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Sunday, January 31, 2016

Review: Fire in Frost

Fire in Frost Fire in Frost by Alicia Rades
My rating: 4 of 5 stars


I really enjoyed this easy fantasy novel.

Fire in Frost is about Crystal Frost, a teenager who is learning a lot about herself. The same day that she gets her first period, she finds out she can see dead people. She is called a psychic by her mom, who is also one. The person she keeps seeing is Olivia, who was a teenager who died a year earlier in a candle incident. Olivia thinks that one of her friends is in desperate trouble, and wants Crystal to help her get to the bottom of it.

First of all, lets look at this cover. It is gorgeous and should make anyone want to read it. I am a non-fantasy person for the most part, and I loved this cover and this book.

This book is written by an indie author, yet it is not written like it. All indie books fall into two categories: well written or dull. This book was definitely not dull, so it was pretty well written. It was a fun read for a realistic fiction lover because it had a lot of realistic fiction in it. Fire in Frost is not a full on fantasy, and I liked that about it.

Crystal had a great personality and sense of humor. She is joking about her period, and she is very sweet. She does not have any boyfriends, which I think is relatable. Her friends are also neat and well thought out.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book and would recommend it to people who are reluctant fantasy readers. I also enjoyed meeting the author at a book signing. This book earns a 4.5 stars.

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Friday, January 29, 2016

Six-Month Blog Aniversary!

This is my 6 month blogaversery!  I just thought some of you would like to know that I have been running this blog for six months now.  It doesn't seem that long, and it has all been fun.  I am hoping to post a giveaway maybe early next week celebrating this achievement.  Special thanks to all of you who read my blog, because every view means a lot!

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Review: Paperboy

Paperboy Paperboy by Vince Vawter
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Paperboy is a strange historical fiction middle grade novel.

This 11 year old boy is living in Tennessee in the 1950s. He takes over his best friends paper route when the friend is on vacation. During the route, he meets many new people, some good and some bad. He also has fun playing baseball. Read the book to see the strange story about a white boy during the segregation years.

This novel was very strange. First off, the main character's name isn't even mentioned until like the last chapter. That is very odd. The characters are also very out of the ordinary. They never have any usual characters, but they add to the story. It also read very slow, despite being short. It was also neat how the main character stuttered. It added more to the story.

I liked how there was a adult bully named Ara T. He was an African American trash collector who was a thief. Victor, that is the boy's name, tries to stand up to him.

Mrs. Worthington is this drunk lady who has an abusive husband. She goes through tough times, but ultimately is there for Victor. It was interesting how Vince Vawter portrayed abuse in a middle grade novel.

Mr. Spiro is an interesting sailor. He is nice to the main character, and helps him learn who he was.

I liked Mam. Mam was the African American housekeeper in his house. She shows the way people treated non-Caucasian people.

Overall, this is an unusual book with positive messages.

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Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Review: Piggy Sense!: Save it for a rainy day

Piggy Sense!: Save it for a rainy day Piggy Sense!: Save it for a rainy day by Reed Moore
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Piggy Sense is a cute kids picture book about saving money.

It focuses on a story about a kid who finds a penny and learns how to earn more.

I thought that this book did a decent job of portraying how kids should save up. One of my favorite quotes from it is "I won't buy things I do not need, that are here today and gone tomorrow." It shows how kids shouldn't waste there money. However, I thought that the author made saving up and earning money look too easy. He compares it to a magic trick which might confuse some readers. It also says that the boy saves up $1,000, which is a ton of money for a little boy.

I liked the way the writing flowed, and the way it rhymed.

Little kids should enjoy this educational book about saving money, and parents will be able to teach their kids something with it.
I give this book 3.5 stars

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Monday, January 25, 2016

Cover Reveal: Bryce

This is my 100th post!  I hope I will have many more hundred!

Natalie Decker
(Scandalous Boys #1)
Published by: Swoon Romance
Publication date: February 23rd 2016
Genres: Romance, Young Adult
Bryce Matthews doesn’t do the whole nice boyfriend thing. Chocolates and flowers—girls can forget all that. And he certainly doesn’t care about the gossip and rumors that follow him at school and around town. If anything, the talk amuses him. Bryce isn’t lacking in confidence. He knows himself and he knows his limits.

One of those hard limits is Madison Issac. Bryce can never have her, and he’s perfectly fine with that. Sometimes the fantasy is better than the reality anyway.

Madison Issac thought she was a pretty good judge of character. But she’s surprised at how gentle and comforting resident bad-boy and next-door neighbor Bryce Matthews is when we finds her crying in the park.

Maybe there’s more to Bryce than people think? So Madison begins to wonder.

Can a guy like Bryce ever change his ways?

Can a girl like Madison really be into a guy like Bryce?

With hearts and reputations on the line, this kind of love can be scandalous.

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Author Bio:

Natalie Decker is the author of RIVAL LOVE series. She loves oceans, sunsets, sand between her toes, and carefree days. Her imagination is always going, which some find odd. But she believes in seeing the world in a different light at all times. Her first passion for writing started at age twelve when she had to write a poem for English class. However, seventh grade wasn't her favorite time and books were her source of comfort. She took all college prep classes in High school, and attended the University of Akron. Although she studied Mathematics she never lost her passion for writing or her comfort in books. She's a mean cook in the kitchen, loves her family and friends and her awesome dog infinity times infinity. If she's not writing, reading, traveling, hanging out with her family and friends, then she's off having an adventure. Because Natalie believes in a saying: Your life is your own journey, so make it amazing!

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Sunday, January 24, 2016

Review: Happily Ever After

Happily Ever After

Happily Ever After by Kiera Cass

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Happily Ever After is a cute collection of short stories that go with The Selection series.

This will be harder than usual to write a review about, but I will go one story at a time.

The Queen is the first story in this collection, and it is in Queen Amberly's point of view. She is in The Selection and facing some troubles. She loves Prince Clarkson, but she gets headaches at the castle. Clarkson's parents are also cruel, and some of that cruelness rubs off on Clarkson. As we all know, Amberly becomes princess in the end.
I loved listening to Amberly's point of view. I looked up to her while I was reading the other Selection novels, so it was very interesting to see her during her Selection. It was also interesting to see where Clarkson got his abusiveness from.
I give it four stars

The Guard is obviously about Aspen. It starts when he is at the castle being a guard. He signed up because he loved America and wanted her. He faces troubles because he meets another girl she likes. He still wants America to love him.
I really didn't care for this short story because I was never on Aspen's team. I don't know why, but I just liked Maxon a lot better. All that really goes on in this book is him thinking over and over that he wants America, and criticizing Maxon.
I give it two stars

The Prince is another story in this collection. It is Maxon's thoughts during the Selection. He doesn't want it, and has some interesting thoughts about some of the girls he meets there. Maxon also has a sort-of crush on another girl who really likes him. Daphne is that girl, and she is important in another country. Will Maxon find his one true love?
This was definitely my favorite story in this collection. Unlike the other stories, this one is a bit less violent and a bit more humorous. It was neat to see what Maxon thought about the girls in the Selection.
I give it five stars

Last but not least, The Favorite is a short story about Marlee. It starts when she meets Carter. She gets caught with him and gets in trouble because he is a guard. However, Prince Maxon shows mercy on them and lets them hide in the castle instead of becoming eights.
I did not enjoy this story as much. Marlee was too love struck, and one-dimensional. It was neat to see how happy she was with Carter, and to see what she did in the castle all day. The descriptions in this book were probably the best part.

The short additions to this book were interesting as well, but I enjoyed the bonus epilogue to The One. It had me swooning like you wouldn't believe.

Overall, I enjoyed this collection, but not as much as the actual series. I give it 3.5 stars

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Friday, January 22, 2016

Author Interview: Denae Christine

I recently did an author interview with Denae Christine.  Here are his answers.

1. When did you start writing?
I started writing when I was twelve.  I made my family and neighbors read a 12 page story I wrote . . . and they were polite enough not to tell me how awful it was.
2. How do you deal with writers block?
I mainly deal with writer's block by setting aside the current story.  I read or by promote and market or by edit previous chapters.  I love editing.  Raw story writing feels so much harder to me.
3. Who is your YA author inspiration?

Brandon Sanderson is my inspiration!  Christopher Paolini and Rick Riordan were also important to me, but Sanderson has the best stories (clean, funny, complicated, perfect pacing and dialogue).
4. Who would you recommend the Royal Deception series to?

I would recommend the Royal Deception trilogy to people who love a deep fantasy world with characters that grow.  The trilogy has a protagonist with a strong moral code, shifter folk facing discrimination, and a splash of mystery thrown in.  The whole thing is a retelling of the Lion King.  The magic is well-defined with limitations: blade shifters and animal shifters.  We have a Prince who can turn his arms into swords, a tutor who can shift his arms into wings, and a madman who wants to kill them both.  A fun, epic adventure!
5. What is your favorite book?

Favorite book ever?  The Bible.  Favorite fiction book?  Probably Ella Enchanted.
6. Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?

6, My advice for aspiring writers would be to figure out what you like and don't like in a story.  Read goodreads or Amazon reviews to help you out.
7. What is the best part of writing?

7, The best part of writing is getting to have adventures without any of the risk.  Also, the good guys can win no matter the circumstances.  And you, the author, has all the control.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Author Interview: S. McPherson

I recently did an author interview with S. McPherson.  She is a young adult writer.  Please feel free to check out her book, "At Water's Edge".

 1. How did you get to be an author?

I have always enjoyed writing; scripts, poems, stories, songs, slogans, you know name it. One day, I was reading The Grufalo for the umpteenth time to the children in my class so I decided to put the book down and make up my own. The children responded so well to my tale that I decided to self-publish one of them. After that, the publishing bug got me and I moved on to my debut novel; At Water's Edge.
2. When did you start writing?

I started writing for fun around the age of five. It became more serious around the age of twelve when I began writing songs for the girls group I was a member of (It didn't last. Quelle surprise :p). I started writing stories/ scripts as a hopeful career choice about 12 years ago but spent many years, revising and honing my craft.

3. How do you deal with writers block?

I thankfully haven't had writers block yet (nasty sickness!!) but sometimes when I'm struggling for a word or a scene, I find a bit of music and a good old dance goes a long way to clearing the fog.

4. Who is your YA author inspiration?

My biggest inspirational YA author is hands-down J.K. Rowling but many authors played a role along the way.

5. Have you written any young adult books or stories?
Yes, I am currently working on a Young adult series of books called, The Water Rushes. The first in the series is, At Water's Edge.

6. Do you have a playlist to go with your book?
I do indeed have a playlist for my book. Mainly soppy love songs and lots of Ed Sheeran. You can find it here:
I'm working on my latest playlist for book two. It's a bit more warrior like with a splash of Little Mix and such.

7. What is your favorite book?
So hard to pinpoint one favourite book but first that spring to mind: entire Harry Potter series, Mortal Instruments series, Can you keep a secret, Divergent and Romeo and Juliet.

8. Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?

Top 3 tips: Never give up, always rewrite, rewrite and rewrite, believe in yourself.

9. Where do you get your writing ideas?
I like to say my imagination gets intoxicated and then throws up on a page haha then after sifting through the nonsense, I find an idea.

10. Who would you recommend At Water's Edge to?
At Water's Edge is aimed at the Young to New Adult readers who enjoy fantasy, believe in love and like stories with empires, wars and passion.

11. Is there anything else you would like to say to readers?
I would love for readers to check out my website and take part in the quizzes. So many fun ones: heroes, villains, music and no need to have read my book to join in the fun :)

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Review: An Ordinary Me

An Ordinary Me An Ordinary Me by Brooklyn Taylor
My rating: 2.5 of 5 stars

An Ordinary Me is a strange young adult romance.

Summery from Goodreads:
From the outside looking in Garrison Davis seems like every other senior in high school. On the inside though, he’s an emotional wreck promising to not love anyone. He chooses to protect himself by vowing solitude. His dad is in prison for dealing drugs; his mother is a recovering addict and an emotional mess. The only thing that brings him joy is playing the drums and that feeling of being needed by his band. It is his escape, his passion. No one gets hurt or disappointed. That is until he lays his eyes on Reese at school. She is the exact example of what he cannot let himself get involved in. He would do nothing but drag her down with him.

“I want to tell her and show her how much I love her. I had loved her from the first time I saw her smile but I can’t, I won’t. She deserves so much more than I can offer. I’m the spawn of a drug dealer and an addict. I have never let myself love another person and now… I love her so much it hurts.”

Reese Owens is the exact opposite of Garrison. Inside she’s beaming; growing up in a happy home and on the outside she was a duck out of water. Her parents are the over protective set but are finally loosening the jail bars. Sophomore year in high school, she has never dated a boy and is envious of the social life her best friend Autumn Welch has. She meets Garrison and is instantly attracted to him. He pulls away when she pushes in. A whole new world opens up to Reese and she finds herself falling into situations she can’t get herself out of. Making bad decision after bad decision, she finds out the hard way on how life is full of choices. The one thing she wants more than anything is Garrison’s attention which she doesn’t get in return.

“How is it possible to love someone and keep it quiet? Never to utter those very words knowing he doesn’t feel the same way. I finally fall in love and he only wants to be friends. He is everything I have always wanted and he keeps me at a distance making sure we don’t get too close. How can I ignore my feelings and act like I don’t have them when we are around each other? How do I resist the urge to move my lips towards his when he is talking to me?”

Garrison realizes he has to be honest with Reese and tell her how he really feels before he loses her for good. Just maybe, he will get love in return for the first time in his life. When he finally convinces himself to come forth, a life changing event occurs that could take away the only person in his life that truly loves him.

Is it too late? Does he get the chance to tell her? And when he confesses does it matter?

The first thing I have to say about this book is that it is written very strangely. It is supposed to be written like a young adult novel, yet it sounds weirdly adultish. The kids were too theological about how much they wanted each other. It spent too much time talking about how they were feeling about the romance and less action. It just irked me, because the story line had good possibilities.

The characters were very interesting. Garrison was a teenager who was pretty much living by himself because his mom is an alcoholic, and his dad is in prison. He is in his senior year of high school and can't wait to graduate. Reese is a sophomore girl. She is clumsy and really doesn't have that much personality. She falls for Garrison.

I enjoyed how they used Reese's injury as a way to make the story more interesting. It worked, and was probably the bets part of the whole book.

Finally, the bonus novella at the end was really neat. It was really romantic, but it worked because it was the wedding of Garrison and Reese. I enjoyed reading it because it tied it all together.

Overall, this was a so-so book where the cons outweighed the pros.  I give it 2.5 stars.

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Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Top Ten Tuesday: Top 10 Books I Recently Added to My TBR

Welcome to a new Top Ten Tuesday.  This one is the 10 books I recently added to my TBR.  P.S. I made this up ahead of time, so I may have already read a few of these books.  It is just that I am really busy in January and the beginning of February, and decided to get a good head start.

  1. I just got this as a read for review from the author.
  2. I just got a hard cover copy of this and can't wait to read it.

Cover Reveal: Abandoned

Elisa Dane
Published by: Swoon Romance
Publication date: February 15th 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
My name is Tierra Owens, and I like to kiss. A lot. It numbs the hollow ache in my chest and—for a few minutes—makes me forget how truly alone I am. My mother is an alcoholic. She hates me and insists I’m the reason she’s not married to my father, whom I have never met. My best friend, Kaylee, is the only person who knows the real me. Everyone else sees what I want them to: a happy, confident, popular girl who has the world at her feet.

I am a fraud.

Relationships are forbidden. I avoid them at all costs. Sex? Emotions? Those things make a person vulnerable, and vulnerability always leads to heartbreak. When my childhood crush, Mattie shows up at school my world tumbles off its axis. The shell I surround myself with feels more like a pathetic crutch than a protective barrier, and I find myself wanting things. Daydreaming about what it would be like to have a boyfriend, a relationship—love.

The sad fact is: I’ll never have any of those things. I am unworthy—trash. Which is why my mom abandoned me.

Author Bio:

ELISA DANE is a self-proclaimed book junkie. A lover of handbags, chocolate, and reality television, she's a proud mother to three All- Star cheerleaders. Writing is her absolute passion, and it's her mission to create stories that will not only take you on a romantic journey that will warm your heart, but help you find a new respect and interest in the sport of All-Star cheerleading.

Elisa is no stranger to the publishing world. She writes steamy paranormal romance under her real name, Lisa Sanchez. Her adult works include the Hanford Park series (Eve Of Samhain, Pleasures Untold, and Faythe Reclaimed), Obsessed (an erotic suspense), and a paranormal novella, Cursing Athena. Elisa lives in Northern California with her husband, three daughters, and a feisty Chihuahua who stubbornly believes she's human.

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Sunday, January 17, 2016

Review: Identity Crisis

Identity Crisis Identity Crisis by Melissa Schorr
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
It will be published on 1/18/16

I decided to make my review a letter to the reader recommending this book

Dear Reader,

Have you ever been catfished? In the book I read, a girl got catfished by a bully. It is called Identity Crisis, and it was written by Melissa Schorr. It is a realistic fiction novel that will be published by Merit Press on January 18, 2016. There are 240 pages in my copies of this book. It was a just right read that was really interesting

Identity Crisis is about a girl named Annalise Bradley. When the mean girls in her sophomore class find out that she is flirting with one of their dream boys, they find a plan to try to play revenge. They set up an online account on a fanpage Annalise is active in, and make Noelle play the part of the fake boy. Noelle is one of the mean girls, but she still doesn’t want to trick Annalise. Their plan works, and Annalise makes good friends with “DelOcan”, the fake boy. But will this prank go too far?

This book reminds me of The Clique series by Lisi Harrison. They both deal with teenage girls and bullies. However, this book is unique in the way that it talks about a topic not mentioned much, cyberbullying. The theme of this book is that cyberbullying is bad and can have serious consequences. Actually catfishing, or making a fake online person, is illegal and is even subject to jail time. You have to be careful about what you do online. It is not usually as private as you think. Annalise is a teenage girl who is self-conscious. She doesn’t realize that she is pretty, and it takes “DelOcan” to make her realize that. She has good values and pretty good morals. Noelle is one of the “popular” kids who isn’t sure she wants to be popular if it means going against her values. Mauve, Annalise’s best friend, is a good friend who sometimes gets caught up in other things.

I liked how this book switched perspectives. The chapter titles showed who this chapter was about. I also enjoyed how some conversations are done via social media, and they show them like it is a chat screen. It says the username, and then the thing they wrote. That is very relatable. Switching perspectives made it way more interesting because I got to see both Noelle and Annalise’s perspectives. The point of view in this book was first person. It made me think about which person was talking. Another thing I thought was interesting was the fact that Annalise was a member of a band fan page, and that a lot of the story took place there. This is the age of social media, so it made it more relatable and also creative.

I give this book a four star. It was creative and interesting, yet it still had its flaws.


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Saturday, January 16, 2016

Author Interview: Emily Camp

Sorry I have been doing so many author interviews.  I like helping authors, and also have been very busy lately.  An author interview is easy to put together ahead of time.  Feel free to check out these authors.  This interview is from Emily Camp.  Find her on Goodreads here.

1. Why did you start to write?
Because I love stories.
2. Who would you say is your author inspiration?
Originally S.E. Hinton when I was a teenager I think I read The Outsiders about 100 times.
3. What is your favorite book?
That one is a hard one, because I'm an avid reader my favorite book changes all the time. But I'd have to say The Sea of Tranquility is still one of my favorites.
4. Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?
Read a bunch and write a bunch.
5. How long did it take you to write your books?
Usually a rough draft only takes me about a month, but if you're talking from the beginning of draft one to pushing publish it takes about a year, good thing is I have a lot of rough drafts to work on.
6. Where do you get your writing ideas?
Everywhere, my life, other's lives, news. I try to make my books as realistic as possible, I remember a lot of the thoughts and fears and joys I had as a teenager and draw from that.
7. Who would you recommend your books to?
Anyone who likes contemporary YA with a non-sugar coated faith based message.
8. Do you have a playlist to go with the book? (I see a lot of authors have playlists to go with their books)
Yes, I do. Usually I make a playlist to listen to while I write it.
9. Why do you like to write?
Because I love creating.
10. What is your favorite book that you wrote? Probably the last one I published, Overcome. I don't know, that's kind of a tough one because they're things I like about all of them.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Book Blitz: Lightning Kissed

Lightning Kissed
Lila Felix
Published by: Clean Teen Publishing
Publication date: January 4th 2016
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Young Adult
Colby Evans can leap from one country to the next in a heartbeat. She can see every sunset in every time zone in the same day. She can travel across the world in a flash. She defies gravity and physics with every breath she takes. She’s tested her abilities and found them limitless.

She is the lightning. She is Lucent. And nothing can stop her.

Except him.

Theodore Ramsey isn’t supposed to be able to flash like Colby. The power of travel is passed on from mother to daughter in their people. Except once in every hundred generations.

Theo is the one.

He can flash like Colby. And it makes him a target to their enemies and to himself. His abilities change everything he knows about life and throws his future into an uncertain tangent. In fact, the only thing certain in his life is the love he feels for Colby.

Their love defies time and space and has been the only constant thing in their lives since childhood. But even their infallible love will be stretched to its limits.

She will risk her life to protect him. But he will risk everything to protect them all.



Author Bio:

Lila Felix is full of antics and stories. She refused to go to Kindergarten after the teacher made her take a nap on the first day of school. She staged her first protest in middle school. She almost flunked out of her first semester at Pepperdine University because she was enthralled with their library and frequently was locked in. Now her husband and three children have to put up with her rebel nature in Louisiana where her days are filled with cypress trees, crawfish, and of course her books and writing. She writes about the ordinary people who fall extraordinarily in wild, true love.

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Author Interview: Angel M.B. Chadwick

I recently did a author interview with Angel M.B. Chadwick.  Here it is.  Feel free to check out to books on goodreads.                                Author Link

1. How did you get to be an author?
By writing my first short story for an English assignment, and got an A+.

2. When did you start writing?
When I was 13.

3. What genre do you like to write the most?
Mixed genres.

4. How do you deal with writers block?
By taking care of the things beforehand that distract me from writing.

5. What did it feel like to publish Corridors of My Mind?

I just felt better when the whole process was done. Since, it took 20 years to write through to publishing.

6. How long does it take you to write a typical story?
My standard time is 2-3 years.

7. Who is your YA author inspiration?
I don't have any.

8. What is your favorite book that you wrote?
All of them are. But, if I had to narrow it down to four. It would be my latest "Weeping Well" which will be released Spring 2016, Porcelain Bride, Mazzie Carson, and the sequel. Those will be released 2016-2017.

9. Have you written any young adult books or stories?

Yes, but, they aren't strictly young adult, they are mixed with other genres. I don't write single genre books.

10. Is there anything else you would like to say to readers?
I don't write formulaic books. Romance will not be the central theme in any of my books. It will be there but, won't be the central theme. I write books that have several plot twists, and not easy to figure out, I'm writing what I want to read and what I don't see on the market. Hopefully, my unique style and writing will appreciated by those who really appreciate something really different.
My books will always have intensely dark themes with raw emotion, several in fact.

YA Author Rendezvous

Let us introduce YA Author Rendezvous – a group of independent Young Adult, Middle Grade and Children’s Book authors who have banded together to bring their stories to as wide an audience as possible. Visit them online and find some great reads!

Today we’re featuring YA Author Rendezvous author, Bethany Wicker!

Favorite YAAR Supporting Characters

Everyone gets to know and fall in love with the MC, or Main Character. I, however, tend to fall for supporting characters. In our group YAAR, short for Young Adult Author Rendezvous, there are several great characters to choose from, but I’d like to talk about a few of my favorites.

We’ll start with Unexpected Alpha, by Bethany Wicker (yours truly.) I’m in love with Marie, the best friend of the MC. She provides comedic relief. I may be biased because she’s based off my best friend in real life, Mariah, but her bubbliness is hard to hate. She also becomes a badass werewolf when necessary.

Next up, The Institute Series by Kayla Howarth. I’m SO IN LOVE WITH DREW! Sorry, went a little fan girl. He betrays Allira in the beginning, but fights so hard to make things right throughout the series that Kayla made it had to not fall for him. Who doesn’t love a bad guy who tries to make things right in the end?

Then, there’s Joshua’s Island by Patrick Hodges. Who doesn’t love Kelsey? Sure, she gets her own novel in Ethan’s Secret, but before that she was a supporting character. She was so hardcore, stood up to the bullies, and stood for what’s right. She helps Joshua in so many ways to develop the courage he needs to stand up for himself.

The Awaken Series, by Michelle Bryan has several intriguing characters: Finn, Po, Tater, and my favorite, Jax. He’s SO ATTRACTIVE, hold on, need to shift away from fan girl mode. He comes to Tara’s aid when you least expect it and continues to help her on her journey. His snide comments are a bonus and there’s no instant love between them, which always ruins a good story.

Dawn of the Rebellion, by Michelle Lynn is up next with Drew. Yes, another Drew. I swear it isn’t the name! Drew’s originally Gabby’s boyfriend, but when she’s taken, Dawn and Drew set out to rescue her. Their relationship blossoms slowly and you see his true character come to life, and it’s very desirable. I’m not going to spoil anything but I cried at the end… read and see why.

Lastly, there’s Rise of the Shadow Seekers, by Korey Ward. My favorite of the trio is Nelson. I loved him from the moment he was introduced. He defended Alex from the bullies, but his looks scream otherwise. He’s broad and intimidating, but doesn’t use it for his own gain. Instead, he helps Alex in his quest and quickly becomes one of his first friends. A friend that anyone would want.

There are plenty characters out there that I didn’t have enough room to give credit to, but check them out in the YAAR library and be on the lookout for those enchanting supporting characters.

Author Bio:

Bethany Wicker resides in Louisiana and is a pediatric nurse who loves to read and write any chance she gets. Her sun conure, Apollo, green cheek conure, Rocket, and her two dogs, Jasper and Drake, usually keep her company while she writes, throwing in ideas of their own. She has a loving husband, Lucien, and an amazing family who support her passion for writing. Her inspiration comes from her friend Mariah and the support from her fellow authors from YA Author Rendezvous. She loves young adult fiction of all sorts and thanks God for giving her the strength to finish novels of her own. She is obsessed with Disney, Cherry Coke, and White Chocolate Mochas, especially from Starbucks. She also loves food and is always excited to try new things.

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Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Review: The Fourteenth Goldfish

The Fourteenth Goldfish The Fourteenth Goldfish by Jennifer L. Holm
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Fourteenth Goldfish was an interesting, easy, and surprisingly fun read.

Ellie is a sixth grader who is going through some changes, but nothing drastic. That is, until this strange boy shows up at her house claiming to be her grandfather. He was a scientist who was trying to create an anti-aging potion, and it actually worked. Since he turned into a teenager again, he goes to school with Ellie and dreams of ways to show the world that immortality is possible. Read the book to find out more.

I read this book for a book competition, and actually enjoyed it. I think that even though fantasy has never been my favorite, I will enjoy it if I try it. This book was half fantasy and half realistic fiction.

I thought this was a very sweet middle grade novel. It was a easy and short read that would actually teach readers something. The Fourteenth Goldfish should teach children about some famous scientists. Some of the scientists it talks about are Galileo, Newton, Salk, and Oppenheimer. I enjoyed this as much as I would a young adult novel, and would be a good read for anyone.

I liked how Ellie changed throughout the book. She started out really confident. Once she started middle school, things weren't as easy for her. Ellie really becomes mature when she is with her grandpa. She finally found out who she was near the end of the book.

This book touches on some interesting topics. It talks about what it would be like to be able to live immortally. I thought that was a hard concept to try to explain in a middle grade book, but Jennifer L. Holm did a really good job of it.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book, and would recommend it to anyone looking for an interesting middle grade novel.

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Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Top Ten Tuesday: Top 10 2015 Releases I Meant To Get To But Didn't

Hello and welcome to a new TTT.  This weeks theme is top 10 2015 releases I meant to get to but didn't.  Here I go.
  1. Red Queen (Red Queen, #1)Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard.  I want to start this series sometime this year.
  2. Six of Crows (Six of Crows, #1)Six of Crows by Leigh Bardigo.  Another extremely popular release.
  3. Carry OnCarry On by Rainbow Rowell.  I liked Eleanor and Park and Fangirl, so this looks perfect.
  4. All the Bright PlacesI almost read this but didn't have time.
  5. The Boy Most Likely To
  6. Soundless
  7. Emmy & Oliver
  8. Mosquitoland

Monday, January 11, 2016

Cover Reveal: In The After

Borrowed Magic
In the After
Published by: Swoon Romance
Publication date: February 2nd 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
Sadie Reynolds is a liar with secrets. At school, she’s part of the popular crowd known as AE, despite being broken inside. She hides it well. She has to. The slightest bit of imperfection will land her in the same shoes as her Geeky neighbor named Ian.

Ian and his only friend are the object of Sadie’s friends’ ridicule, ire, and entertainment. The AE rule the school with intimidation and retribution against anyone who would dare question their supremacy.

Sadie steers clear of most of it, terrified someone will find out her secret. She isn’t the least bit perfect. In fact, she suffers from PTSD stemming from the murder of her mother right before her eyes when she was a child. She can barely cope from day-to-day, hiding her truth and trying to fit in. But she knows it’s only a matter of time.

Hayden is a “Waverly,” a kid with the misfortune of living in the small farming town of Waverly that borders the very affluent Lexington Parrish. The AE doesn’t mix with “Waverlies.” Ever.

Desperate to get away from her oppressive friends, Sadie crashes into Hayden at a bonfire and the attraction that sparks between them is nothing short of electric. But Hayden’s an outsider and when things heat up, Sadie will be forced to choose between her friends and her new boyfriend.

Only Queen Bee Britt isn’t having it. She will not allow Sadie to cross her. Sadie can either do what Britt wants her to do or she will reveal Sadie for the PTSD freak that she is.

Sadie does some soul searching about who she is and who she wants to be. She can’t live her life like this. Not any more. One fateful night will help her see how much things have to change.

She’s determined to no longer allow the AE to rule her life. She will be strong, stand up for Ian and love who she wants in Hayden. Determined and invigorated, Sadie goes to school feeling hopeful for the first time in forever.

But, the unthinkable happens.

Shooters attack dozens of students before the two eventually take their own lives, leaving the school a decimated shadow of what it once was.

Suddenly who lives where, wears what or loves whom seems like the least of Lexington Parish’s problems as everyone and everything changes forever in the after.

IN THE AFTER by Elisa Dane is a hard-hitting and heart-warming story of tragedy, love, loss and redemption. It is recommended for readers 14+.

Author Bio:

ELISA DANE is a self-proclaimed book junkie. A lover of handbags, chocolate, and reality television, she's a proud mother to three All- Star cheerleaders. Writing is her absolute passion, and it's her mission to create stories that will not only take you on a romantic journey that will warm your heart, but help you find a new respect and interest in the sport of All-Star cheerleading.

Elisa is no stranger to the publishing world. She writes steamy paranormal romance under her real name, Lisa Sanchez. Her adult works include the Hanford Park series (Eve Of Samhain, Pleasures Untold, and Faythe Reclaimed), Obsessed (an erotic suspense), and a paranormal novella, Cursing Athena. Elisa lives in Northern California with her husband, three daughters, and a feisty Chihuahua who stubbornly believes she's human.

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