2017 BookCon

Hello Readers!!!

I just realized something TERRIBLE!!! I never posted on my blog about the event (just through my facebook and instragram… OOPS!!!)

So to begin…

I initially bought my own ticket but ended up being able to pick up a media badge when I arrived. I had a few authors in mind that I wanted to see but also planned to just walk around and see if there were any new authors I may discover. I was excited to run into Lindsay and Sasha for their cover reveal of their book Zenith and J.D. Netto with his series The Whispers of the Fallen.

I ended up missing out on getting a copy of Zenith/meeting Sasha, but I did end up running into Lindsay. I initially saw Lindsay at the Harlequin Teen area just to say hi. I ended up running into her again and she decided to join me as I peruse BookCon. It was great hanging out with her because she was so laid back. We ended up going to the shadowhunter photobooth and stopped by J.D. Netto’s booth to chat and take pictures.

Lindsay had to go back to the Harlequin booth, so I meandered some more around the event. I met a few new bloggers/ran into some bloggers that I met at previous events. I hung out with Jessica of The Book Bratz . I always love telling the story of how I met her at my first BookCon in 2014. I was a part of the group that created Meetup badges so us fellow bloggers could all meet one another. I distinctly remember two high school girls shrieking as they both ran up to me to say hi. It was one of the funniest experiences that I’ve had at a book event.

I found out that Leigh Bardugo had written an adaptation of Wonder Woman, so I had ATTEMPTED to obtain a copy of the young adult novel. However, once again in their confusion and disorganization, no one knew where the line was or what was going on. But it’s totally understandable because it gets way too crazy. I almost wish that when you buy your ticket you could get a paper ticket to get one of the books from these big authors. I was bummed I was unable to obtain a copy, but I did not have high expectations, knowing in years past how crazy and hectic it can be.

I was able to meet Lauren Oliver who wrote Before I fall, Delerium series and Replica. She again, was another kind and laid back author. Even though she told me she was exhausted, she was still upbeat and kind. I had the chance to see Jennifer E. Smith who wrote some great books Hello, Goodbye and Everything in Between, and The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight.

I felt like all in all, the event was pretty successful. I had no complaints of having to buy the books at this event, whereas previously books were free. In the great scheme of things, it really was not a huge deal. I wasn’t stressed out with the amount of people there, as well as the lines waiting for authors (except of course for Leigh Bardugo.. but that was expected).

I hope to have a great time at the upcoming 2018 BookCon!!!





Review of Wonder Woman:Warbringer (DC Icons #1) by Leigh Bardugo

Goodreads Synopsis:

Daughter of immortals.

Princess Diana longs to prove herself to her legendary warrior sisters. But when the opportunity finally comes, she throws away her chance at glory and breaks Amazon law—risking exile—to save a mortal. Diana will soon learn that she has rescued no ordinary girl, and that with this single brave act, she may have doomed the world.

Daughter of death.

Alia Keralis just wanted to escape her overprotective brother with a semester at sea. She doesn’t know she is being hunted by people who think her very existence could spark a world war. When a bomb detonates aboard her ship, Alia is rescued by a mysterious girl of extraordinary strength and forced to confront a horrible truth: Alia is a Warbringer—a direct descendant of the infamous Helen of Troy, fated to bring about an age of bloodshed and misery.


Two girls will face an army of enemies—mortal and divine—determined to either destroy or possess the Warbringer. Tested beyond the bounds of their abilities, Diana and Alia must find a way to unleash hidden strengths and forge an unlikely alliance. Because if they have any hope of saving both their worlds, they will have to stand side by side against the tide of war.

Favorite quotes

Pg. 7: “Planes crashed. Ships were wrecked upon the rocks. That was the nature of the mortal world. It was a place where disaster could happen and often did. Human life was a tide of misery, one that never reached the island’s shores. “

Pg. 53: “We cannot spend our lives in hiding, wondering what we might accomplish if given the chance. We have to take the chance ourselves…”

Pg. 67: “The world had a beautiful logic to it, hidden patterns that would reveal themselves if you could just learn to see them.”

Pg. 117:” You make things happen or they happen to you.”

Pg. 142: “”And I’m much more comfortable reading than at parties. So, yeah, not much chance at normal.””

Pg. 149:”Some sorrows had to be borne alone.”

Pg. 173: “She let herself yield to the pressure of his hand, the tilt of his body-for now. Dancing might not be quite like fighting, but you still had to be careful when someone stepped into your guard.”

Pg. 179: “”We can’t help the way we’re born. We can’t help what we are, only what life we choose to make for ourselves.”

Pg. 276:””Depending on how you look at it. As they fought, their respect for each other grew. They fell in love, but as they were matched in strength, so were they matched in stubbornness. They died in each others arms and, with their last breaths, spoke their vows. The gods placed them in the sky, where they might remain forever, neither diminished by the others brightness, ruling their corner of the night in haughty isolation.””

Pg. 363:” Maybe she’d needed to choose the path for herself. Maybe she’d fought harder because she’d known she had no one else to believe in her.”

5 out of 5 stars.

My review:

I absolutely LOVED this book!

I most recently became a fan of Wonder Woman, because, obviously, she kicks ass. So when I found out at BookCon that there was a YA book release of Wonder Woman as a teenager, I knew I had to get it. Unfortunately, I missed out on getting a copy at BookCon, but I got my copy at my favorite bookstore called The Strand.

This book did NOT disappoint. This was the first book that I’ve ever read by Leigh Bardugo and I am so happy I did. Her characters were well developed, all with their own unique personalities. Even though there weren’t a lot of characters, I still liked some aspect of each of the characters. I enjoyed how this book was written through the eyes of the teenage version of Diana Prince, before she becomes Wonder Woman. There were a lot of funny parts, of course when she comes to the World of Man, and does not understand/follow what is the norm of how woman/girls are supposed to be. Bardugo definitely stayed true to who Wonder Woman was known for. The story in itself was so interesting!

The imagery and descriptions of the scenery in this book were INCREDIBLE. One of the things that a book must have to be good is the ability to paint an image without me having to second guess what the scene is supposed to look like. This book made me have an interest in Bardugo’s other books.

I absolutely recommend this book to anyone. People who are a fan of Wonder Woman and Leigh Bardugo’s work would absolutely enjoy reading this book.

Sasha Alsberg and Lindsay Cummings Zenith Book Event!!!

Hello Readers!!!

It’s been such a long time since I’ve been here!

But what a great post to come back to! Tonight, I had the chance to attend Sasha Alsberg and Lindsay Cummings book talk and signing of their first book together, Zenith, at Artist and Flea in SoHo.

It was absolutely the best time!

While waiting, Lindsay stopped by to chat for a second before the talk, super awesome. Then we watched Lindsay and Sasha discuss their first book release Zenith, hosted by Booktuber Emma of EmmaBooks

They discussed the writing process, what it was like to co-author a book, their favorite characters, scenes, favorite characters to write about, etc. It was really interesting to learn about how complex it is to write a novel, let alone with another person.

I really can’t wait to read Zenith review it. I look forward to seeing Lindsay and Sasha again at future book events.

And Lindsay thank you so much for the kind signature and thank you Sasha for inspiring me to become a book blogger (which led to writing my first children’s book)

In case you missed the event, I posted a live video of the book talk on my book IG , which will only last 24 hours.

New Talented series covers by Sophie Davis!!

Hello readers! Exciting news! Sophie Davis, author of the AMAZING Talented series, is releasing new covers!!! They are sooo utterly gorgeous!! Take a look below!!!

Next read: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen 

Goodreads Synopsis:
Spirited Elizabeth Bennet is one of a family of five daughters, and with no male heir, the Bennet estate must someday pass to their priggish cousin William Collins. Therefore, the girls must marry well—and thus is launched the story of Elizabeth and the arrogant bachelor Mr. Darcy, in a novel renowned as the epitome of romance and wit. Pride and Prejudice is Jane Austen’s masterwork, an entertaining portrait of matrimonial rites and rivalries, timeless in its hilarity and its honesty.

With an Introduction by Margaret Drabble And an Afterword by Eloisa James 

Review of Witch Child (Witch Child #1) by Celia Rees

Goodreads Synopsis:

Enter the world of young Mary Newbury, a world where simply being different can cost a person her life. Hidden until now in the pages of her diary, Mary’s startling story begins in 1659, the year her beloved grandmother is hanged in the public square as a witch. Mary narrowly escapes a similar fate, only to face intolerance and new danger among the Puritans in the New World. How long can she hide her true identity? Will she ever find a place where her healing powers will not be feared?

Four out of five stars

My review:

I believe that this is the first book I’ve read that I wouldn’t usually go for and like, but I surprisingly stuck with it. I typically read books that are not set in the 1800’s and before simply because I find it dull. I’ll be honest and say that yes, it did take me awhile to really begin to enjoy this book. After awhile it did intrigue me about her (Mary’s) life and what would become of her after her journey from traveling from England to embracing who she is. I liked how Mary wasn’t of the norm in society during that time, which of course got her into trouble. Even though it did take me awhile to enjoy, I liked how the author wrote. I wasn’t confused by any means of what was going on in the story. This is one of the main factors as to why I don’t read stories during these eras, but this book, luckily, was an easy read. If you like books set in this time period and like books about witches, you will definitely enjoy this book.

I will say that I will read the sequel Sorceress (Witch Child #2)

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Review of How to Hang a Witch by Adriana Mather

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Goodreads synopsis:

It’s the Salem Witch Trials meets Mean Girls in a debut novel from one of the descendants of Cotton Mather, where the trials of high school start to feel like a modern day witch hunt for a teen with all the wrong connections to Salem’s past.

Salem, Massachusetts is the site of the infamous witch trials and the new home of Samantha Mather. Recently transplanted from New York City, Sam and her stepmother are not exactly welcomed with open arms. Sam is the descendant of Cotton Mather, one of the men responsible for those trials and almost immediately, she becomes the enemy of a group of girls who call themselves The Descendants. And guess who their ancestors were?
If dealing with that weren’t enough, Sam also comes face to face with a real live (well technically dead) ghost. A handsome, angry ghost who wants Sam to stop touching his stuff. But soon Sam discovers she is at the center of a centuries old curse affecting anyone with ties to the trials. Sam must come to terms with the ghost and find a way to work with The Descendants to stop a deadly cycle that has been going on since the first accused witch was hanged. If any town should have learned its lesson, it’s Salem. But history may be about to repeat itself. 
My review:

Five out of five stars

This has been one of the best books I have read this year. It’s has been months since I’ve read something and stuck with it. There’s a funny story with how I came to have this book. I was actually on Facebook and came across the book trailer. I ended up sending the book trailer to one of my really good friends, who loves anything involving the paranormal, because I figured she would be interested in the book. Months later, I come to find out that she actually bought me the book for a Christmas present! I was so stoked and couldn’t believe she got it. 

I was so engrossed in this book that I really didn’t want to put it down. This book has a nice flow to it and well written storyline. It follows a teenage girl, who alongside her step mother, move back to Salem Massachusetts, where her family originally come from. As soon as she moves to town, strange things begin to happen. The townspeople begin to believe that she is the one to blame for all the strangeness happening, as well as the students who are direct descendants of those hung during the Salem witch trials. 

I found this book so interesting to read because the author compared the behaviors of people during the Salem witch trials to that of bullying in modern times. I never thought of this as a parallel until the author explains this in the Authors Note. It is intriguing how similar these events are in how one/many can accuse something of something, convince others (whether true or not) and isolate the person being targeted. 

I enjoyed how suspenseful the book was because you had no idea who the “bad guy” was in the story. It was fun to try and piece together the clues and to figure who was committing all the gruesome events throughout the book. There was never a dull moment when I was reading this and I almost wished it never ended. The story flowed very smooth and you felt as though you were a part of the events that Samantha experience and not as though you were simply reading a story. The author also includes actual historical people and events, such as what occurred during the Salem Witch Trials during the 1600’s). 

 I am looking forward to reading the second book that the author is currently writing. 

Oh and very cool side note. The author is actually the 12th descendent to someone that lived and played a big part in the Salem Witch Trials. Definitely read his book if you’re a fan of paranormal and historical fiction! 

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Buy Links for my children’s book Tate’s Tale

Here are the three buy links so far for my children’s book Tate’s Tale!!


Ever had a goal in mind that you have set to accomplish? Well, here is the story of Tate, the fastest dog in the neighborhood. Join Tate, alongside her friends and family as she sets out to accomplish her goal in… Tate’s Tale!!!



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Tate’s Tale: Written by Jaclyn Shuster; Illustrated by Samantha Lindsay 

Hello Readers!!!

I have some MAJORLY exciting news for you today!!

For between four and five years, I have been working on a children’s book loosely based on my reading therapy dog. Once I finished writing it, I got the name of an illustrator who is friends with someone I went to undergrad with. Her and I worked back and forth for over a year regarding what each page would look like and making sure each picture matched what I wrote. 

After struggling for a few months on getting the front and back cover PERFECT, I FINALLY finished my book! So today’s the day!

I present to you Tate’s Tale! 

Tate’s Tale is the story of Tate, the fastest dog in the neighborhood, and her wish to become a better reader. 

I say this book is loosely based on real life because I have a therapy reading dog named Tate. She is a Belgian/German Shepard rescue dog that we bring to schools and libraries for children to read to her. This is such a great opportunity for the children because it calms them down by reading in a judgement free zone with a dog. 

I am so excited to be sharing this with you. I hope that this will interest you in getting a copy. This book is perfect for children ages 5-10. I will post the link below for you!

Ever had a goal in mind that you have set to accomplish? Well, here is the story of Tate, the fastest dog in the neighborhood. Join Tate, alongside her friends and family as she sets out to accomplish her goal in… Tate’s Tale!!!

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I will let everyone know when the book becomes available through Amazon! 

And ps…. if you’re a blogger and happen to order a copy, I will love you forever if you review it 😀

SBPT 2016: favorite quotes from Sophia of Quality Fangirls

Hello readers!! Today is the

7th Sunday of the Summer Blogger Promo Tour 2016!! Today we are welcoming Sophia of Quality Fangirls where she will share some of her favorite quotes and tells us why they are her favorite!

One of the great things about reading is that it leaves you with an infinite amount of memorable quotes. Things that are important and significant to each and every one of us. Here are some of my favorite quotes!

“Or maybe it’s not a miracle. Maybe this is just life. When you open yourself up to it. When you put yourself in the path of it. When you say yes.”

 Just One Day by Gayle Forman

I find this quote to be so important because a lot of the times the only thing holding us back is ourselves. We make our own lives complicated, we find reasons why we cannot rather than finding reasons to say that we can. The only way to really live is to just do it. Is to push ourselves out of our comfort zone and say yes to all the things that we want to do.

“Life and death were so unpredictable. So close to each other. We existed moment to moment, never knowing who would be the next to leave this world.”

Shadow Kiss by Richelle Mead

Just like the last quote this one is along the same lines (just slightly morbid). It important to remember that we won’t be here forever. Morbidity is only scary when we don’t channel it to push ourselves to make the most of it. We don’t ever know what’s going to happen day to day and therefore we should always be making the most of our time.

“The more you know who you are, and what you want, the less you let things upset you.”

 Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

This quote is sooooo true. Once we’re comfortable and secure in who we are everything else falls into place. The people who know themselves the best are always the ones that don’t get thrown off by other people’s comments. When you know who you are and what you want no one can take that away from you.


Thank you so much Sophia for sharing your favorite quotes! Be sure to check out Quality Fangirls websites!!

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