“We are the music makers, and we are the dreamers of dreams.” - Arthur O'Shaughnessy

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Cover Reveal! Jet by Jay Crownover




Available May 28, 2013
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Monday, April 22, 2013

Bittersweet by Sarah Ockler

I must say something.

I love Sarah Ockler.

I read Twenty Boy Summer last year and fell in love with her writing.

Since I believe the sun shines out of Twenty Boy Summers ass I wasn't sure I would like this book.

Well folks i'm happy to say that this book did not let me down AT ALL.

Bittersweet is told from Hudsons point of view and let me just say I loved her.

Hudson used to skate competitivly but after figuring out that her parents marriage was over she blows her final program.

A few years later she's given up ice skating and is now the Cupcake Queen at her mothers diner.

Even though she quit competing doesn't mean she quit skating all together. One day she's out skating and literally runs into a boy from school. A very cute boy. A hockey player kind of boy.

The two have instant feelings for each other but the book isn't all about that.

The book follows Hudson as she continues baking, begins working for her mother, and starts helping out the hockey team.

What? Yes you read correctly. She helps the hockey team. She teaches them many different things about the ice and in doing so turns them into a winning team.

I loved the relationships in this book. I thought Josh (cute hockey player boy) was super likeable. I adored the rest of the hockey team. Hudsons best friend Dani was amazing. Her little brother was awesome.
Seriously amazing characters in this book.

I don't care if you've read any other books by Sarah Ockler you must pick up this book now! She's awesome. READ IT! : )


Bittersweet Playlist
Kiss Me: Sixpence None The Richer
Crush: Gavin DeGraw
I Won't Let You Down: Alex Clare
Last Hope: Paramore
Middle of Nowhere: Hot Hot Heat
Kiss Me: Ed Sheeran
On Top of The World: Imagine Dragons


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Sunday, April 21, 2013

When It Happens by Susane Colasanti

I adored this book!

I adored it so much that I READ IT IN ONE FREAKING SITTING!

I couldn't put it down. It was like watching a really good movie. One that's so good that you don't even want to stop for snacks.

No seriously, it's that good!
The story follows Sara and Tobey and their seriously adorable relationship.
If you've read any of my other reviews then you know that I LOVE when an author writes from the girls and guys pov. It's so much fun getting to know both characters and seeing what goes on in both their heads.
I really liked Sara. She was super smart and fun. Really really likeable. I think we should be bff's.
And as far as Tobey....AHHH he sounds so cute! I loved him.
In the begining of the book Sara is dating another dude. Aka huge loser. Tobey decides that he's going to get her to like him because he thinks she's cooler than sliced bread.
So it's his mission throughout the book to get Sara to like him the way he likes her.
It's so cute and wonderful. Full of laughs and love. Ahh.. I just loved it.
Go read it!!!!

I can't wait to read more from Susane Colasanti!!!

When It Happens Playlist
See You Again: Miley Cyrus

Why Not: Hilary Duff
Our Song: Plain White T's
I'm Yours: Jason Mraz
What Makes You Beautiful: One Direction
Today Was a Fairytale: Taylor Swift

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Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Walking Disaster by Jamie McGuire

I. Loved. This. Book.

I want to marry Travis. No actually i'm okay with not marrying him...that's how much I love Abby.

If you've read Beautiful Disaster then you know what this book is about.

It's Beautiful Disaster all over again only told from Travis's point of view.

Might I say brilliant Jamie McGuire. Freaking brilliant!

I loved Beautiful Disaster because I think that Travis and Abby are both amazing.

Abby is smart and beautiful. Travis is smokin hot and can be super hilarious.

I loved Walking Disaster because I FINALLY GOT TO SEE INSIDE TRAVIS'S HEAD!

If you liked the first book then definatly check this one out. It's just plain full of awesome.

p.s. Thanks for the epilogue Jamie McGuire it made me feel all happy inside!


Walking Disaster Playlist:Iris: Goo Goo Dolls
Better Man: James Morrison
Take Me As I Am: David Cook
To Be Loved: Papa Roach
Never Gone: Colton Dixon
Addicted: Saving Abel
Broken: Seether feat. Amy Lee
If You Could Only See: Tonic
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Friday, April 5, 2013

J.J. Howard Interview

What's that? Are you wondering if you read the title of this post right?

Well let me assure you that yes, yes you did.

I interviewed J.J. Howard!

I recently reviewed That Time I Joined the Circus and I freaking loved it! It's one of the best books i've read so far this year.
She's an excellent author and a super amazing person! 

Tons of thanks go out to J.J. for doing this interview! It means the world to me!

Alright alright. Enough fan girling. On to the interview....

1. Why did you want to be a writer?

Writing (and grammar) are on the short list of things that came really easily to me. I'm also pretty good at arts and crafts, and I make a mean waffle. A lot of supposedly easy skills were not all that easy for me. Example: driving. My mom tried to teach me. Fail. My dad tried. Epic fail. Finally a pro driving teacher was required. I have a perfect record and all now, but when I was sixteen the whole process seemed really challenging.
So I wanted to be a writer for a long time, and I figured I'd teach English "for a while" to pay the bills. I accidentally liked teaching too much, and I worked on that first, then got back into writing!

2. What made you want to write about the circus?

I wanted to do a contemporary, because I'd written some short stories for a class I was taking in grad school, and I felt really comfortable with my contemporary voice...but I still wanted something just a little fantasy-adjacent for the setting. There are not that many real-life places that we still use the word "magic" to describe--outside Disneyworld. So circus seemed the perfect choice.

3. Did anyone you know inspire your characters?

My MC is really too much like me...I realized after the book came out! She's much, much cooler than me, though. I've never joined a circus, for one, and when I was seventeen I was just starting to listen to non-radio songs. In fact, I think the horribleness of popular music circa 1990 is what led me to seek out more obscure music!

4. Which boy was your favorite Jamie, Eli or Nick?

Hmmm...this is an interesting question. I was at the NYC Teen Author Festival last week, and on one of the panels the moderator asked the best question--I really wished I was on that panel!--she asked what type of love story each author liked best. You know, love/hate, love at first sight...a lot of the authors went for the Andie/Duckie best friendship that turns into more (or could turn into more, in the case of the ending of Pretty In Pink.) All I will say on this subject is that my favorite variety of romantic story is the reformed rake--a guy who seems like he doesn't really care...until he meets that one girl. The rational side of my brain knows that this story is total rubbish. But I fall for it almost every time.

5. Music is a huge part of "That Time I Joined The Circus" If you could be in any band which one would it be?

I just saw the Dropkick Murphys in concert the other week, and their opening band--I can't even remember the name--was huge and they all played about nine instruments. And they seemed like they were having more fun than anyone has ever had in life. So I'll say that band, and in that fantasy, I'm also able to play many musical instruments. I can play the guitar...just not very well.

6. Lexi and you have music in common. Are there any other similiarites?

I already told on myself there! A love of reading: especially Jane Austen and Regency romances. The tendency to be self-deprecating. Also sarcastic-you know-very rarely.

7. Are there any songs that inspire your writing?

I am completely inspired by music! When I was writing TTIJTC, I was pretty obsessed with Broken Bells. At the moment, I'm all about Morning Parade. In a year or so I hope to be talking about how important their eponymous album was in inspiring my current work in progress :)

8. What type of book do you love reading the most?

I read a lot of different kinds of books. I love books about pop culture--I've read all the (Buffy) (Doctor Who) ___ and Philosophy books for the shows I love. I like nonfiction on media and society--like Neil Postman and Benjamin Barber. I love YA--some of my current faves are John Green and Veronica Roth. I also still love those darn Regency romances.

9. If you could spend the day with any author, living or dead, who would you choose and why?

I always say Jane Austen, because her books had such an impact on my life. I think she was a great contemporary writer: through her words and observations, that time period is still alive, in a way. What a great thing to be able to do.

10. If you could pick any band to write a song about your book, who would you choose?

Oh my goodness, that would be amazing! Any band writing a song about it would make my life. Are the Replacements still together? If not Paul Westerberg would do just fine. : )

11. Why is music so important in this book?

I think because it's Lexi's tie to her dad, and in a way the book is about how Lexi has to learn to navigate the world without him--figure out who she is on her own.

12. Which character do you most relate to?

Lexi...but I also really relate to Liska, actually. She feels so much responsibility to her family, and it's hard for her to step away from what they want, need and expect, and figure out what she actually wants to do.

13. Would you ever consider writing a sequel/companion?

A couple of people have asked this, and to them I say, I love you! I would totally live in this world again--sequel or spin-off. I think Liska is in for some adventures for sure. ; )

14. If you could get tickets/backstage passes to any concert who would you want to see?

Bon Iver, Imagine Dragons, Morning Parade, Broken Bells...I'd also be fine with traveling back in time to see The Cure, The Smiths, The Cult--any of those great The-bands. Speaking of, The The would also be fine. ; )

15. If your book had a theme song what would it be?

I think The Lumineer's "Ho Hey" would be a great song for Lexi and Eli. But then again, "Speechless" by Morning Parade would work well for Lexi and Nick. ; )


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