**NOTES & ANNOUNCEMENTS**

--> Hey Everyone! Thanks for stopping by and commenting :) I'm working now, so I don't get home until really late at night. That means I won't be able to respond to your comments as fast as I used to. Just wanted to let you all know so you don't think I'm ignoring you, because I'm not. So don't leave me! ALSO FIXING THE BLOG UP, SORRY FOR THE MESS XO

Monday, July 28, 2014

BOOK BLITZ: Let's Get Lost by Adi Alsaid [GUEST POST + GIVEAWAY!]

I'M BACK!!! Hey everyone I'll "officially" be back starting next week but wanted to post before then. I'll also come with many goodies to give away so don't forget to stop by this week and comment ;) Check the guest post here below and don't forget to enter the giveaway at the end. Also leave me some comment love ^^

NOW ONTO THE BLITZ...


Title: Let's Get Lost
Author: Adi Alsaid
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Publication date: July 29, 2014
Pages: 252
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Five strangers. Countless adventures. One epic way to get lost.

Four teens across the country have only one thing in common: a girl named LEILA. She crashes into their lives in her absurdly red car at the moment they need someone the most.

There's HUDSON, a small-town mechanic who is willing to throw away his dreams for true love. And BREE, a runaway who seizes every Tuesday—and a few stolen goods along the way. ELLIOT believes in happy endings…until his own life goes off-script. And SONIA worries that when she lost her boyfriend, she also lost the ability to love.

Hudson, Bree, Elliot and Sonia find a friend in Leila. And when Leila leaves them, their lives are forever changed. But it is during Leila's own 4,268-mile journey that she discovers the most important truth— sometimes, what you need most is right where you started. And maybe the only way to find what you're looking for is to get lost along the way.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Adi Alsaid was born and raised in Mexico City, then studied at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. While in class, he mostly read fiction and continuously failed to fill out crossword puzzles, so it's no surprise that after graduating, he did not go into business world but rather packed up his apartment into his car and escaped to the California coastline to become a writer.

He's now back in his hometown, where he writes, coaches high school and elementary basketball, and has perfected the art of making every dish he eats or cooks as spicy as possible. In addition to Mexico, he's lived in Tel Aviv, Las Vegas, and Monterey, California. A tingly feeling in his feet tells him more places will eventually be added to the list. Let's Get Lost is his YA debut.

FIND MORE ON HIM: WEBSITE | TWITTER | GOODREADS | FACEBOOK

GUEST POST: TOP 5 YA AUTHORS

John Green
Leslye Walton
David Levithan
Corey Whaley
E. Lockhart

In the few years since I began reading young adult novels, I’ve taken a shotgun-blast approach when choosing what to read next. Rather than focusing on one author’s work to fully explore, I’ve tried to get my hands on as many different ones as possible.

So, though I’ve only read one or two books by some of these authors, they wrote the books I most enjoyed within the genre, and am looking forward to reading more and more of their work.

Three of them I only discovered this year while traveling to book conferences, and all three of their books (Whaley’s Noggin, Lockhart’s We Were Liars, and fellow debut author Leslye Walton’s The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender) are among my favorite books overall that I’ve read in the past couple years.

NOW FOR THE *drum roll* GIVEAWAY!

**1 signed hard cover copy of Let’s Get Lost**
**1 Let’s Get Lost luggage tag**
**1 Harlequin TEEN notebook**
**1 Let’s Get Lost sachel**
**1 Harlequin TEEN tote bag**

a Rafflecopter giveaway

AS PART OF:

THAT'S IT! WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE YA AUTHORS? EXCITED FOR THE BOOK? LEAVE ME A COMMENT AND ENTER THE GIVEAWAY! AS ALWAYS LOVE YOU ALL - LISSETH ^3^
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Friday, July 25, 2014

COVER REVEAL: Fire in The Woods by Jennifer M. Eaton [PLUS INT GIVEAWAY]

I'M BACK!!! Hey everyone I'll "officially" be back starting next week but wanted to post before then. I'll also come with many goodies to give away so don't forget to stop by this week and comment ;) Check the cover below and don't forget to enter the giveaway at the end. Also leave me some comment love and i will give ye more gifs XD

NOW ONTO THE REVEAL...


Title: Fire in the Woods
Author: Jennifer M. Eaton
Publisher: Month9Books, LLC.
Publication date: September 2014
Pages: 283
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When a plane crashes in the woods near Jess’s home, the boy of her dreams falls out of the sky—literally. But David’s not here to find a girlfriend. He’s from another planet, and if Jess can’t help him get back to his ship, he’ll be stuck on Earth with nothing to look forward to but the pointy end of a dissection scalpel.

But her father runs their house like an army barracks, and with an alien on the loose, Major Dad isn’t too keen on the idea of Jess going anywhere. Ever. So how the heck is she supposed to help the sweetest, strangest, and cutest guy she’s ever met?

Hiding him in her room probably isn’t the best idea. Especially since her Dad is in charge of the squadron searching for David. That doesn’t mean she won’t do it. It just means she can't get caught.

Helping David get home while protecting her heart—that’s gonna be the hard part. After all, she can't really fall for a guy who’s not exactly from here.

As they race through the woods with Major Dad and most of the U.S. military one breath behind them, Jess and David grow closer than either of them anticipated. But all is not what it seems. David has a genocide-sized secret, and one betrayal later, they are both in handcuffs as alien warships are positioning themselves around the globe. Time is ticking down to Armageddon, and Jess must think fast if she's to save the boy she cares about without sacrificing Earth—and everyone on it.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Corporate Team Leader by day, and Ranting Writer by night. Jennifer M. Eaton calls the East Coast of the USA home, where she lives with her husband, three energetic boys, and a pepped up poodle.

Jennifer hosts an informational blog “A Reference of Writing Rants for Writers (or Learn from My Mistakes)” aimed at helping all writers be the best they can be.

Beyond writing and motivating others, she also enjoys teaching her dog to jump through hoops—literally.

Jennifer’s perfect day includes long hikes in the woods, bicycling, swimming, snorkeling, and snuggling up by the fire with a great book; but her greatest joy is using her over-active imagination constructively… creating new worlds for everyone to enjoy.

FIND MORE ON HER: WEBSITE | TWITTER | GOODREADS | FACEBOOK

NOW FOR THE *drum roll* GIVEAWAY!

**One (1) ebook copy of Fire in the Woods by Jennifer M. Eaton and a $10 Amazon Gift Card.**
*Open Internationally*
*Winner will be drawn August 1, 2014*
*Winners will receive their book on release day*

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AS PART OF:

THAT'S IT! WHAT DID YOU THINK OF THE COVER? LIKE IT? LIKE THE BTS GIF? LEAVE ME A COMMENT AND ENTER THE GIVEAWAY! AS ALWAYS LOVE YOU ALL - LISSETH ^3^
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Sunday, May 18, 2014

STACKING THE SHELVES [64]: OH YEAH, GIVE ME THY BOOKS!

Stacking the Shelves is a meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews where you show off books you're adding to your shelves; physical or virtual, borrowed or bought. So long time no see for this meme here on the blog. Well I can't post all the goodies i've gotten but here are some new goodies ^_^

  • Let's get lost by Adi Alsaid - FOR REVIEW FROM HARLEQUIN TEEN PANEL
  • Scarlet by Marissa Meyer - BOUGHT
  • Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins - BOUGHT
  • Dark Triumph by Robin LaFevers - BOUGHT
  • Mayday by Jonathan Friesen - BOUGHT
  • Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige - BOUGHT
  • Cry Wolf by Patricia Briggs - BOUGHT
  • Styxx by Sherrilyn Kenyon - BOUGHT
  • So excited to get reading on these pretties but that's not all I picked up recently, YUP THERE'S MORE! I picked up a manga chibi drawing book and made the drawings below [Me on the right, my sisters on the left]

    So yeah that's basically it, not much else we bought BUT check out next saturdays k-pop post on all the K-POP related goodies we bought :3 Also my grandmother is back in Guatemala, it was so sad, I miss her but at least she's happy to be back home :)

    THAT'S IT! READ ANY OF THESE? LIKED THEM? WHICH SHOULD I READ FIRST?
    THANKS FOR STOPPING BY! LEAVE ME YOUR STS IN THE COMMENTS, MUCH LOVE - MINNAH ^3^
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    Friday, May 16, 2014

    [QUICK BEAUTIFUL ART] A MANGA REVIEW OF THE AMALFI BRIDE BY MARITO AI & ANN MAJOR


    Title: The Amalfi Bride
    Authors: Ann Major (Author), Marito Ai (Illustrator)
    Published Date: February 11th, 2011
    Publisher: Harlequin Comics
    Format: ebook
    Genre: manga
    Source: bought
    Series: None (Standalone)
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    One night during a solitary trip to Italy, the straitlaced Regina spends the night with a dangerous gigolo!

    She can't believe a smart lawyer like herself would give herself to a man she just met... This was how daringly irresistible this man Nico was to women.

    Nico seems to be somewhat of a celebrity in his hometown. But Regina didn't know that he is actually a renowned prince!

    This was a 3 for me, I really enjoyed it but it really was like a small treat because it felt really short.I still don't know what to call this, I know it's a manga but it says "comic" so I never picked up the harlequin comics before but it's the same thing really. Just that there's a written book you could also read instead of the manga.

    Now the story was okay, i guess if i had read the book I would have liked it more, but contrary to many, i still liked it. The whole plot of confusing a prince for a gigalo wasn't so bad, and yeah there were sad parts and parts that kinda scratched my heart. But again if the story was more developed I would have liked it more. There were also parts with Regina, the MC, not feeling loved, her sister taking her fiance, her losing her job, not being able to find a guy, getting a "sperm donor" and all but i felt like it wasn't connected well enough in the manga. So I wasn't very connected to her.

    I did however LOVE Prince Nico, he had a sad story; his first wife died, he was being forced to marry a princess he didn't love. He was a nice guy and I think when he was angry about something Regina kept from him, I liked the "cold" Nico because it moved my emotional part that hadn't been moved yet in the entire book.

    Now onto the art, since it's a manga, art is super important for me. I LOVE good drawings and this one had them! The people weren't hideous hags and it was top notch drawing :) For which kinda made up the fact that this plot was kinda rushed. Also just in case you were wondering there are no nasty drawings since this was an adult book turned into a manga, it's pretty much 99.9% clean :) [see pictures below]

    Overall I ended up liking this quick read. I would definitely tell you read it, since the art was better than most out there, though the plot was okay just a bit too rushed. So 3 gorgeous roses from me!

    WHAT DID YOU THINK? HAVE YOU HEARD OF HARLEQUIN COMICS? ALREADY READ SOME?
    LIKE MY REVIEW, THEN LEAVE A COMMENT! AS ALWAYS <3 YOU ALL - MINNAH ^3^
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    Thursday, May 1, 2014

    YUP I'M JOINING THE 2014 BOOK BLOGGER SUMMER READING PROGRAM!

    Hi guys!! *IT'S FINALLY MAY!!* Now you may be wondering why Lay is fist-pumping *well, I don't know either* BUT I now why i am. I just heard there was a summer reading program for bloggers AND I AM SO JOINING!

    Normally I don't join read-a-thons or challenges, not because i don't want to but because I don't have much free time and tend to forget about them, pretty much as soon as I sign up XP But I remember during summer vacation every year i got a "summer reading packet" that I HAD TO DO for school, and even though it forced me to read, I LOVED IT and it made me into the bookish nerd i am today.

    But recently i haven't been reading as much, mostly because no ones shouting in my ear to read. Believe I need that type of motivation and my book stalks aren't getting any thinner. So a summer reading type program, COUNT ME IN!

    I pledge to read at least 10 books but it might end up being more, because when i get into a book reading frenzy *believe me, I GETS SERIOUS* I didn't read 200+ books in one summer to not own up to my blog name :P Now the lovely host is none other than Katie from KATIE'S BOOK BLOG, so if your a blogger and want to sign up click the button above.

    what does this mean to my blog readers? I means i might be out and about reading instead of on here making posts. But honestly just making Waiting On Wednesdays or Stacking the shelves makes this a boring blog *yeah i said it* so i'll try to read more books and make more reviews so it's not too dreary and bare. Just wanted to say Mian-hae 미안 [sorry] in advance if all you see for a while are just those types of posts. Don't worry, I promise, I will be back in NO TIME. SO BYEZZZ! *and for the sake of making this paragraph even, lets add one more Lay gif in here :3*

    YUP THAT'S IT! SO IF YOU WANT TO SHOW SOME SUPPORT, WANT TO JOIN, OR ANYTHING!
    LEAVE ME A COMMENT, AND DON'T FORGET TO SPREAD THE BOOKISH LOVE! -MUCH <3 MINNAH ^3^
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    Wednesday, April 30, 2014

    Waiting On Wednesday [43]: SOME BOYS BY PATTY BLOUNT


    So lets start with my Waiting on Wednesday. I love doing this meme every wednesday. "Waiting On Wednesday" is a weekly event, hosted @ Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're anticipating.

    THIS WEEKS BOOK I'M EAGERLY WAITING FOR IS...


    Title: Some Boys
    Authors: Patty Blount
    Published Date: August 1st, 2014
    Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
    Pages: 336
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    Some boys go too far. Some boys will break your heart. But one boy can make you whole.

    When Grace meets Ian she's afraid. Afraid he'll reject her like the rest of the school, like her own family. After she accuses the town golden boy of rape, everyone turns against Grace. They call her a slut and a liar. But...Ian doesn't. He's funny and kind with secrets of his own.

    But how do you trust the best friend of the boy who raped you? How do you believe in love? A gut-wrenching, powerful love story told from alternating points of view by the acclaimed author of Send.

    WHY I'M WAITING...

    Halfway through reading the summary, when I read "But how do you trust the best friend of the boy who raped you? How do you believe in love?" *my face above* I wonder how do you? For me that would be really hard to do. It sound emotional and strong, which are always my favorite type of books to read! Plus I actually love this cover, even though I've seen the girl on another book before. I like the colors and the font and the grunge. *yes i look at little details like this XP* I will be waiting until August for this one :) *not too far away*

    WHAT DO YOU THINK? HAVE YOU HEARD OF SOME BOYS? LIKE THE COVER? WAITING FOR IT TO COME OUT?
    LEAVE ME YOUR WOW'S IN THE COMMENT'S! AS ALWAYS <3 YOU ALL - MINNAH ^3^
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    Tuesday, April 29, 2014

    BLOG TOUR: PLUS ONE BY ELIZABETH FAMA [EXCERPT + GIVEAWAY]

    HEYOOO! Hope your tuesdays looking as good. Sorry for being MIA but and silent but I'm here now & we have a book tour stop here on the blog today :3 So, keep on reading, enter the giveaway, and spread the bookish love. ENJOY!

    ABOUT THE BOOK


    Title: Plus One
    Authors: Elizabeth Fama
    Published Date: April 8th 2014
    Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
    Pages: 373
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    Divided by day and night and on the run from authorities, star-crossed young lovers unearth a sinister conspiracy in this compelling romantic thriller.

    Seventeen-year-old Soleil Le Coeur is a Smudge—a night dweller prohibited by law from going out during the day. When she fakes an injury in order to get access to and kidnap her newborn niece—a day dweller, or Ray—she sets in motion a fast-paced adventure that will bring her into conflict with the powerful lawmakers who order her world, and draw her together with the boy she was destined to fall in love with, but who is also a Ray.

    Set in a vivid alternate reality and peopled with complex, deeply human characters on both sides of the day-night divide, Plus One is a brilliantly imagined drama of individual liberty and civil rights, and a fast-paced romantic adventure story.

    ABOUT THE AUTHOR

    FIND HER ON: TWITTER | TUMBLR | WEBSITE | GOODREADS


    Elizabeth Fama is the author of Plus One (FSG, 2014), Monstrous Beauty (FSG, 2012), a YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults selection and Odyssey Award honor winner, and Overboard (Cricket Books, 2002), an ALA Best Books for Young Adults.

    She is represented by Sara Crowe of Harvey Klinger, Inc.

    EXCERPT

    “Sol, I need you,” Ciel said, snapping me out of it.

    “You need me?” I found my voice rising. “For two years I was alone—where were you? Where were you when I slogged through every school day without hearing a single kind word? When there was shopping and cooking and cleaning and hot blister packs and force-fed Modafinil coming out of my ears, and hospitals and appointments and radiation and chemo and vomiting and Poppu dying before my eyes and I couldn’t do a thing to stop it?” It was pouring out of me now. “I was fourteen when they took you away, Ciel. I was a kid. It was too much. You abandoned me in the dark, while you had freedom and daylight and William and Miho and Kizzie. And now I’m sup-posed to gird myself for battle and help you?”

    It was too late to fend him off. He was storming toward me and before I could put up a fight he had grabbed me hard—but he was holding me, not hurting me. He was wrapping himself around me in a Harcourt–Le Coeur trap, squeezing me until I couldn’t breathe, ignoring my pathetic writhing to get loose, subduing me the way a parent holds a toddler whose tantrum is a danger to herself, saying, “Sol, Sol, Sol,” through his teeth, over and over again until I stopped resisting against his vise arms and I stopped saying “Let me go, let me go,” and my muscles caved and I let him hold me and I found myself putting my own arms around my brother— the brother I had hated for so long and had given up forever but somehow got this one chance to hug again despite everything.

    “Oh god, I’ve missed you so much,” he growled into my hair.

    I’ve missed you, too, my brain volunteered instantly without per-mission. But I knew it was true. I knew that my hate was really battered, bloodied, devoted love, and that I would do anything if I could be his sister again, just as I’d do anything to have Poppu back and be D’Arcy’s lover for more than one night. And I knew that none of those wishes could ever be granted, and that whatever had happened with D’Arcy, whatever was happening right now with Ciel, was temporary, was a bittersweet goodbye, that the galaxy would keep spinning without a thought for me, a blade of grass on a meadow in Iowa, and I would be ripped away from them all, as permanently as I had been torn from Poppu. So I held Ciel, I wrapped my arms around him as tight as I could for this one frozen second, I hugged him to me and he squeezed in return until we both knew how we felt without having to say it.

    GIVEAWAY TIME!

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    THAT'S IT! WHAT DO YOU THINK OF PLUS ONE? SOUND INTERESTING? LIKE THE EXCERPT?
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    Wednesday, April 23, 2014

    Waiting On Wednesday [42]: THE JEWEL BY AMY EWING


    So lets start with my Waiting on Wednesday. I love doing this meme every wednesday. "Waiting On Wednesday" is a weekly event, hosted @ Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're anticipating.

    THIS WEEKS BOOK I'M EAGERLY WAITING FOR IS...


    Title: The Jewel
    Authors: Amy Ewing
    Published Date: September 2nd 2014
    Publisher: Harper Teen
    Pages: 304
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    The Jewel means wealth. The Jewel means beauty. The Jewel means royalty. But for girls like Violet, the Jewel means servitude. Not just any kind of servitude. Violet, born and raised in the Marsh, has been trained as a surrogate for the royalty––because in the Jewel the only thing more important than opulence is offspring.

    Purchased at the surrogacy auction by the Duchess of the Lake and greeted with a slap to the face, Violet (now known only as #197) quickly learns of the brutal truths that lie beneath the Jewel’s glittering facade: the cruelty, backstabbing, and hidden violence that have become the royal way of life.

    Violet must accept the ugly realities of her existence . . . and try to stay alive. But then a forbidden romance erupts between Violet and a handsome gentleman hired as a companion to the Duchess’s petulant niece. Though his presence makes life in the Jewel a bit brighter, the consequences of their illicit relationship will cost them both more than they bargained for.

    WHY I'M WAITING...

    *instantly hooked* WOAH, LOOK AT THAT COVER X3 I so want a dress like hers so badly,♥.♥ It's so pretty! Although the font kinda reminds me of The Selection. Anyways...the story sounds very bleak and brutal, which wonderfully contrasts with that gorgeous cover. I don't know if I'll like it or not, since it sounds like it'll be a strong one in the moral department but then again I thought the same with Wither by Lauren DeStefano and i ended up LOVING that one. I'm kinda getting over the "forbidden romances" but this one sounds like it's really going to be a real forbidden one. So I'm still excited for this one and can't wait for it's release into the bookish world :)

    WHAT DO YOU THINK? HAVE YOU HEARD OF THE JEWEL? WAITING FOR IT TO COME OUT?
    LEAVE ME YOUR WOW'S IN THE COMMENT'S! AS ALWAYS <3 YOU ALL - MINNAH ^3^
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    Tuesday, April 22, 2014

    [UNEXPECTEDLY LOVED] AN ARC REVIEW OF SING SWEET NIGHTINGALE BY ERICA CAMERON


    Title: Sing Sweet Nightingale
    Authors: Erica Cameron
    Published Date: March 4th 2014
    Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
    Format: ebook (ARC)
    Pages: ---
    Source: via publisher on Netgalley
    Series: The Dream War Saga #1
    GOODREADS | AMAZON | B&N | BOOK DEPOSITORY
    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.

    *REVIEWED BY KARINA*--> When I first started this book I wasn't too thrilled. I did not think this book would capture my attention. A few chapters in and I couldn't put it down, I loved how the author hinted at the epic romance in this novel, and she didn't overdo it.

    This book is filled with betrayal that almost reminds me of the betrayal in Othello. Where the betrayer (Iago) takes everything he possibly can from Othello under the pretense that he is his loyal honest friend. Of course in this book the betrayed doesn't partake in a homicide suicide. No in this book the betrayer, Mariella was strong and vengeful. I think maybe a little too strong.

    The author does portray her as strong willed upon introducing her but i believe that even the strongest of us would have a little more than a breakdown a after we find out that everything we know is a lie. She however was not my favorite character. Mariella was the character you scream at for her ignorance.

    The author brilliantly uses dramatic irony that will keep you from putting the book down. My favorite character was Hudson. Our hero was brave, comic, and had no idea what he was doing. I liked how the author gave him black eyes. Usually we see the bad guys as giant black-eyed monsters. This was refreshing. So 5 gorgeous flowers from me :)

    WHAT DID YOU THINK? HAVE YOU HEARD OF SING SWEET NIGHTINGALE? ALREADY READ IT?
    LIKE MY REVIEW, THEN LEAVE A COMMENT! AS ALWAYS <3 YOU ALL - KARINA ^3^
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    Friday, April 18, 2014

    BOOK BLAST: BIG FAT DISASTER by BETH FEHLBAUM [+ GIVEAWAY]

    HEYOOO! Hope your friday is looking as good as mine *I have the day off!* SO I get to post an awesome Nerd Book Blast today. Keep on reading, enter the giveaway, and spread the bookish love. ENJOY!

    ABOUT THE BOOK


    Title: Big Fat Disaster
    Authors: Beth Fehlbaum
    Published Date: April 18th 2014 [TODAY]
    Publisher: Merit Press
    Pages: 286
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    Insecure, shy, and way overweight, Colby hates the limelight as much as her pageant-pretty mom and sisters love it. It’s her life: Dad’s a superstar, running for office on a family values platform. Then suddenly, he ditches his marriage for a younger woman and gets caught stealing money from the campaign.

    Everyone hates Colby for finding out and blowing the whistle on him. From a mansion, they end up in a poor relative’s trailer, where her mom’s contempt swells right along with Colby’s supersized jeans. Then, a cruel video of Colby half-dressed, made by her cousin Ryan, finds its way onto the internet. Colby plans her own death.

    A tragic family accident intervenes, and Colby’s role in it seems to paint her as a hero, but she’s only a fraud. Finally, threatened with exposure, Colby must face facts about her selfish mother and her own shame. Harrowing and hopeful, proof that the truth that saves us can come with a fierce and terrible price, Big Fat Disaster is that rare thing, a story that is authentically new.

    ABOUT THE AUTHOR

    FIND HER ON: TWITTER | FACEBOOK | WEBSITE | GOODREADS

    In addition to writing Young Adult Contemporary Fiction, Beth Fehlbaum is an experienced English teacher who frequently draws on her experience as an educator to write her books. She has a B.A. in English, Minor in Secondary Education, and an M.Ed. in Reading.

    Beth is the author of the forthcoming Big Fat Disaster (Merit Press/F+W Media, March 2014); Courage in Patience (Kunati Books, 2008); and Hope in Patience (WestSide Books, 2010). Hope in Patience was named a 2011 YALSA Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers. Truth in Patience, which rounds out The Patience Trilogy, is as yet unpublished.

    Beth has a following in the young adult literature world and also among survivors of sexual abuse because of her work with victims' advocacy groups. She has been the keynote speaker at the National Crime Victims' Week Commemoration Ceremony at the Hall of State in Dallas, Texas and a presenter for Greater Texas Community Partners, where she addressed a group of social workers and foster children on the subject of "Hope".

    Beth is a survivor of childhood sexual abuse, like Ashley in The Patience Trilogy, and the day-to-day manager of an eating disorder much like Colby's in Big Fat Disaster. These life experiences give her a unique perspective, and she writes her characters' stories in a way meant to inspire hope.

    Beth lives with her family in the woods of East Texas.

    GIVEAWAY TIME!

    1 Winner will get a Signed Hardcover of BIG FAT DISASTER as well as a surprise pack of other Merit Books titles. SO ENTER! ENDS APRIL 25TH :D Must be 13+ To Enter, or have the consent of an adult to enter. Open to US Only. Sorry International followers :/

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