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Thursday, April 30, 2015

2015 INSPYs Shortlists Announced


Today, the INSPYs Advisory Board is thrilled to announce the 2015 shortlists! It's been a BIG year with all of the nominations that rolled in and the growing community and market that has played a large role in helping get the INSPY program recognition. We are pleased to annonce the following shortlist nominations...

2015 Shortlists Announced

With a record 160+ nominated and an incredible show of support for the INSPY program – and multiple book deliveries later, the Inspy Awards Advisory Board is thrilled to announce the 2015 shortlist contenders. A daunting task was placed before us to pick just 5 books in each category from a long list of 160 nominated by readers and bloggers around the world. After careful consideration and deliberation, the INSPYs Advisory Board is pleased to announce that the following books have been shortlisted in the 5th annual INSPY Awards. 
 
CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE/ROMANTIC SUSPENSE 
2015contempromanceBeowulf: Explosives Detection Dog by Ronie Kendig
Somebody Like You by Beth K. Vogt
A Table by the Window by Hillary Manton Lodge
Meant to Be Mine by Becky Wade
A Broken Kind of Beautiful by Katie Ganshert
 
DEBUT FICTION
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The Butterfly and the Violin by Kristy Cambron
Miracle in a Dry Season by Sarah Loudin Thomas
How Sweet the Sound by Amy K. Sorrells
Healer of Carthage by Lynne Gentry
For Such a Time by Kate Breslin
 
GENERAL FICTION 
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Thief of Glory by Sigmund Brouwer
All Right Here by Carre Armstrong Gardner
Saving Amelie by Cathy Gohlke
Lizzy & Jane by Katherine Reay
Keepers of the Covenant by Lynn Austin
 
HISTORICAL ROMANCE 
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A Beauty So Rare by Tamera Alexander
The Thief by Stephanie Landsem
Mark of Distinction by Jessica Dotta
Captured by Love by Jody Hedlund
With Every Breath by Elizabeth Camden
 
MYSTERY AND THRILLER 
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A.D. 30 by Ted Dekker
Checkmate by Steven James
Murder at the Mikado by Julianna Deering
Raptor 6 by Ronie Kendig
Playing Saint by Zachary Bartels
 
LITERATURE FOR YOUNG ADULTS 
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Remnants: Season of Wonder by Lisa T. Bergren
Storm Siren by Mary Weber
Blur by Steven James
Destined for Doon by Carey Corp & Lorie Langdon
Jupiter Winds by C.J. Darlington
 
SPECULATIVE FICTION
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Spirit Bridge by James L. Rubart
Shadow Hand by Anne Elisabeth Stengl
Seek and Hide by Amanda G. Stevens
Healer of Carthage by Lynne Gentry
A Draw of Kings by Patrick W. Carr
 
Congratulations to all of the nominated authors and shortlist contenders! We now turn the job over to our judges to select a winner in each category. Winners will be announced June 28th.
 
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Month in Review: April 2015



G'morning, readers. We've reached that day on the calendar. Here we have month four's "review," "rewind" or what have you. Basically it's an annoyingly similar post that recaps some of the blog's content and various other random things - for example, things I've found on the interwebs or me babbling about wanting to find a cute, versatile, smart-looking summer dress. Today we're getting ready to turn the page on the FOURTH month of 2015 (how!?) and enter the "may flowers" portion of the popular duo. May is a busy month for my family. Mainly just because it's packed full of birthdays, which means by the end of the month I'll have picked up more birthday presents and made more cards than the rest of the months require. But enough about that, let's get this month in review started.
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Wednesday, April 29, 2015

After the Ball (2015)



No matter how many variations storytellers spin the classic fairytale Cinderella into, I seem to find them. I ran across this little gem during one of my random social media exploring adventures and put it in my memory to watch when it came to a U.S. release. My mom and I recently watched it and in spite of some flaws, it’s really quite sweet.  

Things are not going according to plan for Kate Kassell (Portia Doubleday). She’s a top-of-her-class graduate from fashion school and shows great promise in her designs. Trouble is her family name does nothing to improve her chances of achieving her dreams of designing couture fashion. Her father’s business is known for “knock off” fashions and no serious designer trusts anyone with the Kassell name – especially not Lee Kassell's daughter. Forced to return home and begrudgingly accept her father’s offer of a job, Kate has to work with her stepmother (Lauren Holly) and her two ditzy daughters, then deal with the strained relationship she has with her father (Chris Noth). The one bright spot is her budding friendship with the company’s talented shoe designer Daniel (Marc-André Grondin).

Just when she thinks maybe her talents will be noticed at Kassell, Kate is fired. In order to shine in the world she loves, Kate is going to need a little help from her supportive godmother (Mimi Kuzyk) and her vintage dress shop After the Ball, and a clever ruse to reinvent herself.  

 
Movies with this sort of notion just make me smile. There's no real  "agenda" or themes that offend which makes it all the more dazzling. After the Ball easily falls into the goofy-smile-as-credits-roll category. It’s sparkly, bright and happy-go-lucky. The story itself is well thought-out though it’s more of a mash-up of classics that confining itself to being merely a reimagining of the classic fairytale. There are some iconic fairytale moments (the staircase shoe), but this has so many different concepts going for it, one cannot really "box" it up as any one re-imagining. It’s part Shakespearean (She’s the Man) and part eccentric comedy. What this movie sets out to do, it does really well. I think its goal was to be a fun romantic-comedy that nearly anyone can enjoy which his exactly what it is. There are lots of laughs and some fantabulous fashion to go with it.  

What I loved about the story was the characters, though there is more to them than the script explored. Kate had a lot of creativity that her alter-ego Nate made possible to share. Nate had a lot of spunk that was hilarious to witness and meant he got things done where Kate did not. There is some great family dynamics involved though again, this is where the script could have dug deeper. Not everything is properly explained or built upon. That being said, I enjoyed all of the characters though if you are an avid believer in a strong romance, this one is more “easy” than spending time developing the romance. Don’t get me wrong, I loved Daniel and Kate (not to mention the funny bits involving Nate nearly “swooning” over Daniel), it just doesn’t evolve as strongly as some romances. But I digress. That is me being very nitpicky.  

 
Those of us who enjoy a terrific little romance will be enchanted by this. The beginning takes a bit of time to get focused on its story, but once we’re pulled in, it’s great fun. There’s nothing “bad” that goes on in the storytelling and I loved that a filmmaker approached the story of Cinderella with a fresh perspective. It’s the most fun I’ve seen the “Cinderella” of the story have in trying to outsmart her bullies. If you’re looking for something humorous, but not serious, have a look at this film.

You can find After the Ball now playing in select theaters or available on Amazon Instant Download or iTunes.
 
(Content: there is one or two minor homosexual jokes. No profanity or any other potentially offensive issues.)
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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday and Characters



I'm a big believer that characters can make or break a book. If I read a book in which I don't connect (or like) to the character, it's a hard sell. On the other hand, if I love the characters, I will tend to overlook nitpicky things. Does anyone else read like this? That is why this weeks Top Ten subject was yet again difficult! I love the idea of picking out specific groups of characters, but much to my own disappointment (in my lack of blog skills), I wasn't coordinated enough to do so (plus this whole not-talking-about-specific-books mindset I have to put myself in right now, is tough). That being said, I chose to keep things mainly light and go with some of my recent (and old friend) favorites. Some are from TV shows, others are from books, but wherever we met them, they have one thing in common: they're pretty darn awesome characters. Just so you know, I want some of them as besties.

Broke and Bookish Topic for April 28th 2015
 
Top Ten Books Which Feature Characters Who _____
(who are musically inclined, have lost someone, have depression, who grow up poor, etc.)
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Saturday, April 25, 2015

When Calls the Heart, Season Two - "Trials of the Heart," Episode One (2015)


 
Last spring a television series made a grand debut for young and old audiences alike. It was When Calls the Heart. Based off of the best-selling novels by inspirational author Janette Oke, the series was a rousing success for the network Hallmark Channel, and was renewed for a follow up season in short order. If season one left girls swoon-y over a certain Mountie, season two gets off to an even better start.  

Things in Coal Valley are still in unrest. The town is set to hold the trial to disprove that Noah Stanton had anything to do with the mine explosion. Abigail (Lori Loughlin) is not about to give up her stand to clear her husband’s name in this case, and with forensic investigator Bill Avery (Jack Wagner) at her side, a young lawyer is brought in to represent the widows. Coinciding with the challenges Coal Valley is confronting, Elizabeth (Erin Krakow) receives a telegram with news that her mother is ill. This sends Elizabeth preparing to return to her high society lifestyle and the Mountie she loves – Jack (Daniel Lissing), insistent he accompany her back to Hamilton. Once there, Jack begins to pull away from Elizabeth as he sees the contrast in his life and hers. His family life consists of a brother who cannot get his act together and hers has a family already prejudiced against him without even making an effort to get to know him.  
 

The highs and lows of season one were met with approval when, in the finale, the writers gave shippers what they’d been waiting for: a Jack and Elizabeth kiss. Unfortunately, as nearly all shows are prone to, our favorite couple is presented with situations that could nip their young, budding romance before it has a chance to blossom. This will disappoint some fans whereas I have to confess to liking the idea of seeing Elizabeth in Hamilton. It offers a chance for some fresh storytelling plus in spite of a rocky beginning (between her and I), I admired the fact her mother nudged Elizabeth to go after what she wants. It was a good moment for mother and daughter as well as the audience.  

Beyond the romance (which I get is the important thing *smile*), there’s a lot going on in the two-hour premiere. Everything from the trial's conclusion for Coal Valley’s case to Abigail’s disappointment in the misguided trust she placed in Bill. (Sadly, she might be more justified than we thought in this.) The change in locations was way more fun than anticipated. Even with their different personalities (and Viola’s snippy attitude), I enjoyed seeing Elizabeth’s interaction with her sisters (and seeing the flighty Julie again is always an adventure). From their spontaneous meeting with Jack and his brother on the street to their humorous family dinner, the sequence made me ridiculously happy.  

 
It all comes down to this. If you were a fan of season one, you’re going to love this premiere, minor setback (for the characters) or not. There’s more to enjoy, laugh and cry over, and of course, more tension and romance between Jack and Elizabeth. The primary cast and characters are back ready to regale us with another set of stories that will be full of wholesome romance, mischievous shenanigans and some good old-fashioned fun. 
 
Watch 'Trials of the Heart." 
 


Season two premieres tonight, Saturday April 25th on Hallmark Channel. Until then, share what you anticipate most from this episode or come back and let me know what you think.  
                 
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Friday, April 24, 2015

Mean Girls 2 (2011)


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Some nights call for a silly chick flick, with or without substance. If they happen to have “more” to their plot, great. If not... well it’s never a bad thing to enjoy a good laugh. Stories that revolve around the angst of high school life are a dime a dozen. This film poses the time-old question nearly all “teen” films do: who is the most popular? That is the running idea behind this movie.

Leaving a string of schools in her wake – thanks to her dad’s profession, high school senior, Jo Mitchell (Meaghan Martin) is now ready to stay in one place for the duration of her senior year. This will lead up to her attending her dream school Carnegie Mellon. Something of a tomboy, Jo isn’t looking to make friends or be involved in any girl drama and she certainly isn’t looking for a boyfriend. But on the first day of school, Jo is witness to the “The Plastics” playing mean-spirited tricks on Abby (Jennifer Stone), a loner. Led by Mandi (Maiara Walsh), the majority of the student body is impressed with Jo’s fearless attitude standing-up to The Plastics. Following a series of events, Abby’s father offers to pay Jo to be Abby’s friend and from there, things get more complicated than Jo bargained for.  

Studios trying to capitalize on popular films take to producing many a sequel. This particular one follows the cult classic big-screen movie Mean Girls. It aired on ABC Family and then went directly to DVD. In most respects this isn’t a direct or indirect continuation to the 2004 Lindsay Lohan film (from what I understand). The story follows the exact same idea of its predecessor, boasts the same Principal (Tim Meadows) character and shares the title, but that is where the common similarities stop (the primary cast is missing). Not only is the storyline cute, but the whole premise of the movie upholds a more wholesome way of telling its story – or from reading and the conversations I’ve had with those who have (I’ve never watched the former).

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Putting aside its similar formula to that of Tina Fey’s original, this “sequel” somehow manages to be funny and most importantly impart a lesson Jo desperately needed to learn. Most of Jo’s irresponsible mistakes are met with disappointment and for a period of time, consequences. Her father shows disappointment but believes in her to make things right; her friends don’t immediately forgive her yet they support her (when she's set up). What this film does with its messages, it does well. In life, our mistakes might not immediately catch up to us, but chances are at some point that past blunder will find you. There is a lot of good to be said in this film about the meaning of true friendship and that’s worth something. Jo didn’t want to get caught up in a bullying scheme with her peers, but she did and in the end came out a better person for the experience.  

While the film has some good things to say, it lacks some style. The production itself isn’t the greatest with its “dreamy” cues and the sometimes overacting. That being said, I think some of it was intentional because though it has a good heart, boil this down and really, it’s a chick flick. A cute script and bubbly cast make this a cute alternative to some of the films out there. Plus the ending is delightfully sweet.  

(Content: Jokes arise about a girl who’s never been kissed and is presumably a virgin still, and one of the Plastics is constantly being “used” to get the information Mandi wants. [I.E., jokes are made about her “doing” anyone and several times she’s caught making out at school.] There may be a few slaps of sexual innuendo, but nothing terrible [all the guys think Jo is hot]. Mainly, lies and pranks - some mean, others over-the-top silly - are the basis of the film. There is some minor profanity. The film is rated PG13.)
 
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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Reservations for Two by Hillary Manton Lodge


 
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Series: Table for Two Trilogy, book 2
Genre: Christian, Contemporary, Fiction
Published by: WaterBrook Press
Publication Date: April 2015
Rating: 5 out of 5
 

Picking up where her story left off in A Table by the Window, newly minted restaurateur Juliette D’Alisa is currently basking in the sun and enjoying her extended family in their native land while travelling through Provence and Tuscany. What makes her trip even better is her love, Neil flying over to spend a whirlwind – and romantic, holiday with her. It’s a trip that only seems to cement their feelings after rocky beginnings. But all too soon, Juliette is back on solid ground and in Portland busily preparing for the opening of her restaurant Two Blue Doors, which she now manages along with her partner and brother, Nico. Back in reality, Juliette’s life changes – she learns something about her family tree she never expected and her relationship with Neil becomes complicated, and all while she begins to grow closer to someone else.

Though this story is told in first-person narrative – which can be difficult to relate to in my reading experience, there is natural ebb and flow to this story that isn’t achieved in similar proses. There are trials and triumphs, sorrow and smiles, and through it all, the heroine proves to be a woman we grow to admire. I have enjoyed Juliette’s character since first meeting and that doesn’t waver in book two. She’s faced with choices that break her heart and familial conflict that is anything but comfortable. She is struggling to come to a place of acceptance and it’s not putting her in the best of places. As usual, I love all of the other characters though feel at a disadvantage of knowing them considering its first-person. Still that in no way underestimates their importance or likability. I came to like some of these characters even more than I did before, swooned a time or two and developed a new respect and appreciation for another certain male character.

Aside from the food, which is again a pivotal part of the story – the characters are passionate about creating only the best, and the book includes recipes every few pages – the fascinating part of this novel is the mystery that backlights the present story. Through letters, Juliette unearths a piece of their family tree that no one can explain. Because of that, this reads like an old-fashioned love story as a result of the charm the love letters bring to an otherwise (equally delightful) very contemporary novel. Juliette’s research through the letters is an interesting way to honor the past and blend it (in this case, effortlessly) with the present of Juliette’s life and those around her.

I admire so much about this series, but putting it all down to words wouldn’t be possible nor would it do those who haven’t read the books any favors (there would be way too many spoilers). Suffice to say, two books into this series and it’s become one of my favorites. It’s charming and though it is set in our contemporary world, there are hints of vintage influences here and there. It’s a relevant and enjoyable read that is sure to tempt you – if not with its swoony romance, then certainly your taste buds.  

This review originally appeared on Life Is Story. Sincere thanks to the publisher for a complimentary copy of this book.
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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Top Ten Favorite Authors



Good Top Ten Tuesday morning to you all! Today was a challenge. For more reasons than one. Firstly, because I was in a mindset that today's topic was character related (my mind is apparently gone these days). Perhaps the greatest reason was because this is possibly THE biggest challenge in my history of TTT memes. Seriously. This is something I wouldn't kid about. I mean, I understand that we all have favorites in our life. Things we aren't afraid to proudly support no matter the haters. Favorite food, favorite movies, favorite superheroes. Ice cream (Breyers - and don't try to talk me out of it *wink*), a favorite, go-to pair of heels or that favorite reading nook, but seriously, when it comes to authors, how is one able to choose our favorites!? In order to narrow this down and feel okay about it, what I did was put together a list of authors who kindly converse with their readers. This means some of their books I have not yet read (*hangs head shamefully*) or that their novels have recently been added to my TBR pile.

Without further ado, here's the official Broke and Bookish topic, my list and because it seems a "thing" to do in my blogging, a few extra names listed at the end, all of whom I forgot to add.
 
Top Ten ALL TIME Favorite Authors
(yeah, I'm mean like that! You could narrow it down to a genre if you it REALLY kills you...or just make your list a top 20 :P )
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Monday, April 20, 2015

The 2015 INSPYs Judging Panels



Good afternoon. Today, the INSPYs Advisory Board is happy to welcome our 2015 judging panels! We are ecstatic over the judging applications we received this year and love that so many new applicants expressed an interest in being a part of our program. Our program is slowly becoming more recognizable which is exciting. Thank you to everyone who has spread the word (through blogging, Twitter or any social media), told book friends about the program or applied. We are grateful for everything you did to spread the word.

Our judging panels this year are a mix of returning talent and newbies excited to take on the task of picking the best of the best in faith-driven literature. We welcome you all excitedly and look forward to working with you following our April 30th shortlist announcement.

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Friday, April 17, 2015

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Teaser



Because I am a (film) comic book geek, I saw this just-released trailer of the upcoming DC Comics film Batman v Superman and thought, "why not share?" From the little I understand, this is going to help launch a bigger universe for DC Comics a-la Marvel's Avengers. Since I'm not overly attached to the Christian Bale Batman (I've seen only one of the Christopher Nolan films), I have no opinion on Ben Affleck taking on the role of the iconic character, he looks convincing enough. In 2016 and 2017, DC has a LOT of superhero films in the works. Everything from Justice League (an "assemble" piece) to Wonder Woman.

The plot for this March 2016 film is still "unknown," but I do want it to be a good set-up for the Justice League formation. But enough rambling. Let's have a look:



The voiceover is fantastic (creepy!) and the "tone" of the film looks much darker than even Man of Steel. Beyond that, I will admit, this looks... interesting and possibly "fun" depending on how it all goes down. A host of superheroes are rumored to appear (The Flash, Wonder Woman), which might be fun with Henry Cavill reprising his role as Superman and Amy Adams as Lois Lane - two actors I always enjoy.

Your turn! What do you think of this trailer? Are you curious about the DC Comics world expanding like Marvel or do you have a favorite character from this world? Share thoughts below.
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Call the Midwife, Season Four (2014)


Call the Midwife

With all the shows that have come and gone from our TV screen, this has to be one of the warmest collaboration of stories there are. Heidi Thomas (Ballet Shoes, Cranford) consistently puts out material that rivals most of its competition. To the best of my ability, the following review is spoiler free. 
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Thursday, April 16, 2015

Meet Bekah: the Taylor Swift Book Tag


For a good long while now, I've wanted to introduce you to some of my favorite bloggers in a series of "meet the blogger" type posts. I've become friends with some bloggers through various emails or conversations on our blogs, but I never had a good idea to "pitch" to said bloggers (all the really good ones were taken). This spring I finally forged ahead and got in touch with some bloggers, asking if they wanted to put together something they might be comfortable writing - i.e., a topic they wanted to talk about, a random fun and popular book tag. Because of that, this isn't a traditional "meet and greet" blogger introduction. Rather, it's blogging friends putting together something they enjoy, and hopefully because of that it reads like you'd be getting together and having coffee with them. That's what - in my opinion, makes this such fun. Fortunately even without an organized "this-is-what-I-want" plan, they agreed to the invitation. Today, we are here to meet one such blogger.
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If you haven't met Bekah yet, be prepared to leave her blog with a sweet tooth. She's the owner of Will Bake for Books, a unique book review site that combines two of her favorite things: books and baking! I had the pleasure of meeting Bekah recently in comparison to my time blogging and can honestly say, she is such a fun and lovely person to know.

We've had many a conversation fan-girling over our favorite TV series (we share a lot of similarities here) and discussing books we may or may not have 100% agreed on - and the reasons why. She generously helped me with some blogging technical details, and she's a kind and terrific source of encouragement. Bottom line, she's been a fun blogger to call friend. Today, you can meet her through this fun Taylor Swift book tag she put together (I won't lie, if someone didn't snag this, I figured I'd have to put it together). Without further ado, let's get started.
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The Taylor Swift Book Tag
- by Bekah -


1. We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together - pick a book or series that you were pretty sure you were in love with, but then wanted to break up with.
 
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Easy, Allegiant by Veronica Roth. I fell in love with Divergent and Insurgent, recommended the series to practically everyone I knew, and even claimed it to be the best book/series ever- a pretty big thing since I have many, many favorites. Then the infamous conclusion to this beloved series RUINED EVERYTHING and I’m pretty sure I can never go back. Like, ever.

 
2. Red - pick a book with a RED cover.
 
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The Elite by Keira Cass. I remember falling in love with The Selection during my dystopian phase, but I still haven’t gotten to the continuing books. Love this gorgeous red cover. I picked this one over others because seriously these books should be the definition of cover candy. Am I right?!
 
3. The Best Day - pick a book that makes you feel nostalgic.
 
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The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare. Surprisingly, I didn’t love reading growing up (more of an outdoors person, I guess…oh, how the times have changed) and this book was my first experience where I truly enjoyed a story. Plus the memory of my mom reading it aloud to me and my sister makes me smile every time.
 
4. Love Story - pick a book with forbidden love.
 
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It doesn’t get more forbidden than human and alien, so I’m going to go with Alienated by Melissa Landers on this one! I heart this cover. And Aelyx. *wink*
 
5. I Knew You Were Trouble - pick a book with a bad character you couldn’t help but love.
 
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This is a hard one because I don’t generally “like” bad characters, but I guess I would pick Mr. Macy from Born of Persuasion. I didn’t love him per say, but I was pretty enchanted by his charming character and couldn’t help but root for him and Julia sometimes…even after I realized he was, hopefully without spoiling anything, cray-cray.
 
6. Innocent - pick a book that someone ruined the ending for.
 
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I’ve made it a habit to be the first in my group to read a book or series but sometimes there is just nothing you can do to avoid spoilers. That was the case with The Scarlet Pimpernel. I can’t remember if it was my older sister who told me the ending years before I actually read it or if it was someone else, but I already knew the big reveal. Still one of the my all-time favorite reads though!
 
7. Everything Has Changed - pick a character from a book who goes through extensive character development.
 
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Katniss from The Hunger Games series. Between the games and war, she probably has one of the biggest character changes I’ve ever read (kinda like Tris who goes through something similar).
 
8. You Belong With Me - pick your most anticipated book release.
 
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Hmm…I pick Shades of Doon by Carey Corp & Lorie Langdon. I really like how these books combine contemporary with fantasy. Loved the first book, really liked the second, and most eagerly anticipating this third one!
 
9. Forever and Always - pick your favorite book couple.
 
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Again, so hard! There are just too many cute book couples. What comes to mind first is Ty and Celia from Meant to Be Mine. They are seriously adorbs.
 
10. Come Back, Be Here - pick the book you would least like to lend out, for fear of missing it too much.
 
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The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. I pick it up every once in a while to re-read, so I wouldn’t want it gone for a long time! Because what if I need my Hazel/Augustus fix?? Hmmmm???
 

-Bekah

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I’m a 20 year old living in the Chicago area, a homeschool graduate, and a college student pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts (that I’m still not quite sure what to do with yet *sigh*). I’m a dreamer and you can usually find me with my nose in a book or whipping up a batch of cookies. 
 

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YA Book Giveaway



Morning glory. Today I had the pleasure of introducing you to the awesome Bekah and to celebrate that, I picked two random books to offer up for giveaway as a "pick your choice" kind of option. As with each of the giveaways held here, first let's get down to basics. Before I give away details on the two books, there's a small change for those entering to note. Because of some spam issues (ugh), I've gone back to a mandatory entry. If that doesn't help, we'll figure something else out. But for this giveaway, that's the rule.

Bekah put together the Taylor Swift book tag (which is rad by the way) and I picked TWO of the books on there. Why? One because I seriously heart the series (it's a guilty pleasure kind of read) and the other because Bekah's review of said book intrigued me - which naturally led to adding a copy to my shelf.

The giveaway(s) is open to U.S. readers. I do ask that anyone who leaves a comment under "anonymous," please leave the same name you enter into the widget in your comment - it's not nearly as easy to try and match comments when there is no name and in fairness to everyone else, I want to be able to be sure everyone who used the Rafflecopter correctly has a fair chance at winning against those who abuse it - believe it or not, there have been a couple people that I could not verify. So please, I don't mean to overwhelm, but just keep this in mind when entering future giveaways. I'd sure appreciate it! Winner(s) will have 48 hours to respond to the email notification before another winner is randomly chosen.

To be entered in the giveaway, just enter as much or as little as you like into the Rafflecopter widget... and good luck everyone! The giveaway ends on April 22nd.


What can you choose:

The Elite, by Kiera Cass (Or choose The Selection or wait for a copy of The Heir, out May 5th.)

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. - Goodreads

Amazon ǀ Goodreads ǀ Review

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Alienated, by Melissa Landers


Two years ago, the aliens made contact. Now Cara Sweeney is going to be sharing a bathroom with one of them.

Handpicked to host the first-ever L’eihr exchange student, Cara thinks her future is set. Not only does she get a free ride to her dream college, she’ll have inside information about the mysterious L’eihrs that every journalist would kill for. Cara’s blog following is about to skyrocket.

Still, Cara isn’t sure what to think when she meets Aelyx. Humans and L’eihrs have nearly identical DNA, but cold, infuriatingly brilliant Aelyx couldn’t seem more alien. She’s certain about one thing, though: no human boy is this good-looking.

But when Cara's classmates get swept up by anti-L'eihr paranoia, Midtown High School suddenly isn't safe anymore. Threatening notes appear in Cara's locker, and a police officer has to escort her and Aelyx to class.

Cara finds support in the last person she expected. She realizes that Aelyx isn’t just her only friend; she's fallen hard for him. But Aelyx has been hiding the truth about the purpose of his exchange, and its potentially deadly consequences. Soon Cara will be in for the fight of her life—not just for herself and the boy she loves, but for the future of her planet.
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