Review ~ Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

Series: The Raven Cycle #1
Genre: YA Paranormal
Page Length:  416 Pages
Publication Date: September 18th, 2012
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Source: Finished copy 
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“There are only two reasons a non-seer would see a spirit on St. Mark’s Eve,” Neeve said. “Either you’re his true love . . . or you killed him.”

It is freezing in the churchyard, even before the dead arrive.

Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue herself never sees them—not until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks directly to her.

His name is Gansey, and Blue soon discovers that he is a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble.

But Blue is drawn to Gansey, in a way she can’t entirely explain. He has it all—family money, good looks, devoted friends—but he’s looking for much more than that. He is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents all the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul who ranges from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher of the four, who notices many things but says very little.

For as long as she can remember, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love to die. She never thought this would be a problem. But now, as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.

From Maggie Stiefvater, the bestselling and acclaimed author of the Shiver trilogy and The Scorpio Races, comes a spellbinding new series where the inevitability of death and the nature of love lead us to a place we’ve never been before.

Review ~ Rites of Passage by Joy N. Hensley

Series: N/A
Genre: YA Contemporary 
Page Length:  416 Pages
Publication Date: September 19th, 2014
Publisher: Harper Teen
Source: Finished copy via library
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Sam McKenna’s never turned down a dare. And she's not going to start with the last one her brother gave her before he died.

So Sam joins the first-ever class of girls at the prestigious Denmark Military Academy. She’s expecting push-ups and long runs, rope climbing and mud-crawling. As a military brat, she can handle an obstacle course just as well as the boys. She's even expecting the hostility she gets from some of the cadets who don’t think girls belong there. What she’s not expecting is her fiery attraction to her drill sergeant. But dating is strictly forbidden and Sam won't risk her future, or the dare, on something so petty...no matter how much she wants him.

As Sam struggles to prove herself, she discovers that some of the boys don’t just want her gone—they will stop at nothing to drive her out. When their petty threats turn to brutal hazing, bleeding into every corner of her life, she realizes they are not acting alone. A decades-old secret society is alive and active… and determined to force her out.
At any cost.

Now time's running short. Sam must decide who she can trust...and choosing the wrong person could have deadly consequences.

Fairwell/Bon Voyage!

Hello everyone!!

Today marks the day I leave for China for two weeks. No access to email, blog, twitter, facebook, or anything so talk to you in two weeks, lovelies <33

-Rachel

Weddings in YA


I love weddings just as much as the next girl. I'm a hopeless romantic, but I can't help but be a bit peeved at how weddings are portrayed in some YA novels. 

I can think of at least ten books off the top of my head that contain weddings between the main character and her love interest. It's not a five years later type, it's more on-the-spot and totally spontaneous: "Hey, let's get married!" 

Blog Tour: ARC Review ~ We All Looked Up by Tommy Wallach



Series: N/A
Genre: YA Contemporary/Apocalyptic
Page Length:  384 Pages
Publication Date: March 24th, 2015
Publisher: Simon & Schuster BFYR
Source: eARC via EW (thanks Simon!)
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Four high school seniors put their hopes, hearts, and humanity on the line as an asteroid hurtles toward Earth in this contemporary novel.

They always say that high school is the best time of your life.

Peter, the star basketball player at his school, is worried “they” might actually be right. Meanwhile Eliza can’t wait to escape Seattle—and her reputation—and perfect-on-paper Anita wonders if admission to Princeton is worth the price of abandoning her real dreams. Andy, for his part, doesn’t understand all the fuss about college and career—the future can wait.

Or can it? Because it turns out the future is hurtling through space with the potential to wipe out life on Earth. As these four seniors—along with the rest of the planet—wait to see what damage an asteroid will cause, they must abandon all thoughts of the future and decide how they’re going to spend what remains of the present.

Series Review ~ Addicted To You by Becca & Krista Ritchie


Series: Addicted
Genre: NA Contemporary
Page Length: 324 Pages
Publication Date: July 1st, 2015
Publisher: Self-Published
Source: Bought via iBooks
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She’s addicted to sex. He’s addicted to booze…the only way out is rock bottom.

No one would suspect shy Lily Calloway’s biggest secret. While everyone is dancing at college bars, Lily stays in the bathroom. To get laid. Her compulsion leads her to one-night stands, steamy hookups and events she shamefully regrets. The only person who knows her secret happens to have one of his own.

Loren Hale’s best friend is his bottle of bourbon. Lily comes at a close second. For three years, they’ve pretended to be in a real relationship, hiding their addictions from their families. They’ve mastered the art of concealing flasks and random guys that filter in and out of their apartment.

But as they sink beneath the weight of their addictions, they cling harder to their destructive relationship and wonder if a life together, for real, is better than a lie. Strangers and family begin to infiltrate their guarded lives, and with new challenges, they realize they may not just be addicted to alcohol and sex.

Their real vice may be each other. 

Taylor Swift Tag


Thanks to the lovely Jessica @ Lovin Los Libros for tagging me! I'm a huge Taylor Swift fan, so I was bouncing up and down with excitement when I saw she tagged me <33 Basically this tag pairs Swift songs with books.

Do We Need Epilogues?


Your eyes fly across the pages soaking up the words. You're unsure if you want to slow down and savor it since the book is almost over or if you want to quickly devour everything because the book is just that good. You finish the last chapter, smile and turn the page. Then...

Reaction A:
Your smile brightens."Epilogue" is printed at the top of the page.

Reaction B:
Your smile disappears. The most dreaded word is printed at the top of the page: "Epilogue."

I never know what to expect with an epilogue. Sometimes it makes the book better. Sometimes an epilogue destroys the book. Sometimes I wonder why it's necessary. Would it better not to have epilogues at all? Is an epilogue imperative to close a series ender's story?

There are a few different ways that an epilogue can turn out.

Bookish News ~ 3/15/14

The Mortal Instruments TV Show - It has been released that TMI filing will start in May in Vancouver! ABC Family has picked up the show and is co-producing with Constantin. A casting call went out on Craigslist for LA, and the characters are being aged up to college years.

I am VERY nervous because ABC Family has a reputation for screwing up adaptations. Constantin produced TMI movie, and it was horrible... They threw out the cast (thank gosh), and I'm trying to be hopeful. The producers are considering doing a book per season. Also Cassandra Clare is not affiliated with this tv show at all. She has no say in anything and has nothing to do with the project. That's all we know for now!

ARC Review ~ Under A Painted Sky by Stacey Lee

Series: N/A
Genre: YA Historical Fiction
Page Length:  384 Pages
Publication Date: March 17th, 2015
Publisher: Putnam
Source: ARC (Thanks Stacey <33) 
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A powerful story of friendship and sacrifice, for fans of Code Name Verity

Missouri, 1849: Samantha dreams of moving back to New York to be a professional musician—not an easy thing if you’re a girl, and harder still if you’re Chinese. But a tragic accident dashes any hopes of fulfilling her dream, and instead, leaves her fearing for her life. With the help of a runaway slave named Annamae, Samantha flees town for the unknown frontier. But life on the Oregon Trail is unsafe for two girls, so they disguise themselves as Sammy and Andy, two boys headed for the California gold rush. Sammy and Andy forge a powerful bond as they each search for a link to their past, and struggle to avoid any unwanted attention. But when they cross paths with a band of cowboys, the light-hearted troupe turn out to be unexpected allies. With the law closing in on them and new setbacks coming each day, the girls quickly learn that there are not many places to hide on the open trail.

This beautifully written debut is an exciting adventure and heart-wrenching survival tale. But above all else, it’s a story about perseverance and trust that will restore your faith in the power of friendship.
 

Apollycon Recap


On Sunday, February 28th, I went to Apollycon which was in Philly! The event celebrated the release of Jennifer L. Armentrout's "The Return" with the help of 20 other authors (included Sarah J Maas and Alexandra Bracken!!) Spencer Hill Press (and specifically Damaris) organized the event. They did a superb job. It was so much fun; I met lots of great authors, got books signed, and saw lots of familiar bloggers and friends alike!

February Wrap-Up & Bookish News

Hello everyone! I'm here with my very late February Wrap-Up. Oops.... I've just been feeling so lazy lately!

I read 8 books this month! That's practically a record for me during the school year...

Blog Tour ~ Dead to Me by Mary McCoy + Giveaway



Series: N/A
Genre: YA Mystery
Page Length:  304 Pages
Publication Date: March 3rd, 2015
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Source: eARC via Netgalley (thanks Disney Hyperion!)
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LA Confidential for the YA audience. This alluring noir YA mystery with a Golden Age Hollywood backdrop will keep you guessing until the last page.

"Don't believe anything they say."

Those were the last words that Annie spoke to Alice before turning her back on their family and vanishing without a trace. Alice spent four years waiting and wondering when the impossibly glamorous sister she idolized would return to her--and what their Hollywood-insider parents had done to drive her away.

When Annie does turn up, the blond, broken stranger lying in a coma has no answers for her. But Alice isn't a kid anymore, and this time she won't let anything stand between her and the truth, no matter how ugly. The search for those who beat Annie and left her for dead leads Alice into a treacherous world of tough-talking private eyes, psychopathic movie stars, and troubled starlets--and onto the trail of a young runaway who is the sole witness to an unspeakable crime. What this girl knows could shut down a criminal syndicate and put Annie's attacker behind bars--if Alice can find her first. And she isn't the only one looking

Evoking classic film noir, debut novelist Mary McCoy brings the dangerous glamour of Hollywood's Golden Age to life, where the most decadent parties can be the deadliest, and no drive into the sunset can erase the crimes of past.

Cover Reveal ~ The Revolution of Ivy by Amy Engels + Giveaway

I absolutely loved The Book of Ivy by Amy Engel. I am so excited to reveal the cover of the second and final book in the series, The Revolution of Ivy. 

ARC Review ~ The Storyspinner by Becky Wallace

Series: The Keepers' Chronicles #2
Genre: YA Fantasy
Page Length:  432 Pages
Publication Date: March 3rd, 2015
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Source: eARC via publisher (thanks Simon & Schuster!)
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Drama and danger abound in this fantasy realm where dukes play a game for the throne, magical warriors race to find the missing heir, and romance blossoms where it is least expected.

In a world where dukes plot their way to the throne, a Performer’s life can get tricky. And in Johanna Von Arlo’s case, it can be fatal. Expelled from her troupe after her father’s death, Johanna is forced to work for the handsome Lord Rafael DeSilva. Too bad they don’t get along. But while Johanna’s father’s death was deemed an accident, the Keepers aren’t so sure.

The Keepers, a race of people with magical abilities, are on a quest to find the princess—the same princess who is supposed to be dead and whose throne the dukes are fighting over. But they aren’t the only ones looking for her. And in the wake of their search, murdered girls keep turning up—girls who look exactly like the princess, and exactly like Johanna.

With dukes, Keepers, and a killer all after the princess, Johanna finds herself caught up in political machinations for the throne, threats on her life, and an unexpected romance that could change everything.
 

IT'S MY FIRST BLOGOVERSARY!! + Giveaway


As I'm sure you saw from my title, today is my first blogoversary!! I have been blogging for a whole year now. I honestly didn't think I'd last this long. And look, here I am!! I AM SO THANKFUL FOR EVERYTHING AND EVERYONE. And I'm just super giddy right now... It's been a year!!