Oct 27, 2015

| Mini Review | The Dragon of the Month Club by Iain Reading


Happy Tuesday!


I feel like I haven't posted a review in ages! I've been completely swamped with working on my S.F.D. program, but I am totally going to get back into writing more reviews because I truly do miss doing them! Nonetheless, I am so happy to finally be able to write one for this middle grade novel that I enjoyed getting the chance to read over the warm summer days. So, pop a squat (I'm gonna assume you aren't already!), grab a snack and enjoy this sassy mini review! 


Title: The Dragon of the Month Club
Author: Iain Reading
Genre: Middle Grade, Adventure, Fantasy
Release Date: December 18th, 2014
Publisher:  Self-Published
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MY RATING: 4.5 DRAGONS! 
The Dragon Of The Month Club is the first installment in the series that tells the story of Ayana Fall and Tyler Travers, two best friends who stumble across an extraordinarily magical book and soon find themselves enrolled as members of a very special and exclusive club - The Dragon of the Month Club. On the thirteenth of every month a new dragon conjuring spell is revealed and the two friends attempt to summon the latest Dragon of the Month. The varieties are almost endless: Air Dragons, Paper Dragons, Fog Dragons, Waterfall Dragons, Rock Dragons, Tree Dragons - not to mention special bonus dragons for all the major holidays, including a particularly prickly Holly Dragon for Christmas. But one day when a conjuring spell somehow goes wrong Ayana and Tyler find themselves unexpectedly drawn into a fantastical world of adventure based on the various books scattered all across Tyler's messy bedroom. Traveling from one book-inspired world to the next with nothing to rely on but their wits and a cast of strange and exotic dragons at their disposal they must try to somehow find their way home again. Drawing inspiration from some of literature's most memorable stories - from 19th century German folktales to the streets of Sherlock Holmes's London - the adventures of Ayana and Tyler bring these classic stories to life in delightfully strange and unexpected ways.


Cute, adventurous and utterly charming, The Dragon of the Month Club is a novel that will surely leave you grinning from ear to ear and wanting more!

Usually when you read a book, it's to escape reality for a bit, correct? You want to jump into another world and another person's mind and forget about our lives even if it is just for a short amount of time. This novel tells of two kids who literally do just that; jump inside of a book...or should I say, multiple books? 

This novel tells of a two new friends, Ayana and Tyler and one day they surprisingly stumble upon a magical book that reveals a dragon conjuring spell on the thirteenth of every month. Soon afterwards, they find themselves into a bit of trouble when a conjuring spell goes terribly wrong and they are transported into the adventures of the various books that Tyler has strewn over his room. Realizing that they are in trouble, they rely on each other and their dragons as they try and find a way safely back home. 

Not too long ago, I had the chance to read the first few books in the Kitty Hawk series, which was also written by this author. I highly enjoyed them, so I was excited to start on his newest series and I'm happy to say I wasn't disappointed at all! I believe Reading's narrative, straightforward style was precise, creating an exciting and fast-paced story that is sure to capture readers of any age and keep them hooked from the very beginning. It's quite hard to find a unique middle grade novel, but this one definitely is high on my favorites list! 

Another aspect I loved about this book was it's characters. Although slightly naive, both are cute and charming and they are sure to make you grin like an idiot or maybe even belt out a laugh, especially when you read their playful and fun banter between each other. This novel ended on an exciting cliffhanger, which makes me so very excited to see what Reading has in store for us and our main characters! 

Overall, The Dragon of the Month Club was a light, unique read and I highly recommend it for people of all ages! This novel is sure to bring a smile to your face as well as make your heart melt in the process! 



I'm curious to know what you guys think of dragons! Is it one of your favorite mythical creatures or do you have another one? Personally, I adore dragons and if I could be one, I would definitely jump at the chance! I'd love to know your thoughts below so don't be shy in leaving a comment!


Happy reading!

Oct 25, 2015

Sassy's Fangirl Debuts ~ Interview with Shannon M. Parker + Sassy's Fangirl Moments!


Welcome to Sassy's Fangirl Debuts, a feature event where I introduce you to this years and next years debut authors! Grab some popcorn and have your Goodreads page open because there are some wonderful new authors and books coming out soon! 

This week of Sassy’s Fangirl Debuts, we are having the wonderful Shannon M. Parker, YA author of THE GIRL WHO FELL, which releases in March of 2016!


Title: The Girl Who Fell
Author: Shannon M. Parker
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
Release Date: March 1st, 2016
Publisher:  Simon & Schuster
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His obsession. Her fall. In this dark kissing book, high school senior Zephyr Doyle is swept off her feet—and into an intense relationship—by the new boy in school. Zephyr is focused. Focused on leading her team to the field hockey state championship and leaving her small town for her dream school, Boston College. But love has a way of changing things. Enter the new boy in school: the hockey team’s starting goaltender, Alec. He’s cute, charming, and most important, Alec doesn’t judge Zephyr. He understands her fears and insecurities—he even shares them. Soon, their relationship becomes something bigger than Zephyr, something she can’t control, something she doesn’t want to control. Zephyr swears it must be love. Because love is powerful, and overwhelming, and…terrifying? But love shouldn’t make you abandon your dreams, or push your friends away. And love shouldn’t make you feel guilty—or worse, ashamed. So when Zephyr finally begins to see Alec for who he really is, she knows it’s time to take back control of her life. If she waits any longer, it may be too late.

Hi Shannon! Thank you so much for stopping by the blog today! Before we get started on the interview, would you care to tell us a little bit about yourself?

Shannon: Are you kidding? I’m so happy to be here. I’d stop by every day if you’d let me. :) I write and read books because I’m super boring. Fictional characters are way cooler. Hah! But, yes. I have a life. It mostly consists of wrangling sons and meeting deadlines. But before I became The Boring Queen, I kissed an alligator, hugged a koala, hiked to the top of the Andes and the bottom of the Grand Canyon, yodeled in the Swiss Alps and swam the Great Barrier Reef. Also, I like chocolate, kindness and Bridget Jones (just as she is).

Talina: First off, congratulations on your debut novel, Shannon! THE GIRL WHO FELL is a dark, young adult contemporary novel and it tells of a girl who meets a boy and falls in love with him, only to find out he isn’t at all who he seems. Tell us, how did you create the idea/world of GIRL? Was it something you had for awhile now or did it just randomly pop into your head one day?

Shannon: Thank you! I’m super excited (and nervous) for THE GIRL WHO FELL to be out in the world! The idea for the novel sprang from a conversation I had with a friend leaving for college. She’d just broken up with her boyfriend and claimed she was “so over the power plays in relationships.” It was that one remark that gave me the seed for GIRL. Relationships and power plays. I couldn’t shake this truth out of my head. The characters in GIRL had been with me for a bit, but I hadn’t found their exact story. Until that moment. 

The rest of the book fleshed out fairly quickly. I drew on my experiences with all kinds of love, my work with teens in alternative education, teens I’ve fostered as a temporary mom, and my own young adulthood. THE GIRL WHO FELL is no one’s particular story; it is a work of fiction. But if I did it right—and I so hope I did it right—the book will perhaps help readers to see that love and devotion can be a beautiful and vulnerable space. And in that space, there is potential to lose sight of one’s self.  And always—always—we own the power to regain that self. 

Talina: How many years have you been writing that led up to your debut release, The Girl Who Fell? 

Shannon: If you asked my mom, she’d say I’ve been writing since my fingers married a pencil. She still has my second grade poem (on her fridge, no joke) in which I used the word ‘diminutive’. When I graduated high school, she told me she had to look up the word. So cute. But writing novels? For about six years. I took a few years off to raise my little ones and I wouldn’t say my early efforts translated into ‘novels’ really. They were more like jumbled heaps of jumbledness with a few passably descriptive lines thrown in here and there. Though THE GIRL WHO FELL would be that same heap of jumbledness if it weren’t for my editor’s keen eye and endless love for this story.

Talina: In your forthcoming novel, do you have any characters you can relate to the most? If so, who would it be and why? 

Shannon: I totally relate to Zephyr Doyle, my book’s main character. She’s really driven and likes her control. She wants out of her small town and thinks she’s got a handle on the world. But she’s super vulnerable, too. Love takes her by surprise and upends her reality. 

The character I relate to the most, though, is Lizzie, Zephyr’s best friend. Lizzie is quick with her wit and observations, but quiet about them too. She doesn’t like to be the center of attention, but doesn’t miss a beat. And she’s a fiercely loyal friend to Zephyr, protects her and never judges. I look up to Lizzie. I feel like being more like Lizzie would make me a better person. Plus, she’s all about the funny, which I love. 

Talina: It seems like your book will choke up a lot of people when reading due to its raw and heartbreaking issues, and I’m curious, did you ever get emotional for your characters when you were writing a particular scene?

Shannon: Not really. The “heartbreaking” and “raw” issues in THE GIRL WHO FELL unfold really slowly for Zephyr. In the meantime, she gets to fall in love with an amazing guy. She gets to feel love and feel loved. She gets to step out of her own shadow and see her tired surroundings in a new and brilliant light. She gets to confide in another human being, know the depths of trust.  So much of this book is about Zephyr’s awakening. And what that means in the end, of course, is that she has to fully awaken to the good and bad of her choices. I will say that I always get choked up when I read the final scene. Without giving anything away, I think these lines fill me with a hope that transcends any one situation. They feel timeless and true. I like timeless and true. 

Also, I will never be able to read my acknowledgments because those real people who smoothed my world to make room for my characters will make me gush every time. Every. Time. 

Talina: Are you already working on some other writing project? If so, could you maybe give us a little hint as to what it is? 

Shannon: I can! My next novel is tentatively titled THE HAUNTING OF RILLA BRAE and is about the unforgiving Maine coast, secrets that lurk on an uninhabited island, wrongs screaming to be made right, and swoon. Always swoon. 

Talina: Thank you once again for stopping by and congrats on your debut release, Shannon! Don't forget to add this debut to your TBR pile because it sounds phenomenal and I know it’ll be a bestseller in no time!

Shannon: Thank you so much, Talina! Your early love of THE GIRL WHO FELL is so humbling! My words fail me whenever I try to thank you for all of the support you’ve shown! I know my book won’t be for everyone and that’s okay. I’m always so grateful for the reading community in general, for the collective love of books in all their forms. So thank you for championing books and authors and readers; your enthusiasm is a true treasure. 



Now, we can't just end this post without having a little bit of sassy fangirling, can we? 

Photo Cred: Shannon Parker                                Photo Cred: Ashley Herring Blake 

Do you ever get that feeling where you just know this is it? Where you have such a strong love or connection to something, whether a book, a person, a movie, something and you can't shake that feeling off? That's me with Parker's forthcoming novel, THE GIRL WHO FELL. 

First, let's start with that cover. Can I get a "OH MY GOD, YES, LOOK AT THAT BEAUTY" please? If you think those ARC copies look gorgeous, imagine how beautiful they'll be when you have a finished copy in your hands! *cue fangirling*

Not only am I fangirling at the picture of the ARC's, but look at how amazing Shannon's swag looks! I absolutely love the idea of the mood color changing pencils and the cute little lip gloss and I think Shannon was definitely creative in designing all of this. I'm sure I'm not the only one that thinks one thing: All of this looks swag-a-licious!

Just do me a favor guys. Pre-order this book. Read it. Review it. And afterwords, maybe even fan girl about it with me.  <3

I loves me all things YA. My debut YA novel, THE GIRL WHO FELL, will release in 2016 with Simon & Schuster. It gives me gooseflesh seeing it listed on Goodreads with so many amazing books in this genre!

















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Oct 19, 2015

S.F.D. Mission - Open Lettter to Debut Author - Dear Shannon M. Parker....



Welcome to Sassy's Fangirl Debuts, mission two! If you haven't already heard or you didn't receive the notice, (check out the file HERE!) Sassy's Fangirl Debuts (S.F.D. for short!) is a debut author street team that I put recently together in hopes to expand these debut authors audience.

This week, my team of highly trained agents have put together a mission that will rock yours and the wonderful debut authors socks off! So, please grab your favorite blogging time snack and keep on reading! 



Title: The Girl Who Fell
Author: Shannon M. Parker
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
Release Date: March 1st, 2016
Publisher:  Simon & Schuster
His obsession. Her fall. In this dark kissing book, high school senior Zephyr Doyle is swept off her feet—and into an intense relationship—by the new boy in school. Zephyr is focused. Focused on leading her team to the field hockey state championship and leaving her small town for her dream school, Boston College. But love has a way of changing things. Enter the new boy in school: the hockey team’s starting goaltender, Alec. He’s cute, charming, and most important, Alec doesn’t judge Zephyr. He understands her fears and insecurities—he even shares them. Soon, their relationship becomes something bigger than Zephyr, something she can’t control, something she doesn’t want to control. Zephyr swears it must be love. Because love is powerful, and overwhelming, and…terrifying? But love shouldn’t make you abandon your dreams, or push your friends away. And love shouldn’t make you feel guilty—or worse, ashamed. So when Zephyr finally begins to see Alec for who he really is, she knows it’s time to take back control of her life. If she waits any longer, it may be too late.



Dear Shannon M. Parker and The Girl Who Fell,

Shannon, my dear friend, I think a huge congratulations is in order right now. The Girl Who Fell is your forthcoming novel and I am so thrilled to know that it will be out in the wild in just a few short months! Writing a book is definitely no easy feat (coming from a girl who is has tried writing as many as twelve novels and also whose mom is an author!) and I am so happy for you and all that you have accomplished with GIRL! Though I have yet to read your work, I am terribly excited for it, and the only question running through my mind right now is: can March come ANY quicker? 

Just a few short months ago, I was skimming around on Goodreads to look at the new and upcoming contemporary releases in '16 when I suddenly came across your book. Your cover caught my eye instantly because it screamed seductive and intriguing and I applaud the cover artist because it is one of my absolute favorite covers for the year 2016! Not only was I in love with your cover, but also the synopsis. I have yet to read a dark, young adult contemporary that will have me hooked from the very first paragraph and turning page after page in anticipation, and I think your debut novel will provide just that for me. 


One of the things I am most excited about to read from The Girl Who Fell is getting to meet the main character and seeing how she will handle the situations that will be thrown at her. Not only that, but I am also intrigued to see how you will weave love, loss, hope and pain into it all; in short, I am very interested!

With reviews and praise from authors and friends whose opinions I trust, like my dear friend Colette with her review (" Though a heart-wrenching story, every word comes across so perfectly and the difficult subject manner is handled with grace, doing justice to the major issue at hand.") is there any wonder why your book is on my most anticipated of 2016? 

Shannon, there are simply no words to describe how happy and excited I am for you and your debut novel. For the last few months, you have shined a light on the entire community with your positive energy and your cheerfulness not only for your book but as well as the other debut's and I can't express in words how wonderful it is to see such great support in this community. You truly are an amazing person and I am thrilled to call you my friend. Once again, congratulations on your debut. I know it will rock the book world. <3

With love,

Talina





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Oct 18, 2015

Sassy's Fangirl Debuts ~ Interview With Kali Wallace + Giveaway



Welcome to Sassy's Fangirl Debuts, a feature event where I introduce you to this years and next years debut authors! Grab some popcorn and have your Goodreads page open because there are some wonderful new authors and books coming out soon! 

This week of Sassy’s Fangirl Debuts, we are having the wonderful Kali Wallace, YA author of SHALLOW GRAVES, which releases in January of 2016!


Title: Shallow Graves
Author: Kali Wallace
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal, Thriller
Release Date: January 26th, 2016
Publisher:   Katherine Tegen Books
When seventeen-year-old Breezy Lin wakes up in a shallow grave one year after her death, she doesn’t remember who killed her or why. All she knows is that she’s somehow conscious—and not only that, she’s able to sense who around her is hiding a murderous past. In life, Breezy was always drawn to the elegance of the universe and the mystery of the stars. Now she must set out to find answers and discover what is to become of her in the gritty, dangerous world to which she now belongs—where killers hide in plain sight and a sinister cult is hunting for strange creatures like her. What she finds is at once empowering, redemptive, and dangerous.



Hi Kali! Thank you so much for stopping by the blog today! Before we get started on the interview, would you care to tell us a little bit about yourself?

Hello! Thank you for having me. I'm Kali. I used to study earthquakes and mountain ranges as a geophysicist, but now I write YA and (I hope) MG novels about creepy magical things happening to creepy magical people. I'm a Colorado native and lived there most of my life, but about a year ago I decided to move to southern California, more or less on a whim, and that's where I am now. Shallow Graves is my first novel, and I'm really excited to be here to talk about it!

1. How many years have you been writing that lead up to your upcoming debut release, Shallow Graves?

I've been writing for as long as I can remember. Since I was six or seven, I suppose, although I don't know exactly when I started. I've always loved writing, and I was lucky to have teachers who encouraged me and a family who put up with all the hours I spent yelling at them to stop reading over my shoulder at the computer, oh my god, just leave me alone. (They were never actually reading over my shoulder. They just thought it was funny to make me flip out and cover the screen with my hands.) But I never tried to publish anything until I was in my thirties, after I attended the Clarion Workshop for science fiction and fantasy writers at UCSD. I sold my first short story in 2010, Shallow Graves a few years later, and now there's no looking back.
So I guess the answer is: I've always been writing. It just took me about a quarter of a century to do anything about it.

2. As writers, we occasionally get smacked in the face with new, fun ideas and I would love to know how you came up with the idea for your novel. Was it a random thought or have you been playing with this idea for awhile now?

There are two types of writers in the world: there's the type where if somebody tells them, "You can't write that, nobody wants to read that," they don't write it, and there's the type where if somebody tells them, "You can't write that, nobody wants to read that," they think, "Shut up, I do what I want."
Once upon a time, during the aforementioned Clarion workshop in 2010, our first week workshop instructor Delia Sherman was talking about what subject matters are appropriate for YA novels. She wasn't even talking to me; I was just eavesdropping as she talked to somebody else in the common room. Delia was explaining how there really are no restrictions on subject matter in YA. What matters is the age of protagonist and the intended audience, so you can write a YA novel about anything.

"Except," she added, mostly joking, "maybe cannibalism."

And I--eavesdropping shamelessly at the outskirts of this conversation--immediately thought, "Ah ha! I'm going to write a YA novel about cannibalism! So there."

Now, just to be very clear, I never actually wrote a YA novel about cannibalism. I did, however, write a novel about supernatural monsters who eat human corpses, because I love writing about the unsexy, uncool, unloved monsters always dismissed as gross and icky and foul in other stories. Then I wrote a companion novel to go with that novel, and that one turned out to be the story I was really eager to tell, and that became Shallow Graves. There's always a long, winding road between the spark of an idea and the final story that comes from it. In this case, however, I can trace it back to the beginning, and in the beginning it's all Delia Sherman's fault.

3. Your book includes some interesting paranormal aspects and I’m curious to know what type of re-search you did to find the perfect setting. Did you find anything fascinating that stuck with you?

For obvious reasons, I spent a lot of time researching all kinds of different stories about people returning from the dead. There really are quite a lot of those stories out there! Zombies and ghosts are only the beginning. The ones that really interested me were about people who came back as creatures that weren't mindless or animalistic, but were still somewhat functional as individuals with goals, with motivations, with desires and plans and thoughts of their own.

And what really caught my interest was how nearly all of those stories seemed to focus on vengeance as a primary motivator. There are so many variations on the return-from-the-dead-for-revenge story, and it's fascinating to me that so many people, everywhere on the planet, all throughout history, have this deep fear of people they've wronged being so angry about if they literally rise from the grave to exact their revenge. That's a whole lot of guilt and fear being carried around in these common stories.

4. I know that writing can have its ups and downs, so tell us, what was the easiest and hardest part in writing your novel?

The hardest part in terms of actual writing is always and forever the fight scenes. It is so hard for me to write fight and action scenes. I don't get into fights in real life! Everything I know about fighting I learned from watching Captain America movies a dozen times in a row, and because I am a professional I know that I cannot simply distract everybody from every clunk action scene by writing, "And his shirt was very tight," however tempting it may be. It's always so hard for me to write any kind of fight or chase or action scene. They take me forever to get right.

The easier parts to write are always, for me, the atmospheric descriptions. It might take me ages to get character voices and conversations right, it might take me geologic eons to get fight scenes and action right, but it never seems to take very much time or effort at all to write descriptive passages to build the kind of spooky, creepy atmosphere I want. That's probably why I do so much of it.

5. Now that you are a debut author, tell us how the experience has been so far!

The funny thing about being a debut author is that everybody wants to tell you how you should be feeling. You should be excited! You should be anxious! You should be terrified! You should be grateful! You should be crushed by bad reviews! You should you should you should you should! And it turns out sometimes you will be are all of those things, and other times you won't be any of those things, and sometimes it changes from one minute to the next.But, overall, it's been pretty fantastic so far. I've loved working with my editor to make the book the best it can be. I've met a bunch of other soon-to-be-debut authors, and they're some of the greatest people around. I've found the YA community to be incredibly supportive and fun and always willing to indulge a bit of a gripe and moan when things get overwhelming. So it makes me crazy, but I wouldn’t want it any other way.

A huge thank you to Kali for stopping by! You guys should definitely go and add this to your TBR right now! Not only does that cover look spook-a-licious, but it sounds like the perfect autumn read. Too bad we have to wait for it to come out next year! ;) 




For most of her life Kali Wallace was going to be a scientist when she grew up. She studied geology in college, partly because she could get course credit for hiking and camping, and eventually earned a PhD in geophysics researching earthquakes in India and the Himalayas. Only after she had her shiny new doctorate in hand did she admit that she loved inventing imaginary worlds as much as she liked exploring the real one. Her short fiction has appeared in Clarkesworld, F&SF, Asimov's, Lightspeed, and Tor.com. She was born in Colorado and spent most of her life there, but now lives in southern California.



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Oct 14, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday - A Shot Through the Heart Debuts!



Welcome to Waiting on Wednesday, a weekly meme hosted by Jill over at  Breaking the Spines! This meme is to talk about the books you are anxiously anticipating to come out! For this WOW round, I am waiting on two swoon worthy debut release! Scroll down to see what the first book I'm waiting on is!



Title: Summer of Supernovas
Author: Darcy Woods
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Release Date: May 10th, 2016
Publisher:  Random House/Crown
As the daughter of an expert astrologer, Wilamena Carlisle knows that the truth lies within the stars. So when she discovers a rare planetary alignment, she is forced to tackle her worst astrological fear – The Fifth House of Relationships and Love. But Wil must decide whether a cosmically doomed love is worth rejecting her mother’s legacy, when she falls for a sensitive guitar player hailing from the wrong side of the chart. Debut author Darcy Woods explores love in all its complexities and how to best honor the loved ones who have passed before us, in a novel packed with both humor and heart.


For the last few weeks, there has been quite some buzz around Wood's forthcoming novel and I can't help but get excited for it as well, especially after reading the lovely debut author Laurie Flynn's review on it, which you can read HERE! Who wouldn't be intrigued with a novel that is sprinkled with contemporary fiction, along with bucket of romance and swoon? There is absolutely no denying that Wood's debut novel, Summer of Supernovas, will have the great potential to draw readers in and keep them hooked from the very beginning and I am thrilled to get the chance to read it early! I am hopeful that this debut will leave me feeling warm and fuzzy, which would perfect for the cool Autumn!



Title: Arrows
Author: Melissa Gorzelanczyk
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Greek Mythology
Release Date: January 26th, 2016
Publisher:  Delacorte Press
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A modern cupid story set in present-day Wisconsin combining the fantastical elements of Greek mythology with the contemporary drama of MTV's Teen Mom. People don’t understand love. If they did, they’d get why dance prodigy Karma Clark just can’t say goodbye to her boyfriend, Danny. No matter what he says or does or how he hurts her, she can’t stay angry with him . . . and can’t stop loving him. But there’s a reason why Karma is helpless to break things off: she’s been shot with a love arrow. Aaryn, son of Cupid, was supposed to shoot both Karma and Danny but found out too late that the other arrow in his pack was useless. And with that, Karma’s life changed forever. One pregnancy confirmed. One ballet scholarship lost. And dream after dream tossed to the wind. A clueless Karma doesn’t know that her toxic relationship is Aaryn’s fault . . . but he’s going to get a chance to make things right. He’s here to convince Danny to man up and be there for Karma. But what if this god from Mount Olympus finds himself falling in love with a beautiful dancer from Wisconsin who can never love him in return?


 Not too long ago, I came across Melissa and her debut through Twitter and the first thing that came to mind was, January needs to get here quicker! One of the aspects I'm most excited and curious about from this forthcoming novel would definitely be the Greek mythology and how the author will weave love, loss and emotion into it all. I am a huge sucker for any YA/NA novel that revolves around Greek mythology and I am very intrigued to see the take that Gorzelanczyk’s debut will have. Let's just say that I've been shot through the heart by the book cupids and I don't know what I'll do if I don't get my hands on this book soon! The question is...will I be able to hold off till close to the release date or will I devour every page of it in just a matter of days? I think we all know the answer to this... ;)




There you have it! Those are just some of my most anticipated releases! What are some of yours? Let me know down in the comments below and feel free to link your own WOW posts because I'd love to see what books you are waiting on!


Happy reading!

Oct 9, 2015

Sassy's Fangirl Debuts - Become An S.F.D. Agent & Complete Your First Mission + Giveaway!


Hello and welcome to Sassy's Fangirl Debuts! The S.F.D is a top secret organization (AKA a debut author street team!) that helps authors dominate the book world and succeed in brainwashing their readers…(just kidding…but who knows…)

Over the past few weeks, the S.F.D team has been planning a way to destroy reader’s TBRs and we believe, after careful planning and years of training, we have finally come to a conclusion: Sassy’s Fangirl Debuts. 

Agent T (Talina) has been under strict orders from the director of S.F.D to create an army of highly trained readers and she has succeeded extraordinarily well. Although there was a slight delay due to a giant, angry green problem, (TOP SECRET clearance needed for more details!) everything is now back on course. With the help of  Agent Slay and Agent Feline, our plans have finally been launched. 

Sassy’s Fangirl Debuts (S.F.D. for short) is a fun, unique way in helping readers to keep track of all the debut authors and their new books that are coming out, and it is also a way for authors to promote their books and get readers interested. The feature, which Agent T has decided to make it into a debut author street team, will include author interrogations, (interviews), confidential file exposures (guest posts) and the radioactive surprises (giveaways). 

Now, the fun isn't just going to be for the authors! We need people that are willing to support and help out debut authors in any way and the S.F.D. team thinks YOU can do that!  With the help of Agent A, we have created a Debut Author Supporter badge (DOWNLOAD HERE!) just for you and we need your help in spreading the word about this organization. 

YOUR MISSION SHOULD YOU CHOOSE TO ACCEPT IT...

1. Fill out your S.F.D. badge, send a tweet out with it, and pledge loyalty to us. (Muahah)

Here is a pre-made tweet:  I joined the S.F.D. & you should too! Check out @talinaroma's post & find out how you can too! bit.ly/1N4LnmW  

2. Recruit fellow readers and debut authors to Agent T’s official board, Sassy and Dangerous. 

3. Add the link of your tweet below into the rafflecopter to be entered to win a swag pack full of amazing goodies!



Should you choose to accept this mission, you must carry it out with bravery, skill, and honor. Be aware, this is a highly dangerous mission that may include the death of organized TBR’s...In case you want to see how the ID Badges will look like, here is mine as an example. Please remember, do not change anything on it, but just to add your info!



Agent T and the debut authors look forward to starting on this feature and we hope you enjoy it as much as we do! Also, please remember, we are here to have fun and spread love for the wonderful debut  authors and their books, so let's all have fun and be kind and respectful to each other! 


Happy reading!

Oct 7, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday: Two Spook-A-Licious & One Contemporary Debut Releases!


Welcome to Waiting on Wednesday, a weekly meme hosted by Jill over at  Breaking the Spines! This meme is to talk about the books you are anxiously anticipating to come out! For this WOW round, I am waiting on two spooky and one contemporary releases! Scroll down to see what the first book I'm waiting on is!



Title: After the Woods
Author: Kim Savage
Genre: Young Adult, Mystery, Thriller
Release Date: February 23rd, 2016
Publisher:  Farrar, Straus and Giroux
An emotionally-charged debut novel about the deadly lies hidden beneath a destructive friendship.
One year ago, two best friends, Liv and Julia, were attacked in the woods by a paroled predator. In an attempt to save Liv, Julia was left behind while Liv escaped. After spending three days in the woods trying to escape her abductor, Julia was rescued. She only remembers what happened in the woods in terrifying flashbacks. Now, on the eve of the anniversary of the attack, a body is found in the woods. This discovery rips open fresh wounds between the two girls as the truth about Liv's role in the kidnapping is revealed.


Earlier this week, I got the chance to read a few horror/mystery novels, which was one of my favorite genre's while growing up, so imagine my excitement and surprise when I happened to stumble across Savage's forthcoming debut while browsing through Goodreads. This novel immediately caught my attention, but not just because it has an absolutely stunning cover, but also because I see so much potential in this unique debut. After the Woods is easily one of my top ten most anticipated releases of 2016 and I am beyond thrilled to have the chance to read it early! Guys, if you haven't already added it to your TBR, I highly recommend you do! This book seems perfect for the autumn season...even though it comes out next year! ;)


Title: Shallow Graves
Author: Kali Wallace
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal, Thriller
Release Date: January 26th, 2016
Publisher:   Katherine Tegen Books
When seventeen-year-old Breezy Lin wakes up in a shallow grave one year after her death, she doesn’t remember who killed her or why. All she knows is that she’s somehow conscious—and not only that, she’s able to sense who around her is hiding a murderous past. In life, Breezy was always drawn to the elegance of the universe and the mystery of the stars. Now she must set out to find answers and discover what is to become of her in the gritty, dangerous world to which she now belongs—where killers hide in plain sight and a sinister cult is hunting for strange creatures like her. What she finds is at once empowering, redemptive, and dangerous.

Stunning cover? Check. Compelling summary? Check. Hooked bookworm? C-H-E-C-K! I am once again in awe of how many young adult paranormal thrillers are coming out in the year 2016 and I feel as if I am on cloud nine! Wallace's upcoming debut release is described as thrilling, fast-paced and mesmerizing all wrapped into one and that definitely has me intrigued! This book is yet again on my most anticipated releases of 2016 and I am endlessly awaiting for January to come quicker! 




Title: How it Ends
Author: Catherine Lo
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
Release Date: June 7th, 2016
Publisher:  HMH Books for Young Readers
How it begins…"You're in my English class, right?" I almost checked behind me to make sure she wasn't talking to someone else. How it unravels…“You can be my best friend without being my only friend."
Her words were knives raked along my skin. I could hear the goodbye in every syllable. How it Ends. Why should I keep her secrets when she didn't keep mine? All it would take was one little click and a carefully worded message. How it Ends is an honest, heart-wrenching tale of a friendship from first meeting to breakup. Told through alternating points of view, it is about two best friends’ tumultuous sophomore year of bullying, boys and backstabbing and what can happen when friends choose assumptions and fear over each other.


You know what I love in a book? An honest and different point of view; a character who can relate to me and is also wonderful breath of fresh air, and I believe Catherine Lo's 2016 debut release will provide just that. I'm a huge fan of contemporaries, so when I happened to come across this book on Twitter, I was in love. Not only is the cover stunning, but that summary! With a compelling premise that sounds like the perfect summer read, is it any wonder why I am anxious for June to come sooner?




There you go! Those are just some of my most anticipated releases! What are some of yours? Let me know down in the comments below and feel free to link your own WOW posts because I'd love to see what books you are waiting on!


Happy reading!







Oct 6, 2015

| ARC REVIEW | A Madness So Discreet by Mindy McGinnis

Happy Tuesday!


The day has just began, but I already feel like it's going to be full of craziness. I have so many things to do, but as stressful as it is sometimes, I absolutely love what I do! :)

The other day, I was finally able to write up my review for this ARC copy and I am so excited to share it with you all. It literally took me two days to write how I felt about this book, but I don't think my words will do justice for how much I loved it. Scroll on down and take a look for yourself! ;)


Title: A Madness So Discreet
Author: Mindy McGinnis
Genre: Young Adult, Thriller, Mystery
Release Date: October 6th, 2015
Publisher:  Katherine Tegen Books
MY RATING: 5 INSANE STARS
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Grace Mae knows madness. She keeps it locked away, along with her voice, trapped deep inside a brilliant mind that cannot forget horrific family secrets. Those secrets, along with the bulge in her belly, land her in a Boston insane asylum. When her voice returns in a burst of violence, Grace is banished to the dark cellars, where her mind is discovered by a visiting doctor who dabbles in the new study of criminal psychology. With her keen eyes and sharp memory, Grace will make the perfect assistant at crime scenes. Escaping from Boston to the safety of an ethical Ohio asylum, Grace finds friendship and hope, hints of a life she should have had. But gruesome nights bring Grace and the doctor into the circle of a killer who stalks young women. Grace, continuing to operate under the cloak of madness, must hunt a murderer while she confronts the demons in her own past.
There is no denying that  A Madness So Discreet was one of the most thrilling and riveting novels I've had the chance to read in the year of 2015 and I will most definitely be the first in line to read more from this author!



Having heard a lot about author Mindy McGinnis and her Not a Drop to Drink series, I was eager to see what all the hype was about with her upcoming release, A Madness So Discreet. So imagine my surprise and excitement when I was given the opportunity to review this book! You know for sure that I jumped at that wonderful oppurtunity!

This novel tells of Grace Mae, a teenage girl who has been sent to the asylum by her family, though other's have been told she is on a European vacation, when in fact she has been impregnated by someone close to her. When her voice returns in a burst of anger and violence, Grace is banished to the dark cellars alongside the most insane. 

Down there, she attracts the attention of a doctor who is fascinated in criminal psychology and he quickly realizes he could leverage Grace’s keen intelligence to dissect crime scenes because of her sharp memory and eyes. Soon after, she escapes the horrors of the Boston asylum and finds herself in Ohio and in a more ethical institution, as she aids the doctor at crime scenes and tries to unravel the mystery of a serial killer...

Haunting. Horrific. Exciting. Heart-pounding. Thrilling. Those were just some of the words that were running through my head as I read page after page of this novel in just one sitting. There is no denying that A Madness So Discreet was one of the most thrilling and riveting novels I've had the chance to read in the year of 2015 and I will definitely be the first in line to read more from this author!

McGinnis's writing style is straightforward and precise, creating an exciting, fast-paced and thrilling story that is sure to capture even the most reluctant reader. The dialogue was one of the many things that captured me the most about this book. Even though it is based around terrible unfortunate events, there still was some fun humor/dialogue and it always got me to either crack a smile or belt out a laugh. The concept of this novel was a perfect read for the fall season, and I thoroughly enjoyed reading the majority of it while the weather was dark and dreary! Ah, gotta love the autumn season, right?

With our main character, Grace is extremely compelling and easy to connect with due to her fierce intelligence, determination and strength of spirit. Grace's situation is one that will have readers horrified and sympathetic all wrapped into one, and that was exactly how I felt while reading. Her bravery, maturity, and grace under horrific suffering, captivated me. The author gracefully captured each moment in breathtaking and agonizing detail until the main character's every emotion and thought begin to feel real. 

Not only was I compelled to our main character, but also to Dr. Thornhollow. Kind, smart, driven and determined, Thornhollow was an intriguing character that I truly enjoyed reading about. However, the one thing I disliked about this book was how we didn't get to see more into the life of this handsome and intriguing doctor! With that being said, I highly enjoyed the relationship Dr. Thornhollow and Grace had and if there were to be a second book, I assure you, I will be rooting for them!

Overall, A Madness So Discreet was a thrilling novel and though dark and twisted, it left me anxious and yearning to find out what would happen next. This novel is sure to bring you out of your reading slump and send chills down your spine. Definitely a must-read for the upcoming Halloween season!



What do you guys think? Will you be picking up this novel? What are some of your favorite spooky reads for the Halloween/Fall season? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below! <3


Happy reading!





Oct 5, 2015

Sassy Wallpaper Monday - Hello Autumn!



Happy Monday ya'll! So, over the weekend, I was really in the creative mood and I decided that my area, (bookshelf and desk!) needed to look a bit more fun for the festivities. I've already got some cute Halloween/autumn decorations hanging and even some delicious smelling candles burning, (cinnamon and apple. YUM!) But I was missing something...some cute festive wallpapers for my desktop! I'm thrilled to share with you two designs I worked on just last night and I hope enjoy them as much as I enjoyed making them! 










I might even be tempted to make a few Halloween wallpapers for next week. What do you guys think? Do you have any suggestions for wallpapers you'd like to see? Let me know in the comments below!

Happy reading!