Thursday, January 7, 2016

Giveaway: Underwater by Marisa Reichardt

Today is our stop for Marisa Reichardt's Underwater blog tour and I am very thrilled to celebrate its upcoming release next week. This has been a lovely debut and a good first read of the year (full review to be posted tomorrow) so I hope you guys are excited to get your hands on it! The good news is, one of our readers CAN win a copy by joining the giveaway below.

by Marisa Reichardt
Publisher: Farrar, Straus, & Giroux
Release Date: January 12th, 2015
Morgan didn’t mean to do anything wrong that day. Actually, she meant to do something right. But her kind act inadvertently played a role in a deadly tragedy. In order to move on, Morgan must learn to forgive—first someone who did something that might be unforgivable, and then, herself.

But Morgan can’t move on. She can’t even move beyond the front door of the apartment she shares with her mother and little brother. Morgan feels like she’s underwater, unable to surface. Unable to see her friends. Unable to go to school.

When it seems Morgan can’t hold her breath any longer, a new boy moves in next door. Evan reminds her of the salty ocean air and the rush she used to get from swimming. He might be just what she needs to help her reconnect with the world outside.

Underwater is a powerful, hopeful debut novel about redemption, recovery, and finding the strength it takes to face your past and move on.

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Follow the Underwater by Marissa Reichardt Blog Tour and don't miss anything! Click on the banner to see the tour schedule.

I'm a SoCal native and high school writing instructor. I currently live in Los Angeles and can usually be found huddled over my laptop in coffeehouses or swimming in the ocean.

My debut YA contemporary novel, UNDERWATER, will be out 1/12/16 from Macmillan/FSG and 4/7/16 Macmillan Children's UK.

I love all books and all genres. While I do keep track of all the books I've read here, I generally don't do ratings or reviews.
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Saturday, October 31, 2015

Blog Tour: The Anatomical Shape of a Heart by Jenn Bennett + Giveaway

The Anatomical Shape of a Heart
The Anatomical Shape of a Heart
by Jenn Bennett
Publisher: Fewel & Friends
Release Date: November 3rd, 2015
Artist Beatrix Adams knows exactly how she's spending the summer before her senior year. Determined to follow in Leonardo da Vinci’s footsteps, she's ready to tackle the one thing that will give her an advantage in a museum-sponsored scholarship contest: drawing actual cadavers. But when she tries to sneak her way into the hospital’s Willed Body program and misses the last metro train home, she meets a boy who turns her summer plans upside down.

Jack is charming, wildly attractive . . . and possibly one of San Francisco’s most notorious graffiti artists. On midnight buses and city rooftops, Beatrix begins to see who Jack really is—and tries to uncover what he’s hiding that leaves him so wounded. But will these secrets come back to haunt him? Or will the skeletons in Beatrix’s own family’s closet tear them apart?

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Follow the The Anatomical Shape of a Heart by Jenn Bennett Blog Tour and don't miss anything! Click on the banner to see the tour schedule.

Jenn Bennett is an artist and RITA-nominated author of the Arcadia Bell urban fantasy series (Kindling the Moon) and the Roaring Twenties romance series, including Bitter Spirits, which was chosen as one of Publishers Weekly Best Books of 2014 and winner of RT Book Reviews Paranormal Romance Book of the Year, and Grave Phantoms—which was awarded RT's May Seal of Excellence for 2015. The Anatomical Shape of a Heart, (akaNight Owls in the U.K.) is her first YA contemporary romance. She lives near Atlanta with one husband and two evil pugs. Visit her at

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Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Books & Wanderlust

Traveling is one of the things that I strongly desire to do after graduation. To be honest, I have never been out of the country so that pretty much explains my serious case of wanderlust. I even have this small wooden journal where I listed every place I wanted to visit someday. I wish to go see every touristy and local destinations or perhaps just let my feet take me and discover the places for myself and along the way meet interesting people. The adrenaline from almost getting lost, excitement on finding the way back and probably a hundred other unpredictable experiences will be the most memorable things of the trip, the ones we least expect. ;)
Reading influenced my desire to travel and it made me feel as if I were really that moment. The adventure, the culture, the languages... are all fascinating. I've always wanted to create a travel/book post like this so I made a list of some of the books I've read that greatly fuel my wanderlust:

by Cassandra Clare
Release date: March 19th, 2013
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Margaret K. McElderry
                                                                     Destination: London

When I was reading the Infernal Devices I thought Blackfriars Bridge is only a fictional setting because of the genre (interestingly the name sounds like from a fantasy book too) then after reading the afterword of the author I found out that it is an actual place. The bridge has been an important place for the characters and I just think that it's really an awesome feeling what it's like to stand on the same spot where the writer imagined the characters were standing on. London is a mixture of old and new so wandering around the city would also be amazing (either with Will or Jem or BOTH, a girl can dream, right?) ;)

by Stephanie Perkins
Release date: December 2nd, 2010
Publisher: Dutton Juvenile
    Destination: Paris

The picture above shows Shakespeare and Co., the antique bookstore across Notre Dame where Anna and St. Clair went. I remember that he also bought a book for Anna. Aww...For a book lover like me that is totally awesome St. Clair! 
What more can I say *happy sigh* it is Paris...totally a heaven for artists and the hopeful romantic.
Un jour bientôt Paris! Someday soon... :)

by Colleen Houck
Release date: August 11th, 2015
Publisher: Delacorte Press

Destination: Egypt 

Adventure in Egypt? Count me in! I've always been fascinated by history, mythology and mysteries so the book and setting is a no-brainer. A tour inside the pyramids (sans booby traps) and the beauty of the great sphinx would be an ideal and exciting experience.

by John Green
Release date: January 10th, 2012

Publisher: Dutton Books
Destination: Amsterdam

Last but not the least, a picturesque place worthy of instagram! Haha. A bittersweet place for every TFiOS fans out there. Gus and Hazel's stroll around Amsterdam made it a must-visit place for me. I think to personally wander around the place would be a feast for the eyes. I guess I would be torn between capturing as many pictures as possible or taking in my surroundings with my naked eyes.
A very lovely place

Have you visited any of this place or do you plan to? What other places base from books would you like to visit? Leave a comment with a link of your blog post if you also made a list of places base from books and I'll make sure to stop by your blog!

By the way, it's been a long while since the last time I posted here, I miss y'all and blogging. It's good to be back! :D

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