Jun 19
BEA2014 Recap Part 3 – BEA Day 2 & 3

BEA2014 Recap Part 3 – BEA Day 2 & 3

Apparently my BEA recaps move much more slowly than others LOL.  I’ve been busy, y’all! BEA2014 Recap #3 BEA2014 Recap #2 BEA2014 Recap #1 BookCon Rant BEA2014 - On My Way! BEA2014 – How I’m Preparing (Jesus, I’ve written a lot of BEA posts already…)   Click on images to enlarge. Friday (BEA Day 2!) Even though we arrived back at the hotel late the night before, the sun shone through my window like a bright beacon of – something.  Annoyance?  Not sure.  And thus I chipped my eyes open and slid into the shower at about 5:30 in the morn. Maybe it was 6, I honestly don’t remember.  I did have the foresight to pack my snack baggies the night before,… Read more »

Jun 18
ARC: Brutal Youth by Anthony Breznican

ARC: Brutal Youth by Anthony Breznican

Kids can be cruel. And at St. Michael the Archangel High School, the adults can be even more so.  This wasn’t a fun read – I wanted to take some of these kids home, give them a hug, and protect them. Dealing with bullying, rumors, bad home lives, corruption and deceit – it’s no wonder that a lot of the characters in this book were making bad choices and struggling to figure out what kind of person they wanted to be, what kind of person they should be, and what it would take to survive this year of high school. Peter Davidek and Noah Stein are two freshmen, who after witnessing a student snap after years of bullying, wind up… Read more »

Jun 17
Son of Set Blog Tour: Excerpt & Guest Post by Kelsey Ketch

Son of Set Blog Tour: Excerpt & Guest Post by Kelsey Ketch

Welcome to my stop on the Son of Set tour! Son of Set is an Upper YA fantasy.  Click the tour banner for the full schedule of interviews, guest posts and more! Guest Post *Disclaimer: I am not an Egyptologist. I am not a linguist. I’m not even a historian. But I am an author and scientist, and I do take my research very seriously.* To bring certain characters and written texts to life, authors have to use language, communication, and slang. And I’m not just talking about American English vs British English. I’ve seen French, German, even Latin used in many YA novels. For Daughter of Isis and Son of Set, the language that brings Seth’s spells and Isis’s clues… Read more »

Jun 16
ARC: On the Road to Find Out by Rachel Toor

ARC: On the Road to Find Out by Rachel Toor

On the Road to Find Out by Rachel Toor first grabbed my attention because it was about running.  More specifically, it’s about Alice, an overachiever who has just been rejected from her one and only choice of a college – Yale – and feels like her life is over. She initially starts to run as a New Year’s resolution made at her best friend’s insistence.  Even though running is hard and there are days when she hates it, she sticks with it and slowly not only makes progress, but she finds community, a lot of clarity, and even a love interest. I could totally relate to being a newbie runner – feeling like you can’t breathe and thinking that you… Read more »

Jun 15
BEA2014 Recap Part 2 – BEA Day 1 (And the Parties!)

BEA2014 Recap Part 2 – BEA Day 1 (And the Parties!)

Apparently my BEA recaps move much more slowly than others LOL.  I’ve been busy, y’all! BEA2014 Recap #2 BEA2014 Recap #1 BookCon Rant BEA2014 - On My Way! BEA2014 – How I’m Preparing (Jesus, I’ve written a lot of BEA posts already…)   Click on images to enlarge. Thursday (BEA Day 1!) On Thursday Morning, I scampered out of my bottom bunk (I was sharing a room that had bunk beds) (and scamper is probably an apt term because I was the only morning person in the room) (PS: I’m positive I snored – sorry ladies! [congestion]) to do my makeup and hair.  I had the foresight to take a shower the night before so I wouldn’t have to get up so… Read more »

Jun 09
ARC: The Right Thing by Amy Conner

ARC: The Right Thing by Amy Conner

Annie Banks is one spunky and entertaining kid, but she grew into the kind of woman I really can’t stand. She has no backbone, basically starves herself to maintain the look she thinks she is expected to have, she endures parties with people she loathes because her husband is a wealthy lawyer and that is what is expected of his wife. He treats her like a child, and she acts like one. She is devastated by the fact that after years of trying, she has been unable to conceive a child (even though her husband refuses any kind of fertility testing and there is never any mention of even considering adoption). Her life is empty and she feels like a… Read more »

Jun 07
BEA2014 Recap Part 1 – Pre-BEA and Teen Author Carnival

BEA2014 Recap Part 1 – Pre-BEA and Teen Author Carnival

I have been home from BEA for six days now (only 354 days until BEA2015!) and I can finally check off some amazing things from my bookish bucket list (which I just made up).  But more on that in a sec.  Overall, it was great to see old RT13 friends and meet amazing bloggers I’ve chatted with on twitter, and of course, ALL THE BOOKS!   Click on images to enlarge. Tuesday (T-2 Days to BEA) Several YADC members decided to head up to New York two days early.  Steph from Cuddlebuggery had a panel for BloggerCon; Hannah from Irish Banana, Jen from Jenuine Cupcakes and Andye from ReadingTeen had some YA publisher events on Wednesday and me?  Well, the… Read more »

Jun 06

UPDATE: 2014 Audiobook Challenge!

June is Audiobook Month and it’s also the halfway point for the Audiobook Challenge hosted by The Book Nympho and Hot Listens!  They’re doing a giveaway, so make sure you stop by and check it out.  Haven’t joined the challenge yet?  No problem, go here. My goal is Stenographer 10-15 audios.  So how am I doing?  Well, I already beat last year, where I only listened to five audios throughout the whole year, go me!  I am currently on my 10th audio.  I’d be much further along, except that I had one expire on me from the library and I had to wait to redownload it.  Booooo. The two best audios I’ve listened to so far would have to be: Daughter… Read more »