Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday (70)

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

This week, I'm super excited for Reign of the Fallen by Sarah Glenn Marsh! High fantasy is my happy place, and this looks like a good one! I've actually already preordered the book! Fun fact, if you preorder it, you can register your receipt to get some cool swag. I'm also excited for some more LGBTQ+ high fantasy.


Odessa is one of Karthia's master necromancers, catering to the kingdom's ruling Dead. Whenever a noble dies, it's Odessa's job to raise them by retrieving their souls from a dreamy and dangerous shadow world called the Deadlands. But there is a cost to being raised--the Dead must remain shrouded, or risk transforming into zombie-like monsters known as Shades. If even a hint of flesh is exposed, the grotesque transformation will begin.

A dramatic uptick in Shade attacks raises suspicions and fears among Odessa's necromancer community. Soon a crushing loss of one of their own reveals a disturbing conspiracy: someone is intentionally creating Shades by tearing shrouds from the Dead--and training them to attack. Odessa is faced with a terrifying question: What if her necromancer's magic is the weapon that brings Karthia to its knees?

Release: January 23rd, 2018

What are you excited for this week?

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Top Ten Books I'm Thankful For

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

1. City of Bones by Cassandra Clare - this book introduced me to good YA fiction, and I have never looked back!

2. Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead - this was another original YA book for me, and it helped me recognize my own experiences with depression

3. Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan - I DEVOURED these books in about fourth grade. These helped inspire and inform my love of ancient Greek and Egyptian worlds!

4. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas - I love this world. I love the characters and I can't wait for the final book next year!

5. A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas - While I loved so many aspects about this book, one of the main ones was the realistic depiction of depression in the main character.

6. Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier - I discovered this series in middle school, and it stuck with me for a long time

7. Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi - I loved the writing style of this book

8. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot - This introduced me to interesting biography and non-fiction!

9. Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins - This was another of my favorites in middle school

10. Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini - this was one of the first series' that I was OBSESSED with

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday (69)

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

This week, I'm super excited for A Taxonomy of Love by Rachael Allen. I actually already have an ARC, but I haven't read it yet. The book looks super fun, and I can't wait to read it! The synopsis reminds me of Better Off Friends by Elizabeth Eulberg, which I loved, so I'm definitely looking forward to this!


The moment Spencer meets Hope the summer before seventh grade, it’s . . . something at first sight. He knows she’s special, possibly even magical. The pair become fast friends, climbing trees and planning world travels. After years of being outshone by his older brother and teased because of his Tourette syndrome, Spencer finally feels like he belongs. But as Hope and Spencer get older and life gets messier, the clear label of “friend” gets messier, too.

Through sibling feuds and family tragedies, new relationships and broken hearts, the two grow together and apart, and Spencer, an aspiring scientist, tries to map it all out using his trusty system of taxonomy. He wants to identify and classify their relationship, but in the end, he finds that life doesn’t always fit into easy-to-manage boxes, and it’s this messy complexity that makes life so rich and beautiful.

Release: January 9, 2018

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Cover Reveal: Unrest Trilogy by Wendy Higgins

From New York Times and USA Today bestseller Wendy Higgins comes a frighteningly realistic apocalyptic America brought to life, entwined with searing romantic tension that will leave you eager for more. UNDONE, the final book in the Unknown Trilogy, is coming December 5th, 2017! Don’t miss the stunning new covers for the Unknown Trilogy, and order your copies today!

Title: Unknown
Author: Wendy Higgins
Series: Unknown Trilogy #1


Amber Tate believes the worst thing she’ll suffer in life is dealing with the unrequited love she feels for her brother’s best friend, Rylen Fite. She also believes war is something unfortunate that happens places far, far away from her rural Nevada town. She’s wrong on both counts.

When an unknown organization meticulously bombs major cities in the United States and across the globe, a trickle-down effect spreads to remaining towns at an alarming speed—everything from food and water sources to technology and communications are compromised. Without leadership, the nation is split between paralysis and panic, but Amber isn’t one to hide or watch helplessly. She’s determined to put her nursing skills to use, despite the danger, even if it means working alongside the man she can never have. In this first installment of NY Times bestselling author, Wendy Higgins’s debut New Adult series, a frighteningly realistic apocalyptic America is brought to life, entwined with searing romantic tension that will leave you eager for more. 

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Title: Unrest
Author: Wendy Higgins
Series: Unknown Trilogy #2


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.

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Title: Undone
Author: Wendy Higgins
Series: Unknown Trilogy #3
Release: December 5, 2017


Amber Tate never dreamed their heart-wrenching escape from the enemy’s attack would lead them to the most beautiful place she’s ever seen. Like everywhere else in the world, Elmendorf military base in Alaska has been taken over, but it’s time to take it back—all of it—one base, one city at a time. After losing so much, Amber clings to the one precious person she has left, and vows to sacrifice everything to help save the Earth.

Remy Haines is a lover, not a fighter, so when she finds herself in enemy territory, expected to feign allegiance while gathering intel for the rebel cause, she’s never been more out of her element. Tensions only increase when her feelings for Jacob “Tater” Tate won’t go away, and the enemy’s leader takes an interest in her. She’s torn between what her heart wants, and what she knows she should do. As for what her body needs…well, it’s always had a mind of its own.

You Can Find it At:
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Author Bio:

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.

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Sunday, October 29, 2017

Sunday Street Team: Brooding YA Hero by Carrie DeRisio

Welcome to this month's Sunday Street Team! I am super excited to be helping to promote Brooding YA Hero! And as a special treat, today I have an interview with Broody himself!


1. How do you get yourself ready to be a YA hero in the morning?

I begin by waking up from a vivid dream sequence/prologue. Then I brush my tousled golden mane, and study myself in the mirror, being sure to use all my best adjectives and adverbs to describe my beauty. I don't have to worry about brushing my teeth--they're always flawless!

2. What are your thoughts on the broody vs boy-next-door heroes?

I'm far superior to any nice guy next door. They're all honest, respectful, and kind.... and who wants that, right?

3. What are your recommendations for other YA heroes?

Be yourself. No one can tell your story like you can

4. What's your favorite genre to be in?

Whatever one lets me be on the cover of the book... and shirtless.

5. If given the opportunity, what YA heroine would you like to flirt with?

All of them. And all the heroes too, please.

Also, villians with redemption arcs? Call me.

6. Who would you wish to play you if Brooding YA Hero was adapted to a movie?

I'd like to be played by someone named Chris. I don't think the last name matters.

7. Use three words to describe Blondie DeMeani

Evil, mean, way-less-cool-than-me-and-most-certainly-not-the-actual-hero-of-my-book

Title: Brooding YA Hero: Becoming a Main Character (Almost) As Awesome as Me
Author: Carrie DeRisio
Publisher: Sky Pony Press
Release: October 3, 2017
Pages: 288


Ever wished you could receive a little guidance from your favorite book boyfriend?
Or maybe you're just really confused about what "opal-tinted, luminous cerulean orbs" actually are?

Well, popular Twitter personality @broodingYAhero is here to help as he tackles the final frontier in his media dominance: writing a book. Join Broody McHottiepants as he attempts to pen Brooding YA Hero: Becoming a Main Character (Almost) as Awesome as Me, a "self-help" guide (with activities--you always need activities) that lovingly pokes fun at the YA tropes that we roll our eyes at, but secretly love.

As his nefarious ex, Blondie DeMeani, attempts to thwart him at every turn, Broody overcomes to detail, among other topics, how to choose your genre, his secret formula for guaranteed love triangle success, and how to make sure you secure that sequel, all while keeping his hair perfectly coiffed.

You Can Find it At:
Barnes & Noble
Book Depository

Author Bio:

Carrie Ann DiRisio is a YA writer and creator of @BroodingYAHero. She lives in Pittsburgh, PA with one large fluffy cat, and is currently pursuing her masters in business, although her true dream is to become a Disney Villainess, complete with a really snazzy gown.
In addition to writing and plans for world domination, she also enjoys running, coffee, Krav Maga, and knitting.

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Tour Schedule:

10/1 Tour Stops
Guest Post Illustrator - Bay In Wonderland
Interview - When Curiosity Killed The Cat
Review - Bri's Book Blog
Review - YA and Wine

10/8 Tour Stops
Guest Post - Awkwordly Emma
Interview by Illustrator -Books N Calm
Review - Lollipop's Books
Review - Left Handed Book Lover

10/15 Tour Stops
Excerpt - Next Page Please
Guest Post Illustrator - Bookishly Thinking
Interview - Book Stacks Amber
Review - Mikayla's Book Shelf

10/22 Tour Stops
Guest Post - The Heart of a Book Blogger
Interview Illustrator - The Petite Book Blogger
Review - The Bibliophile Confessions
Guest Post Author - Curly Hair Bibliophile

10/29 Tour Stops
Guest Post Illustrator - Fafa's Book Corner
Interview - Tween 2 Teen Books
Review - Roecker Reviews
Interview Illustrator - Pondering The Prose

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