Cover Reveal: This Love by Hilaria Alexander

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Title: This Love

Author: Hilaria Alexander

Release Date: Aug 4, 2015

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Synopsis:

Running off to Amsterdam is the best decision Ella ever made in her life. In just a few months, she’s been able to put her past behind her and has found a new family and friends. She can almost ignore the voices in her head telling her this idyllic scenario is temporary.

When Lou Rivers shows up in Amsterdam, he’s the constant reminder of the life she led and the mistakes she made. As the two of them embark on an emotional and musical journey across Europe, Ella will have to face her own insecurities and make a decision that might break them apart forever.

Buy Link: Amazon






Cover Can we discuss how GORGEOUS this cover is? I’m loving it! PERFECTION!



My Thoughts:

I got to read This Love as Hilaria was working on it and instantly fell in love. I’ll have a full review to share on release day, but just know that I LOVE this book and I’m so excited for her!



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Random Update!

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Currently Reading:

In this asylum, your mind plays tricks on you all the time …

Delia’s new house isn’t just a house. Long ago, it was the Piven Institute for the Care and Correction of Troubled Females — an insane asylum nicknamed “Hysteria Hall.” However, many of the inmates were not insane, just defiant and strong willed. Kind of like Delia herself.

But the house still wants to keep “troubled” girls locked away. So, in the most horrifying way, Delia becomes trapped. And that’s when she learns that the house is also haunted.

Ghost girls wander the hallways in their old-fashioned nightgowns. A handsome ghost boy named Theo roams the grounds. Delia learns that all the spirits are unsettled and full of dark secrets. The house, too, harbors shocking truths within its walls — truths that only Delia can uncover, and that may set her free.

And she’ll need to act quickly — before the house’s power overtakes everything she loves.

Katie Alender brings heart-pounding suspense, gorgeous writing, and a feminist twist to this tale of memories and madness.

Updates:

I got Dead Girls of Hysteria Hall from Scholastic and am LOVING it so far. I’ve read a few of Katie Alender’s books before and always enjoy them. However…this one is my favorite of hers so far! Full review to come when I finish.

That said, I haven’t done much lately because I’ve been working on my first paper for Grad school. My class last fall didn’t require a paper and I didn’t take anything in the spring, so this is my first time to write a graduate level paper and it is kicking my butt.

Side note: Never read a Katie Alender book while also writing a paper on a Poe story…talk about creepy dreams!

ALSO!! I have a new library this year! I went one day last week for a brief while before a new employee orientation and I love my space, but I have a LOT of work to do. The school hadn’t had a librarian since around November, so tons of things were in the wrong spot on the shelves. I’m not OCD by any means except for when it comes to my shelving.

Which brings me to another point…I’m thinking of taking on the task of organizing my fiction by genre. I’ve searched pinterest and found several articles on it, but it still seems like a HUGE undertaking. If anyone has any tips on what to do then feel free to share because it seems like a huge idea.

I also have some crafting in mind for book ends and what not. I’m not crafty, so that should be interesting, for sure.

Well, back to Poe for now. I’ll be glad to finish this paper and get it turned in Thursday!

-M

Currently Reading: The Trouble with Destiny

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My Thoughts:

Okay, so no actual review for awhile as this doesn’t release until December, but…SO cute! I really like Lauren Morrill’s other books, so I was excited to get this one on Netgalley. A talent competition and the main character is drum major and competing with her band? Yes, please!

So good so far! I’m glad to say that I’m enjoying it as much as her previous books!

Book info:

It’s not about the destination, it’s about the journey…

With her trusty baton and six insanely organized clipboards, drum major Liza Sanders is about to take Destiny by storm—the boat, that is. When Liza discovered that her beloved band was losing funding, she found Destiny, a luxury cruise ship complete with pools, midnight chocolate buffets, and a $25,000 spring break talent show prize.

Liza can’t imagine senior year without the band, and nothing will distract her from achieving victory. She’s therefore not interested when her old camp crush, Lenny, shows up on board, looking shockingly hipster-hot. And she’s especially not interested in Russ, the probably-as-dumb-as-he-is-cute prankster jock whose ex, Demi, happens be Liza’s ex–best friend and leader of the Athenas, a show choir that’s the band’s greatest competition.

But it’s not going to be smooth sailing. After the Destiny breaks down, all of Liza’s best-laid plans start to go awry. Liza likes to think of herself as an expert at almost everything, but when it comes to love, she’s about to find herself lost at sea.

Currently Reading: Modern Romance

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Book Info:

Now a New York Times Bestseller

A hilarious, thoughtful, and in-depth exploration of the pleasures and perils of modern romance from one of this generation’s sharpest comedic voices

At some point, every one of us embarks on a journey to find love. We meet people, date, get into and out of relationships, all with the hope of finding someone with whom we share a deep connection. This seems standard now, but it’s wildly different from what people did even just decades ago. Single people today have more romantic options than at any point in human history. With technology, our abilities to connect with and sort through these options are staggering. So why are so many people frustrated?

Some of our problems are unique to our time. “Why did this guy just text me an emoji of a pizza?” “Should I go out with this girl even though she listed Combos as one of her favorite snack foods? Combos?!” “My girlfriend just got a message from some dude named Nathan. Who’s Nathan? Did he just send her a photo of his penis? Should I check just to be sure?”

But the transformation of our romantic lives can’t be explained by technology alone. In a short period of time, the whole culture of finding love has changed dramatically. A few decades ago, people would find a decent person who lived in their neighborhood. Their families would meet and, after deciding neither party seemed like a murderer, they would get married and soon have a kid, all by the time they were twenty-four. Today, people marry later than ever and spend years of their lives on a quest to find the perfect person, a soul mate.

For years, Aziz Ansari has been aiming his comic insight at modern romance, but forModern Romance, the book, he decided he needed to take things to another level. He teamed up with NYU sociologist Eric Klinenberg and designed a massive research project, including hundreds of interviews and focus groups conducted everywhere from Tokyo to Buenos Aires to Wichita. They analyzed behavioral data and surveys and created their own online research forum on Reddit, which drew thousands of messages. They enlisted the world’s leading social scientists, including Andrew Cherlin, Eli Finkel, Helen Fisher, Sheena Iyengar, Barry Schwartz, Sherry Turkle, and Robb Willer. The result is unlike any social science or humor book we’ve seen before.

In Modern Romance, Ansari combines his irreverent humor with cutting-edge social science to give us an unforgettable tour of our new romantic world.



So Far So Good!

I’m loving Aziz’s take on dating in today’s world. I think I initially went in expecting it to be more comical than it is. That’s not to say that it isn’t funny, but it is actually filled with GOOD information and proof that he did plenty of research.

I highly recommend it to anyone who loves Aziz’s comedy or just someone interested in reading about dating.

I hope to finish soon for a full review, but had to go ahead and share about how much I’m enjoying so far!

-M

Book Suggestion! This Song Will Save Your Life

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I originally posted THIS REVIEW for This Song Will Save Your Life back in October of 2013. However, I absolute LOVE this book and still recommend it to people! That said, I noticed in a post from Fierce Reads that it is currently on sale in ebook form for $2.99.

Do yourself a favor and GET THIS BOOK! Emotion wise this book is spot on as far as being completely realistic. Plus the idea of it revolving around DJ’ing is different from other ideas in YA.

So, check out my review from way back on TSWSYL and then head here for Kindle to get your copy.

SUCH a great book!

-M

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

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Book Info:

What if all the crushes you ever had found out how you felt about them…all at once?

Lara Jean Song keeps her love letters in a hatbox her mother gave her. They aren’t love letters that anyone else wrote for her; these are ones she’s written. One for every boy she’s ever loved—five in all. When she writes, she pours out her heart and soul and says all the things she would never say in real life, because her letters are for her eyes only. Until the day her secret letters are mailed, and suddenly, Lara Jean’s love life goes from imaginary to out of control.

Release date: April 2014

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

My Thoughts:

Honestly, when I started reading, I thought there would be more to deal with the fall out of the letters being mailed out. Maybe a big ordeal that involved the entire school? No idea, but I did not fully expect what I got. That’s not to say that I didn’t like how the story played out.

First of all, I loved Lara Jean. YA needs more of her. A dorky, good girl. LOVE HER. Like, I feel like I was her in high school even? Minus the letter writing…it was cute in the story, but it’d be a bit too dorky in real life. Her idea of the letters was sweet, but I even felt bad for her with them. Girl, TELL PEOPLE HOW YOU FEEL!

Ultimately though, that was the point. Lara Jean has to grow up and tell how she feels and not hide behind her feelings.

SUCH a great story and I’m already dying to read book two, PS I Still Love You. I hope that she is able to work everything out from the last book. Either way, I’m rooting for her.

In all, I’d highly recommend this to someone who is a Sarah Dessen fan. Lara Jean and her situation reminded me so much of some of the cute stories in those books.

-M