Thursday, August 30, 2018

The Second Life of Ava Rivers Blog Tour: Character Interview!

The Second Life of Ava Rivers
About the Book
Author: Faith Gardner
Publisher: Razorbill
Release Date: August 28th, 2018
Where to Buy: Amazon | B&N | Book Depository
Ava's disappearance was the crack in the Rivers family glacier. I wish I could explain to you how we were before, but I can't, because the before is so filmy and shadowed with the after.

The after is all Vera remembers. When her twin sister, Ava, disappeared one Halloween night, her childhood became a blur of theories, tips, and leads, but never any answers. The case made headlines, shocked Vera's Northern California community, and turned her family into tragic celebrities. 

Now, at eighteen, Vera is counting down the days until she starts her new life at college in Portland, Oregon, far away from the dark cloud she and family have lived under for twelve years. But all that changes when a girl shows up at the local hospital. 

Her name is Ava Rivers and she wants to go home.

Ava's return begins to mend the fractures in the Rivers family. Vera and Ava's estranged older brother returns. Vera reconnects with Max, the sweet, artistic boy from her childhood. Their parents smile again. But the questions remain: Where was Ava all these years? And who is she now


Hey Vera! I'm so happy to have you on the blog today! Thank you so much for doing this interview, I'm sure you're sick of them by now. These are just some fun questions to get to know you better!

Q: What are 3 things we can find in your purse at all times?
Vera: A book, a red hair ribbon for my Snow White gig, and pepper spray.
Q: If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?
Vera: Honestly? It sounds unadventurous, but I just want to go to Portland, Oregon. I want to go somewhere with plenty of bookstores and coffeeshops and weirdos, someplace rainy and green and damp and surrounded by forests.
Q: Tell us your most embarrassing story.
Vera: My ex-girlfriend sold details of my family life to a tabloid magazine, including pictures of my not-so-tidy bedroom. That was pretty embarrassing. 
Q: If you had to watch the same movie over and over during a 24hr period, what would it be and why?
Vera: Probably The Princess Bride. It’s one of those movies I watched a ton as a kid and even though I’m older now, I still love it. I’m way more of a book-reader than a movie-watcher and that movie also centers around reading and storytelling.
Q: Flash forward 10 years, what do you hope to be doing?
Vera: Teaching elementary school. I’d like to make reading super fun and convince kids that books are magic. I’d like to help all kids feel loved and welcome and be a grown-up they can trust. I want to be living somewhere different after traveling and seeing the world, a place where no one associates me with the missing girl Ava Rivers. And I hope that something happens with my sister’s case so my family can finally have some closure.

AUTHOR BIO:Faith Gardner is the author of the young adult novel Perdita. Her short fiction has been published in places like ZYZZYVA, PANK and McSweeney's online. She lives in the Bay Area.



August 20 – HelloJennyReviews – Book Aesthetic
August 21 – Lovely Loveday – Review
August 22 – The Bookish Crypt – Creative Instagram Picture
August 23 – Haunted by Books – Review
August 24 – Moonlight Rendezvous – Review + Creative Instagram Picture


August 27 – Pop The Butterfly Reads – Review
August 28 – Heart of a Book Blogger – Author Guest Post
August 29 – @amberafterglowreads – Creative Instagram Picture
August 30 – Brooke_Reports – Character Interview
August 31 – fangirl.bookgram – Review

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Waiting on Wednesday

Can't-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted at Wishful Endings, to spotlight and discuss the books we're excited about that we have yet to read. Generally they're books that have yet to be released. It's based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by the fabulous Jill at Breaking the Spine.

Better Than the Best Plan

Plans are made to be broken.

It’s the last day of junior year, and seventeen-year-old Ritzy—short for Maritza—is pretty sure she has a great plan. Summer job—check. Hang with friends at the beach—check. Keep looking after herself as she’s been doing since her mom bailed to follow her bliss—check. Or no check?

After someone reports that Ritzy is living alone, a social worker shows up and puts her into foster care. That’s surprise enough. But there are more surprises in store, and not all are unpleasant. Like the cute, friendly boy next door.

When Ritzy’s old life catches up with her new one, she has some tough decisions to make. Can she plan for the worst, but still hope for the best?

Count me in! This sounds freakin' adorable! And that cover is perfection!

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Tell Me Something Tuesday

Tell Me Something Tuesday is a weekly discussion post hosted by Rainy Day Ramblings where we discuss a wide range of topics from books to blogging. If you want to do your own post, grab the question and answer it on your blog.

Question of the Week:

Does it bother you when a book cover doesn't fit the characters in the book?

Yes! Yes, yes it does. Especially when the story says something like "she had wild, frizzy hair she was unable to tame," then on the cover her hair is straight as heck. 
When the main character is in a frilly dress and never wears one in the story. 

Small stuff like that peeves me. 

Sunday, August 26, 2018

#SBPT: So long, farewell!

How is it the last week of this!? This summer has FLOW by at lightening speed! 

I am so grateful to the ladies at The Book Bratz for hosting this promo tour because I absolutely adored getting to know Taylor!

I wish I had nearly half of the drive and compassion this girl has. She is so freakin' brilliant that she kind of intimidates me...but she IS SO FREAKING KIND that she puts me at complete ease!?! Not to mention she IS WOKE AS EFF, Y’ALL!

 I am so glad I was partnered up with someone who (A) Is an amazing human and (B) Is a procrastinator like myself. LOL! Tay and I sure know how to leave something until the last minute.TALK ABOUT BONDING OVER RUSH POSTING! haha!

Taylor, thank you so much for being an incredible partner! I love, LOVE, LOVED our cupcake post--we totally rocked it! I’m so glad you fell for Jenn Bennett’s writing this summer! I NEED TO READ YOUR RECS! Thank you for putting up with my fictional character obsessed self!


Go visit Taylor at Stay the Page!

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

The Opposite of Innocent

The Opposite of Innocent
The Opposite of Innocent
Author: Sonya Sones
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date: September 4th, 2018
Luke has been away for two endless years, but he’s finally returning today. Lily was only twelve when he left. But now, at fourteen, she feels transformed. She can’t wait to see how Luke will react when he sees the new her. And when her mother tells her that Luke will be staying with them for a while, in the bedroom right next to hers, her heart nearly stops.

Having Luke back is better than Lily could have ever dreamed. His lingering looks set Lily on fire. Is she just imagining them? But then, when they’re alone, he kisses her. Then he kisses her again. Lily’s friends think anyone his age who wants to be with a fourteen-year-old must be really messed up. Maybe even dangerous. But Luke would never do anything to hurt her...would he?

This book
Left me speechless.

The Opposite of Innocent
is a story that you can't
put down but at times you
wish that you could.

Lily is a well-written teenage girl.
She has her friends, her hobbies,
and of course
her crush.
I enjoyed her point of view.

There are definitely scenes that
are uncomfortable, cringe-worthy,
and mature.

There are scenes that a real,
and raw,
and relatable.

Page 253 was sickening,
unbelievable, and the reason
why this book is five stars.

The Opposite of Innocent is a
book I can't believe I read but
am glad that I did.

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Teaser Tuesday: The Wicked King

To participate all you have to do is:

Grab your current read
Open to a random page
Share two (2) "teaser" sentences from somewhere on that page
BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure what you share doesn't give too much away! You don't want to ruin the book for others!) 
 Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

The Wicked King (The Folk of the Air, #2)

He looks at me and blinks, as through a fog. “This is an absolutely terrible idea,” he says with a kind of amazement in his voice.  ARC PG. 147 
I hear the glamour enter his voice, heady and seductive and more powerful than I expected. “Crawl to me,” he says with a grin.  ARC PG. 271  
 I remember what it was to hate him with the whole of my heart, but I’ve remembered too late. ARC PG. 319 

Monday, August 20, 2018

Movie Monday!

To All the Boys I've Loved Before PosterNetflix Find: I watched this 3 times this weekend. I ADORE IT. IT IS MY EVERYTHING. LARA JEAN + PETER= PERFECTION. Lana Condor is my new crush. Everything about this movie is special. The aesthetic, the actors, the story—GAH I am so in love!! I hadn’t read the book but I KNEW I needed to watch this movie. Instantly a new favorite rom-com! THE HOT TUB SCENE. ‘nuff said. Now give me the next movie!  

Love, Simon PosterRed Box Borrow: Adorableness to the MAXX. This was the sweetest little cinnamon roll of a movie. Again, having never read the book, Simon Vs. The Homosapien Agenda, I was still able to follow the movie’s plot, connect with the characters, and fall head over heels IN LOVE with it. Couple quick things: Matin was SO ANNOYING omg!! Simon’s friends were a-holes! AND OH MY GOSH THE FERRIS WHEEL SCENE?! Swoons. If you love YA this movie is for you!  

A Quiet Place Poster
Red Box Borrow: Oh my goodness gracious. I WAS SLEEPING ON THIS MOVIE, GUYS! What the heck!? Why didn’t anyone force me to watch this sooner? It was an incredibly well executed thriller. The acting—top notch. The cinematography, the intensity, JUST EVERYTHING! I can’t rec this movie enough. Even if you’re not big into thrillers, this is a completely unique piece of art! I need the next one.  

Sunday, August 19, 2018

#SBPT: Go-To Book Recs!

Taylor’s Recs

I love stories that emotionally punch me in the face but also have a lot of hope and heart. For me a good read is a book that has a strong voice, strong feelings and strong, badass characters. These are 3 books that come to mind when people ask me for my favorites!

This book is just flat-out one of my all-time favorites. It’s fun, adventurous, validating and beautifully written. I need Brooke to read this so she can appreciate the fine treat that is a David Arnold book because each one is such a distinct type of reading experience. I also hope she’ll want to read Kids of Appetite and The Strange Fascinations too!

When I think of amazing nerdy YA books that are super strongly voiced, this book sits at the top of the list. I need Brooke to experience Frances and Aled’s story about podcasts and finding the people that help you be your own brand of weird, even if that takes you on a path you never expected.

I’d be lying if I said I didn’t partially recommend this book because I want Brooke to cry and have all the emotions I’ve had reading this book. Sorry, you’re in for a wild ride, but also a tremendous treat of brilliant, cathartic writing in this book. It’s absolutely a favorite of mine and this story means so much to me.

Brooke's Recs:

I love to read stories that fill me with giddiness, make me swoon, and give me all the feels--so when someone asks me for a good read, these are the 3 books that always come to mind straight away!

Alex, Approximately
Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett: I recommend this book to anyone and everyone. I freakin’ ADORED IT! It was the perfect, swoony summer read! I feel like Tay appreciates the swoon just as much as I do, so I thought she may enjoy this one!

Daughter of the Pirate King (Daughter of the Pirate King, #1)
Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller: SO. Basically, I’m a Pirate-Whore. I needed Taylor to join me on this ship! I absolutely loved this one and everyone could use some swashbuckling fun in their lives right?
Anna Dressed in Blood (Anna, #1)

Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake: WHO DOESN’T LOVE A BLOODY SUPERNATURAL THRILLER!? I’d be lying if I said the cover didn’t convince me to read this one. Luckily, the story inside was just as captivating. This book has romance, violence, heartbreak, AND LIKE?!? Yes, Taylor, please read this and be frightened IN A GOOD WAY?! Wow. Maybe i’m a terrible #SBPT partner lolol