer I tackled the Goodreads Summer Reading Challenge, which you can find by clicking this link here: Summer Reading Challenge. There were two different challenges depending on if you want to do the Beginner Level or the Expert Level - I personally did the Beginner Level, because I had a lot happening this summer, and didn't have as much time to read for the Expert Level Challenge. So my summer started back in May, so personally, I started this challenge this Monday, May 21st, and I am ending on Friday, August 31st.

I did something a little different with this challenge, because there were so many categories to read and because of the time restrictions that I had over the summer, I did this challenge as a combined challenge for my YA and Adult books. This will also be posted over on my Adult blog.

So here are the requirements and books I completed for the challenge:

Summer-Related Tasks:
Into the Great Wide Open: Read a book that takes place out in the great wide open ~ One Was Lost by Natalie D. Richards
Get Your Grill On: Read a book that features summer recipes or outdoor summer activities
Colors of Summer: Read a book that features a yellow, green, or sandy cover
Beach Bum: Read a book that could be considered a "beach read"
Sand Between My Toes: Read a book that takes place in or around a beach/ocean
Ocean Blue: Read a book that takes place on the water
Hook 'Em: Read a book that features fishing or fisherman ~ Smell of Other People's Houses by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock
Sports-a-holic: Read a book that features a popular summer sport
Campfire Story: Read a book that scares the crap out of you
One and Done: Read a book that you can finish in one day ~ Reignited by Colleen Houck


Tasks to Stretch Your Comfort Zone
Let's Get it On: Read a book that features falling in or out of love
Take Pride: Read a book written by an LGBTQIA author or that features an LGBTQIA character
Read the World: Read a book that takes place in a country - or about a culture - other than your own ~ Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
Diversify Yourself: Read a book by an author of color
You Have a Lovely Accent: Read a book that was translated from another language
Won't Be Long: Read a collection of short stories or essays
Poet at Heart: Read a book of poetry ~ Light Filters In by Caroline Kaufman
My, What Big Teeth You Have: Read a book that puts a spin on a well-known fairytale
High Noon: Read a classic or contemporary western
TBRing: Read a book from the bottom of your TBR pile
Unshelve It: Read a book that's been sitting on your Goodreads Shelves for a while
Childhood Reboot: Read a Choose-Your-Own-Adventure novel ~ My Lady's Choosing by Kitty Curran & Larissa Zageris
Listen to Me: Listen to an audiobook ~ Burn for Burn by Jenny Han & Siobhan Vivian

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Sunday, July 1, 2018

Mid-Year Freak-Out Tag (2018)


I saw this first over at Spines & Covers. So for this tag, it's kind of a recap tag of what you have read and other book-related things of 2017 that apply to you with only half a year left for you to read. This one seemed very fun to do, so here I am. And I know, I'm a little late posting this since it's already the second week of July, but I still wanted to.

Best Book You've Read So Far in 2018
This is a hard question because there are a few books that I really loved reading this year, but since I have to pick one, I would say Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. I absolutely love Amie Kaufman's books, and this was no different.

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Best Sequel You've Read So Far in 2018
Daughter of the Siren Queen by Tricia Levenseller was an amazing sequel, and one that I possibly loved even more than the original. I am sad that this duology is over.

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New Release You Haven't Read Yet but Want To
Furyborn by Claire Legrand is a new release that I want to read and even bought, but haven't yet picked up. I hope to pick it before this year ends.

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Most Anticipated Release for the Second Half of the Year
I would have to say one of my most anticipated release that is upcoming would be Scream All Night by Derek Milman.

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Biggest Disappointment
Not If I Save You First by Ally Carter. I was looking forward to this book so much, and I didn't enjoy it as much as I was hoping that I would.

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Biggest Surprise
My biggest surprise was Madness So Discreet by Mindy McGinnis. When I first heard about this book, and read the synopsis, I had no desire to read this book. And I don't even know why I ended up picking it up, but I am glad that I did because I loved this book.

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Favorite New Author
I actually don't have a new favorite author. I did like a few like Mindy McGinnis, but because I don't like as much as I like of her books, I wouldn't consider her a favorite author. Maybe I will find a favorite author in the second half of the year.
Favorite New Crush
The guys from the Illuminae Files. The same guys that are also listed in the following question. Out of the three of them, Ezra is definitely my top new crush.
Favorite New Characters
This is an easy question for me. All of the Illuminae Files characters: Kady, Ezra, Nik, Hanna, Rhys, Asha, and Nik's cousin (whose name I can't remember right now sadly). I loved all of them. They were all amazing!
Book that Made You Cry
I Stop Somewhere by T.E. Carter and Madness So Discreet by Mindy McGinnis. I was expecting I Stop Somewhere to be sad, but I was surprised by the sad parts in Madness So Discreet.

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Book that Made You Happy
Diviners. I love this book, and the fact that it is set in the 20s.

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Most Beautiful Book You've Bought So Far this Year
So instead of a single book, I am going to show a series that I just recently bought which have beautiful covers that I am completely obsessed with.

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What Books Do You Need to Read Before the End of this Year
So many... too many... No books in particular though.
That was it! Doing this tag was too much fun, and I’m not tagging anyone because I want anyone who wants to try it to give it a go! Thank you!

June Wrap-Up and July TBR

In the month of June, I read a total of 2 books.


So compared to last month, I slowed down considerably, which was expected. I also listened to a lot of adult audiobooks this month, which is flipped from my normal reading habits - I usually get to more YA books compared to Adult books.

The two books that I finished this month were the final two audiobooks in the Burn for Burn trilogy, Fire with Fire and Ashes to Ashes. I overall really enjoyed this series, but I was not as impressed with how the series concluded. I have reviewed Fire with Fire, but I have not reviewed Ashes to Ashes.

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In the month of July, there are a few books that I would love to get done, but my Adult TBR is really long and at this moment, I am feeling my Adult books more than I am my YA books, so July might look very similar to June. 

There are four ebooks that I have started and would like to finish this month if I get to them, and they are Beneath the Sugar Sky, MARY: Unleashed, I Am Still Alive, and Daughter of the Burning City.

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Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Blitz + Excerpt, Playlist, and Giveaway: Superhero High by T.H. Hernandez


Superhero High
T.H. Hernandez
Published by: Soul Mate Publishing
Publication date: July 5th 2018
Genres: Adventure, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Sixteen-year-old Annarenee Stevens is the sole member of her family without a super power. The only time she feels powerful is in the pool. With her sights set on swimming for U.C. Berkeley, she’s ready to win it all at the State championship and secure her future.
When the government unexpectedly ends the secret Genetically Enhanced Asset (GEA) program, Annarenee is uprooted from Dayton, the only home she’s ever known, and relocated to San Diego with all of the other GEA families. Queen of her public school, Annarenee is just another zero at Superhero High, a school without any sports teams.
With the end of the program, her hero older brother now needs a college education, too, meaning the only way Annarenee is getting into Berkeley is on a scholarship. Her dream is slipping through her fingers, no matter how tightly she clings to it. To make matters worse, super hot superhero, Ren Gonzalez, is paying too much attention to her. The kind of attention that has Ren’s ex-girlfriend intent on making Annarenee’s life even more miserable.
But when heroes begin disappearing, zeros and heroes will be forced to team up in order to solve the mystery. If they don’t kill each other first.

EXCERPT:
Smith slides in beside me and drapes his arm around me, kissing the side of my head.
Ryan glances over his shoulder before backing up. “You guys are coming tonight, right?”
“Wouldn’t miss it,” Smith answers for both of us.
The drive to my house is less than five minutes. On the way Smith leans in and whispers in my ear, “Anyone going to be home?”
I shake my head then wonder if I should have lied. Smith’s been hinting more frequently that he wants to have sex. We’ve been dating for three months, but unlike Smith, I’m not ready. Call me old-fashioned, but I want my first time to be special. I like Smith, he’s cute, popular, and funny, but I’m not in love with him. Plus, I’m pretty sure you shouldn’t keep secrets from the person you share the most intimate part of yourself with, and I’m keeping a huge secret from Smith.
We pull up in front of my house, and Smith and I hop out, grabbing our stuff from the back.
“I’ll call you later,” Ronny yells as Ryan roars off.
I wave as they turn the corner and disappear, nerves twisting in my belly as Smith takes my hand. I glance at him, my gaze drawn to his crystal blue eyes beneath messy-wild blond hair. Smith moved here last summer and rapidly became one of the most popular guys in our class. He’s always tan and his body is cut, a result of time spent in the pool or surfing in his native Florida. Every single girl in our school, and possibly even a few with boyfriends, would be thrilled to have my problem. I need to figure this out soon before he decides he’s tired of waiting.
Smith guides me up the walkway toward the porch, and I wonder how far I can let him go this time before I put on the brakes.
Our front door opens and two men dressed in black suits, white button-ups, black ties, and sunglasses exit our house. The taller of the two seems to size me up behind his dark lenses before he nods and passes. I turn and watch them get into a black Escalade parked across the street.
My brother, Noah, cruises up and parks his vintage blue Mustang convertible in the driveway. He climbs out, his eyes glued to the SUV as it pulls away from the curb.
Smith snorts. “What are the Blues Brothers doing here?”
I don’t share his humor and instead turn toward my brother, eyebrows raised in silent question.
Noah shakes his head, and inside my own head, I hear, “I don’t know, they were blocking me.”
A chill runs through me starting in the pit of my stomach. It’s not unusual to get a visit from the Men in Black, but my parents should be at work, and Noah should still be at his school for another couple of hours. Something is wrong.
Don’t panic, AR,” Noah says in my head.
I turn to Smith, “Um, I’ll call you later, okay? Pick me up at eight?”
He leans in and kisses my cheek. “Sure. Wear something sexy.” He smiles and waggles his eyebrows.
Douchebag,” Noah says only to me before heading inside.

Superhero High by T.H. Hernandez Playlist

Luck by American Authors
Lampshades on Fire by Modest Mouse
Catch Me Now I'm Falling by The Kinks
Something Just Like This by Chainsmokers and ColdPlay
Hate Me by Blue October
So Alive by the Goo Goo Dolls
Waiting for Superman by Daughtry
Fade Into You by Mazzy Star
The Underdog by Spoon
Superhero by The Script
Hey Girl by Ingram Hill
Just Breathe by Eddie Vedder
Hero by Chad Kroeger

Author Bio:
T.H. Hernandez is the author of young adult books. The Union, a futuristic dystopian adventure, was a finalist in the 2015 San Diego book awards in the Young Adult Fiction category.
She loves pumpkin spice lattes, Game of Thrones, Comic-Con, Star Wars, Doctor Who marathons, Bad Lip Reading videos, and all things young adult, especially the three young adults who share her home.
When not visiting the imaginary worlds inside her head, T.H. Hernandez lives in usually sunny San Diego, California with her husband and three children, a couple of cats, and a dog who thinks he’s a cat, affectionately referred to as “the puppycat.”
You can find her online at http://thhernandez.com 


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Monday, June 25, 2018

Blitz + Excerpt and Giveaway: Alpha by Jus Accardo


Alpha
Jus Accardo
(The Infinity Division #3)
Published by: Entangled: Teen
Publication date: July 3rd 2018
Genres: Science Fiction, Young Adult
“A fun YA sci-fi story with a compelling cast of characters.” —Kirkus Reviews on Infinity
Sera is the obsession of a killer chasing a ghost. G is a soldier with too much blood on his hands.
Dylan lost the only person he ever loved—and will stop at nothing to get her back.
In a whirlwind chase that takes them back to where it all started, Sera, G, and Dylan will have to confront their demons—both physical and mental—and each other, in order to win their freedom.



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The rain stopped, and the wind outside had settled, leaving an uncomfortable silence in its wake. I didn’t have a problem with the quiet. I liked it, in fact. But this was something a little different. This was uncomfortable. The kind of stillness that came from forced proximity to someone or something that made your skin itch and your stomach roil. The kind of hush that usually set in right before a devastating storm or a natural disaster.
He did this sometimes. Just sat across from me and stared. He usually wouldn’t even say anything. I didn’t think he expected me to say anything, either. He just looked. Sometimes it lasted a few minutes, just long enough to send that chill skittering up and down my spine. Other times it would go on for hours. He’d blink and breathe and fidget, but his eyes…those remained locked on me, his unhealthy mix of sadness and lust and greed and anger crushing me to the point of breathlessness.
We were at it again, and I was just about out of patience. It was one thing to have been ripped away from my home, from my life, by that madwoman, Cora Anderson. It was another to have her poke and prod and use me as a science experiment. She’d altered my mind. Made me forget most of my life before the day I woke up a prisoner on the floor of her cold, dank cell. Those things were all bad, but having been “rescued” by this bastard and forced to stay by his side at all times? That was an entirely new level of torture.
“You’re thinking about him again, aren’t you?” His tone was acidic and his jaw tight. He had a temper, this guy. I’d seen it multiple times. He’d never done anything more than scream at me, but it was only a matter of time with people like this. I wasn’t sure how I knew that, but I felt it in my bones. Maybe I’d known someone like him at home. Maybe it was just intuition.
“Yes,” was all I replied. I found that simple, one-word responses went over the best. Or, more accurately, the worst. When I said too little, he grew agitated. He wanted me to talk to him, yet the things that came out of my mouth weren’t ever what he wanted to hear. I didn’t act like he’d hoped I would, didn’t say the things he longed to hear. Some days he was determined to change me. Others, he was rabid, blaming me for not behaving like myself and demanding that I wake up.
Forget that I had no idea who I was.
“While it’s not okay, I understand.” He offered me a smile—a small, tentative twitch of his lips and gentle shrug of his shoulders. He was making an effort to be kinder today, going out of his way to speak softer and move slower.
That made me even angrier.
“You understand? Then my life is complete. All I’ve ever wanted was the understanding of a serial killer.” Even if I hadn’t been thinking about…someone else, I would have lied. The fact that I wasn’t focused on him, and him alone, drove Dylan—my savior, my captor—crazy. But the truth was, I was thinking of him. That other him. How could I not? Even if I didn’t find myself missing him every moment of every day in an almost physical way, I wouldn’t be able to put him out of my mind because he was technically sitting here across from me.


Author Bio:
JUS ACCARDO spent her childhood reading and learning to cook. Determined to follow in her grandfather's footsteps as a chef, she applied and was accepted to the Culinary Institute of America. But at the last minute, she realized her true path lay with fiction, not food.
Jus is the bestselling author of the popular Denazen series from Entangled publishing. A native New Yorker, she lives in the middle of nowhere with her husband, three dogs, and sometimes guard bear, Oswald.



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Thursday, June 21, 2018

Blitz + Excerpt and Giveaway: Escape Forbidden by Ruth Silver


Escape Forbidden
Ruth Silver
(Aberrant Prequel)
Publication date: June 15th 2018
Genres: Dystopian, Young Adult
Fight to stay alive.
The Gravelands are a dangerous place.
In a world of uncertainty, Cora Manning knows one thing without a doubt: getting into Genesis will offer her a brighter future.
When the intake coordinator agrees to let her in because of her genetic makeup, Cora discovers the promised city of utopia is nothing like she imagined.
The rebellion has begun.






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“Sit,” Noelle said and gestured toward the cot positioned on the floor.
Without much thought I wandered over and stretched out to lie down. Had it not been a trying day and with bombings outside, I’d have opted to go home or at the very least refused special treatment. That was what Noelle offered me, wasn’t it?
“You don’t have to stay here all night,” I said. It felt weird to be watched as I slept. “If I need anything, I can let you know. Or I mean, whoever stays.” I didn’t want to assume she wouldn’t go home either. I shut my eyes and relaxed against the cot. It wasn’t the most comfortable bed I’d been in, but it beat the straw in the barn.
“Toby and I will alternate, unless your fever breaks. Then we’ll both go home and let you sleep in peace.”
Hearing her words was enough to help me relax. “Okay,” I mumbled. If only I had the ability to control my own body temperature.
Noelle shut off the lights which helped ease the throbbing pulse behind my eyes. The distant wail of the siren ceased. Had it ended? Was everyone safe? I took momentary comfort in the quiet of Noelle’s office and allowed myself to fall asleep.
During the night, I heard the door whine and I attempted to roll over, only half cognizant of where I was. The cot groaned beneath me and I felt the warmth of metal against my cheek.
“Wake up, little girl,” an unfamiliar voice said, and I heard the distinctive click of the safety released from a gun.
My eyes flashed open, staring up at the intruder, the gun tight against my skin. How would I get out of this mess?


Author Bio:
Ruth Silver enjoys reading, traveling, writing, photography, boardgames, and playing with her dogs.
REFUGE FORBIDDEN (Aberrant Book 4) by Ruth Silver will be available June 29, 2018.
She also writes adult romance under the name Allison West. 




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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Tour + Giveaway and Teasers: Memory Walker by Carly Marino


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Genre: YA Paranormal Romance
Release Date: May 18th 2018
Evernight Teen

Imagine having the ability to walk in a person's memory at the slightest touch of their skin.
High school rumors are the worst. In fact, high school’s the worst. Especially for the school freak who has to avoid human contact.

Freshman year, seventeen-year-old Thea Scott developed the suckiest burden ever. At the brief touch of a person’s skin, she’s forced to walk in their memories. She’d give anything to get rid of this ability—one she can’t control. Well, until the first day of senior year when breathtakingly gorgeous Cole Conway strolls through the auditorium doors and she faints, making an utter fool of herself, again. He acts like he knows her secret, and the last thing she wants is to end up in a lab with her brain in a jar. To protect herself, she decides to do the very thing she runs from, use her ability to enter his memories.

What she didn’t expect to find: out-of-this-world beings who have to “borrow” life essence from humans to survive. Cole unveils dangers she never imagined existed and turns out her own past is her greatest fear. The deeper she falls, the more turmoil and heartbreak crash into her. Dreams of fitting in soon dissolve, and she realizes it was way easier being just a high school freak.


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About the Author

I love writing and reading about love. There’s nothing better than two characters finding each other in unusual situations and conquering all odds to be together. *Sigh* Regardless the genre – paranormal, contemporary, fantasy – if there’s romance—I wanna read it!
I was born in Hawai’i but grew up most of my life in the sticks of Michigan and the sunny beaches of Florida. After graduating high school, I return to my island ohana for college where I wrote my thesis on how to write a young adult book. (Oddly enough)
Wife, mother, dog owner, and author, my hat constantly changes but I love every minute of the hustle. Writing is my passion and the wonderful nagging voice in my head. I’m blessed to have amazing family and friends who’ve supported me from my first story, written in poor phonics and elementary chicken scratch.


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