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I'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson Book Review

A brilliant, luminous story of first love, family, loss, and betrayal for fans of John Green, David Levithan, and Rainbow Rowell 
Jude and her twin brother, Noah, are incredibly close. At thirteen, isolated Noah draws constantly and is falling in love with the charismatic boy next door, while daredevil Jude cliff-dives and wears red-red lipstick and does the talking for both of them. But three years later, Jude and Noah are barely speaking. Something has happened to wreck the twins in different and dramatic ways . . . until Jude meets a cocky, broken, beautiful boy, as well as someone else—an even more unpredictable new force in her life. The early years are Noah's story to tell. The later years are Jude's. What the twins don't realize is that they each have only half the story, and if they could just find their way back to one another, they’d have a chance to remake their world.
This radiant novel from the acclaimed, award-winning author of The Sky Is Everywhere will leave you breathless and teary and laughing—often all at once.

Last to Know by Micalea Smeltzer Book Review

He was just a boy.And I was just a girl.But if that’s all there was to the story it wouldn’t be very interesting, would it? 
Up and coming band Willow Creek is back in their hometown for the summer. For the drummer, Maddox Wade, this summer was meant for writing music and playing gigs.
Falling in love was not part of the plan.
One look at Emma Burke and those plans cease to matter.
Emma is quiet and guarded. She’s still hurt from her father walking out two years ago. She doesn’t want to trust Maddox, but with his dark hair, smoldering good looks, and infectious smile he’s impossible to resist.
Together Maddox and Emma embark on an unforgettable summer of adventures and first love.Everything is perfect…or so Emma thinks.
There are things she doesn’t know, and when she finds out the truth it might shatter everything she’s built with Maddox.
No one said love was easy, and for Maddox and Emma it just might be impossible.
This is a Young Adult book. The following books in the series will be New Adult.

In the Time of the Dragon Moon by Janet Lee Carey Book Review

An epic fantasy about dragons, dark secrets, Pendragons, and magic
On the southernmost tip of Wilde Island--far from the Dragonswood sanctuary and the Pendragon Castle--live the native Euit people. Uma, who is half Euit and half English, and not fully accepted by her tribe, wants to become a healer like her Euit father. But the mad English queen in the north, desperate for another child, kidnaps Uma and her father and demands that he cure her barrenness. After her father dies, Uma must ensure that the queen is with child by the time of the Dragon Moon, or be burned at the stake.Terrified and alone, Uma reaches out to her only possible ally: the king's nephew Jackrun, a fiery dragonrider with dragon, fairy, and human blood. Together, they must navigate through a sea of untold secrets, unveil a dark plot spawned long ago in Dragonswood, and find a way to accept all the elements--Euit, English, dragon, and fairy--that make them who they are.

Top Ten Books On Our Summer TBR Piles

Hi everyone! For this week's Top Ten Tuesday, Marianne and I each picked five books that are on our summer TBR piles. Here are our picks:

Legacy of Kings (Blood of Gods and Royals, #1)The Heir (The Selection, #4)A Book of Spirits and Thieves (Spirits and Thieves, #1)The Heartbreakers (The Heartbreaker Chronicles, #1)The Boy Most Likely To
I love history, so a book that combines both fantasy and history to tell the story of Alexander the Great sounds incredible!

I wasn't a huge fan of The Selection series, but there's something about this series that's so addicting. I'm sure The Heir will be entertaining at the very least :)

The Falling Kingdoms series is incredible. If you haven't read it, you definitely should! This spin-off series seems so cool, and it'll tide me over until the release of Frozen Tides.

I really love boy bands, so this book seems adorable and right up my alley. My Life With the Walter Boys was such a cute read, too.

My Life Next Door is one of my all time favorite contemporaries, so I'm really excited that there's going to be more to the story. All I need now is a book about the hilarious George ;)

Blue Lily, Lily Blue (The Raven Cycle, #3)Every Last WordLast Year's MistakeThe Summer of Chasing MermaidsMagonia

 I’ve been procrastinating to read this book because once I read it I know I’ll have to wait an excruciatingly long time for the next one.  But I decided I’m just going to rip the band-aid off. ;) 

I loved her Time Between Us series (In fact it’s one of my all time favorites) so I can’t wait to see what she’s going to do next! 

The cover is so pretty! Not to mention it sounds like a great contemporary.

I need to read this book like I need air. First of all there’s a POC on the cover, secondly it’s written by SARAH FREAKING OCKLER, third of all? I can’t believe I still haven’t gotten to my Edelweiss arc. 

I don’t know what it is about this book. It sounds like a sci-fi, but also like a fantasy, also kind of paranormal… I don’t know what it is. But I know I want to find out.  

What books are on your summer TBR piles? We'd love to visit your Top Ten Tuesdays! :)

Jackaby by William Ritter Book Review

“Miss Rook, I am not an occultist,” Jackaby said. “I have a gift that allows me to see truth where others see the illusion--and there are many illusions. All the world’s a stage, as they say, and I seem to have the only seat in the house with a view behind the curtain.”

Newly arrived in New Fiddleham, New England, 1892, and in need of a job, Abigail Rook meets R. F. Jackaby, an investigator of the unexplained with a keen eye for the extraordinary--including the ability to see supernatural beings. Abigail has a gift for noticing ordinary but important details, which makes her perfect for the position of Jackaby’s assistant. On her first day, Abigail finds herself in the midst of a thrilling case: A serial killer is on the loose. The police are convinced it’s an ordinary villain, but Jackaby is certain it’s a nonhuman creature, whose existence the police--with the exception of a handsome young detective named Charlie Cane--deny.

After Hours by Claire Kennedy Blog Tour Stop

BEA 2015 and NYC Day 2 Recap

The second day of BEA15 started out with me in the line for Passenger by Alexandra Bracken. It sounds amazing and I've already heard some great things! :)

(on Passenger)

Thursday had more signings than Saturday, and I attended the signings for Blood Passage, Kissing In America, and The Infinite In Between throughout the day. The day ended with our group waiting in the Lois Lane: Fallout signing line, where we got these awesome cutouts :p

Dana and I (Photo from DanaSquare)

After BEA, my mom and I went to Times Square, where we ate at an amazing trattoria. From there, we called it a night. My favorite acquisition from the day was Passenger, which I'm really looking forward to reading :)

The Improbable Theory of Ana and Zak by Brian Katcher Book Review

The Improbable Theory of Ana and Zak is Stonewall Book Award-winning author Brian Katcher’s hilarious he said/she said romance about two teens recovering from heartbreak and discovering themselves on an out-of-this-world accidental first date.
It all begins when Ana Watson's little brother, Clayton, secretly ditches the quiz bowl semifinals to go to the Washingcon sci-fi convention on what should have been a normal, résumé-building school trip.
If slacker Zak Duquette hadn't talked up the geek fan fest so much, maybe Clayton wouldn't have broken nearly every school rule or jeopardized Ana’s last shot at freedom from her uptight parents.
Now, teaming up with Duquette is the only way for Ana to chase down Clayton in the sea of orcs, zombies, bikini-clad princesses, Trekkies, and Smurfs. After all, one does not simply walk into Washingcon.
But in spite of Zak's devil-may-care attitude, he has his own reasons for being as lost as Ana-and Ana may have more in common with him than she thinks. Ana and Zak certainly don’t expect the long crazy night, which begins as a nerdfighter manhunt, to transform into so much more…

BEA 2015 and NYC Day 1 Recap

This year was my first year going to BEA, and I was really excited to attend, although unsure about what exactly to expect. Lili from Lili's Reflections was nice enough to include me in her amazing group that consisted of Nicole from The Quiet Concert, Bekka from Pretty Deadly Reviews, Ashleigh from The YA Kitten, and Dana from DanaSquare.

Ashleigh, Dana, Lili, Bekka, and Nicole
*Photo from Lili's Reflections

I had an overnight flight from LAX to JFK that arrived early Wednesday morning. From there, my mom and I dropped our stuff off at our hotel in New Jersey and headed over to Javits Center. There, I met up with Lili, Nicole, Ashleigh, Becca and Dana. When the exhibit hall finally opened, all of us darted over to the Macmillan booth to obtain a ticket for the Truthwitch signing. After getting a ticket, I wandered around for a while before getting in line for the Edgewater signing. It sounds really good and I've heard it has a We Were Liars feel to it.

I forgot exactly when, but at one point, I headed over to a HarperTeen galley drop where I picked up A Step Toward Falling by Cammie McGovern.

I attended the Truthwitch signing at 3:00 and Susan Dennard was really sweet!

After wandering the convention halls for a little while longer, my mom and I left to go to the post office at around 4:30. (The FedEx shipping in Javits would have cost $100+ to ship back the books we had gotten that day, so we decided to go to the closest post office instead.)

We had a list of restaurants we had been wanting to try and one of them, NY Pizza Suprema, was only a minute walk from the post office. It turned out to be delicious! :)

Following that, we went to The Strand. I've always wanted to go there and it was so cool! It's basically a book lover's paradise :) I purchased a few books and my mom picked up a few coffee mugs.

Books from the Strand (excluding Anna and the Swallow Man, which is from BEA)

After trying to get back to New Jersey using the subway and ending up in Union Square (where we maybe were in the first place? we were pretty confused, lol), we ended up getting an Uber for the ride back to NJ.

I had an amazing time my first day at BEA and in NY! :) Here are the books I received at BEA on Friday:

Not pictured: Play On by Michelle Smith, Illuminae by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman, and Uprooted by Lynne Reid Banks

I'll be posting my Day 2 recap tomorrow night (EDIT:Saturday morning-I forgot about graduation/grad nite when I scheduled this post, so I'll be posting it Sunday instead), so stay tuned for that! :)

Last Year’s Mistake by Gina Ciocca Book Review

Last Year's MistakeBefore:Kelsey and David became best friends the summer before freshman year and were inseparable ever after. Until the night a misunderstanding turned Kelsey into the school joke, and everything around her crumbled—including her friendship with David. So when Kelsey's parents decided to move away, she couldn't wait to start over and leave the past behind. Except, David wasn't ready to let her go...
After:Now it's senior year and Kelsey has a new group of friends, genuine popularity, and a hot boyfriend. Her life is perfect. That is, until David's family moves to town and he shakes up everything. Soon old feelings bubble to the surface and threaten to destroy Kelsey's second chance at happiness. The more time she spends with David, the more she realizes she never truly let him go. And maybe she never wants to.
Told in alternating sections, LAST YEAR'S MISTAKE is a charming and romantic debut about loving, leaving, and letting go.

Open Road Summer by Emery Lord Book Review

 After breaking up with her bad-news boyfriend, Reagan O’Neill is ready to leave her rebellious ways behind. . . and her best friend, country superstar Lilah Montgomery, is nursing a broken heart of her own.   Fortunately, Lilah’s 24-city tour is about to kick off, offering a perfect opportunity for a girls-only summer of break-up ballads and healing hearts. But when Matt Finch joins the tour as its opening act, his boy-next-door charm proves difficult for Reagan to resist, despite her vow to live a drama-free existence.   This summer, Reagan and Lilah will navigate the ups and downs of fame and friendship as they come to see that giving your heart to the right person is always a risk worth taking.   A fresh new voice in contemporary romance, Emery Lord’s gorgeous writing hits all the right notes.