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Hi, Everyone! 

My name is Marianne, and I'm a 19 year old bookworm from Puerto Rico. 
Puerto Rico is a small island in the Caribbean, where it's sunny about 90% of the time, and the coldest it will ever be is about 70 degrees Farenheit (but hey, it's always beach weather! :)). 
I love to read, love binge-watching series on Netflix (currently binge-watching Friends), and I procrastinate like it's my job. 
My reviews are usually a mix of ranting/fangirling, GIFs, and phrases that don't make much sense. But they're always VERY entertaining. ;) 
I'm just finished my second year of college, where I'm studying Criminology. My goal is to become a lawyer. (But my dream job would be to own a bookstore, but shhh don't tell anyone!) 

Follow me on Goodreads, Twitter, Instagram and Tumblr. Leave me comments, email me, whatever you want. I love connecting with booklovers just like me. I also blog over at Boricuan Bookworms,  in which I sporadically review and share things like random thoughts, movie reviews, and fun tags. 

I can't wait till I start reviewing! Thanks for welcoming me here :)
Marianne

Nowhere But Here by Katie McGarry Book Review

Nowhere But Here (Thunder Road, #1)Seventeen-year-old Emily likes her life the way it is: doting parents, good friends, good school in a safe neighborhood. Sure, she's curious about her biological father—the one who chose life in a motorcycle club, the Reign of Terror, over being a parent—but that doesn't mean she wants to be a part of his world. But when a reluctant visit turns to an extended summer vacation among relatives she never knew she had, one thing becomes clear: nothing is what it seems. Not the club, not her secret-keeping father and not Oz, a guy wi
th suck-me-in blue eyes who can help her understand them both. Oz wants one thing: to join the Reign of Terror. They're the good guys. They protect people. They're…family. And while Emily—the gorgeous and sheltered daughter of the club's most respected member—is in town, he's gonna prove it to her. So when her father asks him to keep her safe from a rival club with a score to settle, Oz knows it's his shot at his dream. What he doesn't count on is that Emily just might turn that dream upside down. 
No one wants them to be together. But sometimes the right person is the one you least expect, and the road you fear the most is the one that leads you home.


Pasadena Loves YA Recap


Hi everyone! Earlier today, I attended the Pasadena Loves YA book festival. It's the second year they've had it, and having not been able to attend last year, I was so excited to go! It was such an amazing experience :)

The keynote started at 12:00 and my mom and I arrived around 11:30. When we walked in, we were each given a tote bag and allowed to pick 2 books from a rack of ARCs. Here's what we picked up:

My mom picked up Legacy of Kings and The Scorpion Rules while I chose Tonight the Streets Are Ours and DaVinci's Tiger. I purchased The Duff there from Vromans Bookstore :)

After the keynote, we attended the Second Chances panel, featuring Lauren Miller, Sarah Tomp, Morgan Matson, and Brandy Colbert. They had a swag table set up in the room with lots of awesome buttons along with a food table at the back. It was a very cool set-up :)


Following that panel, we attended The First Time: Draft to Finish Line panel, featuring Virginia Boecker, Victoria Aveyard, Alexis Bass, and Kody Keplinger. 

Alexis Bass commented that in college, she hoped to date a paleontologist due to her love of dinosaurs. It was pretty hilarious :) Kody Keplinger shared that her back-up career when sixteen (if being a writer didn't work out) was to become an actress. Virginia Boecker didn't originally plan to get The Witch Hunter published until some of her friends encouraged her to try to. Victoria Aveyard wrote her first draft of Red Queen in six months and to describe the sequel in one word, chose the word "redemption".

Following the panel, I got my copy of The Duff signed. Kody Keplinger is such a sweet & down-to-earth person! She's hilarious, too. While waiting in line, I got to chat with Mandy from The Romance Bookie, who I met at a signing in Santa Barbara a few years ago. Her blog is awesome and it was so great to see her again! :) 


Following that panel, we left the event. I had such a great time and it's one of my favorite book events that I've attended! Thank you to all the volunteers, authors, and Pasadena library for making it possible :) 


All Played Out by Cora Carmack Book Review


All Played Out (Rusk University, #3)First person in her family to go to college? CHECK.Straight A’s? CHECK.On track to graduate early? CHECK.Social life? …..yeah, about that….With just a few weeks until she graduates, Antonella DeLuca’s beginning to worry that maybe she hasn’t had the full college experience. (Okay... Scratch that. She knows she hasn't had the full college experience). So Nell does what a smart, dedicated girl like herself does best. She makes a "to do" list of normal college activities.Item #1? Hook up with a jock.Rusk University wide receiver Mateo Torres practically wrote the playbook for normal college living. When he’s not on the field, he excels at partying, girls, and more partying. As long as he keeps things light and easy, it's impossible to get hurt... again. But something about the quiet, shy, sexy-as-hell Nell gets under his skin, and when he learns about her list, he makes it his mission to help her complete it.Torres is the definition of confident (And sexy. And wild), and he opens up a side of Nell that she's never known. But as they begin to check off each crazy, exciting, normal item, Nell finds that her frivolous list leads to something more serious than she bargained for. And while Torres is used to taking risks on the field, he has to decide if he's willing to take the chance when it's more than just a game. 
Together they will have to decide if what they have is just part of the experiment or a chance at something real.

Stacking The Shelves: the OTSP Secret Sister Edition


Hi everyone! It's been a while since I've done one of these, but I'm excited to be doing one again :) I'll be attending BEA for the first time this year, which I'm really excited about! There's so many amazing bloggers and authors attending that I'm looking forward to meeting.

At the beginning of this week, I received an incredible gift from my OTSP Secret Sister. For those of you who don't know, OTSP Secret Sister is a program where you send gifts and encouragement to a fellow blogger (anonymously) over the course of six months. Here's what was in this month's package:


I'm attending prom at the beginning of next month and am getting back into scrapbooking. The stickers are so cute and perfect for the event! I also absolutely love One Direction, and the official tour necklace was amazing. I'm already planning to wear it next week. The TFioS bookmark has been on my Etsy wishlist forever and "Okay? Okay." is one of my favorite lines ever. The socks and scarf are both adorable, as well. I've literally heard nothing but amazing things about Poison Study, too. Thank you so much to my OTSP Secret Sister! You seriously brightened my entire week :) 

From Trades:


Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone: I really enjoyed Time Between Us, so I'm excited for Every Last Word! Thank you to Skye @ Skye's Scribblings :)

The Wrath and the Dawn by Renêe Ahdieh: There is so much praise for this one and it sounds incredible. Thank you to Nicole @ The Quiet Concert!

What did you get this week? I'd love to visit your Stacking the Shelves! :)


Books & Bloggers Swap Reveal

Last month, I decided to take part in the Books & Bloggers Swap hosted by Chaotic Goddess Swaps. I was paired with Ashley from Happy. Pretty. Sweet, whose blog is adorable! The swap was so much fun and here's what Ashley sent me:


Book From My Wishlist: Kin by Lili St. Crow
Book Ashley Loved: The Boleyn Inheritance by Philippa Gregory
Books Ashley's Interested in Reading: The Unimaginable by Dina Silver, Both of Me by Jonathan Friesen

I loved this package :) I've heard countless great things about Philippa Gregory, so I'm looking forward to reading a book by her. Both of Me involves dissociative identity disorder, which intrigues me. The Unimaginable and Kin both sound great, as well! The pencils included and the flower necklace are super cute, too. Thank you so much to Ashley!

Clean Sweep ARC Challenge


After seeing this challenge on several other blogs, I decided to take part. It seems like a great way to catch up on review copies. There are so many fun challenges, too! :) I'll be updating my progress and posting challenge responses on this post. I plan to post a challenge wrap-up at the end of the month, too. 

In a World Just RightThose GirlsDuplicitySisters of Blood and SpiritVelvetSome Kind of NormalBetween the NotesThings We Know by HeartCrash (The Game, #3)Crimson BoundThe Summer After You and MePositively Beautiful   Center IceSwept AwayA School for Unusual Girls (Stranje House, #1)The Start of Me and You

In A World Just Right by Jen Brooks-Currently Reading
Those Girls by Lauren Saft-Currently Reading
Duplicity by N.K. Traver
Sisters of Blood and Spirit by Kady Cross
Velvet by Temple West
Some Kind of Normal by Juliana Stone
Between the Notes by Sharon Huss Roat
Things We Know by Heart by Jessi Kirby
Crash by Eve Silver
Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge
The Summer After You & Me by Jennifer Salvato Doktorski
Positively Beautiful by Wendy Mills
Center Ice by Cate Cameron
A Sixteenth Summer: Swept Away by Michelle Dalton
A School for Unusual Girls by Kathleen Baldwin
The Start of You and Me by Emery Lord

5/6/15: Velvet by Temple West Completed 
Reviewed here

I'm hoping to read as many of these as possible and I'll also be participating in this challenge hosted by Herding Cats and Burning Soup:

Goal: 14 Posts Scheduled


The Summer After You+Me by Jennifer Salvato Doktorski Guest Post

The Summer After You and Me
Will it be a summer of fresh starts or second chances? For Lucy, the Jersey Shore isn’t just the perfect summer escape, it’s home. As a local girl, she knows not to get attached to the tourists. They breeze in during Memorial Day weekend, crowding her costal town and stealing moonlit kisses, only to pack up their beach umbrellas and empty promises on Labor Day. Still, she can’t help but crush on charming Connor Malloy. His family spends every summer next door, and she longs for their friendship to turn into something deeper.
Then Superstorm Sandy sweeps up the coast, bringing Lucy and Connor together for a few intense hours. Except nothing is the same in the wake of the storm, and Lucy is left to pick up the pieces of her broken heart and her broken home. Time may heal all wounds, but with Memorial Day approaching and Connor returning, Lucy’s summer is sure to be filled with fireworks.

Guest Post: Are you a pantser or a plotter?
Growing up, I was a huge fan of the comic strip Calvin and Hobbes. Recently, a good friend of mine posted one of the old strips on Facebook. In it, Calvin, who is digging in his sandbox, says to Hobbes, “You can’t just turn on creativity like a faucet, you have to be in the right mood.”
“What mood is that?” Hobbes asks. 
“Last-minute panic,” Calvin replies.
Truth, Calvin. Truth.
Maybe it’s because I began my writing career as a journalist and thrive on deadline pressure, or maybe it’s because I never could figure out how to do a proper outline with Roman numerals, capital letters, and numbers, or maybe I’m just stubborn, but Calvin pretty much summed up my process. So yeah, I’m definitely a pantser. Believe me, I wish I could be a plotter. I want to be a plotter. It makes sense, right? I don’t take off on road trips without using GPS and a road atlas, so I’m not sure why I head off blindly onto the blank page. I’m told by authors who have converted from being pantsers to plotters that plotting IS easier. But I don’t know, there’s something about sheer panic that helps the words spill out faster and gets that first draft (ugly as it may be) down on paper. Even when I’m not facing an editorial deadline, I make my own. For this, it’s nice to have critique partners who keep me honest and on a writing schedule. I’ve tried in the past to write lengthy outlines only to find myself so bogged down in completing the outline, that those books never get written. 
Outlining kills my process, however I’ve learned that other methods of plotting do not. After my rough draft is done, on revision, I do use visual devices like posters or larger colorful notecards on which I write out every scene in the book. This helps me see if the plot is working and which scenes need the most help. During one particularly rough revision—my editor asked me to insert a subplot into the existing story—an author friend recommended I read Martha Alderson’s books and watch her YouTube videos. Known as The Plot Whisperer, Martha’s techniques for tracking scenes have helped me tremendously. Using Martha’s method, I once made a six-foot tall chart that included every scene in my novel. It hung beside my desk until my revision was done, slapping colorful Post-Its on it whenever I had an idea.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Jennifer Salvato Doktorski is the author of two YA  novels and is a freelance nonfiction writer. Her first paid writing gig was at The North Jersey Herald & News, where she wrote obituaries and began her lifelong love of news and coffee. She lives in New Jersey with her family.
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The Fill-In Boyfriend by Kasie West Book Review

The Fill-In Boyfriend
When Gia Montgomery's boyfriend, Bradley, dumps her in the parking lot of her high school prom, she has to think fast. After all, she'd been telling her friends about him for months now. This was supposed to be the night she proved he existed. So when she sees a cute guy waiting to pick up his sister, she enlists his help. The task is simple: be her fill-in boyfriend— two hours, zero commitment, a few white lies. After that, she can win back the real Bradley.The problem is that days after prom, it's not the real Bradley she's thinking about, but the stand-in. The one whose name she doesn't even know. But tracking him down doesn't mean they're done faking a relationship. Gia owes him a favor and his sister intends to see that he collects: his ex-girlfriend's graduation party — three hours, zero commitment, a few white lies.
Just when Gia begins to wonder if she could turn her fake boyfriend into a real one, Bradley comes waltzing back into her life, exposing her lie, and threatening to destroy her friendships and her new-found relationship.


Halfway Perfect by Julie Cross & Mark Perini Spotlight



Whatever Life Throws At You by Julie Cross is an incredible read, so I'm excited to feature her newest release, Halfway Perfect. I'm definitely looking forward to reading       it! :)

Halfway PerfectBestselling author Julie Cross teams up with Ford model Mark Perini to pen a poignant and gritty YA novel about love and the dark side of modeling and the fashion industry.

Eve's time as a fashion model nearly destroyed her-now she's determined to build a career behind th
e camera lens. But landing a coveted photography internship brings her face to face with her dark past-and her ex.

While Eve is snapping pictu
res, up-and-coming male model Alex is launching his career-which, for him, involves maintaining a fake relationship with his (secretly) underage co-star, Elana.

But Alex is falling for Eve, and Eve won't let herself get hurt again. If Alex can pull off a fake love with Elana, can he convince Eve to risk a secret affair with him?

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Excerpt

When I finally give the rack a closer look, I start to weigh the options. There’s a varying array of briefs, boxer briefs, and pseudo banana hammocks with full backs in every color under the sun—black, neon green, pink, yellow, gold, red, navy, bright fuchsia. As the stylist is looking through the rack and sizing me up, probably trying to match my coloring, I’m silently chanting, boxer briefs, boxer briefs…

He’s reaching a hand toward the banana hammock rack and I suck in a breath, trying to look cool with whatever.

But seriously. No one is cool with whatever.

“Nah, not these, they’re not relatable enough to the G.P.” the stylist says.

I let out a sigh of relief. But no sooner do I look back up and he has a pair of black briefs with neon green micro-polka-dots.

“These are perfect. You’re ready to be pounced on by the woman of your dreams,” he says.

“Great. Can’t wait to…try these suckers on.”

“You’ll look amazing.”

Yep. A dude just told me I’m gonna look amazing  in skimpy underwear.

He hands me a robe and leaves without waiting for a response.

After a quick change and after they’ve lubed me up with some makeup and self-tanner, I’m off to set. The thing about shooting underwear shots is the light is important. Janessa has two guy assistants as stand-ins testing everything. I resist the urge to go talk to Eve and instead sit down on the couch. I’m not about to ask her out while wearing neon polka dots. That’s got failure written all over it.
 
As soon as Janessa sees me on the couch, she ushers me over to fill in for one of the assistant stand-in guys. I ditch the robe and feel the awkwardness Richter scale skyrocket. Out of the corner of my eye, I spot Eve standing out of Janessa’s line of sight. She’s trying not to smile, but she’s doing it anyway. At my expense. I decide it’s time to look the beast in the eye. I wave dramatically at her, like I’m flagging her down.

Janessa follows my wave all the way to Eve, who turns completely scarlet.
 
“Eve!” Janessa says. “Step in for Daniel. You’re closer to Elana’s height.”

Her eyes get really big and round, but her voice stays totally even. “Okay.”

Well, this should be interesting. Of course it would be much more interesting if she was also wearing neon polka- dot underwear.
 
“Guess your time in the spotlight isn’t over after all,” I say when she appears in front of me.
 
“This is not exactly the spotlight, nor do I have any choice in this matter,” she whispers, leaning in close so I get a whiff of her hair and something that smells like cinnamon.

Janessa interrupts us by shouting some directions. “Get really close!” I can totally do that. Just give me my pants back. “Alex, dip her down like you’re going to kiss her.”

I love pants. I will never take them for granted again. When I get the fragrance campaign, I’m donating a bunch of money to a pants-related charity.

But in the meantime, I don’t have a fragrance campaign and I’m not about to show any signs of fear. Fashion people can smell it a mile away and then ruin my chances.

“You heard the boss lady,” I say to Eve before hooking an arm around her waist and tugging her closer. My fingers brush over a strip of bare skin on her lower back and it sends my pulse racing so fast that I’m sure she can feel my heartbeat. And for a good long second, I don’t even care. Let her figure it out if she hasn’t already. I hadn’t planned on playing hard to get or any other equally frustrating mind games.

I move my hand up to the back of her neck before I lean her backward. My eyes are still locked with hers. I’m fighting the urge to undo her ponytail and run my fingers through her hair.

For the cameras. Of course.

About the Authors:

Julie Cross is the international bestselling author of the Tempest series, a young adult science fiction trilogy. Julie lives in Central Illinois with her husband and three children. Her knowledge of the modeling and fashion world comes from viewings of the movies The Devil Wears Prada, and Zoolander, and her unwavering devotion to the first three seasons of Ugly Betty. On a recent trip to NYC, she also took the time to walk past both the Gucci and Prada stores, spending at least 15 seconds viewing items through the windows.

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Mark Perini is a New York City-based author debuting his first YA novel, Halfway Perfect. Additionally, Mark is a featured author in the NA anthology, Fifty First Times.

Mark began his career as an international fashion model ten years ago, while simultaneously obtaining a business degree from Seton Hall University. He has a passion for traveling the world and he's made a blood pact with friends to see all seven wonders of the ancient world before he's thirty. Four down, three to go. 
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May Contemporary Releases

May is such an awesome release month, and the following are all the young adult contemporary books I found that are releasing this month. I'm planning to read The Summer After You & Me and Love, Fortunes, and Other Disasters this month. Which ones are you the most excited for? :)

May 1
The Summer After You and Me

May 5
Swept AwayThe Fill-In BoyfriendWild Hearts (If Only . . ., #4)Revenge, Ice Cream, and Other Things Best Served Cold (Broken Hearts & Revenge, #2)Saint AnythingUnder the Spotlight (The Jamieson Collection #3)Galgorithm

May 12
Making PrettyLove Fortunes and Other DisastersOut of ControlHeat of the Moment (Moment of Truth, #1)
May 19
Made You UpThe Improbable Theory of Ana and ZakScarlett Undercover

May 26
P.S. I Still Love You (To All the Boys I've Loved Before, #2)Nowhere But Here (Thunder Road, #1)Kissing in AmericaEmancipatedTiny Pretty ThingsExtraordinary Means