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Hi everyone! I recently went through my bookshelf, and cleared out a mixture of duplicates, books I didn't like that much, and ones I don't have much interest in reading. The following books are $4 for the hardcovers and $2 for the paperbacks plus media mail shipping ($2.50 for the first book and $.50 for each additional one). If you're interested in any of the following books, comment or email me at bookbelles@gmail.com :)



Where Silence Gathers by Kelsey Sutton
Flash Point by Nancy Kress
The Floating Island by Elizabeth Haydon
37 Things I Love by Kekla Magoon
From What I Remember by Stacey Kramer and Valerie Thomas
Masque of the Red Death by Bethany Griffin
Dance of the Red Death
by Bethany Griffin
Reborn by Jennifer Rush
Yaqui Delgado Wants To Kick Your A** by Meg Medina
The Sin Eater's Daughter by Melinda Salisbury
My True Love Gave To Me Edited by Stephanie Perkins
Blue Lily Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater
A Snicker of Magic by Natalie Lloyd
Swim that Rock by John Rocco
The Return by Jennifer Armentrout
The Edge of Nowhere by Elizabeth George
Torn by K.A. Robinson
Twisted by K.A. Robinson
Not Your Ordinary Wolf Girl by Emily Pohl-Weary
Wanderlove by Kristen Hubbard
Gorgeous by Paul Rudnick
Doomed by Tracey Deebs
Orleans by Sherri L. Smith
Unbreak My Heart by Melissa Walker
Rock On by Denise Vega
The Art of Wishing by Lindsey Ribar
Fairest by Marissa Meyer
Afterworlds by Scott Westerfield

Not Pictured-can provide pics:
-The Rosie Effect by Graeme Simsion (hc)
-Pawn by Aimee Carter (hc)
-The Reece Malcolm List by Amy Spalding (pb)
-Nightshade + Wolfsbane by Andrea Cremer (pbs-$2 for both)


Emmy & Oliver by Robin Benway Book Review



Emmy’s best friend, Oliver, reappears after being kidnapped by his father ten years ago. Emmy hopes to pick up their relationship right where it left off. Are they destined to be together? Or has fate irreparably driven them apart?
Emmy just wants to be in charge of her own life.
She wants to stay out late, surf her favorite beach—go anywhere without her parents’ relentless worrying. But Emmy’s parents can’t seem to let her grow up—not since the day Oliver disappeared.
Oliver needs a moment to figure out his heart.
He’d thought, all these years, that his dad was the good guy. He never knew that it was his father who kidnapped him and kept him on the run. Discovering it, and finding himself returned to his old hometown, all at once, has his heart racing and his thoughts swirling.
Emmy and Oliver were going to be best friends forever, or maybe even more, before their futures were ripped apart. In Emmy’s soul, despite the space and time between them, their connection has never been severed. But is their story still written in the stars? Or are their hearts like the pieces of two different puzzles—impossible to fit together?
Readers who love Sarah Dessen will tear through these pages with hearts in throats as Emmy and Oliver struggle to face the messy, confusing consequences of Oliver’s father’s crime. Full of romance, coming-of-age emotion, and heartache, these two equally compelling characters create an unforgettable story.

One Thing Stolen Author Interview

Hi everyone! I recently had the chance to interview Beth Kephart, the author of One Thing Stolen. Here's more about her latest novel and the interview: 

One Thing Stolen
Something is not right with Nadia Cara. While spending a year in Florence, Italy, she’s become a thief. She has secrets. And when she tries to speak, the words seem far away. Nadia finds herself trapped by her own
obsessions and following the trail of an elusive Italian boy whom only she has seen. Can Nadia be rescued or will she lose herself altogether? Set against the backdrop of a glimmering city, One Thing Stolen is an exploration of obsession, art, and a rare neurological disorder. It is a celebration of language, beauty, imagination, and the salvation of love.

One Thing Stolen will prompt conversations about mental wellness, the terror of obliteration, the responsibilities of friends, and the historic flooding of the Arno River in November 1966, an event that threatened to destroy some of the world’s most precious art, and is a reminder of the power of forces greater than ourselves. 

One Thing Stolen is set in Italy. What research did you do surrounding the setting?

All of my books are research intensive—requiring travel, interviews, secondary research, long walks, photographs, the late-night study of those photographs. In this case, I returned to Florence, a city I’ve always loved, stayed in an apartment much like Nadia’s, took leather-working classes in Santa Croce, like Benedetto, went to the gardens in rain, talked to neuroscientists, and studied birds. I also teach at Penn and know West Philadelphia well, but I didn’t take my familiarity with either for granted. I researched those places, too.

What's your writing process like? Has it changed in writing this novel vs your very first one?

I write slowly. I don’t write at all in the spring, when I teach memoir at Penn. The rest of the year I fit the writing in around a full-time job (I run a boutique marketing communications company) and numerous reviews and essays. All that said, when I do write, I begin with pen and paper, away from the computer. I work and work and work an opening scene until I have the rhythm of the story. I edit mercilessly. I am still editing mercilessly until my editor says I have to stop.

In five words, how would you summarize One Thing Stolen?
A search for meaningful hope.

If you could have dinner with any three authors, who would they be?
Michael Ondaatje, Alice McDermott, Per Petterson.

Quick Questions:
Ice Cream or Frozen Yogurt?
Frozen Yogurt 
Summer or Fall?
Fall
Vanilla or Chocolate?
Chocolate
Paranormal or Fantasy?
Hmmmm. Well. There you have me.




The Truth About Us by Janet Gurtler Book Review

The Truth About Us
A powerful and gripping contemporary YA from the author of I'm Not Her that's "Just right for fans of Sarah Dessen and Jodi Picoult."-Booklist

The truth is that Jess knows she screwed up.
She's made mistakes, betrayed her best friend, and now she's paying for it. Her dad is making her spend the whole summer volunteering at the local soup kitchen.

The truth is she wishes she was the care-free party-girl everyone thinks she is.
She pretends it's all fine. That her "perfect" family is fine. But it's not. And no one notices the lie...until she meets Flynn. He's the only one who really sees her. The only one who listens.

The truth is that Jess is falling apart – and no one seems to care. 
But Flynn is the definition of "the wrong side of the tracks." When Jess's parents look at him they only see the differences-not how much they need each other. They don't get that the person who shouldn't fit in your world... might just be the one to make you feel like you belong. 
Amazon | Apple | B&N | BAM |!ndigoIndieBound | Kindle

April Contemporary Challenge Review Link-Up and Giveaway

Hi everyone! The following is the review link-up and giveaway for the April Contemporary Challenge. This giveaway is international and in order to be eligible to win, you must be signed up as a participant in the challenge. For the review to count, it has to be a contemporary novel in the young adult genre and have been read in 2015 and reviewed in April. As always, I hope you're all having an amazing month :) This link-up and giveaway will close on May 5.


The Summer After You and MeP.S. I Still Love You (To All the Boys I've Loved Before, #2)The Fill-In Boyfriend

-1 Preorder of P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han
-1 Preorder of The Fill-In Boyfriend by Kasie West
-Assorted Swag









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The Cemetery Boys by Heather Brewer Book Review


When Stephen is forced to move back to the nowhere town where his father grew up, he’s already sure he’s not going to like it. Spencer, Michigan, is like a town straight out of a Hitchcock movie, with old-fashioned people who see things only in black-and-white. But things start looking up when Stephen meets the mysterious twins Cara and Devon. They’re total punks–hardly the kind of people Stephen’s dad wants him hanging out with–but they’re a breath of fresh air in this backward town. The only problem is, Cara and Devon don’t always get along, and as Stephen forms a friendship with the charismatic Devon and something more with the troubled Cara, he starts to feel like he’s getting caught in the middle of a conflict he doesn’t fully understand. And as Devon’s group of friends, who hang out in a cemetery they call The Playground, get up to increasingly reckless activities to pass the summer days, Stephen worries he may be in over his head.
Stephen’s fears prove well-founded when he learns of Spencer’s dark past. It seems the poor factory town has a history of “bad times,” and many of the town’s oldest residents attribute the bad times to creatures right out of an urban legend. The legend goes that the only way the town will prosper again is if someone makes a sacrifice to these nightmarish creatures. And while Stephen isn’t one to believe in old stories, it seems Devon and his gang might put a lot of faith in them. Maybe even enough to kill for them.
Now, Stephen has to decide what he believes, where his allegiances lie, and who will really be his friend in the end.


A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas Book Review

A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #1)A thrilling, seductive new series from New York Times bestselling author Sarah J. Maas, blending Beauty and the Beast with faerie lore.
When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin—one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world.
As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through e
very lie and warning she's been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow grows over the faerie lands, and Feyre must find a way to stop it . . . or doom Tamlin—and his world—forever.
Perfect for fans of Kristin Cashore and George R. R. Martin, this first book in a sexy and action-packed new series is impossible to put down!

99 Days by Katie Cotugno Book Review


99 Days
Day 1: Julia Donnelly eggs my house my first night back in Star Lake, and that’s how I know everyone still remembers everything—how I destroyed my relationship with Patrick the night everything happened with his brother, Gabe. How I wrecked their whole family. Now I’m serving out my summer like a jail sentence: Just ninety-nine days till I can leave for college, and be done.
Day 4: A nasty note on my windshield makes it clear Julia isn’t finished. I’m expecting a fight when someone taps me on the shoulder, but it’s just Gabe, home from college and actually happy to see me. “For what it’s worth, Molly Barlow,” he says, “I’m really glad you’re back.”
Day 12: Gabe got me to come to this party, and I’m actually having fun. I think he’s about to kiss me—and that’s when I see Patrick. My Patrick, who’s supposed to be clear across the country. My Patrick, who’s never going to forgive me.

YallWest Event Recap and Giveaway


Hi everyone! About a week ago, I attended YallWest. The following is my recap of my experience, plus a giveaway.

Saturday:
My mom and I arrived at about 8:30 and joined the line of people waiting for YallWest to officially start. After picking up our tickets, we went to the EpicReads tent and lined up for the Spin The Wheel, where I ended up winning a copy of Made You Up by Francesca Zappia. Thank you so much to EpicReads! :)


Morgan Rhodes was signing on Saturday, which was such an amazing experience! I'm a huge fan of the Falling Kingdoms series and if you haven't yet read it, you definitely should :) Magnus and Cleo are everything <3


I also met Shannon Hale and attended the Once Upon a Retelling Panel, which featured her along with Melissa De La Cruz, Ally Condie, E.Lockhart, Danielle Paige, Marissa Meyer, and Elissa Sussman.

I went to the Red Queen signing and then there was a cupcake hour later in the day, where I received a copy of Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella. Following that, there was the YallWest Smackdown, which was hilarious :) 


Sunday
The first thing I attended was the signing for Extraordinary Means by Robyn Schneider, the author of The Beginning of Everything. I enjoyed The Beginning of Everything and I'm so excited to read her newest novel! Later in the day, I met Ava Dellaira, Maria Dahvana Headley, Katie Cotugno, Jennifer Niven, Nicola Yoon, and Morgan Matson.

The event was so much fun and thank you to all the authors, publishers, and volunteers who made it happen! I'm already looking forward to attending next year :)

Giveaway:
I ended up with extra copies of both 99 Days by Katie Cotugno and Magonia by Maria Dahvana Headley, so I'm giving away the winner's choice between the two. This giveaway is US/CA only, due to shipping costs, but there's an international April New Release giveaway still happening here. Good luck! :)











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The Pretty App by Katie Sise Book Review


Poor Blake Dawkins! She's rich, she's gorgeous, and she's the queen bee of Harrison High. The girls want to be her; the boys want to—okay, enough said. But it turns out Blake’s life is not so perfect—just talk to her dad, who constantly reminds her that she's not up to par, or to her ex-bff, Audrey, who doesn't even look her in the eye.
Then Harrison—and every other high school in America—becomes obsessed with posting selfies on the ubiquitous Pretty App. Next: Leo, an adorable transfer student, arrives at Harrison and begins to show Blake that maybe being a queen bee doesn't mean being a queen bitch. And though Audrey suspects somebody’s playing foul, Blake finds herself catapulted to internet fame after being voted one of the prettiest girls in the country. She's whisked away to star in a reality show—in Hollywood, on live TV. But she doesn’t know who to trust. Because everybody on the show wants to win. 
And nobody is there to make friends.
The Boyfriend App author Katie Sise spins another irresistible tale of technology, secrets, and big-time romance in this story of what it takes to be #trulybeautiful.

When Reason Breaks by Cindy Rodriguez Blog Tour Stop

When Reason Breaks
13 Reasons Why meets the poetry of Emily Dickinson in this gripping debut novel perfect for fans of Sara Zarr or Jennifer Brown.

A Goth girl with an attitude problem, Elizabeth Davis must learn to control her anger before it destroys her. Emily Delgado appears to be a smart, sweet girl, with a normal life, but as depression clutches at her, she struggles to feel normal. Both girls are in Ms. Diaz’s English class, where they connect to the words of Emily Dickinson. Both are hovering on the edge of an emotional precipice. One of them will attempt suicide. And with Dickinson’s poetry as their guide, both girls must conquer their personal demons to ever be happy.
In an emotionally taut novel with a richly diverse cast of characters, readers will relish in the poetry of Emily Dickinson and be completely swept up in the turmoil of two girls grappling with demons beyond their control. 

For my stop on the tour, I'm attempting book spine poetry :) Here's my poem:


When Reason Breaks,
Before I Fall-
Hold Still & Catch a Falling Star





Cindy L.  Rodriguez
Cindy L. Rodriguez is a former newspaper reporter turned public school teacher. She now teaches as a reading specialist at a Connecticut middle school but previously worked for the Ha
rtford Courant and the Boston Globe. She and her young daughter live in Plainville, Connecticut. This is her debut novel. Visit her on Twitter @RodriguezCindyL.







Blog Tour Schedule:
April 6th Write All the Words!
April 7th The YA Kitten
April 8th   YA Romantics
April 10th Itching for Books 
April 13th Fic Fare
April 14th The Book Belles
April 15th Novel Ink
April 16th The Reading Nook Reviews
April 17th YAdult Review

Giveaway:

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Becoming Jinn by Lori Goldstein Blog Tour Stop

Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver Book Review



New York Times bestselling author Lauren Oliver delivers a gripping story about two sisters inexorably altered by a terrible accident. 
Dara and Nick used to be inseparable, but that was before the accident that left Dara's beautiful face scarred and the two sisters totally estranged. When Dara vanishes on her birthday, Nick thinks Dara is just playing around. But another girl, nine-year-old Madeline Snow, has vanished, too, and Nick becomes increasingly convinced that the two disappearances are linked. Now Nick has to find her sister, before it's too late.
In this edgy and compelling novel, Lauren Oliver creates a world of intrigue, loss, and suspicion as two sisters search to find themselves, and each other.
"Alarming and uplifting, a rare psychological thriller that has a kind heart at its center. Read it with all the lights on." -- E. Lockhart, author of We Were Liars.

Jesse's Girl Preorder Promo and Excerpt

Jesse's Girl (Hundred Oaks)

Jesse's Girl is coming out July 7th and Sourcebooks is running an amazing preorder promotion! I read this book in a few days ago and it's definitely one you won't want to miss out on. I don't think I'll ever get tired of the Hundred Oaks series and Jesse and Maya's story was amazing to read :) Here are the details of the promotion and an excerpt from the novel:

Everyone who emails teenfire@sourcebooks.com will automatically receive an email of the EXCLUSIVE Jesse’s Girl Playlist, and will be invited to attend a LIVE online author event on July 6, the day before Jesse’s Girl goes on-sale!
 
In addition, if you pre-order the book and send your proof of purchase (and mailing address) to teenfire@sourcebooks.com, you’ll not only get the exclusive playlist and event invite, but you’ll also receive a signed/personalized bookplate, a super-cute custom guitar pick, and entered to win a $300 gift card to TicketMaster so you can go to a concert or musical or some other fun event.  
 
Jesse's Girl (Hundred Oaks)Practice Makes Perfect.

Everyone at Hundred Oaks High knows that career mentoring day is a joke. So when Maya Henry said she wanted to be a rock star, she never imagined she’d get to shadow *the* Jesse Scott, Nashville’s teen idol.

But spending the day with Jesse is far from a dream come true. He’s as gorgeous as his music, but seeing all that he’s accomplished is just a reminder of everythin
g Maya’s lost: her trust, her boyfriend, their band, and any chance to play the music she craves. Not to mention that Jesse’s pushy and opinionated. He made it on his own, and he thinks Maya’s playing back up to other people’s dreams. Does she have what it takes to follow her heart—and go solo?
Excerpt from Jesse's Girl:
As much as I love music, I am generally not a fan of country. I don’t like banjos. I don’t like sappy lyrics about trucks and hauling hay. Dolly Parton is my mortal enemy—my mom plays “Jolene” over and over and over and over, and it makes me want to chop my ears off like van Gogh. Yeah, yeah, I’m from Tennessee, where it’s a crime if you don’t love country, but I like deep, rumbling beats and singing loud and fast and hard. I do not like closing my eyes and crooning to a cow in the pasture. Yet here I am at a Jesse Scott concert, getting ready to meet him and to see if he’ll let me shadow him next Friday.

My school requires every senior to “shadow” a professional for a day. It’s their way of helping us figure out what kind of career we want. Like, if you want to be president when you grow up, you might get to shadow the mayor. Want to be a chef? Have fun kneading dough at the Donut Palace. When I said “I want to be a musician,” I figured they’d send me to work in the electronics section at Walmart.

I certainly never expected to shadow the king of country music.

It turns out that Jesse Scott is my principal’s nephew. Jesse won TV’s Wannabe Rocker when he was ten and has gone on to become very successful. In sixth grade, every girl in class—myself included—took the Teen Beat quiz: “Would Jesse Scott Like Your Kissing Style?” (Obviously the answer was yes.) In middle school, I had a Jesse Scott poster on my ceiling. It’s hard to believe he’s only eighteen, because he’s already won three Grammys. When he was younger, his songs were about family, fishing, and playing baseball, but lately they’re about love and making love and all things sexy.

I wouldn’t say I’m a fan anymore, but I would never give up an opportunity to learn from a professional with such a gorgeous, pure voice. I want to learn what it’s like to perform day in and day out. Despite what everyone and their mom says—that I’ll struggle as a musician—all I want is to play guitar in front of a crowd and hear people cheer for me.

I can’t believe I’m backstage at the Grand Ole Opry! I bounce on my toes. Jesus, is that an archtop Super 4, the model Elvis played? I’ve never seen one in real life. It probably cost more than my house. I’m ogling the guitar when Jesse Scott comes out of the bathroom, drying his hair with a towel. He pads across the room to the couch, wearing nothing but a pair of rugged jeans with more holes than Swiss cheese. The lighting is dim, and he doesn’t seem to notice I’m here, which is good, because I’ve moved from ogling the guitar to ogling him.

Who wouldn’t? He was one of People magazine’s “50 Most Beautiful People,” and it is a truth universally acknowledged that you should stare at people who’ve made that list. The guy’s gorgeous. Like in the boy-next-door way. His wet, wavy, brown hair curls around his ears and nearly hits his shoulders, and while he doesn’t have a six-pack or anything, his body is fit. I wish he’d look my way so I can see his famous brown eyes. They always remind me of those caramel chews Poppy gives me when I visit. Jesse has some sort of Gaelic symbol tattooed on his left shoulder blade. I want to reach out and trace the design.

God, get ahold of yourself, Maya. Don’t be a horndog. Besides, he’s so not my type. I don’t do pretty boys.





Girl Online by Zoe Sugg Book Review


I had no idea GirlOnline would take off the way it has - I can't believe I now have 5432 followers, thanks so much! - and the thought of opening up to you all about this is terrifying, but here goes...

Penny has a secret.

Under the alias GirlOnline, she blogs about school dramas, boys, her mad, whirlwind family - and the panic attacks she's suffered from lately. When things go from bad to worse, her family whisks her away to New York, where she meets the gorgeous, guitar-strumming Noah. Suddenly Penny is falling in love - and capturing every moment of it on her blog.
But Noah has a secret too. One that threatens to ruin Penny's cover - and her closest friendship - forever.



Have You Seen This?


This feature was started by Andi @ Andi's ABCs and Brittany @ The Book Addict's Guide. It's a way to help bloggers find the books they need to complete their collections. Here are the books I'm hoping to find:

-Pivot Point by Kasie West (ARC) Trade Pending
-Hemlock by Kathleen Peacock (ARC)
-Smart Girls Get What They Want by Sarah Strohmeyer (ARC)
-How Zoe Made Her Dream (Mostly) Come True by Sarah Strohmeyer (ARC)
-The Winner's Crime by Marie Rutkoski (ARC) Trade Pending
-Rebel Spring by Morgan Rhodes (ARC)

If you have any of those books that you'd be willing to trade, please contact me at bookbelles@gmail.com or comment below. I'd love to order you a finished copy of the ARC or trade you a different book for it. I have lots to trade! Thanks! :)


April New Release Giveaway

Hi everyone! This is an international giveaway and the winner will be able to pick a book of their choice from the options below. Good luck! :)

MagoniaThe Secrets of AttractionAn Ember in the AshesMiss Mayhem (Rebel Belle, #2)   Things We Know by HeartCity LoveConspiracy of Blood and Smoke (Prisoner of Night and Fog, #2)In a World Just Right






















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January-March Wrap Up


Hi everyone! Originally, I was planning to do a monthly wrap-up every month, but instead I decided to post one four times a year, every three months. I figured this post would be a good general wrap-up of sorts :)

Books Read:

4.5 Flowers
Breathe, Annie, Breathe by Miranda KenneallyLast Year's Mistake by Gina Ciocca

4 Flowers
I'll Meet You There by Heather DemetriosThe Boy Next Door by Katie Van ArkVendetta by Catherine DoyleThe Return by Jennifer L. ArmentroutConfess by Colleen HooverJesse's Girl by Miranda KenneallyPaper or Plastic by Vivi BarnesThird Degree by Julie CrossNever Never by Colleen HooverRaveling You by Jessica SorensenLead by Kylie Scott

3.5 Flowers
Tear You Apart by Sarah CrossA Wicked Thing by Rhiannon ThomasHow (Not) to Fall in Love by Lisa Brown RobertsAwakening You by Jessica SorensenThe Truth About Us by Janet GurtlerGone Too Far by Natalie D. Richards

3 Flowers
Kissing Ted Callahan by Amy SpaldingThe Conspiracy of Us by Maggie  HallWe All Looked Up by Tommy WallachThe Ruby Circle by Richelle MeadA December Bride by Denise HunterWicked by Jennifer L. Armentrout

2 Flowers
99 Days by Katie Cotugno

I've read the most four flower reads, which is great, although I have yet to read a five flower novel this year. Breathe, Annie, Breathe and Last Year's Mistake were both amazing reads, though! :)

Blog Updates:

-The blog was kind of bare in March, but there should be a lot more content this month! A lot of my time was spent working and doing scholarships this past month. Things have calmed down a bit, though :)

-Also, I'm working to catch up with commenting and hoping to be completely caught up by the end of next week. If you've commented, thank you so much and I'll be replying to you soon! 

-I'm hoping to start doing blogger interviews again! If you're a blogger who's interested in being interviewed, you can sign up here.

-Over at What Sarah Read, I participated in Fangirl Friday and recommended books based on my favorite TV shows. Thank you so much to Sarah for the chance to do a guest post! :) 

-The Books & Bloggers Swap, which is such a fun swap, is taking place. Sign-ups are open through the 6th here and I'll be participating in this swap.



                                         
                           
                 Life Updates:

-I'll be attending YallWest this month, which I'm super excited about! I'll be posting an event recap and giveaway after I attend.
       
How has March been for all of you? What's the best book you've read so far this year?