Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Top Ten Books I Want to Buy

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish and The Artsy Reader Girl. The theme this week is technically bookish items I want to get, but I don't do much of that stuff, so instead it's books I want! These are only ones that are currently released.

1. Just Visiting by Dahlia Adler

2. Better Off Friends by Elizabeth Eulberg

3. A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

4. A Kiss in the Dark by Gina Ciocca

5. The Pledge by Kimberly Derting

6. Something Strange and Deadly by Susan Dennard

7. From the Earth to the Shadows by Amanda Hocking

8. Frigid by J. Lynn

9. Shadow Run by AdriAnne Strickland

10. Space Opera by Catherynne M. Valente

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Waiting on Wednesday (140)

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

This week I am super excited for A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer! The book combines the real world with a high fantasy world. I'm excited to see how a teenage girl from our world deals with a fantasy castle and prince that turns into a beast. I initially wasn't interested in this book, but I went back and read the description and realized it was perfect for me. Add in the fact that the cover is gorgeous and it's a match made in heaven. I can't wait to see what happens in this book. Will she break the curse? Will they live happily ever after? Will they stay in the fantasy world or come back to ours? Who knows, but I want to!


Fall in love, break the curse.

It once seemed so easy to Prince Rhen, the heir to Emberfall. Cursed by a powerful enchantress to repeat the autumn of his eighteenth year over and over, he knew he could be saved if a girl fell for him. But that was before he learned that at the end of each autumn, he would turn into a vicious beast hell-bent on destruction. That was before he destroyed his castle, his family, and every last shred of hope.

Nothing has ever been easy for Harper Lacy. With her father long gone, her mother dying, and her brother barely holding their family together while constantly underestimating her because of her cerebral palsy, she learned to be tough enough to survive. But when she tries to save someone else on the streets of Washington, DC, she’s instead somehow sucked into Rhen’s cursed world.

Break the curse, save the kingdom.

A prince? A monster? A curse? Harper doesn’t know where she is or what to believe. But as she spends time with Rhen in this enchanted land, she begins to understand what’s at stake. And as Rhen realizes Harper is not just another girl to charm, his hope comes flooding back. But powerful forces are standing against Emberfall . . . and it will take more than a broken curse to save Harper, Rhen, and his people from utter ruin.

Release: January 29, 2019

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Top Ten Backlist Books I Want to Read

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish and The Artsy Reader Girl. On a side note, it's election day! Go out and vote! And check out my post here of books to inspire young people to vote!

1. Dumplin' by Julie Murphy

2. Just Visiting by Dahlia Adler

3. Exit, Pursued by a Bear by E.K. Johnston

4. Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco

5. Bound by Blood and Sand by Becky Allen

6. The Valiant by Lesley Livingston

7. Long May She Reign by Rhiannon Thomas

8. Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller

9. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas (I know, I hate myself for not having read it yet too)

10. Saints and Misfits by S.K. Ali

And these are just some of the oldest books on my list! There are a ton more I want to read as well! What older books do you still need to read?

Friday, November 2, 2018

Book to Encourage People to Get Out the Vote

Here in America election day is right around the corner. For a lot of young people this will only be their first or second time voting. The right to vote is incredibly important to me, and it's a right that all Americans should treasure. That said, a lot of young people don't vote. So I'm calling on YOU, whoever you may be, to change that.

Below I have a list of fun book recommendations that cover politics and elections. If you're a young person who can vote: read these books! Recommend them to your friends! Show just how much one vote can accomplish. If you're a parent or older person reading this, read these books too! Then give them to the young people in your life who might need a push to get out to the polls. Offer to drive your teen (and their friends!) to your local polling station. We can talk about the need for change until we run out of air, but nothing will happen if we don't show up and VOTE.


Say You'll Remember Me by Katie McGarry - This book came out back in January and I absolutely loved it. It features two teens from opposite tracks of life. Elle is the daughter of the governor. Drix just got out of a rehabilitation program for 'troubled teens'. The book highlights the school-to-prison pipeline (a topic every teen should learn about) and what it's like to be on the inside of politics. You can find out more and read my full review at Teenreads.

Your Own Worst Enemy by Gordon Jack - Coming out right after election day, this book showcases politics at the high school level, a perfect jumping board for teens just starting to vote.

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas - Inspired by the actual events of the Black Lives Matter movement, The Hate U Give is incredibly timely. Also, the movie adaption just came out! This is the perfect chance to read the book then see the movie that is making incredible waves.

One of this year's hottest releases, Love, Hate, and Other Filters by Samira Ahmed is incredibly timely. The story is about Maya Aziz, an Indian-American Muslim teen. Her daily life of photography and high school crushes is interrupted when an act of terror is committed across the country by a man who share's her last name. This is a great book for teens coming to terms with terror attacks in the US and what they mean for those, directly and indirectly, involved.

Ghost Boys by Jewel Parker Rhodes is a great book for younger readers about how history interweaves with the present. It examines what happens after a tragedy, specifically the killing of a young boy by a police officer. By having the main character observe what happens after his death as a ghost, it opens a new way of dealing with a tough subject. Added in the book is the story and ghost of Emmett Till. Ghost Boys is a great book for dealing with tough subjects with younger readers.

That's Not What Happened by Kody Keplinger is also incredibly timely. A lot of teens (including me!) have been getting involved with the March For Our Lives movement that began after the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting. This is a great book for teens just beginning their political activism to read. That's Not What Happened provides a fictional setting for events that are often all too real.


Calling all budding feminists in the house. Our Stories, Our Voices edited by Amy Reed is the perfect book for you. This anthology is an inspiring look into the lives of 21 YA authors. Our Stories, Our Voices can both provide solidarity for lived experiences and provide a door into different ones.

A Glimmer of Hope: How Tragedy Sparked a Movement by The March for Our Lives Founders is an inspiring collection of poetry, stories, and recollections. It documents how strength can be found even in the darkest moments, and how the actions of one person can change the lives of many. This is especially moving since it is other teens taking action. It's all well and good for an adult to tell a teen how to make change, but to hear it from your peers is something else entirely. This book will remind everyone that teens are a force to be reckoned with.

#NeverAgain: A New Generation Draws the Line by David and Lauren Hogg is another book about the Marjory Stoneman Douglas shooting. Siblings David and Lauren talk about what happened the day of the shooting and declare a manifesto for the future.

How I Resist: Activism and Hope for the Next Generation edited by Maureen Johnson is perfect for the up-and-coming teen activist. This book can inspire teens and help them figure out which course of action to take. The world is big and there's enough issues to last a lifetime. Hopefully this can help start conversations between teens and the rest of the world.

Nevertheless, We Persisted: 48 Voices of Defiance, Strength, and Courage by Various. 2018 has been the year for inspiring anthologies. This one is a collection of stories by actors, athletes, and current teen activists about a time they overcame adversity as a teen. This book will help teens gain the courage to stand up to hate and will provide relatable stories for many teens.

We Say #NeverAgain by the Parkland Student Journalists is another look at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas shooting. This provides a look at the tech savviness and media genius harnessed by the teens of MSD. This generation has grown up with iPhones, Twitter, and the knowledge that information can be spread instantaneously. The Parkland students did just that, and this showcases their skills in a journalistic format.

With how dark everything can feel, I wanted to end this with hope. Hope Nation: YA Authors Share Personal Moments of Inspiration edited by Rose Brock is a collection of essays and stories by some amazing YA authors. Just as it's important to follow all the awful things happening in the news, it's just as important to remind ourselves to take a step back. While we fight for a better world, our biggest strength is hope. As Suzanne Collins said in The Hunger Games "Hope. The only thing stronger than fear."

Are there any books I missed? Let me know in the comments! And remember to go vote on November 6th or early vote now!

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Cover Reveal: Zero Repeat Forever by G.S. Prendergast

Today Gabrielle Prendergast and Rockstar Book Tours are revealing the cover for the paperback of ZERO REPEAT FOREVER, her Sci-Fi Book which releases July 3, 2019! Check out the awesome cover and enter the giveaway!

I also need to tell you that I absolutely LOVED this book!

On to the reveal!

Title: Zero Repeat Forever
Author: Gabrielle Prendergast
Release: July 3, 2019
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Pages: 496
Formats: Hardcover, eBook, audiobook


The 5th Wave meets Beauty and the Beast in this fast-paced and heart-stopping novel about an invasion of murderous creatures and one girl fighting for her life at the end of the world.

He has no voice, or name, only a rank, Eighth. He doesn’t know the details of the mission, only the directives that hum in his mind.

Dart the humans. Leave them where they fall.

His job is to protect his Offside. Let her do the shooting.

Until a human kills her…

Sixteen year-old Raven is at summer camp when the terrifying armored Nahx invade, annihilating entire cities, taking control of the Earth. Isolated in the wilderness, Raven and her friends have only a fragment of instruction from the human resistance.

Shelter in place.

Which seems like good advice at first. Stay put. Await rescue. Raven doesn’t like feeling helpless but what choice does she have?

Then a Nahx kills her boyfriend.

Thrown together in a violent, unfamiliar world, Eighth and Raven should feel only hate and fear. But when Raven is injured, and Eighth deserts his unit, their survival comes to depend on trusting each other…

You Can Find it At:

Book Trailer:

Author Bio:

Gabrielle is a writer, teacher and designer living in Vancouver, Canada. You can read about her books here. She is represented by Barbara Poelle at the Irene Goodman Literary Agency.

In 2014 she was the Writer in Residence at Vancouver Public Library. In 2015 she was nominated for the BC Book Prizes and chosen to tour the province to promote BC Books. In 2017 Gabrielle took part in the TD Canada Children’s Book Week Tour. She has also been nominated for the White Pine Awardand the CLA Award.

Gabrielle won the Westchester Award for Audacious. Audacious was included in CBC’s list of 100 YA Books That Make You Proud to be Canadian. A poem from Capricious was chosen for the 2014 Poetry in Transit Program. Pandas on the East Side was chosen as an Ontario Library

Association Best Bet for Junior Fiction in 2016. It was also nominated/shortlisted for the Chocolate Lily Award, The Red Cedar Award, the Diamond Willow Award and the Myrca Award.

You Can Find Her At:


5 winners will receive ZERO REPEAT FOREVER Swag Packs (stickers, signed bookplate, tattoo and bookmark), US Only & Canada.

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