October 24, 2014

Afterparty by Ann Redisch Stampler Blog Tour - Review +GIVEAWAY

Very excited today to be part of the blog tour for 
by Ann Redisch Stampler!  
I've got a review for you and a great giveaway being hosted by the tour!

First about the book
Emma is tired of being good. Always the dutiful daughter to an overprotective father, she is the antithesis of her mother--whose name her dad won't even say out loud. That's why meeting Siobhan is the best thing that ever happened to her… and the most dangerous. Because Siobhan is fun and alluring and experienced and lives on the edge. In other words, she's everything Emma is not.

And it may be more than Emma can handle.

Because as intoxicating as her secret life may be, when Emma begins to make her own decisions, Siobhan starts to unravel. It's more than just Dylan, the boy who comes between them. Their high-stakes pacts are spinning out of control. Elaborate lies become second nature. Loyalties and boundaries are blurred. And it all comes to a head at the infamous Afterparty, where debauchery rages and an intense, inescapable confrontation ends in a plummet from the rooftop...

This explosive, sexy, and harrowing follow-up to Ann Redisch Stampler's spectacular teen debut, Where It Began, reveals how those who know us best can hurt us most.

About the author
Ann Redisch Stampler is the author of young adult novels Where It Began and Afterparty, as well as several picture books, including The Rooster Prince of Breslov. Her books have been an Aesop Accolade winner, Sydney Taylor notable books and an honor book, a National Jewish Book Awards finalist and winner, and Bank Street Best Books of the Year. Ann has two adult children and lives in Los Angeles, California with her husband. 
Website: annstampler.com 
Twitter: @annstampler
Facebook: https://facebook.com/WhereItBegan 
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/15751652-afterparty

When I was in high school a lot of people saw me as a “good girl”.  I didn’t get in trouble.  I didn’t drink.  I listened to my parents – hey I LIKED my parents.  So when I saw what this book was about I was intrigued because Emma is a “good girl” too.  The only difference – she decides it’s time to break out of that box.  Although I didn’t always agree with Emma’s choices, I completely understood where she was coming from and why those were the choices she made.  Her father is very controlling, plus she has some guilt over the history of her mother and she wants change how she lives her life.  Putting that all together made for a young girl that wasn’t always in the best place to make good decisions.  I felt for her.  She so wanted to be the good girl her father believed her to be.  I could feel her guilt any time she did something she knew he’d disapprove of.  Just the act of telling him one small lie was difficult for her!  Seeing this guilt was hard sometimes because I knew it tore at her even when she wanted to the very thing that was making her feel guilty!

Ok now about that friendship with Siobhan.  Hmmmmmmmmmmmm – I have to look at it two ways! To begin with it is a very unhealthy friendship - that is perfectly clear to everyone except Emma!  I have to look at it through the eyes of the age it was written for.  For them they see girls like Siobhan – or know if them so they can relate to who she is and how she is.  For me I teach middle school so there were times I had a hard time with her. BUT that is because I’m not the intended audience! She can be mean, pushy and demanding.  I don’t think the intended audience would struggle with her at all – she is a reality in a lot of schools and they would know that. Plus she had to be that way because she had to be the foil to Emma's good girl image. Now I also had to look at their friendship through Emma’s eyes. Siobhan was the complete opposite of Emma so of course she would find her so appealing.  Here is a girl that does and says everything that Emma would never be allowed to do.  She sees and gets this freedom with Siobhan that she has never had and that’s very appealing to her.  When I looked at Siobhan this way – I could completely buy into why Emma was friends with her.  I got it even if I didn’t agree with it. The friendship was completely necessary and exactly what it needed to be.  It drove the plot and the change in Emma. 

Now the ending.  Don’t worry I won’t give anything away!  I was pleased with the ending.  It gave answers without wrapping everything in a nice neat bow.  It was more realistic, and I liked that.  I felt satisfied with what I knew at the end and where I could see it going after the book was closed.

Over-all I enjoyed the book.  At points it was like watching a car-wreck about to happen because you knew Sib had trouble written all over her! But the motives and history of Emma kept me wanting to know how she would be.

The Giveaway
A hardcover copy of Afterparty
Emma’s contraband Sephora make-up
Emma’s Kate Spade make-up bag
Emma’s Bob Marley t-shirt
Emma’s vintage mother-of-pearl barrette
Emma’s cat’s eyes sun glasses
Emma’s ice blue nail polish
The sparkly hair pins Dylan pulls out of Emma’s hair
Dylan’s Kurt Cobain t-shirt
Siobhan’s gold nail polish
Mara’s Bakelite-style orange bracelet (+ two more)
Mara’s (tiny) Felix-the-Cat ring
An Afterparty tote bag

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Blog Tour Schedule 
Mon, Oct 6 - Read Now Sleep Later 
Tue, Oct 7 - What a Nerd Girl Says 
Wed, Oct 8 - Fiktshun 
Mon, Oct 13 - Nite Lite Book Reviews 
Tue, Oct 14 - The Windy Pages 
Wed, Oct 16 - A Bookish Escape 
Mon, Oct 20 - She Reads, She Blogs 
Tue, Oct 21 - Books Unbound 
Wed, Oct 22 - The Consummate Reader 
Thu, Oct 23 - Kid Lit Frenzy 
Fri, Oct 24 - The O.W.L. for YA 
Mon, Oct 27 - The Thousand Lives Tue, 
Oct 28 - Books Turn Brains 
Wed, Oct 29 - Fangirlfeeels 
Thu, Oct 30 - Romance Bookie 
Fri, Oct 31 - The Reader’s Antidote 
Mon, Nov 3 - Proud Book Nerd 
Fri, Nov 7 - Girls with Books

October 23, 2014

Beautiful Cover!!

This cover was just released.
I'm a sucker for a dress cover, and this one is amazingly beautiful!
Maybe I should read this series....

October 22, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday: Soulprint

This post is inspired by a meme hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine.

Today I'm waiting on:

Soulprint by Megan Miranda
Release: February 3, 2015
Why:  I love Megan Miranda!

Alina Chase has been contained on an island for the last 17 years—whether that’s for the crimes of her past life, or for her own protection, well, that depends on whom you ask. With soul-fingerprinting a reality, science can now screen for the soul, and everyone knows that Alina’s soul had once belonged to notorious criminal, June Calahan, though that information is supposed to be private. June had accomplished the impossible: hacking into the soul-database, ruining countless lives in the process.

Now, there are whispers that June has left something behind for her next life—something that would allow Alina to access the information in the soul-database again. A way to finish the crimes she started.

Aided by three people with their own secret motivations, Alina escapes, only to discover that she may have just traded one prison for another. And there are clues. Clues only Alina can see and decipher, clues that make it apparent that June is leading her to something. While everyone believes Alina is trying to continue in June’s footsteps, Alina believes June is trying to show her something more. Something bigger. Something that gets at the heart of who they all are—about the past and the present. Something about the nature of their souls.

Alina doesn’t know who to trust, or what June intends for her to know, and the closer she gets to the answers, the more she wonders who June was, who she is, whether she’s destined to repeat the past, whether there are truths best kept hidden—and what one life is really worth.

October 21, 2014

Release Day Celebration for Loop by Karen Adkins +GIVEAWAY

Very excited today to participate in the release day celebration for Loop!

About The Book

Loop #1
Author: Karen Akins
Release Date: October 21, 2014
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin

At a school where Quantum Paradox 101 is a required course and history field trips are literal, sixteen year-old time traveler Bree Bennis excels…at screwing up.

After Bree botches a solo midterm to the 21st century by accidentally taking a boy hostage (a teensy snafu), she stands to lose her scholarship. But when Bree sneaks back to talk the kid into keeping his yap shut, she doesn’t go back far enough. The boy, Finn, now three years older and hot as a solar flare, is convinced he’s in love with Bree, or rather, a future version of her that doesn’t think he’s a complete pain in the arse. To make matters worse, she inadvertently transports him back to the 23rd century with her. 

Once home, Bree discovers that a recent rash of accidents at her school are anything but accidental. Someone is attacking time travelers. As Bree and her temporal tagalong uncover seemingly unconnected clues—a broken bracelet, a missing data file, the art heist of the millennium—that lead to the person responsible, she alone has the knowledge to piece the puzzle together. Knowledge only one other person has. Her future self.

But when those closest to her become the next victims, Bree realizes the attacker is willing to do anything to stop her. In the past, present, or future. 


"A creative take on romance in a high-stakes, high-concept mystery that trusts its readers' intelligence." - Kirkus

"LOOP is a page-turning adventure with some brilliant and original twists to the time travel genre. I devoured the entire book in one sitting!" - Julie Cross, Author of the TEMPEST series

"Hilarious and suspenseful with a delicious dash of romance, LOOP is a mind-bending good time!" - Melissa Landers, Author of the ALIENATED series 

About The Author
Karen Akins lives in the MidSouth where she writes humorous, light YA sci-fi. When not writing or reading, she loves lightsaber dueling with her two sons and forcing her husband to watch BBC shows with her. 

Karen has been many things in her life: an archery instructor, drummer for the shortest-lived garage band in history, and a shockingly bad tic-tac-toe player.

Must be 13+ To Enter | Ships in US Only

One Winner will get a signed final copy of LOOP + a swag pack

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October 17, 2014

Snapshot Monday

In an effort to keep my blogging simple, on Mondays a share a snap shot of my current read.

Today it's The Young Elites by Marie Lu

First line: I'm going to die tomorrow morning.