❤ One Month International Blogoversary Giveaway + Mini-Review: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han (+ Necklace) ❤

To All the Boys I've Loved Before ReviewTo All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Received: Goodreads First Reads
Publication Date: April 15th, 2014
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Genres & Themes: YA, Contemporary, Romance, Siblings, Friendship, Trust, Family.

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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.

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Cover Reveal of Snark and Stage Fright by Stephanie Wardrop

Title: Snark and Stage Fright
Release Date: October 14th, 2014
Publisher: Swoon Romance
 
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Happily-ever-after isn’t as happy or forever as Jane Austen makes it look. Just something Georgia Barrett learns when her sharp tongue costs her the only guy she’s ever really cared about: Michael Endicott.
 
Determined to move on, Georgia lands the lead role in the school’s fall musical. But to survive on stage, she’ll need to learn to express herself without her protective shield of snark. She soon discovers being honest with others means being honest with herself, and the truth is she’s still in love with Michael.

Review of Queen of Someday (Stolen Empire #1) by Sherry D. Ficklin

Queen of Someday by Sherry D. Ficklin

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: NetGalley
Publication date: October 7th, 2014
Publisher: Clean Teen Publishing
Genres & Themes: YA, Historical Fiction, Romance, Secrets, True Love, Responsibilities.

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Before she can become the greatest empress in history, fifteen-year-old Sophie will have to survive her social-climbing mother’s quest to put her on the throne of Russia—at any cost.

Imperial Court holds dangers like nothing Sophie has ever faced before. In the heart of St. Petersburg, surviving means navigating the political, romantic, and religious demands of the bitter Empress Elizabeth and her handsome, but sadistic nephew, Peter. Determined to save her impoverished family—and herself—Sophie vows to do whatever is necessary to thrive in her new surroundings. But an attempt on her life and an unexpected attraction threatens to derail her plans. […]

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Review of Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas

Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas

My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Received: bought
Publication date: July 16th, 2013
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Genres & Themes: YA, Mystery, Thriller, Crime, Suspense, Romance, Contemporary, Holidays, Friendship.

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It’s Spring Break of senior year. Anna, her boyfriend Tate, her best friend Elise, and a few other close friends are off to a debaucherous trip to Aruba that promises to be the time of their lives. But when Elise is found brutally murdered, Anna finds herself trapped in a country not her own, fighting against vile and contemptuous accusations.

As Anna sets out to find her friend’s killer; she discovers hard truths about her friendships, the slippery nature of truth, and the ache of young love.

As she awaits the judge’s decree, it becomes clear that everyone around her thinks she is not just guilty, but dangerous. When the truth comes out, it is more shocking than one could ever imagine…

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The Official Header Is Coming + A Glimpse ❤

It is coming…

So you probably all know that my current header on the blog has been made by me. Actually, I really needed one when I impulsively created (will talk about it in another post) my blog and I had NO IDEA what to put there so I was like let’s go with something that matches the title, right? And so, I spent 4 hours creating it. It was VERY long but I thought it fit the blog pretty well…until I wanted something more professional.

Since one of my friends absolutely loves drawing, I immediately went to her and asked her if she had time and interest in creating a header. She did have interest and agreed (for 20$ hehehe–bargain, right??) and so she’s been working on it for 3 weeks now. If you have time, you can check out her blog, Dust of Daydreams. I’m very excited! There is too much pink on this blog, you can admit it freely. 😉 IT NEEDS A CHANGE!

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Review of Fire & Flood (Fire & Flood #1) by Victoria Scott

Fire & Flood by Victoria Scott

My rating: 2 of 5 stars
Received: borrowed
Publication date: February 25th, 2014
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Genres & Themes: YA, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Survival, Trust, Romance, Adventure, Action.

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Tella Holloway is losing it. Her brother is sick, and when a dozen doctors can’t determine what’s wrong, her parents decide to move to Montana for the fresh air. She’s lost her friends, her parents are driving her crazy, her brother is dying—and she’s helpless to change anything.

Until she receives mysterious instructions on how to become a Contender in the Brimstone Bleed. It’s an epic race across jungle, desert, ocean, and mountain that could win her the prize she desperately desires: the Cure for her brother’s illness. But all the Contenders are after the Cure for people they love, and there’s no guarantee that Tella (or any of them) will survive the race.

The jungle is terrifying, the clock is ticking, and Tella knows she can’t trust the allies she makes. And one big question emerges: Why have so many fallen sick in the first place?

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Review of I Want It That Way by Ann Aguirre

I Want It That Way by Ann Aguirre

My rating: 1 of 5 stars
Received: NetGalley
Publication date: August 26th, 2014
Publisher: Harlequin HQN
Genres & Themes: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Family, Responsibilities, College

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Nadia Conrad has big dreams, and she’s determined to make them come true—for her parents’ sake as well as her own. But between maintaining her college scholarship and working at the local day care to support herself, she barely has time to think, let alone date. Then she moves into a new apartment and meets the taciturn yet irresistible guy in 1B….

Daniel Tyler has grown up too fast. Becoming a single dad at twenty turned his life upside down—and brought him heartache he can’t risk again. Now, as he raises his four-year-old son while balancing a full-time construction management job and night classes, a social life is out of the question. The last thing he wants is for four noisy students to move into the apartment upstairs. But one night, Nadia’s and Ty’s paths cross, and soon they can’t stay away from each other.

The timing is all wrong—but love happens when it happens. And you can’t know what you truly need until you stand to lose it.

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Review of Orphan Blade by M. Nicholas Almand and Jake Myler

Orphan Blade by M Nicholas Almand and Jake Myler

My rating: 2 of 5 stars
Received: NetGalley
Publication date: December 3rd, 2014
Publisher: Oni Press
Genres & Themes: Graphic novel, Mature YA, Sequential Art, Monsters, Friendship.

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Hadashi is a boy with simple dreams… but his life changes when a horrific accident maims his hand! Unable to hold a sword, he’s kicked out of his dojo home. But the Orphan Blade is no ordinary sword. When Hadashi comes across the abandoned blade, he finds that not only is he able to wield it – the sword seems to be wielding him! He’s not the only one interested in the Orphan Blade, though, and his ownership draws the attention of the Five Fingers of Death – a deadly group of mercenaries who have their own magical and deadly weapons.

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Review of Manga Classics: Les Miserables by Stacy King, Tszmei Lee and Victor Hugo

Manga Classics: Les Miserables by Stacy King

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
Received: NetGalley
Publication date: August 12th, 2014
Publisher: Udon Entertainment
Genres & Themes: Love, Classic, Action, Liberty, Historical, Family, Manga, Revolution.

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Adapted for stage and screen, loved by millions, Victor Hugo’s classic novel of love and tragedy during the French Revolution is reborn in this manga edition!

REVIEW:

This was a very poignant story. Actually, I don’t recall ever reading a manga that brought tears to my eyes. Be aware that you won’t turn the last page with the same emotional state as when you turned the very first.

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Review of The Girl from the Well by Rin Chupeco

The Girl from the Well by Rin Chupeco

My rating: 2 of 5 stars
Received: bought
Publication date: August 5th, 2014
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Genres & Themes: YA, Paranormal, Mystery, Retellings, Legend.

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A dead girl walks the streets.

She hunts murderers. Child killers, much like the man who threw her body down a well three hundred years ago.

And when a strange boy bearing stranger tattoos moves into the neighborhood so, she discovers, does something else. And soon both will be drawn into the world of eerie doll rituals and dark Shinto exorcisms that will take them from American suburbia to the remote valleys and shrines of Aomori, Japan.

Because the boy has a terrifying secret – one that would just kill to get out.

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