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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

2014 Everything YA Reading Challenge

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May is almost here and it's only now that I decide to join in on my first reading challenge for 2014.  I signed up for tons (okay, that's an exaggeration) of challenges last year but was only able to complete a few of them, so I wasn't really sure if I wanted to join in one this year. But after I stumbled across 2014 Everything YA Reading Challenge at Books and Iced Coffee, I knew I had to join this one because I luuurve YA!

Here's the challenge details:
(taken from Books and Iced Coffee)

How long will the challenge run?
The Challenge will run from January 1, 2014 to December 31, 2014

Who can participate?
Anyone can participate! As long as you can provide a link to an online shelf or blog page of where you will list the books you have read 

What are the rules to the challenge?
* Participants must create a shelf or a page to where they can list the books that they have read for the year.
* Book must meet any of the sub- genres of the young adult category, whether it’s paranormal, romance, drama, contemporary, horror, etc.
* Must be longer than 100 pages.
* The year of when the book was published does not matter. As long as you have read the book in 2014, it will be accepted.
* TO THOSE WHO HAVE A BLOG, feel free to post up a review of each book that you have read for the challenge and provide a link please?? I would love to read it 
* All formats are acceptable (paperback, ARC, ebook, etc.)

So you want to sign up, too? Here's how:

It’s easy! Just fill out the form at the sign-up page before September 15, 2014 Feel free to grab the challenge button to easily link back to this page for any updates and announcements to the giveaways

What I like most about this reading challenge is that there's no required number of books that I have to read. Meaning I can read as much (or as less) YA books as I want. No pressure! 

I've set up a page to post the books I've read for this challenge, so you can view my progress there. This challenge looks so much fun! 

[BOOK BLAST + Giveaway] Summer On The Short Bus by Bethany Crandell

Welcome to the Official Book Blast for SUMMER ON THE SHORT BUS by Bethany Crandell!

Summer on the Short Bus

Author: Bethany Crandell
Genre: YA Contemporary
Published: April 1st 2014 by Running Press Kids
Purchase from: Amazon | B&N | Indiebound

Cricket Montgomery has been thrown under the short bus. Shipped off to a summer camp by her father, she is forced to play babysitter to a bunch of whiny kids—or so she thinks. When she realizes this is actually a camp for teens with special needs, Cricket doubts she has what it takes to endure twenty-four hours, let alone two weeks.

Thanks to her dangerously cute co-counselor, Quinn, there may be a slim chance for survival. However, between the campers’ unpredictability and disregard for personal space, Cricket’s limits get pushed. She will have to decide if suffering through her own handicapped hell is worth a summer romance–and losing her sanity.


“Crandell creates a wonderful and relatable protagonist with Cricket but even better than that, she surrounds her with equally relatable, flawed, and real charactersThis book is an absolute winner!” 
– Feathered Quill Book Reviews

“A novel oozing with heart and humanity.” 
– Ken Baker, E! News correspondent and author of Fangirl and How I Got Skinny, Famous and Fell Madly in Love

“A hilarious and heartwarming ride.”
 – Jennifer Salvato Doktorski, author of How My Summer Went Up in Flames and Famous Last Words

Bethany lives in San Diego with her husband, two kiddos (one of whom is differently-abled), and a chocolate lab who has no regard for personal space. She believes that prayer solves problems and that Jake Ryan is going to show up at her door any minute now…. She is represented by Rachael Dugas of Talcott Notch Literary Services.

One Winner will get: a Signed Copy of SUMMER ON THE SHORT BUS
One Winner will get a $25 Gift Card to Amazon or B&N – winners choice!

Open Internationally for the Gift Card. 
Book Ships in US only. 
Must be 13 + To enter

Monday, April 21, 2014

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? #3

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is a weekly meme, hosted by Book Journey, where we share what book we just finished, what we're currently reading, and what's next in our TBR pile!

I just finished:
All Those Broken Angels
(ARC from Netgalley) -- review to come soon

I'm currently reading:

Prey (Shifters, #4)
There has been ugly crying involved. *sniffles*

Life in Outer Space
This is hilarious! :D
What to read next:

Through the Zombie Glass (White Rabbit Chronicles, #2)
I'm really excited to read this one!

Saturday, April 19, 2014

[REVIEW] One Tiny Lie by K.A. Tucker

One Tiny Lie

Author: K.A. Tucker
Series: Book 2, Ten Tiny Breaths series
Genre: NA Contemporary Romance
Published: June 11th 2013 by Atria Books
Purchase from: Amazon | The Book Depository

Livie has always been the stable one of the two Cleary sisters, handling her parents' tragic death and Kacey's self-destructive phase with strength and maturity. But underneath that exterior is a little girl hanging onto the last words her father ever spoke to her. “Make me proud,” he had said. She promised she would...and she’s done her best over the past seven years with every choice, with every word, with every action.

Livie walks into Princeton with a solid plan, and she’s dead set on delivering on it: Rock her classes, set herself up for medical school, and meet a good, respectable guy that she’s going to someday marry. What isn’t part of her plan are Jell-O shots, a lovable, party animal roommate she can’t say ‘no’ to, and Ashton, the gorgeous captain of the men’s rowing team. Definitely him. He’s an arrogant ass who makes Livie’s usually non-existent temper flare and everything she doesn’t want in a guy. Worse, he’s best friends and roommates with Connor, who happens to fits Livie’s criteria perfectly. So why does she keep thinking about Ashton?

As Livie finds herself facing mediocre grades, career aspirations she no longer thinks she can handle, and feelings for Ashton that she shouldn’t have, she’s forced to let go of her last promise to her father and, with it, the only identity that she knows.

*may contain minor spoilers*

I honestly don't know how to write this review without sounding inconsistent and fickle-minded. I am torn between liking this book and detesting it. While I must admit One Tiny Lie was written beautifully, I've been having a hard time being comfortable about its underlying themes.

Friday, April 11, 2014

[SERIES REVIEW] Medusa Girls by Tera Lynn Childs

Medusa Girls trilogy

Author: Tera Lynn Childs
Genre: YA Fantasy, Mythology
Reading order: Sweet Venom, Sweet Shadows, Sweet Legacy

Grace just moved to San Francisco and is excited to start over at a new school. The change is full of fresh possibilities, but it’s also a tiny bit scary. It gets scarier when a minotaur walks in the door. And even more shocking when a girl who looks just like her shows up to fight the monster.

Gretchen is tired of monsters pulling her out into the wee hours, especially on a school night, but what can she do? Sending the minotaur back to his bleak home is just another notch on her combat belt. She never expected to run into this girl who could be her double, though.

Greer has her life pretty well put together, thank you very much. But that all tilts sideways when two girls who look eerily like her appear on her doorstep and claim they're triplets, supernatural descendants of some hideous creature from Greek myth, destined to spend their lives hunting monsters.

These three teenage descendants of Medusa, the once-beautiful gorgon maligned by myth, must reunite and embrace their fates in this unique paranormal world where monsters lurk in plain sight.

The action-packed second book of Tera Lynn Childs's Greek mythology–based Sweet Venom trilogy is perfect for teen fans of Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson series.

Three teenage descendants of Medusa must figure out where their fate will take them. The warring factions among the gods of Olympus are coming for them, the creatures of the abyss are pushing into San Francisco, and the boys in their lives are hiding dangerous secrets.

Gretchen has fought the monsters the longest, but teaching the girls the ropes is hard. Can she rely on Grace and Greer, or even trust herself to keep them safe? Greer has pressing social commitments and little time to train her newfound powers. But her second sight won't leave her alone. Grace is worried about her brother, Thane, who has disappeared. His secrets might have to do with the heritage the triplets share.

How can the girls embrace the shadows of their legacy?

The stunning conclusion of Tera Lynn Childs's Greek mythology–based Sweet Venom trilogy is perfect for teen fans of Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson series.

The girls cannot hesitate as they seek the location of the lost door between the realms, even as monsters and the gods of Olympus descend on San Francisco in battle-ready droves.

Greer must use her second sight to step up and prevent anything from stopping her sisters' mission, even though a god is playing with her mind. Grace wants to trust her adopted brother, Thane; but will his secret put the girls in even more danger? And Gretchen has trained her sisters to stop the monsters, but her role as a huntress comes with more responsibility than she ever imaginedWhat will the girls' immortal legacy be? Three teenage descendants of Medusa must unite to restore balance to the world in this action-packed series with plenty of romance.

Wow! This series sure knows how to pack a punch! The Medusa Girls trilogy might just be my second favorite mythology series, next to Percy Jackson and the Olympians.

We know Medusa as a snake-haired gorgon whose stare can turn people into stones. She's always described as a vile creature, a monster, a villain. But lo and behold, Tera Lynn Childs put a spin to the popular Medusa myth and came up with the amazing series Medusa Girls.

Monday, April 7, 2014

[COVER REVEAL] Prom Impossible by Laura Pauling

Prom Impossible

Author: Laura Pauling
Publication date: May 2014
Genres: Comedy, Romance, Young Adult
Cover designed by Laura Pauling & Steven Novak

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