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July Wrap-Up


Hi everyone! I thought it'd be fun to do a wrap-up of my month reading-wise and also a general update of sorts :) Here are the eight books I read this month and their corresponding ratings:
The Wrath and the Dawn (The Wrath and the Dawn, #1)

The Queen of Bright and Shiny Things
Finding Center (District Ballet Company #2)All the Ways to Ruin a Rogue (The Debutante Files, #2)The Masked Truth

Tessa Ever After (Caged in Winter #2)In Your Heart (Willow Creek, #3)The Bet (The Bet, #1)

Favorite Book: The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

I read The Wrath and the Dawn during the Make Me Read It Read-A-Thon and it was such a great novel! I'm already dying to read the sequel :) Thanks to everyone who voted!

Life:
I'm leaving for college next month and I'm planning to put the blog on hiatus for the first month or so while I get settled in. I'm attending SMU and am so excited to live in Dallas :) The blog hiatus probably won't be until September, and I'm trying to schedule as many posts as possible in the mean time.

Also, I'm currently organizing and going through my entire bookshelf, as I'm trying to get rid of any books that I don't think I'll ever read or books I've read that I don't want to hold on to. So far, I have a lot of ARCs and finished copies set aside. I'm planning to do one last book sale for the finished copies and give away the ARCs to anyone willing to pay the shipping. Keep an eye out for that in the next few days! :)

Upcoming:
The 2nd Annual 2015 Contemporary Challenge Scavenger Hunt is in the process of being planned, and it'll be happening this fall. I'm also planning to start doing blogger interviews again and you should see one with Rachel from A Perfection Called Books sometime soon :)




Awake by Natasha Preston Blog Tour Stop

Hi everyone! As part of the Awake blog tour, I'm sharing an excerpt from the novel.




Exclusive Excerpt – AWAKE by Natasha Preston

I had never been excited to see a girl before but after knowing Scarlett just three weeks she made me feel things I thought I wouldn’t experience until I was a lot older. I wasn’t supposed to feel anythingfor her. That shouldn’t be possible.

The doorbell rang and I wiped my hands on my jeans. That was Scarlett. My parents were sitting reading on the sofa opposite. They looked up and smiled.

“Are you ready, Noah?” Dad asked.

I nodded once and stood. “I’m always ready.”

There was a lot riding on my ability to win over Scarlett. I had to make this work. Taking a look in the mirror in the hallway, I took a deep breath and gave myself a silent pep talk. Thinking of home gave me strength. There was a lot of distance between me and my people but knowing they were all behind me spurred me on.

I opened the door and she was standing holding a carrier bag and grinning as much as I probably was. Being around her was euphoric.

April had rolled around quickly. I loved spring, everything was coming to life again and the air was considerably warmer.

“Ready for our movie night? I can’t believe you’ve not had a movie night in with friends before.”

I shrugged and moved to let her inside. “I prefer to be outside.”

“Well, you’ve been missing out on something great.”

“Hello, Scarlett,” Mum said, conveniently walking out of the living room as Scarlett came in. They were going to have to stop popping up everywhere or it was going to look weird.

“Hi, Mrs York.”

“Call me Bethan, remember?” Mum said.

Scarlett nodded. “Right.”

“What do you two have planned for today then?”

Holding up the bag, she replied, “Snacks and movies.”

“That sounds fun. Keep your bedroom door open please, Noah.”

I frowned. Supposedly, they trusted me but every time I was told to leave my door open or not to rush things, I felt like I was being judged—that my loyalty was in question. I knew the proper way to handle this. I wasn’t going to mess it up.

I liked her, yes. I could fool my family, but I couldn’t fool myself. That didn’t mean I was going to throw everything away over a teenage crush.

“I will,” I replied a little harder than I would usually talk to my parents.Trust me. With a curt nod, Mum retreated back to the living room. “Come on then, show me how much fun a movie night is.”

Smiling, she walked past me, heading up the stairs to my bedroom. I couldn’t help watching her. She was petite but her slim legs and slight frame made her look taller. Her dusty brunette hair cascaded down her back in loose, messy waves.

“Okay,” she said, turning to me once we were in my room. “Which one do you want to watch first? Batman Begins or Spider-Man?”

I shrugged. “I haven’t seen either so it’s your choice.”

“What? You’ve never seen the Batman or Spider-Man movies?”

“No.”

“Noah, where have you been living for the last sixteen years!”

I forced out a laugh and took Batman Begins from her outstretched hand. “This one first.”

“Well, I know you’ve at least had popcorn but please tell me you’ve also had Oreos before.”

Grinning, I replied, “I was raised on a pretty remote farm on a tiny island but I am not that sheltered.” I was. Until she held the packet up I had no idea what an Oreo was.

“I don’t know, you’ve not watched much TV, never had movie nights, you don’t eat a whole lot of junk and you’ve never had a girlfriend before.”

“Funny how I meet you and three weeks later I’ve corrected all of that.” My heart jumped as I realised what I’d said. I knew I needed the girlfriend/boyfriend title but that wasn’t exactly how I envisioned it happening. She had to feel special. It had to be romantic. And not just because that’s what I needed to get her to put every ounce of her trust in me.

Unfortunately Scarlett didn’t miss it either. She watched me carefully, silently. “Have you done all of them now?”

“Is that what you want?”

She frowned. “No way, I asked you first!”

Laughing, I put the DVD down on the bed, followed by the bag she was still clutching and bent my head level with hers. “Well, I think it’s a pretty good idea.”

“We’ve not known each other long,” she replied. Her voice was low, almost a whisper.

“I know, but I like what I’ve seen so far. I’m not proposing, Scarlett, you’re not forced to be with me forever. Look, this is new to me, but I like you, and I’d like to see what happens.”

She broke into a heart-stopping smile that did nothing to help me control my feelings for her. “In that case I’m in,” she replied.

We stared at each other like morons as the air thickened. I was supposed to kiss her. I’d never kissed a girl before. She had an ex-boyfriend so the likelihood of her having kissed someone before was high. I didn’t want to look like an inexperienced fool.

Now was the time, though. I’d let things go on for far too long with very little physical contact. She wanted to take things further, had for a while now but I couldn’t rush anything with her and risk it burning out.

Reaching out, I gently grabbed her hips and brought her closer. Her hands fell on my chest and she splayed her fingers, running them over my shoulders. Yes, she had definitely done this before.

I leaned in and my heart went wild as I felt her breath across my lips. This was unchartered territory but being this close to her, having my hands on her and hers on me felt so natural it scared me. The feelings I had for her were almost so overwhelming I wanted to run and hide from them. I understood love, I felt it for a multitude of people but this was different. This was confusing, exciting, terrifying and so, so strong.

I closed the inch between us when I couldn’t stand it anymore. Her lips were smooth and soft and melded to mine perfectly. Scarlett was warm and felt like home. It was more than had ever imagined.

Her hands found their way into my hair, and I pulled her tighter against my body. I grazed her bottom lip with my tongue and she twisted her fingers through the light strands at the back of my head. My heart hammered every second I kissed her. We pulled away at the same time.

I saw, for the first time, that she was the light.


Awake
Don't miss the latest gripping, high-stakes thriller from Wattpad sensation Natasha Preston, author of the runaway hit The Cellar.
Of course, the dress was white. This is what I'm supposed to die in, I thought. Not many people knew what their last outfit would be. 
I pulled it over my head. It fit me perfectly. It had long, loose fitting sleeves, a modest neckline, and waves of material on the skirt. I hated it.
There were no shoes, and I was afraid I'd have to run through the forest barefoot but there weren't a lot of options. Besides, I'd run barefoot over a bed of nails to get away."Scarlett, are you ready?" he called.I looked in the mirror and took a deep breath. Time to fight for my life. Scarlett Garner doesn't remember anything before the age of four-until a car accident changes everything. She starts to remember pieces of a past that frighten her. A past her parents hid from her...and a secret that could get her killed.



UK native Natasha Preston grew up in small villages and towns. She discovered her love of writing when she shared a story online—and hasn’t looked back since. She enjoys writing romance, thrillers, gritty YA, and the occasional serial killer.









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Boomerang by Noelle August Book Review



Welcome to Boomerang.com, the dating site for the millennial gen with its no-fuss, no-commitments matchups, and where work is steamier than any random hook-up
Mia Galliano is an aspiring filmmaker. Ethan Vance has just played his last game as a collegiate soccer star. They’re sharp, hungry for success, and they share a secret.
Last night, Ethan and Mia met at a bar, and, well . . . one thing led to another, which led to them waking up the next morning—together. Things turned awkward in a hurry when they found themselves sharing a post hookup taxi . . . to the same place: Boomerang headquarters.
What began as a powerful connection between them is treated to a cold shower courtesy of two major complications. First, Boomerang has a strict policy against co-worker dating. And second, they’re now competitors for only one job at the end of summer.
As their internships come to an end, will they manage to keep their eyes on the future and their hands off each other, or will the pull of attraction put them right back where they started?

The Make Me Read It Read-A-Thon Kick-Off Post

Hi everyone! Today's the start of the Make Me Read It Read-A-Thon. I'm so excited to participate and start reading :) A few weeks ago, I posted a poll with all of the potential books I wanted to read during this readathon. Thank you to everyone who voted! The results are:





I'll be starting with The Wrath and the Dawn followed by The Fixer, Every Last Word, First & Then and Jackaby. I don't think I'll get further than those five, but if so- I'll have three books to choose from :) I'll be updating my progress on this post and will probably be posting challenges here, too. (I'm considering doing the challenges in separate posts) Anyways, I'm so excited to start reading! Good luck to everyone else participating :)



Texts from Jane Eyre: And Other Conversations with Your Favorite Literary Characters by Mallory Ortberg


Hilariously imagined text conversations—the passive aggressive, the clever, and the strange—from classic and modern literary figures, from Scarlett O’Hara to Jessica Wakefield.

Mallory Ortberg, the co-creator of the cult-favorite website The Toast, presents this whimsical collection of hysterical text conversations from your favorite literary characters. Everyone knows that if Scarlett O’Hara had an unlimited text-and-data plan, she’d constantly try to tempt Ashley away from Melanie with suggestive messages. If Mr. Rochester could text Jane Eyre, his ardent missives would obviously be in all-caps. And Daisy Buchanan would not only text while driving, she’d text you to pick her up after she totaled her car. Based on the popular web-feature, Texts from Jane Eyre is a witty, irreverent mashup that brings the characters from your favorite books into the twenty-first century.




What would happen if your favorite literary characters had cellphones? 

If Achilles and Patroclus could text each other? What would Peeta & Katniss text each other? What if Elizabeth Bennet could text?

All of these questions are answered in the most hilarious way. This book is comprised completely of text messages of your literary characters! 
Elizabeth Bennet & Mrs. Bennet 
The messages themselves are so funny! They reference the books where the characters are from, but using modern speak and sometimes 21st century references. 

Ron & Hermione
I’m not well read in regards to the classics, so there were some references that I didn’t grasp, but yet I still found them funny! 

I think this is the perfect book to gift to someone who loves classics, and loves parodies as well. It’s a highly entertaining book that you can definitely re-read as many times as you want, because it never ceases to be funny. 



Marianne :) 


May & June Contemporary Challenge Review Link-Up and Giveaway

Hi everyone! I apologize for the delay in getting the May and June contemporary challenge link-ups posted. Life got pretty hectic, and I'm thinking I may just combine two months in the link-up from now on. (a July/August wrap-up, etc.) Due to this, the prizes will either be bigger or I'll pick two winners. I'm working on putting together both a contemporary challenge readathon and scavenger hunt, though! :) Both of them should be happening in the next month or two, so keep an eye out for that.

For this challenge link-up and giveaway, the books pictured below are open to any US/CA winner, and if the winner is INT, they can choose a contemporary book of their choice under $20. In order to be eligible to win, you must be signed up as a participant in the challenge. For the review to count, it has to be a contemporary novel in the young adult genre and have been read in 2015 and reviewed in either May or June. As always, I hope you're all having an amazing month :) There will be 2 winners and each winner will get to pick 3 books. This link-up and giveaway will close on July 20. Good luck! :)

Side Effects May VaryA Step Toward FallingFor the RecordThe Summer I Found YouA Sense of the InfiniteNever SaidMy Secret to TellDamage Done
-1 Hardcover of Side Effects May Vary by Julie Murphy
-1 ARC of A Step Toward Falling by Cammie McGovern
-1 ARC of For The Record by Charlotte Huang
-1 Hardcover of The Summer I Found You by Jolene Perry
-1 Hardcover of A Sense of the Infinite by Hilary T. Smith
-1 ARC of Never Said by Carol Lynch Williams
-1 ARC of My Secret to Tell by Natalie D. Richards
-1 ARC of Damage Done by Amanda Panitch




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Jesse's Girl by Miranda Kenneally Blog Tour Stop

Jesse's Girl (Hundred Oaks)
Practice Makes Perfect.
Everyone at Hundred Oaks High knows that career mentoring day is a joke. So when Maya Henry said she wanted to be a rock star, she never imagined she’d get to shadow *the* Jesse Scott, Nashville’s teen idol.
But spending the day with Jesse is far from a dream come true. He’s as gorgeous as his music, but seeing all that he’s accomplished is just a reminder of everything Maya’s lost: her trust, her boyfriend,
 their band, and any chance to play the music she craves. Not to mention that Jesse’s pushy and opinionated. He made it on his own, and he thinks Maya’s playing back up to other people’s dreams. Does she have what it takes to follow her heart—and go solo?

Geek Girl by Holly Smale Book Review

Geek + runway = a hilarious runaway hit! This bestselling UK debut is full of humor and high-fashion hijinks—and now it’s coming to America.
Harriet Manners is tired of being labeled a geek. So when she’s discovered by a modeling agent, she seizes the chance to reinvent herself. There’s only one problem: Harriet is the definition of awkward. Does she have what it takes to transform from geek to chic?
Geek Girl is the first book in a hilarious new trilogy. It was also the #1 bestselling YA debut of 2013 in the UK, where it was shortlisted for the Roald Dahl Funny Prize and won the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize for Best Book for Teens. With all the humor and fabulous shenanigans of Louise Rennison’s Confessions of Georgia Nicolson and Meg Cabot’s The Princess DiariesGeek Girl is about to become an international superstar.

Never Too Late by Micalea Smeltzer Book Review


I’d never met anyone quite like Mathias Wade.
He was brooding and arrogant, but I loved him anyway.
Together we were wild and uncontained—a hurricane raging.
Then I had to leave, and words were exchanged that could never be undone.But now I was back, and Mathias better watch out, because this bitch wasn’t finished with him.
Game. Set. Match.
All is fair in love and war, right?
Mathias Wade, the lead singer of Willow Creek, is used to getting everything he wants. Except for Remy Parker—the one that got away. Childhood friends that grew into more, Remy was the one constant in his life until she moved away. In anger, he lashed out and broke the only girl he ever loved. With temptation around every corner Mathias drowns his sorrow in women and alcohol. When the band returns to their hometown for the holidays the last thing Mathias expects is to run into Remy—but she’s back, and she’s not done with him.
Remy never forgot Mathias or the pain he caused her. When she moves back to the place she grew up to take care of her ailing grandma her heart is set on revenge. She’s determined to make Mathias fall in love with her all over again—only this time she’s going to break his heart.
But Mathias never stopped loving Remy—and she soon discovers that her feelings haven’t disappeared either.
Can two people too stubborn for their own good overcome their own demons and find the love they always deserved?

The Make Me Read It Read-A-Thon: Voting and Intro Post


Hi everyone! First off, I want to apologize for my recent lack of posts. June got pretty busy for me, but I'm hoping to be much more frequent with my posting in July. I stumbled across this readathon on Twitter and it seriously sounds like the coolest readathon ever :) Here are the rules for the readathon:

"The premise is, you pick a couple of books you really want to read and post a list somewhere then people vote on which of those books you HAVE to read. You try and get through as many on your list during the week, starting with the book that received the most amount of votes. (If you have any ties, then you can pick which you read first). Remember to pick out a few more books than what you think you’ll get through."

The following are the books I've picked out. I'm hoping to get through at least five of them. I'll be reading the books that receive the most votes! The poll allows you to vote for up to five books.

One Plus OneThe FixerLooking for AlibrandiThe Wrath and the Dawn (The Wrath and the Dawn, #1)First & ThenEvery Last WordJackaby (Jackaby, #1)Boys Like YouMore Than Music (Chasing The Dream, #1)A Heart Revealed

Which books should I read?

One Plus One
The Fixer
Looking for Alibrandi
The Wrath & the Dawn
First & Then
Every Last Word
Jackaby
Boys Like You
More Than Music
A Heart Revealed


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