Monday, October 5, 2015

Illuminae Blog Tour + Giveaway

Hey Everyone!

I was super excited to be sent an invite to join this blog tour. 
If you are a fan of YA and have not been living under a rock 
I am sure you have heard about this book.
Many early reviews are out and they are positive. 

I was lucky enough to be sent an ARC of this book by the publishers.
I received it on Friday and and am about half way through
and am hooked into the story. 

I will add my review as soon as I am done, but since the publishers
were nice enough to offer me a copy to giveaway, I wanted 
to get this post up ASAP! 

Read more about this first book in a great new series 
and enter the giveaway below!

Tite: Illuminae
Series: The Illuminae Files #1
Author: Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
Published: 10.20.15
Pages: 608 pages

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Monday, August 17, 2015

FFBC Tours: Jubilee Manor by Bethan Hagen + GIVEAWAY

Hello Everyone!

Welcome to another FFBC Tour! We are super stoked to be hosting Bethany Hagen!
Read down below to find out more about Bethany and the Landry Park Series!
I am half way through the second book Jubilee Manor right now and loving it! 

Follow along the tour for interviews, guest posts and reviews on Jubilee Manor. 
Oh yeah and Bethany has been find enough to offer signed copies of both books in this duology!
So make sure to enter! Remember the person with the MOST entries wins! 

Jubilee Manor (Landry Park #2)
by Bethany Hagen
Publisher: Dial/Penguin
Release Date: August 11th 2015
Genre: Dystopian, Young Adult, Romance, Science Fiction


The thrilling conclusion to Landry Park is full of love, betrayal, and murder--perfect for fans of Divergent, The Selection, andPride and Prejudice.

In Landry Park, Madeline turned her back on her elite family, friends, and estate to help the Rootless. Now, in Jubilee Manor, she struggles to bring the Gentry and the Rootless together. But when Gentry heirs—Madeline’s old friends—are murdered, even she begins to think a Rootless is behind it, putting her at odds with the boy she loves and the very people she is trying to lead. If she can’t figure out who is killing her friends and bring them to justice, a violent war will erupt and even more will die—and Madeline’s name, her estate, and all the bonds she’s forged won’t make any difference.

This conclusion to Landry Park, which VOYA dubbed "Gone with the Wind meets The Hunger Games,” is a richly satisfying, addictive read.


1.      Favorite Book?
Jane Eyre

2.      Favorite TV show?
Game of Thrones

3.      Favorite movie?
Gladiator or Inception

4.      Your Favorite Song?
Oh, that really does change day to day!  
Right now it’s “Do It With A Rockstar” by Amanda Palmer.

5.      Favorite Food?
A good steak

6.      Who is your perfect fictional boyfriend?
Edward Rochester

7.       Favorite Quote?
“What is essential is invisible to the eye.” –The Little Prince

8.      What do you find yourself “Fangirling” over?
Rainbow Rowell.  Her writing is simply amazing.

9.      If you could meet one author, dead or alive, who would it be?
I feel compelled to say Charlotte Bronte, but I think I’d actually have more fun with J.K. Rowling.

10.  Something to say to our Book Addicts?
Without you readers, nothing would be possible!  Thank you so much!


Hello Bethany! We are super excited to host you in our FFBC.

For those who have not the books yet, can you tell us a little about Landry Park?

Landry Park is a book that is kind of future historical or Regency dystopian, set two hundred years in the future, where the world looks a lot like the past.  Madeline Landry is poised to inherit one of the most influential estates in her city when a Gentry girl is attacked outside of a ball.  Everyone around Madeline blames the Rootless, the caste of people responsible for cleaning after the nuclear fuel that powers the lavish lives of the Gentry, but Madeline is determined to uncover the truth of what actually happened…

If you could describe Madeline in 5 words, what would they be?
Thoughtful, stubborn, quiet, loyal and intelligent

Is there a specific scene that you had the most fun to write?
One of the reasons I started writing the Landry Park series was that I loved dresses and balls and luxurious settings, and so the climatic scene at the end of Jubilee Manor with the big dress and all the set-pieces was a ton of fun to write, and was one of the few scenes that hardly changed at all from first draft to final edits.

Without giving spoilers away, what was challenging about writing the sequel Jubilee Manor?
It was challenging to make sure that I wrapped up long-term questions from the first book while also keeping the tight pace of the murder mystery that kicks off the second book—I keep expecting to wake up one morning and be like, “Oh no I forgot to answer something!”

And as a huge fan of Jane Austen, I couldn't help notice some of the Pride and Prejudice references in Landry Park.  The mention of 24 families attending, and David Dana’s entry almost felt reminiscent of Mr. Bingley’s arrival. Was this intentionally done or am I reading too much into it haha.

I’m so glad you felt that way!  That was definitely on purpose, because I adore Pride and Prejudice and it was such a huge inspiration to my work, and so I wanted to pay homage in some way.  Eeps!  I am so happy you noticed!

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Bethany Hagen was born and raised in Kansas City. She grew up reading Charlotte Brontë, Jane Austen, and all things King Arthur, and went on to become a librarian. Landry Park is her debut novel.


Friday, July 31, 2015

Review: Paper Towns by John Green + Giveaway

Title: Paper Towns
Author: John Green
Published: 09.22.09
Pages: 305
Acquired: Barnes & Noble
Rating: 3.0 out of 5.0


Who is the real Margo?

Quentin Jacobsen has spent a lifetime loving the magnificently adventurous Margo Roth Spiegelman from afar. So when she cracks open a window and climbs into his life—dressed like a ninja and summoning him for an ingenious campaign of revenge—he follows. After their all-nighter ends, and a new day breaks, Q arrives at school to discover that Margo, always an enigma, has now become a mystery. But Q soon learns that there are clues—and they're for him. Urged down a disconnected path, the closer he gets, the less Q sees the girl he thought he knew...

My Review:
Like most book lovers, I knew I had to read Paper Towns before it came out in the theaters and I purchased it a few weeks before the movie was supposed to come out. Paper Towns ending up being a book that being two new firsts for me. 1 - It was a book that the hype did not leave up to the expectations for me and 2- It was a book where for once I enjoyed the movie more then the book. I never thought I'd ever say that, but in this case it was true.  

Paper Towns was the second John Green book for me, the first being Fault In Our Stars, which I absolutely loved. So I went into Paper Towns expecting to be just as moved and touched by the story and the characters as I was with TFIOS. But unfortunately for me it didn't happen. I struggled with the story line and in fact it left me in kind of reading slump. So much so that I went to the see the movie last weekend with only having read half of the book read. I was blown away from the movie. I laughed, I cried, I re-lived high school memories and went home eager to dive back in to the book. If I was so moved by the movie, then I was bound to be sucked back in to the story line. But that didn't happen. In fact I found myself skimming the last half of the book and even when I got to the important scene in the end of the book, it felt rushed and forced and with no closure as you found in the end of the movie. 

I'm not sure why I couldn't resonate with the book like other could. But I do know that this won't be my last John Green back and that I am determined to give this other books a try and I am hoping I enjoy them as much as I did TFIOS. 

As I don't see foresee myself re-reading Paper Towns, I am giving it away in the hopes that one fo you will read and love it more then I did!


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Sunday, July 5, 2015

Review: Royal Wedding by Meg Cabot + Giveaway!

Title: Meg Cabot
Series: The Princess Diaries #11
Published: 06.02.15
Pages: 435
Acquired: Purchased Barnes & Noble
Rating: 3.5 out of 5


From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Princess Diaries series, comes the very first adult installment, which follows Princess Mia and her Prince Charming as they plan their fairy tale wedding—but a few poisoned apples could turn this happily-ever-after into a royal nightmare.

For Princess Mia, the past five years since college graduation have been a whirlwind of activity, what with living in New York City, running her new teen community center, being madly in love, and attending royal engagements. And speaking of engagements. Mia's gorgeous longtime boyfriend Michael managed to clear both their schedules just long enough for an exotic (and very private) Caribbean island interlude where he popped the question! Of course Mia didn't need to consult her diary to know that her answer was a royal oui.

But now Mia has a scandal of majestic proportions to contend with: Her grandmother's leaked "fake" wedding plans to the press that could cause even normally calm Michael to become a runaway groom. Worse, a scheming politico is trying to force Mia's father from the throne, all because of a royal secret that could leave Genovia without a monarch. Can Mia prove to everyone—especially herself—that she's not only ready to wed, but ready to rule as well?

My Review:

I have to admit that I have never read any of the other books in this series. But I was a fan of the movies when I was younger so I decided to give it a go. After reading some heavier books this last couple of weeks, I wanted to pick up something light and fun and quick read. This book definitely was light and fun, but I didn't realize it was 400 pages! Adult paperbacks can be misleading! 

Almost immediately when I started this book I was taken back to the Disney movie! Yes you shouldn't compare the movies to the book, but since it was my only form of reference to this story I couldn't help it. I couldn't help but picture a young Anne Hathaway and Dame Julie Andrews! But alas shortly after I was disappointed to find that some of the characters I really enjoyed from the movies either did not have as big of a part or their characters were completely differently. Book Clarice (Juile Andrews) character is not as warm and loving as she is in the movie. And Lily Mia's best friend doesn't have as big of a role as I would have liked. 

This story was told in the form on journal entries, text messages and e-mails. A from of writing that I am really starting to enjoy. Even though story telling through the form of journal entries was sometimes choppy I never felt like we were missing anything in the over-all story plot. 

There were three main plot-twists and two of were ones that I saw coming mile away and the predictability took some of the excitement away from the story. One of the plot twists was just blatantly thrown in there with a clue that was frankly so out of place that I doubt anyone reading this story missed it. 

Lastly the main aspect that made give this book only an average rating was the fact that even though the book is titled "Royal Wedding" the wedding in and out of its self for only a minor arch in the over-all story plot. This book was one I enjoyed but one that I will probably not-reread of have stand out in the long list of books involving a royal story line. 

So because I don't believe that this is a book I will ever re-read I am giving my copy of away! So enter away! 

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Monday, June 15, 2015

Review: The Night We Said Yes by Lauren Gibald

The Night We Said Yes
by Lauren Gibaldi
Publisher: Harper Teen
Release Date: June 16th 2015
Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Contemporary, Chick Lit, Music
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A fun, romantic read, perfect for fans of Sarah Dessen and Susane Colasanti!

Before Matt, Ella had a plan. Get over a no-good ex-boyfriend. Graduate from high school without any more distractions. Move away from Orlando, Florida, where she’s lived her entire life. 

But Matt—the cute, shy, bespectacled bass player who just moved to town—was never part of that plan.

And neither was attending a party that was crashed by the cops just minutes after they arrived. Or spending an entire night saying “yes” to every crazy, fun thing they could think of.

Then Matt abruptly left town, and he broke not only Ella’s heart but those of their best friends, too. So when he shows up a year later with a plan of his own—to relive the night that brought them together—Ella isn’t sure whether Matt’s worth a second chance. Or if re-creating the past can help them create a different future. 

In alternating then and now chapters, debut author Lauren Gibaldi crafts a charming, romantic story of first loves, lifelong friendships, uncovered secrets, and, ultimately, finding out how to be brave.

My Review:

First off I would like to thank Lauren for allowing us to host her in the FFBC. I had been excited for this book since the first time I read it's synopsis and when Lauren agreed to allow us to host her I was thrilled.

'The Night We Said Yes' is one of those books that grabs your attention from the start and keeps it to the very end.  We start off in the present day summer with Ella a recent high school graduate who is getting ready to move out of town for summer. Ella is quiet, unhappy and almost socially awkward. The story begins when she runs into Matt, her ex boyfriend from the summer before and we thrown back in time and watch as their story plays out.

The infamous night where Matt and Ella met was super fun to read about. There is just something about letting go of inhibitions and just saying "yes" to everything that sounds so thrilling. I also really enjoyed reading about the friendship between Ella and Meg. I am always a big fan of reading about friendships. Girl-Girl, Boy -Boy, Girl-Boy, this story had it all.

My only real complaint of this book, was I wanted more. More development, more story arc etc. I feel like once we learned the truth it was kind of anticlimactic and the ending left me wanting more. However that being said,  I still enjoyed reading it and would recommend it for anyone looking for a book that can be devoured in one sitting.

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Public librarian and author of THE NIGHT WE SAID YES (HarperCollins / HarperTeen, June 16, 2015) and MATT'S STORY (a The Night We Said Yes Novella, out August 2015). Fan of dinosaurs and cheesy jokes. And you.

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