I’m hosting a READ-A-THON?!

Hey guys! So I have a little announcement for you all! I’m going to be hosting a week long marathon!!! I’ve been really wanting to do one of these, but due to the craziness in my life I haven’t had the time to do so! But now since it’s summer I thought that there no greater time than now to do one..and better yet, I’M HOSTING IT!

Who: ANYONE! Anyone is more than welcome! I have no stipulations! If you want to read then you’re already in!

When: June 1st 12AM – June 8th 12AM (Monday starting at 12AM and ending Monday at 12AM)

Where: Anywhere!

Why: To have fun of course!


We have a few days before the Read a Thon starts, but if you have any suggestions for what my Read a Thon should be called let me know and I just might use it! 🙂

Can’t wait to embark on the journey of hosting my own read a thon! Be sure to tweet me pics and tag me on instagram so I can see what you’re reading!

-Amanda

Book to Movie: The Selection by Kiera Cass

Recently I have noticed that there a TON of book to movie adaptations coming out! A recent one that I have found out about is The Selection by Kiera Cass. I feel like I’m just jumping on the bandwagon because it’s becoming a movie, but I’ve been really wanting to read this series for a while now and now that it’s becoming a movie I have a bit more of an incentive to read it.

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For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon.

But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn’t want. Living in a palace that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks.

Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she’s made for herself–and realizes that the life she’s always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined


This is totally out of my comfort zone, but that’s exactly what I’ve been looking for lately. This series has really peaked my interest and this is being added to my TBR. I’m not sure when the movie comes out, but when I know I be sure to let you all know. Here are the other books and there summaries:

The Elite (Book #2)

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Goodreads summary: 

The Selection began with thirty-five girls.
Now with the group narrowed down to the six Elite, the competition to win Prince Maxon’s heart is fiercer than ever—and America is still struggling to decide where her heart truly lies. Is it with Maxon, who could make her life a fairy tale? Or with her first love, Aspen?

America is desperate for more time. But the rest of the Elite know exactly what they want—and America’s chance to choose is about to slip away.

The One (Book #3)

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Goodreads summary: 

The time has come for one winner to be crowned.

When she was chosen to compete in the Selection, America never dreamed she would find herself anywhere close to the crown—or to Prince Maxon’s heart. But as the end of the competition approaches, and the threats outside the palace walls grow more vicious, America realizes just how much she stands to lose—and how hard she’ll have to fight for the future she wants

The Heir (Book #4)

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Goodreads summary: 

Princess Eadlyn has grown up hearing endless stories about how her mother and father met. Twenty years ago, America Singer entered the Selection and won the heart of Prince Maxon—and they lived happily ever after. Eadlyn has always found their fairy-tale story romantic, but she has no interest in trying to repeat it. If it were up to her, she’d put off marriage for as long as possible.

But a princess’s life is never entirely her own, and Eadlyn can’t escape her very own Selection—no matter how fervently she protests.

Eadlyn doesn’t expect her story to end in romance. But as the competition begins, one entry may just capture Eadlyn’s heart, showing her all the possibilities that lie in front of her . . . and proving that finding her own happily ever after isn’t as impossible as she’s always thought.


These books have such great ratings and I’ve heard nothing but great things! I can’t wait to get my hands on the books and find out if I love these books just as much as everyone else!

Have any of you read these books? Lemme know! (NO SPOILERS!!! 🙂 )


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The Secrets We Keep by Trisha Leaver Review

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Author: Trisha Leaver

Genre: YA

Pages: 294

Format: Paperpack

Rating: 5/5 Stars


Goodreads Summary: 

A girl takes over her twin sister’s identity in this emotionally charged page-turner about the complicated bond between sisters.

Ella and Maddy Lawton are identical twins. Ella has spent her high school years living in popular Maddy’s shadows, but she has never been envious of Maddy. In fact, she’s chosen the quiet, safe confines of her sketchbook over the constant battle for attention that has defined Maddy’s world.

When—after a heated argument—Maddy and Ella get into a tragic accident that leaves her sister dead, Ella wakes up in the hospital surrounded by loved ones who believe she is Maddy. Feeling responsible for Maddy’s death and everyone’s grief, Ella makes a split-second decision to pretend to be Maddy. Soon, Ella realizes that Maddy’s life was full of secrets. Caught in a web of lies, Ella is faced with two options—confess her deception or live her sister’s life.


My Thoughts: 

Wow. Just wow. I really loved this book. The concept from the start had me hooked. Definitely something unique and different from my usual read. It was such an incredible, fast paced read. I loved that it just right into the story. This is really the first book that I’ve read about a set of twins and I was not disappointed. I was hooked from the synopsis. I loved the development of Ella. She really discovered who she was by pretending to be Maddy. As terrible as it was for Ella to loose her sister I think that pretending to be her really helped her find her voice. I really found myself plowing through this novel. It was so hard to put down. It was heart wrenching, but in the end I found myself smiling, full of happy tears.It is a great stand alone novel that will leave you on the edge of your seat. I would highly recommend it!

Me and Earl and the Dying girl…IS A MOVIE!?

So last night I went and saw Pitch Perfect 2, which was really good might I just add, and while I was watching the previews a little preview came up that I HAD to share!

Watch trailer here 

At first I was really confused as to what this movie was, but as I started watching the trailer I really wanted to watch it, but then at the end when they reveled the title I REALLY wanted to watch it because it’s another book to movie adaptation! (I love my book to movie adaptations). I have not actually read this book, nor did I know what it was about until seeing the trailer, but now I really want to read the book! (and of course see the movie when it comes out on June 12th, 2015!


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Author: Jesse Andrews

Genre: YA

Pages: 295


Goodreads Summary:

Greg Gaines is the last master of high school espionage, able to disappear at will into any social environment. He has only one friend, Earl, and together they spend their time making movies, their own incomprehensible versions of Coppola and Herzog cult classics.

Until Greg’s mother forces him to rekindle his childhood friendship with Rachel.

Rachel has been diagnosed with leukemia—-cue extreme adolescent awkwardness—-but a parental mandate has been issued and must be obeyed. When Rachel stops treatment, Greg and Earl decide the thing to do is to make a film for her, which turns into the Worst Film Ever Made and becomes a turning point in each of their lives.

And all at once Greg must abandon invisibility and stand in the spotlight.


Though it reminds me somewhat of TFIOS, I still want to read it because it does have some quirks that I think will set it apart.

-Amanda

TBR Jar 2015 Challenge

So last week I realized something…I wasn’t using my TBR jar to its full potential. In order to solve this problem I took to the guidance of YouTube. With the help of the internet I have revamped my TBR jar challenge! I know it’s almost halfway though 2015, but hey, I still got 7 months so I still got time!

I found this TBR jar challenge on Kat’s channel, better known as “katytastic” on the YouTube.

See video here

So I’m really excited for this challenge, because I am like Kat. The normal TBR jar just doesn’t work for me. I’m a mood reader as well, so I think this challenge will be a lot more flexible for a reader like me.


So here is the challenge: 

-Read a book with 500+ pages
-Reread a favorite book
-Read a 2015 debut novel
-Read a book that someone else picks
-Listen to an audiobook
-Read a book you DNF’d / gave up on
-Read a new-to-you author
-Read a book that is not a novel
-Read/watch a book and its adaptation
-Read an award winning novel
-Read a classic novel
-Read a series finale


I’m really hoping that I will be able to stick to this one! I also drew one from the jar today and I got “Read a book you DNF’d / gave up on.” I’ve decided to go with It’s kind of a funny story by Ned Vizzini. I got about halfway through this one a few months ago and then just never finished it because I was busy with school. I’m really hoping that I can finish it now since I’m finally done with high school (forever!!!!!!). I was really enjoying it from what I had read and I’m so excited to get back into this one! This also has a pretty good rating on goodreads!  I’ll be adding this to my TBR this month!


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Author: Ned Vizzini

Genre: YA

Pages: 444

Format: Paperback


Goodreads Summary: 

Ambitious New York City teenager Craig Gilner is determined to succeed at life – which means getting into the right high school to get into the right job. But once Craig aces his way into Manhattan’s Executive Pre-Professional High School, the pressure becomes unbearable. He stops eating and sleeping until, one night, he nearly kills himself.

Craig’s suicidal episode gets him checked into a mental hospital, where his new neighbors include a transsexual sex addict, a girl who has scarred her own face with scissors, and the self-elected President Armelio. There, Craig is finally able to confront the sources of his anxiety.

Ned Vizzini, who himself spent time in a psychiatric hospital, has created a remarkably moving tale about the sometimes unexpected road to happiness.


That’s it for now!

-Amanda

Sweet Madness by Trisha Leaver and Linday Currie Review

So I was given the incredible privilege to join an ARC tour! If you don’t know what an ARC tour is it is basically a tour where the author mails out a book and it circulates through readers who leave notes in the book for the author. This was the first time I had ever done this and it was so fun to do! (Especially since I could never bring myself to write in my own books!).

The book that I read was Sweet Madness, which was co-written by Trisha Leaver and Lindsey Currie.

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Author: Trisha Leaver and Linsay Currie

Genre: YA/Historical/Retelling

Format: Paperpack

Pages 206

Expected Release date: September 18th, 2015


My Review: 

This book was such an eerie read! It was suspenseful and gruesome! The detail was impeccable. This was the first book I’ve read by Lindsay Currie and Trisha Leaver and I was not disappointed! The amount of thought that went into this story was incredible! (Especially since this was based on a true story! Crazy!) I felt so many emotions while reading this: annoyed, happy, sad, cheeped out, uneasy, grossed out, and so fourth. I loved that it was told by Bridget. It was great to see it from an outside point of view, but I would have loved to see it from Lizzie Borden or Andrew’s POV’s. I think it would be so interesting. I went in blind to this book and I’m so glad I did because I was completely blown away at the end! If you want an eerie read with some history thrown in that’s easy to get through this is perfect for you!


Goodreads Summary: 

Seventeen-year-old Bridget Sullivan is alone in Fall River, a city that sees Irish immigrants as nothing more than a drunken drain on society. To make matters worse, she’s taken employment with the city’s most peculiar and gossip-laden family—the Bordens. But Bridget can’t afford to be picky—the pay surpasses any other job Bridget could ever secure and she desperately needs the money to buy her little sister, Cara, passage to the states. It doesn’t hurt that the job location is also close to her beau, Liam. As she enters the disturbing inner workings of the Borden household, Bridget clings to these advantages.

However, what seemed like a straightforward situation soon turns into one that is untenable. Of course Bridget has heard the gossip around town about the Bordens, but what she encounters is far more unsettling. The erratic, paranoid behavior of Mr. Borden, the fearful silence of his wife, and worse still…the nightly whisperings Bridget hears that seem to come from the walls themselves.

The unexpected bright spot of the position is that Lizzie Borden is so friendly. At first, Bridget is surprised at how Lizzie seems to look out for her, how she takes a strong interest in Bridget’s life. Over time, a friendship grows between them. But when Mr. Borden’s behavior goes from paranoid to cruel, and the eerie occurrences in the house seem to be building momentum, Bridget makes the tough decision that she must leave the house—even if it means leaving behind Lizzie, her closest friend, alone with the madness. Something she swore she would not do.

But when Bridget makes a horrifying discovery in the home, all that she thought she knew about the Bordens is called into question…including if Lizzie is dangerous. And the choice she must make about Lizzie’s character could mean Bridget’s life or death.

SWEET MADNESS is a retelling of the infamous Borden murders from the point of view of Lizzie’s Irish maid, Bridget Sullivan.


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This giveaway is ends on June 5th!


About the authors:

Lindsay Currie

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Bio via Goodreads:

I live in Chicago, Illinois with one incredibly patient hubby, three amazing kids and one adorable, but irreverent Bullmastiff named Sam.

On the co-authored front, my debut novel, CREED (co-authored with Trisha Leaver), released from Flux on November 8, 2014. SWEET MADNESS releases from Merit on September 15, 2015, and HARDWIRED releases from Flux on November 8, 2015. However, my debut solo novel, JAMMED (young adult contemporary) is scheduled to hit shelves from Spencer Hill Press/ Spencer Hill Contemporary in 2016 and a second stand-alone novel, SUMMER SKY will releases in 2017. I am represented by Kathleen Rushall, of Marsal Lyon Literary Agency. Any inquiries regarding my work should be sent to her attention.

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Trisha Leaver 
Bio via goodreads:
Trisha Leaver resides on Cape Cod with her husband, three children, and one rather excitable black lab. Her YA Horror novel CREED is coming in Fall of 2014 from Flux. Her YA Contemporary THE SECRETS WE KEEP coming in the Winter of 2015 from FSG/Macmillan
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And since were on the subject of authors I’ve also stared one of Trisha Leaver’s books called The Secrets we keep! I love the concept and can’t wait to see where this book goes! Here’s a little about the book:

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Author: Trisha Leaver
Genre: YA/Contemporary
Format: Paperback
Pages: 294
Goodreads Summary: 
A girl takes over her twin sister’s identity in this emotionally charged page-turner about the complicated bond between sisters.

Ella and Maddy Lawton are identical twins. Ella has spent her high school years living in popular Maddy’s shadows, but she has never been envious of Maddy. In fact, she’s chosen the quiet, safe confines of her sketchbook over the constant battle for attention that has defined Maddy’s world.

When—after a heated argument—Maddy and Ella get into a tragic accident that leaves her sister dead, Ella wakes up in the hospital surrounded by loved ones who believe she is Maddy. Feeling responsible for Maddy’s death and everyone’s grief, Ella makes a split-second decision to pretend to be Maddy. Soon, Ella realizes that Maddy’s life was full of secrets. Caught in a web of lies, Ella is faced with two options—confess her deception or live her sister’s life

-Amanda

THE TOP THREE BOOKS I REALLY WANNA READ

So I realized that there are so many books that have come out that I really want to read.[LIKE REALLY WANNA READ SO BADLY HENCE THIS IS IN ALL CAPS TO EMPHASIZE HOW BADLY I WANT TO READ THEM!!!] I’m goingt to be telling you all about three recently released books that I really want to get my hands on! This is in no particular order! So, let’s begin!

#1. Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

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Goodreads Summary:

The poverty stricken Reds are commoners, living under the rule of the Silvers, elite warriors with god-like powers.

To Mare Barrow, a 17-year-old Red girl from The Stilts, it looks like nothing will ever change.

Mare finds herself working in the Silver Palace, at the centre of
those she hates the most. She quickly discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy Silver control.

But power is a dangerous game. And in this world divided by blood, who will win?

I have heard so many great things about this book in the booktuber community and on instagram. This one was released on February 10th and I’m dying to read this one soon!

#2. A Court of Thrones and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

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Goodreads Summary:

When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin—one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world.

As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she’s been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow grows over the faerie lands, and Feyre must find a way to stop it . . . or doom Tamlin—and his world—forever.

Perfect for fans of Kristin Cashore and George R. R. Martin, this first book in a sexy and action-packed new series is impossible to put down!

I’m just getting into the Sarah J. Maas and right now I’m reading Throne of Glass and really liking it! So I also want to get other books by this author! This book came out on May 5th!

#3. An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

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Goodreads Summary:

AN EMBER IN THE ASHES is a thought-provoking, heart-wrenching and pulse-pounding read. Set in a rich, high-fantasy world with echoes of ancient Rome, it tells the story of a slave fighting for her family and a young soldier fighting for his freedom.

Laia is a slave. Elias is a soldier. Neither is free.

Under the Martial Empire, defiance is met with death. Those who do not vow their blood and bodies to the Emperor risk the execution of their loved ones and the destruction of all they hold dear.

It is in this brutal world, inspired by ancient Rome, that Laia lives with her grandparents and older brother. The family ekes out an existence in the Empire’s impoverished backstreets. They do not challenge the Empire. They’ve seen what happens to those who do.

But when Laia’s brother is arrested for treason, Laia is forced to make a decision. In exchange for help from rebels who promise to rescue her brother, she will risk her life to spy for them from within the Empire’s greatest military academy.

There, Laia meets Elias, the school’s finest soldier—and secretly, its most unwilling. Elias wants only to be free of the tyranny he’s being trained to enforce. He and Laia will soon realize that their destinies are intertwined—and that their choices will change the fate of the Empire itself.

I honestly haven’t read the summary for this one, but I kind of want to keep it that way and go into it blind. I’ve heard nothing but positive things about this one and really want to give it a go.


-Amanda