A Reflection on 2016

 
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 Oh what a year it has been. It seems almost cruel to say, but I've had a great year despite the election cycle, terrorists attacks, celebrity deaths, and racial divides that have wreaked havoc on 2016. It's been a huge year of growth for me. There is an immense difference between 2015 Rachel and 2016 Rachel.

Best Books I’ve Read in 2016


I can't believe that 2016 is almost at an end. It's been a rough year, but I can't wait to look back at the books I've read throughout 2016. I read only XX books, and I can definitely attribute that to a summer spent working and college.

Top Ten (First Half of) 2017 Releases I Can't Wait For


I have 301 books on my 2017 releases Goodreads shelf. It was a herculean task to narrow the list down, and I couldn't bear not to mention ANY of these 15 books. (I know... I cheated). 

Blog Tour: Black Moon


Black Moon is without a doubt my favorite installment in the epic sci-fi Zodiac series by Romina Russell, and here's just a snippet of what you can expect: action, kissing, a royal ball, magical creatures, suspense, betrayal, and deception. What more could I ask for??

Why I Love Vampire Academy

When I was in 9th grade, I went through a huge adjustment. High school was incredibly demanding and extremely difficult at first. I had buckets of homework and loads of stress to accompany it. I turned to reading as a comfort, something to help me escape from school's pressures and workload. In September 2012 I discovered the highly popular Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead. I binged the series in under a month. I was so drawn to the hilarious and badass Rose Hathaway. I loved following her narrative. She fought off deadly vampires, fiercely protected her best friend, and held her own against the petty drama at school. The secondary characters are just as lovable, and the romances are so swoony!

Rachel's College Update

Hey friends!

So it's been awhile... I know, complete understatement.

I started my freshman year at Penn State in late August. Immersing myself in a new environment, a new place to call home, was so difficult. I had acute homesickness for a few weeks, but Happy Valley charmed me so completely as did the Penn State community. I've met so many amazing people and I've had some experiences that are just "so college." I can't imagine myself going anywhere else but Penn State. Also our football team is nationally ranked in the Top Ten!! Yes dear readers, I now bleed blue and white like a true Penn Stater. WE ARE!!

Reviews: Afterward and Diplomatic Immunity

Author: Jennifer Mathieu
Series: N/A
Genre: YA Contemporary
Page Length: 320 Pages
Publication Date: September 20, 2016
Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
Source: ARC via Publisher (thanks!)
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When Caroline's little brother is kidnapped, his subsequent rescue leads to the discovery of Ethan, a teenager who has been living with the kidnapper since he was a young child himself. In the aftermath, Caroline can't help but wonder what Ethan knows about everything that happened to her brother, who is not readjusting well to life at home. And although Ethan is desperate for a friend, he can't see Caroline without experiencing a resurgence of traumatic memories. But after the media circus surrounding the kidnappings departs from their small Texas town, both Caroline and Ethan find that they need a friend--and their best option just might be each other.

Review: Consent

Author: Nancy Ohlin
Genre: YA Contemporary
Page Length: 288 Pages
Publication Date: November 10th, 2015
Publisher: Balzer+Bray
Source: eARC via EW (Thanks Simon!)
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In this sexy and intriguing novel, an intense—and passionate—bond between a high school senior and her music teacher becomes a public scandal that threatens the reputation of both.

Bea has a secret.

Actually, she has more than one. There’s her dream for the future that she can’t tell anyone—not her father and not even her best friend, Plum.

And now there’s Dane Rossi. Dane is hot, he shares Bea’s love of piano, and he believes in her.

He’s also Bea’s teacher.

When their passion for music crosses into passion for each other, Bea finds herself falling completely for Dane. She’s never felt so wanted, so understood, so known to her core. But the risk of discovery carries unexpected surprises that could shake Bea entirely. Bea must piece together what is and isn’t true about Dane, herself, and the most intense relationship she’s ever experienced in this absorbing novel from Nancy Ohlin, the author of Beauty.

Review: Heartless


5 DAYS UNTIL HEARTLESS!! 

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Author: Marissa Meyer
Genre: YA Fantasy
Page Length: 464 Pages
Publication Date: November 8th, 2016
Publisher: Feiwel and Friends
Source: ARC via Publisher (thanks!)
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Long before she was the terror of Wonderland—the infamous Queen of Hearts—she was just a girl who wanted to fall in love.

Long before she was the terror of Wonderland, she was just a girl who wanted to fall in love. Catherine may be one of the most desired girls in Wonderland, and a favorite of the unmarried King of Hearts, but her interests lie elsewhere. A talented baker, all she wants is to open a shop with her best friend. But according to her mother, such a goal is unthinkable for the young woman who could be the next queen.

Then Cath meets Jest, the handsome and mysterious court joker. For the first time, she feels the pull of true attraction. At the risk of offending the king and infuriating her parents, she and Jest enter into an intense, secret courtship. Cath is determined to define her own destiny and fall in love on her terms. But in a land thriving with magic, madness, and monsters, fate has other plans.

In her first stand-alone teen novel, the New York Times-bestselling author dazzles us with a prequel to Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.

Review: Kiss Cam

Author: Kiara London
Series: N/A
Genre: YA Contemporary
Page Length: 272 Pages
Publication Date: October 18, 2016
Publisher: Swoon Reads
Source: ARC via Publisher (thanks!)
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In Kiss Cam, teen author Kiara London asks, what's a little harmless kissing between friends?

Juniper, Jasper, and Lenny have been friends forever and co-own a vlog channel called WereVloggingHere. Their fans are huge "shippers" who believe that Juniper and Jasper are perfect for each other, and, despite warnings from friends and family, a simple Truth-or-Dare inspired kiss soon spirals out of control into a whole new world of making out and surprise kisses.

Juniper and Jasper's relationship begins to shift. But as fan requests for different "Kiss Cam" segments keep pouring in, Juniper puts her worries aside and convinces herself that it doesn't mean anything. After all, it's just kissing… right?

Review: The Graces

I've been in college for two months, and I've finished ONE book in that time. With that being said, I thought it would be a good idea to get an additional guest reviewer to review some of my ARCs instead of letting them go to waste. So without further ado, here is Emily with her first review!

Author: Laura Eve
Series: The Graces #1
Genre: YA Paranormal
Page Length: 336 Pages
Publication Date: December 8th, 2015
Publisher: Amulet Books
Source: ARC via Publisher (thanks!)
Goodreads | Amazon
Everyone loves the Graces.

Fenrin Grace is larger than life, almost mythical. He’s the school Pan, seducing girls without really meaning to. He’s biding his time until someone special comes along. Someone different, who will make him wonder how he got along all this time without her. Someone like me.

Fenrin’s twin, Thalia, is a willowy beauty with rippling, honey-colored hair. Wherever she goes, Thalia leaves behind a band of followers who want to emulate her. She casts spells over everyone she encounters, just like Fenrin—even if they both deny it.

Then there’s Summer. She’s the youngest Grace, and the only one who admits she’s really a witch. Summer is dark on the outside—with jet-black hair and kohl-rimmed eyes—and on the inside. It was inevitable that she’d find me, the new girl—a loner with secrets lurking under the surface.

I am River. I am not a Grace. But I’ll do anything to become one.

APCB Adds #6


I love learning about the latest book deals, and APCB Adds is a feature where I share my latest Goodreads book additions. These posts will introduce you to books coming out in the future, ones you can look forward to! 

9 Tips to Live By: To Buy or Not to Buy?

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To buy or not to buy?  That is the question.

I'm pretty much the most indecisive person out there.  From making menu selections to going clothes shopping, any situation with choices is a struggle for me.  But deciding whether or not to buy a book is the absolute worst situation to put me in.  Bookstores are any book-lover's heaven, but for the indecisive purchaser, this dream can quickly turn into a nightmare.

Review: Come Back To Me

Author: Mila Gray
Series: Come Back To Me #1
Genre: NA Contemporary
Page Length: 352 Pages
Publication Date: December 8th, 2015
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Source: eARC via Edelweiss (thanks Simon!)
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In this heart-wrenching tale of love and loss, a young Marine and his best friend’s sister plunge into a forbidden love affair while he’s home on leave.

When a Marine Chaplain knocks on her door, Jessa’s heart breaks—someone she loves is dead. Killed in action, but is it Riley or Kit? Her brother or her boyfriend…

Three months earlier, Marine Kit Ryan finds himself back home on leave and dangerously drawn to his best friend Riley’s sister, Jessa—the one girl he can’t have. Exhausted from fighting his feelings, Kit finally gives in, and Jessa isn’t strong enough to resist diving headfirst into a passionate relationship.

But what was just supposed to be a summer romance develops into something far greater than either of them expected. Jessa’s finally found the man of her dreams and Kit’s finally discovered there’s someone he’d sacrifice everything for.

When it’s time for Kit to redeploy, neither one is ready to say goodbye. Jessa vows to wait for him and Kit promises to come home to her. No matter what.

But as Jessa stands waiting for the Marine Chaplain to break her heart, she can’t help but feel that Kit has broken his promise…

Riley or Kit? Kit or Riley? Her brother or her boyfriend? Who’s coming home to her?

Blog Tour: This Adventure Ends



Today for the This Adventure Ends blog tour tour I'm sharing a Pinterest board with images that remind me of This Adventure Ends.

Author: Emma Mills
Genre: Contemporary
Page Length: 320 pages
Publication Date: October 4th, 2016
Publisher: Henry Holt 
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Sloane isn't expecting to fall in with a group of friends when she moves from New York to Florida—especially not a group of friends so intense, so in love, so all-consuming. Yet that's exactly what happens.

Sloane becomes closest to Vera, a social-media star who lights up any room, and Gabe, Vera's twin brother and the most serious person Sloane's ever met. When a beloved painting by the twins' late mother goes missing, Sloane takes on the responsibility of tracking it down, a journey that takes her across state lines—and ever deeper into the twins' lives.

Filled with intense and important friendships, a wonderful warts-and-all family, shiveringly good romantic developments, and sharp, witty dialogue, this story is about finding the people you never knew you needed.

Required Reading TBR

Ah yes, August and September. Two months that are not my friends because it inevitably means school which inevitably means an unplanned hiatus until I get my pattern down (fun fact: I'm starting to get my pattern down!).

For those who don't know, I'm in high school and I am currently taking AP Language and Composition. This class is a college-designed course that requires a lot of reading, argumentative essays, and SO. MUCH. TIME. But, it's not too bad considering 1) I love reading and 2) I love arguing. It'll prove to be a fun class, I'm sure.

Daughter of the Pirate King Chapter 1 Reveal!

Today I am so excited to share exclusive content on APCB. Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller is easily one of my most anticipated 2017 releases, and it is a Meet the Newbies title. Tricia is generously sharing the first chapter of her upcoming novel below.

Author: Tricia Levenseller
Genre: Fantasy
Page Length: 320 pages
Publication Date: February 28, 2017
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
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A 17-year-old pirate captain intentionally allows herself to get captured by enemy pirates in this thrilling YA adventure.

If you want something done right . . .

When the ruthless pirate king learns of a legendary treasure map hidden on an enemy ship, his daughter, Alosa, knows there's only one pirate for the job—herself. Leaving behind her beloved ship and crew, Alosa deliberately facilitates her own kidnapping to ensure her passage on the ship, confident in her ability to overcome any obstacle. After all, who's going to suspect a seventeen-year-old girl locked in a cell? Then she meets the (surprisingly perceptive and unfairly attractive) first mate, Riden, who is charged with finding out all her secrets. Now it's down to a battle of wits and will . . . . Can Alosa find the map and escape before Riden figures out her plan?

Review: The Night Circus

Author: Erin Morgenstern
Genre: Fantasy
Page Length: 387 pages
Publication Date: September 13, 2011
Publisher: Doubleday
Source: Borrowed via library
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The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.

But behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway—a duel between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood expressly for this purpose by their mercurial instructors.

Unbeknownst to them, this is a game in which only one can be left standing, and the circus is but the stage for a remarkable battle of imagination and will. Despite themselves, however, Celia and Marco tumble headfirst into love—a deep, magical love that makes the lights flicker and the room grow warm whenever they so much as brush hands.

True love or not, the game must play out, and the fates of everyone involved, from the cast of extraordinary circus per­formers to the patrons, hang in the balance, suspended as precariously as the daring acrobats overhead.

Blog Tour: Stalking Jack the Ripper

Today I'm thrilled to host Kerri Maniscalco for the "Stalking Jack the Ripper" blog tour hosted by the inimitable Hannah @ Irish Banana Tours!

Stalking Jack the Ripper features a badass, feminist main character, Audrey, and an oh-so swoony male lead, Thomas. This historical mystery thriller novel based on the Jack the Ripper murders will chill and excite and does not hold back on the gore. 

Rachel's Fear of (Book) Commitment


I am notorious for starting things and never finishing them. Most notably tv shows and books. I have read so many first books in series, yet often I lose interest before I can pick up the subsequent books. Or I have to wait for the next book, and I detest waiting. My attention span is quite short, so if the next or final book isn't out within a year, my interest usually wanes, and I move on to another book obsession.

A Torch Against the Night Gif-y Review

I'm thrilled to join the TORCH blog tour today! TORCH was somehow even better than AEITA, and I'm already yearning for book 3. TORCH really brought out all of the emotions, so today I compiled a collection of GIFs that I think perfectly captures my feels and emotions and actions while reading this book.

August Wrap Up

I totally dropped the ball again. I forgot to post a July wrap up! Now I've completely forgotten everything that happened. Oh but I went to Canada (Montreal and Quebec) with my brother, and it was such fun. Highlight: we went zip-lining across waterfalls taller than Niagara Falls! 

Review: A Torch Against The Night

Author: Sabaa Tahir
Series: AEITA #2
Genre: Fantasy
Page Length: 452 Pages
Publication Date: August 30th, 2016
Publisher: Razorbill
Source: ARC via publisher
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Elias and Laia are running for their lives.

After the events of the Fourth Trial, Martial soldiers hunt the two fugitives as they flee the city of Serra and undertake a perilous journey through the heart of the Empire.

Laia is determined to break into Kauf - the Empire's most secure and dangerous prison - to save her brother, who is the key to the Scholars' survival. And Elias is determined to help Laia succeed, even if it means giving up his last chance at freedom.

But dark forces, human and otherworldly, work against Laia and Elias. The pair must fight every step of the way to outsmart their enemies: the bloodthirsty Emperor Marcus, the merciless Commandant, the sadistic Warden of Kauf, and, most heartbreaking of all, Helene - Elias's former friend and the Empire's newest Blood Shrike.

Bound to Marcus's will, Helene faces a torturous mission of her own - one that might destroy her: find the traitor Elias Veturius and the Scholar slave who helped him escape... and kill them both.

The Struggle of Finding Time to Read

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This year, I'll be a senior.  And that means just one more year of high school!  But being a senior also means an inevitable load of stress.  With some tough courses, extracurriculars, and of course those infamous college applications to fill out, finding the time to read seems like a more challenging task than ever before.  I mean, Rachel is living proof that one can actually survive senior year, but she's kind of a super-human.  (Isn't she?)

A Round-up of Chicklit Mini Reviews

Author: Nichole Chase
Series: Suddenly #1
Genre: Chick Lit
Page Length: 464 Pages
Publication Date: April 23rd, 2013
Publisher: Avon
Source: Purchased via iBooks
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Samantha Rousseau is used to getting her hands dirty. Working toward a master’s degree in wildlife biology while helping take care of her sick father, she has no time for celebrity gossip, designer clothes, or lazy vacations. So when a duchess from the small country of Lilaria invites her to dinner, Samantha assumes it’s to discuss a donation for the program. The truth will change the course of her life in ways she never dreamed.

Alex D’Lynsal is trying to keep his name clean. As crown prince of Lilaria, he’s had his share of scandalous headlines, but the latest pictures have sent him packing to America and forced him to swear off women—especially women in the public eye. That is, until he meets Samantha Rousseau. She’s stubborn, feisty, and incredibly sexy. Not to mention heiress to an estate in his country, which makes her everyone’s front-page news.

While Sam tries to navigate the new world of politics and wealth, she will also have to dodge her growing feelings for Alex. Giving in to them means more than just falling in love; it would mean accepting the weight of an entire country on her shoulders.

APCB Adds #5


I love learning about the latest book deals, and APCB Adds is a feature where I share my latest Goodreads book additions. These posts will introduce you to books coming out in the future, ones you can look forward to! 

ARC Review: Been Here All Along

Author: Sandy Hall
Series: N/A
Genre: YA Contemporary/Romance/LGBTQ+
Page Length: 240 Pages
Publication Date: August 30th, 2016
Publisher: Swoon Reads
Source: ARC via publisher
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Gideon always has a plan. His plans include running for class president, becoming head of the yearbook committee, and having his choice of colleges. They do NOT include falling head over heels for his best friend and next door neighbor, Kyle. It’s a distraction. It’s pointless, as Kyle is already dating the gorgeous and popular head cheerleader, Ruby. And Gideon doesn’t know what to do.

Kyle finally feels like he has a handle on life. He has a wonderful girlfriend, a best friend willing to debate the finer points of Lord of the Rings, and social acceptance as captain of the basketball team. Then, both Ruby and Gideon start acting really weird, just as his spot on the team is threatened, and Kyle can’t quite figure out what he did wrong…

Happily Ever Afters and Why I Like Them

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A common critique I see for concluding books in series is that the final book is too picture perfect, too happy, and thus too unrealistic. I used to voice concerns about this in books too. I'll admit that I shaved off rating stars because of the sickeningly sweet happily ever after I found too common and too unappealing in books.

Review: A Week of Mondays


Today I'm excited to join the Thank God It's Monday blog tour! Many thanks to Mary and Macmillan for setting up this tour.

Author: Jessica Brody
Genre: YA Contemporary
Page Length: 464 Pages
Publication Date: August 2,  2016
Publisher: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux
Source: ARC via publisher
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Ellie is having the worst Monday of her life. She messes up her school speech for the class vice presidency position, she manages to take the world's worst school picture, she bombs softball tryouts, and the icing on top of this awful cake: her perfect boyfriend who is in a high school rock band dumps her. At the end of the day, Ellie wishes she could redo everything. When she wakes up the next morning, she discovers that it's Monday again! She has six more chances to redo the day in the hopes of having everything go exactly the way she wants. But in the process, she just may find out that what she really wants and what she actually needs are two very different things.

Literary Agent Interview: Jennifer Johnson-Blalock

The profession and day-to-day job of a literary agent has always fascinated me. These people work tirelessly and enthusiastically to help sell their clients' books to publishers. Just thinking of all your favorite books, some literary agent helped get that book recognized and published.

Today I interview Jennifer Johnson-Blalock, a literary agent at Liza Dawson Associates. Learn more about the job of a literary agent, what she looks for in manuscripts, and her favorite tv shows!

What Sparked Your Love for Reading?

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On the first day of my "Young Adult World and Perspective" class, my teacher posed the following question to us: "What is your favorite book?"

The question seemed simple enough to answer, right?  It's a common topic of conversation, and a common question many of us are asked rather frequently.  When it was my turn to share, I answered without difficulty.  However, as we went around the class, some of my classmates' answers were both amusing and . . . disappointing -- and perhaps surprising.  Here are some of the most notable answers I can remember:

APCB's Got Two More Co-Bloggers!

When I first started A Perfection Called Books, I never anticipated on the site blossoming into something much bigger than I could handle alone. Now roughly two and a half years later, I've found two wonderful co-bloggers in Julia and Mishma. As APCB continues to grow and life gets busier, we thought it best to add an additional co-blogger to join the APCB team. Among so many amazing applications, Julia, Mishma, and I discovered two people who really stood out to us as amazing individuals who could contribute great content and really click with the rest of us. The two new co-bloggers will now introduce themselves! 

-Rachel

Review: Fear the Drowning Deep


Thanks Brittany @ Brittany's Book Rambles for including me in this epic blog tour for Fear the Drowning Deep! I met Sarah Glenn Marsh nearly a year ago at Bookitcon, a book event in Moorestown, New Jersey! I've been so excited for her book ever since, and I'm happy to say that this book is wonderful! Sarah's debut, Fear the Drowning Deep, is a historical fiction thriller that takes place in the early 1900s on an isle in the middle of a tempestuous sea.

Author: Sarah Glenn Marsh
Genre: YA Historical Fiction
Page Length: 310 Pages
Publication Date: October 4, 2016
Publisher: Sky Pony Press
Source: eARC via Publisher
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Witch’s apprentice Bridey Corkill has hated the ocean ever since she watched her granddad dive in and drown with a smile on his face. So when a dead girl rolls in with the tide in the summer of 1913, sixteen-year-old Bridey suspects that whatever compelled her granddad to leap into the sea has made its return to the Isle of Man.

Soon, villagers are vanishing in the night, but no one shares Bridey’s suspicions about the sea. No one but the island’s witch, who isn’t as frightening as she first appears, and the handsome dark-haired lad Bridey rescues from a grim and watery fate. The cause of the deep gashes in Fynn’s stomach and his lost memories are, like the recent disappearances, a mystery well-guarded by the sea. In exchange for saving his life, Fynn teaches Bridey to master her fear of the water — stealing her heart in the process.

Now, Bridey must work with the Isle’s eccentric witch and the boy she isn’t sure she can trust — because if she can’t uncover the truth about the ancient evil in the water, everyone she loves will walk into the sea, never to return.

Review: The Season

Author: Jonah Lisa + Stephen Dyer
Genre: YA Contemporary
Page Length: 326 Pages
Publication Date: July 12, 2016
Publisher: Viking
Source: Finished Copy via Publisher
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She can score a goal, do sixty box jumps in a row, bench press a hundred and fifty pounds…but can she learn to curtsey?

Megan McKnight is a soccer star with Olympic dreams, but she’s not a girly girl. So when her Southern belle mother secretly enters her in the 2016 Dallas debutante season, she’s furious—and has no idea what she’s in for. When Megan’s attitude gets her on probation with the mother hen of the debs, she’s got a month to prove she can ballroom dance, display impeccable manners, and curtsey like a proper Texas lady or she’ll get the boot and disgrace her family. The perk of being a debutante, of course, is going to parties, and it’s at one of these lavish affairs where Megan gets swept off her feet by the debonair and down-to-earth Hank Waterhouse. If only she didn’t have to contend with a backstabbing blonde and her handsome but surly billionaire boyfriend, Megan thinks, being a deb might not be so bad after all. But that’s before she humiliates herself in front of a room full of ten-year-olds, becomes embroiled in a media-frenzy scandal, and gets punched in the face by another girl.

The season has officially begun…but the drama is just getting started.

The Collector's Obsession

I've always been a pack rat. I keep everything. I still have library receipts from books I checked out over ten years ago. I keep ticket stubs from the Metro, silly notes passed around in eighth grade, torn open envelopes, the list goes on and on. Everything, even the most minuscule things, have some sentimental value for me.

Summer Reading Spots

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Summertime means time for kicking back, relaxing, and reading (of course)!  With so many glorious days to spare, it seems as if we can go anywhere, do anything, and read any book we please.  Recently, I've been taking a book along with me on all of my summer adventures.  Here are some summer reading spots I've encountered:

Pokemon Go Tag

Aentee at Read At Midnight created an adorable Pokemon Go Book Tag along with these amazing graphics! I just started playing Pokemon Go, and it's really exciting catching new pokemon. Now let's go on to the tag!

ARC Review: Ruined

Author: Amy Tintera
Genre: YA Fantasy | Romance
Page Length: 368 Pages
Publication Date: May 3rd 2016
Publisher: HarperTeen 
Source: Edelweiss
A revenge that will consume her. A love that will ruin her.

Emelina Flores has nothing. Her home in Ruina has been ravaged by war. She lacks the powers of her fellow Ruined. Worst of all, she witnessed her parents’ brutal murders and watched helplessly as her sister, Olivia, was kidnapped.

But because Em has nothing, she has nothing to lose. Driven by a blind desire for revenge, Em sets off on a dangerous journey to the enemy kingdom of Lera. Somewhere within Lera’s borders, Em hopes to find Olivia. But in order to find her, Em must infiltrate the royal family.

In a brilliant, elaborate plan of deception and murder, Em marries Prince Casimir, next in line to take Lera’s throne. If anyone in Lera discovers Em is not Casimir’s true betrothed, Em will be executed on the spot. But it’s the only way to salvage Em’s kingdom and what is left of her family.

Em is determined to succeed, but the closer she gets to the prince, the more she questions her mission. Em’s rage-filled heart begins to soften. But with her life—and her family—on the line, love could be Em’s deadliest mistake.

The Promised Sequels that Never Come to Life

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*This post started off level-headed and tame but then morphed into a rant. Apologies!

Sometimes I read books, and I like them. And I want more! The second I finish the book, I'll hop on Goodreads and plead to the bookish gods that a sequel is in the works. More times than not I am blessed with a "heck yeah!!" to the sequel. But sometimes the deal is poisoned by a far off release date, or worse, no release date at all. And that scares me.

I'm naturally an optimistic and hopeful person, but darn it, even I can admit that a book that came out in 2008 with no release date set for the second book is a bad sign. 

APCB Adds #4


I love learning about the latest book deals, and APCB Adds is a feature where I share my latest Goodreads book additions. These posts will introduce you to books coming out in the future, ones you can look forward to! 

ARC Review: The Reader

Author: Traci Chee
Series: Sea of Ink and Gold #1
Genre: YA Fantasy
Page Length: 448 Pages
Publication Date: September 13th, 2016
Publisher: Putnam
Source: ARC 
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Sefia knows what it means to survive. After her father is brutally murdered, she flees into the wilderness with her aunt Nin, who teaches her to hunt, track, and steal. But when Nin is kidnapped, leaving Sefia completely alone, none of her survival skills can help her discover where Nin’s been taken, or if she’s even alive. The only clue to both her aunt’s disappearance and her father’s murder is the odd rectangular object her father left behind, an object she comes to realize is a book—a marvelous item unheard of in her otherwise illiterate society. With the help of this book, and the aid of a mysterious stranger with dark secrets of his own, Sefia sets out to rescue her aunt and find out what really happened the day her father was killed—and punish the people responsible.

When Do You Decide to DNF?

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Lately, I've been stuck in a reading rut.  My usual reading selections just haven't been satisfying my typical hunger for good books.  And so, I've been experimenting and exploring with different genres since the beginning of this year.

Recently, I picked up a classic work from English literature that just about everyone seems to love and adore.  As for me?  I can't decide whether I like the book or flat-out hate it.  I go from being ridiculously bored one minute to slightly interested the next.  Each page seems like twenty in my mind.

I can't decide whether to "DNF" it or not.

June Wrap-Up

We are halfway through 2016! How can this be?!
June was a busy month. Something life-altering happened. I read a few books. I traveled a bit. I started a new job. It was a GREAT month! 
**A Perfection Called Books is looking for a co-blogger!! More information here.

June Reads:


Meet the Newbies: Yearbook

Meet the Newbies is a blog event dedicated to introducing you to the “newbie” published debut authors. In this event, expect to learn more about the authors, their books, and silly fun facts! Check out the full Meet the Newbies lineup here.

This is my second year of the Meet the Newbies debut author event, and I love coordinating and planning the event. My heart swells when I see people read the posts and see how excited both the authors and readers are about the books and the event. I thought I'd close this year's event with something fun!

APCB Co-Blogger Search!

 

Hi everyone!

APCB is searching for an additional co-blogger. Everyone at APCB is super busy, and we're looking to add a bright and creative new member to this site. With that being said, we couldn't be more thrilled and excited!! If you think you'd be a good fit, check out the following details and fill out the google form.