Sunday, May 31, 2015

Sunday Street Team ~ Teaser + Blogger Blurb!

Sunday Street Team is organized by Nori @ ReadWriteLove28. SST is a like a cross between a blog tour and street team for a couple different titles each month. As the title suggests, the posts go up on Sundays!.

The two featured SST authors and their books for this month are Margo Rabb (Kissing in America) and Corey Ann Haydu (Making Pretty). 

Title: Making Pretty
Author: Corey Ann Haydu
Publication Date: May 12th, 2015
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books

Goodreads Description: 
Montana and her sister, Arizona, are named after the mountainous states their mother left them for. But Montana is a New York City girl through and through, and as the city heats up, she’s stepping into the most intense summer of her life.

With Arizona wrapped up in her college world and their father distracted by yet another divorce, Montana’s been immersing herself in an intoxicating new friendship with a girl from her acting class. Karissa is bold, imperfectly beautiful, and unafraid of being vulnerable. She’s everything Montana would like to become. But the friendship with Karissa is driving a wedge between Montana and her sister, and the more of her own secrets Karissa reveals, the more Montana has to wonder if Karissa’s someone she can really trust.

In the midst of her uncertainty, Montana finds a heady distraction in Bernardo. He’s serious and spontaneous, and he looks at Montana in the way she wants to be seen. For the first time, Montana understands how you can become both lost and found in somebody else. But when that love becomes everything, where does it leave the rest of her imperfect life?
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For my post today, I decided to make a teaser and a blogger blurb graphic! Along with that, I'm also including some links to some of my Goodreads friends' reviews in case you're interested in reading some.☺

Here's a quote from the book that I really liked! It's from my e-arc, so it may be different in the finished copy.

I asked Amber @ YA Indulgences for a blurb of Making Pretty and this is what she said about the book!
Want to read some reviews? Check out the reviews from Shelly (Read.Sleep.Repeat.) and Alexa (Alexa Loves Books)!

Corey Ann Haydu is the author of OCD LOVE STORY, LIFE BY COMMITTEE, MAKING PRETTY and her upcoming middle grade debut, RULES FOR STEALING STARS. A graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and The New School’s Writing for Children MFA program, Corey has been working in children’s publishing since 2009.

In 2013, Corey was chosen as one of Publisher Weekly’s Flying Starts. Her books have been Junior Library Guild Selections, Indie Next Selections, and BCCB Blue Ribbon Selections. Corey also teaches YA Novel Writing with Mediabistro and is adapting her debut novel, OCD LOVE STORY into a high school play, which will have its first run in Fall 2015. Corey lives in Brooklyn with her dog, her boyfriend, and a wide selection of cheese.

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Summer of Series Sign up!

This challenge is hosted by two wonderful ladies: Danielle @ Love at First Page and Lili @ Lili's Reflections. Here's some info from Lili's post that explains things much better than I can summarize them: 
So what will Summer of Series entail? Simple... read as many books as you can that belong to a series! Specifically, we are challenging you to read one series, front to back, each month for June, July, and August. Knock some lovelies off your TBR with it! We are counting a series as a trilogy or group of companion novels with at least three books in it. We ask that you do not include re-reads for this portion of the event, unless it's the first book of the serious only.

In addition, throughout the summer we will have some of our favorite authors stopping by on our blogs (typically on Thursdays and Saturdays) to answer fun questions about their series. (Bonus: there will be many giveaways in your future if you are part of the event!) Just to get you excited, these authors include Victoria Schwab, Susan Dennard, Miranda Kenneally, Sherry Thomas, A.C. Gaughen, and more! We are thrilled to have so many authors on board, and our hope is that this will spread the love of their series.
Sound fun? You should join with me!☺ Go here to get more info (and to sign up)! 

My plans aren't set in stone (reading plans change a lot!), but below are some series that I could choose from. I know I won't be able to read every one of them because I have a lot of other reading plans outside of this challenge, but I hope to complete at least three of them.

I'll most likely post my progress in my monthly challenge update. For more frequent updates, I'll use the #SummerofSeries hashtag on Twitter.☺

Which of these series should I read this summer?

Friday, May 29, 2015

Armchair BEA Day 4 ~ Ebook Giveaway!

It's the last day of Armchair BEA! I had a good time participating in this. I didn't do much for it on here, but I discovered a lot of new bloggers.☺

Good luck on the giveaway!


Any ebook of your choice (up to $8)! OR you can get a two or even three different ebooks with a combined price up to $8.

Some Suggestions:

You don't have to pick from this selection, but if you're looking for some recommendations, I really liked each of these books!
Note: prices are subject to change. All of these cost less than $8 (on Amazon--I didn't check B&N) at the time I'm putting this post together.

The Rules:

This giveaway is open to anyone who can accept ebooks gifted through Amazon or B&N. Ends @ midnight PST on June 7th. Please no entering with giveaway Twitter/other social media accounts. Please be familiar with my giveaway policy before entering.

Now, the Rafflecopter!

Good luck!

Psst...I'll have some more giveaways up in the next couple weeks! I have some blog tour stuff, a debut author feature, and a blogoversary event coming up. ;)

Stacking the Shelves (68) ~ A Small Haul + a Dragon

This is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews where we share what books we have recently added to our physical or virtual shelves. I like to use the meme to also give a recap of the week's posts.
(Click on the covers to go to Goodreads.)


In the Mail
I'm so excited to have copies of Wild Cards and Nowhere But Here on my shelf! Simone Elkeles and Katie McGarry are two of my favorite contemporary authors.

I bought the dragon at a carnival. It fits well with the fantasy section of my bookshelf.☺

(Thank you for Wild Cards, Grace!)
Armchair BEA Day 2 ~ Social Media
Flashback Friday (1) ~ Werewolf Books!
I DNFed Making Prettyand finished The Kiss of Deception and The Witch Hunter. I'm not done with The Last Good Day of the Year or Falling Kingdoms yet, but I should FINALLY finish both this week. My next reads are The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly, The Summer of Chasing Mermaids, and Devoted.

Blech. As a whole, that's how my week has felt. My mood wasn't the greatest, but I'm hoping the nice weather in my area continues (that usually helps me feel at least a little better). There's only two weeks left in this term and I'm not looking forward to the stress. BUT I'm looking forward to finally getting to my summer break.☺

That's it for me this week! How about you? How has your week been?

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Flashback Friday (1) ~ Werewolf Books!

Flashback Friday on Swoony Boys Podcast and Fiction Fare
Flashback Friday is a weekly meme hosted by Fiction Fare andSwoony Boys Podcast that celebrates books that are at least two years old! Titles can either be ones you've read or ones from your TBR pile.

I've been wanting to change things up on this blog and this is a baby step in doing that (I want to do more, but I'm waiting until the summer to make bigger changes). I decided to stop focusing on upcoming releases in WoW posts every week and start featuring older titles.☺

For these posts, I'm going to feature two books (one I've read and one I haven't) with something in common (subjects, cover elements, etc.). For this first one, I picked werewolves!

A Book I've Read
Released on October 19th, 2010
Calla Tor has always known her destiny: After graduating from the Mountain School, she'll be the mate of sexy alpha wolf Ren Laroche and fight with him, side by side, ruling their pack and guarding sacred sites for the Keepers. But when she violates her masters' laws by saving a beautiful human boy out for a hike, Calla begins to question her fate, her existence, and the very essence of the world she has known. By following her heart, she might lose everything- including her own life. Is forbidden love worth the ultimate sacrifice?
I never paid attention to the release date of this one before now, so I didn't notice that it released on my birthday! That's awesome.

*coughs* Anyway, Nightshade is an old favorite of mine with an amazing romance. There's a love triangle, so it's not for everyone. It's probably one of my favorite love triangles I've read in a series. REN. SHAY. I loved them both! I loved Calla too. :)

I kinda want to reread this one again . . . it's been awhile. 

A Book I Still Haven't Read
Released May 8th, 2012


Since then, Mac's life has been turned upside down. She is being haunted by Amy in her dreams, and an extremist group called the Trackers has come to Mac's hometown of Hemlock to hunt down Amy's killer:

A white werewolf.

Lupine syndrome - also known as the werewolf vius - is on the rise across the country. Many of the infected try to hide their symptoms, but bloodlust is not easy to control.

Wanting desperately to put an end to her nightmares, Mac decides to investigate Amy's murder herself. She discovers secrets lurking in the shadows of Hemlock, secrets about Amy's boyfriend, Jason, her good pal Kyle, and especially her late best friend. Mac is thrown into a maelstrom of violence and betrayal that puts her life at risk.

Kathleen Peacock's thrilling novel is the first in the Hemlock trilogy, a spellbinding urban fantasy series filled with provocative questions about prejudice, trust, lies, and love.
I don't understand how I STILL haven't read this one. Werewolves are one of my favorite paranormal creatures and I really like books with them, but I've been shying away from Hemlock for a long time. It looks like one that I'll enjoy, though, so hopefully I can be convinced to finally get to this one and the sequel (which has been sitting on my TBR shelf and taunting me for way too long).

Have you read either of these books? What older werewolf books are you a fan of?