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ARC Review of Never Always Sometimes by Adi Alsaid

Hello Readers!

For today’s post, I will be writing my review for the Advanced Readers Copy of Never Always Sometimes by Adi Alsaid that I was able to get during the Harlequin Teen signing at Book Expo America. My favorite quotes that I used for the quote edits are from the Advanced Readers Copy, which means that they may or may not be in the final copy, which comes out August 4, 2015. Everything written in this review is simply my opinion. I think you should still consider reading this book.


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Publication Date: August 4, 2015

Pages: 320

Synopsis on back Cover:

Dave and Julia are best friends.

On the brink of high school, they made a list of cliche they would never do. The most important one: never date your best friend.

Now in their senior year, Dave and Julia decide to try every Never on the list. As they break out of their comfort zone and have many adventures – both together and apart – they learn a lot more about who they are and what their true feelings are for one another.


 

Favorite quotes:

strange full of details no point in living a life love traveled I don't want to get paranoid he was the only person


 

My Review:

I gave this ARC 3.75/5 stars

I first heard about the author, Adi Alsaid at the 2014 BookCon with his release of Let’s Get Lost. I was able to snag the first 100 pages of Let’s Get Lost and I was really excited to learn that he was writing another book….. But unfortunately, I was a bit disappointed.

I was intrigued by the concept of the book, how the author thought of purposely writing cliches into his book. I thought this was very creative. Mainly with TV shows and movies, you are bombarded with cliches with the teenagers, but its not done on purpose.. which makes it very obnoxious :-). Including the cliches on purpose was one of the reasons why I liked this book.

I really liked a LOT of the quotes throughout this book because that is what I related to more and what I believe in. I think it’s important for people to come out of their shell, just like what the characters did. However, I think that it’s even more important that they decided on their own to do this versus because forced to do so. I feel as though I am personally more comfortable when I can come out of my shell on my own terms versus someone else’s terms.

When you come out of your shell, you begin to learn more about yourself and more about what you want in life. I enjoyed the deeper, more meaningful points that the author brings up, ie. having adventures and coming out of your shell.

However, there is DEFINITELY a reason why I gave this book 3.75 out of 5 stars. I really could not stand Dave and Julia. Don’t get me wrong, they were both very well written, but I could not relate to either of them, which is one of my major reasons for giving a book higher stars. I found Julia to be obnoxious and spastic. I felt that she would act a certain way in order to get attention. I personally don’t find that to be an endearing quality, especially in a girl. I won’t get into two much detail about Dave and Julia, but they really made me want to scream with everything they did.. and not in a good way.

Even though I did not give this book a higher rating, I am still glad that I had the opportunity to read this book.

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Happy Book Birthday to The Survival Guide to Bullying by Aija Mayrock!!

Happy book birthday to The Survival Guide to Bullying and to debut author Aija Mayrock!! Make sure to support her!!

Goodreads Synopsis:

“One day I realized that I had to create a little, yet powerful survival guide that any kid could use as a life-saving device when they were being bullied in the gym, the cafeteria, the locker room, the hallways – anywhere. A guide that could help any kid dry their tears and put a half smile on their face. A guide that could convince a kid to come out of the bathroom stall that they have locked themselves in and see the flickering light at the end of the tunnel. A guide that could be a road map, a flashlight, or a friend.” – The Survival Guide to Bullying.

Aija Mayrock, a 19-year-old girl, offers a fresh perspective on bullying. In her book, “The Survival Guide to Bullying” – written by a kid for a kid, Aija offers support, guidance, and direction to her reader.

Aija, herself was bullied in middle school and part of high school. She shares with her reader the different approaches and strategies that helped her survive and thrive. Aija writes about how to handle bullying, cyber bullying, dealing with fear, personal safety, and ultimately creating the life that you dream of having.

From inspiring Roems (rap/poems), Survival Tips, personal anecdotes and quick quizzes, this book is an easy guide to light the way to a brighter future for teenagers.

Aija handles the issue of bullying with great sensitivity and a fresh perspective. She speaks the same language as her peers, making the book very relatable for kids and teens.   
    
 
Click here for the buy links 

Everyone should get this book!! 

Don’t forget to check out my ARC review here!!!

Happy Reading!! 


Giveaway for ARC of the Copper Gauntlet (Magisterium #2) by Cassandra Clare and Holly Black (US only)

Hello Readers!!

I am hosting a giveaway thru rafflecopter to win an unread ARC of The Copper Gauntlet (Magisterium #2) by Cassandra Clare and Holly Black!!

Giveaway starts tomorrow 12 am and ends  7/6/2015 12 am

(Bare with me in doing this giveaway, it’s my first time using rafflecopter)

Here is the link, which will be reposted throughout the week through my blog and Twitter. Once a winner is picked, please email me your mailing address 🙂

https://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/4d4c05c81/


Happy Book Birthday to The Survival Guide to Bullying by Aija Mayrock!!

Happy book birthday to The Survival Guide to Bullying and to debut author Aija Mayrock!! Make sure to support her!!

Goodreads Synopsis:

“One day I realized that I had to create a little, yet powerful survival guide that any kid could use as a life-saving device when they were being bullied in the gym, the cafeteria, the locker room, the hallways – anywhere. A guide that could help any kid dry their tears and put a half smile on their face. A guide that could convince a kid to come out of the bathroom stall that they have locked themselves in and see the flickering light at the end of the tunnel. A guide that could be a road map, a flashlight, or a friend.” – The Survival Guide to Bullying.

Aija Mayrock, a 19-year-old girl, offers a fresh perspective on bullying. In her book, “The Survival Guide to Bullying” – written by a kid for a kid, Aija offers support, guidance, and direction to her reader.

Aija, herself was bullied in middle school and part of high school. She shares with her reader the different approaches and strategies that helped her survive and thrive. Aija writes about how to handle bullying, cyber bullying, dealing with fear, personal safety, and ultimately creating the life that you dream of having.

From inspiring Roems (rap/poems), Survival Tips, personal anecdotes and quick quizzes, this book is an easy guide to light the way to a brighter future for teenagers.

Aija handles the issue of bullying with great sensitivity and a fresh perspective. She speaks the same language as her peers, making the book very relatable for kids and teens.   
    
 
Click here for the buy links 

Everyone should get this book!! 

Don’t forget to check out my ARC review here!!!

Happy Reading!! 


ARC Review of Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between by Jennifer E. Smith

Hello Readers!

For today’s post, I will be writing my review for the Advanced Readers Copy of Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between by Jennifer E. Smith that I was able to get during one of the galley drops held at Book Expo America. My favorite quotes that I used for the quote edits are from the Advanced Readers Copy, which means that they may or may not be in the final copy, which comes out September 2015.

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Goodreads Synopsis (Hardcover):

On the night before they leave for college, Clare and Aidan only have one thing left to do: figure out whether they should stay together or break up. Over the course of twelve hours, they’ll retrace the steps of their relationship, trying to find something in their past that might help them decide what their future should be. The night will lead them to friends and family, familiar landmarks and unexpected places, hard truths and surprising revelations. But as the clock winds down and morning approaches, so does their inevitable goodbye. The question is, will it be goodbye for now or goodbye forever?

This new must-read novel from Jennifer E. Smith, author of The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight, explores the difficult choices that must be made when life and love lead in different directions.


 

Favorite Quotes:

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My Review:

I gave this ARC 4/5 stars

My first Jennifer E. Smith book that I read was The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight back in December 2014 and I absolutely fell in love with her writing.

To be honest, I loved and hated this book. Yes, I said it. I loved this book because you can picture everything going on in the story as if you are watching a movie. I enjoyed the fact that this book took place over a 12 hour period. I typically do not enjoy books that only take place over a short time span, but what makes up for it is everything that happens during that time. In most, if not each book I’ve read, I have been able to relate to one character in the story. However, with this book, I was able to relate to both main characters.

I also loved how the characters recounted everything that was good about their relationship. I have typically read books that start out with the characters not knowing one another, meeting one another and then falling for one another. So it was nice to read something a little different and unique. I liked the mystery aspect of this book because the whole time, you weren’t sure whether or not they would stay together.

However, I “hated” this book for the sheer fact that these two characters had 12 hours to decide whether or not they should stay together or not. It was gut wrenching reading what they were deciding to do because of all the moments that made them who they were as a couple.

I am so happy to have had the chance to get an Advanced Readers Copy of this book and can’t wait for readers to be able to get the book when it comes out September 2015.


Next BEA ARC read: The Dead House by Dawn Kurtagich

Hello Readers!!

My next read will be the ARC of  The Dead House by Dawn Kurtagich that I got during my time at Book Expo America back in May! I am so excited to read this because it is a psychological thriller. I will try and get permission from the author or publisher to post quotes, if any, that I like. As with all other ARCs that are reviewed, keep in mind that the quotes I make edits for may or may not make it into the final copy. 

Here is my ARC of The Dead House

Doesn’t it look AWESOME!   
Goodreads synopsis:

Part-psychological thriller, part-urban legend, this is an unsettling narrative made up of diary entries, interview transcripts, film footage transcripts and medical notes. Twenty-five years ago, Elmbridge High burned down. Three people were killed and one pupil, Carly Johnson, disappeared. Now a diary has been found in the ruins of the school. The diary belongs to Kaitlyn Johnson, Carly’s identical twin sister. But Carly didn’t have a twin . . . 

Re-opened police records, psychiatric reports, transcripts of video footage and fragments of diary reveal a web of deceit and intrigue, violence and murder, raising a whole lot more questions than it answers.

Who was Kaitlyn and why did she only appear at night? Did she really exist or was she a figment of a disturbed mind? What were the illicit rituals taking place at the school? And just what did happen at Elmbridge in the events leading up to ‘the Johnson Incident’?

Chilling, creepy and utterly compelling, THE DEAD HOUSE is one of those very special books that finds all the dark places in your imagination, and haunts you long after you’ve finished reading. 

  
About the author:

Dawn Kurtagich is a writer of creepy, spooky and psychologically sinister YA fiction, where girls may descend into madness, boys may see monsters in men, and grown-ups may have something to hide. Her debut YA novel, The Dead House, is forthcoming from Hachette in 2015.

By the time she was eighteen, she had been to fifteen schools across two continents. The daughter of a British globe-trotter and single mother, she grew up all over the place, but her formative years were spent in Africa—on a mission, in the bush, in the city and in the desert.

She has been lucky enough to see an elephant stampede at close range, a giraffe tongue at very close range, and she once witnessed the stealing of her (and her friends’) underwear by very large, angry baboons. (This will most definitely end up in a book . . . ) While she has quite a few tales to tell about the jumping African baboon spider, she tends to save these for Halloween!

She writes over at the YA Scream Queens, a young adult blog for all things horror and thriller, and she is a member of the YA League and Author Allsorts.

Her life reads like a YA novel. 

*I will start this book once I write my ARC review for Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between*

Happy Reading!!


ARC Review of The Survival Guide to Bullying by Aija Mayrock

Hello Readers!!

Here is my first review for one of the ARCs I got when I attended this years BookExpo at the Javits Center in New York City.

 

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Goodreads synopsis:

NEW, updated edition! Written by a teenager who was bullied throughout middle school and high school, this kid-friendly book offers a fresh and relatable perspective on bullying. Along the way, the author offers guidance as well as different strategies that helped her get through even the toughest of days.

The Survival Guide to Bullying covers everything from cyber bullying to how to deal with fear and how to create the life you dream of having. From inspiring “roems” (rap poems), survival tips, personal stories, and quick quizzes, this book will light the way to a brighter future. This updated edition also features new, never-before-seen content including a chapter about how to talk to parents, an epilogue, and an exclusive Q&A with the author.

*Quotes that I have made edits for were from the Advanced Reader Copy obtained from BookExpo. Some may or may not appear in the final version. I was also given permission to use these quotes from the author as long as I state that they are from the Advanced Readers Copy*

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My Review:

I gave this ARC 5/5 stars

I will start with how I came across this book. On the second day of the BookExpo, I think I was waiting in line to get a book signed by Jennifer E. Smith for Hello, Goodbye and Everything in Between, a girl behind me asked me if I was a blogger. I told her I was and helping out one of my favorite authors, Sophie Davis. I asked her if she was a blogger, and to my total surprise, she told me she was an author. I was so shocked, because she was in her late teens. As it turns out, it was Aija Mayrock, who wrote her debut novel, The Survival Guide to Bullying.

This topic is very near and dear to my heart, which I will explain shortly. She told me that her signing would be the next day, which I clearly would be going to. I ended up being the first person to her signing. She was kind enough to sign another copy to the elementary school that I worked in because bullying unfortunately can begin at a young age.

Now to my actual review.. hehe..

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I typically read fiction books, because non-fiction books always remind me too much of school. However, what interested me about this book was that it talked about the topic of bullying and the fact that it was written by a teen who had personal experience with bullying. This book is very unique due to this, because most books that are written about bullying are done by adults and researchers in the field.

I liked that Aija included information and research in the field, as well as personal experience with bullying. Intermittently, she included with she called “roems” or rap poems about her experiences. I for one, LOVED this. There were so many lines in each of her “roems” that I easily related to. I did not experience the same degree of bullying, but I did experience and feel the pain loneliness and isolation that came about during the time I was in school.

Even though it has been at least 10 years since I was in high school, reading this book brought about feelings of what I experienced and long forgotten about. I am okay with this because it takes so much strength to get through being bullied. Aija says  in one of her “roems” “I had to suffer to realize that I am tougher than I thought I was”. Of course feeling lonely and isolated for so long isn’t on mine or anyone’s top priorities, but I feel as though without suffering in some way, you may not realize what you are truly made of.

 

Aija gives such amazing and incredible advice throughout this book and can reach out to young people who are currently experiencing bullying or anyone who have had previous experience with bullying. I would highly recommend this book to teens, adults, parents, teachers, librarians… and pretty much anyone. I would also recommend this book to those with and without personal experience with bullying because both sides can learn so much that you may not have realized in the first place. Please be sure to get this book, which comes out June 30, 2015.

To me, I think this video is a reflection of what it feels like to be isolated. Its Numb by Linkin Park. I had personal experience during the 1:41 part when the main girl in the video goes to sit with the other girls at lunch and they all get up. I do not wish that onto anyone, and I hope that my readers and fellow bloggers don’t choose to make someone feel this way


BEA Day #3 

BEA day 3
Recap day 3
I think this was my slowest day, because I was honestly so drained from the past two days of running around. There were two authors I mainly wanted to see, but this was the day I helped out one of my co-helpers at the Sophie Davis booth (blogger of Let the Ink Run Free). The ironic thing was that I had already been following her blog before I had even met her.
Authors I met: Marie Lu, Aija Mayrock, Davd Levithan, HM Ward, Kimberly G. Giarratano, Kady Cross, Adi Alsaid, Katie McGarry, Eleanor Herman, Dawn Metcalf (in line waiting for David Levithan-it’s cool seeing authors in line for other authors)
Unsigned books: Tenacity by JS Law (ARC) , Space Dumplins by Craig Thompson (ARC), The Queens Hat by Steve Antony, Rescue Road by Peter Sheutlin (ARC), Zeroes by Scott Westerfield (ARC), The Scorpion Rules by Erin Bow (ARC), The Escape by Hannah Jayne (ARC), The Storm by Virginia Bergin (ARC), Scorched by Jennifer L. Armentrout (ARC), The Thing About Jellyfish by Ali Benjamin (ARC), Some Boys by Patty Blount (ARC), The Dogs by Allan Stratton (ARC). 

Signed books: The Survival Guide to Bullying by Aija Mayrock (ARC), The Rose Society sampler by Marie Lu (ARC), In the Afterlight by Alexandra Bracken, Another Day by David Levithan (ARC). 


BEA Day #2

  BEA day 2

Hello readers! Here is my recap of day two at Book Expo America!

Bloggers I met: Stephs Stacks. 

Authors I met: James Dashner, Sophie Davis, Katie McGarry, Jennifer L. Armenteout, Elanor Herman, Adi Alsaid, Dawn Metcalf, Jennifer E. Smith, Louis Sachar, Paige McKenzie, Aija Mayrock, Eleanor Herman

Unsigned books: The Dead House by Dawn Kurtagich (ARC), Not if I See You First by Eric Lindstrom (ARC), Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon (ARC), Passenger by Alexandra Bracken (ARC), Becoming Maria by Manzano (ARC), Scrapper by Matt Bell (ARC), My Secret to Tell by Natalie D. Richards (ARC), Down Among the Dead Men by Peter Lovesey (ARC), The Girl with The Wrong Name by Barnabus Miller (ARC) 

Signed Books: The Haunting of Sunshine Girl by Paige McKenzie (ARC), Against a Darkening Sky by Lauren Davis (ARC), Never Always Sometimes by Adi Alsaid (ARC), Legacy of Kings by Eleanor Herman (ARC), The Maze Runner/Scorch Trials special edition by James Dashner, Stone Cold Touch by Jennifer L. Armentrout, Fragile Facade by Sophie Davis, Platinum Prey by Sophie Davis, Hello Goodbye and Everything in Between by Jennifer E. Smith (ARC), Nowhere but Here by Katie McGarry


BEA Day #1 

  BEA day 1

So I originally was going to do a post about my first day at BEA. little by little, I’m realizing that I am honestly just rambling. I was writing way too much. I feel as though for you to get a sense of my day, it’s best to just get right to the point and tell you who I met, ie bloggers, publishers and authors. What books I managed to get as well as what books I got signed. And possibly rating how the day went. I’ll also include little moments that were exciting for me. So here’s to my recap of my first day at Book Expo of America:

Bloggers/Vloggers I met: Erin Cosenza of Read at Home Mama, Nori of ReadWriteLove28 (also the founder of the Sunday Street Team blogger network), Christine of polandbananasbooks, Katy of Katytastic, Reagan of Peruse Project, and Jesse from Jesse the Reader(if I forget others, please let me know)

Authors I met: Mo Willems, Petrell Marie Ozbay, Karen Kilpatrick, Sophie Davis, Susan Dennard, Johnny Walker, and RJ Palacio. 

Unsigned books: More Happy than Not by Adam Silvera (ARC), Another Day by David Levithan (ARC), Anna and the Swallow Man by Gabriel Sant (ARC), Jade Dragon Mountain by Elsa Hart (ARC), Illuminae by Amy Kaufman and Jay Kristoff (ARC), Keep Calm by Mark Binder (ARC), Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews (ARC), Nightfall by Jake Halpurn and Peter Kujawinski (ARC) and the Copper Gauntlet by Cassandra Claire and Holly Black (ARC). 

Signed books: I Will Take a Nap! By Mo Willems, Truthwitch by Susan Dennard, Ekko by Johnny Walker, Imagine and Let’s Play Together by Karen Kilpatrick and Auggie and Me: Three Wonder stories by RJ Palacio (ARC). 

It was such a fantastic first day/first time being at BEA 2015. All the thanks goes out to Sophie Davis for inviting me along with them (it’s two authors writing together in case you’re confused by my grammar). 

(I will link the bloggers websites and book synopsis at a later time)


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