Splash Into Summer Giveaway

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SplashIntoSummer

Hello Readers!

Do you know what today is?! Not only is it the first day of summer (and the annual Mermaid Parade in Coney Island) but it’s also the day that my Splash Into Summer Giveaway is kicking off!

Before I get into the details of the giveaway, I want to tell you the story behind the giveaway. A few weeks ago I realized one of the (many) people  – Sarah – I follow on twitter was hosting a giveaway on her brand new book blog.

So I headed over to What Sara Read and entered. Well a few days later, while on my lunch break, I received an e-mail from Sarah telling me that I was the lucky winner!!!! You guys, Sarah is so, so generous – not only did I win a preordered book of my choice (Fiendish by Brenna Yovanoff) but she also sent me a whole box full of summer goodies!

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Please, dear readers, head over to Sarah’s (AWESOME) blog (What Sarah Read)and see what’s she’s up to. I promise you, you will NOT be disappointed! She has some great content posted right now!

Before moving on to the details of my giveaway, I just want to say THANK YOU to Sarah, not only for the awesome and awesomely generous prize, but for also for inspiring me to be a little more generous and for inspiring me to pay it forward to all of my blog readers who I am so very lucky and thankful to have!

Without further adieu, dear readers this is what’s up for grabs:

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A multi-colored striped beach bag, a beach towel, a pair of sunglasses, two glass blue bangle bracelets, three fun summer nail polishes, a body  lotion/spray, raspberry lemonade chapstick, a hot orange-y lip gloss, and some fresh scented hand sanitizer.

Besides that I will be giving away a $10.00 Amazon gift certificate so that the winner can choose a book of his/her own choice!

This giveaway is open to anyone and everyone ages 13 years and older, in the United States, from June 21st until 11:59 pm on July 4th. Winner will be contacted via e-mail on July 5th.

This giveaway is being hosted a Rafflecopter giveaway . For details on where/how to enter, simply click on the “a Rafflecopter giveaway” link!

Thanks! And Good Luck!

Synchronized Reading: Imaginary Girls Round Up

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Hello Readers!

As you know Synchronized Readings are a regular feature on this blog. And as you also know both Miss Print and I have been the in the midst of our synchronized reading of Imaginary Girls by Nova Ren Suma this past week.

It’s been a fun week on both of our blogs. Because of how fun it’s been I’m very said to say: our current synchronized reading is coming to a close!

For this synchronized reading I posted

My Intro

A Local Legend (NJ)

My Review of Imaginary Girls

On Miss Print’s Blog, Emma  posted:

Intro

Local Legeng (NY)

Review of Imaginary Girls

Bonus Content: Interview with author Nova Ren Suma

And don’t forget, Miss Print is still hosting that giveaway where one lucky winner will get the chance to win their very own copy of Imaginary Girls!

 Well readers, both Miss Print and I had a grand ol’ time with this synchronized reading of Imaginary Girls, and I sincerly hope you enjoyed these posts as much as we did!

Synchronized Reading: Imaginary Girls Review

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Imaginary Girls by Nova Ren Suma

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Ruby is he kind of girl who everyone wants but no one can really have. Except her younger sister, Chloe. Chloe is the only one who really knows Ruby, inside and out. She is the only one who owns a part of her sister’s heart. She is the only one who knows Ruby’s secret: Ruby can make the impossible possible.

So when Ruby tells her friends that her brave and beautiful sister Chloe can swim across the local reservoir – without drowning or being pulled down by the people of Olive – everyone easily believes. They believe simply because Ruby said so, because Chloe doesn’t say differently. But when Chloe finds herself just mere feet from the shoreline, Chloe finds something out of a horror movie.

There in a floating rowboat Chloe finds London Hayes body, blue and lifeless. Distraught and disturbed by the events of that night, Chloe is forced to leave her hometown and her sister Ruby.

That was two years ago, and a lot can and has changed in that time. The town which Chloe referred to as “home” doesn’t feel very welcoming. And truthfully, Ruby isn’t as welcoming as Chloe hoped. It seems that Ruby has been keeping all sorts of secrets from Chloe.  Secrets that threaten to not only tear Ruby and Chloe’s relationship apart, but threatens to turn Chloe’s world topsy-turvy.

What secrets is Ruby keeping from Chloe? And what length is Chloe willing to go to in order to uncover the deep, dark, often terrifying secrets Ruby is hiding?

Imaginary Girls, written by author Nova Ren Suma, is a haunting book that is full of mystery, intrigue, and suspense.

Imaginary Girls is a great read because of the writing that fills  the pages of this book. Author Suma’s writing is strong, sharp, and crisp. She has weaved a story so uniquely terrifying readers will be gripping the edge of their seats. Full of lush descriptions, Suma easily paints a picture in the reader’s mind that is vividly scary.

The tension that builds from the very first word to the very last is palpable. Because of this tension, readers like little sister Chloe, will not be able to figure out what is real and what isn’t. To say the least: there was a lot of magical realism going on in this book.

Another facet of the book that I want to touch on is the two leading ladies of Imaginary Girls: Ruby and Chloe. Told from Chloe’s perspective, readers get the sense early on that, like her sister Ruby, Chloe isn’t very reliable. Chloe is the true definition of an unreliable character. And that facet makes this book all the more readable because as a reader you want to trust Chloe, you want to rely on her, her words, her story.

Imaginary Girls is not a fast-paced book. It’s not the kind of book that readers can easily race through. Instead, it’s the kind of book that should be savored. It’s the kind of book that will leave a lasting impression on readers, one that linger and keep reader’s thinking about it long after it comes to a close.

There is so much I want to say about this book. But honestly, I just can’t in fear that I will spoil it for all of you readers. So I will say this: Nova Ren Suma’s Imaginary Girls is an impressive novel that is smart, mysterious, and ultimately a story that is full of love. Read it, you will not be disappointed!

 

Synchronized Reading: Imaginary Girls & Local Legends

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Hello Readers!

As you all know both Miss Print and I are in the midst of our Synchronized Reading of Imaginary Girls written by author Nova Ren Suma.

Imaginary Girls is a book about a lot of things. It’s about two sisters and the unbreakable bond they share. It’s about the local legend of the town that once was and has been washed over by a dark body of water. It’s about what happens when the lines between fact and fiction are blurred.

That’s why today, I’l be talking about local legends. But not just any legends, legends based in my home state of New Jersey. If you’re from New Jersey you already know that this state has it’s fill of local legends – from the Devil’s Tree in Martinsville to Thirteen Bumps Road in Watchung. I could easily talk about any number of them, but today I’m going to talk about what I think is probably the most famous of NJ’s local legends — The Jersey Devil.

As legend has is, the Jersey Devil was birthed by a woman in 1735. When Mrs. Leeds – an early settler of the Pine Barrens (which is located in South Jersey if anyone is interested. You’ll know it the minute you drive past in on the Parkway) –  was pregnant with her third child. During her pregnancy, she stated that “this one would be the Devil” as if cursing herself. When she finally gave birth one stormy night, she found that she didn’t birth a baby but rather a devil creature — with the head of a goat, wings of an oversized bat, and hooves of a horse. Upon his birth, the Devil fled but not before killing anything or anyone in it’s wake – taking cover in the shrouded woods of the Pine Barrens.

For that point on there have been countless sightings of the Jersey Devil – who supposedly still haunts the Pine Barrens to this very day.

I thought I saw the Jersey Devil myself once, on a late night drive home from Atlantic City.  Driving from Atlantic City, I was bound to pass by the Pine Barrens. I was with my two close friends – one of which was sleeping in the back seat of the car the other was wide awake keeping me company on the hour plus drive.  We’re driving, and talking, and singing along to all of our favorite songs as friends do, when I swear to you, I saw two red shining orbs peering out of the wooded brush to the right of the road.  These orbs could very well have been two roadside reflectors, but at the moment passing those glowing red orbs I swore it was the Jersey Devil himself!

There is a ton of information about the Jersey Devil all over the web. If you want to find out more about this specific local legend, check out some of these websites:

Jersey Devil Facts

The Jersey Devil Caught on Video

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So readers, what do you think of the Jersey Devil? Think he’s real, or just a legend to scare the locals?  I’d love to hear your thoughts, and your own local legends.

Since this is part of the Synchronized Reading feature, all of you should head over to Miss Print’s blog and check out her review of Imaginary Girls. You will not be disappointed! My review will post tomorrow, and Emma’s local legend will follow on Thursday. So, stay tuned!

Synchronized Reading: Imaginary Girls by Nova Ren Suma

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Hello Readers!

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It’s synchronized reading time! This time around Miss Print and I chose to read a book that has been on both of our to be read list for quite sometime – Imaginary Girls by Nova Ren Suma.

This week we will be reading and posting some really great content about Imaginary Girls on both of our blogs. So please be sure to check, not only this blog, but also Miss Print’s blog as well. I promise you readers, you will not be disappointed!

Want to join in on the fun? Well, you can! Pick up a copy of Imaginary Girls at your local library, indie bookstore (it’s available in both hardcover and paperback) , or stop by Miss Print’s blog now and enter the giveaway she’s hosting – one of you could win your own copy of Imaginary Girls! However you choose to get the book – just get it – and read along.I’d love to hear all of your thoughts about it!

The Wait for Isla is Almost Over

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Hello Readers!

If you’re a fan of Lauren Oliver and her Delirium trilogy than I’m sure you’ll be happy to know that on June 20th, Hulu is giving fans the chance to check out the pilot episode! Can’t wait until Friday? Check out this trailer.

I love books (obviously) and I love traveling to new places. That’s why I absolutely love this BuzzFeed list. Seriously, readers, which of those book stores would you love to visit. My answer: ALL OF THEM!!

This is BIG news: pre-order information for Stephanie Perkins highly anticipated Isla and the Happily Ever After is live!

How many of these words do you overuse?

Are you one of those people who randomly quotes your favorite books at the most random times? Are you like me, and quote said books in normal, everyday conversations? If so, than this quiz has your name written all over it!

 

Stacking the Shelves (#6) BEA Edition (Part II)

Stacking The Shelves

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 (Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews. The above image was taken by and altered by me. Please do not “borrow” it without permission. Thanks!)

Hello Readers!

How  are you on this lovely Saturday morning? I hope you are well and that, like me, you had a fantastic book week.

This week I’ll be posting my BEA edition of Stacking the Shelves. Now, you would think that today I would be posting the books I picked up on Day 2 of Book Expo. But  I’m not. Because I combined both stacks of books (for traveling purposes) I don’t remember which books I picked up on which day. But that’s no big deal. You’re interested in the books, not when I actually picked them up, right?

So without further adieu, I give you part two of my BEA haul:

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(From the bottom up)

3:59 by Gretchen McNeil *

The Dream Thieves *

The Fire Artist by Daisy Whitney

The One by Kiera Cass

Chasing Power by Sarah Beth Durst

Starry Night by Isabel Gillies

Even In Paradise by Chelsey Philpot

Blackice by Becca Fitzpatrick

Sway by Kat Spears

The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black

The Jewel by Amy Ewing

Fleabrain Loves Fanny by Joanne Rocklin

The Walled City by Ryan Graudin

Zac & Mia by A.J. Betts

Sinner by Maggie Stiefvater

* These two books were not picked up at Book Expo  America. I bought these two after day 2 of BEA at a Books of Wonder signing that Miss Print and I attended.

Shorty Review: Never Fade

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Title: Never Fade (The Darkest Minds #2)

Author(s): Alexandra Bracken

Why Did I Read This Book: After reading The Darkest Minds I needed to know what happened next! I had  so many questions that needed answering.  And to find out those answers, I HAD to read book two!

Thoughts, Likes, Dislikes:  I really love how author Bracken, not only answered my questions from book one, but she also managed to stir up new ones.  With every page I discovered a new twist and a new turn. I also loved how Bracken, not only made me love those familiar characters more, but how she made me love all the new characters that she introduced. Admittedly, Vita – at first – wasn’t a favorite, but as pages turned into chapters, I really found her to be a vivid character who I found myself rooting for! As with The Darkest Minds, Never Fade was beyond well written.  Bracken gave readers just enough, and let their imaginations fill in the rest. To be honest, I loved The Darkest Minds, but I loved Never Fade a bit more. And I can’t wait to see what the next installment holds.

Recommend It: YES! But only if you read The Darkest Minds first. You’ll be lost otherwise.

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books I’ve Read This Year … So Far

Booklists, Food For Thought, Random, Top Ten Tuesday

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(Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke & The Bookish. The above picture was taken and altered by me for the purpose of these posts. Please do not take or “borrow” without asking. Thanks!)

Hello Readers!

I’ve read a lot of books this year … so far. I’ve read some great ones, and there were others that I couldn’t even get through (which we will not mention). And below are the top ten books I’ve read … so far, that I really enjoyed.

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The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson

Better Off Friends by Elizabeth Eulberg

This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales

Anything to Have You by Paige Harbison

Second Star by Alyssa Sheinmel

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The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith

Ketchup Clouds by Annabel Pitcher

Imaginary Girls by Nova Ren Suma

Girl of Nightmares by Kendare Blake

Divergent by Veronica Roth

Stacking the Shelves (#5) BEA Edition (Part I)

Stacking The Shelves

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(Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews. The above photo was taken and altered by me for the purposes of these posts. Please do not take or “borrow” this photo without asking.)

Hello Readers!

I’m back for a very special edition of Stacking the Shelves. Last week I was lucky enough to attend Book Expo America, aka BEA. It was a great time full of books, meeting new faces, books, meeting some of my favorite (or soon to be favorite) authors, and of course more books!

With that said, I bet you are wondering what books I was lucky enough to get at BEA. Today, I’ll be posting about the books I got on Day 1 of BEA (Thursday May 29th). So, sit back (there’s a lot) and enjoy!

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The Jewel by Amy Ewing

The Eye of Zoltar by Jasper Fforde

Famous in Love by Rebecca Serle

The Perfect Place by Teresa E. Harris

The Question of Miracles by Elana K. Arnold

Guy in Real Life by Steven Brezenoff

The Battle of Darcy Lane by Tara Altebrando

Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

Belzhar by Meg Wolitzer

The Vault of Dreamers by Caragh O’Brien

Mortal Heart by Robin LaFevers

I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson

Messenger of Fear by Michael Grant

Landline by Rainbow Rowell

Zodiac by Romina Russell

As you can see I picked up a lot of books on Day 1 of Book Expo.  Most of which I’m excited about.  But there are some, admittedly, that I am super excited about. And those are:

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That’s all for me this week, dear readers! What did you all get this week, and what are you most excited about! Please share, I’m always up for chatting about books!