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Cinder and Ella by Kelly Oram Cover Reveal

I'm so excited to help reveal the cover of Kelly Oram's newest novel, which is a Cinderella retelling that sounds absolutely amazing! I've enjoyed so many of her books and I'll definitely be preordering this one. Without further ado, here's the cover and synopsis:

It’s been almost a year since eighteen-year-old Ella Rodriguez was in a car accident that left her crippled, scarred, and without a mother. After a very difficult recovery, she’s been uprooted across the country and forced into the custody of a father that abandoned her when she was a young child. If Ella wants to escape her father’s home and her awful new stepfamily, she must convince her doctors that she’s capable, both physically and emotionally, of living on her own. The problem is, she’s not ready yet. The only way she can think of to start healing is by reconnecting with the one person left in the world who’s ever meant anything to her—her anonymous Internet best friend, Cinder. 

Hollywood sensation Brian Oliver has a reputation for being trouble. There’s major buzz around his performance in his upcoming film The Druid Prince, but his management team says he won’t make the transition from teen heartthrob to serious A-list actor unless he can prove he’s left his wild days behind and become a mature adult. In order to douse the flames on Brian’s bad-boy reputation, his management stages a fake engagement for him to his co-star Kaylee. Brian isn’t thrilled with the arrangement—or his fake fiancée—but decides he’ll suffer through it if it means he’ll get an Oscar nomination. Then a surprise email from an old Internet friend changes everything.

Teaser excerpt:
“You do have someone who cares,” he said softly. “No matter how bad things are at home or at school or whatever, you have me. You’re my best friend, too. You have my number now. Save it in your phone and call it anytime—day, night, the witching hour—it doesn’t matter. Okay?”
It took me a moment—and a series of deep breaths—before I could respond. “Okay.”
“I promise. As long as I always have you, I’ll be fine.” I kicked myself internally and laughed.“Wow, that sounded really cheesy. You see? That’s why I didn’t want to call you. I can filter my stupid mouth so much better when I have to type out my thoughts.”
Cinder laughed again. “Ah, but then you would miss out on all the sweet nothings I plan to whisper in your ear now that I know how much you like my ultra-sexy voice.”
I blushed but refused to let him know that his flirting rattled me. “I never said ultra, you egomaniac. But you should definitely consider recording audiobooks for a living.”
“Hmm. That’s not a bad idea.” Cinder’s voice dropped to that slow, seductive purr again as he asked, “Would you like me to read to you, Ellamara?”
I thrilled at the thought and couldn’t quite mask my excitement. “Seriously?”
“Why not? Before you called, I was getting ready to have a Top Gear marathon all by my lonesome.”
“You are such a liar. Tonight is Friday night, and it’s Halloween. There is no way you don’t have plans.”
I don’t have important ones. It’s just a stupid party that my sort-of girlfriend wants me to go to.”
Your ‘sort-of’ girlfriend?
“Yeah.” Cinder stretched the word out in a long breath. “It’s a long story, but I’m not that into her. I’d much rather stay home and read with you. Besides, I can’t hang up on you when you’ve had theworst day ever. What kind of best friend would that make me?”
I almost cried again. The offer was so sweet. And thoughtful. Reading was a passion Cinder and I shared. We read and discussed books all the time. We’d even decided to read the same book at the same time before, but we’d never read one together. Cinder had to know how much that would mean to me.
“It has to be The Druid Prince,” I said.
Cinder laughed. “It’s already in my hands.”

Look for Cinder & Ella October 1, 2014!

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Let's Get Lost Blitz Tour Stop

Let's Get Lost by Adi Alsaid  Release Date: 07/29/14  Harlequin Teen
Five strangers. Countless adventures. One epic way to get lost.
Four teens across the country have only one thing in common: a girl named LEILA. She crashes into their lives in her absurdly red car at the moment they need someone the most.
There's HUDSON, a small-town mechanic who is willing to throw away his dreams for true love. And BREE, a runaway who seizes every Tuesday—and a few stolen goods along the way. ELLIOT believes in happy endings…until his own life goes off-script. And SONIA worries that when she lost her boyfriend, she also lost the ability to love.
Hudson, Bree, Elliot and Sonia find a friend in Leila. And when Leila leaves them, their lives are forever changed. But it is during Leila's own 4,268-mile journey that she discovers the most important truth— sometimes, what you need most is right where you started. And maybe the only way to find what you're looking for is to get lost along the way.

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Why Airports are Great for Readers and Writers

One of my ultimate go-tos for inspiration is people-watching, and there’s no greater place than an airport to people watch. The sheer mass and diversity of people, the potential for imagined stories. I could sit at an airport and watch for hours even if I didn’t have a flight. I have done that, actually. When I lived in Vegas, sometimes I’d go to the airport baggage claim with a friend and some coffee and we’d try to guess where everyone was coming from, try to decipher airport codes we weren’t familiar with.

Airports offer the freedom to observe. You have a few hours before your flight boards to do nothing but see all sorts
of people gathered together, to imagine whatever you want about them, even if you are wildly wrong. Grab some coffee and sit at your gate, take a seat at the overpriced bar or at a restaurant that faces out at the terminal, put a book in front of you in case traffic slows down, a notebook next to that, keep an ear perked for eavesdropping some conversation. Watch the material come to you.

And if you’re the type of writer that gets inspiration from other people’s lives, stealing away their details for later creative use (aren’t we all that kind of writer?), just start talking to someone. Even with the walking-on-eggshells feeling that airports sometimes have these days, where your bags must be with you at all times and suspicious behavior might be defined as not getting any cream cheese with your bagel, people are still extremely open to each other at airports. The fact that everyone is just passing through opens people up to conversation, I’ve found. Seatmates in particular, but at bookstores and restaurants and anywhere else you might find yourself sitting next to someone at an airport. If they find you annoying and don’t want to talk, they’ll let you know by answering only in grunts and continuing to read their magazine. But sometimes they’ll unload their stories on you, like the flight attendant
for Air Force Two whom I met and had traveled the world (something like 87 countries?). Or the poor diplomat from Ecuador whose flight from New York to Mexico to Ecuador turned into a five-stop 24-hour+ nightmare. 

Attractive people you’ll never see again, groups of teens dreaming of adventures, escapes, reunions, dreading the leaving of them. So many little scenes from daily life, on display for a much larger audience. Mothers trying to place a fast food order for a family of six, a couple already reminiscing about their trip, siblings ignoring each other with headphones. Businessmen on phone calls, working on their computers with a cup of coffee in hand, unwinding at the corner seat of the bar. 

Where there are people there are stories, simply put. 

Adi Alsaid was born and raised in Mexico City, then studied at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. While in class, he mostly read fiction and continuously failed to fill out crossword puzzles, so it's no surprise that after graduating, he did not go into business world but rather packed up his apartment into his car and escaped to the California coastline to become a writer. He's now back in his hometown, where he writes, coaches high school and elementary basketball, and has perfected the art of making every dish he eats or cooks as spicy as possible. In addition to Mexico, he's lived in Tel Aviv, Las Vegas, and Monterey, California. A tingly feeling in his feet tells him more places will eventually be added to the list. Let's Get Lost is his YA debut.  Let's Get Lost Website!
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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! :)
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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!

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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!

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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 
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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? :)

On The Fence by Kasie West Book Review

On the Fence
She's a tomboy. He's the boy next door…
Charlie Reynolds can outrun, outscore, and outwit every boy she knows. But when it comes to being a girl, Charlie doesn't know the first thing about anything. So when she starts working at a chichi boutique to pay off a speeding ticket, she finds herself in a strange new world. To cope with the stress of her new reality, Charlie takes to spending nights chatting with her neighbor Braden through the fence between their yards. As she grows to depend on their nightly Fence Chats, she realizes she's got a bigger problem than speeding tickets-she's falling for Braden. She knows what it means to go for the win, but if spilling her secret means losing him for good, the stakes just got too high.
Fun, original, and endearing, On the Fence is a romantic comedy about finding yourself and finding love where you least expect.
Pages: 320 pages 
Source: Publisher via Edelweiss
Release Date: July 1, 2014