Review: 5 Stars for The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas Publication: February 28th 2017 by Balzer & Bray/Harperteen Category: YA Genre: Contemporary, Coming-of-Age, Realistic Fiction Source: Public Library My Rating: *Purchase links support this blog Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. {Read More}

Book Blast & Giveaway! Who She Was by Stormy Smith

Who She Was by Stormy Smith Publication date: May 4th, 2017 Category: New Adult Genre: Contemporary *Purchase links support this blog Trevor Adler loathes the music he used to love, but it’s the key to his full-ride scholarship and the ticket away from his dysfunctional parents. To kick off their freshman year, Trevor’s roommate drags him to a frat party, where he ends up face-to-face with his childhood best friend and finds himself entrenched in memories he’d rather forget. Unable {Read More}

Review: Clean by Amy Reed

Clean by Amy Reed Publication: May 8th, 2012 Category: YA Genre: Contemporary, Mental Health Source: Public Library My Rating: *Purchase links support this blog You’re probably wondering how I ended up here. I’m still wondering the same thing. Olivia, Kelly, Christopher, Jason, and Eva have one thing in common: They’re addicts. Addicts who have hit rock bottom and been stuck together in rehab to face their problems, face sobriety, and face themselves. None of them wants to be there. None {Read More}

Review: 5 Brilliant Stars for Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell!

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell Publication: September 10th, 2013 Category: YA Genre: Contemporary, Coming of Age, Romance Source: Public Library My Rating: *Purchase links support this blog From the author of the New York Times bestseller Eleanor & Park. A coming-of-age tale of fan fiction, family and first love. Cath is a Simon Snow fan. Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan… But for Cath, being a fan is her life—and she’s really good at it. She and her {Read More}

Book Blast & Giveaway! The Broken One by Christine H. Bailey

The Broken One by Christine H. Bailey Publication: April 5th 2016 Category: YA Genre: Contemporary *Purchase links support this blog What becomes of the girl left behind after the tragic death of her best friend? Sixteen-year-old Farris Sloan is picking up the pieces after the untimely death of her best friend Kelsey. But even one year later, Farris can’t seem to find “normal” again—not until Lane Evans pops back into her life and pushes her to face reality. When he {Read More}

Excerpt & Giveaway! In the Beginning: Dark Retellings of Biblical Tales

In the Beginning: Dark Retellings of Biblical Tales by Various authors Publication: October 25th 2016 Category: YA Genre: Dark, Contemporary *Purchase links support this blog Eight authors come together to build a powerful collection of dark young adult short stories inspired by the mysteries, faith, and darkness found within the Bible. Old Testament and New Testament, iconic and obscure figures alike are illuminated, explored, and re-envisioned throughout this charity anthology from Month9Books. IN THE BEGINNING, ed. Laureen Cantwell and Georgia {Read More}

#16DABash I am Drums by Mike Grosso

I am Drums by Mike Grosso Publication: September 6th 2016 by Clarion Books Category: Middle Grade Genre: Contemporary, Music *Purchase links support this blog Sam knows she wants to be a drummer. But she doesn’t know how to afford a drum kit, or why budget cuts end her school’s music program, or why her parents argue so much, or even how to explain her dream to other people. But drums sound all the time in Sam’s head, and she’d do {Read More}

#16DABash Sticks & Stones by Abby Cooper

Sticks & Stones by Abby Cooper Publication: July 12th 2016 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) Category: Middle Grade Genre: Contemporary (Friendship & Social Skills) *Purchase links support this blog A feel-good middle grade debut with just a hint of magic about a girl who has a rare disorder that makes the words other people say about her appear on her body. Ever since she was a baby, the words people use to describe Elyse have instantly appeared on her {Read More}

Review & Giveaway! All the Feels by Danika Stone #SpartanSurvived

All the Feels by Danika Stone Publication: June 7th 2016 by Swoon Reads Category: YA Genre: Contemporary My Rating: *Purchase links support this blog College freshman Liv is more than just a fangirl: The Starveil movies are her life… So, when her favorite character, Captain Matt Spartan, is killed off at the end of the last movie, Liv Just. Can’t. Deal. Tired of sitting in her room sobbing, Liv decides to launch an online campaign to bring her beloved hero {Read More}

Cover Reveal & Giveaway! Under a Million Stars by Rita Branches

Under a Million Stars by Rita Branches Publication date: August 8th 2016 Category: YA Genre: Contemporary Can a beating heart bleed from the shattered pieces? Her heart cracked when her best friend walked away; it completely shattered when she lost her family in a tragic accident. Now orphaned at seventeen, Charlotte Peterson is forced to live with her former best friend, Jacob Parker. Charlie, a talented pianist, desperately wants their loving friendship back, but something is holding Jake back. The {Read More}

Book Blast & Giveaway! Crossing the Barrier by Martine Lewis

Crossing the Barrier by Martine Lewis Publication: March 22nd 2016 Category: YA Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal *Purchase links support this blog FREE for Kindle today only! High school student Malakai Thomas, star wide receiver of the varsity team, collides with band member Lily Morgan on his way to football practice. As days go by, Malakai cannot get the petite clarinetist out of his head. Lily Morgan can feel everyone’s emotions. She loses her ability to shield herself against them the day {Read More}

Book Blast & Giveaway! The Heart’s Journey Home by Nikki Jackson

The Heart’s Journey Home: A Layover in Doppleganger-ville Series: The Heart’s Journey Home #2 by Nikki Jackson Publication: April 30th 2016 Category: YA Genre: Contemporary *Purchase links support this blog Picking up where The Heart’s Journey Home: California Blend Summer Vacation leaves off, book two in the series follows seventeen-year-old Tori Logan as she and her best friends, AJ and Kalea, accompany Tori’s archeologist father to Israel. Tori Logan is used to her life looking a little different from the {Read More}

Release Day Blast & Giveaway! Because I Love You by Tori Rigby

Because I Love You by Tori Rigby Publication: May 17th 2016 by Blaze Publishing Category: YA Genre: Contemporary *Purchase links support this blog Eight weeks after sixteen-year-old Andie Hamilton gives her virginity to her best friend, “the stick” says she’s pregnant. Her friends treat her like she’s carrying the plague, her classmates torture and ridicule her, and the boy she thought loved her doesn’t even care. Afraid to experience the next seven months alone, she turns to her ex-boyfriend, Neil {Read More}

Pre-Order Event! The First Time She Drowned by Kerry Kletter

New books are amazing. New books that come with free gifts are even better! Debut Young Adult author Kerry Kletter is giving you just that!Pre-order THE FIRST TIME SHE DROWNED on or before March 14th, 2016 and you’ll get a signed poster and bookmark! Supplies are limited to 50 sets, and ship ONLY in the US. Getting your free poster and bookmark is as easy as 1..2..3..4.. 1. Go to whatever book seller you like and pre-order THE FIRST TIME {Read More}

UTOPiAcon 2016 – Meet the Official Bloggers!

I must interrupt this awesome zOctober day to bring you an equally awesome post about… well, ME! Lol… and the rest of the UTOPiAcon bloggers! Thank you for taking a few moments to learn more about the bloggers that bring you ALL the information about UTOPiAcon! Don’t forget to click the links at the bottom to head on over to the other UTOPiAcon blogs! What you do for work outside of blogging? I am a logistics account manager for Con-way {Read More}