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April 23, 2014 posted by Nichole

The Treatment Blog Tour: Character Interview with Suzanne Young

Hi everyone! Welcome back!

 

I am so excited to be on The Treatment Blog Tour! I read The Program a couple weeks ago and OH MY GOODNESS. So much happens during that book! I’m excited to read The Treatment and see what’s up next for Sloane and James. Make sure you read The Program and check out The Treatment when it hits stores on April 29th!

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Can Sloane and James survive the lies and secrets surrounding them, or will The Program claim them in the end? Find out in this sequel to The Program, which Publishers Weekly called “chilling and suspenseful.”

How do you stop an epidemic?

Sloane and James are on the run after barely surviving the suicide epidemic and The Program. But they’re not out of danger. Huge pieces of their memories are still missing, and although Sloane and James have found their way back to each other, The Program isn’t ready to let them go.

Escaping with a group of troubled rebels, Sloane and James will have to figure out who they can trust, and how to take down The Program. But for as far as they’ve come, there’s still a lot Sloane and James can’t remember. The key to unlocking their past lies with the Treatment—a pill that can bring back forgotten memories, but at a high cost. And there’s only one dose.

Ultimately when the stakes are at their highest, can Sloane and James survive the many lies and secrets surrounding them, or will The Program claim them in the end?

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17948607-the-treatment

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/The-Treatment-Program-Suzanne-Young/dp/1442445831

Barnes and Noble:  http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-treatment-suzanne-young/1115553209?ean=9781442445833

 

Suzanne Young

Suzanne Young

Originally from New York, Suzanne Young moved to Arizona to pursue her dream of not freezing to death. She currently resides in Tempe, where she teaches high school English. When not writing obsessively, Suzanne can be found searching her own tragic memories for inspiration.

Suzanne is the author of several books for teens, including THE PROGRAM, A NEED SO BEAUTIFUL, and A WANT SO WICKED.

Blog: http://suzanne-young.blogspot.com/

Twitter:  http://www.twitter.com/@suzanne_young

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/suzanneyoungauthor

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/164576.Suzanne_Young

 

And nooooow for the character interview!

 

(After The Program, before The Treatment)

My first few questions are for Sloane:

What is next for you and James?

We run. The Program is after us, and now we can’t go back home. I’m not sure we ever will. In the meantime, we’ll make our own home—withThe Program each other. At least… for as long as we’re free.

Do you think that you will ever be able to forgive your parents for what they did to you?

Yes, but first they’d have to see what the Program has done to us. They’d have to understand how I’ve been hurt, damaged. I’ll never be able to trust again. The Program has changed me. I need them to understand that before I forgive them.

At the end of The Program you had decided not to take the pill that would restore your memories. Don’t you think that you’re owed the truth?

Right now, I don’t know what’s true. I want to be me—but what if who I am now disappears when I take that pill? Changes the way I feel about myself, about James. I can’t take that chance. I just want to live.

What are your true feelings toward Realm?

I don’t know. He’s my friend, my best friend from what I can remember. But I know he’s keeping secrets from me. But at this point… who isn’t?

My next questions are for James:

Now that you’re reunited with Sloane, what are your feelings toward her?

How dirty can I make this? Keep it appropriate—okay. I think she’s a smartass, a rebel—the kind of girl who can get me killed. So obviously I’m completely mad about her.

Do you remember her even just a little?

No. I don’t remember shit.

If you had the chance to restore your memories would you do it?

In a heartbeat. I deserve the truth.

What is your next plan? Fight or hide?

If it was just me, I’d fight. But first I have to make sure Sloane is safe from the Program. Even if I have to take them down myself.

My next couple questions are for Sloane’s mom.

Do you feel justified in your decision about what you did to Sloane?

What I did? I saved her life. It was the hardest decision I’ve ever made, but I love my daughter. I watched for weeks as she got sicker and sicker–there WAS no other choice.

Why do you believe so firmly in the Program?

Because Lacey Klamath is still alive and my son is not. I would do anything for my children—anything. This is the one chance we have, and if we get it wrong, they die. The Program saves lives. Sometimes the end justifies the means.

Obviously Sloane does not agree with your decision. Based on that information, would you do it to her again?

I would. I will always choose my child, and I’d rather have her hate me than dead.

When you noticed that Sloane had forgotten all about her past were you at all concerned?

Of course, but we can give her back some of what she lost. We can build new memories.

My last few questions are for Suzanne Young herself

What is with that ending?!?! What’s going to happen? Is everyone going to get a happy ending? I demand answers!

The end of The Program has Sloane and James on the run. There is an epilogue with a girl named Ally, but it’s there to show what Realm is up to, and how he still thinks of Sloane, how he really does love her the best way he can.

The Treatment picks up right where The Program left off, Sloane and James running. Along the way they meet up with some rebels. People lie. People get taken back to The Program. It’s a footrace, and no… not everyone will be happy. But the overall series is meant to be hopeful.

Is The Treatment going to be the last book in the series or will it continue on?

Right now it’s the last book. Sloane and James’s story is wrapped up.

What is your favorite scene or quote from The Treatment?

“My boyfriend is the biggest liar I’ve ever known. But it does it with the best of intentions.”

 

Thanks for stopping by YaReads!

 

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April 20, 2014 posted by Nichole

Blog Tour: Screaming Divas by Suzanne Kamata Review + Giveaway

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Publication Date: May 18th, 2014

Publisher: Merit Press

Pages: 208

Genre: YA Contemporary

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Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18442148-the-screaming-divas

The Book Depository: http://www.bookdepository.com/Screaming-Divas-Suzanne-Kamata/9781440572791

At sixteen, Trudy Baxter is tired of her debutante mom, her deadbeat dad, and her standing reservation at the juvenile detention center. Changing her name to Trudy Sin, she cranks up her major chops as a singer and starts a band, gathering around other girls ill at ease in their own lives. Cassie Haywood, would-have-been beauty queen, was scarred in an accident in which her alcoholic mom was killed. But she can still sing and play her guitar, even though she seeks way too much relief from the pain in her body and her heart through drugs, and way too much relief from loneliness through casual sex. Still, it’s Cassie who hears former child prodigy Harumi Yokoyama playing in a punk band at a party, and enlists her, outraging Harumi’s overbearing first-generation Japanese parents. The fourth member is Esther Shealy, who joins as a drummer in order to be close to Cassie–the long-time object of her unrequited love–and Harumi, her estranged childhood friend. Together, they are Screaming Divas, and they’re quickly swept up as a local sensation. Then, just as they are about to achieve their rock-girl dreams, a tragedy strikes.

About the Author:

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Back in the day, Suzanne Kamata spent a lot of time hanging out in a club in Columbia, South Carolina, much like the one in Screaming Divas. (The beat goes on . . .) She later wrote about musicians for The State newspaper, The Japan Times, and other publications. Now, she mostly writes novels. In her free time, she enjoys searching for the perfect fake fur leopard-print coat and listening to the Japanese all-girl band Chatmonchy. Her YA debut, Gadget Girl: The Art of Being Invisible was named the 2013-2014 APALA YA Honor Book and Grand Prize Winner of the Paris Book Festival. For more info, visithttp://www.suzannekamata.com or follow her on Twitter @shikokusue.

My Review:

I’m not the overall biggest fan of the YA contemporary genre, but I actually found this book to be rather refreshing. It had a laid back Joan Jett rocker feel to it that was pretty cool to read about. I really enjoyed that this book was focused around a female rock band. Not only was that empowering but it was cool!

Personally, I think that there were too many POV’s in Screaming Divas. Four POV’s was a bit much, especially since there was one girl who I  didn’t care for. Even though I thought that it was too many POV’s, I thought that it was executed well and everything blended well together. Again, though, I would have preferred that it come from one POV.

I really enjoyed that Screaming Divas was not the typical flowery, sunshiney, everyone be happy sort of YA contemporary book. There  was something dark and dangerous about it that I found really appealing. Even though it was dark and dangerous, though, it wasn’t too over done. The laid back feel to the book kept everything in check. I will say, though, that sex and drugs play a part in this book and that’s not going to be a topic for everyone.

The ending of this book was SHOCKING! Some things happened that I didn’t see coming and I was completely blindsided. I liked that element of surprise a lot. The ending of Screaming Divas is set up well for a second book and I think that it’s going to gain a lot of interest.

Overall, I thought that Screaming Divas was a good book. It was a solid read that continuously kept me interested. I liked it!

Pages: 208

Publication Date: May 18th, 2014

Publisher: Merit Press

Rating: : ★★★☆☆

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March 5, 2014 posted by Nichole

Sing Sweet Nightingale (The Dream War Saga #1) by Erica Cameron

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SING SWEET NIGHTINGALE

Author: Erica Cameron

Release Date: March 4, 2014

Pages: 320

Publisher: Spencer Hill Press

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Mariella Teagen hasn’t spoken a word in four years.

She pledged her voice to Orane, the man she loves—someone she only sees in her dreams. Each night, she escapes to Paradise, the world Orane created for her, and she sings for him. Mariella never believed she could stay in Paradise longer than a night, but two weeks before her eighteenth birthday, Orane hints that she may be able to stay forever.

Hudson Vincent made a pledge to never fight again.

Calease, the creature who created his dream world, swore that giving up violence would protect Hudson. But when his vow caused the death of his little brother, Hudson turned his grief on Calease and destroyed the dream world. The battle left him with new abilities and disturbing visions of a silent girl in grave danger—Mariella.

Now, Hudson is fighting to save Mariella’s life while she fights to give it away. And he must find a way to show her Orane’s true intentions before she is lost to Paradise forever.

 

My Review:

When I first started reading Sing Sweet Nightingale, I was on the fence. The whole concept of the main character, Mariella, not speaking and traveling to a dream world run by demons every night was a little odd. It definitely took me awhile to decide what I thought of it. Honestly, I wanted to DNF it at first, but I’m glad I didn’t! After I pushed through 50 or so pages of weirdness it actually started to get pretty good!

I enjoyed the adventure and slight paranormal aspect to Sing Sweet Nightingale. I like Hudson’s character most of all and how he was sent to save Mariella from this dream world. I didn’t overly love the concept of “boy comes in to save the day and rescue girl” but I enjoyed how it played out at the end. I wish that there would have been a slightly bigger paranormal theme going on. Maybe some mystical powers or a couple more bigger showdowns would have really brought the book to life.

Another thing that I enjoyed about Sing Sweet Nightingale was the lack of romance going on. I found it refreshing that it wasn’t all about Mariella and Hudson getting it on from page one. Really, there was barely any romance going on throughout the whole thing. I did find the ending a little odd with Mariella and Hudson. Where did THAT come from? But I enjoyed the chemistry between all of the characters and the overall fun quality to it.

The dream world that both Mariella and Hudson traveled to was beautifully unique. It takes quite some talent to create the visuals and coolness that Cameron created. Again, it was a little weird to read about, but I was a big fan of it! I found that world to be very interesting!

Overall, I did enjoy reading Sing Sweet Nightingale. Again, I wish there would have been a slightly bigger paranormal theme going on, but I found it to be a fun read. I’m interested to see what Cameron will come up with next!

 

About Erica:

Erica Cameron knew that writing was her passion when she turned a picture book into a mystery novella as a teen. That unnamed (1)piece wasn’t her best work, but it got her an A. After college, she used her degree in Psychology and Creative Writing to shape a story about a dreamworld. Then a chance encounter at a rooftop party in Tribeca made her dream career a reality.

Erica is many things but most notably the following: writer, reader, editor, dancer, choreographer, singer, lover of musical theater, movie obsessed, sucker for romance, Florida resident, and quasi-recluse. She loves the beach but hates the heat, has equal passion for the art of Salvador Dali and Venetian Carnival masks, has a penchant for unique jewelry and sun/moon décor pieces, and a desire to travel the entire world on a cruise ship. Or a private yacht. You know, whatever works.

Her debut novel Sing Sweet Nightingale releases March 4, 2014 from Spencer Hill Press. It is the first book in The Dream War Saga.

Erica is represented by Danielle Chiotti at Upstart Crow Literary. However, for subrights inquiries on Sing Sweet Nightingale, contact Rebecca Mancini at Rights Mix. Regarding publicity for The Dream War Saga, contact Cindy Thomas at cthomas {@} spencerhillcontemporary {.} com.

To contact Erica, try:
Website  |  Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Goodreads
Tumblr  |  Pinterest  |  Google+  |  The Mystical Demystified

Photo by Lani Woodland

Giveaway Details

2 finished copies of the book, plus a grand prize basket! US Only.
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Tour Schedule

Week One:

3/3/2014- Bookish Things & more- Review

3/3/2014- Bibliophilia, Please- Interview

3/4/2014- Lola’s Reviews- Review

3/4/2014- A Backwards Story- Guest Post

3/5/2014- YaReads- Review

3/5/2014- Addicted Readers- Interview

3/6/2014- Once Upon A Twilight- Review

3/6/2014- The Unofficial Addiction Book Fan Club- Guest Post

3/7/2014- Seeing Night Reviews – Review

3/7/2014- The Irish Banana Review- Guest Post

Week Two:

3/10/2014- Chasm of Books- Review

3/10/2014- Lost in Ever After- Interview

3/11/2014- The Demon Librarian- Review

3/11/2014- Paulette’s Papers- Guest Post

3/12/2014- Poisoned Rationality- Review

3/12/2014- The Best Books Ever- Interview

3/13/2014- Spiced Latte Reads- Review

3/13/2014- Dark Novella- Guest Post

3/14/2014- A Dream Within A Dream- Review

3/14/2014- Parajunkee’s View- Interview

Book Reviews
March 4, 2014 posted by Nichole

Half Bad (Half Life Trilogy #1) – Sally Green

18079804A stunning, magical debut. An international sensation.

In modern-day England, witches live alongside humans: White witches, who are good; Black witches, who are evil; and fifteen-year-old Nathan, who is both. Nathan’s father is the world’s most powerful and cruel Black witch, and his mother is dead. He is hunted from all sides. Trapped in a cage, beaten and handcuffed, Nathan must escape before his sixteenth birthday, at which point he will receive three gifts from his father and come into his own as a witch—or else he will die. But how can Nathan find his father when his every action is tracked, when there is no one safe to trust—not even family, not even the girl he loves?

In the tradition of Patrick Ness and Markus Zusak, Half Bad is a gripping tale of alienation and the indomitable will to survive, a story that will grab hold of you and not let go until the very last page.

 

Half Bad is one of those books that just pops out of nowhere and slaps you in the face with how good it is. I picked this one up because it was about witches, and who doesn’t love witches? I was amazed at how raw and powerful the storyline was. I was so intrigued and mind blown over the twists and turns that Sally Green provided. I felt like I was constantly being knocked off my feet. Whenever I picked myself back up again, I was instantly knocked back down.

When I first started Half Bad, I didn’t like it. That didn’t last long; it only lasted about 20 pages. The problem was that it’s written in second person point of view for the first two chapters, and I cannot stand having the word “you” thrown around that much. My preference is first person. I can handle third person POV, but do NOT stick me with second person POV. I actually almost DNF’d it right away because of that. So if you have that same problem starting out don’t freak out. Stick with it and it WILL get better!

What I absolutely loved about Half Bad was all of the messages thrown around. I loved how Half Bad really twisted around the common definitions for black and white. White magic is often depicted as “good” while black is “bad.” This book really makes you think about those concepts since the “white” witches were very hostile, abusive, aggressive, and dangerous. The “black” witches weren’t the best witches, either, but I did see more good come from them than the white witches. I think that’s a great concept for people to think about. It’s difficult to just place people in certain categories, and I felt that Half Bad did a really great job challenging those beliefs.

While Half Bad is about witches and is obviously a paranormal read, Contemporary lovers are going to absolutely adore this one. It’s actually pretty low key on the paranormal aspects. It focuses a lot more on Nathan’s trauma and trying to work around his personal scars. My heart broke for Nathan so many times. It was difficult for me at times to watch this little boy grow up in a semi normal life and then watch three years of his life be full or torture and abuse. Once Nathan is captured, he is never the same. I thought that Half Bad did a good job of showcasing trauma, depression, and mental illness. It seems weird to me that so much could be going on in one book. I really think that this is a book that could suit lovers of all genres.

As far as romances go, Half Bad doesn’t really have any. Nathan has a crush on a girl from the very beginning of the book but that is so low key to the rest of the story. I feel like that relationship will probably grow a little more as the series continues. So people need to be aware that this is not a book to fall head over heels in love with a romance story. That aspect doesn’t really exist in this one. I actually found it a little creepy that Nathan was so hung up on his crush because he went for years without even seeing her. Seeing as they hadn’t seen each other since Nathan was 14, I felt that it was a little weird he was so hung up on her at 16 and 17.

On to a more negative note, the last 100 pages of Half Bad were very difficult to get through. It started to read more as an adult novel than a YA book. It also got reallllllly boring and weird. I obviously wasn’t going to DNF it when I had invested over 300 pages into the book, but if it had started out that way I never would have finished it. It concerns me a little bit about the second book. It’s rare that such a good book loses it’s heat toward the end….so….we’ll see.

Before I reached those last 100 pages, I was comparing Half Bad to the Harry Potter series. That’s how good it was. It obviously wasn’t AS GOOD as HP, but it’s been a long time since I’ve found such a good paranormal/witch book. However, I do wish that there would have been more magic and paranormal aspects to the book. Don’t go into this book thinking that it’s full of witches and magic. It’s not. While the majority of the characters are witches, I can’t really think of any magic that happened in the book. I can think of the “gifts” that some of the witches had, but this is not a book filled with wands, spells, and magic cauldrons.

Overall, I really enjoyed this one. It was originally a 5 star book for me, but those last 100 pages bumped it down to a 4. I would still recommend it, not only because it’s a great book but because it has also been optioned for film by Fox 2000. I will be reading the second book when it comes out, and I can’t wait to watch the movie. Fingers crossed that it happens!

 

Half Bad is out in stores today. Go buy your copy!

 

Pages: 416

Publication Date: March 4th, 2014

Publisher: Viking Juvenile

Rating: : ★★★★☆

 

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February 26, 2014 posted by Nichole

Blog Tour: Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith & Giveaway

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unnamedSixteen-year-old Austin Szerba interweaves the story of his Polish legacy with the storyof how he and his best friend , Robby, brought about the end of humanity and the rise of an army of unstoppable, six-foot tall praying mantises in small-town Iowa.

To make matters worse, Austin’s hormones are totally oblivious; they don’t care that the world is in utter chaos: Austin is in love with his girlfriend, Shann, but remains confused about his sexual orientation. He’s stewing in a self-professed constant state of maximum horniness, directed at both Robby and Shann. Ultimately, it’s up to Austin to save the world and propagate the species in this sci-fright journey of survival, sex, and the complex realities of the human condition.

 

 

 

Blog Tour Schedule:

February 3rd – The Midnight Garden
February 3rd – The Story Siren
February 4th – Good Choice Reading
February 4th – Bookish
February 5th – I Read Banned Books
February 5th – Jenna Does Books
February 6th – Bibliophilia, Please
February 6th – Escaping One Book At A Time
February 7th – Scott Reads It
February 7th – Live to Read
February 10th – Alice Marvels
February 10th – The Society
February 11th – Lexi Swoons
February 11th – A Reader of Fictions
February 12th – Roof Beam Reader
February 12th – Forever Young Adult
February 13th – The Compulsive Reader
February 13th – Books and Bling
February 14th – Book Chic Club
February 14th – The QQQE
February 17th – JeanBookNerd
February 17th – Ticket to Anywhere
February 18th – Sleep Eat Read Books
February 18th – Read Now Sleep Later
February 19th – Anna Reads
February 19th – Word Spelunking
February 20th – Books With Bite
February 20th – What A Nerd Girl Says
February 21st – Wastepaper Prose
February 21st – LRB – Guest
February 24th – We Are Word Nerds
February 24th Cabin Goddess
February 25th – Ex Libris
February 25th – Cari’s Book Blog
February 25th – A Good Addiction
February 26th – YA Reads
February 26th – The Young Folks
February 27th – Novel Thoughts
February 27th – Fangirlish
February 28th – Once Upon a Twilight
February 28th – Naughty Book Kitties
About the Author:
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He is a native-born Californian who spent most of his formative years traveling the world. His university studies focused on Political Science, Journalism, and Literature. He has published numerous short stories and articles. Grasshopper Jungle, coming February 11, 2014, is his seventh novel. He lives in Southern California.

 

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February 7, 2014 posted by Nichole

2014 YA Heartbreakers: Katie Cotugno

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Hey, everyone! Welcome back to day 6 of the 2014 YA Heartbreakers! You may have noticed that we don’t have a post every single day between now and Valentines Day. We ended up with a lot of reviews this month…so hopefully you enjoy what we do have for this event. Today we are hosting Katie Cotugno, author of How to Love. I adore books that feature teenage pregnancy. I don’t promote it, but I LOVE the books and movies dedicated to it. That being said, I HAD to feature Katie Cotugno for this event. I just had to. I hope you all enjoy the interview that she has prepared for today!
6921953Katie Cotugno went to Catholic school for thirteen years which makes her, as an adult, both extremely superstitious and prone to crushes on boys wearing blazers. She routinely finds herself talking about the romantic endeavors of characters on TV shows as if they actually exist in the world.

Katie is a Pushcart Prize nominee whose work has appeared in The Broadkill Review, The Apalachee Review, and Argestes, as well as on Nerve.com. Her first novel, HOW TO LOVE, is due out from Balzer + Bray on October 1st, 2013.

The great loves of Katie’s life include child’s pose, her little sister, and mozzarella and honey sandwiches. She lives in Boston (and in sin) with her boyfriend, Tom.

Can you tell us about your book, HOW TO LOVE, in 15 words or less? A big, tough, messy romance about a couple falling in love twice, three years apart.
Are you currently working on anything else? I am! My second book, tentatively titled 99 DAYS, is about a girl who comes back to17332564 her hometown in the Adirondack mountains the summer before college to face the mess–and the boy–she left behind a year before.
Who is your favorite YA couple from a different series/book that’s not yours? I love Macy and Wes from Sarah Dessen’s The Truth About Forever–they’re so real and achy and great. I can recite whole paragraphs of that book from memory. 
What was the most heartbreaking scene in HOW TO LOVE? I think the roughest scene to write was the scene near the end of the Before section, when Reena spies Sawyer leaving town and can’t bring herself to stop him, or even let him know that she’s there. She knows she’s pregnant, she knows she’s stuck, and all she can do is watch her future crumble right in front of her face. 
What genres do you typically read when you’re not writing? Do you stick with contemporary for the feels or do you read more paranormal types for the thrills? I’ve read some totally rad paranormal, but I do tend to stick more with contemporary as a reader–I love reading about characters facing some of the same challenges I faced as a teen, or that I’m still facing now–and I love a good, grounded romance. 

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February 5, 2014 posted by Nichole

2014 YA Heartbreakers Day 5: Kasie West

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Hey, everyone! Welcome back to Day 5 of the 2014 YA Heartbreakers. Today I am so excited to be hosting Kasie West, author of Pivot Point and The Distance Between Us. I just received my ARC of Split Second, and I AM SO EXCITED to do a Kasie West book binge. If you’re looking for the perfect Valentines Day author, Kasie should be at the top of your list!

5027236I write YA. I eat Junior Mints. Sometimes I go crazy and do both at the same time. My novels, published through Harper Teen are: PIVOT POINT, its sequel SPLIT SECOND (Feb 2014), and THE DISTANCE BETWEEN US (a contemporary novel). I also have two more contemporaries, ON THE FENCE coming out July 1, 2014, and THE FILL-IN BOYFRIEND coming out the summer of 2015. My agent is the talented and funny Michelle Wolfson.

 

My top 5 books to read during the month of February

February is the month of romance (or so St. Valentine tells me….or is it Cupid?) so it is no surprise that my top five picks to read this month are contemporary romance.

1. THE TRUTH ABOUT FOREVER by Sarah Dessen

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This book was my introduction to YA contemporary romance. And what an introduction it was. It is amazing. Macy and Wes are the cutest couple ever. It features one of my favorite types of romance too—the slow build. The “I’m going to get to know you through the cutest game of question and answer ever” type! If you don’t get that reference, read this book. Even after now having read many many more contemporaries, it still holds the top spot for me. (This may have something to do with the magic of first-loves but think it’s much more than that)

2. FANGIRL by Rainbow Rowell

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This book. This book. I wish that was all I had to say about it and it would convince you of how awesome it is. I love it so much. Levi and Cath are another example of the slow build type of romance. They get to know each other through the course of the book and as they do I so do I. And the more I get to know them the more I need them to be together. This book features some swoony scenes where she is reading to him that I love so very much. Because come on, what book lover doesn’t swoon when couples are reading books to each other?

3. ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS by Stephanie Perkins

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Foreign country, cute accent, witty banter. I adore this book. I think I read the whole thing with a cheesy smile on my face. Anna and St. Clair are the cutest couple ever. I loved how they were with each other.

4. AMY AND ROGER’S EPIC DETOUR by Morgan Matson

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This is a super cute romance that features the couple—Megan and Joe. Just kidding, as you might suspect from the title. This is a story about Amy and Roger. And lest you think I’ve been a broken record about my slow building romance preference, this has another type of romance I like—the “you bug me so bad and I want to murder you but as I get to know you I realize I may have misjudged you” romance. So maybe they didn’t want to murder each other at first, but they definitely weren’t fans of one another. And that slowly changes as (which the title also suggests) they are forced to travel many miles together in a car. It’s quite epic.

5. EXILE by Kevin Emerson

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So you might kill me because this doesn’t come out until April and really you can’t read it this month. BUT, you can read it next February. Read it before then though, you’re going to want to. It is amazing. Summer and Caleb are adorable. He’s the misunderstood rock star, she’s a ready-to-quit band manager. There’s music and mystery and of course, romance. I love this book.

6. THE DISTANCE BETWEEN US by…oh wait, I’m done with my list? Now I’m just shamelessly self promoting??

I hope you all have a fabulous February filled with lots of romantic reads. And I guess it doesn’t hurt to have some romance in real life too.

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