Afterward by Jennifer Mathieu Review

27414452Afterward by Jennifer Mathieu

Published September 20th 2016 by Roaring Brook Press
Source: ARC from Macmillan (thank you!)

When Caroline’s little brother is kidnapped, his subsequent rescue leads to the discovery of Ethan, a teenager who has been living with the kidnapper since he was a young child himself. In the aftermath, Caroline can’t help but wonder what Ethan knows about everything that happened to her brother, who is not readjusting well to life at home. And although Ethan is desperate for a friend, he can’t see Caroline without experiencing a resurgence of traumatic memories. But after the media circus surrounding the kidnappings departs from their small Texas town, both Caroline and Ethan find that they need a friend–and their best option just might be each other.

Afterward by Jennifer Mathieu is beautiful and heart-breaking but also incredibly hopeful novel. The story opens with Before chapters from both Caroline and Ethan’s point of view. You are instantly thrust into the story of kidnapping that brings not only these two characters together but these two families. The majority of this book looks at the after, the moments after the rescue.

The entire novel flips back and forth POV of Caroline and Ethan. Both characters had a unique voice and different struggles. Early on, you learn that Ethan has been coping with the last few years of his life through therapy and medication. I loved the realistic portrayal and importance these can give to a person. Caroline and her family on the other hand do not have the means to get any kind of therapy for the family or specifically her brother. Caroline’s brother has autism and cannot communicate to his family the impact the kidnapping has on him. The family is struggling and Caroline begins searching for answers, which leads her to Ethan. Together the two help each other piece together broken parts of their life.

I enjoyed that this book wasn’t focused on romance and one person saving the other. Caroline and Ethan are broken in their own ways and find a common ground of music. At first they can’t use words, just rely on playing music together.

Mathieu wrote this story beautifully and the story has amazing pacing. Once I picked this one up, I didn’t put it down! I kept reading because I wanted to find out more secrets from before. I reccomend this to any reader who enjoys realistic fiction that  deals with heavier topics.



Young adult author Jennifer Mathieu (pronounced Muh-two), is a writer and English teacher who lives in Texas with her family. A native of the East Coast and a former journalist, she enjoys writing contemporary young adult fiction that treats teenagers like real people. She loves to eat and hates to cook.

A copy of this book was provided for an honest review.


Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco Review (+Giveaway!)


stalkingjacktheripper_9780316273497_hcABOUT STALKING JACK THE RIPPER:

Seventeen-year-old Audrey Rose Wadsworth was born a lord’s daughter, with a life of wealth and privilege stretched out before her. But between the social teas and silk dress fittings, she leads a forbidden secret life.

Against her stern father’s wishes and society’s expectations, Audrey often slips away to her uncle’s laboratory to study the gruesome practice of forensic medicine. When her work on a string of savagely killed corpses drags Audrey into the investigation of a serial murderer, her search for answers brings her close to her own sheltered world.

Stalking Jack the Ripper…you were not what I was expecting in the best way possible. When I first heard the title of this book, I was expected there to be blood and to be lots of it. There was some blood but it was more a historical fiction with mystery/thriller elements than the horror book I was expecting. Kerri did a wonderful job of taking actual events surrounding “Jack the Ripper” and fictionalizing them to tell this story.

Audrey is the main character and she is fierce, smart and very daring. There were more than a few times where she went running off alone WHILE A MURDERER WAS OUT AND ABOUT and had 0 problem with this. Some of the situations she got herself into had me at the edge of my seat. I don’t want this to make her sound dumb because she is far from it. Plus she usually set out alone but somehow Thomas would find his way into being her companion for this night. Thomas is Audrey’s Uncle’s forensic apprentice (along with Audrey) and he has a wicked smart brain and a knack for noticing small clues to come to a conclusion.

I am 100% on board with this ship. In the early stages of the novel Audrey and Thomas reminded me a bit of Jack and Phyrne (from Miss Fisher’s Murder Mystery, which if you haven’t watched this show yet GET ON IT). I say this because Audrey is a very capable female, doing things that most females don’t do in this era. Thomas is adorable and follows her around, not because he fears Audrey is going to get in trouble but because he doesn’t want to miss out on the action. There is one scene in the novel where Audrey “saves” Thomas and he is very ok with being saved by a female. I love when the ship is so good together. I cannot wait to see what trouble these two get into in book 2!

Overall I loved this one! I highly recommend it to anyone who loves a beautifully written historical fiction novel and can handle a small amount of blood.

LINKS: IndieBoundAmazon | B&N 

kerri-maniscalco-1ABOUT KERRI MANISCALCO:

Kerri Maniscalco grew up in a semi-haunted house outside NYC where her fascination with gothic settings began. In her spare time she reads everything she can get her hands on, cooks all kinds of food with her family and friends, and drinks entirely too much tea while discussing life’s finer points with her cats. Stalking Jack the Ripper is her debut novel. It incorporates her love of forensic science and unsolved history, and is the first in a new series of gothic thrillers.

LINKS: Website | Twitter | Instagram

Tour Schedule:

Week 1:

9/12: No BS Book Reviews – Review
9/13: A Perfection Called Books – Guest Post
9/14: The Heart of a Book Blogger – Review
9/15: My Friends Are Fiction – Q&A
9/16: Pandora’s Books – Review

Week 2:

9/19: Polished Page-Turners – Review
9/20: The Irish Banana Review – Top 10
9/21: Chapter By Chapter – Guest Post
9/22: What Sarah Read – Mood Board
9/23: That Artsy Reader Girl – Review


3 Finished Copies of STALKING JACK THE RIPPER (US Only)


The Thousandth Floor by Katherine McGee (Review + Giveaway!)

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ThousandthFloor hcNew York City as you’ve never seen it before. A thousand-story tower stretching into the sky. A glittering vision of the future, where anything is possible—if you want it enough.

Welcome to Manhattan, 2118.

A hundred years in the future, New York is a city of innovation and dreams. But people never change: everyone here wants something…and everyone has something to lose.

Leda Cole’s flawless exterior belies a secret addiction—to a drug she never should have tried and a boy she never should have touched.

Eris Dodd-Radson’s beautiful, carefree life falls to pieces when a heartbreaking betrayal tears her family apart.

Rylin Myers’s job on one of the highest floors sweeps her into a world—and a romance—she never imagined…but will her new life cost Rylin her old one?

Watt Bakradi is a tech genius with a secret: he knows everything about everyone. But when he’s hired to spy by an upper-floor girl, he finds himself caught up in a complicated web of lies.

And living above everyone else on the thousandth floor is Avery Fuller, the girl genetically designed to be perfect. The girl who seems to have it all—yet is tormented by the one thing she can never have.

Debut author Katharine McGee has created a breathtakingly original series filled with high-tech luxury and futuristic glamour, where the impossible feels just within reach. But in this world, the higher you go, the farther there is to fall….

Let us take a second and stare at this beautiful cover. The building, the font..but at the same time almost simple! Also no faces! I dislike most faces on covers. OK, OK time to get to the actual book. If you are a fan of Gossip Girl in any capacity (book or TV show) than this book is for you. I could easily compare almost every character in this novel to a characters from Gossip Girl. I am not saying this is a bad thing because I loved Gossip Girl! They were 13 year old Katie’s favorite and I loved reading something so similar and yet so different!

The best way to describe this book is Gossip Girl set in the near future. I loved this setting! If society keeps advancing at the rate it currently is, I could see a society like the one in The Thousandth Floor. For the most part, everything the characters used was high-tech. Paper money has been outlawed, you can watch TV using just your contacts and so much more!! There is an underwater train that can get from New York to Paris in 3 hours! I want this to be  thing!! This leans towards science fiction but not what I typically think. It reads closer to a contemporary with science fiction elements, almost sci-fi lite.

I have always been drawn to stories about people you love to hate. I don’t think I particularly liked any of the main characters but I was addicted to reading about them. The story is told in 3rd person and jumps around from character to character (similar to how Gossip Girl was written). At first, I could not remember who was who. I almost put it down because I couldn’t get these characters straight. There are 5 main characters that the POV shifts from each chapter. After about 50 pages totally grasped who was who and had no problem remembering details of each.

I kept with this book because of my hate/love with the characters but I do have to say the plot is very entertaining. There is a lot of social climbing and falling going on, also literal moving up and down in the tower (the rich live on the upper floors, the poor on the lower floors). Just like Gossip Girl, every one has a secret and I mean everyone. At the beginning of the book, not all 5 main characters know each other but by the end their stories are woven together. It was interesting to find out everyone’s secret and how it plays out among the other characters.

Overall I would give The Thousandth Floor 4 stars, while it wasn’t amazing it was highly addictive and a lot of fun!!

LINKS: Amazon | B&N | Indiebound | iBooks | The Book Depository

Katharine McGee credit Chris Bailey Photography-1Katharine McGee is from Houston, Texas. She studied English and French literature at Princeton and has an MBA from Stanford. It was during her years living in a second-floor apartment in New York City that she kept daydreaming about skyscrapers . . . and then she started writing. The Thousandth Floor is her first novel. You can visit her online at or on Twitter at @katharinemcgee .

LINKS: Website | Twitter

Tour Schedule:

Week 1:

8/22: In Wonderland – Review
8/23: YA Bibliophile – Guest Post
8/24: Polished Page-Turners – Review
8/25: Once Upon a Twilight – Q&A
8/26: Here’s to Happy Endings – Review

Week 2:
8/29: Krista’s Dust Jacket – Top 10
8/30: Forever Bookish – Review
8/31: The Irish Banana Review – Fast 5
9/1: Alexa Loves Books – Review
9/2: Swoony Boys Podcast – Character Interview


3 Finished Copies of THE THOUSANDTH FLOOR (US Only)


*Thank you to HarperTeen and Irish Banana Tours for a copy of The Thousandth Floor for review*

Game On by Michelle Smith – Review and Excerpt (+ giveaway!)

25970036Game On (Lewis Creek #2) – Michelle Smith
Published August 16th 2016 by Bloomsbury Spark
Source: eARC from Bloomsbury (thank you!)

As king of baseball in the small town of Lewis Creek, Eric Perry can have any girl he wants and win every game he plays. But when a fight lands him in jail, he’s only got one more strike before his baseball career is over for good. His only chance for redemption? The girl next door, Bri Johnson.

Bri hasn’t talked to Eric in months—for starters, she’s been too busy dealing with her jerk of an ex-boyfriend, not to mention the fact that Eric’s been preoccupied trying to drink every keg in the country dry. But when he needs a way to stay on the team, she proposes a plan: if he helps her out with community service, he can stay on the team. At first it’s a nightmare—Eric and Bri stopped being friends years ago, surely that was for a good reason, right? But as volunteering turns to bonding over old memories of first kisses under the stars, they start to have trouble remembering what pushed them apart.

In a town as small as Lewis Creek, nothing stays secret for long and their friendship and romance might mean bad news. But in this final, tumultuous spring before graduation, Eric and Bri are about to realize that nobody’s perfect alone, but they might just be perfect together.

Last year I read (and loved!) Play On by Michelle Smith. When Bloomsbury asked if I wanted to be apart of the blog tour for Game On, I jumped at the chance! I could not wait to get back into the world of Lewis Creek baseball plus the boy/girl next door trope? SIGN ME UP!

Once again Michelle balances the fine line of fluffy, fun love story and one that tackles tougher, real subjects. Eric is far from perfect and has found himself in trouble with the law, his coach and his parents for the last time. Bri has her own set of “problems” but has a perfect exterior that fools  most people. Bri finds a solution to Eric’s problems that pleases everyone, well expect maybe Eric. The two end up spending a lot more time together than they have in the last few months 🙂

Gahhhh I loved Bri and Eric! I am sure a lot of it has to do with the neighbors/friends to more trope that was going on but also Michelle writes great chemistry. In the beginning of the book, Bri is dating another guy and there was no fizzle there but later scenes in the book (and car rides!) between Bri and Eric had me swooning.

Books like this remind me why I love reading books written in duel POV. I loved being inside both Bri and Eric’s head. Both of them have their own, unique problems but they also had distinctive takes on the same moment. At one point Eric is standing up for Bri and later on Bri makes a point of saying she doesn’t need anyone fighting her battles. I loved how fierce Bri! I was not expecting this from her in the beginning but by the end she had me totally impressed.

I loved that Bri is also an athlete and a soccer player at that! I am always wishing for more soccer players in YA novels. While the plot is very heavy on baseball (it is Lewis Creek after all!), there is enough on the page about Bri being an athlete without it seeming like a random detail. The only thing that bugs me more than a book getting sports details wrong, is when a character is mentioned as an athlete but that has no relevance to the plot. It is a random complaint, that has nothing to do with this book because Game On gets it right!!

Overall I really enjoyed Game On and highly reccomend picking this one up. It is the perfect read to end your summer with and transition into fall.

FYI YOU DO NOT NEED TO READ PLAY ON BEFORE READING GAME ON! Either one can be read first and it won’t affect your enjoyment. If the boy next door is more your think, you may just want to jump straight into this one 😉

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Bloomsbury was kind enough to supply an excerpt today! Read below and then keep scrolling for a GIVEAWAY!!

He’s silent for a moment, until I look up at him. Big mistake. I’ve never been one to go all gah-gah over someone, but that stubble lining his jaw should be a crime. Like, that’s just common human decency. There’s no reason for a dude to look that good when there’s a 99 percent chance he didn’t shower this morning.

And there is really no reason for my heart to be fluttering at the sight of my neighbor’s jawline. Or his eyes. Or those lips, which are curving into the smallest of smiles. But it is.

I’d be lying if I said that I didn’t used to have a sort-of thing for the boy next door. I mean, he was my first kiss, for crying out loud. But then you hit middle school, and you go the Quiz Bowl route and he’s all baseball, all the time, and then it’s high school and he’s even more baseball and parties while you’re volunteering a dozen hours every week. Before you realize what’s happening, everything’s just different.

You still joke around in the driveway. Still stop by his house for dinner every few weeks when his mom invites you over. Still catch a ride with each other every now and then when someone’s car won’t start (hint: mine). Still say hi in the hallway. Technically, you’re still friends. But your paths never really cross in the same way again.

Until now, that is.

He shakes his head. “You don’t have anything to be sorry for. I get pissed off, too. It happens.” He leans in and adds, “Even if you did make me feel bad for loving bacon. Which is just cruel.”

I shove him playfully, making him laugh as I let out one of my own. “Still. Having a crappy week doesn’t mean I should’ve taken it out on you.” Crappy is the understatement of the century, but we’ll go with it. An ex who won’t stop leaving me voicemails at midnight is more along the lines of shitty.

I swallow hard, forcing away the lump in my throat.

One of the kids screams. My attention snaps back to them, only to spot them laughing as Brantley, an eight-year-old, red-headed firecracker, soars down the field with the ball.

I’m not one to brag, but he had a good teacher.

“That crappy week was partially my fault,” Eric says, and I finally look back to him. “You seem better now, though.”

Because this is my element. The kids, and the people inside, and the feeling of actually being needed? It’s a miracle worker. No matter how many phone calls I get, no matter how many times I have to delete, and delete, and delete voicemails, this is one thing that Matt can’t ruin.

“It’s this place,” I say.

“Why do you do it?”

He holds my gaze, waiting. Genuinely interested in whatever answer I have for him. But what he doesn’t know is that the full answer would keep us here all day. There’s only so much you can describe. When it comes to the thing that makes you thrive, that fills you with so much happiness that you could burst, it’s better to show instead of tell.

But he did ask for an answer, so I tell him, “Because I love people. And I love helping them.”

His lips twitch as he folds his own arms. “You can’t save the world, you know.”

I know that. Trust me, I know that. “If I can help one person, it’s worth it.”

“Your optimism is showing.”

A smile spreads across my face. “Maybe the world needs a little more optimism.” I pause, and add, “I’ll introduce you to them next week. The kids, I mean.”

His eyebrows scrunch together. “Why not today?”

I could tell him about the dozen volunteers I’ve seen come and go over the past year, about the people these kids have gotten to know and then bolted after one session. I could tell him how much it breaks my heart to watch their smiles fall when they realize someone isn’t coming back. And I don’t think Eric would pull something like that, but I can’t risk it. I can’t.

“You can hang out and watch this week,” I tell him. “Make sure it’s something you want to stick with. And we’ll do intros next time.”

“You’re the boss.” He sighs dramatically, tossing an arm across my shoulder. It’s something he’s done dozens of times in the years we’ve known each other, but for some reason, my cheeks flush in response. “Truce, Little Miss Sunshine?” he asks.

My smile grows as I nod once. “Truce.”

He flashes another grin—a genuine Eric Perry grin—before looking back to the kids, and for a split second, it feels like maybe, just maybe, there’s a chance we’re tip-toeing back toward the friend territory that was off-limits for the past few months.

Or maybe we never really left to begin with.

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History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera + Giveaway

25014114History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera
Pub Date: January 17, 2017
Source: arc

OCD-afflicted Griffin has just lost his first love, Theo, in a drowning accident. In an attempt to hold onto every piece of the past, he forges a friendship with Theo’s last boyfriend, Jackson. When Jackson begins to exhibit signs of guilt, Griffin suspects he’s hiding something, and will stop at nothing to get to the truth about Theo’s death. But as the grieving pair grows closer, readers will question Griffin’s own version of the truth—both in terms of what he’s willing to hide and what true love means.

First, huge shout out to SOHO Teen and Adam Silvera for being at BEA so we had a chance to pick up this beautiful arc.

THIS BOOK! Every emotion on the planet, I felt it while reading. I’m actually struggling to write this review because I don’t know how to put my feelings into physical words. I’ve been thinking about how to give this book a worthy review for almost 2 months now. So here it goes.
This book will destroy you in the most magical ways possible. Griffin’s journey through love, loss, OCD, growing up, moving on, and just life itself is an emotional roller coaster that you are going to want to get in line for. Everyone can easily find something to relate to in this book, even if it’s just the fact that life is messy. The best part about a Silvera novel is that nothing is covered in sprinkles and life hits these characters hard just like it can in the real world. Also the dialogue, man I love the dialogue. I remember the first time I fell in love with dialogue over plot, and that was with the film Juno. This book took me back to that. Although in both cases I loved the plot as well, but the lines that come out of the characters mouth just mesmerize me.
My favorite part about HIAYLM is that the characters are just humans being humans. They’re faced with real world problems, you know, the kind that can be awesome but are mostly either meh or awful. They don’t always handle their situations in the best of ways, but when do we ever? I guess my point is that this book is just plain real.
5/5 stars but really this book gets all the stars! I know I have more thoughts, I really do. This was the first book I let myself annotate, and I wrote down and highlighted a lot of things. I plan on re-reading one more time before release, and then of course again once I have the hardcover in my hands. So I’ll probably write another review, maybe a spoilery one open for discussion, after release.
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Another huge thanks for the lovely people at SOHO Teen and Adam for this arc, and also for allowing me to have an extra copy for a giveaway! Don’t forget to enter below to win a signed arc for History Is All You Left Me!

The Sun Is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon Mani + Review + Giveaway

Yoon_9780553496680_jkt_all_r1.inddThe Sun Is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon
Pub Date: November 1, 2016
Source: arc

Natasha: I’m a girl who believes in science and facts. Not fate. Not destiny. Or dreams that will never come true. I’m definitely not the kind of girl who meets a cute boy on a crowded New York City street and falls in love with him. Not when my family is twelve hours away from being deported to Jamaica. Falling in love with him won’t be my story.

Daniel: I’ve always been the good son, the good student, living up to my parents’ high expectations. Never the poet. Or the dreamer. But when I see her, I forget about all that. Something about Natasha makes me think that fate has something much more extraordinary in store—for both of us.

The Universe: Every moment in our lives has brought us to this single moment. A million futures lie before us. Which one will come true?

Everything Everything was one of my favorite books from 2015, so getting an arc of The Sun Is Also A Star at BookCon was one of my major highlights of the day! Which, surprise, I got signed by Nicola Yoon so I could spread the love with a giveaway! So don’t forget to enter that all the way at the end of the post.

So, how was TSIAAS? Pretty f*cking amazing! Pardon my language but this book was seriously mind blowing. Have you ever watched a movie where everything that happens is just lining up perfectly and your mind is on fire because you see all of it but the characters are blissfully unaware. That was this book. This book has alternate POV’s switching from Daniel to Natasha and back and forth, but then there’s more! Nicola does something that I have yet to experience, there’s a third POV and it’s not just one character, it’s the whole universe! We get insight to the things happening in the past and all around Natasha and Daniel in the present. Not too mention there’s a good amount of learning involved! Like the little fun fact that new lovers and coccaine addicts have very similar brain activity, the more you know!

I found it extremely easy to relate to both Natasha and Daniel. It’s like my whole thoughts on love and the world and everything is a mashup of these two characters. They represent the optimistic (Daniel) and pessimistic (Natasha) sides to my life perfectly. I caught some major feelings while reading this book.

It’s hard to tell you the exact reasons why this book is amazing without giving lots of stuff away, but trust me when I say Nicola Yoon knocked it out of the park once again with this one, and I can’t wait for everyone to read it! The writing is lovely, the characters are beautiful, the ending is like woah! It’s just everything we deserve in a book!

So I painted my nails to match the book 🙂




I had SO much fun experimenting with this manicure! I’ve been wanting to try ombre nails for a little while now, and since this cover has some lovely colors I figured it was perfect to try! I also wanted to do a mixed mani, so I made each finger something different. Still my favorite nail is the ombre!


To get this look I used my nameless little OPI white -which I’m quickly running out of since I use it so much-, Orange Fix by Maybelline Color Show, Cyber by Sally Hansen, and Flirty by Sally Hansen. For each nail that isn’t the ombre, I used a dotting tool to make the polka dots, star, sun, and starburst pattern resembling the one string art one of the cover. To get the ombre look it’s actually easier than you would think. All you need are the colors you want, and a makeup sponge. That’s it!


Just paint lines onto the brush in the order you want and then press the sponge onto your nail! Easy peasy. What I learned after doing this is that for shorter nails, like mine, you’ll want to make the lines thinner so all the colors get on your nail evenly. I ended up having a mostly purple and orange nail with a very small line of pink. But that’s why we try things right!

I’m was so happy with the finished product on this one, and I’m excited to start to branch out and experiment even more! I only wish I were a better artist ;P


Hope you enjoyed my nails! Please don’t forget to enter the giveaway below! I would love for you to win a signed ARC of this amazing book!



Up In The Tree House by K.K. Allen Review + Giveaway

30241888Up In The Tree House by K.K. Allen
Pub Date: July 19, 2016
Source: arc

I wanted to tell him all my secrets, but he became one of them instead.

Chloe Rivers never thought she would keep secrets from her best friend. Then again, she never imagined she would fall in love with him either. When she finally reveals her feelings, rejection shatters her, rendering her vulnerable and sending her straight into the destructive arms of the wrong guy.

Gavin Rhodes never saw the betrayal coming. It crushes him. Chloe has always been his forbidden fantasy–sweet, tempting, and beautiful. But when the opportunity finally presents itself, he makes the biggest mistake of all and denies her.

Now it’s too late . . .

Four years after a devastating tragedy, Chloe and Gavin find themselves crashing back into each other’s lives. Haunted by the past, they’re forced to come to terms with all that has transpired to find the peace they deserve. Except they can’t seem to get near each other without combatting an intense emotional connection that brings them right back to where it all started . . . their childhood treehouse.

Chloe still holds her secrets close, but this time she isn’t the only one with something to hide. Can their deep-rooted connection survive the destruction of innocence?

I knew I wanted this book in my hands because I adore Allen’s first series The Summer Solstice (read it if you haven’t, it’s so enchanting!) but I wasn’t prepared to love it as much as I do.

Allen’s writing is wordy, but beautiful. There were a few moments where I wish there were less filler words and more kissing, but I can appreciate the heavy words because they are poetic. That’s literally my only complaint, and can you even call that a complaint?

This story is full of different POV’s, journal entries, flashbacks, letters, and a whole lotta heart. Chloe’s and Gavin’s voices are broken, while at the same time being absolutely lovely. This is a story about loss and love and how fragile we are when it comes to both. There were times when I wanted to crawl inside the book and slap one of the main characters because I thought they were being utterly ridiculous, but that’s life. Life is utterly ridiculous, messy, and it can also be amazing. I’m also extremely in love with this cover!

I’m giving my full 5 stars to this story because I truly believe it deserves it. It’s an exciting read and a perfect sexy summer romance! Get this self published gem on July 19th on Amazon! You can pre-order today! >> Pre-order Here!

Don’t forget to enter my giveaway below for your very own Kindle copy of Up In The Tree House! I’ll be giving away 2 copies. Winners will be announce on release day, July 19th. Good luck!


Girl In Pieces by Kathleen Glasgow Mani + Review + ARC Giveaway

girlGirl In Pieces by Kathleen Glasgow
Publish Date: September 6, 2016
Source: arc

Charlotte Davis is in pieces. At seventeen she’s already lost more than most people lose in a lifetime. But she’s learned how to forget. The thick glass of a mason jar cuts deep, and the pain washes away the sorrow until there is nothing but calm. You don’t have to think about your father and the river. Your best friend, who is gone forever. Or your mother, who has nothing left to give you.

Every new scar hardens Charlie’s heart just a little more, yet it still hurts so much. It hurts enough to not care anymore, which is sometimes what has to happen before you can find your way back from the edge.

This book is both beautiful and extremely hard to read. Kathleen Glasgow’s writing is pure poetic genius, and reading in her author’s note how close to home this story is for her just made it all the more powerful. Having said that, I didn’t love this book. I did like it, mostly just based on my appreciation of the writing style, but the story was hard to read for me and my marshmallow insides.

It’s always hard to review a book that I know is good, but it just wasn’t for me. I normally like books that make me cry like a baby and squirm in discomfort, but there was something about this one that left me feeling too raw. I know someone out there is going to be able to look to this book for comfort, but that just wasn’t me. That’s why I gave the book 3.5 stars and I hope it finds it’s audience well!

However, I did give 5 stars to this cover! So simple and beautiful while also telling you so much about the story itself. It also helps that it was easy to recreate on my nails 😉


This mani was quick and easy while remaining fun! I started with a no-named nude OPI polish, that luckily for me was a little on the pinker side just like the cover. Then I used a cosmetic sponge to dab on some Onyx Black by Maybeline Color Show along the edges and in random spots across the nude. I finished with using Keep Up the Flame (also Color Show) on the edge on a cosmetic sponge to create a red line across my nails. For an accent nail I painted it all black and laid a single red line across, just to mix things up.


Aside from the galaxy mani, this has been one of my favorites. I think using the sponge to create a distressed look is just so much fun and I’m ready to find more books covers to recreate with this technique.

Visit my Twitter, or click on the picture below, to enter my ARC giveaway! Open to US only (sorry) and ends July 5 at 12am.



738 Days by Stacey Kade – REVIEW (+ Giveaway!)

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26114333At fifteen, Amanda Grace was abducted on her way home from school. 738 days later, she escaped. Her 20/20 interview is what everyone remembers—Amanda describing the room where she was kept, the torn poster of TV heartthrob Chase Henry on the wall. It reminded her of home and gave her the strength to keep fighting.

Now, years later, Amanda is struggling to live normally. Her friends have gone on to college, while she battles PTSD. She’s not getting any better, and she fears that if something doesn’t change soon she never will.

Six years ago, Chase Henry defied astronomical odds, won a coveted role on a new TV show, and was elevated to super-stardom. With it, came drugs, alcohol, arrests, and crazy spending sprees. Now he’s sober and a Hollywood pariah, washed up at twenty-four.

To revamp his image, Chase’s publicist comes up with a plan: surprise Amanda Grace with the chance to meet her hero, followed by a visit to the set of Chase’s new movie. The meeting is a disaster, but out of mutual desperation, Amanda and Chase strike a deal. What starts as a simple arrangement, though, rapidly becomes more complicated when they realize they need each other in more ways than one. But when the past resurfaces in a new threat, will they stand together or fall apart?

There are two ways to read a book when you are loving it: you can either devour it in a single sitting or you can take your sweet time because you don’t want to book to end. I chose the latter when it came to 738 Days. I quickly attached to these characters and their story but wanted the story to last forever so I took my time.

738 Days is intense. Amanda is broken at the start of the story. In swoops Chase who is dreamy and has already “saved” her once. Turns out Amanda doesn’t need the saving Chase thinks, she just needs someone to help push her out of her comfort zone. I found the two of them together to be perfect. They both gave each other the patience and compassion they needed to be themselves.

The topic of 738 Days is not the easiest to tackle but Kade did a wonderful job. The story was never too dark or too light, Kade wrote on the fine line between the two and it worked perfectly. The opening of the book is dark (and possibly triggering for people) but the actual story takes place two years after the events. The book is on the longer side for a NA/romance but the pacing is so spot on that it never dragged or felt long. I actually finished wishing the book was long (because I am selfish and wanted more Chase and Amanda).

738 Days straddles many lines when it comes to genre (in my opinion). Amanda missed a chunk of her teenage years because of the incident and then there’s spent time recovering; because of this Amanda comes off young and naive at times even though she is 20. This book does contain sexual content but I think this would be appropriate for an upper YA reader. This is marketed as a New Adult (which is spot on!) but it also very appealing to adult and romance readers. Honestly, I think there are very few people this couldn’t appeal to!

738 Days is one of the best books I’ve read this year and I highly recommend picking this up if you need some something swoony or are looking for a captivating story (with awesome storytelling).

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Stacey KadeAs an award-winning corporate copywriter, Stacey Kade has written about everything from backhoe loaders to breast pumps. But she prefers to make things up instead.

She lives in the Chicago suburbs with her husband, Greg, and two retired racing greyhounds, SheWearsThePants (Pansy) and Shutter. When she’s not reading or writing, you’ll likely find her parked in front of the television catching up on her favorite shows (Scandal, The Vampire Diaries, Almost Human, The Walking Dead, and Sherlock, among others.)

Stacey is the author of the The Ghost and the Goth trilogy (THE GHOST AND THE GOTH, QUEEN OF THE DEAD, and BODY & SOUL) and The Project Paper Doll Series (THE RULES and THE HUNT). You can find her (far too often) on Facebook and Twitter as well as

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The Great American Whatever by Tim Federle Review

gawThe Great American Whatever by Tim Federle
Published: March 29th 2016 by Simon & Schuster
Source: purchased

Quinn Roberts is a sixteen-year-old smart aleck and Hollywood hopeful whose only worry used to be writing convincing dialogue for the movies he made with his sister Annabeth. Of course, that was all before—before Quinn stopped going to school, before his mom started sleeping on the sofa…and before Annabeth was killed in a car accident.

Enter Geoff, Quinn’s best friend who insists it’s time that Quinn came out—at least from hibernation. One haircut later, Geoff drags Quinn to his first college party, where instead of nursing his pain, he meets a guy—a hot one—and falls hard. What follows is an upside-down week in which Quinn begins imagining his future as a screenplay that might actually have a happily-ever-after ending—if, that is, he can finally step back into the starring role of his own life story.

Confession time. I picked this gorgeous book up purely based on cover lust. I’m a huge movie nerd, I mean who isn’t? But I also can appreciate a good looking marquee. I do look out my bedroom window everyday and see one, after all 😉


In reality though, I’m happy I went with my shallow heart on this one, because it was quite a story!

I love the blurb on the top that says “A Holden Caulfield for a new generation” because I got that exact vibe from Quinn; and I didn’t even see that blurb until literally right now while I was staring at this picture, once again, admiring the cover. I don’t know how I missed it before, but I’m kind of glad I did because it just proves how right it is! Fun fact: Holden Caulfield is my favorite literary character in the history of books, so I don’t mess around when comparing characters to him. There were moments where I absolutely adored Quinn and I wanted to give him the biggest hug, and then there were times where I wanted to boop his nose and tell him to stop being a total butt. All the characters in this story are great in their own way, it was easy to get attached.

I loved the characters, loved the dialogue, and adored the occasional scene written in screenplay format. I liked being inside Quinn’s head and following him on his journey to deal with the death of his sister, the loss of his father, coming out to his best friend as gay, his first love interest, and finally admitting that he is in fact, sad. For the most part I really loved this book, there were some slower moments that I could’ve lived without (for those who’ve read it I’ll just say: Ricky Devlin) but I can respect that they were important moments to Quinn.

I’m going to push this book on all or the future screen writers in my life, which is like… two, but still. I think they’ll get the same enjoyment out of it that I did, and maybe they’ll learn something about themselves! I gave this book a 4.5 out of 5, but I know for a lot of people this will be a full 5 star read.