Home About Contact Policies Reviews Challenges Giveaways Image Map

ALA Annual 2014 Recap

I apologize for the slight delay, but I definitely wanted to do a recap of my experience at ALA Annual in Las Vegas.

I arrived at the convention Friday afternoon and stayed in Las Vegas through Monday. At the convention, I was able to meet so many awesome authors, bloggers, publisher representatives, and librarians. It was a great experience! :)

I met Brianna and Nicole from Paperback Princess, Hannah from The Irish Banana, Crystal and Arlene from Winterhaven Books, Alexa from Pages of Forbidden Love, Rachel from Rachel's Book Review, and Bailey from IB Book Blogging. It was so great to meet up with these ladies in real life, especially since I've visited all of their blogs at at least one point in the past. We had so much fun hanging out before the conference! :)
Embedded image permalink
Photo courtesy of Hannah @ The Irish Banana

For the author signings, they were all so much fun, but I was especially excited to meet Jenny Han, Becca Fitzpatrick, Lindsey Leavitt, and Mary E. Pearson. Some of the books that I was the happiest to receive at the conference were:

Through to YouExquisite Captive (Dark Caravan Cycle #1)SublimeBreathe, Annie, Breathe  SuspicionUnmarked (The Legion, #2)SwayMortal Heart (His Fair Assassin, #3)

It was amazing to talk to publisher representatives about their upcoming titles, too :) There's so many great books coming out this fall and winter!

Embedded image permalink

Bailey from IB Book Blogging and I before the conference with Rites of Passage by Joy N. Hensley (coincidentally my first read from ALA ;) Photo courtesy of Hannah @ The Irish Banana

I'm giving away three books that I received at the conference for anyone who wasn't able to attend. This giveaway will be open to US/CA only and will last around a week. Good luck!

The Fire ArtistStitching SnowH2O

a Rafflecopter giveaway

July YA Contemporary Challenge Review Link-Up

Hi everyone! Here's the review link-up and giveaway for July. For the challenge itself, we're in the midst of planning something pretty awesome that will take place this fall ;) I hope you all have been having a great reading month! 

Rites of PassageBlonde Ops

ARC of Rites of Passage by Joy N. Hensley
Hardcover of Blond Ops by Charlotte Bennardo and Natalie Zaman 
Assorted Swag!
a Rafflecopter giveaway

Push by Eve Silver Book Review

Push (The Game, #2)It’s either break the rules or die.
Miki Jones lives her life by her own strict set of rules, to keep control, to keep the gray fog of grief at bay. Then she’s pulled into the Game, where she—and her team—will die unless she follows a new set of rules: those set by the mysterious Committee.
But rules don’t mean answers, a
nd without answers, it’s hard to trust. People are dying. The rules are unraveling. And Miki knows she’s being watched, uncertain if it’s the Drau or someone—something—else. Forced to make impossible choices and battling to save those she loves, Miki begins to see the Committee in a glaring new light.
And then the Game crosses a new boundary, pushes harder into Miki’s and her friends’ lives, and there’s nothing in the rules that can save them now.
Push is the sequel Rush fans will be screaming for.
Pages: 352
Source: Publisher via Edelweiss

Waiting on Wednesday: Perfect Couple by Jennifer Echols

Perfect Couple (Superlatives, #2)Can your heart be put to a popular vote?
As yearbook photographer, Harper is responsible for capturing those candid moments that make high school memorable. But her own life is anything but picture perfect. Her p
arents' bitter divorce has left her wondering what a loving relationship would look like. And ever since the senior class voted her and star quarterback Brody the “Perfect Couple That Never Was,” her friends have been on her case to ask Brody out.
Brody doesn’t lack in female admirers, but Harper can't see herself with him. He seems confused about why they were matched together, too. They’re total opposites—the last people in the world who would ever be compatible, let alone the “perfect couple.” Yet ever since the class paired the two of them, they've found themselves drawn together--first by curiosity, then by an undeniable bond.
The trouble is, though they're very attracted to each other and both of them admit this, they have a hard time getting along or even communicating clearly. If they’re the perfect couple, this shouldn’t be so difficult! Soon it becomes clear their class was wrong, and they throw in the towel. But after they walk away, both of them feel so changed from making the effort that they can’t forget each other. What if that means this match made in hell is the perfect couple after all?

I loved Biggest Flirts so much, and I'm excited to see what will happen with Harper and Brody in this book. I've always thought "Perfect Couple That Never Was" was an especially interesting superlative, and I'm sure this book will be just as hilarious as the last one. What are you waiting on? :)

Which Cover? #11

Hi everyone! Here's the newest edition of Which Cover? Here are the recent cover changes that I've found:

Earthbound by Aprilynne Pike
Earthbound (Earthbound, #1)Earthbound

My Opinion: Older: Although nothing stands out too much about the older cover, the newer cover is kind of strange to me. The picture doesn't seem to match the description of the book, although it somewhat matches the title.

The Book of Broken Hearts by Sarah Ockler
The Book of Broken HeartsThe Book of Broken Hearts

My Opinion: Older: The older cover is so pretty and I love how the pages of the book form a heart. That is seriously one of the cutest ideas ever! However, the new cover looks cheesy and I wish they didn't change the original one. 

Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas

Dangerous GirlsDangerous Girls

My Opinion: Newer: This one was really tough for me to decide, but ultimately, I think the newer cover is better because it's more mysterious and makes me more curious about the story. Although I like the older cover, it doesn't give me as much of an indication as to what might happen in the story.

Maid of Secrets by Jennifer McGowan

Maid of Secrets (Maids of Honor, #1)Maid of Secrets (Maids of Honor, #1)

My Opinion: Newer: In the newer cover, the girl holding the knife just looks fiercer and more like she'll fit the character in the story. I think there's also more of a contrast and dramatic feel in the newer cover with her being posed next to the queen. 

Which covers do you prefer? :)