Review: Full Share by Eliza Freed

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Author ELiza Freed
Release Date: June 21st, 2016
Publisher: Brunswick House

Blurb from Goodreads: Nora Hargrove’s post-grad life includes a horrific entry-level job, a cave of an apartment, and a strict avoidance of all interpersonal relationships. She knows only one thing about herself—she wants to be left alone.

Avoiding her mother’s forced family time, she seeks solitude on her own terms. In a poorly ventilated, overcrowded Dewey Beach rental, she discovers there’s no place to hide. Not from yourself, not from your life, and not from love. This is the story of Nora Hargrove’s full share.

I learned the healing power of a good bloody Mary and a dip in the Atlantic. I kayaked in the dead of night and witnessed the only shooting star I’ve ever seen. I fell in love on a bed made of pallets. I lived.

Life is deep. Dive in.

 

 

Review: Nora Hargrove is in a dead end job, which she believes suits her just fine. She’s hiding from the world and has no problem letting some past events shut down her life. She’s broken. The only reason she takes on a full share of a beach house for the summer is to avoid the instigator of said past events: her mother.

The beauty in this story is how realistic it actually is. I didn’t feel like I needed to suspend reality as I read it. The plot played out organically. Nora’s journey is difficult, and at times, it’s difficult to read because she becomes a part of you.

I would recommend this to anyone seeking a New Adult novel with real characters and real situations. There are sexual situations and adult content. So if you’re sensitive to that, then maybe skip Full Share.

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Summer Blogger Promo Tour: It’s A Wrap!

Summer Blogger

 

 

The Summer Blogger Promo Tour hosted by the lovely ladies at The Book Bratz has sadly come to an end. We met wonderful, amazing, and lovely book bloggers who are as passionate about books as we are.

 

A quick recap:

 

July 6th: We had the fab Stefani from CAUGHT READ HANDED (looove the blog name!) stop by to chat about the book/s that got her reading. Can you guess what they were? Yep, the Harry Potter series! Awesome pick, yes? We’re big HP fans here in the YA Club.

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Who doesn’t love Harry Potter?!

Check out Stefani’s blog >>>

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You can also find her on Twitter: @StefaniSloma

 

July 13th: We interviewed Jennifer Morgan of INK ON THE SHELF and you all should follow her because she has a quirky, clear and efficient rating process (I always want to know the scale), the occasional use of 3rd person (always acceptable), and pretty much the best slogan  “BECAUSE BOOKS ARE BETTER THAN ANYTHING EVER”. You don’t want to miss her blog.

 

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Follow her on twitter

July 20th: Mily of THE YA’S NIGHTSTAND loves chocolate, the Divergent series, and the color green! Oh, I meant “colour” because she’s English! (we love her, yes) And, oh, her name’s pronounced Mil-ee, which is totally adorable.

Follow her on Twitter: @TheYANightstand

Check out Mily’s blog >>>

 

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July 27th: We asked SJ Bouquet for a list of her favorite books. It’s a great list, people! We’re talking Jane Austen and Calvin and Hobbes and hey, Harry Potter, to mention a few. So you know, there’s that saying, You can tell what a person’s like by the books they read? Wait, what? That’s not a real saying? Yeahhhh, I just made it up, hahah! *busted* But seriously, SJ is fabulous so follow her on Tumblr.

And check out her blog >>>

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August 3rd: Jessica and Amber of THE BOOK BRATZ stopped by for a Q&A. Jessica’s favorite character is Alaska Young from John Green’s LOOKING FOR ALASKA because “she is so hilarious and her own person”. Amber’s pet peeve is when people dog-ear book pages (yeah, we don’t like that, either). These ladies are responsible for making the Summer Blogger Promo Tour happen, so let’s give them some props, eh?

You can find them on Twitter: @thebookbratz

Check out these awesome ladies’ blog >>>

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August 10th: Dana from DANA SQUARE told us what her favorite part of being a book blogger was. This book-obsessed 17-year-old girl loves books, movies, TV shows, and makeup! We simply adore her. Follow her on Twitter: @danasquare.

And check out her pretty pink blog >>>

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August 17th: Andrew of ENDLESSLY READING introduced us to BookTubing. No, there are no actual tubes involved. But there are BOOKS! He also gave us his favorite books per genre, and I think the Divergent series got mentioned twice. Because duh–Andrew’s twitter handle is @heyiamdivergent.

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This is the book he couldn’t live without… :)

 

Check out Andrew’s blog >>>

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August 24th: Ana from ANA LOVES presented the winners for the Bookish Academy Awards (this should be a real thing, yes?). From Best Actor (Best Male Protagonist) to Best Picture (Best Stand-Alone), this is an awards show you don’t want to miss. So go check it out and see her picks.

You can find Ana on Twitter: @just_ana_love and her blog >>>

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That’s it, folks! Please check out these bloggers and make sure to follow them for some book love and general fun. We’d like to thank all of them for taking the time to stop by our blog and lighting up our Sunday Spotlights. And we’d especially like to thank Jessica and Amber for hosting this tour and for letting us join in on the fun. Thank you, lovely ladies!

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#SummerBloggerPromo: Ana Loves

Summer Blogger

Today we have our last stop on the #SummerBloggerPromo Tour with Ana from Ana Loves. In the movie/TV/music community, it’s award season right now so we thought we would do our own version.

It’s the BOOKISH ACADEMY AWARDS!!

Welcome, welcome ladies and gents. We’re so glad you could join us to see who will come out on top. Who will Ana choose? Lets find out! First category please.

Best Actor (Best Male Protagonist)

The envelope please. *takes envelope* And the winner is… *can’t open envelope* Wow they really tape these things closed. *rips open with teeth* I don’t believe it! It’s a tie! Almost.

There aren’t really many male protagonists in YA! I’m tied between Harry Potter and Percy Jackson; I love both of those series but I think I have to go with Percy Jackson. Percy is hilarious and so loveable and even though Harry has a special place in my heart, Percy definitely wins this round.


Best Actress (Best Female Protagonist)

This is really hard. I love so many female protagonists! At the moment I’m obsessed with Katy from the Lux series. She’s so relatable since she’s a fellow book lover a blogger and is super funny!


Best Cinematography (Best Plot Twist)

I usually predict plot twists, so whenever one catches me by surprised I’m….well, surprised. The books that kept catching me by surprise were the Mara Dyer books. If you’ve read the books you know what I’m talking about.


Best Costume Design (Best Book Cover)

The first book that came to mind was The Eighth Guardian by Meredith McCardle. That cover is absolutely GORGEOUS.


Best Supporting Actress and Actor (Best Male and Female Sidekick)

Hermione and Ron, they are adorable, hilarious, and adorable. I really wish I had friends like them.


Best Original Screenplay (Most Unique Plot/World)

The Whispers of the Fallen is set in a world reminiscent of older times. It has dragons and demons and is really unique! The author also made up creatures called whispers that are really creepy.


Best Adapted Screenplay (Best Book-to-Movie Adaptation)

Oh god, you’d think this would be easy to answer since most of them are terrible. I really loved Divergent and TFIOS, I felt that they both stuck to the book.


Best Animated Feature (A book that would work well in animated format)

I think A Monster Calls will be really cool in a Tim Burton-like animated film since it has some dark elements in it.


Best Director (A writer you discovered for the first time)

Anyone who knows me know that I’m completely obsessed with Megan Duke! I discovered her when Sasha from Instagram posted about her books and then she sent her book to me a few months later. I fell in love and read them all. She’s amazing too!


Best Picture (Best Stand-Alone)

I love The Last Song by Nicholas Sparks. It was my first YA contemporary and broke my heart!

There you have it folks. Ana loves plot twists that catch her by surprise and wants to see A Monster Calls in a Tim Burton ish animated film. Which, I would also love to see. Let’s get someone on this ASAP.

I had so much fun getting to know Ana. She’s super sweet and funny and I love her reviews over at Ana Loves. Can you believe she’s only 16?! And she is dual enrolled in College. Her perfect day involves laying in pajamas with a good book or baking/eating anything with chocolate, which is why we became fast friends. Check her out on Twitter here.

Thank you everyone for joining us for the #SummerBloggerPromo tour! We had a blast and we hope you did too.

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Summer Blogger Promo Tour: Andrew of ENDLESSLY READING

Summer Blogger

 

 

I met Andrew on Twitter. I’m so excited to feature him today for the Summer Blogger Promo Tour because I think he’s awesome. For one thing, he’s only 15! He’s adorable and already so clever for his age. I don’t remember what I was doing when I was 15–probably goofing off and rocking out to Alanis Morissette (I’m old, ha!).

Andrew blogs at ENDLESSLY READING (very appropriate name), which is all things bookish! You really should check it out and show Andrew some love.

 

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He’s also started Booktubing, which is what you do if you’re a cool kid. Here’s Andrew’s Booktuber intro vid:

(I’m seriously jealous of his book shelf and all the books he’s got stacked in there.)

 

For this post, I asked him to give me his favorite books by genre.

 

Me: What’s your favorite YA Contemporary?

Andrew: The Perks of Being A Wallflower

Me: (I love this book, too!)

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Me: Okay, how about YA Horror?

Andrew: I have yet to read a monster/killer horror book, any recs?

Me: Ooh, yes! I happily recommend The Monstrumologist series by Rick Yancey. Unless if you don’t like gore and ick.

Me: Moving on… Favorite YA Dystopian?

Andrew: Divergent by Veronica Roth

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Me: (Excellent choice!) How about YA Fantasy?

Andrew: Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

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Me: I need to read this. (Note to self: Add this book to TBR list). Okay, what’s your fave YA Paranormal?

Andrew: It’s a tie between Twilight by Stephanie Meyer and The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod by Heather Tod (I read too many YA paranorm… Lol #noshame)

Me: Hey, no shame in reading! :) Books are books–we love ’em all!

Me: YA Sci-Fi?

Andrew: Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi

Me: YA series of all time?

Andrew: Percy Jackson and the Olympians

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Me: Ahh, I love that series, too! How about ghost stories?

Andrew: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

Me: Crime Thrillers/Mystery?

Andrew: Shelter by Harlan Coben

Me: I’m taking notes here. Okay, here’s the ultimate question: Book you absolutely can’t live without?

Andrew: Divergent by Veronica Roth

 

Follow him on Twitter: @heyiamdivergent

Subscribe to his YouTube channel for Booktubing fun: FanboyBOOKLife

And also, don’t forget to check out Andrew’s blog: Endlessly Reading

 

Thanks, Andrew, for sharing with us your favorite reads! 

 

Hope you guys enjoyed this post. Happy reading!

XO~

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Summer Blogger Promo Tour: Dana Square

I’m so glad I get to showcase Dana’s blog to you. It’s filled with great book reviews, giveaways (2 happening right now), book lists,  and incredible guest bloggers.

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Who is Dana? I’ll let her tell you.

Hey Everyone, 

I’m just a 17 year old girl from NY who loves books, movies, TV show, and makeup. I love sitting on the couch or going to the theater to watch a good movie especially when it is based on a book. TV shows are another of my favorites because every week you get a new episode and you are really able to connect with the show over that period of time. I only read fictional novels but sometimes I do lapse on that but I just love the escape that books have. Whenever I am having a hard time books really take me away from that and brings me somewhere else. 

I have 2 older brothers. One of whom loves books just as much as I do! Who is the one most responsible for my book obsession!

From one book obsessed girl to the next, I’m so glad you’re hooked and letting the world in on your reading journey. Dana has all kinds of giveaways on her fun, pink, square-filled blog.

What’s the reason behind your blog name?

My blog name is actually my first and last name, well sort of. Square is the English translation of my last name. I feel like it really fits me and I think it is really unique.

What’s your favorite part about being a book review blogger?

My favorite part of reviewing books is that I am able to promote books and their authors. It is a great feeling to know that your recommendation may be why someone decides to pick up a specific title. I love book blogging because I have made a lot of friends through. There are some bloggers I have become friends with that I feel like the friendship goes beyond just knowing each others blogs. Blogging is great because you can find like minded individuals to share what you are passionate about, for a lot of people they can’t find individuals with that same love with the people they know in “real” life.

Some of my favorite posts from Dana Square:

Guest Post with Kyra Nelson: Kyra’s 5 Rules to Writing Query Letters (introduced me to a great, knowledgable blogger)

Review: The Madman’s Daughter by Megan Shepherd (why I’m finally reading this book)

Top Ten Tuesday: Blogger Confessions (fun feel for Dana)

I hope you’ll check out Dana Square. She’s also active on twitter: @danasquare

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#SummerBloggerPromo The Book Bratz

Summer Blogger

 

 

Over the last couple of weeks I’ve had the fortunate opportunity of being in communication with The Book Bratz. Let me just say they’re fantastic, along with their blog.

I wanted to get to know Jessica and Amber, so I’ve asked a few question’s about themselves.

How long have you been blogging?

Amber/JessicaAbout a year or so :)
What was you most favorite character and why?
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Jessica: Alaska Young from Looking for Alaska because she is so hilarious and her own person.
Amber: Katy from the Lux Series by Jennifer L. Armentrout and Charlie from the Dante Walker series by Victoria Scott.
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What genre is your favorite and why?

Jessica: YA contemporary. It’s what I’m most comfortable reading.Amber: YA Fantasy or Science Fiction. Though I can always settle for a good romance novel!

Amber: YA Fantasy or Science Fiction. Though I can always settle for a good romance novel! 

Do you prefer ebooks, paperbacks or hardcover?

Jessica: Hardcover! Nothing beats the feeling of a real book in your hands.

Amber: It depends, I like paperbacks more because they are a bit cheaper to buy. But Hardcover are more durable
Do you have a favorite book cover?

Jessica: Looking for Alaska by John Green!! (haven’t read this yet but adding it to my TBR list asap!)

Amber: There is just too many! Currently my favorite is the cover of Storm Siren by Mary Weber (adding to TBR list)

 

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Pet peeves? (can be, or not be pertaining to reading ;))

Jessica: After a movie comes out, so many people decide to finally pick up the book and then claim they’re avid readers and “biggest fans.” Uh, no. Just no.  (agreed!)

Amber: Dog earing pages of a book, I will admit I use to do it. But now when I get a book from the library or reread one of my books and there are the creases I get really mad.
Do you have thoughts on book trailers?
Jessica: Nothing against them, but I very rarely watch any of them. It just feels weird to me? We aren’t going to a movie, we’re reading a book. We’re supposed to visualize everything for ourselves, right?
Amber: I love them! I haven’t watched a lot of book trailers but I love seeing the characters come to life sometimes, because not every book can be made into a movie.

 

See… definitely fantastic. These two ladies are ones to watch. Follow them here http://thebookbratz.blogspot.ca. A few of my favorite things about The Book Bratz Blog are their past review section. It’s easy to find a book they’ve reviewed, and how many stars they given each book. They also have #teatime, Giveaways’s (who doesn’t want giveaways), and they’ve put together this #SummerBloggerPromo. So smart ladies too. Aaannndd their blog is pretty colors .. .pink. Need I say more. 😉

 

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#SummerBloggerPromo SJ Bouquet

Summer Blogger

Hi! 

Today, we’re celebrating another AWESOME blog.

SJ Bouguet is on our radar. And if you haven’t checked out her blog, you totally should.  

We asked SJ for a list of her favorite books. (It’s a great list, BTW.)

austen1. Jane Austen: Seven Novels Barnes and Noble Collectible Edition

Overview from B&N: In a publishing career that spanned less than a decade, Jane Austen revolutionized the literary romance, using it as a stage from which to address issues of gender politics and class-consciousness rarely expressed in her day. The novels included in this beautiful Collectible Edition–Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Mansfield Park, Emma, Northanger Abbey, Persuasion, and Lady Susan–represent all of Austen’s mature work as a novelist, and provide the reader with an introduction to the world she and her memorable characters inhabited.  Buy it. 

Jane Austen: Seven Novels is part of Barnes & Noble’s Collectible Editions series. Each title in the series presents a classic work in an attractively designed edition bound in genuine bonded leather. These books make elegant additions to any home library.

2. Jellicoe Road by Melina MarchettaJellicoe Road

Overview from Amazon:  In this lyrical, absorbing, award-winning novel, nothing is as it seems, and every clue leads to more questions.

At age eleven, Taylor Markham was abandoned by her mother. At fourteen, she ran away from boarding school, only to be tracked down and brought back by a mysterious stranger. Now seventeen, Taylor’s the reluctant leader of her school’s underground community, whose annual territory war with the Townies and visiting Cadets has just begun. This year, though, the Cadets are led by Jonah Griggs, and Taylor can’t avoid his intense gaze for long. To make matters worse, Hannah, the one adult Taylor trusts, has disappeared. But if Taylor can piece together the clues Hannah left behind, the truth she uncovers might not just settle her past, but also change her future.   Buy it. HP

3. The Harry Potter Series (I’m counting this as one big book and there’s nothing you can do to stop me 😛 ) by J.K. Rowling

Overview: Seriously? You need an overview for HP? Yeah, I didn’t think so. :) Buy it.

4. The Complete Calvin and Hobbes hardback box set

Overview from Amazon: They’re back! This eagerly awaited four-volume slipcased paperbchack edition of the original groundbreaking collection features the adventures of Calvin and his pet tiger, Hobbes.

Calvin and Hobbes is unquestionably one of the most popular comic strips of all time. The imaginative world of a boy and his real-only-to-him tiger was first syndicated in 1985 and appeared in more than 2,400 newspapers when Bill Watterson retired on January 1, 1996. The entire body of Calvin and Hobbes cartoons published in a truly noteworthy tribute to this singular cartoon in The Complete Calvin and Hobbes. Composed of four paperback, four-color volumes in a sturdy slipcase, this New York Times best-selling edition includes all Calvin and Hobbes cartoons that ever appeared in syndication. This is the treasure that all Calvin and Hobbes fans seek.  Buy It.

5. The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Pirates by Gail Selinger

piratesOverview from Amazon: Pirate lore has captured our fancy for centuries. Here is the first series book that gives readers a comprehensive yet entertaining history of those swashbuckling brigands. It offers portraits of such infamous men and women as Blackbeard, Captain Anne Bonny, Captain Kidd, and Jean LaFitte, with a full history of pirates through the ages, even modern day, high-tech scavengers of the South China seas. For mateys young and old.  Buy It.

Great list, amiright? 

Thanks a million to SJ. And thanks for stopping by today, 

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#SummerBloggerPromo: YANightstand

Okay, so this summer, we’ve teamed up with other bloggers to bring you the Summer Blogger Promo Tour, hosted by the fabulous Book Bratz. And I had the pleasure of chatting with Mily (pronounced Mil-ee, so don’t you dare call her Miley) who runs The YA’s Nightstand!

Mily is 21 years old, and her blog has been around for about four months. She’s “textiles mad” (I love it) and says she’s “a little loud,” though I’m not certain she’s louder than I am. But I do love that she’s not afraid to be a little random with the guest posts she does. Oh, and she’s English, and I suddenly feel the need to add u to a number of different words. (I’m flashing back to my 11th grade British English class now. Whoa.)

So Mily is completely fantastic, and as proof, she was kind enough to play my version of Twenty Questions. (That’s bravery for you.)


1. What is your favorite color?

GreenAlthough, being a textile student I love colour! It’s actually why I love having all my books on display as it brings shots of colour into my room!

PS. I’m spelling it COLOUR as that’s the correct English way to spell it 😉

 

2. Who is your favorite band/recording artist?

M: That’s a tricky one… I don’t really have a favourite. I mean I like Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith & Ella Henderson.

However, I think my all time favourite band would have to be McFly. No matter how long it is between albums or what kind of music they do I will always be buying their records. Have been since I was 13!

 

3. What is your favorite movie?

I don’t have one. I mean I love the Harry Potter films and also Frozen. I adore the Michael Fassbender adaptation of Jane Eyre and Wild Target is a pretty epic feature too.

 

4. If you could only save 3 of your books from a fire, what would they be?

The Divergent Trilogy by Veronica Roth.

 

5. What’s your favorite drink?

Volvic Lemon and Lime water

 

6. Where do you like to write?

Anywhere! Although I do need it to be quiet, I get distracted so easily – I’m like a 5-year-old in a toy shop!

 

7. If you could dine with any living author, who would it be?

J.K Rowling – for obvious reasons.

Although if you don’t know what the obvious reasons are, the main one would have to be I need to know why (spoiler alert) Fred had to die?!? I mean WHY?

8. If you could dine with any deceased author (brought back to life but not zombie-fied), who would it be?

Ha! I love that you had to clarify the non-zombieness of the author!

Ooo that’s a tricky one, I’m a fan of living authors more than the dead ones… maybe Jane Austen? Just so I can pick her brain on Mr Darcy.

 

9. What is your biggest pet peeve?

Book pet peeve is cliffhangers! They do my head in and I wish they would just stop! It’s not necessary and I think that if you need one to make the reader come back for book two then that says way too much about the book itself. A book should be able to work on it’s own and by giving it a cliffhanger you almost make it reliant on another book.

General pet peeves – my dad has this habit of leaving Pepsi bottles all over the house. They’re half empty with no lid on – or anywhere in sight for that matter! It drives me insane!

 

10. What was the last book you read?

The Seventh Miss Hatfield by Anna Caltabiano

You need to read it guys! It’s AMAZING!!! Shameless I know, but here’s my review.

 

11. Do you prefer hardcover books, paperbacks, or ebooks?

On my shelf, hardbacks but to read probably ebooks. I’m finding that it’s just so much easier to read from my kindle that anything else at the moment.

 

12. What’s your favorite food?

Chocolate

 

13. What’s your favorite holiday?

For my 5th birthday my family and I went to Disneyland Paris and it was amazing! It was also the 5th year that Disneyland had been open so they had all these massive 5 decorations, including a big old badge on the Castle… I thought it was all for me.

 

14. If you could spend a month anywhere in the world with all expenses paid, where would you go?

Italy! I want to go to Florence, Rome, Venice and all the other little gems that country has hidden away.

 

15. Which do you prefer: Divergent or Hunger Games?

Divergent! I enjoyed The Hunger Games but I found that the other two books in the series were a let down! Unlike Divergent that kept going strong right until the end!!!

 

16. How many pillows do you sleep with?

A slightly stalker-ish question but I’ll go with it.

2. Although they’re double stuffed so I guess that’s 4 😉

 

17. Do prefer writing with pencils or pens?

Pens

 

18. What’s your favorite flavor of gum?

I don’t chew gum – braces!

 

19. Do prefer series books or stand-alones?

If a series is done right then I’d say series. Although I think you have to have a cut off point on how many books you have. For instance, the Morganville Vampires – great books but 15 is just way too many!

 

20. Who is your favorite author?

J.K Rowling! Although I love Giovanna Fletcher and also Stephanie Perkins.


See? She’s such a great sport and even put up with my random question about pillows.

Now go show Mily some love and check out The YA’s Nightstand. (Subscribe to it, even. You won’t be sorry.)

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#SummerBloggerPromo: InkOnTheShelf

Summer Blogger

 

As part of the Summer Blogger Promo Tour, hosted by the lovely ladies at TheBookBratz, today I bring to you a book blogger all the way from Australia! But who now lives in Canada! And is awesome! Jennifer Morgan is the brains behind InkOnTheShelf, which, of course, is all about BOOKS! You should definitely check out her blog for fantastic reviews, interviews, Top Ten Lists, giveaways, etc. etc. etc.

But who is this “Jen”? Well, to get to know her, what better way than to uncover her personality through books? I brought the “tough” questions to the interview and Jennifer stepped up to the plate, ready for the challenge!


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What book (or character) best describes your personality?

Jennifer: I’m not sure I’ve found one exactly like me yet, but the character I would most like to be at this moment is Tris from the Divergent series! I love her confidence, and ability to take action and stand up. When I’m feeling put down, she is the one I try to be like. When I was 12, I was most like Hermione.

 

If you could live in a fictional world, where would it be?

Harry Potter, hands down. I’m still waiting for my letter. Yes, I am an adult.

 

Which book character do you wish you were more like?

Tris or Daenerys Targaryen. They are both strong, independent and can handle their shit.

 

Who would you want as your fictional BFF?

Ingrid from the Witches of East End. I love how bookish and witchy she is.

 

Which fictional animal would you choose as your pet?

A unicorn of course! Is there really any other answer?

 

Who would you go on a road trip with? (and where would y’all go?)

I would love to go on a road trip with Sookie Stackhouse or Anita Blake. Simply because it would a fun, crazy and dangerous trip. With lots of vampires.

 

Which character has your dream closet?

Any of the women from the Gossip Girl series….I read a lot of speculative fiction and dystopian. I’m not that into ripped jeans or makeshift clothing on a daily basis. So, yeah.

 

Who would be your book boyfriend?

I will limit this to two. Marc from Rachel Vincent’s Shift series, or Eric Northman from Charlaine Harris’ Southern Vampire series.

 

And last but not least…

 

What has been your favorite read this summer?

Since the summer has only just started, my favourite book has been Uninvited by Sophie Jordan. It was a very compelling and fast story.

 

Thanks so much Jennifer for a great interview! She had me at the Gossip Girl closet. :) And don’t forget to check out her blog for more book fun! 

 

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#SummerBloggerPromo: Caught Read Handed

Summer Blogger

Welcome to the Summer Blogger Promo Tour! 

Today, we’re THRILLED, OVER THE MOON, EXCITED to chat with Stefani from CAUGHT READ HANDED! Stefani’s pretty awesome. And I’m not just saying that because she’s a Whovian like me. :) Check out her blog and you may even find out about a book you haven’t heard about yet.

Here’s a little bit about what got Stefani reading.

HPSS - The YA ClubAll of us here love to read, right? I sure do, and I’ve been reading since I was very young (like 2 or 3 years old). I love books, and I’ve loved them all my life. I asked my mom and she said the first book I ever read all by myself was The Foot Book by Dr. Seuss. After that, I’d say the book that really started me reading was JM Barrie’s Peter Pan. I love that book and the story of Peter and Wendy and the Lost Boys.

However, the book that lit my passion for book on fire was Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. I read that book in 2000 when I was ten years old. I was at exactly the right age for that book, especially since I was right before the age that Harry Potter was when he went to Hogwarts! You can bet I was waiting for my Hogwarts letter on my 11th birthday. You can also bet that I was sorely disappointed. :(

This book, and then this series, became a part of me. I grew up while Harry and his friends grew up. I was going through teen angst while Harry was angst-ing it up at Hogwarts and yelling at his friends IN ALL CAPS because he was SO ANGRY. I had awkward crushes, growing pains, new friends, horrible teachers (okay, none of my friends were Umbridge, but sometimes they felt like it), and first kisses practically at the same time as Harry and his friends. I even developed my magical ability at the same time!

What did you say? That didn’t happen? Damn.

The Harry Potter series IS my childhood and my teen years. After that first book, I was hooked for life, not only on the HP series but on books in general. I’ve always had a love affair with books, since I was in the womb and my mom and dad read books to me, but it was Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone that ensured I’d never break up with books.

I love that series so much and it is such a part of who I am that I even got a tattoo of its last line on my foot; it also has the stars that are on every single page of the HP books around the last “l”. Never forget that “All was well.”

Thank you so much to The YA Club for having me. I’d love to talk to you about books; you can find me on my blog or on Twitter (https://twitter.com/StefaniSloma).

Thanks for stopping by today, Stefani! Don’t forget to stop by next Sunday for the next stop in the tour!

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