When a humiliating picture of Blythe goes viral, she's instantly the target of ridicule at her new school. To salvage her reputation, Blythe teams up with Luke to win the Senior Scramble scavenger hunt. But Luke is an unlikely ally and potentially can't be trusted.
Perhaps it's his Shakespearean witticisms that reel Blythe in despite her better judgment . . . or maybe she just craves the thrill of the game. But as the hunt progresses, their relationship heats up. Soon their madcap mischief spirals out of control. Blythe is faced with arrest and expulsion, among other catastrophes –until Luke shows her what the Scramble (and love) is really about.
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For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in the palace and compete for the heart of the gorgeous Prince Maxon.
But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn't want. Living in a palace that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks.
Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she's made for herself- and realizes that the life she's always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined.
Quinn’s done the unthinkable: she kissed a guy who is not Carey, her boyfriend. And she got caught. Being branded a cheater would be bad enough, but Quinn is deemed a traitor, and shunned by all of her friends. Because Carey’s not just any guy—he’s serving in Afghanistan and revered by everyone in their small, military town. Quinn could clear her name, but that would mean revealing secrets that she’s vowed to keep—secrets that aren’t hers to share. And when Carey goes MIA, Quinn must decide how far she’ll go to protect her boyfriend…and her promise.
What girl doesn't want to be surrounded by gorgeous jocks day in and day out? Jordan Woods isn't just surrounded by hot guys, though-she leads them as the captain and quarterback of her high school football team. They all see her as one of the guys and that's just fine. As long as she gets her athletic scholarship to a powerhouse university.
But everything she's ever worked for is threatened when Ty Greeen moves to her school. Not only is he an amazing QB, but he's also amazingly hot. And for the first time, Jordan's feeling vulnerable. Can she keep her head in the game while her heart's on the line?
Chloe Masters’s world changed in a heartbeat - and all she did was touch a doorknob.
When she was young Chloe’s mother vanished. Wracked by feelings of abandonment and anger she lost herself traveling with her father's magic act, where illusions were part of her everyday life. Yet everything changes when they are pursued by a mysterious man in black out to kill her father. Touching a doorknob activates abilities she never knew she had and she finds herself thrust into a world of ancient societies and secrets.
When her father disappears it is a race against time to find answers before she loses what is left of her family. Now Chloe must choose who to trust, the man who will do anything for her or the one she can’t stop thinking about.
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Once by Anna Carey Don't You Wish by Roxanne St. Clair The Thing About The Truth by Lauren Barnholdt Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead Frostbite by Richelle Mead Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo Struck by Jennifer Bosworth Saving June by Hannah Harrington Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes Black City by Elizabeth Richards Venom by Fiona Paul The Innocents by Lili Peloquin Origin by Jessica Khoury
Hi! I was so excited to interview Jessica Brody since I really loved her book, 52 Reasons To Hate My Father. My review's posted HERE. Here's the interview!
What gave you the idea to write about a girl who had to do 52 jobs in a year?
Here's the book trailer:
Actually it’s kind of a funny story. I was sitting in my car, watching a meter maid write someone a parking ticket and I thought, “Wouldn’t it be fun to be a meter maid? But only for like a week. Just to see what it was like.” Then I start to brainstorm all these other jobs I’d like to do for one week. And I decided, “Well, I’m too busy writing novels to actually do all these jobs, so I guess I’ll just have to write a book about someone else who does them.” And then I tried to think of the funniest character to put in that kind of situation and the answer was instant: a spoiled heiress who has never had to work a day in her life. And alas, Lexington Larrabee was born.
How long did it take you to write 52 Reasons To Hate My Father? What was the hardest part of the writing process?
It took me about 3 and a half months to write the first draft. Which is a pretty normal pace for me. I would say the hardest part was trying to incorporate as many jobs as possible. If you read the book, you’ll see that not all 52 jobs are in the book. But I wanted to fit in as many as I could. So I had to come up with strategic ways to get them in there. That’s when I came up with the idea of Lexi’s video messages to Luke. It allowed me to sum up a multiple jobs at a time.
What are you currently working on writing?
Last year, I sold a sci-fi/suspense trilogy to my publisher and the first installment releases in March, 2013! I’m currently writing the second book in the series. The first book is called UNREMEMBERED and it’s about a sixteen-year-old girl who wakes up among the wreckage of a devastating plane crash. She’s the only survivor but she has no memories and identity. The only clue to her past is a mysterious boy who claims they were in love and that she was part of a top secret science experiment. It’s kind of like a Bourne Identity for teens. I’m really excited about it because the genre is totally new to me and writing the first book was so much fun! Plus, it’s my first crack at writing a series so that presents a whole new set of fun challenges. The second book, that I’m writing now, is called UNFORGOTTEN and it will release in early 2014.
Have you done any of the jobs that Lexi had to do?
Yes! When I was growing up my parents owned a restaurant so I did MANY jobs in that restaurant. Pretty much everything from washing dishes to waiting tables to hosting.
But in researching the story, I did go under-cover at a fast food restaurant in order to see what it was like to train as an employee there. That was really fun! My favorite part was working the drive-thru. Those head-sets you have to wear are like something out of Star Trek!
Was this book harder or easier to write than your previous books?
Each book presents its own set of challenges. I think every book I write is harder than the last. And although that may just be my perception, I think it’s mostly true. I like to challenge myself with each new book. Otherwise, as a writer, I’d get bored. And I wouldn’t be growing. So I think with each book I tackle, the storytelling gets a little more complex and therefore the writing is harder.
Did you always know you wanted to become a writer? What/who made you want to become one?
The short answer is yes. I always wanted to be a writer. Although it took me a long time to figure that out. In second grade I turned in a four page book report (the assignment was to write one paragraph) and the teacher made such a huge deal about it. I really couldn’t understand why. Writing just came naturally to me. At that moment I remember wanting to be a writer. But somewhere along the way I convinced myself that I needed to get a “serious” job…you know, one that comes with dental insurance. So I majored in Economics in college (very serious!) and went on to be a financial analyst for MGM Studios. It wasn’t until later that I realized “serious” wasn’t for me. So I quit to pick up where I left off at age seven.
What advice would you give aspiring authors?
I have LOTS of advice for authors. So much so, that I created an entire page on my website dedicated to it. You can find it here: http://www.jessicabrody.com/for-writers/advice/
But here’s something I tell writers all the time: Regardless if you’re a bestselling author with twenty books under your belt or you’re just starting out, writing is a craft that needs to be constantly honed. Try to write every day. Even if the stuff that’s coming out reads like a third grade book report. Sometimes you have to get the crap out in order to get to the good stuff. And sometimes, writing just to write is the only way to get a book done. Even if it means having to go back later and delete it all!
What are your favorite books and authors?
Here are my top ten favorite books (in no particular order):
- The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
- Room by Emma Donoghue
- Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
- Winter Girls by Laurie Halse Anderson
- Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
- The Help by Kathryn Stockett
- The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory
- The Chosen One by Carol Lynch Williams
- Bridget Jones Diary by Helen Fielding
- Can You Keep a Secret by Sophie Kinsella
* Also,Jessica Brody is having an amazing giveaway over at her website. The winner can win a complete Heiress makeover! It includes a personal wardrobe styling session with the costume designer who worked on the book trailer. The giveaway for that is at:http://www.jessicabrody.com/2012/07/win-a-complete-heiress-make-over-in-honor-of-52-reasons-to-hate-my-father/
A gorgeous debut about family, friendship, first romance, and how to be true to one person you love without betraying another
“One thing my mother never knew, and would disapprove of most of all, was that I watched the Garretts. All the time.”
The Garretts are everything the Reeds are not. Loud, numerous, messy, affectionate. And every day from her balcony perch, seventeen-year-old Samantha Reed wishes she was one of them . . . until one summer evening, Jase Garrett climbs her terrace and changes everything. As the two fall fiercely in love, Jase's family makes Samantha one of their own. Then in an instant, the bottom drops out of her world and she is suddenly faced with an impossible decision. Which perfect family will save her? Or is it time she saved herself?
A dreamy summer read, full of characters who stay with you long after the story is over.
Had anyone told Alice Bell that her entire life would change course between one heartbeat and the next, she would have laughed. From blissful to tragic, innocent to ruined? Please. But that’s all it took. One heartbeat. A blink, a breath, a second, and everything she knew and loved was gone. Her father was right. The monsters are real…. To avenge her family, Ali must learn to fight the undead. To survive, she must learn to trust the baddest of the bad boys, Cole Holland. But Cole has secrets of his own, and if Ali isn’t careful, those secrets might just prove to be more dangerous than the zombies….
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For the No Strings Attached giveaway, all you have to do is click enter. This is a U.S/ Canada giveaway. For this giveaway,the winner can choose three ARC's of their choice and one finished copy of a book of their choice. Here are the choices:
I really like historical fiction, so I was excited to read The Promise by D.D Chant. It turned out to be a really good read :)
The Promise follows the story of two people, Adele and Rafe, who were betrothed to each other at a young age. Adele had been kept hidden away her whole life and when she turns eighteen, Rafe comes to get her. He fails to mention that he’s her fiancé and, instead lets her think that he's Finan, one of his good friends.
I loved the way the story was told and the characters were so unique! Adele was a nice, good person and I really liked Rafe. The romance between them was also great in the way it developed over time and there was definitely no insta-love involved .
Also, the side characters, especially Finan (who Rafe was pretending to be), were really funny and a great part of the story. The book was a bit slow at times, but, overall, was a really good read. I’m excited to see what the author comes out with in the future and I’d give The Promise four out of five flowers.
Galen is the prince of the Syrena, sent to land to find a girl he's heard can communicate with fish. Emma is on vacation at the beach. When she runs into Galen — literally, ouch! — both teens sense a connection. But it will take several encounters, including a deadly one with a shark, for Galen to be convinced of Emma's gifts. Now, if he can only convince Emma that she holds the key to his kingdom . . .
Noelle's life is all about survival. Even her best friend doesn't know how much she gets bullied, or the ways her mom neglects her. Noelle's kept so much about her life a secret for so long that when her longtime crush Julian Porter starts paying attention to her, she's terrified. Surely it's safer to stay hidden than to risk the pain of a broken heart. But when the antagonism of her classmates takes a dramatic turn, Noelle realizes it's time to stand up for herself--and for the love that keeps her holding on.
In the Community, there is no more pain or war. Implanted computer chips have wiped humanity clean of destructive emotions, and thoughts are replaced by a feed from the Link network.When Zoe starts to malfunction (or “glitch”), she suddenly begins having her own thoughts, feelings, and identity. Any anomalies must be immediately reported and repaired, but Zoe has a secret so dark it will mean certain deactivation if she is caught: her glitches have given her uncontrollable telekinetic powers.As Zoe struggles to control her abilities and stay hidden, she meets other glitchers including Max, who can disguise his appearance, and Adrien, who has visions of the future. Both boys introduce Zoe to feelings that are entirely new. Together, this growing band of glitchers must find a way to free themselves from the controlling hands of the Community before they’re caught and deactivated, or worse. Publisher: St. Martin's Press Source: NetGalley Release Date: August 7, 2012
Hi! I'm participating in the Once Upon a Read-a-Thon this year. I set a goal of seven books to read. I'll keep updating on this post how much I've read over the three days. This is what I hope to read: