Top Ten Tuesday
December 1, 2015 posted by Nichole

Top 2016 Debuts Novels We Are Looking Forward To

Top Ten TuesdayHi, everyone! Welcome back to Top Ten Tuesday! This meme is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Today’s topic is Top 2016 Debuts Novels We Are Looking Forward To. After reviewing a list of 2016 debuts, I found six titles that really interested me. Take a look below. All titles are link to the GR page for more info.


  1. The Reader by Traci Chee
The Reader

2. The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye

The Crown's Game

3. Thief of Lies

thief of lies

4. Bookishly Ever After by Isabel Bandeira

bookishly ever after

5.  Holding Court by K.C. Held

Holding Court

6. Crossing the Line by Meghan Rogers

crossing the line


Blog Tour
November 30, 2015 posted by Nichole

Announcing the 2015 Debut Authors Bash Schedule

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Hi everyone!!!

The 2015 Debut Authors Bash kicks off tomorrow (or in some cases, today.) I wanted to make sure that you all had access to the official tour schedule. Take a look below! (Everything is liked through the 10th. Links will be updated on a daily basis.)

December 1st

PBC – N.K. Traver

The Phantom Paragrapher – Elaine Dimopoulos

Book Briefs – Rhiannon Thomas

Media Geeks Unite – Jasmine Warga

(Not) Write In The Head – Natasha Sinel 

Books As You Know It – Moriah McStay

The Perks of Being a Book Girl – Ingrid Sundberg

A Perfection Called Books – Stacey Lee

December 2nd

The Perks of Being a Book Girl – Carol Riggs

BYOBook Reviews – Lynn Lindquist

The Unofficial Addiction Book Fan Club – Gina Ciocca

Platypire Reviews – Rachel A. Marks

Write Writing Written – Valynne E. Maetani

PBC – Ann Jacobus 

21st Century Once Upon A Times – Sona Charaipotra

Media Geeks Unite- Lauren Gibaldi Mathur

December 3rd

Adventures in YA Publishing- Kim Savage

Book Flame – Becky Wallace

The Eater of Books! – Romina Russell

Little Bookworm Reviews – Stephanie Oakes

Teen Librarian Toolbox – Fonda Lee

ReadWriteLove28 – Eve Ainsworth

SleepsOnTables – Mikaela Everett

December 4th

Pimples, Popularity, and Protagonists – Jackie Lea Sommers

The Turning Pages – Maggie Lehrman

RoloPoloBookBlog – Kate McGovern

YaReads- Natalie Tilghman

The Book Lovers’ Lounge – Lee Kelly

December 5th

Lisa Loves Literature – Holly Bodger

Write Writing Written – Mary McCoy

I Feel the Need, the Need to Read – Laura Liddell Nolen

Derpy Reviews – Karen Bao

The Phantom Paragrapher – Jen Brooks

The Hardcover Lover – Kate Scelsa

December 6th

Between Printed Pages – Lauren James

The Lovely Books – Jenn Marie Thorne

Emily Reads Everything – Mandy Mikulencak

Bibliobibuli YA – Carol Masciola

December 7th

Book Briefs – Brianna Shrum

Diane’s Book Blog – Sarah Ahiers

 Clear Eyes, Full Shelves – Cordelia Jensen

The Reading Nook Reviews – Jennifer Latham

Platypire Reviews – E. Katherine Kottaras

Swoony Boys Podcast – Sarah J. Schmitt 

December 8th

Reading is My Treasure – Ami Allen-Vath

Bibliophilia, Please – Tessa Elwood

Curling Up With A Good Book – Alexandra Sirowy

I Feel the Need, the Need to Read – Angelica Jackson

Book Flame – Lisa Aldin

Lisa Loves Literature – Lance Rubin

December 9th

bibliophilekid – Catherine Doyle

Go Read a Book- Michelle Levy

Book Lovers Life – Rachel Shane

Spiced Latte Reads – Susan Adrian

Stuff and Nonsense – Jen Klein

December 10th

Don’t Fold the Page – Anna-Marie McLemore

Two Chicks on Books – Jenny Martin

The Book Beacon – Randy Ribay

Books As You Know It – Mackenzi Lee

What Sarah Read – Cindy Rodriguez

(Not) Write In The Head – Darci Manley

December 11th

21st Century Once Upon A Times – Stefanie Lyons

(Not) Write In The Head – Katie M. Stout

YaReads – Lori Goldstein

5 Girls Book Reviews – Melissa Hurst

Cassandra M’s Place – Meredith Moore

Rockin’ Book Reviews – Dawn Green

Bibliophilia, Please – Melody Maysonet

Birds that love words – Madeline Dyer

December 12th

YaReads- Sharon Roat

Adventures in Reading – Amanda Panitch

Pandora’s Books – Heather Petty

December 13th

the bookdragon – Emily Adrian

Rachel’s Book Reviews – Marie Marquardt

SleepsOnTables – Francesca Zappia

Book Lovers Life- Trina St. Jean

December 14th

Derpy Reviews – Austin Aslan

Here’s to Happy Endings – Maggie Hall

Go Read A Book – Marci Curtis

Crossroad Reviews – Shalanda Stanley

BYOBook Reviews – Melinda Salisbury

Diane’s Book Blog – Stacie Ramey

Swoony Boys Podcast -Jennifer Niven

December 15th

Birds that love words – charlotte huang

Her Book Thoughts – Michelle Falkoff

Rockin’ Book Reviews – Shannon Grogan

The Book Beacon – Lisa Freeman

PBC- Anne Boles Levy

Go Read A Book – Emily Ross

Pimples, Popularity, and Protagonists – Kathryn Holmes

Rachel’s Book Reviews – Stephanie Tromly







Blog Things
November 26, 2015 posted by Nichole

Happy Thanksgiving!!!!

Happy Thanksgiving & Happy Holidays, everyone!!!! We hope you are all safe during the holidays! Let us know what you’re thankful for in the comments section below!


Blog Things
November 25, 2015 posted by Nichole

Introducing Our New Blogger/Reviewer!!!

Hi everyone!!!


I am SO EXCITED to introduce our new team member, Pavan! Learn more about her below!!! Welcome to the team!!!!


PavanTell us a little bit about yourself

I’m currently 19 years old living in Sydney, Australia. I’ve loved reading since I was a young girl and don’t have plans to stop any time soon! I am the middle child in my family, with one older sister and one younger brother. I also have an adorable dog named Max.

Fave YA book?

Picking one book is extremely difficult since it seems to change every time I read an amazing book! One constant though is Harry Potter. Any book in the HP series can be my favourite depending on my mood. However I also absolutely ADORE Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder (I’m not quite sure if this is considered YA or not)-if you haven’t read this book yet DO IT.

Fave YA couple?

One YA couple that will always be a favourite of mine is Taylor Markham and Jonah Griggs from On The Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta. If you have not read this book I would seriously recommend adding it to your TBR!!

Fave book to movie adaptation? 

Ok so book to move adaptions have been pretty hit or miss with me. Other than the obvious Harry Potter love that I have, one of my all time favourite adaptions is Looking for Alibrandi. The novel by Melina Marchetta has been a long time favourite and the movie was just filled with amazingness! Yes there were differences from the book but I still felt that connection with Josie and just loved every minute of it.

Fave author?

JK ROWLING! Other than the queen, I am also a HUGE fan of Melina Marchetta.

What is your Fave genre?

My favourite genre has to be Young Adult High Fantasy. That is my number 1. but I also really enjoy most genres within the YA umbrella.

Where can we typically find you on a Saturday night?

On  a Saturday you could typically find me reading a book, watching a movie or catching up on TV shows. Or working on an assignment from University that I have left to the last minute-oops!

Top Ten Tuesday
November 24, 2015 posted by Nichole

Personal Thankful List

Top Ten TuesdayHi, everyone! Welcome back to Top Ten Tuesday! This meme is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Today’s topic is Top Ten Things I’m Thankful for. Instead of a bookish list, I chose to focus on my personal thankful list. The holidays are a time to embrace the things and people that you love, and I want to honor them this Thanksgiving.


  1. My mom – She is, by far, the most important person in my life. I would be nothing without her. I’m so excited to share the holidays with her.
  2. My cats- All three of them <3 I would choose them over most everyone.
  3.  My nieces and nephews – I would take a bullet for them. I’m so excited to make their holidays extra special and to see the excitement in their eyes. I love them to pieces.
  4. YaReads & YaReads Blog Tours – I’m worked so hard on both of these websites for the past 4-5 years. I’m so thankful that I’ve had this opportunity
  5. The Blogging Community – I’ve never been part of such a close knit, loving community in all of my life. I’m so thankful that I became a part of this!
  6. Starbucks – Yes, I’m bringing out the selfish part of me. I just really love coffee.
  7. My Nook – Yes, I love you a lot.
  8. Netflix – Thank you for existing
  9. The 2015 debut authors – Thank you so much for working with me on the 2015 debut authors bash.
  10. All of you – Thank you for sticking with YaReads even during the reading/blogging funks. You make it all worth it!
Blog Tour
November 23, 2015 posted by Nichole

Book Blitz: Awaken by Christy Sloat

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AwakenAwaken by Christy Sloat

Genre: YA Fantasy/Fairytale retelling

Published November 17th, 2015

Published by Anchor Group Publishing


“Happily ever after is hers for the taking.”
Once upon a time I found myself locked away in Spindle Ridge Asylum, punished for a murder I didn’t commit. It was all part of Maleficent’s evil plan. I didn’t remember who I was then … now I do. My name is Aurora, and I am the rightful queen of this realm. Armed with my memories, I’m ready to take charge of my kingdom once more. Happily ever after evades me, yet I long to claim it with my true love, Sawyer, beside me. That fairy tale ending seems impossible with him locked in the thralls of a sleeping curse. As much as I’d love to sit by his bedside and eagerly await a cure, I must first travel into the terrifying Dark Woods to stop Raven from stripping me of all that is rightfully mine. I am not only a queen, but a warrior who will fight for her kingdom. Some may die. Blood will be shed. But when this ending comes, I will settle for nothing less than a blissful ever after.

About the Author: 

Christy Sloat is a SoCal born girl who resides in New Jersey currently with her husband, two daughters and Sophie her Chihuahua. Christy has embraced the love of reading and writing since her youth and was inspired by her grandmother’s loving support. Christy passes that love of reading, writing, and creativity to her daughters, family, and friends. When you do not find Christy within the pages of a book you can find her being mommy, wife, crafter, and dear friend. She loves adventurous journeys with her friends and can be known to get lost inside a bookstore. Be sure to venture into her Past Lives Series, The Visitor’s Series, and watch for many more exciting things to come.
Check out her website
Facebook: Christy Sloat Author
Twitter: @ChristySloat
The Excerpt:
I took a breath and let all of my energy go to my fingers.
My body still.
My heart beating a mile a minute.
The next breath would be a release.
Focus. Focus.
The next breath came, and with my fingers, where all of my strength remained, I let go. The arrow flew through the air, the only thing moving. I was still as I watched it slam into the target. It hit very center of the target just like I wanted.
“Yes!” I shouted.
Sawyer would have been so proud of me.  And just like that my excitement was gone. My mind now on him as he lay up in a bed, alone.
“Rory, don’t do this to yourself,” Gray said holding my arm. She knew what practicing archery did to me. She knew that I was great at it, but also that every time I did something fantastic, I missed his touch. She knew all of this without me even telling her a word because she knows me best.
“I have to go, Gray. I have to go see him and tell him about this,” I said, fighting the tears.
“No. You don’t have to go, you want to go. You’re running away, and I won’t let you,” she said sternly.
I tried to fight, but she won as she pulled me harder and into her arms.
I cried softly as she assured me we would find a way to wake him.
I pulled away and questioned, “Will we? It’s been two months and Merryweather and Flora have not sent word. They haven’t sent word because they haven’t found anything!”
Gray kept her calm face, even though I was breaking apart inside.
“Merryweather and Flora will find something, Rory. They will. We have to have faith in them. You, above all, should trust that they will not return until they find a cure for him. Look at all they did for you when you were trapped here.” Guilt slammed into me as I thought of Merryweather and how she did protect me when she took my memories away. Flora was always protective and never harsh in any way. Even when the other nurses were awful to me—like Betty or Raven—Flora, Merryweather and Fauna were kind and gentle. Always.
They were the three best fairies I had ever known, besides Gray, and here I was being ungrateful.
“Sorry,” I muttered. “You’re right. I’m just … I’m breaking inside, Gray.”
She smiled kindly and said, “And I break inside for you. But now is not the time to lose it. Now is the time to stand up and fight back, Rory. Do it for him. Because you know if he could he’d tell you to put yourself back together and defeat her.”
A smile formed on my wet lips. I wiped the tears away and picked up my bow.
I looked across the yard to where my arrow had flown. I was growing stronger as each day passed. The only thing that kept me going was the knowledge that I was going to kill Raven when I had the chance.
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Book Reviews
November 22, 2015 posted by Nichole

Reviewer Position Closed

Hi everyone!


This is just an update to let everyone know that our new reviewer position is closed! We are thrilled about our new addition to YaReads, and we cannot wait to introduce her!! Keep an eye out for an exclusive interview with our new reviewer! She will begin posting & interacting very soon!!!

adult books
November 20, 2015 posted by Nichole

Review: The Surrender Series by Priscilla West

Forbidden Surrender“What gives you a thrill Kristen?”

The minute I saw Vincent Sorenson, I knew he was trouble. Billionaire. Bad boy. And dangerously sexy. He was everything I craved, and nothing I needed. 

Unfortunately, I couldn’t just avoid him. The higher ups at my company decided they needed his business, and I was on the team to bring him in. Vincent Sorenson didn’t seem as interested in business as he was in me, but I knew that was a door better left unopened. If I got involved with him, it would only unearth the pain I spent years trying to bury.

I thought I had it under control, but I seriously underestimated Vincent’s seductive charm and silver-tongue. I would soon find out how delicious it would feel to let myself fall into this forbidden surrender.


My Review:

I am currently doing my own NetGalley challenge and trying to go through and make sure I read and review all of the books I’ve requested. Obviously…I request quicker than I can read. I came across this series on my Dashboard, and I’ve actually already read this! I just forgot to review it.

I………..didn’t like this series at all. I know that sounds horrible! But it just……wasn’t overly amazing. I thought that it was very cliché, the writing wasn’t anything that wow’d me, and the characters were annoying. We’ve all read about (or heard about) the innocent, naïve, slightly stupid female character who falls head over heels in love with the Billionaire bad boy and then acts like a total whipped idiot for the rest of the book….or series, in this case. And it just continued to get worse as the series progressed.

By the time I got to the last book in the series, I was skimming every other page and rolling my eyes. There was just nothing original going on.


Maybe this series is for some, but I wasn’t impressed.


Rating for the whole series : ★☆☆☆☆

Top Ten Tuesday
November 17, 2015 posted by Nichole

Top Ten Book To Movie Adaptations I’m Looking Forward To

Top Ten Tuesday

Hi, everyone! Welcome back to Top Ten Tuesday! This meme is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Today’s topic is Top Ten Book To Movie Adaptations I’m Looking Forward To. I know this isn’t the “assigned” topic for the week, but I’m not very good with remembering quotes!


1. The 5th Wave – Now I’m pretty sure that they’re going to screw this movie up….but that’s okay! I LOVED this book, and I can’t WAIT to see the movie. We watched the trailer the other day when we went to go see Love the Coopers. After watching it, my mom turned to me and said “When did you read that book?! You didn’t tell me about it! I want to read that!” Hence….excitement!

2. Pride & Prejudice & Zombies – I assume that I’m going to be very critical of this one, because Pride & Prejudice is one of my favorite movies EVER….but I have to give this one a shot!

3. The Jungle Book – DUH! I can’t wait!

4. The Silver Chair by C.S. Lewis – I wasn’t aware that they were making another Narnia! I thought that they were done due to the horrible ratings of the last movie. I”M SO EXCITED!

5. The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken – LOVED this book!

6. Looking for Alaska by John Green – I haven’t read this book, but I LOVED TFIOS!

7. The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith – I haven’t read this one either, but I’m really excited!



That’s all I have…..I’m not too familiar with all the book to movie adaptations!

Blog Tour
November 17, 2015 posted by Nichole

Emerge Blog Tour: Guest Post with Melissa A. Craven

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emergeEmerge by Melissa A. Craven
(The Awakening #1)
Publication date: April 1st 2015
Genres: Paranormal, Urban Fantasy, Young Adult

Allie Carmichael has always believed life is simple.

You’re born. You live. You die.
She has no cause to believe that equation works differently for her, but there has to be a reason the world treats her like a pariah.

When an unexpected move to Kelleys Island brings Aidan McBrien crashing into her life, Allie is thrown by his reaction. He doesn’t shrink from her touch. He doesn’t stutter or make a quick exit. He smiles and welcomes her into his circle of friends, who aren’t exactly comfortable with Allie, but they seem to get her in a way most people don’t.

Finally, Allie has a real shot at normal and rides that high right up to her sixteenth birthday when she wakes in agony—an experience Aidan insists they have all faced. She struggles in ignorance, uncertain of what is real and what isn’t. When she emerges, Allie is different. She has always been different, but even among her extraordinary friends, she and Aidan are special.

As Allie struggles to maintain her tenuous grasp on the power that threatens to overwhelm her, she worries she will lose herself in this strange new world. A dangerous world where she will have to fight tooth and nail to defend the power and freedom that is her birthright.

…only Allie hates to fight.

About the Author
Melissa A. Craven (the “A” stands for Ann–in case you were wondering) was born near Atlanta, Georgia, but moved to Cleveland, Ohio at the age of seventeen. She still thinks of Cleveland as home, so it was only natural for Emerge to take place there.
Today, she is back in Atlanta–for some reason she can’t seem to stay away from the ungodly heat that makes her long for things like “lake effect snow”and wind that will knock you flat.
Melissa decided a long time ago that the “life checklist” everyone else was clutching so tightly in their fists, just wasn’t for her. She does everything backwards because she is weird like that, but then, she is an artist and artists are notoriously “unique” and “quirky.”
She is an avid student of art and design, and received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of West Georgia in 2009. She worked as an interior designer for several years, but she’s always thought she might like to be a writer when she grows up.
In her spare time, if she has any, she enjoys shopping for derelict furniture she refinishes to exercise the interior design part of her brain.

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Read below for a guest post with the author!


My top ten Favorite moments from Emerge: The Awakening

When I first started writing, I did it because it was fun and completely addictive. And then fun time was over and it was time to tear it up and put it back together. Editing was sometimes tedious, but after two years of serious rewriting, editing and rewriting again, these are the moments that will always be my favorites.

When Allie meets Aidan

This is an early part of the book for the reader, but it’s truly one of my favorite moments for the series as a whole. Allie and Aidan have been heading toward this pivotal moment for so freaking long! When they literally crash into each other, it gets me every time. The reader won’t really see just how big this scene is until they’ve read Emerge: The Edge.

On the ferryboat with Aidan: aka when Aidan figures it out

This is a fun moment for me because I know what’s going on in Aidan’s head and it makes me laugh every time. They are so not on the same page during this scene! This is one of the few moments from The Awakening that overlaps with The Edge so the reader will eventually get to see what’s going through Aidan’s mind here.

The Awakening

I love and hate this chapter. I love it because this is where Allie finally begins to understand what makes her different. I hate it because I’ve written it a thousand different ways. I wanted her Awakening to be an experience for both Allie and the reader and for son long it was just this thing that happened to her. It finally came to fruition when I threw everything out and let myself consider a completely different scenario.

Allie breaks Aidan’s hand

Allie doesn’t know her own strength here and she’s just been told something about her new life that she’s less than thrilled about. In her agitation, she squeezes Aidan’s hand a bit too hard and the result makes me giggle!

The beach serenade

This is hands down, my favorite moment for several reasons. This is where Aidan first plays the violin for Allie using his gift. Music has been such a huge inspiration to me throughout the writing of this book. Whenever I read this part, I think of all the songs that have played a part in the creation of my story and I can just hear it all pouring out of Aidan. And there are other reasons this is my favorite chapter, but no spoilers!!

The games

The games are my favorite fun part of the book. I loved writing this chapter and the action is such a great timeout from the intensity of Allie’s life up to this point. And this is where we get to meet Aidan’s uncle, Liam and his brother, Darius. I love writing these two characters.

When Aidan finally gets it

I don’t want to give too much away here, so I’ll just share a quote from Allie. Allie is only sixteen and she’s been through a lot, but she knows what she wants and what she isn’t ready for.

“I don’t want to be that girl who’s nothing without her boyfriend. I want to be a reflection of what I love—of who I am on my own, not just an empty echo of who I love.”

New gifts suck

Refraining from spoilers, I’ll just say Allie’s emerging gift in this chapter is hilarious. I feel bad for Aidan, I should be nicer to him.

Bleeding out (Imagine Dragons)

This one was right up there with The Awakening chapter. Allie’s in a bind in this scene and Aidan will do anything to help her. The original version of this situation happened in so many different locations and scenarios. It was really ridiculous how many times I rewrote this chapter. But Imagine Dragons put it all into perspective for me. Some how, Bleeding Out just got me in the zone and I did a total rewrite and loved it.

Last lines

Way back in the early days, the book had a very different ending. I can’t really remember when I changed it, but as last lines go, this one is a game changer and might be my proudest moment as a writer.