Aug 31, 2015

Meet The New Griffin Teen & Enter a Massive Sweepstakes!

Happy Tuesday!


Gosh, it's already September 1st! Can you believe how fast time flies? In only just a few short months it's going to be yet another new year and I don't think I can handle it! So far, August has been pretty great! I finally started a booktube channel, I've read over 6 six books, and I got to finish one of my most anticipated reads and absolutely loved it! It's safe to say that August was a great month, don't you think? Ready to hear another exciting thing? I think you are!

Now that it is September, that means everyone is heading back to school (or has already started!), and every new year comes a new wardrobe, right? Right! Griffin Teen didn't want to miss out on all the fun, and now their website has a BRAND NEW look and I have the opportunity to share it with you guys!

Doesn't that header look awesome?! I think so! 

If you don't know already know what Griffin Teen is, it is an imprint of St. Martin's Press, but it leans more toward the YA genre. To celebrate their new look, Griffin Teen is hosting a massive US giveaway and I know you guys won't want to pass up this chance! 


                               CLICK THE PICTURE TO BE TAKEN TO THE SWEEPSTAKES

I highly recommend checking their website out because it not only includes super-exclusive and awesome content and chances to win free books but it's also a place to hang out with other awesome YA readers! Sounds pretty fun, right? Don't forget to sign up to their newsletter so you can get all of the super-exclusive content and sweepstakes info straight to your inbox! 


Happy reading! 

Aug 24, 2015

| Blog Tour | Bounce by Noelle August - Interview & Giveaway!

Happy Tuesday!


Ahh! Today is the release day of Bounce! Just a few days ago I started on the first book, Boomerang, and I absolutely LOVED it! I'm also going to be reading and reviewing the second book, and I can't wait to get my hands on a copy of Bounce because it sounds like yet another great, cute read! So, pop a squat, scroll down for the fun interview and don't forget to enter the giveaway! :)






Title: Bounce (Book 3)
Author: Noelle August
Genre: NA, Romance, Contemporary
Release Date: August 25th, 2015
Publisher:  William Morrow Paperbacks

BUY LINKS: | Amazon |
Playing the occasional club gig just isn’t cutting it for twenty-two-year-old cellist Skyler Canby, who’s trying to support herself and her mother back home in Kentucky. Persuaded by her best friend Beth to accompany her on an audition for the first feature film launched by Blackwood Entertainment, she figures why not? Beth’s a shoe-in for the lead, but maybe Skyler’s newly dyed pink hair will help her stand out enough to score a small speaking part. Never in her wildest dreams does Skyler imagine she’ll land the lead role or that she’ll have her shoes knocked off her feet by the kiss her audition partner, Grey Blackwood, plants on her—a kiss that feels very real and not at all “acted. ” After throwing a party that causes thousands of dollars of damage to his older brother’s home, reckless musician Grey Blackwood gets roped into working off his debt on the set of his CEO brother’s newest project. Grey spends his days fetching coffee and doing odd jobs around the studio, but he lives for nights when he performs with his band. He knows if he can stay focused, success as a singer is just around the corner. But that’s tough with a distracting pink-haired girl occupying his every waking thought. Skyler and Grey have every reason to resist each other. But, like a song neither of them can get out of their minds, they have no choice but to go where the music takes them.


YOU CAN ALSO READ MY REVIEW FOR THE FIRST BOOK, BOOMERANG, HERE!


1. This is the third and FINAL novel! Any insight you can provide our aspiring writers on how to approach a final novel in a trilogy?

Lorin: I think Veronica’s the perfect person to comment on this because she’s worked on both a trilogy with a complete arc spread over three novels AND a series with three companion novels. From my perspective, though, I wanted to make sure readers had some sense of where the protagonists from the other stories (Mia, Ethan, Alison, and Adam) ended up, as well as to show some progression in the world of Boomerang, which focused first on the website and eventually on the expansion into movies.

Veronica: Approach the final novel in a trilogy with plenty of wine and a good sense of humor! Kidding aside, it’s been the most enjoyable book for me to write, twice now. Middle books, however…Not fun.

3. What does the New Adult genre mean to you? Any favorite authors/books that you’ve been reading?

Lorin: For me, it’s about capturing that really exciting, tumultuous, fraught, complex time when people are making their first real steps into adulthood, into the world of meaningful work, meaningful love and/or sex, adult dynamics with family, etc.   Favorite authors in NA: Too many! Sophie Jordan, Megan Erickson, Colleen Hoover, Abbi Glines. I don’t know if she’s really characterized this way, but I’m going to add Rainbow Rowell to the NA pantheon as well. Always great. 

Veronica: All of the above for me, too. And Jennifer Armentrout (J. Lynn) is a favorite, Cora Carmack…the list really does go on. I’m also a huge fan of Sarah Maas, and I think you can make an argument that A COURT OF THORNS AND ROSES is NA paranormal fantasy. Also fabulous.



What do you get when friends pen a story with heart, plenty of laughs, and toe-curling kissing scenes?

Answer: Noelle August, the pseudonym for renowned editor and award-winning writer Lorin Oberweger and New York Times bestselling YA author Veronica Rossi, the masterminds behind the Boomerang series. You can visit them at NoelleAugust.com, Don't miss the first two in the series! Boomerang and Rebound.


CONNECT WITH NOELLE AUGUST!



Happy reading!

| Review | Boomerang by Noelle August

Happy Monday!

I've got so many things to do, it's crazy! Recently, I've been designing a lot of things in my Photoshop. So far, I've designed a few fan art swag such as, bookmarks and postcards and I am so excited to print them out so I can use them! I'm also thinking about doing giveaways with some of them, so keep an eye out for that!

I also have lots of posts planned for my blog through the remaining days of August and then the entire month of September. It's crazy people! But I am so excited! I currently just finished a Kindle read (thanks to mom for letting me use her gorgeous e-reader!) and my review for that will be up very shortly! Soon after, I will need to start on some of ARC's I've received because they are due in just a few short weeks and I want to have reviewed them before the release date. So many books, SO little time, right?

But for now, please enjoy my review for this cute and sexy read and don't be shy in letting me know what you guys think in the comment below! :)



Title: Boomerang
Author: Noelle August
Genre: New Adult,  Romance, Contemporary
Release Date: July 8th, 2014
Publisher:  William Morrow Paperbacks

MY RATING: 5 BOOMERANGS!
Welcome to Boomerang.com, the dating site for the millennial gen with its no-fuss, no-commitments matchups, and where work is steamier than any random hook-up. Mia Galliano is an aspiring filmmaker. Ethan Vance has just played his last game as a collegiate soccer star. They’re sharp, hungry for success, and they share a secret. Last night, Ethan and Mia met at a bar, and, well . . . one thing led to another, which led to them waking up the next morning—together. Things turned awkward in a hurry when they found themselves sharing a post hookup taxi . . . to the same place: Boomerang headquarters. What began as a powerful connection between them is treated to a cold shower courtesy of two major complications. First, Boomerang has a strict policy against co-worker dating. And second, they’re now competitors for only one job at the end of summer. As their internships come to an end, will they manage to keep their eyes on the future and their hands off each other, or will the pull of attraction put them right back where they started?



"A cute and sexy read! Boomerang will leave you smiling and walking out like you hit the jackpot!" 



Diving into the book, we see our main protagonist Mia wake up beside a total and handsome stranger, and she doesn't remember any of the details; not even his name. Things get a whole lot more complicated when they both find out that they will be in interning at Boomerang. The catch? Both of them will be competing for the one job Boomerang is offering. 

Although they intern for a dating company, Boomerang has a strict no dating policy and no matter how much chemistry and passion they shared the night before, they have no choice but to put that all behind them and try their best to win that job. But will their attraction for each other get in the way of that...?

Before I started this book, I was ecstatic. I was up for a cute, fun read and that was exactly what I got! From the very first page, I was in love and I couldn't wipe the smile off of my face.

Usually when I come across a book that has been co-written, I tend to get a little nervous with it because of how people's writing styles tend to be different from one another. But when reading, I felt connected to the story and half the time I was curious to know who wrote which chapter because the style was so identically good. The writing style was vivid, spot on and it made me excited to turn the page. Definite props to the authors for the great writing! 

With our main protagonist, Mia Galliano, what a breath of fresh air! I absolutely adored this character from the minute I met her. Funny, smart, classy and strong, she was everything I love in a character and more. There were moments where I felt like I wanted to smack some sense into her and  tell her to go after her man, but it all ended up working perfectly. Overall, I absolutely adored Mia and she is definitely on my "favorite character" list! 

With our hero, Ethan Vance, holy-moly what a hottie! He's handsome, smart, athletic, and caring. (I think the author described my perfect guy here, people!) When reading his POV, I was so intrigued to learn more about him and would always smile at his witty remarks or how much he cared for Mia. Seriously, if I could jump in a book and snag someone out, it would be Ethan! *fans self*

I think it's safe to say that I absolutely loved this book! It was such a fun, cute, sexy read and I look forward to starting on the second book of the series! I would highly recommend picking this one up because you won't regret it! Here's to hoping there *might* be a novella about these two characters again. What, a girl can't dream? ;)




Happy reading! 

Aug 23, 2015

| Cover Reveal | Fire Falling by Elise Kova - Character Bio & Giveaway!

Happy Monday!


Okay, two exciting things are happening this week! One of the things I can't talk about just yet, but the other thing is THIS COVER REVEAL! When I got the e-mail from Elise about this reveal, I screamed, called my sister over, and then we both ending up screaming!

Oh my gosh guys, Air Awakens was one of my favorite reads of this year so far (it's pretty freaking HIGH on my list!) and the second book, Fire Falling comes out in November! AHHHHH! Okay, now for me to stop talking. Prepare yourselves for the swoon-worthy cover below, and don't forget to leave your thoughts in the comments below!




Title: Fire Falling
Author: Elise Kova
Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Fantassy
Release Date: November 19th, 2015
Publisher:  Silver Wing Press

PRE-ORDER BOOK 1: | Amazon | B&N |
Soldier… Sorcerer… Savior… Who is Vhalla Yarl?

Vhalla Yarl marches to war as property of the Solaris Empire. The Emperor counts on her to bring victory, the Senate counts on her death, and the only thing Vhalla can count on is the fight of her life. As she grapples with the ghosts of her past, new challenges in the present threaten to shatter the remnants of her fragile sanity. Will she maintain her humanity? Or will she truly become the Empire’s monster?


CHECK OUT MY FIVE STAR REVIEW FOR AIR AWAKENS HERE!

CHARACTER BIO: VHALLA YARL

Air Awakens Age: 17-18

Height: 160cm (5′ 3″)

Birthday: Late Summer (Time of the Mother)

Born in: The East (Leoul, Cyven)

Eye Color: Brown, flecked with gold

Hair Color: Ashen Brown

Skin Color: Yellow-tinted tan, golden skinned

Build: Thin boned, small framed

Favorite Food: Lemon Cakes

Affinity: Windwalker

Personality: Curious, Kind, Determined, Inquisitive

Childhood: Vhalla was born in a small farming town in Leoul, located in the western portion of Cyven (otherwise called the “East”). Her father was a farmer and her mother was the daughter of the postmasters of Hastan (the Eastern Capital). Vhalla’s upbringing was balanced between helping (more like playing in the mud) in the fields where her family grew wheat and receiving a modest education from her mother. When Vhalla was eight her father enlisted as a soldier during the War of the Crystal Caverns, during which time her and her mother fell ill with Autumn Fever. Vhalla overcame the illness, but her mother did not and she died when Vhalla was ten. Her father returned home, the war won, shortly after and relieved their neighbors of the young Vhalla’s care. For her father’s service he was awarded a place in the palace guard in the Southern Capital of the Empire. He took his daughter to the Emperor and asked to trade his place in the guard for an opportunity for Vhalla to work in the palace as an apprentice.

Vhalla was eleven when she began studying under the Master of the Imperial Library, Master Mohned. Shortly after she joined the library staff another girl, Roan, joined as well. Fast friends, the children were eager to welcome the addition of another into their fold when Sareem, a boy about the same age, arrived. The three were mostly diligent to their duties but got into trouble from time to time. Sareem was often the instigator, dragging along a reluctant but willing Vhalla. Roan attempted to be the voice of reason, but to no avail.


Elise Kova has always had a passion for storytelling. She wrote her first novella, a high-fantasy, in sixth grade. Over the years she’s honed her love of literature with everything from fantasy to romance, science fiction to mystery, and whatever else catches her eye. 

 Elise lives in Saint Petersburg, Florida, where she’s currently working on the next installment in her debut YA fantasy series: Air Awakens. She enjoys video games, anime, table-top role playing games, and many other forms of “geekdom.” She loves talking with fans on Twitter (@EliseKova) and Facebook. Visit her website, EliseKova.com, for news and extras about her books!

CONNECT WITH ELISE KOVA!



Happy reading!

Aug 15, 2015

| ARC Review | Air Awakens by Elise Kova + Giveaway!

Happy Saturday!


So many exciting things happening this weekend guys! First, this review is going up! I'm not going to get into too much detail because I want you to read the review first, but guys, you DEFINITELY need to pick this one up soon! It was such a great read and I can't wait to see what book two has to offer!

I'm also hosting a Twitter chat tomorrow! I'll be getting to talk to authors and other bloggers and readers! It'll be happening at 4PM CST, and it'll be an hour long with questions and prizes! If you want to know more about the chat, click HERE!




 Title: Air Awakens (Book #1)
Author: Elise Kova
Genre: Young Adult, Romance,Fantasy
Release Date: August 27, 2015
Publisher: Silver Wing Press

MY RATING: 5 FLAMING STARS 


A library apprentice, a sorcerer prince, and an unbreakable magic bond...

The Solaris Empire is one conquest away from uniting the continent, and the rare elemental magic sleeping in seventeen-year-old library apprentice Vhalla Yarl could shift the tides of war.

Vhalla has always been taught to fear the Tower of Sorcerers, a mysterious magic society, and has been happy in her quiet world of books. But after she unknowingly saves the life of one of the most powerful sorcerers of them all—the Crown Prince Aldrik—she finds herself enticed into his world. Now she must decide her future: Embrace her sorcery and leave the life she’s known, or eradicate her magic and remain as she’s always been. And with powerful forces lurking in the shadows, Vhalla’s indecision could cost her more than she ever imagined.

"This debut novel will captivate readers from the very first page and leave them itching for more!" 




Sometimes us readers are lucky enough to find a good book to keep us company. Sometimes we aren't so lucky in finding a good book. Then there are those magical times where you find not a good book, but an amazing one. A book that captures you from the very beginning and doesn't let go till the very end. I'm really happy to say that this book was the "one" for me.

Diving into the book, we come across Vhalla, a library apprentice. Growing up, she was taught to fear magic, but she soon realizes that fearing it can no longer be an option when she finds out that she saves the Prince Aldrik, one of the most powerful sorcerers, with magic. Now she is left with two choices, to eradicate her magic and continue the life she has known, or embrace it and become the true sorcerer she is destined to be.

For me, I find it really hard to get into fantasy books because sometimes I just can't connect with the world or characters, but this one is now on my favorite fantasy lists because it was absolutely amazing! Not only was the world building vivid and unique, but also the writing style. I loved how the author was descriptive in her writing, but not to the point where it felt forced, or too poetic.

The plot was also another thing I enjoyed about the book. It was fast paced and everything fit perfectly into place. The dialogue between the characters was something I also liked. At times it had me smiling, laughing, or just shaking my head from the craziness. Gah! Do you guys know the feeling where you love a book so much you can't even come up with the right word to describe it? That's me right now!

With our main protagonist Vhalla, I found her to be such a kick ass character! Not only did I love that she was a reader as well, but she was such a unique, relatable character and rarely will you find that in YA books. She was smart, she was witty, she was caring, and she was strong. Kova wonderfully captured the emotions and thoughts of Vhalla and while reading, I felt as if they were all my own. Vhalla was open-minded and loved to further her knowledge of things and that was what I admired about her, and I think others will as well. It was fascinating to watch her go from shy and awkward to a strong, determined character and let's just say, I'm really excited to see how she develops into book two!



With our main hero Prince Aldrik, lord someone needs to turn the AC on because it just got mighty HOT in here! When we first meet him, yes, he is a bit of a self-centered, arrogant jerk. He's also a bit crazy in one particular scene that had me laughing out of shock, but don't worry about that just yet! *winks*

Although he wasn't the nicest person, I couldn't help but fall for this character. I loved his wittiness, and the way he had that bad boy side to him.  I also enjoyed getting to see how much he truly did care for Vhalla and I am super excited to see how he develops in the second book because I just know there's more to him than what the first book holds!

Another character that I enjoyed getting to know was Prince Baldair, the brother of Aldrik. It seriously keeps getting better and better, people! Baldair is exactly the opposite of Aldrik. He is caring, always with a smile on his face and clearly a ladies man. In this book, I didn't see a love triangle because I felt that Vhalla wasn't really interested in him, but I can definitely see something happening in the second book with Baldair feeling something towards Vhalla. Or at least that's what I'm hoping! What, a girl can't dream?!

Overall, Air Awakens was a stunning debut from Elise Kova and I look forward to seeing what book two holds! If you haven't already pre-ordered your copy, I highly recommend you do because this book will leave you in awe!


*GIVEAWAY* If you liked my review and you really want a copy of your own, there is an INT giveaway going on! Click the link HERE to enter!



What do you guys think? Will you be picking this one up soon? What do you think about fantasy books? Let me know in the comments below because I love hearing your thoughts!


Happy reading!


Aug 13, 2015

Sassy & Sweet Twitter Chat - Questions, Games and Prizes...OH MY!

Happy Thursday!


This blog post is going to be really short, but it contains a lot of excitement, not only from me, but hopefully you guys too! Drum-roll please....



I am hosting my first ever Twitter chat! *cue fangirling*



I think you guys all perked up at the word prizes, right? Don't worry, I would too! ;) Like the picture says, the chat will be happening at 4PM CST and it will be an hour or so long. Tons of other authors and bloggers will be joining in as well. There will be questions that I have for everyone and also giveaways, which is always the fun part! 

Just some of the authors that will be joining : 



I highly encourage you to mark your calendars and prepare for the epicness happening this Sunday! You definitely don't want to miss it! ;)


Happy reading!


Aug 10, 2015

| Review | My Secret Rockstar Boyfriend by Eleanor Wood

Happy Monday!


Today has already started off great because I just got some bookmail! The crazy part? I literally have no where to put it without it looking like a complete mess! Now it's time to re-organize my shelf yet again and hope there is space for these books. *crossing fingers and toes*

I'm also starting the week by catching up on some reviews. I've got a few done and just need to finish a few more and I will finally be caught up, thankfully! I think it'll be a great start to the week if I post a review now, wouldn't it? Don't be shy in leaving your thoughts in this comments about this one!




Title: My Secret Rockstar Boyfriend
Author: Eleanor Wood
Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Contemporary
Release Date: June 4th, 2015
Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books

MY RATING: 2 STARS
Geeky girl meets famous boy . . . what could go wrong? Tuesday Cooper is happy being normal -doing her a-levels and indulging in her twin obsessions: buying weird vintage clothes in charity shops and writing her beloved music blog (which nobody ever reads). Her love for music started when she was thirteen and had a massive crush on Jackson Griffith, teen rock god and SUPER HOT LOVE OF HER LIFE. Now Tuesday's eighteen and has moved on to fancying boys in real life and Jackson went off the celebrity radar years ago. So it can't be him that's messaging her on her blog, can it? From one girl's computer to the pyramid stage at Glastonbury Festival, this is a love story for anyone who has ever wished that someone would sing a love song just for them. Dreams can come true . . .

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23592201-my-secret-rockstar-boyfriend?ac=1



Diving into the book we come across our main character, eighteen year old Tuesday Cooper. Basically her whole life revolves around her music blog, her odd obsession with old vintage clothing, and wanting to pass her A-levels. 

Other than spending time on her blog, Tuesday also spends her time with her boyfriend Seymour, her friend Nishi and Nishi's girlfriend, Anna. One day, she comes across a comment on one of her blog post's that isn't from someone she knows, and she soon realizes that it is from Jackson Griffith, the hot rock star that she admired when she was thirteen years old. 

Sparks start to fly between them, and even though Tuesday knows it's wrong, she can't help but feel attracted to this broken guy. Will she be able to change him, or will things end up being repetitive...? 

Unfortunately, there is nothing worse than reading one of your most anticipated books of this year and being disappointed with it afterwards. When you look at the title and read the synopsis of this book, you automatically think it's going to be a fun, romantic, quirky one. But I am sorry to report that I found this book did not stand up to my expectations.

I enjoyed the author's writing style and I found it entertaining for the most part. However, it dragged quite a lot throughout the entire book, and I would sometimes put it down just because I couldn't bring myself to want to read it. One thing that I disliked from this book was how sometimes, the author would be repetitive with how the main character was feeling. She would go on to write about her feeling one thing in one chapter, and then in the next chapter, she would describe the exact same thing for the next page and a half and that not only agitated me, but it also turned me off from enjoying this book. 

With the characters, it was unfortunately, yet again, a disappointment. Our main character Tuesday, who is nicknamed 'Chew', I had no connection toward whatsoever. I liked that she had her own unique style about her, but that was the only thing I enjoyed because throughout the rest of the book, she was a clueless, naive girl and to be frank, she kind of ticked me off. 




The way she acted and talked is what got me so frustrated about her. Not only did she act like a thirteen year old girl when she's actually eighteen, but she let her so called "loved ones" walk all over her like trash. Half of the time, I just wanted to smack some sense into her and to tell her to stand up for herself, because real friends don't treat you like crap, and obviously her friends weren't real ones because they were rude, selfish and didn't care about Tuesday's feelings or her opinion.

With our love interest, Jackson, I found him to be worse than Tuesday. We have a twenty three year old hot pop star, and we find out at the age of eighteen, life has been pretty bad for him. Married a gorgeous model, ended up getting divorced, went into rehab and then stayed out of the spot light for some time.

Now, I'm not judging him for what's happened in his past, but I figured out pretty quickly that I didn't like him. For his age, I found him to be very immature not only in the way he talks, but also acts and that was obviously not a good thing for me. One minute he would say something to Tuesday and she'd be get all emotional in a happy way, and the next he would either ignore her or tell her to go away.

Close to the end of the book, it was the last straw for me when he was found drinking in the morning and pretty much ignoring Tuesday. The only thing that I liked about that part was that Tuesday walked away from him. Did I nod my head in agreement and sigh in relief? You bet your sweet butt I did.


Now, even though the title says "Rockstar Boyfriend" I found that there was zero romance in this book. Even with her current boyfriend Seymour, (which by the way, they don't even like dating each other and just go out to make themselves cooler), there was nothing of romance. With Jackson, they don't really know each other and all they do is hang out, but as friends. Sure, they have a good time and all at the end of the book, but that was pretty much it. So it's safe to say that the title and synopsis of this book is completely misleading, and you will not find any romance in this book, unfortunately. 

Although this book wasn't for me, that doesn't mean one of you guys won't end up liking it! If you guys decide to pick it up and give it a try, and end up liking it, that's awesome! Let me know your thoughts in the comments below your thoughts and if you've read this one or if you'll be brave enough to pick up your own copy!


* I'd like to say thank you to the publicist Naomi over at Macmillan. I am so grateful that you sent me a copy for review (was so surprised to learn that it was coming from London!) so a huge thank you for doing that! This is no way effected my review. *



Happy reading!

Aug 8, 2015

Book Loving Community Or Drama Loving Community?

Happy Saturday!


Before I get into this post, I just want to say that this is my personal opinion and if you do not like it, then please do not spread hate in the comments below or I will have to block you from ever commenting again and I really don't want to have to do that. Also, I will not be mentioning the names of bloggers, and I encourage you to do the same.

Lately there has been a lot of drama going around the blogosphere and not only is everyone else tired of it, but so am I. When I started blogging, it was amazing and it still is! I got to meet awesome bloggers and authors and it was fantastic! Now, when I started Twitter, I noticed that is where all the smack went down.

Now, two days ago, drama was caused once again and now the entire blogging community is pointing fingers, taking sides and basically in chaos and to be honest, I am sick of it. I started blogging to meet new people that share the same interests as me. I did not come to blogging so my timeline on Twitter can be filled with drama, lies and hate and I know a lot of you didn't either.

Not only has the drama been in the blogging community, but also the booktube community. Especially of Richard Denney's booktube video where he talks about how he can't afford booktube. MAJOR outrage came from some popular booktubers and they accused him of bashing them and spreading hate, when that wasn't the case at all. He was simply voicing his opinion of how he felt about his own booktube channel, and people got the idea that he was bashing everyone who had a booktube. 


My fellow book lovers, we are a community that share the love for one thing: books. Why must we feel the need to cause unnecessary drama? Why must we feel the need to publicly bash someone or their opinions of something? 

Don't get me wrong, I know there is good and bad to the internet, but if I want to voice my opinion on disliking a series or a certain thing, why do you need to feel the need to tell me I'm wrong or stupid? Why do you need to fill the need to go to your DM's and spread hate or lies about someone? 

Not too long ago, I found out that a blogger that I thought I was friends with had bashed me and my blog just because I won something and she didn't. Was I shocked? Of course! Did I do something wrong to her to get her angry at that? Not at all! Do I still treat her with respect and kindness? Absolutely! Why? Because it's the right thing to do and I would never want to stoop down to her level. But, I also decided to keep my distance from her because I don't like nor appreciate that kind of negativity. 

I think it's time we all take a step back and grow up. Like our momma's always told us, "If you got nothing nice to say, then don't say it at all." So, my advice to you? Don't say something you wouldn't want your boss, your parents, or anyone else to see. Because remember, once it's out on the internet, it will always be there.

Now, instead of bashing other bloggers and bringing them down, let's try and spread the positivity. Use the hashtag #SassyLove on twitter and say something positive about a blogger, a book or something you love! Let's try and bring this community back together and to remind ourselves to always stay positive.

My #SassyLove to you is: You are amazing. You are talented and you are unique. Never let someone bring you down for what you believe in and always remember: you are AWESOME! 

Happy reading! 


Sassy's Blogiversary Bash Wrap Up + MEGA INT GIVEAWAY!

Happy Friday!


Wow! That was one epic way to celebrate Sassy & Dangerous turning one! I still can't believe I've been blogging for a year now. It's been such an amazing experience, getting to meet new bloggers, have the opportunity to connect with authors and publishers, and just have fun in this book loving community! 

Back in July of last year, I had no idea my blog would amount to anything. All I wanted to do was talk about my love of reading and maybe even make a few friends who had the same interests as me. I thought I would get a few readers and that would basically be it for my blog, but boy was I surprised and EXCITED to see my audience grow week after week. I would always excitedly tell my parents that I gained a new follower or two, that I got accepted to read and review this book,  I basically talked about everything!


This year, I also got to meet two crazy ladies that I absolutely adore. Not only do they put a smile on my face when I need it, but they have had my back through everything and supported me and my blog and for that, I am super grateful for them! Tika, Blessie, you crazy butt weirdos, I love ya! <3 

I also got the chance to meet some authors and publishers this year! Never in my life did I think I would actually be able to say "Oh yeah, I'm friends with that author!" A quick shout-out to all the wonderful authors and publicists that I got to meet: 

| Lesa Howard | Iain Reading | Emily Wibberley | Erin Johnson | Elise Kova | Noelle August | Brianna R. Shrum | Courtney Cole | Karen Ann Hopkins | Michelle Cashman | Megan Traynor |

A huge thank you to all these wonderful authors and publicists for believing in me and my blog. It truly means a lot to me! 

I also want to say a quick thank you to my parents. Thank you mom and dad for always believing in me and encouraging me to continue all my hard work. You guys are the definition of the best parents and I love you!

But, my biggest thank you would be to my readers. For always coming by my blog, for always leaving your thoughts in the comments below and for always supporting me. I couldn't have done it without you guys and I look forward to another year with you!


Now onto the fun stuff! The giveaway is still going on for a few more days so you have some time to enter! It has been so fun to see so many people from around the world enter my giveaway! People from Switzerland, Florida, London, Mexico (COOL!) and so many other places! If you'd like to win one of these awesome prizes, just enter below! :)




Happy reading!


Aug 5, 2015

Sassy's Blogiversary Bash Day Twelve - Gretchen McNeil + MEGA INT GIVEAWAY!

Happy Thursday!


Oh my god, it's the last day in my bash! I can't believe how fast that flew by! It's been such an awesome bash because I loved getting to interview other authors and to spread the word about their books! 

Today, for the last day of the bash, I am featuring the awesome Gretchen McNeil! She was so kind in sending me a copy of her book TEN for review and I can not wait to read it because it sounds exciting! Don't forget to comment below and show Gretchen some love and to also enter the giveaway to win a copy of Ten!



Title: Ten
Author: Gretchen McNeil
Genre: Young Adult, Horror, Mystery
Release Date: September 18th, 2012
Publisher:  Balzer + Bray

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Three-day weekend. Party at White Rock House on Henry Island.
You do NOT want to miss it.

It was supposed to be the weekend of their lives—an exclusive house party on Henry Island. Best friends Meg and Minnie each have their reasons for being there (which involve T.J., the school’s most eligible bachelor) and look forward to three glorious days of boys, booze and fun-filled luxury.

But what they expect is definitely not what they get, and what starts out as fun turns dark and twisted after the discovery of a DVD with a sinister message: Vengeance is mine.

Suddenly people are dying, and with a storm raging, the teens are cut off from the outside world. No electricity, no phones, no internet, and a ferry that isn’t scheduled to return for two days. As the deaths become more violent and the teens turn on each other, can Meg find the killer before more people die? Or is the killer closer to her than she could ever imagine?



Hi Gretchen! I am so happy to have you stop by the blog today! Before we get the interview started, would you like to tell us a little bit about yourself? 

Well, I mostly write YA horror and suspense novels for Balzer + Bray for HarperCollins, including POSSESS, TEN, and 3:59, as well as the Don’t Get Mad series GET EVEN and GET DIRTY!  I used to be an opera singer, and a television animation producer, and a voice over artist.  And I occasionally sing with the circus.


1. What gave you the idea to write TEN? Was it a long time idea or did it just come to you randomly? 

TEN was inspired by a simple line of praise from my editor.  She told me that the creepiest parts of my debut POSSESS reminded her of the Christopher Pike novels she loved as a teen.  That inspired me to work on a Pike-esque book, and when I was thinking about his plots, I realized one or two of them reminded me of Agatha Christie’s masterpiece And Then There Were None.  BOOM!  The idea for TEN was born!

2. What was the most difficult part in writing it? 

All the red herrings.  One aspect of a successful murder mystery, which is what TEN is at its heart, is the always shifting spotlight of suspicion.  Everyone must be a believable suspect at some point in time, which means everyone needs motivation and opportunity.  Getting all those details straight and then organically inserted into the book can be tough!

3. Are there any parts in the book that you feel particularly close to? If so, what would it be? 

Well, the song Lori writes her supposed suicide note on (Barber’s “Sure On This Shining Night”) is one of my favorites.  I’ve performed it several times in recital, and I even recorded it (poorly) for the book trailer.  Integrating that song into the book was very personal to me, a little nugget not many people know about!

4. During the cover design process (I bet that’s always the fun part!) where you able to voice what you wanted/pictured? 

I had absolutely nothing to do with that amazing cover!  My publisher shows me a finished product, then I’m allowed to give input.  I had literally nothing to say about this one other than, “Wow.”

5. Do you have any upcoming projects? If so, can you let us in on a sneak peak? 

I can’t share any actual pages from my upcoming books because both of them are still in revision, but I have two releases in 2016.  RELIC, which was orphaned by the Egmont closure, will be published by HarperCollins’s Epic Reads Impulse line.  It’s a standalone horror novel about a group of teen who, while exploring an old mine, accidentally unleash a creature who was meant to remain buried. The creature is a parasite, and then teens don’t know which of them it’s inhabiting at any given time, and as it systematically hunts down everyone who knows of its existence and cannibalizes the bodies to keep its host body healthy, the teens need to figure out how to stop it before they all fall victim. 

After that, I have a YA contemporary out in the fall of 2016 with Balzer + Bray called I’M NOT YOUR MANIC PIXIE DREAM GIRL which is about a math-minded control freak who loses her boyfriend to the quirky new girl in school then sets out to reinvent herself as a classic manic pixie dream girl in order to win him back.

What a fun interview! Thank you once again Gretchen for stopping by and congratulations on your amazing book!



Gretchen McNeil is the author of the standalone YA horror novels POSSESS, TEN (2013 YALSA Top Ten Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers, a Romantic Times Top Pick, a Booklist Top Ten Horror Fiction for Youth, a finalist for Washington state’s 2015 Evergreen Young Adult Book Award and Vermont’s 2014-2015 Green Mountain Book Award, and was nominated for “Best Young Adult Contemporary Novel of 2012″ by Romantic Times) and 3:59, as well as GET EVEN and GET DIRTY, part of her mystery/suspense series Don't Get Mad, all with Balzer + Bray for HarperCollins. 

In 2016, Gretchen will publish two novels: RELIC, a YA horror novel, with HarperCollins/EpicReads Impulse on March 8, 2016, and in the fall, I’M NOT YOUR MANIC PIXIE DREAM GIRL, her first YA contemporary, with Balzer + Bray. Gretchen also contributed an essay to the Dear Teen Me anthology from Zest Books.



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