#ReadThemAllThon TBR Pile

Aentee from Read at Midnight has created the Pokémon Indigo League #ReadThemAllThon Challenge.

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Disclaimer: Pokémon Go belongs to Nintendo and Niantic.

This is a reading challenge based on the Kanto’s Indigo League. Similar to the series of gyms that Ash must conquer to become the Pokémon Master, readers will complete book challenges to earn badges and become the Pokémon League Champion of reading. This challenge runs between August 14, 2016 to September 4, 2016. Participants have three weeks to finish their TBR pile. There are 8 challenges, which equal 8 books, that may be completed in any order. You can improve your Pokémon’s CP along the way by completing various things. You may use her/these graphics.

For more information, read Aentee’s info post where you can learn the details and join the challenge. Also see her example/personal sign up post. Please make sure to link back to her blog to give her credit, and so others may sign up/learn about this read-a-thon. Spread the love!

Chosen Pokémon

My Pokémon is…

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Charmander!

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He is fire type with a 3-stage evolution chart. I will be starting with 10 CP: Combat Power. I will update my trainer’s card along the way, adding up my CP and putting in badges when I earn them.

 

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TBR Pile

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I really want to reread the Tiger Saga Series by Colleen Houck. I have forgotten half of the plot and I hope to make new discoveries along the way. So my first pick will be Tiger’s Curse!

403 pages, potential +40 CP

 

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I know I cried when I read The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. I could most certainly pick it up again and fall to pieces. But for a little more adventure, I went to the Internet. From countless websites who list this book in their sad YA, I have chosen We Were Liars by E. Lockhart. I have had this book recommended to me various times, even my high school English teacher said I should read this novel. Apparently the book comes with a twist that will have me re-reading through my tears.

225 pages, potential +22 CP

 

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Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare. I was in love with her other two series, but I haven’t yet gotten myself to read this one, despite the “thunderous hype.”

670 pages, potential +67 CP

 

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When I look back, I don’t think I’ve ever read a book with a LGBTQIA main character. Accordingly, for this challenge I will read Proxy by Alex London.

384 pages, potential +38 CP

 

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When it comes to romance and love, I will go to Sarah Dessen. She knows how to write with raw emotion. Sitting on top of my current TBR pile and posted #8 in Goodreads Best YA Romance Novel, the winner is The Truth About Forever!

374 pages, potential +37 CP

 

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I will read The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi which I bought as an impulse buy in Barnes and Noble. This book has fantasy and mythological aspects. This book reminds me of The Girl of Fire and Thorns, though since I haven’t read it I’m not sure how spot-on I really am.

342 pages, potential +34 CP

 

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I picked it up at the store and have yet to read it. A sin that will send me to the fires of hell, the same color as the book’s red cover: This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab.

427 pages, potential +42 CP

 

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Lastly, from my YA book to movie adaption comes The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey.

457 pages, potential +45 CP

*Edit*

During my move to college, it was hard to consolidate all of my books. I ended up only bringing a few, and smaller ones at that. My classes and job are starting soon; with that in mind, to save my sanity, I will read Angelfall by Susan Ee instead.

283 pages, potential +28 CP

Assuming I did my math correctly, I have a potential 699 CP. This is assuming I finish all books, write a review for all books, and post at least one tweet for all books/book reviews. These numbers may vary and/or change throughout the course of the challenge. I’ll keep my CP updated throughout the challenge.

Huge shoutout to Aentee for making this awesome, very fun, and “slightly” competitive book challenge!

8 Authors to Add to your Summer Reading List

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On Twitter, Rachel from A Perfection Called Books Blog and @yaperfectionist created a book scavenger hunt. With the (hashtag) #bookhunt she asks general questions about books and others must find books that fit her description. They can be old or new releases, but the purpose is to learn about new books and add to your TBR pile.

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Her 5th question is what spurred me on to write this summer authors post. I came up with some personal answers and I was inspired by other bloggers as well to come up with this list.

So, here are the 8 best authors whose novels make for some of the perfect summer reads.

 

Here are 4 authors of summer recommended by me:

1. Sarah J. Maas

Sarah J. Maas is one of my go-to authors. I will automatically buy a book if her name is on it. She is queen and her stories take you to whole other worlds. I would recommend either her Throne of Glass Series or A Court of Thorns and Roses Series.

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2. Jessica Brody

I found Jessica Brody on Twitter (@JessicaBrody) from her upcoming release on August 2, 2016 of A Week of Mondays. Her teen books are all great summer reads. Check out Boys of Summer or the Unremembered Series.

 

 

3. Kiera Cass

Kiera Cass knows how to write female characters and fill her books with love. These are effortless reads; the books are not explicit or filled with heavy content, perfect for a day at the beach. She recently released The Siren after her success with the The Selection Series.

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4. Sarah Dessen

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Sarah Dessen was my pick for the perfect summer read on the #bookhunt. Her novels are timeless romances, filled with self-discovery and personal advancement. Her work is so emotional and captivating. You don’t want to stop reading once you’ve started.

“Her writing hits home no matter the situation. It is real (fiction) and raw. It displays the deeper side of families and friends, putting into words a reader’s own experiences.”

This quote comes from my own review of her novel Saint Anything. {My summer giveaway featuring her book and a bookish mug, starts on 7/25/16 and ends on 8/15/16.} Any of her novels would make a great summer read. (A fun fact about her work, all of her books are connected in some way, though they are not all together a series.)

 

Here are 4 authors of summer recommended by others:

5. Morgan Matson

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TiffanyMorgan Matson.png from The Bookish Thought and @bookish_thought mentioned Morgan Matson. After researching her books, I would have to agree. She creates familiar characters and compelling stories. Go read Since You’ve Been Gone, Second Chance Summer, and/or The Unexpected Everything.

 

6. Kasie West

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Tiffany (The Bookish Thought and @bookish_thought) also recommended Kasie West. Try any of her YA contemporary novels including The Distance Between Us, On the Fence, The Fill-In Boyfriend, and P.S. I Like You.

 

 

 

7. Sarah Ockler

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Zoey from Uncreatively Zoey and @zoeytalbon mentioned The Summer of Chasing Mermaids. Read it! So, I Googled and came across Sarah Ockler. Try any of her YA romances for a great summer reading list.

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8. Stacey Lee

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stacey.pngMelissa from Live Love Read YA and @miss_melissalee talked about the ARC The Secret of a Heart Note which comes out December 27, 2016. This book will miss this season, but it would be perfect for the upcoming summer. You can always try Stacey Lee’s other two books, Under a Painted Sky and Outrun the Moon, in the meantime.

 

Summer is over halfway done but you still have time. So, have a great rest of your summer, and get reading!

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Saint Anything Review + Giveaway (7/25/16 – 8/15/16)

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Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen

Synopsis: Peyton, Sydney’s charismatic older brother, has always been the star of the family, receiving the lion’s share of their parents’ attention and—lately—concern. When Peyton’s increasingly reckless behavior culminates in an accident, a drunk driving conviction, and a jail sentence, Sydney is cast adrift, searching for her place in the family and the world. When everyone else is so worried about Peyton, is she the only one concerned about the victim of the accident?

Enter the Chathams, a warm, chaotic family who run a pizza parlor, play bluegrass on weekends, and pitch in to care for their mother, who has multiple sclerosis. Here Sydney experiences unquestioning acceptance. And here she meets Mac, gentle, watchful, and protective, who makes Sydney feel seen, really seen, for the first time.

About the Author: Sarah Dessen is one of the most popular writers for young adults. She is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of many novels, which have received numerous awards and rave reviews, and have sold more than nine million copies. She lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, with her husband, Jay, and their daughter, Sasha Clementine. Visit her online at http://www.sarahdessen.com.

Genre: teen, contemporary, romance, realistic fiction

More Info: paperback, 417 pages, published by Viking on May 5, 2015

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Sydney Stanford believes she is invisible, overshadowed by her older brother, Peyton. He was always the center of attention, especially when he started to spiral out of control. He has made too many mistakes, including B&E, drugs, and drunk driving. The DUI was not the only consequence, that fatal night got Peyton sentenced to prison since he hit young David Ibarra, who ended up paralyzed due to the accident.

The emotions were so real, so honest. Sydney is trying to find a way to burden all of the guilt of her family. She hasn’t really forgiven her brother for what he did, and she feels like she should apologize to David, even though it won’t bring his legs back. She also has to pay for her brother’s mistake, which is unfair.

All of this equals a brother who is serving time, a mother who is trying to cope, and a father who is traveling. Sydney is just stuck in the middle. 1 + 1 = 2 and a new school. There she makes some new friends, while also maintaining previous relationships. Having a social life is hard work.

At Seaside Pizza, she meets the Chatham family. Their world is so different from her own and it is refreshing. Layla is a food enthusiast, especially for french fries. Her older brother, Mac, is now a healthy (and hot) man who loves to “tinker.” Their other friend, Eric, has a very, very large ego. And finally Irv, is an enormous and sensible guy. They make a strange tag team and a diverse band.

Her friendship with Layla is true, and Sydney is loyal despite Layla’s horrible taste in men. The attraction between Syd and Mac is progressive, not love at first sight; although Mac assures her she was not invisible the first time they met, and I think this makes her feel noticed, special.

“‘You had on a shirt with mushrooms on it, and your hair was pulled back. Silver earrings. Pepperoni slice. No lollipop.'”

Eric shows some interest in Sydney in Layla, but doesn’t quite make the cut. Eric will also do anything to get to the top of the music business to the annoyance of the rest of the crew. But he has the talent to spin a song in a new direction. *whispers* “Don’t tell him that or he might puff up so much he will float away like a balloon.”

Finally, the added conflict with Ames, Peyton’s best friend, tipped the scale. He was creepy, and had me crawling out of my skin. Other side notes: don’t worry the carousel on the cover will come into play and the title will be explained eventually.

Shame on me, but this is actually my first book from Sarah Dessen. I must say that I am pleased. Her writing hits home no matter the situation. It is real (fiction) and raw. It displays the deeper side of families and friends, putting into words a reader’s own experiences. I am already searching for my next read from Sarah Dessen. If you have any suggestions, comment below. This is a fluid novel, quiet but beautiful, and not to be overlooked.

I must say, that this is one of those books that you can’t put down. I may or may not have stayed up until 1:00 in the morning to finish. “One more chapter” ended up as 12 more chapters, and I honestly had no idea how late it was until I closed the cover.

I picked this up at Meijer for $8.24. It was an impulse buy since the price was so low, and it was worth it.

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Giveaway

See all rules here.

One (1) winner will receive:

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One (1) new paperback copy of Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen

One (1) new “a room without books is like a body without a soul” mug

 

Click here for the giveaway: Rafflecopter Giveaway

Begins: 7/25/16 at 12:00 AM EST

Ends: 8/15/26 at 12:00 AM EST

Winner: Jordan

Broken Prince Review

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Broken Prince (The Royals, Book 2) by Erin Watt

Synopsis: These Royals will ruin you…

From wharf fights and school brawls to crumbling lives inside glittery mansions, one guy tries to save himself.

Reed Royal has it all—looks, status, money. The girls at his elite prep school line up to date him, the guys want to be him, but Reed never gave a damn about anyone but his family until Ella Harper walked into his life.

What started off as burning resentment and the need to make his father’s new ward suffer turned into something else entirely—keep Ella close. Keep Ella safe. But when one foolish mistake drives her out of Reed’s arms and brings chaos to the Royal household, Reed’s entire world begins to fall apart around him.

Ella doesn’t want him anymore. She says they’ll only destroy each other.

She might be right.

Secrets. Betrayal. Enemies. It’s like nothing Reed has ever dealt with before, and if he’s going to win back his princess, he’ll need to prove himself Royally worthy.

About the Author: Erin Watt is the brainchild of two bestselling authors linked together through their love of great books and an addiction to writing. They share one creative imagination. Their greatest love (after their families and pets, of course)? Coming up with fun–and sometimes crazy–ideas. Their greatest fear? Breaking up. You can contact them at their shared inbox: authorerinwatt@gmail.com

Genre: new adult, romance, contemporary, young adult (recommended 17+).

More Info: Kindle edition, 370 pages, published on July 25, 2016

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Holy $h|t! klashdfiuwehglawkejflks. I’m speechless. I honestly don’t know what to write. This book brought me out of my reading slump, but now I can only sit in shock. (This sounds alarmingly like my review for Paper Princess, I see a pattern here.)

Ok, let me back it up. {Warning: spoilers from book 1 and some spoilers from book 2.}

Paper Princess ended off will Ella catching Reed in bed with Brooke. She, reasonably in my opinion, took off. She was ruined by the Royals, just like she was warned would happen. The beginning of book 2 starts off in the same spot, but this time from Reeds point of view. We learn that he has slept with Brooke in the past, but was actually kicking her out at the time of Ella’s departure. We also discover that *gasp* Brooke is pregnant. But who can really know whose baby it is?

The Royal family falls apart without Ella. They spiral and so does everyone around them. Astor Park Prep Academy falls to pieces without a Royal to hold it all together.

It isn’t too long before Ella is found, and threatened by Callum to return. She grudgingly agrees and becomes a “prisoner” again. The tension in the household doesn’t ease up, especially with Brooke and Dinah back in the mix.

Reed is relentless in his attempts to win Ella back. He throws caution to the wind and opens up about his past, his family, and even his mother. Other secrets are revealed along the way that add other issues to the twist and turns.

With Reed’s POV, we get a closer look into his head. He is just as messed up as the rest of his family. I thought there would be more focus on Ella, and her adventure before she was brought back to the Royal palace…but there isn’t. What really surprised me and made me happy was the change in the boys’ father. Callum becomes a larger character in this novel, standing up for himself and his family. I was taken aback by how much he knew about his family and their pastimes. He knows much more than he lets on, and will do anything to protect those he loves. Callum breaks his pattern, and I liked him so much better for it.

As I mentioned before, there are patterns. There is a pattern to the titles. There is a pattern to the synopses. (Seriously, compare the synopsis for both Paper Princess and Broken Prince.) And there is a pattern of cliffhangers.

I slightly resent the cliffhangers, but it certainly grabbed my attention and has be grasping for more. (Kind of like Reed in this book.) I won’t spoil the ending, but WTF!? Of all the things that I imagined happening in the finale, it was not that…or the other thing either. The conclusion left me with more questions than answers, some that I really want answered in book 3.

If you want to torture yourself, definitely buy this book. I am writing this review on Broken Prince’s release day, because I may have read it in one 6 hour sitting. Oops. It is a fast and intriguing read.

Fair warning, Twisted Palace, book 3, won’t be released until October 17, 2016.

This book was also $4.99 on kindle like the first book. This is a reasonable and worthwhile price. You can also buy the two books together.

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Fitzgerald is credited, in the Oxford English Dictionary, with the first citations of the words T-shirtdaiquiri (a cocktail containing rum and lime, named after a region of Cuba), stinko (slang meaning ‘of a very low standard’), and even wicked (as in ‘excellent’ or ‘remarkable’). With the exception of stinko(which comes from a letter of 1924), all of these early uses of these words are found in Fitzgerald’s first novel, This Side of Paradise.

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