My very first Giveaway!!

HELLO, MY LOVELIES!!

I told you that I would posting like crazy today!! Also, remember that prize that I told you all about at the end of my last post? Well here it is!! Enter below for a chance to win “The Dragon of the Month Club”!!

The Dragon Of The Month Club, by Iain Reading, was published in February 2015 and is available for sale on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Genres: Middle Grade / Fantasy / Adventure

Synopsis:

The Dragon Of The Month Club is the exciting first installment in a new book series that tells the story of Ayana Fall and Tyler Travers, two best friends who stumble across an extraordinarily magical book and soon find themselves enrolled as members of a very special and exclusive club – The Dragon of the Month Club.

On the thirteenth of every month a new dragon conjuring spell is revealed and the two friends attempt to summon the latest Dragon of the Month. The varieties are almost endless: Air Dragons, Paper Dragons, Fog Dragons, Waterfall Dragons, Rock Dragons, Tree Dragons – not to mention special bonus dragons for all the major holidays, including a particularly prickly Holly Dragon for Christmas.

But one day when a conjuring spell somehow goes wrong Ayana and Tyler find themselves unexpectedly drawn into a fantastical world of adventure based on the various books scattered all across Tyler’s messy bedroom. Travelling from one book-inspired world to the next with nothing to rely on but their wits and a cast of strange and exotic dragons at their disposal they must try to somehow find their way home again.

Drawing inspiration from some of literature’s most memorable stories – from 19th century German folktales to the streets of Sherlock Holmes’s London – the adventures of Ayana and Tyler bring these classic stories to life in delightfully strange and unexpected ways. Filled with fascinating detail and non-stop action these books will spark the imaginations of readers of all ages to inspire a life-long love of reading and seeking out books that are just a little bit off the beaten track.

Contest:

There is an ongoing contest for readers to win a one-of-a-kind hardcover version of The Dragon of the Month Club with their artwork as the cover.

“Draw a picture! Write a story! Take a photograph! Bake some cookies! Mold a dragon out of clay! Knit one out of yarn! Make one out of LEGO! Whatever you want! Just let your imagination run wild because anything goes – the more creative the better! Send your dragon in and then on the 13th day of every month one entry will be chosen at random and featured on the official Dragon Of The Month Club website. Each month’s lucky winner will also receive a free one-of-a-kind personalized hard-cover edition of The Dragon Of The Month Club book featuring their winning artwork (or other creative content) on the cover or inside the book itself,” says Iain.

To learn more, go to http://www.dragonofthemonthclub.com/

About the Author:

 Iain Reading is passionate about Root Beer, music, and writing. He is Canadian, but currently resides in the Netherlands working for the United Nations.

Iain writes middle grade and young adult books. His published works include the Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency Series, The Wizards of Waterfire Series, and the dragon of the month club. To learn more, go to http://www.amazon.com/Iain-Reading/e/B00B0NGI6Q/

Connect with Iain on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.

Excerpt:

Chapter 2 – The Book

Following their most unlikely of beginnings, the friendship of Ayana and Tyler grew quickly, and before they knew it, they were the best of friends, meeting up with each other almost every day. Sometimes they met up with Ayana’s mother after school at the downtown Dairy Queen for ice cream. Other times they climbed the edges of the coulee behind Ayana’s school and went to Tyler’s house where they did their homework together in his room. But most of the time, they just agreed to meet up at the place where they’d both accidentally bumped into each other on that very first day—amongst the dusty old bookshelves of the old library at the row between the history of the anatomy of earthworms and the illustrated guide to the indigenous mosses of Iceland.

It was on just such a day that Ayana and Tyler first discovered THE BOOK—a name that would be forever capitalised in their minds whenever either of them dared to utter the phrase aloud.

It was a magical book. That much was clear almost from the outset, so perhaps the manner in which these two unlikely friends happened to come across it was magical as well.

It all started on a typical Friday afternoon. Ayana and Tyler had agreed to meet at the library right after school. Tyler had a dentist appointment and would either be a few minutes late or a few minutes early, depending on how long that took. Not surprisingly Tyler was a few minutes late. This could have been expected since Tyler took dentist appointments very seriously. For weeks ahead of time he would be sure to brush his teeth five times every single day—once when waking up, once after breakfast, once after lunch, once after dinner, and once again before bed—which was two more times a day than he usually did. (He normally deemed the wake-up and after dinner steps unnecessary.) All of this was in addition to flossing, rinsing, and otherwise generally trying to keep his teeth in the best possible shape for the check-up.

To Tyler, going to the dentist was like studying for a test in school. Failure was not an option. So it shouldn’t be much of a surprise that once he was actually in the dental chair, he expected the dentist to be every bit as thorough as he was, a process that required a bit more time than it normally would with less fastidious patients.

So Tyler was late.

And so, when he finally arrived, he hurried down the stairs and quickly navigated through the maze of shelves at the back of the library and found Ayana sitting there, crouched on the floor, sobbing her eyes out.

Tyler sighed heavily. He could already guess what must have happened: Heather van der Sloot… again.

He took off his backpack and set it on the floor. Folding his legs under him, he lowered himself down until he was sitting next to Ayana, not too close, of course, but as close as he dared to.

“What happened this time?” Tyler asked.

Ayana sobbed and buried her face even deeper in her hands. After a moment her left arm shot out, pointing an accusing finger toward a stack of soiled and dishevelled papers lying in a heap on an empty space on the shelf opposite them.

“That,” Ayana cried, her voice thin and cracking.

Tyler stared at the papers, and it took him a moment to realise what they were.

“Your poems,” he gasped.

Tyler had to take a breath and swallow. Ayana’s poems were a work of art, neatly written in careful flowing script, one to a page. Ayana carried them with her sometimes in a stiff green cardboard folder with trees on it that had little strings that you used to tie it shut.

Ayana nodded, still sobbing.

“She threw them all over the playground,” she said, her voice raspy. “She grabbed my tree folder away from me and threw them everywhere. I… I ….”

Ayana stuttered and couldn’t speak for a second.

“I don’t know if I got them all back,” she finally said, finishing her thought. “I think I lost some.”

Tyler nodded and crawled over on one knee to pick up the chaotic stack of papers. He sorted through them, one by one, trying to put them back into some kind of order. They were smeared and scratched and crumpled. One even had a dirty footprint stamped squarely on it.

Normally Ayana wouldn’t even let Tyler glance at one of her poems, so he was surprised that she wasn’t bothered by his looking through all of them now. She clearly wasn’t thinking straight, so he tried to make as neat a stack out of them as possible and set it down on the carpet in the middle of the row of shelves.

“There are a lot there,” he said, sitting close to her again. “Maybe you did get them all.”

Ayana shrugged her shoulders hopelessly.

“It doesn’t matter,” she said, staring blankly at the pile of papers. “I don’t care.”

Tyler felt a sudden squeeze around his heart. He had no idea what he was supposed to do to make Ayana feel better.

But as his mind was racing, trying to think of something, the universe intervened.

“I hate her, Tyler,” Ayana said. “I HATE her!”

On this second last syllable, Ayana kicked at the opposite shelves with the heel of her shoe, making the wooden frame shudder and some of the books rattle around. One particular book—a small, thin one high up on the very top shelf—tipped forward as if in slow motion until it was hanging precariously at an impossible angle, almost as if it was levitating, before tumbling end over end to the floor.

Tyler tried to catch it but he was too slow, and instead it crashed into the stack of papers, scattering them slightly, before it fell flat on its back, right side up right in front of them.

how to conjure

your very own dragon

in six easy steps

…read the front cover of THE BOOK in bright yellow letters against a wavy blue background.

Tyler frowned and Ayana stopped crying for a moment. They both stared at THE BOOK with wide-open eyes, neither of them quite able to believe what they were seeing.

“How to conjure a dragon?” Ayana asked, kneeling forward to grab THE BOOK.

Tyler crawled next to her as she opened the front cover.

THE BOOK was very thin—more like a pamphlet, really— with no table of contents, no copyright page, no dedication page. There wasn’t even an indication of who the author might be. It just went straight into the first chapter, which was entitled:

the water dragon

“A water dragon?” Tyler read over Ayana’s warm shoulder.

Underneath the chapter title was a brief list of the various characteristics of the water dragon.

category: lesser dragon

difficulty: medium

classification: common

Below that was a basic introduction and explanation of the dragon followed by some advice to those who might want to conjure one:

this spell is a relatively simple one, but be forewarned that the water dragon is a damp and clumsy creature, prone to making messes and causing trouble. It is recommended to have plenty of towels at hand when undertaking this conjuring.

Underneath this brief introduction was a list of materials needed to actually conjure the dragon.

required material(s): water, towels (optional)

And last but not least came the instructions, six simple steps to conjuring your very own dragon. Tyler could hardly believe what he was reading. The steps were so simple. Just a series of strangely specific hand gestures performed by two people simultaneously. The instructions even had little helpful sketches to help you understand what to do.

It reminded Tyler of IKEA assembly instructions when his parents bought new furniture and let him put it together for them. But that was furniture made of wood and fabric and those little IKEA screws that needed a special tool to screw them in. This was supposed to be a dragon, whatever that meant. How could such simplistic instructions possibly result in assembling anything, much less an actual dragon?

“We have to try this!” Ayana said excitedly.

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The Journeyman Book Review!

Hello my lovely book-lovers!!

I have some exciting news for you! As we all know, today will be a day full of children running around in costumes and asking for candy. However, today is also the day that I am going to do my very first book review! Well, my very first book review for a book sent to me by the publisher.

So sit back, make a scrapbook to mark this momentous occasion, get some popcorn, and enjoy my praise of this amazing book!

The Journeyman (Book one of The Commons book series)

By: Michael Alan Peck

I was sent this amazing book from Kelsey McBride at Book Publicity Services, so I am going to give her a shout out and say THANK YOU!!

Anyway, let’s get down to the nitty gritty of what we are all here for: The book review.

This book was absolutely amazing. Peck brought about a whole new world that is completely original and unique, which adds a nice touch to the story as a whole. One thing that I liked most about this book though was the characters. I loved how none of them were one dimensional. They all had a past, and it was made prominent that they weren’t all the goody-goody people that we usually read about in YA novels. This added a refreshing air to this novel, because it isn’t really like anything else that I have read. That being said, I will say that it took me a minute to completely understand the world that they were in, because it kind of confused me at first, but the minute I got into it, I was hooked. Also, one of the reasons that I wanted to wait and write this until around Halloween, was because this book reminds me a lot of Halloween. It is seriously an amazing book to read around this time, with its plot being mostly about the dead.

Overall, this book was amazing, and I recommend that anyone and everyone go out and buy it right now! It is the perfect   book to give you a little bit of the spooks, which is perfect for Halloween!

But wait! You might be asking yourself “Sarah, you haven’t posted in forever and this is all that you give us?” And to that I answer that today is going to be full of Halloween treats and surprises for you all, so stay tuned, my loves!

Love always,

Sarah Louise

Get the book now off of Amazon at this link!

http://www.amazon.com/Commons-Journeyman-Michael-Alan-Peck/dp/0986082325/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1446305626&sr=1-1&keywords=the+journeyman+michael+peck

Michael Alan Peck headshot The Journeyman

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday

Hey! So, I was looking around some other blogs for inspiration when I found that a lot of people are doing Top Ten Tuesday. It sounded fun, so I figured that I could try it!

This is going to be a segment where I talk about my Top Ten books for a certain category, at the end of every month. This months Top Ten will be…..

TOP TEN BACK- TO- SCHOOL READS:

I figured that this would be the perfect theme, considering most of us are going back to school in only a month. I know, gross right?

So, without further adue here is my Top Ten Back- To- School reads!

P.S. These are all going to either be books that I have read, or ones that I will be reading in the near future.

1. Perfect Chemistry trilogy By: Simone Elkeles

Top Ten Back to.... Perfect Chemistry series

2. Fan Girl By: Rainbow Rowell

Fan Girl

3. Anna and the French kiss trilogy  By: Stephanie Perkins

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4. Any and all of Jennifer L. Armentrout’s books!

Top Ten Back to... JLA books

5. Mosquitoland By; David Arnold

Top Ten Back to... Mosquitoland

6. Holes By: Louis Sachar

Top Ten Back to... Holes

7. Percy Jackson series By: Rich Riordan

Top Ten Back to... Percy Jackson

8. Harry Potter series By: J. K. Rowling

Top Ten Back to... Harry Potter

9. The Perks of being a wallflower By: Stephan Chbosky

Top Ten Back to... Perks of being a wallflower

10. The Outsiders By: S .E. Hinton

Top Ten Back to.... The Outsiders

So, that is my top ten for this month!

Also, I am going to be posting a review for JLA’s Dark Elements series tomorrow, so keep an eye out!!

Love you guys,

Sarah Louise

Sorry, guys!!

Hey guys!!

Sorry for not posting lately, but I’ve been REALLY busy as of late. So, I just got back from a week long church conference (7 Hills Church Rocks!! ;)) and now i have to finish my summer reading project :/.

Anyway, the reason I am writing this is so that I can tell you that I will be posting like a madwomen this week so that i can make up for the no writing coming up. School is soon (EWWWWW) and i wont be able to write a lot, especially because I will be taking 6 college classes.

Thanks for the patience guys!! I promise that I will have at least ONE review up by tomorrow evening!!

Love always,

Sarah Louise.

Lola and the boy next door Review!! <3

LOLA AND THE LOVE OF MY LIFE!!

June 29, 2015

Lola and the boy next door review

*****

First let me just say that I am listening to Marina and The Diamonds, and I am absolutely in love with their song “Lies”!! It is soooo beautiful!!

This was my very first Stephanie Perkins book, and I must say that I am not disappointed. I was very skeptical, because I thought that the hype surrounding this book was making the book sound better than it actually is, like it does with a lot of other books.  However, I was pleasantly surprised when I read it and saw that it is a very well written and overall amazing book. When you get down to the base of the novel, it really is amazing. As always, I am going to talk about the characters, the plot, the WOW factor, and the star rating on all of these categories.

THE AMAZ-BALLS CHARACTERS!!

Lola the Great:

Lola is such an awesome character! She has everything that I look for in a character; originality, spunk, humor, nice, weird (in a good way), and most importantly she values the things that matter most, like family. She is such a original character, I mean she wore a Marie Antoinette dress to her dance,  and she totally rocked it!! One thing that I really appreciated about this is that her and Cricket had a history together. Most of the time I feel like, in contemporary novels especially, the author is pushing the relationship on the reader. However, that is definitely NOT the case in this book! Cricket and Lola just clicked, and I absolutely loved it!!

Cricket <3:

Cricket…. What can I say about Cricket other than the fact that he is perfect!! He is so cute, and adorable that it blows my mind! He is a geeky hunk that can build a bridge to my window any time he wants!! 😉 The one thing that I loved the most about Cricket is that he never gave up on Lola. He was willing to give up his dreams to be with her, if it meant that she got to be happy. That is so noble and sweet that my heart broke in a million pieces any time that he got that defeated look when he saw Lola and Matt together. However, that being said, I do still like how Stephanie did it because I feel like all of the trials and tribulations that Cricket and Lola had to go through only made their relationship so much stronger. Another thing that I loved about their relationship is how unlikely of a couple they are! I mean, if you saw those two in real life, would you honestly think that they would make a good couple? I know I wouldn’t! But that is another really original thing that I absolutely adored about this book!!

Calliope the Evil and jealous butt munch!!:

There really isn’t much to say about Calliope except for the fact that she was a very annoying and rude character.  I really didn’t like her at the beginning of the novel, because I hate it when a character is manipulating and selfish like Calliope was. I know that she loves Cricket and that she was afraid of losing him, but she really needs to get that stick out of her butt and realize that her brother is growing up and she needs to let go of him. Let him fly out of the nest! I will say, however, that I did like her at the end of the book. I definitely didn’t love her, but I did feel a kind of respect for her, which is really cool that Stephanie can do that to a character that a lot of people hate.

Matt the sexy rocker EX:

I feel like I am going to be the only one to say that I actually liked Matt! I thought he was cute and sweet at times! I don’t think that he was right for Lola, obviously, but I do think that I like him because he is kind of my type. I mean, come on, he is a hot rocker man that is sweet most of the time! Also, some people might not agree, but I think that the possessive thing is totally hot. I know that wasn’t Stephanie’s approach to the character, but I still liked him. That being said, I did think that he was being totally childish at the end of the book when Lola came to explain to him what happened. Come on, dude she was APOLOGIZING to you, and you were a complete douche to her….. It was still hot though… 😉

Nate and Andy:

I am going to lightly touch on them and say how cool it is that Stephanie gave Lola gay parents. I absolutely loved Nate and Andy, and I would totally be up to a prequel all about how they met and fell in love! 😉

5/5 Stars for the characters

THE PLOT AND WRITING (I just thought about the writing):

The plot of this novel is pretty good. It has a nice boy next door feel, that I love in a contemporary novel. One thing that I really liked about the plot is that it was very light and fluffy, while also retaining the seriousness of first love, and how you can never forget your first love no matter what happens. The plot of this was perfect, and perfectly written. I will definitely reread this book when I am in the mood for an awesome summer read in the future.

4/5 Stars for the Plot and Writing

THE “WOW” FACTOR AND RECOMENDATIONS:

                Does this book have the WOW factor? HELL YEAH, IT DOES! The WOW factor is so relevant to this book that in the dictionary, next to the word WOW, there will be a picture of this deliciously awesome book! Now onto the recommendations; I recommend this to pretty much anyone that loves YA, as well as to anyone that loves a sassy, punk-rock, and kick-butt main female character!

 So, that’s about it. If any of you have read this book, let me know what you think about my review, and if you agree! And if you HAVENT read this book, then GO READ IT NOW! NOOOOOOW!!! Are you gone? Good. Now you can read its awesomeness, and then come back and discuss it with me!

Anyway,

Goodbye my loves,

Sarah Louise

PS: This is a couple of Fan art pics that I found on Google of Lola and Cricket that I thought were absolutely adorable! They grow up so fast! *insert cry face*

The dance scene!!

Lola and my Husband!

June’s Gigantic Book Haul!!

June 24, 2015

Hey Y’all! Wow, 2 posts in one week! I know, I’m shocked too! This month has been crazy on the book side of things; we’ve gotten pics and teaser trailers for TMI, We found out that Shatter Me is going to be a TV show, and we’ve also gotten a Mockingjay Part 2 trailer!! Some exciting stuff has happened in the world of books this month, so in honor of that I have decided to do a book haul for the month of June!!

So, I’ve been using the #BooksForTrade on Twitter like crazy! That is where most of these books are coming from, but it is not limited to just that because I have taken a couple trips to both Half priced books, and Ollies this month!

Here they are! My precious’!! <3<3<3

Books for trade pic#BOOKSFORTRADE:

I have been doing this BooksForTrade thing for a while, but just this month I have received all of these glorious gifts!     ….. It’s an addiction….

Row 1:

  1. Wake By: Lisa McMann (https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1661957.Wake?)
  2. Slayers By: C.J. Hill (https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/10579099-slayers?)
  3. Born of Illusion By: Teri Brown (https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13000748-born-of-illusion)
  4. Ruins By: Dan Wells (https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17607716-ruins?)
  5. Antigoddess By: Kendare Blake (https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13246736-antigoddess?ac=1)
  6. Jessica’s guide to dating on the dark side By: Beth Fantaskey (https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/3389671-jessica-s-guide-to-dating-on-the-dark-side?ac=1)
  7. #Scandal By: Sarah Ockler (https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/3389671-jessica-s-guide-to-dating-on-the-dark-side?ac=1)
  8. Girl Wonder By: Alexa Martin (https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/9504200-girl-wonder?)
  9. Burn for Burn By: Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian (https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13406425-burn-for-burn?ac=1)
  10. Everneath By: Brodi Ashton (https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/9413044-everneath?ac=1)
  11. Valkyrie Rising By: Ingrid Paulson (https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13034113-valkyrie-rising?ac=1)
  12. Red Rising By: Pierce Brown (https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/15839976-red-rising?)
  13. Row 2:
  14. Sweet Evil By: Wendy Higgins (https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/11808950-sweet-evil?)
  15. Beautiful Creatures By: Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl (https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/6304335-beautiful-creatures?ac=1)
  16. Anna and the French kiss By: Stephanie Perkins (https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/6936382-anna-and-the-french-kiss?ac=1)
  17. The Spectacular Now By: Tim Tharp (https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/3798703-the-spectacular-now?ac=1)
  18. The Astonishing Adventures of Fanboy and Gothgirl By: Barry Lyga (https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/257445.The_Astonishing_Adventures_of_Fanboy_and_Goth_Girl?ac=1)
  19. Perfect Chemistry By: Simone Elckeles (https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/4268157-perfect-chemistry?ac=1)
  20. STONE COLD TOUCH BY: JENNIFER L. ARMENTROUT!!!!!! AND ITS SIGNED!! (https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17455815-stone-cold-touch?ac=1)
  21. The Uglies series By: Scott Westerfeild (https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/24770.Uglies?ac=1 Row 2 ARCS:
  22. Landline By: Rainbow Rowell [Signed!!!!] (https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18081809-landline?ac=1)
  23. The Storyteller By: Antonia Michaelis (https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/11284898-the-storyteller?ac=1)
  24. A New Darkness By: Joseph Delaney (https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18460033-a-new-darkness?ac=1)

HALF PRICED BOOKS:

So, I went to HPB twice this month because I got paid for babysitting and spent it on books…. As always.

HPB books

  1. Rules of Attraction By: Simone Elckeles (https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/7137775-rules-of-attraction?ac=1)
  2. Alice in Zombieland By: Gena Showalter (https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/11300302-alice-in-zombieland?ac=1) I actually got this one for free! I was talking to this girl at the bookstore, when she asked what books I was looking for. I had a list, of course, and I showed it to her. She looked over it and said that she just sold Alice to HPB, but she could go get it back and give it to me, if I wanted. I was shocked, and said sure so she ran over to the desk and asked for her book back. It was so nice, and I was really happy for the rest of the night.
  3. Lola and the boy next door By: Stephanie Perkins (https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/9961796-lola-and-the-boy-next-door?ac=1)
  4. Half Bad By: Sally Green (https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18079804-half-bad?ac=1)
  5. Proxy By: Alex London (https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16101023-proxy?)
  6. The book of Broken hearts By: Sarah Ockler (https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/15805597-the-book-of-broken-hearts?)
  7. The Coldest Girl in Coldtown By: Holly Black (https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/12813630-the-coldest-girl-in-coldtown?)
  8. An Ember in the Ashes By: Saaba Tahir  (https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20560137-an-ember-in-the ashes?)                                                                                                                                               Ollies booksOLLIES BOOK HAUL:

    Ok, so the story behind this is that I went to a flip flop sale with my aunt at about 7 in the morning. By the time we were done at the sale, it was only 8. We knew that my mom and grandpa would still be asleep, so we were trying to figure out what to do in the meantime. My aunt suggested Ollies because she knew that they had cheap books, and wanted to see if there was any that I would want. I said that I didn’t really care where we went, just as long as I didn’t have to go home for a while. I had really low expectations for this place because I knew that it was a really cheap retail store. I figured that all of the books there would be really old, and I wouldn’t want any of them. So, we walked into the store and all I saw was an entire wall dedicated to YA books. I wasn’t able to make out any of the covers so, again, I figured that they were all crappy books. So I walked over to the wall, just so I could make my aunt happy, and that’s when I saw it. The glorious book that started my rampage of Ollies book buying: The Bane Chronicles. I ran over to it, picked it up and saw a price tag on the front that said $13. I knew that the book was usually about $20, so I thought that it was a really good steal. And then my aunt flipped the book over, pointed at a orange price tag, and said that this was the price. Do you want to know what the price was? $1.99!!! That’s right, a HC of a book written by the queen of YA, only ONE DOLLAR AND NIGHTY NINE CENTS!!! I am pretty sure that I almost pooped my pants when I saw it. And that is how this book buying thing at Ollies all got started.

    IN THE PICTURE:

    1. Immortal City By: Scott Speer (https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/11443325-immortal-city?)
    2. Origin By: Jessica Khoury (https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13455112-origin?)
    3. Black City book one and two By: Elizabeth Richards (https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/12568505-black-city?)
    4. Cold Fury By: T.M. Goeglein (https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/12849229-cold-fury?) OUT OF THE PICTURE:
    1. The Bane Chronicles By: Cassandra Clare HC $1.99 (https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16303287-the-bane-chronicles?)
    2. CITY OF HEAVENLY FIRE!! By: Cassandra Clare HC $1.99 (https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/256683.City_of_Bones?)
    3. THE SHADOWHUNTERS CODEX!!!!!!!!!By: Cassandra Clare HC $1.99 (https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13568619-the-shadowhunter-s-codex?)
    4. Vladimir Tod Chronicles books 2,3, and 4 PB $.99 (https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/530848.Eighth_Grade_Bites?)
    5. The Eternal ones By: Kristen Miller HC $.99 (https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/7130788-the-eternal-ones?)
    6. The Vampire Academy Graphic Novel!! (Guys, I am super excited about this because I absolutely love this series and I cant wait to read the graphic novel!!) By: {the awesome] Richelle Mead (https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/8643220-vampire-academy?)                                               Alright, so that is all of the Books that I got this month! As always, comment what you think about my haul, if I did well on my books and, if you’ve read the book, tell me what you thought about it!I was going to do a July TBR, but this post is getting really long, so I’m just going to wrap it up and do my TBR on Saturday.   Sarah Louise.                                                                                                                                                                     Love Y’all!!

‘Date with a Rockstar’ Promo and Giveaway!

Date with a rockstar pic‘TITLE:

Date With a Rockstar

AUTHOR

Sarah Gagnon

RELEASE DATE:

June 23rd, 2015

PUBLISHER:

Spencer Hill Contemporary

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 SYNOPSIS:

Goodreads link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22582862-date-with-a-rockstar?from_search=true 

 Only one girl will win the cash prize…and a chance at love with Jeremy Bane.

Monet isn’t just another lust-struck teenager trying to win the heart of Rock God Jeremy Bane–she needs the prize money from his new reality show to cure her illness.

Monet has Fluxem, a contagious disease that’s spread through saliva. It’s completely curable if you have enough money, which she and her single mother don’t. Now that she’s on the show, Monet has to work harder to keep her Fluxem hidden. She only has to keep the secret long enough to woo Jeremy Bane so he picks her as the winner. She doesn’t even care about the love part; the prize alone will change her life.

But the real Jeremy Bane is nothing like she imagined. Monet finds herself fighting against feelings that make her want to give in to her attraction and Jeremy’s attempts for a kiss. The further she goes in the competition, the more impossible it becomes to resist him–and when the producers turn the tables and start digging up dirt on the contestants, Monet fears her secret will be revealed before she’s ready and ruin everything.

The only way to win Jeremy’s heart is to tell him the truth, but confessing her disease could cost her the competition, the prize money, and him.

 `EXCERPT:

“Come back here!” the voice commands in suddenly clear words. I glance back at the man curled on the ground. The sleeves are torn off his shirt, showing wiry muscles. There’s a red, scabby mark on his face, probably Fluxem. I shudder. He stares, but makes no move to get up. What’s wrong with his legs? They’re bent at odd angles. Can Fluxem do that? 
I bounce from foot to foot. Ready for anything.

The number six arrives and leaves. A single person exits and no one boards. The trains continue along their circuit whether anyone uses them or not. The thought sends a shiver through my spine. I crack my knuckles around the steel in my fist and refuse to let the fear settle in.

The man with Fluxem crawls toward me. At least he’s slow. When he’s ten feet away I dart around behind him to the other end of the platform. Scratchy music starts playing over the intercom system. The number four pulls up and leaves. Screams echo off the tile walls. God, I hate the subway.

The number eight arrives from the other direction and the Fluxem guy blocks the door as it slides open. I have to make the train. The door starts to close. I dart around the reaching guy. His hand swipes at my foot, but I jump through the train door before he can latch on. I release my breath as he’s shut out.

ABOUT SARAH:Sarah Gagnon

Sarah Gagnon grew up in the frigid woods of Maine amidst snow and animal skins and has now moved back home. As a small child she wrote ship-wrecked romances all while being stared down by a taxidermied duck.

She has a BFA in photography and a minor in writing from the University of Southern Maine. She’s the mother of two tiny, feral children and two ill-behaved dogs. For fun she’s taken up construction and interior design. Her first project: moving into a dilapidated farmhouse with her computer-genius husband.

 

CHECK SARAH OUT!:

Website: http://www.sarahgagnon.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/fancypantssarah

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/datewitharockstar

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Amazon:      http://www.amazon.com/Date-Rockstar-Sarah-Gagnon/dp/1939392586/ref=sr_1_1_twi_1_pap?ie=UTF8&qid=1434211924&sr=8-1&keywords=Sarah+Gagnon

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Book Depository:   http://www.bookdepository.com/Date-with-Rockstar-Sarah-Gagnon/9781939392589

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The millions of books that I have recieved!

Hey guys! It’s Sarah! Sorry that I haven’t been reviewing lately but this #booksfortrade thing has got my schedule all kinds of screwed up! I can’t seem to stay off of my phone! That is one of the main reasons why I wanted to do this post…. So that I can tell you about the goodies that I got from this hashtag of course!

Here they are! My goal is to have them all finished by the end of summer, so stay posted!

 

(Pictures are going to be under each description.)

simple perfection

1. Simple Perfections By: Abbi Glines

I’m not going to write the description on the back of the book because it is the second book of the series. I was really sad when I found that out because I had no idea when I traded for it. My new mission is to get the first book in the series, Twisted Perfections, and read it.

The Vincent Boys

2. The Vincent Boys By: Abbi Glines

This book is about a girl named Ashton who is dating the perfect guy, Sawyer. She is starting to not like being the ‘good girl’, and decides to start a friendship with Sawyer’s cousin Beau while Sawyer is out for the summer. Beau has always been in love with Ashton, but never made a move because Sawyer was like a brother to him. Soon this so called ‘friendship’ gets twisted and soon becomes something much deeper.

I can’t wait to read this, and I will probably be picking it up very soon.

shatter me

3. Shatter Me By: Tahereh Mafi (Follow NeTanya on Twitter @BookssInternet and subscribe to her channel at MeBooksAndTheInternet on YouTube!)

I’m sure that you have all heard of this book so I’m only going to give a brief description. This book centers around a girl named Juliette. Juliette is a normal girl, except for the fact that she can literally kill you with her touch. I know, cool right? Not really because this thing called The Reestablishment is after her, and trying to make her into the one thing that she never wanted to be. A weapon. A monster. After a lifetime of imprisonment, she is finally finding a strength inside of herself. A strength that allows her to fight back, and to find a future with the boy that she thought she’d lost forever.

I am really excited for this book, because of all of the hype, and the fact that she can kill people with her touch! I think that is a kind of cool power, but it would probably suck more because you wouldn’t be able to ever have human contact. What a blow. Unless you’re an introvert.

Eon

4. Eon By: Alison Goodman

This book is probably one of my most anticipated reads of this summer. I absolutely love Mulan, and I hear that this book is a lot like it! Now that I have said that, here is the description!

“For years, Eon’s life has been focused on magical study and sword-work, with one goal: that he be chosen as a Dragoneyem, an apprentice to one of the twelve energy fragons of good fortune.

But Eon has a dangerous secret. He is actually Eona, a sixteen- year- old girl who has been masquerading as a twelve- year- old boy. Females are forbidden to use Dragon Magic; the penalty is death.

When Eona’s secret threatens to come to light, she and her allies are plunged into grave danger and a struggle for the Imperial throne. Eona must find the strength and inner power to battle those who want to take her magic… and her life.”

That sounds cool, right? I know! Now you need to go out and get it so that we can read it together!!

Secret Diamond Sisters

5. The Secret Diamond Sisters BY: Michelle Madow (Books one and two)

This is also one of my most anticipated reads because I have never read a book based in Las Vegas before. Here is the description:

There are three sisters, Savannah, Courtney, and Peyton. These three sisters grow up not knowing anything about their father. Their luck seems to start working when they find out the secret identity of their long lost dad: A billionaire Las Vegas hotel owner who wants them to come and live with him in his fancy- shmancy hotel. That may seem like it will be easy, but with all of the secrets and lies in Las Vegas, it is anything but.

the unbecoming of mara dyer

6. The unbecoming of Mara Dyer By: Michelle Hodkin

Ok, I guess that we can say that I am excited to read every single one of these books. Including this one.

This is about a girl named Mara Dyer. After she was in an accident that killed 3 of her friends, she being the only survivor, her and her family decide to move away, so that they can get away from what happened. That plan doesn’t really work out when Mara meets a boy that seems to know more about her past then she does.

SOOOOOO EXCITED TO READ THIS!!!

dorothy must die

7. Dorothy Must Die By: Danielle Paige (Traded with Stefani Sloma. Check out her blog! CaughtReadHanded.wordpress.com)

This is going to be the book that I pick up after I’m done reading the one that I’m on right now (Fangirl By: Rainbow Rowell)

This is the first novel in a series and is about the other girl from Kansas, Amy Gum. Amy lives in a trailer park with her alcoholic mother, and is the outcast in school. As the story goes, she is swept up in a tornado and is taken to OZ. OZ is no longer the place that we remember from the story, it is now a waste land, with no lollipops and gumdrops. It is now a barren place, with no more magic. You see, in this world Dorothy is the evil witch who literally sucked the magic out of the place. What a fun sucker, right? Anyway, Amy is the chosen one that has to remove the tin mans heart, confiscate the scarecrows brain, and take the lions courage.

landlineFan Girl awesomeness

8. Landline By: Rainbow Rowell (Her name is so cool!)

I am determined to get every single Rainbow book! It is one of my many missions. Also, I would like to add that the copy I have is a SIGNED Arc!! I didn’t even know it was signed until I got it! I was so excited!

“When Georgie McCool tells her husband she can’t spare the time away from work to visit his family at Christmas, she never expected him to pack up the kids and go without her. Maybe she should have expected that. Maybe Neal, who’s always a little bit mad at Georgie, has finally had enough. Alone with her memories and unsure of their future, Georgie discovers a way to communicate with Neal in the past. It’s no time travel, not exactly, but it might be an opportunity to fix her marriage before it starts…. But what if Georgie and Neal would be better off if they never got married at all?”

Babe!!

9. Red Queen By: Victoria Aveyard

I know I know, I already did a review on this book. But it was a library book, and I just HAD to own it and be able to display it proudly on my shelf! It’s just too beautiful to not own!

 

All right, that’s all of the books that I have at this very moment, but I should be getting a lot more tomorrow, and I will be posting their names and descriptions when I get them. J

Anyway, I think that I’m going to start ending my posts with a quote from a book, or movie, or even a song. So with that said I will leave you saying;

 

“What I need is someone to save me, cause’ I’m going down.”

The Pretty Reckless- Goin’ down

‘Red Queen’ By: Victoria Aveyard

Red Queen Pics Babe!!

‘Red Queen’ By: Victoria Aveyard

May 1, 2015

Non-spoiler Review

 

I’m not going to lie, this book takes about 2-3 chapters to get into. However, once you do get passed the world building chapters, It really does get a lot better.

Personally, I like it when a book surprises you with something that you never saw coming, and that is exactly what this book did. I’m not going to give anything away, but the plot twist made me want to cry, scream, and bang my head against the wall all at the same time.

I usually don’t like love triangles, so when I realized that this novel was going to have one, I was kind of iffy about it. When I started reading it, however, my whole mood changed. Victoria adds fresh look at love triangles, and that is one thing that I really liked about this book.

I would recommend this to anyone who likes dystopian novels, bad ass female lead characters, and twisted, yet heartfelt, love.

GO READ THIS NOW!!

Now I will leave you saying;

“Rise red as the dawn”

Sarah Louise

‘Lies We Tell Ourselves’ By: Robin Talley

‘Lies We Tell Ourselves’ By: Robin Talley

April 22, 2015

Ok, first I would like to apologize for not posting recently. I just got off of spring break, and prom is this weekend, so I haven’t really had time to get on the computer and type. Also, I would like to add that I am writing this while watching Sandlot 2, which I personally think is one of the best sequels ever made.

Anyway, let’s get to what we all came here for: the book review.

The book that I read is ‘Lies We Tell Ourselves’ By: Robin Talley. This book is about 2 girls, one white and one black. This would not be a big deal if the story didn’t take place during 1959 in Virginia. The main protagonist, Sarah Dunbar, is one of ten black students integrating into an all-white school. The other main character, Linda Hairston, is the daughter to one of the most outspoken segregationists in the town. Sarah and Linda are forced to work together on a school project, while also being forced to come to terms with the feelings that they are having towards each other.

I really liked this book. I was pulled into the story immediately, and couldn’t stop reading. The author has an amazing skill at getting me to feel like I am actually in the story; like I am in Sarah’s shoes, and witnessing the things that she sees.

Some of the things that happened in this story, surprise me a lot. I never knew how bad things were back then. The things Sarah and her friends have to put up with … it’s horrible. I suggest this book to anyone and everyone, even the people that don’t like history. This book is one of the best books that ive ever read simply because it can convince anyone to come out of their little hiding place, where they only read the same genre of books. Well, that is my review and I hope that you decide to read it soon. Seriously go buy it.

Love Y’All

Sarah Louise