Make Me Read It #MakeMeRead Wrap Up

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I participated in this readathon hosted by Tea and Titles and The Innocent Smiley.  My goal was to read the top three books voted on in my poll and I’m happy to say that I finished all three (and another ARC I needed to squeeze in for review).

The book with the most votes was Geekerella by Ashley Poston. I’m so happy this book won because it instantly became a new favorite.  I loved this book.  It was a fun read that I flew through.  I gave this book 5 stars.

Anything can happen once upon a con…

When geek girl Elle Wittimer sees a cosplay contest sponsored by the producers of Starfield, she has to enter. First prize is an invitation to the ExcelsiCon Cosplay Ball and a meet-and-greet with the actor slated to play Federation Prince Carmindor in the reboot. Elle’s been scraping together tips from her gig at the Magic Pumpkin food truck behind her stepmother’s back, and winning this contest could be her ticket out once and for all—not to mention a fangirl’s dream come true.

Teen actor Darien Freeman is less than thrilled about this year’s ExcelsiCon. He used to live for conventions, but now they’re nothing but jaw-aching photo sessions and awkward meet-and-greets. Playing Federation Prince Carmindor is all he’s ever wanted, but the diehard Starfield fandom has already dismissed him as just another heartthrob. As ExcelsiCon draws near, closet nerd Darien feels more and more like a fake—until he meets a girl who shows him otherwise.

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The second book I read was History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera.  I reviewed this book here.  Another 5 star rated book and another new favorite.  This book made me cry a lot.  It’s a super emotional read.

When Griffin’s first love and ex-boyfriend, Theo, dies in a drowning accident, his universe implodes. Even though Theo had moved to California for college and started seeing Jackson, Griffin never doubted Theo would come back to him when the time was right. But now, the future he’s been imagining for himself has gone far off course.

To make things worse, the only person who truly understands his heartache is Jackson. But no matter how much they open up to each other, Griffin’s downward spiral continues. He’s losing himself in his obsessive compulsions and destructive choices, and the secrets he’s been keeping are tearing him apart.

If Griffin is ever to rebuild his future, he must first confront his history, every last heartbreaking piece in the puzzle of his life.

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The final book I read for the readathon was We Were Liars by E. Lockhart.  This was a good book, but not my favorite.  I gave it 3 1/2 stars (rounded it up for goodreads).  I liked the story and it was interesting, but the writing style wasn’t my favorite.  I did enjoy trying to figure out what happened though.

A beautiful and distinguished family.
A private island.
A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy.
A group of four friends—the Liars—whose friendship turns destructive.
A revolution. An accident. A secret.
Lies upon lies.
True love.
The truth.

We Were Liars is a modern, sophisticated suspense novel from New York Times bestselling author, National Book Award finalist, and Printz Award honoree E. Lockhart.

Read it.

And if anyone asks you how it ends, just LIE.

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I’m pretty happy with my first readathon.  It definitely pushed me to read more than I normally do in a week.  Thank you to all of you who voted to choose these books for me.

 

OMG This Song Book Tag

I was tagged by Kayla for this tag.

MY JAM:
A SONG YOU MUST LISTEN TO EVERY TIME IT COMES ON, NO MATTER HOW OLD OR HOW MANY TIMES YOU’VE LISTENED TO IT / A BOOK YOU’LL NEVER GET SICK OF

I have quite a few songs I never get tired of and always have to listen to.  I’ll just go with a couple.

Issues Stingray Affliction  and Fall Out Boy Sugar We’re Going Down.

A book would probably be The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath.

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THROWBACK:
A SONG THAT REMINDS YOU OF THE CRINGIEST TIME OF YOUR LIFE / A BOOK THAT ALSO REMINDS YOU OF THIS TIME (OR JUST SOMETHING YOU WOULDN’T LIKE AS MUCH IF YOU PICKED IT UP FOR THE FIRST TIME NOW)

Maybe not the cringiest time in my life, but definitely a person I don’t like to think about. I still like this song and book, but they do make me remember that time of my life more than I would like.

The song would be Fast Car by Tracy Chapman.

The book is probably Small Sacrifices by Ann Rule.  I really didn’t read much during this time period, but I do remember reading this one then.

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REPLAY:
A RECENT SONG YOU HAVE ON REPEAT RIGHT NOW / A RECENT FAVORITE BOOK

Not a super recent song, but one I still listen to constantly (and the video linked is mine from a concert a few months ago).

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A recent favorite book is Geekerella by Ashley Poston.

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GETS ME:
THIS SONG IS ME / THIS BOOK IS ME IN BOOK FORM

I can’t really think of a song that is me.  It all depends on the day. But if I think of one, I’ll come back and edit this.

A book would probably be The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli.  Not completely me, but I noticed a lot of things that I related to with Molly.

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WUT:
WEIRD BUT I LIKE IT? – A UNIQUE BOOK THAT STUCK OUT TO YOU FOR WHATEVER REASON

I have a few songs, but I’ll go with Morningwood Sugarbaby.

For my book, I’m going with Weird Girl and What’s His Name by Meagan Brothers.

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LET’S GO:
BEST PUMP UP SONG (FOR WORKOUTS OR JUST LIFE) – A BOOK THAT INSPIRED YOU

For a song, I’m going with Harlem by New Politics.

A book that inspired me was Pushing The Boundaries by Stacey Trombley.

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CHILL:
FAVORITE CHILL, RELAXING SONG / A BOOK YOU’D CURL UP WITH AND READ ON A RAINY DAY

Really any song by this band, but I’ll go with this one since there’s a video. This Wild Life History.

For a book, I tend to like more emotional books on rainy days.  So probably Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell.

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ADDICTING:
GUILTY PLEASURE SONG – ONE THAT’S CATCHY AND ADDICTING BUT NOT A WHOLE LOT OF SUBSTANCE / GUILTY PLEASURE/TRASHY/FAST/LIGHT READ

This might be the hardest one for me.  For a song, I’ll go with NOFX Linoleum.  It’s one of my favorite songs.

For books, I love Entangled Teen books.  They’re sweet and fluffy. So any will work, but I’ll go with one I’ve read recently.  The Perfectly Imperfect Match by Kendra C. Highley.

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I still don’t know anyone well, so I’m just going to tag the most recent bloggers I’ve received e-mails from.  It’s totally cool if you don’t want to participate.

Twin Tales

Treestand Book Reviews

The Orangutan Librarian

Bentley Book Bastion

 

Guest Author Post with Kat Colmer The Third Kiss

I recently read The Third Kiss by Kat Colmer and really enjoyed it.  You can find my review here.

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I was lucky to hear from both Kat and Entangled Teen to do this guest post.  This is my first one, so please forgive me if I do something wrong. 🙂

From Kat Colmer:

Thanks for having me over on Confessions of a YA Reader to share a little about my debut paranormal romance The Third Kiss. As the title suggests, there’s some kissing in this book. One kiss—which happens to be our hero Jonas’s third kiss—is very significant, as it sets into motion a series of events that put Jonas’s best friend and neighbor Cora in grave danger. This kiss is one of those unintended, spur of the moment kisses that happen when tensions run high and emotions bubble over.

Here’s an excerpt leading up to the kiss. Picture a gazebo at the bottom of Jonas’s garden. It’s late evening and Jonas has just interrupted Cora post-date with another guy. I love the tug-o-war banter between Jonas and Cora in this scene. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it!

 

Jonas snorted. “The guy has a backyard designed to charm girls out of their underwear.”

Did he seriously just say that? When he himself went off with— Unbelievable! I grabbed the rough wood of the gazebo railing so I didn’t lash out with more than my words.

“And you’d know all about that, now, wouldn’t you?”

His jaw clenched even as a wince tightened the line of his lips. “I don’t like him.”

“You don’t know him.”

“Neither do you.” He widened his stance and crossed his arms. “A few online chats don’t exactly mean much when it comes to getting to know someone.”

My fingernails dug into the railing, the wood biting into my skin. “Nice. So all our conversations while I was in Manhattan were meaningless, too, were they?”

“That’s different.” Jonas scowled under his balaclava of shadows. “We have history, a friendship. You hardly knew him before you left and haven’t seen the guy in over a year.”

He took a half step closer. “Ever heard of taking things slower?”

Breathe. Deep and steady, in and out. “Do you hear yourself? You telling me to take things slower?”

His hand twitched, like a gunfighter about to draw. “We’re talking about you, not me.”

“No, let’s talk about you. And how you need to butt out of my life.” Letting go of the safety of the railing, I took a step toward him. “I don’t go around judging how you change

girlfriends more often than your social media updates so where do you get off telling me how fast or slow I should go?”

Jonas stilled. “I’m just trying to stop you from making a mistake.”

My jaw dropped. “What, with your track record? You’re the master of the meaningless hookup. You do not get to lecture me on making mistakes.”

Eyes locked on mine, his pulse punched out a frantic rhythm against the side of his throat. “A mistake for some isn’t necessarily one for others.”

Of all the patronizing— “Are you listening to the garbage coming out of your mouth or has all the bullshit clogged up your ears?” I pressed my clenched hands against

my sides, fighting the urge to grab his headphones and show him exactly what I thought of his double standard.

“The guy is a player, Cora.”

I scoffed. “Not every guy operates the way you do.”

Jonas flinched but didn’t say anything.

“And even if he is, maybe that’s all I’m after.” I wasn’t, but it felt good to bait him.

His eyes narrowed, two glistening slits. “That’s not you.”

I edged closer still, my frame vibrating with anger. “How do you know? Maybe that night a year ago gave me a taste for short and uncomplicated.”

I felt more than saw something in him shift. Then a flash of lightning ripped the shadows from his face, leaving his expression exposed.

Shit.

The light disappeared. And with it the space between us.

His lips came down on mine. Hard. Near desperate. My eyes slid shut, pushing all other senses wide open: the slide of his tongue, hot breath on my too-tight skin. The scent of him surrounded me, all freshly cut grass and licorice.

 

Kat Colmer Bio:

Kat Colmer is a Sydney-based Young and New Adult author who writes coming-of-age stories with humor and heart. The recipient of several writing awards, she has won the Romance Writers of Australia First Kiss contest, as well as the Romance Writers of America On the Far Side contest for her debut Young Adult Paranormal Romance.

Kat has a Master of Education in Teacher Librarianship and loves working with teens and young adults. When not writing, teaching, or reading the latest in YA fiction, Kat spends time with her husband and two children.

Website | Instagram |  Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads | Entangled Publishing

Kat Colmer Author

 

The Third Kiss summary:

Love curses don’t exist. At least that’s what Jonas, master of the meaningless hookup, tells himself when a letter warns him he’s an Eros Guardian cursed to endure a test of true love or forever be alone. His levelheaded longtime friend Cora figures it’s a revenge prank by an ex. The way Jonas stamps each girlfriend with a weeklong use-by date, it serves him right.

But when an impulsive kiss between the two friends reveals potential for more, Cora becomes the target of the Groth Maar: demons sent to wipe out the Eros Guardian line. And suddenly the curse becomes dangerously real.

Breaking the curse means Jonas’s biggest challenge yet. Failure guarantees Cora’s death. But success may cost him his own life…and the loss of his carefully guarded heart to the one girl far too sensible to fall for him.

 

The Third Kiss links:

Amazon | B&N | iBooks | Kobo | Entangled Publishing

 

 

Review of digital arc The Third Kiss by Kat Colmer

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Summary from Goodreads:

Love curses don’t exist. At least that’s what Jonas, master of the meaningless hookup, tells himself when a letter warns him he’s an Eros Guardian cursed to endure a test of true love or forever be alone. His levelheaded longtime friend Cora figures it’s a revenge prank by an ex. The way Jonas stamps each girlfriend with a weeklong use-by date, it serves him right.

But when an impulsive kiss between the two friends reveals potential for more, Cora becomes the target of the Groth Maar: demons sent to wipe out the Eros Guardian line. And suddenly the curse becomes dangerously real.

Breaking the curse means Jonas’s biggest challenge yet. Failure guarantees Cora’s death. But success may cost him his own life…and the loss of his carefully guarded heart to the one girl far too sensible to fall for him.

My Thoughts:

I really enjoyed The Third Kiss.  It was definitely a sweet romance, but there was so much more to it.  I absolutely loved the curse and demons.  There was way more action than in a typical romance which kept the pace really well throughout the book.  Some of my favorite parts took place in the demons’ home.

I ended up really liking Jonas even though he was so anti love and I tend to be a bit of a romantic.  Cora was the perfect female character for me.  Smart and a badass.  Beth and Leo were also great and I’m hoping we get more from both of them in the next book.  I’m hoping we get more from the professor, too.  I feel like there is more to him than we found out in this book.

I gave The Third Kiss 4 stars on goodreads.

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I’ll be hosting an guest post with Kat Colmer here on Friday.

I received a copy of this book from Kat through Netgalley for review.

The Third Kiss was released August 7, 2017 by Entangled Teen.

Waiting on Wednesday

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Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Breaking The Spine.  It features an upcoming release that you’re looking forward to.

My choice this week is one of my most anticipated fall releases. This Darkness Mine by Mindy McGinnis.  I loved The Female of the Species, so this one has been on my radar since I finished that book earlier this year.

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Summary from Goodreads:

Sasha Stone knows her place—first-chair clarinet, top of her class, and at the side of her oxford-wearing boyfriend. She’s worked her entire life to ensure that her path to Oberlin Conservatory as a star musician is perfectly paved.

But suddenly there’s a fork in the road, in the shape of Isaac Harver. Her body shifts toward him when he walks by, her skin misses his touch even though she’s never known it, and she relishes the smell of him—smoke, beer, and trouble—all the things she’s avoided to get where she is. Even worse, every time he’s near Sasha, her heart stops, literally. Why does he know her so well—too well—and she doesn’t know him at all?

Sasha discovers that her by-the-book life began by ending another’s: the twin sister she absorbed in the womb. But that doesn’t explain the gaps of missing time in her practice schedule or the memories she has of things she certainly never did with Isaac. As Sasha loses her much-cherished control, her life—and heart—become more entangled with Isaac. Armed with the knowledge that her heart might not be hers alone, Sasha must decide what she’s willing to do—and who she’s willing to hurt—to take it back.

Edgar Award–winning author Mindy McGinnis delivers a dark and gripping psychological thriller about a girl at war with herself, and what it really means to be good or bad.

This Darkness Mine will be released October 10th 2017 by Katherine Tegen Books.

Add it to your Goodreads here.

WWW Wednesday

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Hosted by Taking On A World Of Words

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

 

I am currently reading The Third Kiss by Kat Colmer.

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I recently finished Geekerella by Ashley Poston.

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The next book I’ll be reading is History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera.

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Leave me the link to yours in the comments or just let me know your answers.

I forgot to do the Goodreads Monday.

Sorry I’m a day late.  I just got this book from Entangled Teen, so I’m going to pick this one.

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From Goodreads:

A simple but forgotten truth: Where harbingers of death appear, the morgues will soon be full.

Angie Dovage can tell there’s more to Reece Fernandez than just the tall, brooding athlete who has her classmates swooning, but she can’t imagine his presence signals a tragedy that will devastate her small town. When something supernatural tries to attack her, Angie is thrown into a battle between good and evil she never saw coming. Right in the center of it is Reece—and he’s not human.

What’s more, she knows something most don’t. That the secrets her town holds could kill them all. But that’s only half as dangerous as falling in love with a harbinger of death.

Black Bird of the Gallows will be released September 5, 2017 by Entangled Teen.

Add it to your goodreads here.

July FairyLoot unboxing and other fun things that came in the mail today.

Back from my weekend away and found some exciting things in my mail today!

I received my first ever FairyLoot box.  The theme for July was Tricksters.  I figured out the book awhile back and was really looking forward to receiving it.

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Exclusive Sherlock Enamel Tin Mug designed by Fictiontea Designs.

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Exclusive Loki Lotion by Geeky Clean.

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Hogwarts Playing Cards (love these)

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Exclusive FairyLoot Fortune Telling Kitchen Glove

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Exclusive Harley Quinn Print by Miss Phi

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Terrible Truths Watercolour Bookmark by Lexy Olivia

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July’s book is Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody.

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It also came with a signed bookplate, author letter, and a little info page.

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The second package I received today was from author K.C. Tansley. I will have to take another picture later because I missed the handwritten notes, bookmarks, and stickers that were inside the books.  I received two books.  The Girl Who Ignored Ghosts and an ARC of The Girl Who Saved Ghosts.  I can’t wait to read them both and get my reviews up here (hopefully with the next couple weeks). She sent a nice thank you card, bracelet, pen, and lighted keychain. This is definitely one of the best packages I’ve received and I can’t thank her enough.

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My last package today was an order from Books of Wonder in New York.  I ordered two signed books from them and was waiting on the pre-ordered book to release and get signed.  I didn’t realize it would be personalized, so I need to remember for future purchases to add a note with the name I go by vs my full name.  But I’m super excited to have both of these books.  Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh and Little Monsters by Kara Thomas.

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What a great welcome home!  I’m working on my Make Me Read It bookathon right now.  I should finish Geekerella today.  I’ll also be continuing with my ARC August reads and will have some updates soon.  

Review of digital ARC Mask of Shadows by Linsey Miller

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Summary from Goodreads:

I Needed to Win.
They Needed to Die.

Sallot Leon is a thief, and a good one at that. But gender fluid Sal wants nothing more than to escape the drudgery of life as a highway robber and get closer to the upper-class—and the nobles who destroyed their home.

When Sal steals a flyer for an audition to become a member of The Left Hand—the Queen’s personal assassins, named after the rings she wears—Sal jumps at the chance to infiltrate the court and get revenge.

But the audition is a fight to the death filled with clever circus acrobats, lethal apothecaries, and vicious ex-soldiers. A childhood as a common criminal hardly prepared Sal for the trials. And as Sal succeeds in the competition, and wins the heart of Elise, an intriguing scribe at court, they start to dream of a new life and a different future, but one that Sal can have only if they survive.

My thoughts:

I really enjoyed Mask of Shadows.  I’m pretty sure this is the first book I’ve read with a gender fluid character and I felt that it really added to the story.  Sal watched everyone he/she knew die and has wanted revenge ever since.  Sal decides to try out to be Opal, a member of the queen’s “The Left Hand”.  They are the queen’s assassins and the other Opal died while on an assignment.  Sal was living life as a thief up until then, not able to read or write, but very skilled.  While on their last heist, Sal meets a lady whom they feel something different for.   Sal even let her keep a piece of jewelry. Sal found the paper about the Left Hand auditions, kills someone for the entry, and leaves.

While trying out for The Left Hand, Sal is competing against 22 others.  Sal is 23 (fitting since it’s my favorite number).  The audition includes learning different skills, both physical and mental.  I really liked the poison lessons.  Sal goes in for a lesson to learn how to read and write and finds Elise, the same girl he stole from.  They flirt and she remembered who Sal was right away.

“I was Sallot Leon-one of the last children of Nacea, orphan and street fighter, highway thiefand Twenty Three.”

I loved Sal, but I really found myself loving Maud, the maid.  She was funny and a great side character.  Elise was bold and smart, always a good combo.  I also really enjoyed the rest of The Left Hand.

I won’t ruin anything for anyone who hasn’t read this yet.  Sal competes.  There is a lot of death, some backstabbing, a little romance, and revenge.

I gave this book 4 stars.  It was a little confusing with all the names and places, but the story was fast paced with a lot of action.

I received a digital copy of this book from Netgalley for review. Mask of Shadows will be released August 29th 2017 by Sourcesbooks Fire.

Anyone else excited for this book?

I know everyone is talking about Wonder Woman by Leigh Bardugo.  I’m super excited for that one and just got my tickets for her book signing.

But I’m also really excited for Marie Lu’s Batman.

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Summary from Goodreads:

One by one, the city’s elites are being executed as their mansions’ security systems turn against them, trapping them like prey. Meanwhile, Bruce is turning eighteen and about to inherit his family’s fortune, not to mention the keys to Wayne Enterprises and all the tech gadgetry his heart could ever desire. But after a run-in with the police, he’s forced to do community service at Arkham Asylum, the infamous prison that holds the city’s most brutal criminals.

Madeleine Wallace is a brilliant killer . . . and Bruce’s only hope.

In Arkham, Bruce meets Madeleine, a brilliant girl with ties to the Nightwalkers. What is she hiding? And why will she speak only to Bruce? Madeleine is the mystery Bruce must unravel. But is he getting her to divulge her secrets, or is he feeding her the information she needs to bring Gotham City to its knees? Bruce will walk the dark line between trust and betrayal as the Nightwalkers circle closer.

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Release date is January 2nd 2018 by Random House Books for Young Readers.