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Guest Review: Famous Last Words by Katie Alender

Famous Last WordsHollywood history, mystery, murder, mayhem, and delicious romance collide in this unputdownable thriller from master storyteller Katie Alender.Willa is freaking out. It seems like she's seeing things. Like a dead body in her swimming pool. Frantic messages on her walls. A reflection that is not her own. It's almost as if someone -- or something -- is trying to send her a message.
Meanwhile, a killer is stalking Los Angeles -- a killer who reenacts famous movie murder scenes. Could Willa's strange visions have to do with these unsolved murders? Or is she going crazy? And who can she confide in? There's Marnie, her new friend who may not be totally trustworthy. And there's Reed, who's ridiculously handsome and seems to get Willa. There's also Wyatt, who's super smart but unhealthily obsessed with the Hollywood Killer.
All Willa knows is, she has to confront the possible-ghost in her house, or she just might lose her mind . . . or her life.
Acclaimed author Katie Alender puts an unforgettable twist on this spine-chilling tale of murder, mystery, mayhem -- and the movies.

Fall Books I Can't Wait to Read

Ladies and Gentlemen, fall will be a great season! I'm excited to snuggle in sweaters, put pumpkin in every single food possible, and to see all the beautiful colors. Most of all, though, I'm terribly anxious to get my hands on some wonderful books. I'm just not prepared for all the awesomeness that will be hitting shelves this upcoming couple of months.

So here are my top 5 books that I'm most excited to see in the bookstore!

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart Book Review

A beautiful and distinguished family.
A private island.
A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy.
A group of four friends—the Liars—whose friendship turns destructive.
A revolution. An accident. A secret.
Lies upon lies.
True love.
The truth.
We Were Liars is a modern, sophisticated suspense novel from National Book Award finalist and Printz Award honoree E. Lockhart.
Read it.
And if anyone asks you how it ends, just LIE.
Source: Publisher 

Scintillate by Tracy Clark Book Review

A mighty flame follows a tiny spark.
Cora Sandoval’s mother disappeared when she was five and they were living in Ireland. Since then, her dad has been more than overprotective, and Cora is beginning to chafe under his confines. But even more troubling is the colorful light she suddenly sees around people. Everyone, that is, except herself—instead, she glows a brilliant, sparkling silver.
As she realizes the danger associated with these strange auras, Cora is inexplicably drawn to Finn, a gorgeous Irish exchange student who makes her feel safe. Their attraction is instant, magnetic, and primal—but her father disapproves, and Finn’s mother orders him home to Ireland upon hearing he’s fallen in love. After a fight with her father, Cora flees to Ireland, both to follow Finn and to look for her missing mother.
There she meets another silver-haloed person and discovers the meaning of her newfound powers and their role in a conspiracy spanning centuries—one that could change mankind forever…and end her life.
Scintillate is the first book in this lush and exciting new trilogy, full of romance, adventure and metaphysical mystery.

September Contemporary Challenge Review Link-Up and Giveaway

Hi everyone! Here's this month's link-up and giveaway for the 2014 YA Contemporary Challenge. You're welcome to link up all 2014 contemporary reviews from this month and any contemporary reviews from previous months you haven't linked up before. Good luck!

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Remember Me by Romily Bernard Blog Tour Stop

Read an excerptSynopsis:
In the sequel to Find Me, Wick Tate, sarcastic teen hacker, is back and once again dealing with criminals and corrupt cops…and a brooding new love interest. Will Wick persevere when some secrets refuse to stay hidden?
Wick had thought her troubles were over.
But she should’ve known better.
Not only is she embroiled in a new murder case, which starts with a body with “Remember Me” carved into it and doesn’t stop there, but she also discovers new evidence surrounding her mother’s suicide…which leads her right back to her imprisoned deadbeat dad. And she has to deal with her flirty new hacker friend, Milo, sniffing around—which her boyfriend, Griff, isn’t too happy about.
The pressure might be too much as secrets—including Wick’s own—climb to the surface.
Remember Me is an edge-of-your-seat thrilling read that’ll have readers turning the pages at lightning speed! The paperback of Find Me is on sale simultaneously, and a digital original novella from Romily, featuring Griff, is on sale just a few weeks before!

Find Me was one of my favorite books that I read in 2013, so I was excited to dive back into Wick's story. Remember Me was even better than the first one, with the same awesome mystery and cast of characters that I loved in the first book.

Remember Me picks up pretty soon after where Find Me leaves off and even though I read Find Me over a year ago, it's easy to remember all the details as Remember Me mentions everything you need to know.

The mystery was just as great as the one in the last book, and while I did eventually guess who the murderer was, it was still a thrilling story. Romily Bernard is extremely talented at writing books you can't put down :)

Wick is an awesome character, and talent-wise at least, she reminds me a bit of Mac from Veronica Mars. Her skill with computers is so cool to read about. One thing I was surprised about is the introduction of a sort-of love triangle. The summary hints at one and I didn't think that any guy could move me from Team Griff. Griff is super sweet and an all around great guy. However, Milo (the new love interest introduced) had so much in common with Wick and they seemed to have a connection. My favorite love triangles are always the ones with two equally great guys, and I'm torn about who I want Wick to end up with. I'm curious to see who she'll finally pick in the next book.

Remember Me is an extremely entertaining, thrilling novel. If you haven't yet read Find Me, you definitely should, as this series is an amazing one! I'd give Remember Me 5 out of 5 flowers.


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I graduated from Georgia State University with a Literature degree. Since then, I’ve worked as a riding instructor, cell phone salesgirl, personal assistant, groom, exercise rider, accounting assistant, and, during a very dark time, customer service rep.
So don’t let anyone tell you a BA degree will keep you unemployed.

Finding reading time when school's started back

Hey guys, Sara here, I thought I would try something a little different today. Hope that's alright.
Now that school has started back up (for everyone who's still in school) things are getting busier and it's harder and harder for me to find time to read! Between school, homework, other activities, and needing to eat and sleep there's got to be a place to work in reading right? I hope I'm not the only one having difficulty with this! ;) A few grades ago it wasn't that hard to find time, but the older you get the more work you have! And since schoolwork should definitely come first, it's easy to say you are too tired to read and turn on a reality show or get online after you've finished it. So here are a few ideas I've found to work pretty well:

1) If you've got a lot of studying to do it's nice to take a quick break in between subjects or projects, sometimes I like to read a chapter or two during one of those breaks. It gives my mind a rest and I can relax for at least five minutes before picking up a textbook again.

2) If you set rewards for yourself after a long day or work or lots of studying, make reading one of them!

3) Bring a book in your bag or have one nearby. That way if you have a free moment somewhere in your day it's right there to keep you occupied. Maybe it's a train or car journey, quiet moment at work, or while your eating dinner. Whenever.

4) Pick up the book you've been meaning to get around to instead of watching a TV show. This is something I struggle with a lot. If I'm tired, I'm much more likely (at the moment) to put on something to watch then to pick up a book. Yet if I do actually start reading, I can't stop and it has the same calming effect as watching something would.

5) Challenge yourself to read a book or two over the weekend. Or you can challenge yourself to have a certain amount of books done at the end of the month or make a list with the ones you want to read in a certain period of time.

And when it comes to reviewing the books that you've gotten around to reading, I think the best thing is to go ahead and write it. Maybe not edit it and make it all pretty, but get all of your thoughts out. That way you won't forget what you've read and thought. Because I always forget something if I don't do it immediately. So there are some the tricks I use to fit in some reading time. Do you have any other ones? I would love to hear about them!

Sara Bennett happens to be a slightly crazy girl. A slightly nerdy girl. A slightly strange girl who likes being that way.  A slightly obsessed girl when it comes to things she loves. A girl who cries when reading books. A girl who desperately wants her own personal library. A girl who is a total bookworm. A girl who would rather read than watch reality tv. A girl who wants to be an author someday. A girl who loves her Savior. And a girl who just loves to read.

Midnight Thief by Livia Blackburne Book Review

Growing up on Forge’s streets has taught Kyra how to stretch a coin. And when that’s not enough, her uncanny ability to scale walls and bypass guards helps her take what she needs. But when the leader of the Assassins Guild offers Kyra a lucrative job, she hesitates. She knows how to get by on her own, and she’s not sure she wants to play by his rules. But he’s persistent—and darkly attractive—and Kyra can’t quite resist his pull. Tristam of Brancel is a young Palace knight on a mission. After his best friend is brutally murdered by Demon Riders, a clan of vicious warriors who ride bloodthirsty wildcats, Tristam vows to take them down. But as his investigation deepens, he finds his efforts thwarted by a talented thief, one who sneaks past Palace defenses with uncanny ease. When a fateful raid throws Kyra and Tristam together, the two enemies realize that their best chance at survival—and vengeance—might be to join forces. And as their loyalties are tested to the breaking point, they learn a startling secret about Kyra’s past that threatens to reshape both their lives. In her arresting debut novel, Livia Blackburne creates a captivating world where intrigue prowls around every corner—and danger is a way of life.
Pages: 376
Source: Publisher

The Perilous Sea by Sherry Thomas Book Review

After spending the summer away from each other, Titus and Iolanthe (still disguised as Archer Fairfax) are eager to return to Eton College to resume their training to fight the Bane. Although no longer bound to Titus by a blood oath, Iolanthe is more committed than ever to fulfilling her destiny—especially with the agents of Atlantis quickly closing in.
Soon after arriving at school, though, Titus makes a shocking discovery, one that makes him question everything he previously believed about their mission. Faced with this devastating realization, Iolanthe is forced to come to terms with her new role, while Titus must choose between following his mother's prophecies—and forging a divergent path to an unknowable future.

Rites of Passage by Joy N. Hensley Book Review

Rites of Passage
Sam McKenna’s never turned down a dare. And she's not going to start with the last one her brother gave her before he died. So Sam joins the first-ever class of girls at the prestigious Denmark Military Academy. She’s expecting push-ups and long runs, rope climbing and mud-crawling. As a military brat, she can handle an obstacle course just as well as the boys. She's even expecting the hostility she gets from some of the cadets who don’t think girls belong there. What she’s not expecting is her fiery attraction to her drill sergeant. But dating is strictly forbidden and Sam won't risk her future, or the dare, on something so matter how much she wants him. As Sam struggles to prove herself, she discovers that some of the boys don’t just want her gone—they will stop at nothing to drive her out. When their petty threats turn to brutal hazing, bleeding into every corner of her life, she realizes they are not acting alone. A decades-old secret society is alive and active… and determined to force her out.At any cost.
Now time's running short. Sam must decide who she can trust...and choosing the wrong person could have deadly consequences.
Source: ALA
Release Date: September 9, 2014
Pages: 416 pages 

Do You Want To Review Books? (September/October ARCs)

Hi everyone! Lately, there's been a ton of books coming out and it's been hard to read and review them all in time for their release date. Looking for a solution, I stumbled across an amazing idea of Andye's at Reading Teen to have anyone interested in reading one of the books review it for the blog.

Andye generously gave me permission to use this idea :) Basically, I'll send you the book of your choice from the photo every month in exchange for a review that we'll post at The Book Belles. You'll get full and complete credit for your review. The only thing I ask about the reviews is that they are clean (language wise, etc.) and honest. You're welcome to write them however you'd like! You can post them on your Goodreads and attach links to your review (Twitter, Facebook, blog, etc.). Here are the books:

*All books have been claimed, but check back next month! :)

I'll also give everyone a month to read and review the book (from when you receive it) and you can keep the book. If you don't review it within a month, I'll be hesitant to send you books in the future until you get your review in. 

This is going to be almost entirely US only, except I'll be able to send one book to Canada. If you're interested in reading and reviewing one of these books, email me at with your mailing address and which book you'd like. I'll respond letting you know whether you got it or not. 

I'm so excited to try this! Let me know what you think or if you have any questions :)

The Iron Trial by Holly Black & Cassandra Clare Book Review

From NEW YORK TIMES bestselling authors Holly Black and Cassandra Clare comes a riveting new series that defies what you think you know about the world of magic.
From two bestselling superstars, a dazzling and magical middle-grade collaboration centering on the students of the Magisterium, an academy for those with a propensity toward magic. In this first book, a new student comes to the Magisterium against his will -- is it because he is destined to be a powerful magician, or is the truth more twisted than that? It's a journey that will thrill you, surprise you, and make you wonder about the clear-cut distinction usually made between good and evil.

Maid of Secrets by Jennifer McGowan Book Review

Maid of Secrets (Maids of Honor, #1)
Orphan Meg Fellowes makes her living picking pockets—until she steals from the wrong nobleman. Instead of rotting in prison like she expected, she’s whisked away to the court of Queen Elizabeth and pressed into royal service, where she joins four other remarkable girls in the Maids of Honor, the Queen’s secret society of protectors. Meg’s natural abilities as a spy prove useful in this time of unrest. The Spanish Court is visiting, and with them come devious plots and hidden political motives. As threats to the kingdom begin to mount, Meg can’t deny her growing attraction to one of the dashing Spanish courtiers. But it’s hard to trust her heart in a place where royal formalities and masked balls hide the truth: Not everyone is who they appear to be. With danger lurking around every corner, can she stay alive—and protect the crown?

The TBR Tag

This tag was created by Rachel @ A Perfection Called Books and Dana from Dana Square. I wasn't tagged by anyone, but I'm excited to take part! 

How do you keep track of your TBR pile?
I use Goodreads, although I add every single book that I want to read to my "to-read" shelf (despite possibly not owning the book). Therefore, I'm not sure how many unread books that I actually own.

Is your TBR mostly print or e-book?
I don't read too many e-books, so I have mainly print books in my TBR.

How do you determine which book from your TBR to read next?
I usually pick the book that I'm most in the mood for, although if I have an upcoming blog tour stop in the next month or so, I'll pick that book up.

A Book That's Been On Your TBR List The Longest
Timekeeper (Timeless, #2)Timekeeper by Alexandra Monir: I've had this on my shelf for a few years, and I did enjoy the first book, so I don't know why I haven't read this one yet. Hopefully, I'll finally pick this one up by the end of the year!

A Book You Recently Added To Your TBR
Tape by Steven Camden: This has some awesome reviews and I love that cover ;) The aspect of the book being set in two different time periods really intrigues me, too.
Taken (Taken, #1)
A Book In Your TBR Strictly Because of Its Beautiful Cover
Taken by Erin Bowman: I've heard some good things about this one, but the main reason why it caught my attention in the first place was because of how pretty the cover is.

A Book On Your TBR That You Never Plan on Reading
Sharing You by Molly McAdams: I ended up with a copy of this one, but it sounds like it doesn't have the best morals and things are overly dramatized. I don't think I'm ever going to read it.

Willowgrove (Hemlock, #3)An Unpublished Book on Your TBR That You're Excited For
Too many!! :) I think if I had to choose one, I'd choose Willowgrove by Kathleen Peacock. It's one of my all time favorite series, and I'm so excited to see how everything will end.

A Book On Your TBR That Basically Everyone's Read But You
Insurgent by Veronica Roth: I'm not planning to finish this series, as I've been spoiled for the ending of Allegiant, and I've heard the series goes downhill. I did love the Divergent movie, though!
I Hunt Killers (Jasper Dent, #1)

A Book On Your TBR That Everyone Recommends To You
I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga: I've actually only had a few people recommend this one to me, but it's still probably the one that I've been recommended the most. It sounds too creepy for me, but I still may give it a try!

A Book On Your TBR That You're Dying To Read
Opposition by Jennifer Armentrout: I have to read Origin first, but everyone seems to be loving Opposition, so I'm extremely excited to binge read the last two! 

How many books are on your Goodreads TBR shelf?
It kind of scares me, but I have 931 books. I'm hoping to keep it under 1,000. There's just so many good books constantly coming out! 

I Tag:
Becca @ Pivot Book Reviews
Lauren @ Shooting Stars Mag
Tanja @ Ja čitam, a ti?
Em @ The YA Book Butterfly
Summer @ Blue Sky Bookshelf

And anyone else who wants do the tag :)

Overlooked Books (2)

For those of you who are new to this type of blog post, I think there are too many books out there that just don't get the hype they deserve. And so when I stumble upon these hidden treasures, I like to share why I love them so much so that someone else might discover what they've been missing. So here is a book that definitely deserves more attention that I want to recommend to everybody.

Prentisstown isn't like other towns. Everyone can hear everyone else's thoughts in an overwhelming, never-ending stream of Noise. Just a month away from the birthday that will make him a man, Todd and his dog, Manchee -- whose thoughts Todd can hear too, whether he wants to or not -- stumble upon an area of complete silence. They find that in a town where privacy is impossible, something terrible has been hidden -- a secret so awful that Todd and Manchee must run for their lives. But how do you escape when your pursuers can hear your every thought?