SBPT With Marissa Nicole from Marissa Nicole Reads!

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Hello Readers!

And welcome to another edition of the Summer Blogger Promo Tour hosted by The Book Bratz. Today I’m featuring another great blogger – Marissa Nicole from Marissa Nicole Reads.


Hi! I’m Marissa from Marissa Nicole Reads. I have been a YA book blogger for almost a year. Today, I am guest blogging on The Book Bandit’s blog for the sixth stop  of The Book Bratz Summer Blog Tour. Nicole and I came up with amazing ideas of what we should post on each other’s blog. On my blog, Nicole did the Zombie Book Tag last week and I will be doing the Disney Book Tag today!

Before I begin my list, here’s a few facts so you can get to know me. I am from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania but have moved to the part of New Jersey that borderlines Philadelphia. I have been a blogger for less than a year. Besides the obvious reading and writing, I enjoy attempting to keep up with my many TV show obsessions, performing on stage, and traveling. If you want to know more about me, you can check out my blog. Without further discussion, here is the Disney Book Tag!

1. The Little Mermaid – a character who is out of their element, a “fish out of water”

I would definitely have to pick Mara from the Mara Dyer series since she is experiencing all these traumatizing events and not sure what is going on or who she is.

2. Cinderella – a character who goes through a major transformation
Juliette in the Shatter Me series. Juliette goes from being weak and annoying to becoming strong and fierce.
3. Sleeping Beauty – a book that put you to sleep
The one book that comes to mind is An Abundance of Katherines. The book featured too many boring characters and the plot became slow at times.
4. The Lion King – a character who had something traumatic happen to them in childhood
Looking for Alaska since Alaska goes through  a really depressing event in her childhood.
5. Beauty and the Beast – A beast of a book (a big book) that you were intimidated by, but found the story to be beautiful
Illuminae! You guys really need to get it! It comes out in October.
6. Aladdin – a character who gets their wish granted, for better or worse
I don’t really have a answer for that…. *awkward silence*
7. Mulan – a character who pretends to be someone or something they are not
Again, Juliette from the Shatter Me Series. She kept denying her power.
8.  Disney Descendants – your favorite villain or morally ambiguous character
Warner from the Shatter Me Series. I know he’s not really considered a villain due to his moral change and his reason for being a villain.
9. Toy Story – a book with characters you wish would come to life
All the characters in The Lux Series so I can marry Daemon, and befriend Katy and Dee.
Personally, I LOVED Marissa Nicole’s Disney Tag  post! And I really hope you did too, dear readers! For more information about Marissa Nicole and her awesome book blog, make sure to check her out online!

The Boys of Summer with Chelsey Philpot


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Hello Readers!

And welcome to another edition of The Boys of Summer! Today is an extra special day – today I am featuring a post by a new found favorite author — Chelsey Philpot. After reading Chelsey’s debut, Even in Paradise, I knew I had to feature her as part of the Boys of Summer feature. For more information about Chelsey and her books, make sure to check her out.

In the meantime, sit back and enjoy this fabulous post she has put together!


Swoony Summer Reading

A summer fling might last a few months, but a summer relationship with a book, it turns out, lasts forever.

There are certain books that are as much a part of my summer-time memories as fireworks, crushes, chocolate ice cream, and sleep-away camp.

The list below is an eclectic and random selection of some of my favorite “swoony” summer reads.

Tiger Eyes by Judy Blume

Read the book then watch the movie, which was directed by Blume’s son Lawrence Blume.

Summer Sisters by Judy Blume

Okay, so I have two Judy Blume books on the list and Summer Sisters is more of a friendship story than a romance, but I still consider it an essential part of summer. My paperback copy is torn and tattered from so many re-readings.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

Charlie, Patrick, and Sam will always have a special place in my heart. If you don’t know whom I’m talking about, get to a library immediately!

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

I told you this was going to be a strange list. But Gatsby does have all the elements of a swoony summer read: parties, glamorous settings, mystery, and a doomed romance.

The Princess Bride by William Goldman

If you grew up during a certain era (the ’80s), then you, too, have probably read the story of Westley and Buttercup many, many times and can recite much of the 1987 movie with little prompting.

Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel García Márquez

I walked around in a daze after reading Márquez’s epic, magical romance for the first time.

 Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson.

This one’s a heartbreaker, but so worth the tears.

The Sky Is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson

Nelson’s YA debut should come with a box of tissues—her characters and writing are that lovely and affecting.

The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

Henry and Clare’s love doesn’t just endure the test of time—it overcomes the test of time travel. My sisters and I passed Niffenegger’s debut back and forth until the pages were stained with tears and coffee.

“Sweet Valley High” series by Francine Pascal

The SVH books are pretty much mini soap operas—and I think I’ve read each and every one of them.


I don’t know about you, but I personally want to run out and read all of these books that Chelsey has suggested here! Such a great post, and I’m so happy to have shared it with everyone! I hope you loved it as much as I did, dear readers!

A big THANK YOU to author Chelsey Philpot for taking time out of her busy schedule to write up this post for me. It seriously means a lot to me! And again, for all of your Chelsey Philpot information, be sure to check her out online, dear readers!

SBPT Tour with Victoria from The Petite Book Blogger


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Hello Readers!

A new Sunday brings a new Summer Blogger Promo Tour post. This week I am featuring Victoria from The Petite Book Blogger.  And she’s put together a really great post, one that I think you guys are going to really enjoy.


For my Booklovers Cruise I will be visiting the Baltic capitals. For those who don’t know the Booklovers Cruise is  a tag that  Nicole and I created. You look up a cruise, pick your travel package and depending countries and/or cities that you will visit on the cruise you have to tell us about what books you would read. Okay, for those who know me the likelihood that I would actually go on a cruise is slim to none. After my second grade English teacher made us watch the Titanic I swore that I would never set foot on a boat (I still have no idea why she thought that the way to teach us about the Titanic was by watching the film).  I would definitely like to visit all of the following countries some time in the near future but, alas I can only visit them in books right now *sigh*. Although I’m not going to wait until I visit these countries to read my picks. Enough of my rambling and let’s get on with the guest post!

Copenhagen, Denmark – The Complete Hans Christian Andersen fairy tales

I have never read the original fairy tales before ,don’t ask me why and if you want you can blame my parents. This was the only book that I could think of that wasn’t a murder mystery since I had already read the other two YA  books set in Denmark curse my thoroughness * shakes fist in air* . I would also never read a murder mystery book on a vacation while I’m in the country that the book is set in.  I think that it would freak me out too much!  Also wouldn’t it be cool to be able to read the original “The Little Mermaid” right in front of the statue?!

Berlin, Germany – Prisoner of Night and Fog by Anne Blankman

Alright I’ve been wanting to read this book forever and some jerk at my library has continually renewed this book for SIX MONTHS!! I don’t know what’s worse that the waiting list consists of eighty nine people or that I don’t have enough shelf space on my bookshelves to buy it. Hopefully by the time I get to Germany I will have that book in my possession.

Tallinn, Estonia – Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys

I know, I know “Between Shades of Gray” isn’t set in Estonia. I have a legitimate reason for choosing this book though. I searched everywhere trying to find a young-adult book set in Estonia and there aren’t any out there! So dear authors please write some YA books set in Estonia. I have no idea what Between Shades of Gray is about. To tell you the truth when I first saw this book I thought that it was part of that horrible “Fifty Shades of Gray Trilogy. So, yeah……

St. Petersburg, Russia – Blood Red, Snow White by Marcus Sedwick

This is the story of a English journalist who is in Russia collecting fairytales. That’s all I know and can I just say that it’s refreshing to be able to read a YA book set in Russia that isn’t about Anastasia.

Helsinki, Finland & Stockholm Sweden – North End by Laura Lahteenmak

North End is a Finnish Young Adult dystopian that is set fifty years in the future. What makes this book really stand out as a dystopian is the premise of this book. Instead of there being a war or there being an oppressive ruler the world has run out of natural resources. So in order to survive they have to recycle everything. People have become watchdogs and are very diligent in making sure that other people are following the rules. I’m not to sure but from what I understand it also feature some of today’s Swedish nobility which I thought was interesting to see in a dystopian. Since we never get to see what happens to other countries in dystopian literature.

Thank you so much for having me today on your blog!


No Victoria, THANK YOU! Seriously this was one of the most fun posts I have worked on, and I hope you had fun putting your Booklovers Cruise post together as well! For more information about Victoria and her blog, The Petite Book Blogger, be sure to check her out online.