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2016 YA Contemporary Scavenger Hunt Kick-Off

Join the 2016 Contemporary Challenge!

Hi everyone! I'm so excited to kick off the 2016 YA Contemporary Scavenger Hunt. Tons of awesome authors are participating and there's an amazing grand prize giveaway along with a few individual ones along the way :) 

The way the scavenger hunt works is that each post will feature a code word (it'll be fairly obvious what the code word is). Write down or remember the words as to enter the main giveaway, you'll have to use those words to figure out the quote or message. You'll basically have to put together all the words you've gathered along the hunt! 

When you have all the words, head over to the website to enter the amazing grand prize giveaway! :)

So far, these posts are up:

Rebecca Podos
Kathryn Holmes
Emily Albright
Danika Stone
Kim Culbertson
Mindi Scott and Michelle Andreani
Robin Constantine
K.C. Held
Marieke Nijkamp
Shannon Parker
Laurie Elizabeth Flynn
Emily Martin
Leah Konen
Sarvenaz Tash
Jessica Love
Ashley Herring Blake

Erin and Anna will both have their posts up soon, but until then their respective code words are: I & books. Shannon's word is way!

Good luck and happy scavenger hunting! :)

The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa Book Review

To survive in a ruined world, she must embrace the darkness….

Allison Sekemoto survives in the Fringe, the outermost circle of a walled-in city. By day, she and her crew scavenge for food. By night, any one of them could be eaten. Some days, all that drives Allie is her hatred of them—the vampires who keep humans as blood cattle. Until the night Allie herself dies and becomes one of the monsters.
Forced to flee her city, Allie must pass for human as she joins a ragged group of pilgrims seeking a legend—a place that might have a cure for the disease that killed off most of civilization and created the rabids, the bloodthirsty creatures who threaten human and vampire alike. And soon Allie will have to decide what and who is worth dying for… again.
Enter Julie Kagawa's dark and twisted world as an unforgettable journey begins.

See How They Run by Ally Carter Book Review

See How They Run (Embassy Row, #2)
Inside every secret, there's a world of trouble. Get ready for the second book in this new series of global proportions--from master of intrigue, New York Times bestselling author Ally Carter. 

Grace's past has come back to hunt her . . . and if she doesn't stop it, Grace isn't the only one who will get hurt. Because on Embassy Row, the countries of the world stand like dominoes, and one wrong move can make them all fall down. 
The twists get twistier and the turns get even more shocking in the second thrilling installment of Embassy Row.

January Contemporary Challenge Link-Up and Giveaway

Hi everyone! First off, I want to apologize for the delay in getting this post up. I ended up getting really sick when I got back to school and have been out of commission for a few days. I'm working on getting back on track and there'll be an exciting contemporary scavenger hunt post up Saturday ;) The following challenge link-up is open to participants of the 2016 YA Contemporary Challenge, which is still open for sign-ups! You can link up your review for any contemporary book you've read & reviewed in January. This giveaway is international and here is what you can win:

The Distance from A to ZThe Year We Fell ApartA Study in Charlotte (Charlotte Holmes, #1)

-1 e-book copy of The Distance from A to Z by Natalie Blitt (This is such an adorable book!)
-1 hardcover of The Year We Fell Apart by Natalie Martin
-1 preorder of A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro

Also, the winners of the end of the year contemporary challenge wrap-up giveaway are the bloggers at City of Fandoms and Overflowing Bookshelves! They each will receive a preorder of their choice and expect an email later today :) Here's the link-up:

Sword and Verse by Kathy MacMillan Book Review

Raisa was just a child when she was sold to work as a slave in the kingdom of Qilara. Despite her young age, her father was teaching her to read and write, grooming her to take his place as a Learned One. In Qilara, the Arnathim, like Raisa, are the lowest class, and literacy is a capital offense. What’s more, only the king, prince, tutor, and tutor-in-training are allowed to learn the very highest order language, the language of the gods. So when the tutor-in-training is executed for teaching slaves this sacred language, and Raisa is selected to replace her, Raisa knows any slipup on her part could mean death.
Keeping her secret is hard enough, but the romance that’s been growing between her and Prince Mati isn’t helping matters. Then Raisa is approached by the Resistance—an underground army of slave rebels—to help liberate Arnath slaves. She wants to free her people, but that would mean aiding a war against Mati. As Raisa struggles with what to do, she discovers a secret that the Qilarites have been hiding for centuries—one that, if uncovered, could bring the kingdom to its knees.

The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion Book Review

Don Tillman, professor of genetics, has never been on a second date. He is a man who can count all his friends on the fingers of one hand, whose lifelong difficulty with social rituals has convinced him that he is simply not wired for romance. So when an acquaintance informs him that he would make a “wonderful” husband, his first reaction is shock. Yet he must concede to the statistical probability that there is someone for everyone, and he embarks upon The Wife Project. In the orderly, evidence-based manner with which he approaches all things, Don sets out to find the perfect partner. She will be punctual and logical—most definitely not a barmaid, a smoker, a drinker, or a late-arriver.
Yet Rosie Jarman is all these things. She is also beguiling, fiery, intelligent—and on a quest of her own. She is looking for her biological father, a search that a certain DNA expert might be able to help her with. Don's Wife Project takes a back burner to the Father Project and an unlikely relationship blooms, forcing the scientifically minded geneticist to confront the spontaneous whirlwind that is Rosie—and the realization that love is not always what looks good on paper.
The Rosie Project is a moving and hilarious novel for anyone who has ever tenaciously gone after life or love in the face of overwhelming challenges.


I'm participating in the Rock My TBR Challenge this year and Sarah created an awesome tag to go along with it! :) Here are my responses:

1. SMELL LIKE TEEN SPIRIT (Nirvana) – A Contemporary I Want to Read
I've heard such great things about Liars Inc., and I've read Venom and The Art of Lainey by Paula Stokes- which were both good reads- so I'm excited to see how this one will be.

2. SHUT UP AND DANCE (Walk to the Moon) – Most Anticipated Book You Have
I really enjoyed Throne of Glass, so I'm excited to continue on with the series. I'm hoping to be up to date with it by the end of the year.

3. CENTURIES (REMIX) (Fall Out Boy) – A Twist on a Classic or Fairy Tale
This topic was harder for me to pick a book for than I thought it would be, but I absolutely loved Cruel Beauty and Crimson Bound looks amazing! Rosamund Hodge has such a great writing style.

4. YOSHIMI BATTLES THE PINK ROBOT (The Flaming Lips) – A Science Fiction Book or a Book Set in the Future
I'm definitely not much of a sci-fi fan but I've had Slated on my shelf for ages and I know a lot of people are huge fans of the series.

5. SHE LOOKS SO PERFECT (5 Seconds of Summer) – A Book with a Girl on the Cover
The Bloodlines and Vampire Academy series are both great, but I've heard so many mixed things about this one. I still intend to read it, though, to form my own opinion :) 

6. AFRICA (Toto) – A Book Set in a Foreign Country
This is the second book in the Night School series, the first of which was published in the U.S. I absolutely love Night School and the series takes place at a boarding school in England.

7. ANOTHER ONE BITES THE DUST (Queen) – A Book or Books That Will Complete a Series
I love the Obsidian series, so I'm excited to finally finish it. I actually started reading Origin right when I got it, but put it down for some reason. I remember Daemon it being just as amazing as always, though ;)

8. SOMEONE NEW (Hozier) – A Book by an Author You Haven’t Read Yet
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr: The praise for this has been incredible, but I've heard it's super emotional, so I'm waiting for the right time to read it.

9. HELLO (Adele) –  A Book your DNF or Weren’t in the Mood for at the Time
I honestly don't know whether or not I'll ever finish this. I was bored while reading it and I can't remember too much from it. Is it worth finishing? 

10. LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT (Kylie Minogue)–  A Book you Bought Because of the Cover
This cover is one of my favorites of all time, and I've heard great things about both the romance and story itself.

What books from your TBR pile are you planning to read this year? I tag anyone who wants to do this tag! :)

To All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han Book Review

To All the Boys I've Loved Before (To All the Boys I've Loved Before, #1)
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is the story of Lara Jean, who has never openly admitted her crushes, but instead wrote each boy a letter about how she felt, sealed it, and hid it in a box under her bed. But one day Lara Jean discovers that somehow her secret box of letters has been mailed, causing all her crushes from her past to confront her about the letters: her first kiss, the boy from summer camp, even her sister's ex-boyfriend, Josh. As she learns to deal with her past loves face to face, Lara Jean discovers that something good may come out of these letters after all. 

Stacking the Shelves #77

Hi everyone! This week, I posted a list of upcoming January contemporary releases along with my 2016 blogging resolutions. If you're a contemporary fan, sign-ups are still open for the 2016 YA contemporary challenge! :) Here are the books I received this week:


For Review:

For Review via Edelweiss:
The Distance from A to Z

Thicker than Water by Brigid Kemmerer: I enjoyed Storm and Spark by her, so I'm really excited to check this one out! I've heard great things already and that blurb from Jennifer Armentrout definitely intrigues me.

Oblivion by Jennifer Armentrout: Obsidian is one of my favorite books, and I'm looking forward to jumping into Daemon's pov. I'm so curious to see what was going through his head during Obsidian, especially considering how hot-and-cold he was in the beginning.  

Banished by Kimberley Griffiths Little: I received this as part of the Epic Reads Early Reader program, which I'm so excited to be a part of! I have Forbidden on my TBR and am looking forward to reading both back to back. Thank you so much EpicReads! :) 

The Distance from A to Z by Natalie Blitt: I just finished this one and it was so good! Look out for my review on the 13th. This is one you definitely don't want to miss :)

What did you get this week? I'd love to visit your Stacking the Shelves!

2016 Blogging Resolutions

Happy New Year! I hope you all are having a great day. The following are my 2016 blogging resolutions:

  • Stay Updated with Challenges. I participate in challenges every year, but I'm not the best with keeping my challenge page updated. I want to improve on this in 2016!
  • Get a New Blog Design: I've been meaning to do this for a while, but I'm hoping to finally get a new blog design. I love this one, but I think it's definitely time for a change.
  • Comment Back More Efficiently: I always try to comment back on every comment left on the blog, but I want to try to do so within 24 hours of the comment being left.
  • Catch Up on my Review Pile: My goal is to get higher feedback rates on both Edelweiss and Netgalley and review every 2016 review copy in a timely manner. 
  • Be More Active on Twitter: The book community is so active on Twitter, and I want to be more involved on that platform. 

What are your resolutions? Happy New Year! :)

2016 Contemporary Challenge Kick-Off and January Releases

I'm so excited to kick off the 2016 Contemporary Challenge with my lovely co-host, Jillian from Jillian's Books. There's so many amazing contemporaries coming out this year and always plenty of older releases to catch up on. If you're interested in joining this year's challenge, you can still sign up here! Jillian and I will both be posting the January review link-up and giveaway in the middle of the month and the 2nd Annual Contemporary Scavenger Hunt will be taking place from January 24-27. Here are the YA contemporary books releasing this month:

January 5 & 7
Thicker Than WaterThis Is Where It EndsFirstsThis Song Is (Not) for YouInferno (Blood for Blood, #2)

January 12
UnderwaterOther Broken ThingsBookishly Ever After (Ever After, #1)The Distance from A to Z

January 18 & 19
The Heir and the SpareShade Me

January 26
Picture Perfect (Geek Girl, #3)The Mystery of Hollow PlacesThe Possibility of NowIt's All Your FaultThe Year We Fell Apart

Which contemporary releases are you the most excited for this month? I'm hoping to get to Inferno and The Distance from A to Z among a couple of others! :)