As most of you may know, I've recently been looking for a Co-Reviewer to join me here at I Heart YA Fiction. After unsuccessfully trying to convince several of my other bookish friends and family members to review with me, I put up a form last week hoping to find someone who would be a good fit.
There were so many wonderful responses! It was so difficult to narrow it down. However, after careful consideration there was one person in particular who I felt would be a perfect addition. I am so excited to introduce you all to my lovely new Co-blogger, Samantha!
Hi everyone! My name is Samantha, and I’m so excited to be part of I Heart YA Fiction! *showers everyone with sprinklely, sparkly cupcakes and books (don’t worry, they’re paperbacks, they won’t hurt)* I’m 19 and ¾ years old, from Knoxville, Tennessee, and a super-geeky, book-loving college student. I’m incredibly honored to be working with Sabrina, and I can’t wait to start reviewing and interacting with everyone!
So, I asked Samantha to answer some bookish questions so that we could all get to know her better and in the process I found out that we both love Gilmore Girls, diet coke, and bad book boys who are secretly good. ;)
I’ve always been a big (ginormous) reader. I began reviewing on Goodreads about two years ago when I first started college. Then almost a year ago, I stumbled upon the wonderful Fresh Fiction's site and applied to be a member of their review team. I got it (woohoo!) and through them I really found my rhythm with reviewing. There is nothing like being part of a great, supportive, book-loving team. :) Books are the epic love story of my life and nothing makes me happier than spreading the love of books and getting to review them!
THIS IS SUCH A TOUGH QUESTION. It depends on my mood most of the time. For the most part, no matter my mood, I can’t resist any sort of retelling (fairy tale, myth, etc.) or historical fantasy (looking at y’all, Shana Abe and Robin LaFevers). But really, the only genre I tend to shy away from is horror because I have yet to conquer the fear of fictional scary situations. However, even then, if the book sounds good enough, there’s a strong chance I’ll try it (equipped with a blankie, hot chocolate, and a nearby stack of Disney movies if it goes badly).
Great question! I’m still discovering it, haha. In my head, it’s in a home library with a roaring fireplace, overstuffed but sturdy chair, and a mug of hot chocolate. Unfortunately, I have neither the fireplace nor the chair, but I do have hot chocolate so life isn’t bad. :)
I usually carry a book with me everywhere, but I tend to read the most in my room since it’s typically nighttime before I get to sit and read. This summer, my goal is actually to find a nice spot outside. A place with some shade that isn’t crowded, but not vacant either where I can go and read. We’ll see what happens.
Living the college life. So basically constantly juggling sleep, classes, homework, a work-study job, the semi-regular existential crisis, and a pathetic social life (I’m actually really lucky, my best friend is my roommate, so it’s like a built in BFF party all the time). I also intern at a literary agency and two publishing companies that I LOVE and learn lots of things at. So that’s super fun. Oh, and I have a serious problem with my addiction to social media-ing, taking online quizzes, and shopping for professional clothes. I love that. Normal clothing shopping just isn’t as exciting as looking for the perfect blazer/fancy sandal combination!
Paper (so I can stroke the cover if it’s stroke-able), but I read both. Usually, I’ll read an ebook between classes or whenever I can grab ten minutes and I save paper books for night.
GOSSIP GIRL. I LOVE GOSSIP GIRL (or maybe just Chuck Bass, I really can’t decide). One Tree Hill, Gilmore Girls, Once Upon a Time, Doctor Who, Downton Abbey, and How I Met Your Mother are also favorites. For movies, I love most things Disney (Beauty and the Beast is my fav) and most Rom-Coms. I also have a serious addiction to superhero movies because I love comics!
They don’t have to have all of these, but I love seeing humor (cheesy or witty, I love anything that can make me laugh), great world building, swoony swoons, and just a solid voice in it. I love stories with a character that may or may not be bad (like Morpheus from Splintered or, ya know, Chuck Bass from GG). There’s something irresistible about a character who’s conniving and seemingly selfish, but also fiercely loyal.
Oooo, that’s a toughie. I really like recommending books that are brilliant and wonderful, but don’t have a lot of hype (because those generally will be read by everyone anyway). A few off the top of my heart are How to Date a Nerd by Cassie Mae, Stormdancer by Jay Kristoff, Friday Never Leaving by Vikki Wakefield, The Dark Unwinding by Sharon Cameron, the Bandia series by Talia Vance, Steel Lily by Megan Curd, etc.
Gail Carson Levine is at the top of the list. She doesn’t tour much, but her books (especially Fairest and Ella Enchanted) shaped a large part of my growing up. I think she’s extremely talented, and her stories are incredible. J.K. Rowling is definitely on the list, though not so much for Harry Potter (BUT I TOTALLY LOVE HP, DON’T GET ME WRONG), but for The Casual Vacancy. I know it has a lot of mixed reviews, but I fell in love with that book harder than almost any other book I’ve read. I love meeting authors in general though, so there’s really not any I wouldn’t want to meet.
ALL THE BOOKS! Haha, but seriously, I love them all. I do adore series that can be read as standalones (like Katie McGarry’s Pushing the Limits books), because I like that they give me the option to stay in the world if I want and I don’t have to reread the others before I start the next book. I do have a pet peeve about series that don’t give a clear number as to how many books they will have. I like knowing what I’m getting into. I feel completely (and irrationally) betrayed when I think a book will be the final book in a series and then like twelve more come out.
I love interacting with other book people! Feel free to find me on social media and talk books. Also, I love Diet Coke, rainbow goldfish crackers, and soup. That’s very important (not really, but really).
We are both super excited and I hope you will join me in welcoming Samantha! ;) She will officially begin reviewing in May, but until then here are some places you can stalk her!