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.

Meet the Newbies: Abigail Johnson

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.

Today for Meet the Newbies we have Abigail Johnson, debut author of If I Fix You!

Author Most Likely To Pretend She's Related to Jimmy Fallon
Nickname: Abby
First Day of School: October 25, 2016
Homeroom: Harlequin Teen
Grade: Contemporary YA
Extracurricular Activities: Reading, Video Games, Web Design
Favorite Class: Woodshop
Favorite Quote/Motto: "I’m a big fan of thinking of stories as giant, fancy snowflakes with lots of intricate little stars and flowers and spirals. This is nice, because it’s whimsical and fun and better than thinking of stories as giant, angry monsters that want to eat your brain." - Brenna Yovanoff