07 July 2015

Review: Paperweight by Meg Haston

Paperweight by Meg Haston 
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date: TODAY! YAY :)
Book Format: ARC
# of Pages: 304
Synopsis: Seventeen-year-old Stevie is trapped. In her life. In her body. And now in an eating-disorder treatment center on the dusty outskirts of the New Mexico desert.

Life in the center is regimented and intrusive, a nightmare come true. Nurses and therapists watch Stevie at mealtime, accompany her to the bathroom, and challenge her to eat the foods she’s worked so hard to avoid.

Her dad has signed her up for sixty days of treatment. But what no one knows is that Stevie doesn't plan to stay that long. There are only twenty-seven days until the anniversary of her brother Josh’s death—the death she caused. And if Stevie gets her way, there are only twenty-seven days until she too will end her life.

In this emotionally haunting and beautifully written young adult debut, Meg Haston delves into the devastating impact of trauma and loss, while posing the question: Why are some consumed by their illness while others embark on a path toward recovery?


My Review:
I received Paperweight by Meg Haston from the publisher and this is my honest review.

Paperweight is a story about a young girl named Stevie who has been through a lot in her life. The abandonment of her mother, her odd relationship with her best friend/girl friend, and the death of her brother. All of this leads her to a devastating eating disorder.

In the very beginning Stevie is sent into treatment by her father to help her fix herself. She starts off being very stand offish. She does not like being there and she has no intention of helping herself get better. As the book moves forward she starts to find herself, with the help of her treatment team, especially Anna her shrink whom she refers to as, shrink. Along with all of the girls she meets along the way.

I was nervous before starting this book, because books that have such deep feelings and emotions always scare me. It is almost like I am afraid to take in all of that emotion. But while reading this story I handled it well. I was able to take in Stevie’s story, and really absorb everything it was meant to be.

I loved everything about this book. The characters were all real and well developed Stevie, Cate, Ashley, even Shrink were all real people to me. I read about their problems and really got to know them. Now that I am done I feel like those characters are apart of my life forever that is how realistic Haston made them feel. I also loved reading about each girls process, and how they fought to get better. The bracelets, the sessions they had with shrink, as well as all of the snack times. It was interesting to see which girls were eating and which weren’t. After reading this book I honestly feel like I want to be in this environment. Not as one of the girls who were sick, but as one of those who were helping them get better.

Overall I give this book the highest rating it could receive. I believe the author accomplished everything she wished to in writing Stevie’s story. It give awareness to eating disorders, as well as made for an incredible story.  

 

04 July 2015

Real Neat Blogger Award





I am extremely excited to announce that I have been nominated by Ariel @ The Librarians Bookshelf She is such a sweet girl, and I'm so happy she thinks of my blog as a "real neat one" I love the name of this award by the way! Please check out Ariels blog pronto!

The Rules:

  • Put the award logo on your blog.
  • Thank the people who nominated you, linking to their blogs.
  • Answer 7 questions asked by the person who nominated you.
  • Nominate any number of bloggers you like, linking to their blogs.
  • Let them know you nominated them (by commenting on their blog, etc.)


Now I'll answer the questions! 

1. What is your favorite genre and why?
My favorite genre... That is such a good question. I really don't know. Lately I have been reading a lot of Teen books that fall into the genre of Teen Fiction. But I also really like True Crime. So I would have to say my favorite books are those that have YA elements as well as crime/murder elements. I also enjoy reading really emotional books. I recently read Paperweight by Meg Haston which was about a girl trying to get over her mother leaving, her eating disorder, and her brothers death all at once. It was pretty intense.

2. What is your favorite place to read?
My favorite place to read is in bed. I like being all comfy wrapped up in the covers reading a really good book. Especially during the winter.

3. What are you reading right now? What do you think so far?
I'm currently reading Don't Ever Change by M. Beth Bloom. Its about a girl whose just graduated high school, and getting ready to go off to college. She's having a hard time choosing between the bad boy, and the good boy. On top of that, her best friends are starting to slip away from her. It doesn't come out until July 7, but it is REALLY good so far!

4. What made you start a book blog?
I had just moved from Goffstown, NH to Salem, NH and I did not know anyone so I spent a lot of my time on the internet. One day I came across a book blog. I think it was YA Bound but I thought it was so cool. I had always loved to read, so I researched how to start my own and wallah! Here it is!

5. Do you prefer physical books or e-books?
I honestly prefer physical books. I just like having something in my hand, and being able to turn the pages.

6. Who is your favorite author?
Ahhh the million dollar question! Ummmm my favorite author is, I guess I would have to say its between James Patterson, Michael Grant, and Kelley Armstrong just because I have read pretty much all of their young adult books and I've loved every one that I have read!

7. Favorite Series?
My favorite series is the Maximum Ride series by James Patterson! It's old but its one of his originals and I love those books!

I nominate,
Jessica over at A Great Read
(She has been a long time follower of my blog and shes such a sweetheart!)

Juhina & Farah over at Maji Bookshelf 
(I've followed them for awhile, and I love reading there reviews and watching their videos on youtube too!)

Carina over at Carina's Books
(She is such a sweetheart! She pretty much comments on all of my book hauls!)

Michelle over at Book Briefs 
(Her blog is so cute, and I love reading her reviews!)


Thank you all for stopping by to see my questions, and my nominees! As well as another big thanks to the lovely Ariel for nominating me :) 

P.S. For all those in the US Happy 4th!




02 July 2015

Blog Tour: The Dreamer by E.J. Mellow


The Dreamer by E.J. Mellow
Synopsis: It’s night. Always night. Dreams guard against the evil forged by nightmares. Infinite shooting stars illuminate a moonless sky. A city stands alone, surrounded by a darkened field. On its fringes, a man watches one star separate from the masses and fall. What survives the crash will unveil a secret centuries long hidden. 

Molly hasn’t slept well since the night of her twenty-fourth birthday. Being struck by lightning might have something to do with it, but then again, her chicken did look a little undercooked at dinner. Whatever the culprit, her life quickly catapults from mundane to insane as, night after night, Molly is transported through her once dreamless sleep to a mysterious land illuminated by shooting stars. 

There she meets the captivating but frustrating Dev, and together they discover Molly possesses a power coveted by his people—the ability to conjure almost anything she desires into existence. Seduced by the possibilities of this gift, Molly shifts her attention from waking life toward the man, the magic, and the world found in her dreams. 

But Molly must ask herself—does something truly exist if you only see it when you close your eyes? 

Faced with the threat of losing everything—her job, best friend, boyfriend, and most importantly, that little thing called her sanity—Molly will learn just how far she’ll go to uncover what is real and what is merely a figment of her imagination.


Meet E.J.
E.J. Mellow is the author behind the NA Contemporary Fantasy trilogy The Dreamland Series. When she's not busy moonlighting in the realm of make-believe, she can be found doodling, buried in a book (usually this one), or playing video games.

Residing in Brooklyn, NY she is a member of Romance Writers of America and their Fantasy, Futuristic & Paranormal Chapter.

 
Social Links:
Website

Purchase Links:
Amazon

Excerpt:
 Heading back to my apartment, which is only a few blocks away on Jones Street, I check my phone to find a missed call and a voicemail from home.
“Happy Birthday to you! Happy Birthday to you! Happy Birthday dear Mols, Happy Birthday to youuuuu!” My parents’ voices sing off-key. “Hope you’re having a great day, love! Dad and I are eating a cupcake in your honor. Give us a call when you can. Love you!” I smile and am about to hit Redial when the wind picks up and the ominous rumbling of another sporadic April shower sounds in the distance.
I quicken my pace, hoping that I’ll make it to my apartment before it starts raining too hard. I’ll give them a ring then. I hardly make it another block before the skies open and pour down a monsoon.
Well, Happy Birthday to me.
Cursing six ways til Sunday, I push on, my dress clinging unceremoniously and my feet slipping forward in my heels. Stopping under a doorway to wait it out will only make me more irritable—nobody deserves to stand around in drenched clothes on her birthday—so I keep slopping home as the storm grows increasingly more violent.
My hair’s completely soaked, and I’m in the middle of pushing it from my face when a huge crack of lightning flashes nearby. Shocked, I fall forward, dropping my purse, but luckily catch a streetlight to steady myself. I’m about to step away when another loud CRACK explodes and the brightest light I’ve ever seen surrounds me.
Time stops as a million things happen at once: The most excruciating pain I’ve ever felt extends from the palm of my hand up my arm to envelop me as a scream tries to escape my lips but gets stuck in my throat. My whole body burns like the hottest part of a flame and fights being torn from the inside out. Agonizing splinters of energy course through my body and pierce my brain like a knife jamming into my forehead. Then suddenly, I sense myself lifting off the ground, suspended in midair, and with a rush I slam down onto a hard surface.
Finally, time moves forward and everything goes black.

— ∞ —
I’m in nothingness, floating inside a heavy silence. Through the thickness, someone says my name, and I try opening my eyes, but they stay shut. Yet I begin to see things: The color blue pulses in front of me, receding into the deepest crystal-blue eyes I’ve ever seen. A smile appears. The mouth and eyes are surrounded in blackness, but the form speaks in a calm, deep voice. You’ll be okay, Molly. Trust me. As soon as the words are uttered, I begin to relax, though I can’t pinpoint why the sound of that voice comforts me.
The vision changes, and the silhouette of a city bordered by a never-ending field flashes before me, the dark sky covered with an infinite amount of shooting stars. I take in the smell of night and spice. The vivid blue eyes appear again, this time accompanied by the blurred outline of a man’s face, and I desperately try looking through the haze to make him out. His features come into focus for one beat of my heart, and my stomach flutters at the raw, masculine beauty that materializes. He’s all darkness and angles and moon-kissed skin hidden under forgotten stubble, sapphire jeweled eyes blazing against the shadows that surround him.
The face begins to blur again as he whispers the words Terra Somniorum and cocks his mouth into a mischievous grin. Callused yet soft hands brush across my cheek. Molly, he whispers. I can’t mistake the urgency in his tone.
Molly.
“Molly.” This time it sounds different, muffled and female. Like the shock of jumping into freezing water, I’m swiftly aware of my whole body, and an all-consuming pain radiates throughout me. I moan, forcing my eyes open only to be temporarily blinded by sharp white light. Though it feels like I have earplugs in, I pick up the constant beeping of a heart monitor nearby.
“Oh, Molly! You’re awake. Can you hear me?” I carefully turn my head to my mother, sitting next to the bed I’m lying in. I blink.
“Mols, you’re in the hospital. You were struck by lightning.” Her voice cracks as she grabs my hand and begins to sob.

Author Interview: Trisha Leaver author of The Secrets We Keep



The Secrets We Keep by Trisha Leaver
Synopsis: A girl takes over her twin sister's identity in this emotionally charged page-turner about the complicated bond between sisters.

Ella and Maddy Lawton are identical twins. Ella has spent her high school years living in popular Maddy's shadows, but she has never been envious of Maddy. In fact, she's chosen the quiet, safe confines of her sketchbook over the constant battle for attention that has defined Maddy's world.

When—after a heated argument—Maddy and Ella get into a tragic accident that leaves her sister dead, Ella wakes up in the hospital surrounded by loved ones who believe she is Maddy. Feeling responsible for Maddy's death and everyone's grief, Ella makes a split-second decision to pretend to be Maddy. Soon, Ella realizes that Maddy's life was full of secrets. Caught in a web of lies, Ella is faced with two options—confess her deception or live her sister's life.

Meet Trisha, 

Trisha Leaver resides on Cape Cod with her husband, three children, and one rather excitable black lab. Her YA Horror novel CREED is coming in Fall of 2014 from Flux. Her YA Contemporary THE SECRETS WE KEEP coming in the Winter of 2015 from FSG/Macmillan





The Interview:
What are the hardest/most rewarding parts about being a writer? 

Each book I write is a little piece of me. As writers, we pour our heart and souls into our books, and then we send them out into the world for strangers to read.  In essence, I am giving each reader a tiny glimpse into my soul; a piece of me that they will either love or hate. That is the hardest part for me as a writer: sending my manuscripts…sending myself out into world for others to judge.

The most rewarding part is when a teen reader sends you an email or stops you at an event and simply says “thank you.” That somehow, in some way they connected with your book and that reading it made them feel less isolated, less like the odd man out. That is why I write…for those few kids who are touched by my books.

What advice can you give new writers just starting out? 

It only takes a spark to ignite an entire story. You don’t need to have the entire plot laid out from page one. Every thread doesn’t need to be carefully developed from the onset and every character doesn’t need to have a definitive path before you sit down to write.  Just take that one spark, play with it…explore it, let it ignite your imagination and simply start writing.  Pretty soon one paragraph will turn into one page and one page into one chapter.

What made you want to write young adult? 

There is a raw honesty in young adult literature that I absolutely adore. You can speak from the heart, let the emotions flow, and tackle sensitive subjects with a truth that isn’t wrapped up in flowery language or elongated prose.  You aren’t bound by structural constraints: you can write in verse, in journal format, in flashbacks, or in simple prose. In essence, there is a freedom to simply “create” within the young adult genre that I love.

What motivates you to sit down and write?  
My imagination. There are literally dozens of characters screaming in my head at any given moment, each demanding to be heard.  Their stories, their constant pecking at the back of my mind is what makes me sit down every day and write.

Lastly, Do any of you have street teams, or beta readers, or even just a newsletter that me or my followers can sign up to be apart of for upcoming releases? 

I do have a newsletter.  There is a sign-up link under the “contact me” section of my website: www.trishaleaver.com.  In addition, I do have Teen Arc Reading Program where I circulate ARC’s of my upcoming releases to teen readers. If any of your followers are interest in taking part in that, they can simply email me at trishamleaver@gmail.com 

Thank you so much Trisha for answering my questions! and I hope all of you enjoyed this interview!
 

01 July 2015

Blog Tour: When Faults Collide by Claire Granger

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This is my stop during the blog tour for When Faults Collide. This blog tour is organized by Lola's Blog Tours. The blog tour runs from 1 till 14 July, you can view the complete tour schedule on the website of Lola’s Blog Tours.

When Faults Collide CoverWhen Faults Collide (Faultlines #1)
By Claire Granger
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Age category: New Adult
Release Date: July 1, 2015

Blurb:
Asha is a 23 year old graphic designer and blogger living in Richmond VA with a dark past. She grew up in India in a brothel where her mother was a prostitute and came to America to live with her father when she was 13. 10 years later and while she has survived, she lives her life under a strict set of rules and lives fairly sheltered in order to protect herself. Her most important rule: never get involved romantically.

Then she meets Blake, a 25 year old music venue owner with an equally dark past. From their first encounter, Asha finds it difficult to follow her own rules and can't deny the connection between the two of them.

Can Asha overcome her demons to go beyond surviving to thriving and will Blake be the perfect broken piece to the puzzle of her heart?


You can find When Faults Collide on Goodreads

You can buy When Faults Collide here:
- Amazon
- Barnes & Noble

Claire GrangerAbout the Author:
Claire grew up in Texas, but her family moved to Virginia in 2001. She now resides in Richmond with her husband, 4 children (2 sets of twins!), and their fur babies.

She blogs over at The Granger Bunch and has her first novel releasing this summer! "When Faults Collide" is a contemporary romance, the first of the "Faultlines" series! She is already working on book two of the series as well as a non fiction and a few other exciting projects!

She is passionate about racial identity and equality issues, foster care, adoption, and non-profits that work to help victims of sexual assault and trafficking.

She is shamelessly addicted to romance, erotica, dark/twisted/taboo, smutty, sexy, anti-hero, flawed hero, controlling, mind blowing books! Basically everything that would make her mother cry. ;)

She loves hearing from her readers- it keeps her going! Thank you so much for all of your continued support!

You can find and contact Claire here:
- Website
- Facebook
- Twitter
- Goodreads
- Instagram


Guest Post:
How do you get inspired to write, and keep writing?
 
Stories and characters come to me in passing thoughts, dreams, and even randomly in conversation. I keep a journal of notes and ideas that I carry with me everywhere!
When I go into “the zone” to write, I make sure to clear off large chunks of time because it’s very hard for me to stop once I start. Many chapters of “When Faults Collide” were written in the middle of the night when I thrashed around and could not sleep until I got the words out.
I never had true writer’s block, but if I got stuck in a certain scene, I would stop writing that scene and move on to something else, coming back to fill in the gaps later.  

There is a tour wide giveaway for the blog tour of When Faults Collide. These are the prizes you can win:
- a signed copy of When Faults Collide by Claire Granger
- a $25 Amazon gift card

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30 June 2015

Review: Dangerous Grirls by Abigail Haas

Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Release Date: May 6, 2014 
Book Format: Paperback
# of Pages: 400
Synopsis: Paradise in Aruba quickly gets gruesome in this ripped-from-the-headlines thriller (Kirkus Reviews) & with a twist that defies the imagination.

It's Spring Break of senior year. Anna, her boyfriend Tate, her best friend Elise, and a few other close friends are off to a debaucherous trip to Aruba that promises to be the time of their lives.

But when Elise is found brutally murdered, Anna finds herself trapped in a country not her own, fighting against vile and contemptuous accusations. As Anna sets out to find her friend's killer, she discovers harsh revelations about her friendships, the slippery nature of truth, and the ache of young love.

Awaiting the judge's decree, it becomes clear to Anna that everyone around her thinks she is not only guilty, but also dangerous. And when the whole story comes out, reality is more shocking than anyone could ever imagine...


Meet Abigail, (Taken From Goodreads)
 
Abigail Haas has written two adult novels and four young adult contemporary novels under the name Abby McDonald. Dangerous Girls is her first young adult thriller. She grew up in Sussex, England, and studied Politics, Philosophy & Economics at Oxford University. She lives in Los Angeles.




My Review:   
I bought Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas with my own money and this is my honest review.

Dangerous Girls is about a group of friends who go to Aruba for a relaxing vacation. Near the end of this vacation, Elise one of the girls in the group gets brutally murdered. This rips through the group like a tornado. Nobody understands why this happened or who did it, until Anna, Elise’s best friend, and Tate, Anna’s boyfriend get arrested for the murder.

There were many aspects of this book that I enjoyed. The first was that throughout the book every chapter was different. Some were newspaper articles, some were before the murder, some were after, some were the trail, etc. I loved going back and forth between before, and after and all of the other things the chapters held. It made the book much more interesting, I was not able to put it down the whole time.

I have to say that Haas has the writer's craft. While reading, the WHOLE time I was reading I thought I knew exactly who did not do it, and possibly who might of. I spent the entire book being on this persons side whole heartedly thinking I knew they did not do it. By the end of the book I was sitting there with my jaw on the floor extremely confused about what had just happened. I only hope that someday I will have the ability to do that to readers with my writing someday.

She also did a great job of making me fall for the characters. I was in love with Anna and Tate they seemed like the cutest couple and I loved the two of them together. I hated what happened to them though. I kept hoping that they would be okay, but then the cheating came out and I knew it was over. Even though that killed it for me, the rest of the book was still amazing, and I would read anything by Haas in the future.  

 

29 June 2015

Cover Reveal: Scars Run Deep by Helen Boswell

Scars Run Deep by Helen Boswell
Release Date: September 22nd 
Genre: Contemporary, New Adult
Synopsis: Good things generally don’t happen to me.
And if they do, it’s not long before something comes around and bites me in the ass. Ten-fold.

Jase Moretti has been running from a tragedy in his past for almost his entire life. Now at twenty-three years old, he finally has everything going for him – the promise of an exciting career and an engagement ring in his pocket ready to propose to the girl of his dreams. But when his path crosses with Elle Garcia’s during one reckless night in Vegas, he’s forced to revisit his past and the tragedy that he was responsible for. Jase has the rare opportunity to right the wrongs in his life, but in order to do it, he has to help Elle, the girl he’s hated for thirteen years.

A chance meeting.
A chance for redemption.
A chance for his scars to heal.

But Jase’s scars run deeper than he thinks, and he isn’t the only one with old wounds. As he learns more about Elle, he discovers he has to make a choice. Give up his perfect life or keep living the perfect lie?


Meet Helen, 
Helen Boswell loved to get lost in the pages of a story from the time she could sound out the words. Originally from upstate New York, Helen spent much of her early adult life tromping around in Buffalo, NYC, Toronto, and Las Vegas, those cities now serving as inspiration for the dark and gritty urban backdrops of her stories. An author of both urban fantasy and contemporary romance, she loves to read and write characters that come to life with their beauty, flaws, and all.

Helen dedicates her time to raising her family of two boys, teaching college students, and of course, writing.


 
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