Rating System:

For those of you who don't know, I rate books based on their ability to hold my attention. I don't really like to rip apart someone's hard work. If I don't finish a book, then I don't feel comfortable rating it. So you might see a lot of 4 and 5 star ratings. However, if I do have issues with a book, I will always tell you. Enjoy! (:

Thursday, July 20, 2017

ARC August TBR

ARC August 2017
As I'm sure you know by now, I'll be talking about ARC August. This is an event hosted by Read Sleep Repeat where we all get together and read our ARCs or Advanced Reader Copies. These can be new ones or old ones. As long as it's an ARC it doesn't matter.

Now this is only my second ARC August and to avoid a slump, I'm giving myself a ton of options. My overall goal is to finish at least two. Which may not seem like a lot, but I also want to read some published books as well throughout the month. Being as July isn't over, I could still get to some of these before August but I'm making my TBR anyway. Wish me luck!

Tentative TBR:
- Submerge by Tobie Easton
- The Nowhere Girls by Amy Reed
- As You Wish by Chelsea Sedoti (I want to read this one around my birthday)
- Belzhar by Meg Wolitzer
- Change Places With Me by Lois Metzger
- A Season for Fireflies by Rebecca Maizel
- How It Feels to Fly by Kathryn Holmes
- Race to the Bottom of the Sea by Lindsay Eagar
- The Key to Everything by Paula Stokes

Will I stick to this list? Maybe. I have a lot more ARCs in my possession that need to be read. These are just the ones that I have the most interest in at this exact moment. Will you be joining ARC August? A blog isn't required. You can find the info and signup here. Have you read any of these books? Which one should I get to first?
Xoxo,
Gabriella

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Blog Tour: This is How it Happened


Hi everyone :) This is Day 2 of my THIS IS HOW IT HAPPENED blog tour. You can find the whole schedule of posts in the lead post on my blog right now.


I’m blogging about the different challenges I faced while writing and revising the novel. Challenge #2 was how to best incorporate real settings into the novel. If you’ve read any of my previous work, you might know that THE ART OF LAINEY, LIARS, INC., and GIRL AGAINST THE UNIVERSE are set in fictionalized suburbs of real cities. This freed me up to create my own clubs and restaurants (that have no danger of going out of business and dating my book), as well as my own streets and minor landmarks (that I can put where I need to for story purposes), while still grounding my stories in a world that’s recognizable to most readers. The majority of THIS IS HOW IT HAPPENED takes place in Springdale, Utah, which is a small town outside of Zion National Park.


Zion National Park is one of my favorite places in the world, so I wanted to portray it accurately, to share it with people who haven’t been fortunate enough to visit. But if I was going to make Zion real, that meant also making Springdale real, and nearby St. George real as well. Prior to drafting the book, I hadn’t been to Zion or Springdale in several years, and I knew the best way to be accurate was going to be to go back. And of course I welcomed a chance to visit a place that I love so much, but as I mentioned in my post yesterday, I wrote this book extremely fast, and at the same time while I was writing FEROCIOUS. I already had plans to go to Seoul in January and this book has to be turned in by the beginning of March. I didn’t end up making it back to Springdale until the end of March, so I added in a lot of real-world details later in the editing process.


While I was drafting, I tried to use Google Maps and keep things as accurate as possible, but Google Maps isn’t always up-to-date, and even when it is, it’s still possible to make a mistakes. Even just the route Genevieve drives from the airport to St. George to Springdale was questioned by my copy-editor, and they were right—I had messed it up using Google Maps. Awkward.


I also used Google Maps to determine where Genevieve lived in Lake St. Louis (a real place), and where Dallas and Brad lived in Wentzville (a real place) as well as where Brad could have worked if he lived in Wentzville and collided with Genevieve on Highway Z as he was driving home from work. I felt more confident using Google Maps around St. Louis since I grew up there and my dad lived in Wentzville for several years. I even used to drive on Highway Z when I volunteered with an equine veterinarian.


There are a few places in the St. Louis area I fictionalized, mostly for practical reasons. The private school Gen attends is fake, because if I made it a real school I’d feel the need to make how it looks on the inside accurate and I wasn’t going to fly back to St. Louis just to walk through a private school. Plus I figured no one reading the story would really care if the school was made up. I also fictionalized the hospital and the restaurant where Brad worked, the former because an error of sorts is made at the hospital and hospitals (like most businesses) tend to dislike being portrayed in a negative light, the latter for a similar reason, because bad things happen there.


But back to Zion and Springdale—since I spent the time and money to go back there, I tried to make that whole segment as real as possible, from the Wal-Mart in Hurricane to the Zion Canyon shuttle to the menu at the pizza place. The trees are real; the trails are real; even the chipmunks are real! There are a couple businesses that are fictionalized, but that’s because I needed them for the story and they weren’t already there. Oh, and the trail Genevieve and her friends build in front of Zion Lodge is not real, but I used real trail-building facts from when I helped build a wheelchair accessible Discovery Trail with my AmeriCorps Team at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve :)


So maybe you’re a writer and you want to set a book in a faraway place. Here are some tips I’ve learned along the way:


  • Whenever possible, visit. There really is no substitute for going somewhere, talking to people and watching them interact with each other, feeling the wind off Reykjavik Harbor slice right through your jacket, smelling the sweet hotteok frying on the streets of Seoul, experiencing the hustle and bustle of Bangkok’s Chatuchak Market.
  • Whether or not you are able to visit, also get to a library and check out some travel guides, especially if your setting is in another country. Documentaries set where your book takes place are also good.
  • Recruit some people who live in your setting to help. I had a couple of people in San Diego give me some tips for world-building in Girl Against the Universe. Did you like those California burritos? Thank Stacee at Adventures of a Book Junkie ;) When I found out blogger Serena S. was heading to Thailand last summer, I asked her to verify a few things for me with respect to my new adult novel, The Key to Everything.
  • Make use of Google Earth, Google Maps and similar sites. Zoom in as far as you can to get the most detailed information. Verify your information across multiple sites.
  • Use YouTube when appropriate. (I “rode” the roller coaster in Girl Against the Universe thanks to the magic of YouTube.)
  • Read other books (or watch movies) set in your book’s locale. But don’t use this as a major source of info—there’s no guarantee other people portrayed the setting realistically.
  • Look up specific websites for the places your characters are going to go—use official travel websites, maps and floor plans from tourist attractions, etc. Go through photo albums on Flickr or Trip Advisor. Search images on Twitter or Instagram.
  • Read and research from different sources. This is one way to determine if your information is factual. Don’t just read one guy’s blog about hiking at Zion National Park. Read the official park website. Read blogs from recreational hikers and professional climbers and canyoneers. Read stuff written by rangers and teens and grandmas. Read reviews from multiple websites—the good ones and the bad ones. Look at photos taken by locals and tourists.
  • If you set a book—or even a scene—in a place you’ve never been, it’s a really good idea to have someone who lives there read it and give feedback. This is especially true if you’re writing about a different culture and/or a different country. In that case I would find at least three people to give feedback, because no group or place is a monolith. Finding people might be as easy as asking a friend, joining a writing message board, and/or recruiting someone on Twitter. There are also professional sensitivity readers you can hire. If you go with volunteers, don’t forget to compensate them in some way for helping you. Maybe you can’t pay them, but you can send them some books or do a manuscript swap where you critique something for them.


Those are some of my thoughts on including real locations in novels in general and in This is How it Happened specifically. Do you have more tips about how to world-build in the contemporary setting and make different cities and countries come to life in a respectful and authentic way? Share them in the comments :)

About the Book
When Genevieve Grace wakes up from a coma, she can’t remember the car crash that injured her and killed her boyfriend Dallas, a YouTube star who had just released his first album. Genevieve knows she was there, and that there was another driver, a man named Brad Freeman, who everyone assumes is guilty. But as she slowly pieces together the night of the accident, Genevieve is hit with a sickening sense of dread—that maybe she had something to do with what happened.

As the internet rages against Brad Freeman, condemning him in a brutal trial by social media, Genevieve escapes to her father’s house, where she can hide from reporters and spend the summer volunteering in beautiful Zion National Park. But she quickly realizes that she can’t run away from the accident, or the terrible aftermath of it all.

Incredibly thought-provoking and beautifully told, Paula Stokes’s story will compel readers to examine the consequences of making mistakes in a world where the internet is always watching…and judging.







About the Author
Paula Stokes is the author of several novels, most recently This is How it Happened, Vicarious and Girl Against the Universe. Her writing has been translated into eleven foreign languages. Paula loves kayaking, hiking, reading, and seeking out new adventures in faraway lands. She also loves interacting with readers. Find her online at authorpaulastokes.com or on twitter as @pstokesbooks.

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The Giveaway
Want to win a copy of THIS IS HOW IT HAPPENED or any of my novels? Enter the Rafflecopter below. And look for tomorrow’s blog tour stop about the challenge of incorporating the internet and social media on That Book Gal.


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Gabriella here! Because Paula was lovely enough to send me some photos from Zion, I want to share them with all of you! Maybe it'll get you more in the mood when reading. Who knows? All I know is that it is on my hiking bucket list. Enjoy!
Look at those views! I don't know about you, but I absolutely must go!
 I would have to say my favorite thing about hiking is the wildlife. How lucky are we that we get to witness some seriously majestic creatures in their element? 
I want to thank Paula for letting me part of this tour and for sharing these photos. I also want to thank her for allowing me to read This is How it Happened so early. Look out for my review soon, but heads up, I LOVED IT. I hope you'll check it out and enter the giveaway. I wish you luck and check out Paula's other books as well. Comment something happy.
Xoxo,
Gabriella

Sunday, July 2, 2017

There's Someone Inside Your House ARC Review

There's Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins
4.5 Stars

Before I begin my review I want to talk about how this book came into my possession. Emma from Miss Print runs a program in which bloggers can adopt an ARC if they promise to review it. It really is a great program and I am so happy that I found it and was able to adopt my copy of There's Someone Inside Your House. I can't wait to adopt my next ARC. If you're interested, you can check out the ARC adoption page here.

There's Someone Inside Your House was pitched to me as Stephanie's previous work, Anna and the French Kiss, meets Scream. As a lover of both of these things, I was so down for it. Our book follows Makani Young, a teenage girl living in a place where she tends to stand out and she has a secret. I spent a good portion of this book trying to figure out what the hell this secret could be. She has a couple of friends and obviously a crush on a cute boy. These characters, Ollie, Darby, and Alex, intrigued me. They're all different in their own ways and they all fit in Makani's life seamlessly.

On to the murderrrrrr. Yes, I needed to exaggerate that word. The murders are gruesome and seemingly aimless. I honestly had no idea who the killer was or why they were doing it despite our main cast of characters speculation. What I did like is that this town kind of came together and decided not to let this disrupt their lives, for the most part anyway. The hard thing in reading this is realizing that things like this do happen. Serial killers are out there and like ours, they aren't always the obvious pick. Now this isn't some new realization. It's more like a reminder. I have a love/hate relationship with that fact. In fiction it's wonderful entertainment. However, in real life it is absolutely terrifying.

Earlier I mentioned the mix that this book was pitched to me as. I feel like that's a very accurate pitch. All the cuteness you find in Anna and the French Kiss can also be found in There's Someone Inside Your House and it's a nice distraction from the more gory things going on. On the other hand, this killer has all the flair that you would find in the 1996 film Scream. If you haven't seen it, I highly recommend it. The newer television show of the same name is good as well. Overall, this book did not disappoint. I knocked it down half a star because I felt we needed a tad more meat in between all of the murders. Just to get to know the characters a tiny bit better. I still LOVE it, I'd still reread it, and I definitely recommend it. It made the hairs on my arm stand up more than once.

If you're looking for a good thriller that also has a contemporary twist, then this is for you. I can't wait to see what Stephanie does next. I really think she's great at what she does and I want to see more of it in the future. Give me all of the books. Contemporaries, thrillers, I want it all. Is this book on your radar? Have you been lucky enough to read it already? There's Someone Inside Your House comes out on September 26, 2017 and is available for pre-order now. Let me know if you plan to check it out in the comments. Happy reading!
Xoxo,
Gabriella

Friday, June 30, 2017

The Librarian Book Blitz

Welcome to the book blitz for The Librarian by Christy Sloat. I'm here to tell you about the book, share an excerpt, and of course there is a giveaway. Enjoy!

About the Book

The Librarian by Christy Sloat
Genre: YA Historical/Romance
Published June 17th, 2017
Published by CHBB Publishing

He’s from 1892 England, she’s in a small library in 2017. And that's just the start of their troubles.
Emme never meant to stay in Maine. She'd come only to find a librarian for her Gram's library, a custodian for the collection of mysterious books she'd promised to protect. On a dark, wintery night, alone in the library, she takes her first glance into one of the antique novels and finds herself transported to 1892 England staring into the eyes of handsome and dashing hero Jack Ridgewell. As each chapter passes she learns you can truly fall in love with a character in a book, that book boyfriends are real and Emme must choose between the real world, and his.

When the last page is read he's gone and Emme feels the cold loneliness of lost love. Will she find Jack again, or will their love be forever lost? The answer lies within the pages…

About the Author
Christy Sloat is a SoCal born girl who resides in New Jersey currently with her husband, two daughters and Sophie her Chihuahua. Christy has embraced the love of reading and writing since her youth and was inspired by her grandmother's loving support. Christy passes that love of reading, writing, and creativity to her daughters, family, and friends. When you do not find Christy within the pages of a book you can find her being mommy, wife, crafter, and dear friend. She loves adventurous journeys with her friends and can be known to get lost inside a bookstore. Be sure to venture into her Past Lives Series, The Visitor's Series, and watch for many more exciting things to come.





Excerpt
I spent the rest of the day filing paperwork for the funding process and preparing to open the library doors on Monday morning. I told Rose and Becca to spread the word. Tarryn had decided to move her smaller items in already, and she was asleep by nine the same night. It didn’t seem strange to me that I had a roommate; instead it made me feel comfortable. I never lived alone before, and I would feel lonely otherwise. Tarryn was quiet, but I knew in time she’d get used to me and I’d get used to her. We just needed to get to know each other first.
Once I was done with the paperwork, I filed the books that were left on the shelf from when Gram was still here. As I placed the classic books on the correct shelves, I felt a longing to finish reading my mysterious book in my nook.
So, instead of going to bed at a decent hour, I climbed into my cozy space and picked the book back up. I didn’t open it right away. Instead I inspected the outside for any sort of title. I found nothing of the sort. I flipped to the title page once more, trying to find my place, and that’s when I saw the word on the page. It was just a simple “The” typed out on the once blank title page. I ran my finger across it and realized it was printed in ink as if the press had done it. I was sure the night before it was blank, but then again, I was sure my dream about being with a man was real. So I wasn’t really a reliable source at the moment.
I found the spot where I ended with a dog-eared page. I absolutely hated doing this to the book and didn’t remember it at all. I usually had a nice bookmark, but this seemed to be the only thing to mark the page before I had fallen asleep. Running my fingers across the crease at the corner of the page, I settled back and started reading.
I woke up once again face down, this time I was in grass. I blinked my eyes and felt the blades of grass tickling my nose and lips. I pulled myself up and took a deep breath. I looked around and saw the fields upon which I had dreamt of the night before. I was back in England. I was dreaming the same dream. How odd.
 There were times when I had thought I had the same dream over and over again, to only find out that it was my mind playing tricks on me. This was no mistake. I was, once again, in the same place.
“Emmeline, are you all right?” I looked up and blocked the sun from my eyes. The man from before was standing in front of me. “You … you disappeared. It happened so fast that I fear I cannot explain to you how it happened. Now you’re here once again.” He sounded really confused and, to put it lightly, so was I.
This dream felt way too real. It was exactly like before. So real and tangible that I couldn’t explain it even if I tried.
“I … I don’t know how I’m here again,” I mumbled.
He reached out to steady me as I swayed to the side. “You’ve been gone for days. I worried I was going mad, that your presence was one of my imaginings. I dared not to speak a word to anyone about it. I have to admit, Emmeline, I’ve been going slightly crazed since I saw you last.”
His hair was disheveled and he had grown a slight beard that only enhanced the sexiness of his strong jawline. His deep set blue-green eyes looked weary, and for that I felt awful.
My sudden disappearance had made him fall apart, that was apparent.
“I’ll tell you, I feel like I’m going crazy too. Trust me,” I admitted. “Can we sit somewhere? Out of the sun?”
“Of course.”
He held my arm and led me to a tree in the center of the field. Once underneath the large tree, I felt instantly better. I looked down at my clothes and saw that I was, once again, in my own clothes. This time a little better than before. I was wearing yoga pants and an old T-shirt.
“I can’t explain how or why I’m here. Hell, I don’t even know your name, but I’m here again and I’m beginning to think that this isn’t a dream. That I’m really here, with you,” I said as I touched his arm. “I’m not from … here.”
I didn’t know how to explain it to him, but I did the best any girl who was somehow traveling through time could. I didn’t have answers or explanations, but I had a gut feeling.
“I’m from a different time as you. As you can tell by my lovely clothing, I’m not from 1893.”
 He placed his fingers on my lips, stopping me, while shaking his head.
“This isn’t right, Emmeline. Trickery at a time like this isn’t fair,” he said as he stood up fast. “I am leaving soon. I shall not have you doing this to me.”
My mouth fell open in shock and I stood. “Do something to you? Listen here, buddy, I didn’t ask for this. I sat down to read a book and then boom, I’m stuck in England with a stranger.”
I pointed at myself. “Look at me. Do I really look like I belong here?”
He looked at my clothing and up to my hair, and I could see his cheeks redden.
“You are dressed very indecent, I suppose. No woman I’ve ever met wears trousers. Nor do they wear clothing that fitting.”
I laughed. He thought this was indecent, he should see some of the dresses I had worn to parties. They were nothing like the dresses he was used to seeing on a woman. We absolutely didn’t dress ladylike anymore. My sexy little black dress that currently hung in my closet would definitely shock some of the people of this era for sure.
“I don’t know why I’m here. I’m absolutely not trying to, I don’t know, hurt you or anything. I don’t know how to go home.” I slumped back against the tree. “I wish that I could prove to you that I’m not lying to you, but I cannot. You’ll have to just believe me, I guess.” It was as simple as that. He could either believe this bat-shit crazy explanation or not. One way or another, I didn’t care. I just wanted to go home.
“I don’t know why, Emmeline, but I feel as if I should say that I do believe you.” He ran a hand through his thick hair, mussing it up. “I just don’t know how else to explain your abrupt presence. One minute you are here and the next you’re disappearing into thin air. I read many books on fiction, so I suppose it could be true.”
“Well, I may know someone who knows something. She works for the lucky bastard that owns that house,” I told him pointing to the house where Nancy was the last time I saw her. She was probably cooking something again for her master.
He smiled. “That house?”
“Yes. Her name is Nancy.”
“Ah. Nancy. And who is this Nancy woman you speak of?” He continued to smile as if this was a joke, but I ignored it.
“She’s a cook. I met her on my last visit here,” I explained. “She’s not the nicest person I’ve ever met, but I think she has some answers.”
“I must argue that Miss Nancy is more than a cook. She’s also the lady upon with which I trust my household while I’m gone. She’s more of an aunt than a housekeeper,” he said as he took my hand in his. “It’s very nice to finally introduce myself to you, Emmeline Bailey. I’m Jack Ridgewell or you may just call me the lucky bastard.”

The Giveaway
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Thank you for stopping by and best of luck at winning the giveaway! Happy reading!
Xoxo,
Gabriella

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Netflix Book Tag

The Netflix Book Tag!

1. Recently Watched:The last book you finished reading.
The last book I finished reading was Whiskey Words & a Shovel III by R.H. Sin and I loved it. His words have been there for me through my first real and difficult heartbreak and I am very thankful for that.

2. Top Picks: A book/books that have been recommended to you based on book you have previously read.
Because I loved A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas, people are constantly telling me to read her Throne of Glass series. I don't know if I will or not, but if I do it won't be until the entire series is out in paperback.

3. Recently Added: The last book you bought.
The last book I purchased was Whiskey Words & a Shovel III by R.H. Sin. Shocker there. However, it is not my most recently acquired book. Yesterday I was sent a copy of A Million Junes by Emily Henry.

4. Popular on Netflix: Books that everyone knows about (2 you’ve read and 2 you have not read or have no interest in reading).
Let's start with the two that I have read. Wow, I read a lot of buzz books. I'll go with Caraval by Stephanie Garber, which I loved by the way. The second book would be Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty. Also a very good book. It's even better than the tv show and I LOVE the tv show. On to the books that I haven't read. I could go with the easy answer which is the last two books in the Harry Potter series because who hasn't heard of or read Harry Potter? ME. But for your sake I won't do that. I haven't read This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab. I do own an ARC of it and it is signed, I just haven't gotten around to it. To be fair, I did start it. I just didn't get far because I had a book with a deadline to read and I never picked it back up. Another book I have yet to read is The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins. I own this one as well. So many books, so little time.

5. Comedies: A funny book.
A book that made me laugh a bit more than you'd expect based on the synopsis was The Martian by Andy Weir. If you haven't read it please do. The movie doesn't really do it justice.

6. Dramas: A character who is a drama queen/king.
At first I couldn't think of anybody super fitting off of the top of my head, but being as I'm literally discussing A Court of Wings and Ruin with Grace from The Grace Lucy Review at this exact moment, I'm going to go with Tamlin. If you've read the A Court of Thorns and Roses trilogy by Sarah J Maas then you know he is very good at creating drama, overreacting, and generally making an ass of himself. So I hereby crown him Drama King.

7. Animated: A book with cartoons on the cover.
I'm honestly not too sure if any of these count, but I do own a Winnie the Pooh storybook along with several of the Lizzie McGuire books and Charlotte's Web. Which all have at the very least some animation in their adaptations. I will cherish these forever and I hope to pass them on to my future children.

8. Watch it again: A book/book series that you want to re-read.
As weird as it sounds, I want to reread the Twilight series. I want to see if my opinion has changed even though I will always love those books for bringing me back into the reading world. Throughout my life I've fallen in and out of love with reading multiple times and back in 2009 Twilight brought me back and I haven't left.

9. Documentaries: A nonfiction book you’d recommend to everyone.
I don't read a lot of nonfiction because I kind of need a plot to stay interested, but depending on what exactly you're looking for I might recommend you Riding in Cars with Boys by Beverly Donofrio. Depending on your age you may have seen the movie adaptation starring Drew Barrymore. I loved that movie growing up and I did watch it when I was way too young for that sort of movie, but it really stuck with me. This woman's life and how she turned it all around is something I won't forget. If you prefer something lighter, I'd go with Seriously... I'm Kidding by Ellen DeGeneres. Ellen is so funny and it's filled with stuff that's useful. Just trust me.

10. Action and Adventure: An action packed book.
I feel like City of Bones by Cassandra Clare has a lot of adventure in it. It's been a year and a half since I read it and I have yet to continue the series so no spoilers. But I enjoyed it and it had me hooked to the point where I couldn't put it down. So much was happening and I had to know where everything went. I still do, y'all need to shame me into reading City of Ashes. Where's Emma when you need her?!

11. New Releases: A book that just came out or will be coming out soon that you can’t wait to read.
Branded by Eric Smith came out recently and while I do have my copy ready to go, I have other books I need to finish first. Either way I'm still stoked to read it. A couple books that have not come out just yet that I'm excited for would be The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell, They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera, and There's Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins.


12. Max: Tag some people.
This is a fairly old tag so I tag anyone who wants to do it and you can drop your link in the comments. I'd love to see what you post.

Thank you so much for stopping by. Happy reading!
Xoxo,
Gabriella

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Blog Tour: The Beautiful Lost ARC Review


Welcome to my stop on the Beautiful Lost blog tour! I seriously cannot wait to tell y'all my thoughts on this book so let's go!


About the Book
The Beautiful Lost By Luanne Rice
Point
Ages 12 and Up
June 27, 2017
In The Beautiful Lost, Luanne Rice deftly uses her experiences with depression to craft a lilting and surprising story about the vagaries of the human heart. Maia has struggled with depression and suicidal thoughts ever since her mother left to follow her passion of studying ocean life in the Canadian Maritime provinces. Maia is convinced everything will be fine if she can only reconnect with her mother, meaning she won’t have to take her pills, she will never need to be institutionalized again. When Maia runs away from home in search of her mom, she gets unexpected help and companionship from Billy, her crush from school. On the roads through New England, Maia and Billy learn truths about each other that are equal parts enthralling and distressing.




About the Author
Luanne Rice is the New York Times bestselling author of over 30 novels for adults and the YA novel The Secret Language of Sisters. There are more than twenty-two million copies of her books in print across the world and five of her novels have been adapted into TV movies and miniseries. Luanne lives in coastal Connecticut with her family of cats.
Twitter: LuanneRice

The Review
The Beautiful Lost by Luanne Rice
4 Stars

Let me tell you, I haven't read a lot or maybe any road trip books. Let alone one where it's almost a runaway vibe so I had to get my hands on this one. Let me tell you, I was not let down.

Our main character Maia is basically watched like a hawk by her dad and step-mother after a suspected suicide attempt the previous year. All she wants is to be with her mother and so she sets out to find her and in a twist, the town's mysterious, cute boy joins her. Maia and Billy are on a mission, under the radar. While I wish there was a little more meat to this whole trip, I'm happy that I got to know these characters in the way I did. We see them laugh, argue, and build cairns at every stop they can. I am a full believer that you should just experience this one rather than me tell you all about it since it's mostly just about these two for most of the book. I will say the ending took me a little by surprise and I was just, not wishing it was different, but wishing there was more I guess? Like I would've loved to delve into that story aspect slightly further, but it still wrapped up nicely.

This is my first Luanne Rice book even though I own another one which I hope to read soon. It's not young adult, but it sounds interesting and I quite enjoy her writing style. Have you read any of her books? I'd love to hear which ones are also good. Before we get to the giveaway, I'd like to share my own cairn I built in honor of this wonderful read.


The Giveaway

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Thank you all for stopping by. I hope you take your time to enter the giveaway and I wish you luck!
Xoxo,
Gabriella

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Freeks ARC Review

Freeks by Amanda Hocking
4 Stars

First off I want to thank Beatrice from Griffin Teen for reaching out to me and seeing if I would like a copy for review. I'm all for books that take place in carnivals, circuses, fairs, etc. So I was super excited for this one.

In Freeks we follow our main character, Mara, who lives with a traveling carnival full of people with supernatural abilities and some without. They make it to the town of Caudry where something strange is going on and no one can quite put their finger on it. I was intrigued from the beginning, I may have misplaced my copy for a while, but once I found it I breezed right on through. I needed to know what the hell was going on!

Freeks takes place in a little over a weeks time and while there is a romance, it does not overpower the story within. What I found it to be about was family and finding your place. Accepting who you are. Everyone really sticks together and it was nice to see an example of creating your own family and being there for each other.

I found that I liked most of the characters throughout this story and I liked that it was meant to be a standalone. Part of me wasn't sure how everything would be wrapped up so soon, but Amanda tied everything together quite nicely. I was not shocked at one reveal, but some of the other ones got me. Especially the big one. So hats off to her!


I haven't been able to read anything else by Amanda Hocking, but I definitely plan to in the future and I am so happy that I took a chance and accepting this book for review. Have you read Freeks? Do you plan to? I'd love to hear your thoughts.
Xoxo,
Gabriella