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Sad Perfect ARC Review

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Sad Perfect by Stephanie Elliot 5 Stars
I was lucky enough to be included on a blogger ARC tour for this one and will be forever grateful. Sad Perfect is about an eating disorder that I had never even heard of beforehand. When I found out that it has had its mark on Stephanie and her family personally and I watched her daughter's video about it, I knew this was something I wanted to know more about.
Sad Perfect, where do I begin? Our main character, Pea, is dealing with a lot more than meets the eye. On the surface she may seem like a girl who is simply picky, but in reality she has struggles. Throughout the book we follow her as she meets someone new, tries to navigate through her eating disorder, fights her inner demons, and really tries to make a change. I found it quite powerful. Now to contrast our darker side of the novel, Stephanie has gifted us with Ben. Serious swoon. He is sweet, understanding, and caring like no other. I hope we are all lucky enough to find someone like hi…

Aftermath ARC Review

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Aftermath by Clara Kensie 5 Stars
When I read the synopsis for Aftermath I knew I had to read it. To the best of my memory this is the first book I've read that has to do with being taken, surviving, and trying to return to normal. And to think that Clara has held this story in her mind since she was twelve years old just amazes me. I'm not going to lie and say this is an easy book to read because of it's subject matter, but it is worth the read if you're up for it.
Our main character, Charlotte, has been held by her captor for almost 4 years just dreaming of her family being happy despite her absence. Life goes on, you know? We meet this girl who has survived these horrors and she's so strong. Sure things aren't how she thought they'd be, but she is doing her best to make the best of things and make some changes. Doing it double because some can't do it at all. When you read this beautiful book, you'll get that line and maybe even cry the way I did. A…

If I Fix You ARC Review

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If I Fix You by Abigail Johnson 5 Stars
I want to preface this review with how this book even came to be in my hands. Earlier this year I was standing in line to get my copy of Dorothy Must Die signed by Danielle Paige when I noticed the girl in front of me had super cute boots. We got to talking and she told me she had just sold her first novel and we exchanged information. Even if you're shy, always make friends. You never know who you'll meet. On to the review.
All I really knew about If I Fix You at first was that our main character's mother did something inappropriate and left. Honestly, that was all it took to get my attention. I was beyond stoked that I was able to read it this Summer. Jill is your average sixteen year old who enjoys hanging out with friends, looking at the stars, and fixing cars with her dad. She even has a cute boy or two in her life. In my opinion, If I Fix You is anything by average.
Throughout this one novel we deal with romance, friendship, betray…

Where I've Been

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Where's Gabriella?
So you may have noticed that my blogging has been severely slacking as of late. Well, the easy answer is that in the past three months I have only been able to finish two books. A major slump hit me in August at the same time that my life kind of picked up. I'm going to try to find a balance and I hope that you'll stick with me while I navigate through all of this. This coming week or so you can expect reviews from three different books that I have finished. These being If I Fix You by Abigail Johnson, The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett by Chelsea Sedoti, and Aftermath by Clara Kensie. Thank you all for your understanding.
Xoxo,
Gabriella

The Rift Uprising Release Blitz

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About the Book: 
Normal seventeen-year-old girls go to high school, binge watch TV shows all weekend, and flirt with everyone on the face of the Earth. But Ryn Whitaker is trying to save it.
Ryn is a Citadel. A soldier. A liar. Ryn and her fellow Citadels were specially chosen and trained to guard a Rift—one of fourteen unpredictable tears in the fabric of the universe that serve as doorways to alternate Earths. Unbeknownst to her family, Ryn leaves for school each day and then reports for duty as an elite, cybernetically-altered soldier who can run faster, jump farther, and fight better than a Navy SEAL—which comes in handy when she’s not sure if axe-wielding Vikings or any number of other terrified and often dangerous beings come through the Rift. A fine-tuned weapon, Ryn is a picture-perfect Citadel. But that’s all about to change.
When a young man named Ezra is pulled through the Rift, Ryn finds herself immediately drawn to him, despite her training. What starts as a physical attr…

Cover Reveal: Proof of Lies

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Proof of Lies by Diana Rodriguez Wallach
About the Book:
Some secrets are best kept hidden… Anastasia Phoenix has always been the odd girl out, whether moving from city to international city with her scientist parents or being the black belt who speaks four languages. And most definitely as the orphan whose sister is missing, presumed dead. She’sthe only one who believes Keira is still alive, and when new evidence surfaces, Anastasia sets out to follow the trail—and lands in the middle of a massive conspiracy. Now she isn’t sure who she can trust. At her side is Marcus, the bad boy with a sexy accent who’s as secretive as she is. He may have followed her to Rome to help, but something about him seems too good to be true. Nothing is as it appears, and when everything she’s ever known is revealed to be a lie, Anastasia has to believe in one impossibility.
She will find her sister.

Book Links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | iTunes | Amazon UK | Amazon CA
About the Author: Diana Rodriguez Wall…

Blog Tour: The Summer Before Forever

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About the Book:
Some boys break your heart. Others teach you how to heal it.

Chloe Stone’s life is a hot mess. Determined to stop being so freaking skittish, she packs up her quasi-famous best friend and heads to Florida. The goal? Complete the summer bucket list to end all bucket lists. The problem? Her hot soon-to-be stepbrother, Landon Jacobs.

Landon’s mom will throttle him if he even looks at his future stepsister the wrong way. Problem is, Chloe is everything he didn’t know he wanted, and that’s…inconvenient. Watching her tear it up on a karaoke stage, stand up to his asshole friend, and rock her first string bikini destroys his sanity.

But there’s more than their future family on the line. Landon is hiding something—something he knows will change how she feels about him—and she’s hiding something from him, too. And when the secrets come out, there’s a good chance neither will look at the other the same way again…
Book Links:
Goodreads | Entangled Teen | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | B…

Pokemon Go Book Tag

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To those who read my last post, this should come as no surprise. I'm addicted to playing Pokemon Go and have put myself into a slump because of it. So here we go, the perfect tag!
It's really hard to pinpoint the book that sparked my love of reading. I know that I started reading because I wanted to be just like Belle from Beauty and the Beast, my favorite move to this very day. I remember reading Charlotte's Web by E.B. White with my grandma when I was little and I loved it. Throughout my life I have fallen in and out of reading several times. A few books that have brought me back after straying include Gossip Girl by Cecily von Ziegesar, Private by Kate Brian, and Twilight by Stephenie Meyer. It always seems to be a series that brings me back because I simply need to know what happens next.
I actually haven't read that many classics. Does Charlotte's Web count? *Laughs nervously* I would love to read some classics someday though so feel free to give me some recomme…

ARC August Update

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ARC August
So a couple of weeks ago I told all of you I'd be participating in ARC August and posting updates every Wednesday throughout the month. I fully intended on doing so, but then I was hit by a massive reading slump. I've managed to read a couple of pages here and there, but mostly I want to watch television and play Pokemon Go. It is unfortunate, but I was also in a slump last August. I didn't finish even one book. Therefore, I was honestly not surprised at all. I'm not going to try and fight it. I've decided to go with the flow until it passes. I'll try and find some book tags or something to post on the blog until my reading habits return to normal. Thank you for understanding. Xoxo, Gabriella

Girl In Pieces ARC Review

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Girl in Pieces by Kathleen Glasgow 5 Stars
One of my most anticipated books of the Summer was Girl in Pieces and boy, it was wonderful! But not like a happy kind of wonderful, more like an emotional roller coaster. Before I get into my review you should check out my interview with Kathleen here!
Going into Girl in Pieces I knew it was going to be a difficult read in the best way. From page one we see the struggles that Charlie has had to endure and Kathleen doesn't sugarcoat it one bit. It was like a breath of fresh air. Charlie struggled so much, had dark thoughts, doubts, and even made some bad decisions and it felt utterly authentic. In fact, all of the characters seemed so real especially for this town. Girl in Pieces actually takes place in my city, well most of the book does, and I could very clearly see everything and everyone in my mind which hardly ever really happens for me. Normally I would talk about the other characters now, but this is Charlie's story and I want you…

Conversations: Showing Book Love

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This time around for Conversations, we're talking about how we show our love and appreciation for the books we read. Are you ready for this super simple answer?
I SHARE THE SHIT OUT OF THEM. For real, I push the books that I love on everyone. I share them all over my Instagram and Twitter. I practically shout it from the rooftops when I love a book. And since my answer is so incredibly simple, I'll share some of my favorites with you. Ones that I have pictures of at least. Note: These aren't in any special order.
My review!

My review and interview!

My review for this one is coming within the next week! But I will tell you that this was an emotional one that I could not put down! For now, check out my interview with the author!

The Interview!

My review!

My review!

My review!

My review:

My review!

My review for this one will be up eventually. I must tell you that I loved this book so much! Also, Abigail is such a sweetheart! I hope you'll add this to your tbr.

Find it on Goodrea…

ARC August Intro

ARC August
Hello and welcome to my very first post for ARC August 2016! ARC August is an event hosted by Read.Sleep.Repeat where we all try and get through our stack of ARCs. This will be my first time ever doing the event and I am so completely stoked about it! Now let's talk about what I have planned for this month.
How About A TBR?
Well, being the mood reader that I am, I don't really have one! Shocker right? Every single time I set a TBR, I either fall into a deep slump or I just stray from my list. However, I don't want to completely leave you hanging. So I will mention a few books that I am in fact interested in, but am not forcing myself to get to.
- The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett by Chelsea Sedoti *
- Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida C√≥rdova
- The Cabin by Natasha Preston
- Wake the Hollow by Gaby Triana
- Aftermath by Clara Kensie
- Ivory and Bone by Julie Eshbaugh
- The Lost and Found by Katrina Leno
- Two Summers by Aimee Friedman
- Frannie and Tru by Karen Hattrup
- Change Plac…

Entangled Summer Carnival: Pie Bake-Off Booth

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Step right up! Step right up! Get those taste buds ready for the Pie Bake Off booth hosted by the lovely Entangled Bliss authors. Each author specially baked a pie sure to delight. Check out the video and let us know which pie are you dying to eat? You can grab all of the recipes below.



Summer Berry Berry Pie
Hi, all! Jennifer here!
Thanks for stopping by the Bliss Pie Bake-Off!
For me, nothing says summer like a fresh fruit pie! My pie I've chosen for this bake-off has fresh raspberries, blueberries (a NJ fruit), strawberries and blackberries. YUM! I admit that pie crust usually intimidates me, but the recipe for the crust that is included is super easy (especially if you have a food processor) and is great to work with since it rolled out really nice and even. And that rarely happens for me, so I will definitely make this crust again!
**I made the pie dough a day before to make it more simple for me.
If you all are interested, here is the recipe from http://www.jocooks.com/
Ingredient…