Saturday, April 19, 2014

"We" Heart YA Fiction!

Hello, Lovelies!

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! 


Thursday, April 17, 2014

Hoppy Easter Eggstravaganza Giveaway Hop!

Hello lovelies!

Want to win a book? Of course you do! Fill out the rafflecopter below for your chance to win:

A book that has absolutely nothing do do with Easter! But is still totally awesome! Huzzah!

However, bonus entries for anyone who can somehow connect Hollow City to Easter.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

"Waiting On" Wednesday: Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch
Waiting On Wednesday is hosted by Breaking The Spine :) 

I can't wait to read:

Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch

Book Description

A heartbroken girl. A fierce warrior. A hero in the making. Sixteen years ago the Kingdom of Winter was conquered and its citizens enslaved, leaving them without magic or a monarch. Now, the Winterians’ only hope for freedom is the eight survivors who managed to escape, and who have been waiting for the opportunity to steal back Winter’s magic and rebuild the kingdom ever since. Orphaned as an infant during Winter’s defeat, Meira has lived her whole life as a refugee, raised by the Winterians’ general, Sir. Training to be a warrior—and desperately in love with her best friend, and future king, Mather — she would do anything to help her kingdom rise to power again. So when scouts discover the location of the ancient locket that can restore Winter’s magic, Meira decides to go after it herself. Finally, she’s scaling towers, fighting enemy soldiers, and serving her kingdom just as she’s always dreamed she would. But the mission doesn’t go as planned, and Meira soon finds herself thrust into a world of evil magic and dangerous politics – and ultimately comes to realize that her destiny is not, never has been, her own.

This book is so my type. Magic, warrior girls, destiny. Yes please! How amazing does Meira sound? On top of all of the feels that blurb gives me, the cover is stunning!

I have high, high hopes that Snow Like Ashes will make it on my favorites list for 2014! *Fingers crossed*

But what the October release date?! Whyyyyy? 

What book are you 'waiting' to read?

Leave me a link to your WOW so I can stop by! :)

Do you read YA? I'm currently looking for a reviewer to contribute/co-blog here at I Heart YA Fiction. Fill out the form by clicking below!

And don't miss out on my current giveaway! Open INT! Click below to enter!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

April New Release Giveaway Hop!

Hosted by Bo-ok Nerd

Hello lovelies!

I want to feel excited about it being mid-April, but Michigan is completely moody and confused and even though yesterday was in the 70s, it's snowing outside. I feel like I should actually phrase that particular weather term as an expletive, like: it's &%$#-ing outside. @%#$! I can't even look out the window. I refuse to retrieve the ice scraper from my trunk. No, Michigan. Stop it.
*End rant*

So... let's talk about all the amazing April YA releases instead! Have you seen these covers? I am so excited for all of these pretty, pretty books!

And I'm going to give one away to you guys! This giveaway is open to all those who can receive free delivery of books via The Book Depository!

Enter the rafflecopter below to WIN your choice of one of these gorgeous, exciting April releases!

Do you read YA? I'm currently looking for a reviewer to contribute/co-blog here at I Heart YA Fiction. Fill out the form by clicking below!

Now Keep Hopping!


Saturday, April 12, 2014

Review: Deliver Me by Kate Jarvik Birch
Release Date: April 29, 2014
Bloomsbury Spark  
Pages: 324
Source: Netgalley
ISBN-13: 9781619635364 
Rating: 4 Hearts

Book Description

One People. One Union. One Future. Wynne’s entire life is dictated by the Union: the clothes she wears, the books she reads, even the genes she inherited. And like every other girl in the Union, Wynne dreams of being chosen as a Carrier on her 16th birthday—one of the elite selected to carry the future generation within her womb. Wynne and her best friend Odessa are certain they will both make the cut, but when Odessa is chosen and whisked off to a life of privilege, Wynne is left behind to work as an assistant, delivering perfectly planned babies for the Union. As Odessa slips deeper and deeper into the role of Carrier, Wynne begins to see the Union for what it really is: a society that criminalizes the notion of love, and forbids words like mother and family. For the first time in her life, Wynne is faced with a choice: submit to the will of the Union, or find a way to escape and save Odessa before she is lost forever.


Short and Sweet:

Deliver Me is a quick, but thought-provoking read. I really enjoyed this dystopian tale of friendship, loyalty and loss.

To Elaborate...

Wynn and Odessa have grown up together, sheltered and controlled in the Union's segregated housing camps. They have never known their mothers, fathers, brothers, or sisters. In fact, the word family isn't a word the Union even allows to be spoken aloud. However, Wynn and Odessa have understood the word quietly within their inseparable friendship.  They have always been there for each other.

That is until the day that Wynn isn't chosen to be a Carrier, but Odessa is. Instead, Wynn is assigned to the role of delivering the Carrier's babies. She moves into the worker camps and struggles with the separation from the only friend she's ever had. Day after day, Wynn begins to see things in the Union in a different light. Gradually, being a Carrier doesn't seem as luxurious and the Union's motives begin to seem murky, their rules: unjust.

When Wynn meets Odessa again, she can't believe the changes wrought in her friend.  As she watches the Odessa she knew disappear completely into her role as a reproductive machine for the Union, Wynn begins to form a plan of escape from a controlled future filled with moments of nothing but obedience. In a world that views love as weakness and forbids human connection, Wynn must decide whether to 'safe' or free.
I highly recommend to fans of books like The Giver, or Matched

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