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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Hot Off the Presses: New YA Releasing July 19-25

Hot Off the Presses -- brand new YA releases!

Welcome to Hot Off the Presses!  

Tuesday is book release day, so every Tuesday I tell you about all the great new YA books you can buy in the week to come.

Enter the JULY giveaway! Each month's winner can pick any book up to $15 on either Amazon (for US winner) or The Book Depository (for international winner.)

Hot Off the Presses aims to include every traditionally published YA book. Please let me know about books that came out this week that I might have missed! Some titles may have different release dates outside the US.

Click on the photos to get to each book's Goodreads page!

Little Black Dresses, Little White Lies A World Without You Flying Signs of You
Little Black Dresses, Little White Lies by Laura Stampler (Simon Pulse)
A World Without You by Beth Revis (Razorbill)
Flying by Carrie Jones (Tor Teen)
Signs of You by Emily France (Soho)


Smash & Grab The Revival Chasing Stars The Way Back Home
Smash & Grab by Amy Christine Parker (Random House)
The Revival (Young World #3) by Chris Weitz (Little, Brown)
Chasing Stars (After Eden #2) by Helen Douglas (Bloomsbury)
The Way Back Home (Wildflower #3) by Alecia Whitaker (Little, Brown)


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Friday, July 15, 2016

Freebie Friday: Twitter Giveaway



Happy Friday!


This week I'm trying something a little different - a Freebie Friday Twitter giveaway. You can find the link to my Twitter on the right sidebar.

1. Find my Freebie Friday tweet (it won't be hard)
2. RT and follow me to enter.

Winner will be picked at random by TweetDraw sometime after 10 am on Thursday, July 21.

The winner will receive a copy of this ARC. If you win and you've already read it, I also have a few more choices. This is open to US/Canada only, sorry!


Happy weekend reading!

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Just Finished Reading ... Little Black Dresses, Little White Lies

Little Black Dresses, Little White Lies
by Laura Stampler

To be published on July 12, 2016
by Simon Pulse

Synopsis from Goodreads: Harper Anderson always believed she belonged somewhere more glamorous than her sleepy Northern California suburb. After all, how many water polo matches and lame parties in Bobby McKittrick's backyard can one girl take? That's why Harper is beyond ecstatic when she lands her dream internship as a dating blogger at the elite teen magazine Shift. Getting to spend the summer in New York City to live her dream of becoming a writer? Harper's totally in. There's just one teeny, tiny, infinitesimal problem: Apart from some dance floor make-outs, Harper doesn't have a lot of - or, really, any - dating expertise. In fact, she might have sort of stolen her best friend's experiences as her own on her Shift application. But she can learn on the job...right? From awkward run-ins with the cute neighborhood dog-walker to terrifying encounters with her crazed editor, from Brooklyn gallery openings to weekends in the Hamptons, Harper finds out what it takes to make it in the Big City--and as the writer of her own destiny. 

My take:  To me, Little Black Dresses, Little White Lies felt very reminiscent of classic chick lit --normal girl lands an amazing internship at a Manhattan magazine, just happens to have a rich aunt who lives on Fifth Avenue and has a closet full of fabulous clothes and also a super-cute dog walker. (Seriously, why don't these things actually happen to normal girls?) Girl learns how superficial everyone in New York/the magazine industry is. She is shocked, SHOCKED to find out that Clickbait Rules the Internet. She then comes to appreciate her dull normal life. And, of course, finds love. Think Devil Wears Prada lite with a touch of How to Lose a Guy in Ten Days.

My favorite part of the book was by far the female friendships, which had their dicey moments (true to life!) but came through in the end. One the less positive side, I think this would have worked better with a twenty-something protagonist. The main character is a high school intern who's given major responsibilities at a major magazine. This might be realistic, but I remained skeptical. Even college grad Andy Sachs in TDWP had to fetch coffee and hang up coats when she started out.

Since I've read a TON of chick lit and watched a ton of chick flicks, this felt a little "been there, read that" for me. But that said, if you're a fan of those kinds of stories and are looking for a fluffy beach read, give this a go!

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Hot Off the Presses: New YA Releasing July 12-18

Hot Off the Presses -- brand new YA releases!

Welcome to Hot Off the Presses!  

Tuesday is book release day, so every Tuesday I tell you about all the great new YA books you can buy in the week to come.

NEW JULY giveaway! Each month's winner can pick any book up to $15 on either Amazon (for US winner) or The Book Depository (for international winner.)

Hot Off the Presses aims to include every traditionally published YA book. Please let me know about books that came out this week that I might have missed! Some titles may have different release dates outside the US.

Click on the photos to get to each book's Goodreads page!

Quiet week - did I miss something??


Killer in Me Shadow Hour The Season
The Killer in Me by Margo Harrison (Disney-Hyperion)
The Shadow Hour (Girl at Midnight #2) by Melissa Grey (Delacorte)
The Season by Jonah Lisa Dyer and Stephen Dyer (Viking)


Shiny Broken Pieces Rebellion Rampage
Shiny Broken Pieces by Sona Charaipotra and Dhonielle Clayton (Harper)
Rebellion (Elysium Chronicles #3) by J. A. Souders (Tor)
Rampage (Singular Menace #3) by Michele Cook and John Sanford (Knopf)


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Monday, July 11, 2016

P.S. I Like You -- Review and ARC Giveaway!

P. S. I Like You
by Kasie West

To be published by Point Books
on July 26, 2016

Synopsis from Goodreads: What if the person you were falling for was a total mystery? While Lily is spacing out in Chemistry one day, she picks up her pencil and scribbles a line from one of her favorite songs on the desk. The next day, someone else has written back to her on the desk! Soon enough Lily and the mystery student are exchanging notes, and lyrics, and even sharing secrets. When Lily finds out that her anonymous pen pal is a guy, she's flustered -- and kind of feels like she's falling for him. She and her best friend set out to unravel the identity of the letter writer -- but when the truth is revealed, the guy is the LAST person Lily could have ever imagined it to be. Now that Lily knows the truth, can she untangle her feelings and gather the courage to listen to her heart?
My take:  I'm a big fan of Kasie West's paranormal duology and have also enjoyed her YA contemporaries. While P. S. I Like You wasn't my absolute favorite of her books, it was still a cute, feel-good summer read.

I'll get my own personal issue out of the way first. As much as girls would like to believe that they could have a secret admirer who writes them funny little notes, in my opinion this is just not something that real guys do in real life. But clearly, since there was another wildly popular YA contemporary featuring a mystery guy who writes cute messages, other readers do not feel the same way.

So ... back to the book. Lily is a bit of a non-conformist - she dresses in her own style and loves writing songs. She hates Chemistry. One day, she's bored in Chem and is writing down song lyrics on her desk.  Next class she sees that someone wrote back - a guy! Before she knows it, they are exchanging long, heartfelt letters about their lives, their feelings, their problems.

Of course, Lily wants to know who is writing the letters, and comes up with three suspects. To me, it was SOSOSO obvious who the letter writer was, and I was right, but it was still fun watching Lily figure it out. And I was happy that she did figure it out about halfway through the story, which gave the book some time to work out the romance in real life.  As with all Kasie West books, this also had great friendships and family relationships.

Okay, here's the best part: I'm giving away an ARC so you can read this too. Enter below:

Hey I'm also giving this away on Twitter - link to my account is on the right sidebar!

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Friday, July 8, 2016

Freebie Friday: ARC Grab Bag!



Happy Friday!


Sorry this post is up a bit late, but Freebie Friday will run all weekend long!

I have a great stack of ARCs for my winner to choose from:



Also, be sure to keep an eye out next week because I have a great giveaway coming up!



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Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Hot Off the Presses: New YA Releasing July 5-11

Hot Off the Presses -- brand new YA releases!

Welcome to Hot Off the Presses!  

Tuesday is book release day, so every Tuesday I tell you about all the great new YA books you can buy in the week to come.

NEW JULY giveaway! Each month's winner can pick any book up to $15 on either Amazon (for US winner) or The Book Depository (for international winner.)

Hot Off the Presses aims to include every traditionally published YA book. Please let me know about books that came out this week that I might have missed! Some titles may have different release dates outside the US.

Click on the photos to get to each book's Goodreads page!


Defending Taylor This Savage Song Lucky Strikes Merciless II
Defending Taylor by Miranda Kenneally (Sourcebooks)
This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab (Greenwillow)
Lucky Strikes by Louis Bayard (Henry Holt)
The Merciless II by Danielle Vega (Razorbill)



A Million Times Goodnight Learning to Swear in America Lost and Found
A Million Times Goodnight by Kristina McBride (Sky Pony)
Learning to Swear in America by Katie Kennedy (Bloomsbury)
The Lost and Found by Katrina Leno (Harper)


Secrets Lies and Scandals The Memory Book The Siege
Secrets, Lies and Scandals by Amanda K. Morgan (Simon Pulse)
The Memory Book by Lara Avery (Poppy)
The Siege by Mark Alpert (Sourcebooks)


Remix Black River Falls Feathers
Remix by Non Pratt (Simon & Schuster)
Black River Falls by Jeff Hirsch (Clarion)
Feathers (Tales Trilogy #2) by Rose Mannering (Sky Pony)


Mirage Life After Juliet Twisted Autumn's Wish
Mirage by Tracy Clark (HMH)
Life After Juliet by Shannon Lee Alexander (Entangled)
Twisted by Hannah Jayne (Sourcebooks)
Autumn's Wish (Autumn Falls #3) by Bella Thorne (Delacorte)


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