Thursday, July 6, 2017


About the book: 
Title: The Disappearances
Author: Emily Bain Murphy
Publisher: HMH Teen
Pub. Date: July 4th, 2017
Formats: Hardcover, ebook, audiobook
What if the ordinary things in life suddenly…disappeared?

Aila Quinn’s mother, Juliet, has always been a mystery: vibrant yet guarded, she keeps her secrets beyond Aila’s reach. When Juliet dies, Aila and her younger brother Miles are sent to live in Sterling, a rural town far from home--and the place where Juliet grew up.

Sterling is a place with mysteries of its own. A place where the experiences that weave life together--scents of flowers and food, reflections from mirrors and lakes, even the ability to dream--vanish every seven years.

No one knows what caused these “Disappearances,” or what will slip away next. But Sterling always suspected that Juliet Quinn was somehow responsible--and Aila must bear the brunt of their blame while she follows the chain of literary clues her mother left behind. 

As the next Disappearance nears, Aila begins to unravel the dual mystery of why the Disappearances happen and who her mother truly was. One thing is clear: Sterling isn’t going to hold on to anyone's secrets for long before it starts giving them up.~Goodreads


The Disappearances surpassed my expectations and blew me away!

Emily's writing is absolutely gorgeous. This book flows from one chapter to the next with such ease it's impossible not to just sail through it. Emily's depictions are beautiful, vintage, and magical--I was IN the story. The overall world buliding is stunning, Sterling is such an incredibly unqiue setting and I loved it!

I adore Aila. She is such an emotionally layered charater. She is strong, smart, and resilient. Her interactions with her little brother Miles are heartwarming and, at times, frustrating--he is such a little dickens! Their banter is playful and cute yet they argue and say hateful things to one another--so utterly true of most sibling relationships. The family dynamics in this novel were incredible. 

Don't even get me stared on how wonderful the Clifton's are! Such a loving and lovely family. Especially Will, swoony swoony Will. His intereactions with Aila are SO ADORABLE. Goodness gracious can you say SLOW BURN ROMANCE!?

Aila's friends are great as well, I LOVE Beas--she definitley needs her own novel! (Please, Emily, please!?) And George is a funny fellow-I could use some more of him too! 

As for the disappearances themselves all I can say is, mezmerizing. How mind blowing would it be to have stars or smells or reflections completely vanish!? I was so anxious to learn what was going to disappear next and if a Variant could be found. (OMG--EMBERS ARE SO AMAZING!)

This town is pure magic, but it's not spells and potions, it's alchemy. Emily hit the nail on the head with bringing magic to the mundane! I HIGHLY recommend you add this one to your TBR--you will not be disappointed! 



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About Emily: 

Emily Bain Murphy grew up in Indiana, Hong Kong, and Tokyo, and has also called Massachusetts and Connecticut home. She loved books, Japanese karaoke, exploring new cities, and anything with Nutella. She currently lives in San Franciso with her family and is at work on her second novel. 

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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

The Color Project Blog Tour: Interview with Bee

 The Color Project
Author: Sierra Abrams
Publisher: Gatekeeper Press
Release Date: July 18th
Find at: AmazonBook DepositoryBarnes and Noble
Bernice Aurora Wescott has one thing she doesn't want anyone to know: her name. That is, until Bee meets Levi, the local golden boy who runs a charity organization called The Color Project.

Levi is not at all shy about attempting to guess Bee’s real name; his persistence is one of the many reasons why Bee falls for him. But while Levi is everything she never knew she needed, giving up her name would feel like a stamp on forever. And that terrifies her.

When unexpected news of an illness in the family drains Bee's summer of everything bright, she is pushed to the breaking point. Losing herself in The Color Project—a world of weddings, funerals, cancer patients, and hopeful families that the charity funds—is no longer enough. Bee must hold up the weight of her family, but to do that, she needs Levi. She’ll have to give up her name and let him in completely or lose the best thing that’s ever happened to her.

For fans of Stephanie Perkins and Morgan Matson, THE COLOR PROJECT is a story about the three great loves of life—family, friendship, and romance—and the bonds that withstand tragedy.~Goodreads

Interview with Bee!

If you had a choose a flower to represent yourself, what would you choose and why?
Well, Lisianthus are my favorite flower, but they're too easily bruised or crushed. I'd like to think I'm more like a dahlia. Or maybe I'm spray roses - several little tiny rose buds on one stem. Small and cute and feminine, but with enough thorns to scratch even the most skilled florist.

You know I have to ask, what's your favorite thing about Levi?
His hair. I mean - oops, that was the shallow answer. My real favorite thing about Levi is his persistence. Sometimes it's also the biggest pain in my neck, but that's okay. He makes sure I don't retreat even when I'm afraid.

Do you have any hidden talents we should know about?
I'm the unofficial Guinness World Record holder for both The Biggest Dork and The Most Awkward.

Oh No! You're trapped in an elevator, who do you hope is with you?
Four people: Levi (to talk me down), Matt Smith and David Tennant (I'd imagine they were the Doctors meeting and trying to figure out who to get us out of this trap), and Danny Elfman (to sing to me). This sounds like the start of a really bad "walked into a bar" joke so I'm going to stop this right here and now.

Most embarrassing moment?
That one time my dance costume got washed with some bright colors and turned orange. I was a very obnoxious petal among many soft, light pink petals at that recital. My crush was in the audience. It was horrific.

Quick round
Sweet or salty?
Salty! (Oh great, now I'm thinking about sushi and I want to eat it.)

Early bird or night owl?
Night owl. I might actually be 1/3rd owl by now.

Celebrity crush?
Henry Cavill. Hands down. Always and forever.

About Sierra

At 7 years old, Sierra Abrams decided that one day she would publish a book. For over a decade, in between exploring other career options, she kept coming back to that very first dream. Now her life consists of writing books of all kinds... Kissing books, angsty books, killing books, whimsical books, and sometimes books that are all of the above. When she's not writing, you can find her reading, traveling, consuming sushi, or daydreaming about Henry Cavill. 
Find her: Website| Twitter| Instagram 


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Thursday, June 8, 2017

Cover Reveal: ROSEMARKED by Livia Blackburne

Happy Thursday, y'all!  I'm so excited to help share the cover of ROSEMARKED! I absolutely cannot wait for this one!
A healer who cannot be healed . . .
When Zivah falls prey to the deadly rose plague, she knows it’s only a matter of time before she fully succumbs. Now she’s destined to live her last days in isolation, cut off from her people and unable to practice her art-until a threat to her village creates a need that only she can fill.
A soldier shattered by war . . .
Broken by torture at the hands of the Amparan Empire, Dineas thirsts for revenge against his captors. Now escaped and reunited with his tribe, he’ll do anything to free them from Amparan rule-even if it means undertaking a plan that risks not only his life but his very self.
Thrust together on a high-stakes mission to spy on the capital, the two couldn’t be more different: Zivah, deeply committed to her vow of healing, and Dineas, yearning for vengeance. But as they grow closer, they must find common ground to protect those they love. And amidst the constant fear of discovery, the two grapple with a mutual attraction that could break both of their carefully guarded hearts.
This smart, sweeping fantasy with a political edge and a slow-burning romance will capture fans of The Lumatere Chronicles and An Ember in the Ashes.

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Thursday, May 25, 2017

{ARC Review} The Hearts We Sold

The Hearts We Sold
Author: Emily Lloyd-Jones
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
When Dee Moreno makes a deal with a demon—her heart in exchange for an escape from a disastrous home life—she finds the trade may have been more than she bargained for. And becoming “heartless” is only the beginning. What lies ahead is a nightmare far bigger, far more monstrous than anything she could have ever imagined.

With reality turned on its head, Dee has only a group of other deal-making teens to keep her grounded, including the charming but secretive James Lancer. And as something grows between them amid an otherworldy ordeal, Dee begins to wonder: Can she give someone her heart when it’s no longer hers to give?

I feel as though The Hearts We Sold is totally going to be made into a CW TV show. It has that action-romance-demon formula that just works for TV shows, ya know?

This novel had a SUPER interesting concept that intrigued me straightaway. In the book you can sell a piece of yourself for a wish. Yes, you read that correctly. Want a million dollars? Artistic talents? Mad cooking skills? All it's going to cost you is, oh, just your left leg...or your eyeballs, or both arms—whatever the demon you’re dealing with deems necessary for the trade. CRAZY RIGHT?!

In addition to the demons, there were also these scary, nasty, giant, mismatched body part monster things that *shudders* were a lot to take in, yet totally cool!?

As for the main character, Dee, I actually really enjoyed her point of view. She was funny, she was shy, she was thoughtful and tough--everything I like in a main character.

So, why the low rating you ask? The world building wasn't as detailed as I would've liked. The storyline dragged in certain places. All the other characters fell flat. And, the romance element of the story felt off to me. Dee and James (her "love interest") had no spark. Their relationship seemed forced**

A-double-plus for the STUNNING COVER and fascinating concept. D-double-minus for the less than ideal execution. (ouch-wow-rude.)

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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine! And this week i am waiting on:

YASSSS! I'm already completely in love with this book. HA! I adored the first installment (RIDEN *SUH-WOON*) so I canNOT wait for the sequel! 

What are YOU waiting on this week? Link up below!  

Sunday, May 7, 2017

The Traitor's Kiss Blog Tour: INTERVIEW WITH SAGE +Giveaway

Welcome back to The Traitor's Kiss blog tour! Thanks so much for stopping by, I hope you get to know Sage a little better after reading her interview! Be sure to scroll to the end for the secret message!

The Traitor's Kiss (Traitor's Trilogy, #1)

About the book

Title: The Traitor's Kiss
Author: Erin Beaty
Pub. Date: May 9th
Publisher: Imprint
An obstinate girl who will not be married. 
A soldier desperate to prove himself. 
A kingdom on the brink of war.

With a sharp tongue and an unruly temper, Sage Fowler is not what they’d call a lady―which is perfectly fine with her. Deemed unfit for marriage, Sage is apprenticed to a matchmaker and tasked with wrangling other young ladies to be married off for political alliances. She spies on the girls―and on the soldiers escorting them.

As the girls' military escort senses a political uprising, Sage is recruited by a handsome soldier to infiltrate the enemy ranks. The more she discovers as a spy, the less certain she becomes about whom to trust―and Sage becomes caught in a dangerous balancing act that will determine the fate of her kingdom.

Interview Time

Hi Sage! Thank you for talking with me. So, what do you enjoy most about the matchmaking process? (If anything, that is!)
Sage: I actually like figuring people out. If you can discover why people act the way they do, you get a better sense of how they will act in the future. I’ve also learned that what people want is not the same as what they need, and the former has to be handled delicately in order to make a match work. My experience is pretty limited – I’ve only apprenticed with the matchmaker about six months – but I’ve seen a couple matches come to fruition and watched each person blossom under it. 
Sage, you know I HAVE to ask, how is it having all of those hunky military men around?
 Sage: I envy them and their sense of purpose. They’re part of something so much bigger than themselves, and they don’t waste time on silly matters. They make history, not just read about it.

Wait. You’re asking about their looks and flirting? Um. They don’t really pay attention to us, though I love watching Jacqueline and her followers bat their eyes and sway their hips without getting a reaction.

As for “hunky,” they’re just men. The world is half full of them. Ash Carter is better than most, though, and he has that swarthy Aristelan look that stands out on this side of the mountains. 

If you had to choose your code name, what would it be and why?
Sage: Just about everything I think of sounds either pretentious or obvious. Teacher? My friendship with Ash started with me teaching him to read (the how and why being way too long of a story to get into right now), so that seems appropriate. All the soldiers would probably know who it meant even if they weren’t told. Sounds kind of boring, though. I like birds – how about Sparrow? Small, unobtrusive, easily ignored, but all the while snatching up the crumbs you drop. Sparrow’s good.
If you were stranded in a foreign Kingdown, what 3 things would you hope to have with you?
Sage: My sling, a good knife, and a sewing kit to mend or adjust any clothes I had to steal or make into useful items.

 Relaxing Evening or Daytime Adventure?
Sage: Daytime Adventure, but I’m up for Evening Adventure, too. Not that kind – I’m not a harlot.

Sweet or Savory?

Sage: Savory. 

Reading or Teaching?

Sage: Yes. 

The Secret Message is:

 "Brownish hair, simpler styling but messy "


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Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine! And this week i am waiting on:

Bad Girls with Perfect Faces
Bad girls get it done.

Sasha’s all-time favorite person is her best friend Xavier. He’s smart, funny, and strange. He’s not just nice but kind. He’s endlessly forgiving, even when maybe he shouldn’t be.

So when Xavier lets his ex, Ivy, slither her way back into his life, Sasha knows she needs to protect him. And not just because she can’t stop thinking about the night she and Xavier almost shared a rum-soaked kiss. No, it’s because Ivy is poisonous. The last time they were together, Ivy cheated on Xavier and he just barely survived.

Sasha has a plan: pose online as a guy to seduce Ivy, proving that cheaters never change. But she soon learns to be careful who you pretend to be—because you can never truly know the darkness inside of someone. Including yourself.

Told in multiple points of view.~Goodreads


What are YOU waiting on this week!?

Thursday, April 27, 2017

{ARC Review} The Possible

The Possible
The Possible
Author: Tara Altebrando
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens
What one knows the truth about you? 

It's been thirteen years since Kaylee's infamous birth mother, Crystal, received a life sentence for killing Kaylee's little brother in a fit of rage. Once the center of a cult-following for her apparent telekinetic powers, nowadays nobody's heard of Crystal. Until now, when a reporter shows up at Kaylee's house and turns her life upside down, offering Kaylee the chance to be part of a high-profile podcast investigating claims that Crystal truly did have supernatural mind powers. But these questions lead to disturbing answers as Kaylee is forced to examine her own increasingly strange life, and make sense of certain dark and troubling coincidences... ~Goodreads

I picked this book up on a rainy Sunday morning and finished it in the same afternoon, it was SO intriguing!

I loved how the plot kept me invested. There were so many things that kept hinting at Kaylee having telekinetic powers YET AT THE SAME TIME MAYBE THEY were just coincidences?! I NEEDED TO FIND OUT SO I JUST KEPT FLIP FLIP FLIPPING!

+10 for the Monster High reference!
-11 for the overly obsessive crush Kaylee had on this dude, Bennett. It just seemed out of nowhere, I felt like I was missing a piece of why/how she started having such strong feelings for him? I mean, were we even supposed to LIKE this dude? Because I totally did not.

Kaylee's best friends, on the other hand, were awesome! I love the type of friends who aren't afraid to give the MC shit or tell them when they're being cray. Aiden and Chiara are these friends. As for Kaylee, herself, I liked her well enough. She definitely had some faults (who doesn't!) but she was a pretty decent main character for the most part. 

Overall, I enjoyed the story! If you like a good mysterious page turner, then this one is for you too! 

Monday, April 17, 2017

{ARC Review} The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue

The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue
Author: Mackenzi Lee
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
An unforgettable tale of two friends on their Grand Tour of 18th-century Europe who stumble upon a magical artifact that leads them from Paris to Venice in a dangerous manhunt, fighting pirates, highwaymen, and their feelings for each other along the way.
[WARNING: Fan girl rant review ahead.]


This story had me hooked with its very first sentence. Gentleman's Guide is full of adventure and sexual tension and wit and sexual tension and danger and DID I MENTION THE TENSION?

A+ CHARACTERS. I CAN'T EVEN. Monty is a hot mess, yet it's in the most endearing way possible.  He has got to be one of the sassiest, most sarcastic, sexed up lads out there but it's impossible not to be reeled in by those dimples! CAN YOU SAY CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT?! Holy Gods. Yes, Mackenzi, yes! This boy is the most intriguing onion. I'd love to hang out with him! He'd totally drink me under the table though, and probably attempt to *do* something under the table....

Speaking of under the table....FOOTSY. Footsy that I DON'T think was QUITE an accident. Oh, Percy, you sweet, sweet bloke you. He needs a prequel or a sequel, ANYTHING, I need more of this adorable and intelligent boy in my life.

The Percy/Monty ship is REAL you guise. I CAN'T. Just OH MY GOD. KISS YOU BRITISH BASTARDS.

I was all for the SEXUALLY CHARGED romance in this story, the freaking badass adventure, and the MYSTERY OF IT ALL. Yes.

Also, SHOUT OUT to my girl Felicity for being a smart lass who don't take no shit!

MORE MORE MORE MORE MORE! please and thanks.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Character Interview + ARC GIVEAWAY!

The Best Kind of MagicI absolutely ADORED The Best Kind of Magic by Crystal Cestari, and I adored the main character from the novel, Amber, even more!

Amber, the awesome-sauce girl that she is, agreed to stop by the blog and answer a few questions! Enjoy! 

Hey Amber! Thank you so much for stopping by! I know you're a busy gal, so let's get right to it! 
What's your favorite thing about working at Windy City Magic?
Amber: Tourists always seem surprised that we sell actual magic. I once warned a suburbanite not to use more than a drop of our hair-growing tonic on his bald spot, but apparently he didn't believe me, and came back a week later with a Rapunzel-style mullet. He was really mad and I couldn't stop laughing. Ah, memories. 
If you were turned into a dessert, what would you be and why?
Amber: Oh man, the most difficult question of all time! Wow. While I'd like to say I'd be something fluffy and light like a donut or angel food cake, let's be real; that's not me. No, I'm something complicated and semi-annoying to make, like a creme brulee: if you don't handle me right, I'll curdle. Also, I definitely have a thick outer shell. 
I know you and your mom don't always see eye to eye, but, what is one thing you admire most about her? 
Amber: What impresses me most is her restraint. If I were a witch, I would abuse that power to no end. Feeling like a snack, but don't want to get off the couch? I'd float the fridge over my way. Tired of teachers yapping about nothing? Boom, silencing spell. (it's probably for the best that I'm not a witch)
Do you have any hidden talents? (Besides the obvious!) 
Amber: If being picked last for any sort of sport or school project counts, then yes.
If you were stranded on a desert island what 3 things would you want with you?
Amber: My best friend, Amani, to keep me sane.
A blanket, to keep me from waking up with sand in my eyes and other uncomfortable places. 

A portal charm from my mom's secret supply chest, to get out of there. Wait, is that cheating? 

Early bird or night owl? 
Night owl for sure... are there people who are early birds? Sounds terrible. 

Celebrity crush?
I don't really know a lot of celebrities... does Mary Berry count?

Teleportation or Telekinesis?
Since I already spend a lot of time invading people's brain space without them knowing, I'm gonna go with teleportation on this one. It would be pretty sweet to pop in and out of bakeries around the world at a moment's notice--pun intended! 

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