November 25, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday: Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we are just waiting to have our hands on! Photo from Writer For Misfits.

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
Publication Date: February 10, 2015
Publication: Orion/Harper Teen

A thrilling new fantasy trilogy for fans of DIVERGENT and THE HUNGER GAMES.

The poverty stricken Reds are commoners, living under the rule of the Silvers, elite warriors with god-like powers.

To Mare Barrow, a 17-year-old Red girl from The Stilts, it looks like nothing will ever change.

Mare finds herself working in the Silver Palace, at the centre of
those she hates the most. She quickly discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy Silver control.

But power is a dangerous game. And in this world divided by blood, who will win?

I'm a screenwriter/YA author who likes books and lists. This site is the nexus of my universe.

My book RED QUEEN will be published Winter 2015 from HarperTeen at HarperCollins. I'm repped by the incomparable Suzie Townsend at New Leaf Literary & Media, Inc. 

The genres I'm into include YA, Fantasy, Historical, Adventure, Apocalyptic - if people are dying, I'm buying.

Wicked Review: The Young Elites by Marie Lu

Published: October 7, 2014
Publisher: Putnam
Series: The Young Elites #1
Acquired: Paperback

November 20, 2014

{Book Blitz: Excerpt + Giveaway} Accepted by Coleen Lahr

Publication Date: November 4,2014
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult

Ashley Smith spent her life being shipped from one family member to the next. When Ashley’s estranged father dies, she finally has the money to go to college and the chance to find a place where she belongs.

Within days, Ashley has found the one thing she’s always longed for – a family. She may have even found love. There’s only one problem. Ashley likes Colin…a lot, but so does Randi, and everyone likes Randi. Randi’s approval is the single easiest way to belong. Falling in love with Randi’s crush is the single easiest way to find oneself on the outside for the next three years.

When Ashley arrived at college, she never dreamed she’d find this kind of happiness. Will she allow herself to hold on to this happiness, and Colin, or will her fear of losing her friends, the only friends she’s ever known, dictate her actions?


By the time we were halfway through reviewing the second chapter, I was fully engrossed by the disparity between the two sides of my body and had completely and utterly lost focus on Organic Chemistry. All of my focus was on the parts of my body that pressed against Colin. I only hoped Colin wouldn’t notice.
            “You alright, Ash?”
            And, of course, he did.
            “Huh?” was my brilliant answer.
            “Are you okay? You’re kind of out of it.”
            I needed an excuse. I didn’t think, "Oh, I was just daydreaming about having your body pressed against mine," would cut it.
            “Oh, um, I’m sorry.” I shook my head, trying to dispel the fog. “I was just trying to figure out where I was going to sleep tonight. Becca went home, and I didn’t think to borrow her key.”
            Awesome save, Ashley.
            “Rookie mistake,” he joked and nudged his shoulder into mine, pushing his body harder against my side. “I forget that this is your first semester here. It’s strange. I feel like I’ve known you so much longer than just a couple of months.”
            Then, he turned his face to mine—it was just a couple of inches away—and smiled warmly. I looked into his eyes, and the heat that had been just in my right side spread through the rest of my body.
            Colin’s expression suddenly changed, and he looked away.
            “You could, you know, sleep in here.” He shrugged.
            He looked so nervous that I actually smiled.
            “I’d sleep in Brett’s bed, of course.” He looked up at me and continued, more confident now. “I won’t try anything funny.”
            I don’t know how it slipped out, but all of a sudden, I heard myself reply in a husky, flirtatious voice, “It’s not the funny stuff that I’m worried about.” Then, I felt the corners of my mouth tip up.
            I had no idea where it came from. As soon as the words came out, I knew I shouldn’t have opened my mouth, and now that they were out there, I couldn’t take them back.
            Suddenly, the entire atmosphere of the room changed. The air was thicker somehow, and I was even more aware of Colin next to me, as if that were possible.
            Our eyes locked, and he leaned toward me, closing the inches of space between us.
            I knew he was going to kiss me. I also knew I wasn’t going to stop him.
            I closed my eyes and tilted my head back, knowing this may be a bad idea and that it may change things—and not in a good way—but also knowing that right then, at that second, and in that moment, I couldn’t stop it.

            And as I waited for Colin’s lips to touch mine, I realized that there wasn’t anything either of us could do to stop it. There wasn’t anything anyone could do to stop it.


Coleen writes young adult novels, loves running, rock music, the shore, daisies and bread.

When Coleen's not plotting or writing her next book, she can be found making sandwiches in her family's restaurant, running (but mostly walking) Disney marathons, reading any book she can get her hands on and playing with her adorable kid. She lives in New Jersey with her husband, daughter, two dogs and lizard.

November 16, 2014

One Lovely Blog

Thank you, Raffy of Eccentric Everything for nominating me. This is really cool.

Rules for Nomination:

  1. You must thank the person who nominated you and include the link to their blog.
  2. You must list the rules and display the award.
  3. You must add 7 facts about yourself.
  4. You must nominate 15 other bloggers and comment on one of their post to let them know that they have been nominated!
  5. You must display the award logo and follow the one who nominated you.
Seven Facts About Me:

  1. I have accepted the fact I'm twenty years old and I'm enjoying it.
  2. I am in love with Twinings.
  3. I used to smoke but that's over now. Say no to smoking!
  4. I am a sucker for reality shows. (i.e Keeping Up With The Kardashians, House of DVF, Giuliana and Bill, Masterchef U.S and Fashion Bloggers are among the shows I watch right now.)
  5. I love high heels.
  6. I love vegetables. Let's live a healthy life people!
  7. I love to drink.
And I am tagging:
  1. Dianne of Oops I Read A Book Again
  2. Kate of The Bookaholic Blurbs
  3. Kai of Amaterasu Reads
  4. Hazel of Stay Bookish
  5. Isabel of Sab The Book Eater
  6. Celine of Two Ends of a Bookshelf
  7. Ads of Bookabulary
  8. Elena of Novel Sounds
  9. Kelly of Effortlessly Reading
  10. Algel of Tea-rrific Reads
  11. Chyna of Lite-Rate-Ture
  12. Nicole of The Twins Read
  13. Jesselle of Jesselle Loves Books
  14. Lyra of Defiantly Deviant
  15. Leslie of Bibliophile Kid

November 6, 2014

Goodreads Reading Challenge

I chanced it upon myself to take on the Goodreads Reading Challenge. I've seen my friends do it and I said, hey, why not? I just want to share with you guys the books I've read so far.

Everything Abbi Glines! Well, almost.

Misbehaving (Sea Breeze #06)
Sometimes It Lasts (Sea Breeze #05)
Just For Now (Sea Breeze #04)
While It Lasts (Sea Breeze #3)
Because of Low (Sea Breeze #2)
Breathe (Sea Breeze #1)
Forever Too Far (Too Far #3)
Never Too Far (Too Far #2)
Fallen Too Far (Too Far #1)
Take A Chance (Chance #1)

I was lucky enough to win the Black City Trilogy from Elizabeth Richards herself and some awesome bookmarks. I highly recommend Black City if you love blood sucking hotties. Then there's The Young Elites...*insert intense howling*

The Young Elites by Marie Lu
Every You, Every Me by David Leviathan
Mila 2.0 by Debra Driza
Only Everything by Kieran Scott (True Love #1)
A Timeless Romance Anthology: Summer in New York Collection
Wings by Elizabeth Richards (Black City #3)
Phoenix by Elizabeth Richards (Black City #2)
Black City by Elizabeth Richards (Black City #1)
Enders by Lissa Price (Starters #2)
Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas (Throne of Glass #2)

I don't know why some got doubles though. Woops!

An Abundance of Katherines by John Green
The Artful by Wilbert Stanton
Fire With Fire by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian (Burn for Burn #2)
Let the Sky Fall by Shannon Messenger (Let The Sky Fall #1)
Harp's Song by Cassie Shine (Harp's Song #1)
Hope at Dawn by Stacy Henrie
Since Forever Ago by Olivia Besse

So there you have it guys. Less than ten books to go till my goal! I can't believe it. Maybe next year, I'll be a bit more ambitious and read 150 books! Who knows! :) I'd be very happy to know about your Reading Challenge. Comment below and tell me!