BLOG TOUR EXCERPT + VIDEO: Dream Things True by Marie Marquardt

*Unfortunately, my copy of the book still has not arrived so I was unable to read/review the book yet! When it comes look out for a review, though!

Dream Things True

About DREAM THINGS TRUE

A modern-day Romeo and Juliet story in which a wealthy Southern boy falls in love with an undocumented Mexican girl and together they face perils in their hostile Georgia town.  Evan, a soccer star and the nephew of a conservative Southern Senator, has never wanted for much — except a functional family. Alma has lived in Georgia since she was two-years-old, excels in school, and has a large, warm Mexican family. Never mind their differences, the two fall in love, and they fall hard. But when ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) begins raids on their town, Alma knows that she needs to tell Evan her secret. There’s too much at stake. But how to tell her country-club boyfriend that she’s an undocumented immigrant? That her whole family and most of her friends live in the country without permission. What follows is a beautiful, nuanced, well-paced exploration of the complications of immigration, young love, defying one’s family, and facing a tangled bureaucracy that threatens to completely upend two young lives

St. Martin’s Griffin
On Sale: September 1, 2015
Hardcover: 978-1-250-07045-6 / $18.99
eBook: 978-1-466-88024-5 / $9.99

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I’M OBSESSED: TV EDITION

 

obsessedSummer left me with lots of time, and the one thing that I love almost as much as reading, is TV. There are pretty much none of my usual favorites on TV during the summer, so of course I had to look for new ones. I thought that it would be fun to share with you my new discoveries, so when you’re in need of some good procrastination, just watch a season!


The Royals

Why I’m Obsessed: There’s drama, hot guys, and they’ve all got a British accent. Plus some of the scenes are hilarious, and this show will make you happy that the real British monarchy isn’t as messed up as this fictional one. Plus, William Mosely has certainly grown up nicely since Narnia…


Scream: The TV Series

Why I’m Obsessed: There’s mystery, real scares, and romance! What else do you need from an MTV show?


Younger

Why I’m Obsessed: Sutton Foster pretty much covers it! She’s hilarious. I’m hoping that by the time I’m her age I’ll still look that good. Plus I love Hilary Duff (since my Lizzie McGuire days).


So those are the shows that I binged while I was on summer vacation! I also watched Teen Wolf Season 5A this summer, but it’s no secret that I’ve been a part of the pack for a LONG time now. All three of the above shows will be returning for second seasons, and I couldn’t be happier because they totally deserve to!

Do you guys watch any of these shows?

xo

Review: The Dead House by Dawn Kurtagich

Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Release Date: September 15th, 2015
Series: N/A
Pages: 432
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher
Genre(s): Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Synopsis from Goodreads:

Debut author Dawn Kurtagich is dead on in this terrifying psychological thriller!

Over two decades have passed since the fire at Elmbridge High, an inferno that took the lives of three teenagers. Not much was known about the events leading up to the tragedy – only that one student, Carly Johnson, vanished without a trace…

…until a diary is found hidden in the ruins.

But the diary, badly scorched, does not belong to Carly Johnson. It belongs to Kaitlyn Johnson, a girl who shouldn’t exist Who was Kaitlyn? Why did she come out only at night? What is her connection to Carly?

The case has been reopened. Police records are being reexamined: psychiatric reports, video footage, text messages, e-mails. And the diary.

The diary that paints a much more sinister version of events than was ever made publicly known.

my rambles

Special thanks to Little, Brown BYR for providing me with an advance copy of the book for review!
*Note: The Dead House is a book that is told in a unique way, through the incorporation of photos, and other types of media. Because I was given an ARC, there were many images that were left out, possibly taking away from the story. Please take that into consideration when reading my review.

When I first got The Dead House in the mail and opened it up, I was really surprised. I hadn’t known that this book would be designed and written the way it was. But when I finally opened to the first page to start reading, I found it to be an incredibly awesome way to format the book and tell this story. Throughout The Dead House you’ll encounter newspaper articles, journal entries, video and audio transcription, post-it notes, images, and more. How cool is that? Add to that that almost everything is dated (which will help you a lot because the book skips around in time), and an unreliable narrator, and The Dead House will blow your mind!

The Dead House is a compilation of all the evidence that the police have found, put in chronological order. Think of it like a notebook filled with outside pages being stapled and taped in, etc. This was awesome because while you read the journal entries from Kaitlyn’s point of view and get to know her, you also get to put the pieces of the puzzle together slowly when you read the transcriptions of the audio and video. It’s a weird feeling, seeing two sides of the same story at once, without having a second narrator.

I’m not sure how to approach talking about the characters, but this is definitely a character-driven story. Kaitlyn is the driving force from the beginning, but I loved getting to see glimpses of Carly and their relationship. It made their story really believable (Hence, unreliable narrator, maybe? I still don’t know. The ending tells you nothing, but I’ll get to that later…). The side characters also had their own interesting things to them — Brett, John, and Ari, in particular. All of them get close to Kaitlyn, which makes their roles pretty interesting

I wasn’t expecting a psychological thriller out of The Dead House, based on the cover and the little that I knew about it, but I loved how it all worked out! It’s a stretch to call it horror, I’d say it’s more eerie and unnerving to think about kinds of people like Kaitlyn and Carly.

As for that ending, as I said before, don’t expect answers and everything to be all cleaned up for you. That’s the exact opposite of what happens! But I loved how it all worked into the story — it was like a real life police investigation that was never solved. And after you read it, you’ll be like all those other conspiracy theorists trying to figure out your own theory about what happened!

All in all, The Dead House is a great choice if you’re looking for a story told in an unconventional way, with amazing characters and an extremely interesting storyline. It’s fast paced and exciting, and the ending will leave you speechless!

8

xo

Review: Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between by Jennifer E. Smith

Publisher: Poppy
Release Date: September 1st, 2015
Series: N/A
Pages: 256
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Synopsis from Goodreads:

On the night before they leave for college, Clare and Aidan only have one thing left to do: figure out whether they should stay together or break up. Over the course of twelve hours, they’ll retrace the steps of their relationship, trying to find something in their past that might help them decide what their future should be. The night will lead them to friends and family, familiar landmarks and unexpected places, hard truths and surprising revelations. But as the clock winds down and morning approaches, so does their inevitable goodbye. The question is, will it be goodbye for now or goodbye forever?

This new must-read novel from Jennifer E. Smith, author of The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight, explores the difficult choices that must be made when life and love lead in different directions.

my rambles

Special thanks to Poppy and NetGalley for providing me with an advance copy of the book for review.

Anyone who knows me, knows that Jennifer E. Smith is one of my favorite contemporary authors. When I heard that she was coming out with another cutesy contemp I knew that I HAD to pick it up. Unfortunately, Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between fell short of the charm that Jen normally brings.

HGaEiB was lacking the magic of the adorable falling in love romance that I can normally count on from all of Jennifer E. Smith’s books. Maybe it’s because the couple starts out the book as just that. No adorable scenes (except for flashbacks) of the couple actually falling in love. I wasn’t a fan of the characters, either. It seemed like Clare was just looking for problems between her and Aidan to give them a reason to break up.

My favorite part was the ending, which will definitely give you the feels. The “Prologue” that acts as an epilogue will definitely if the last chapters don’t. I also loved that it was told during one whole night — you’ll find that Jen is the queen of writing stories set in small time periods, random places, and almost unbelievable circumstances. But, HGaEiB is different in that it’s an all too real citation that I’m sure many will be able to relate to.

I still enjoyed the book, but it just didn’t live up to my extremely high expectations left by her past stories. As a small book, it’s an extremely short read, perfect to pick up on the trip to your first year of college, maybe?

xo

Say Hello to the new Griffin Teen!

As you may know, St. Martin’s Griffin is the young adult imprint of St. Martin’s Press. I’ve had the incredible opportunity to work with them for a few months now, and everyone there is so kind, and the books they publish are some of my favorites. And now they have a beautiful website for you to easily check out the newest in their young adult releases! Yay!!

Okay, while that’s all fun for them, you’re thinking, what does it matter for me? WELL, since they’re so nice over at Griffin Teen, to celebrate they’re hosting an amazing sweepstakes: ten Griffin Teen readers can enter the chance to win TEN books each!

Click the graphic above to enter their giveaway!

So be sure to head on over to their new site and give them some love! I’m sure you’ll discover a new book to add to your TBR while you’re there.


On a personal note from me, school starts tomorrow! Woohoo…

xo