An Open Letter to My YA Self + Giveaway

Tuesday, March 31, 2015



Ginger of GReads! is hosting An Open Letter to My YA Self, where bloggers and authors write a letter to their teen self along with recommending contemporary YA novels. Of course I joined this event right away because I feel like I have lots of books I can recommend to the younger Dianne. I tried to be as personal as I can in my letter, even though presenting my deepest regrets and insecurities made me very uncomfortable.

If you want to read the letter I wrote for my twelve-year-old self, go right along. (You can also win books so there's that waiting for you as well under the cut.)

(Click on the banner to get to Ginger's introduction post and for the schedule!)

Book Crossover: Before I Go to Sleep (2014) Film Review

Sunday, March 29, 2015

 
Title: Before I Go to Sleep
Theatrical Release: November 21, 2014
Watched: March 22, 2015
Book it's based from: Before I Go to Sleep by S.J. Watson
Read the book? Yes
Reviewed the book? Yes (4 stars)

Review

My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

So I'll try to be non-spoilery as much as I can. For sure, there will be no major spoilers but I wouldn't be able to talk about the film without saying ANYTHING at all so yeah.

Let's get the book comparisons out of the way first, so I can focus on the ACTUAL film for the rest of the review. In the book, Christine kept an actual diary while she kept a video diary in the film. For one, that's an interesting choice but a smart one as well. I mean, who wants to read a diary FOREVER in a film. So it was an intelligent cinematic choice for the film and I agree with it. Lastly, the book's details are pretty vague to me now so I can't say for sure point out the differences but I think a certain character's age has been changed. Now, onto the film itself!

If you've seen my tweets while I was watching the film, I pretty much boo-ed and ranted over the score. Barf. It was so over-the-top and it was trying too hard to make you feel that THIS IS OMINOUS/THERE IS SERIOUS SHIT GOING DOWN that it ended up kind of comedic. It was too in-your-face. I like my score subtle and slow in its build-up. Like, nothing's happening, this is a normal score, then, you're crested into a shitstorm. A good example of a great score for a thriller was Gone Girl's. A film's score is supposed to buoy you into the emotions but it was too flashy that I ended up disconnected to it all.

As for the characters! Colin Firth was great. Mark Strong isn't how I imagined Dr. Nash would look like but he did well. While I think I sympathized more with Book!Christine, Nicole Kidman was good as well. Acting was overall, fine, nothing awkward or anything. I'm completely being shallow here though because it kind of distracted me how wrinkly Nicole Kidman's hands are but her face was so smooth and young-looking. There's just a dissonance in it all. Haha!

Directing and editing. It was pretty good and it actually made the material even creepier than I remember the book being? Score aside (I really have an issue with it and I just wanna batter it with my umbrella), the lighting and editing were dark and made the pace alright.

Overall, I'd say this was a decent adaptation although not a memorable one.

Cover Reveal + Giveaway: Six Years by Stephanie Witter

Friday, March 27, 2015



Title: Six Years
Author: Stephanie Witter
Category/Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Standalone novel
Cover Designer: Jo Raven
Release Date: June 9th


Blurb:

They hadn’t seen each other in six years. 
She’d always had a crush on him. 
He'd only ever seen her like a little sister. 
And now...he’s back.

Brooklyn

I thought that he was a part of a distant past. I thought I didn’t feel anything for him now, but I was not so sure anymore. Having him back in my life, for however long it was, was making me see things differently. So many things had changed in the last six years and somehow I’d lost myself and forgotten all about my dreams. 

My home life was still a mess, my personal life was nothing to boast about and when I see how successful he is, how everything he’d always wanted came true, I couldn't help but feel lacking in a lot of ways. But he’s back and he needed me. I knew I was the only one who understood that part of his life, the only one he’s willing to share it with. My heart is still beating too hard and too fast for him and this time around, I was as much an adult as he was. 
Having a six year age gap didn't mean shit.


Nolan

Being back in Riverdale was harder than I thought. I’d turned my back on that life, but there had always been that one girl in my head. Little B. Now she’s nothing like the twelve year old girl I’d last seen. She’s a young woman, gorgeous and sexy. I couldn't stay away. There’s something drawing me to her and it goes beyond my need to reconnect with her, to have her back in my life and fill the hollow part of my chest. But I couldn't forget the little girl she had been; I shouldn’t forget the little girl she used to be.

Growing up with a junkie mother and nobody else, my neighbor, Brooklyn, had been my only happy place. I had taken care of her, and when I had left, I had to leave behind a huge part of me. I couldn't do it again. I needed her. Once again, she’s the only person I want in my life, but I wasn’t sure if it was for all the right reasons. 

Were there too many obstacles in the way?

{Blog Tour} Review + Giveaway: We All Looked Up by Tommy Wallach

Thursday, March 26, 2015

As of writing this review, I'm running on only 4 hours of sleep because I didn't sleep until 5AM because I. HAD. TO. FINISH. THIS. BOOK. I feel like this is a trend with books I end up loving with every fiber of my heart (Althea & Oliver, All the Bright Places, etc) and I don't regret for a second what I did because yes, this book is now a part of my all-time favorites shelf. Disclaimer: I cannot promise that I will not ramble but it's all because of the greatest reason why people ramble: They cannot express themselves in the face of greatness. (Hello, crushes.)


We All Looked Up
Title: We All Looked Up
Author: Tommy Wallach
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Date of Publication: March 24, 2015

Four high school seniors put their hopes, hearts, and humanity on the line as an asteroid hurtles toward Earth in this contemporary novel.

They always say that high school is the best time of your life.

Peter, the star basketball player at his school, is worried “they” might actually be right. Meanwhile Eliza can’t wait to escape Seattle—and her reputation—and perfect-on-paper Anita wonders if admission to Princeton is worth the price of abandoning her real dreams. Andy, for his part, doesn’t understand all the fuss about college and career—the future can wait.

Or can it? Because it turns out the future is hurtling through space with the potential to wipe out life on Earth. As these four seniors—along with the rest of the planet—wait to see what damage an asteroid will cause, they must abandon all thoughts of the future and decide how they’re going to spend what remains of the present.

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#ELockhartinPH Recap + Giveaway

Monday, March 23, 2015

Yesterday, I had the most fabulous time at #ELockhartinPH! I loved We Were Liars so much (hello, one of my top 2014 reads) and I just can't believe it still that I freakin' met and talked to freakin' E. Lockhart. This overused gif summarizes the event for me:


I specifically used an Emma Stone gif because E. Lockhart reminded me of Emma Stone so much! She was so funny and animated and she speaks with these big hand gestures that's just so me Emma Stone. I think I heard a minor lisp too and the bangs she was sporting were just so on point. She throws in more-than-three-syllables words too and is very smart. She stops to think before saying anything, she's self-deprecating and just okay, I'm babbling but really, E. Lockhart is ALL CAPS AWESOME.

While I've been attending book signings every chance I get, I tend to not post recaps. *hides from pitchforks* It's just that 1) I'm so lazy, 2) I record the interview but NEVER get around to transcribing it because I'm lazy, and 3) I'm really really lazy. So starting this signing, I just decided not to record the whole interview but take notes (~so old school~) so this will be a bit of a storytelling session with me. Occasionally, I'll have exact quotes (they'll be in bold!) so there's that! Go under the cut for pictures, Emily's wonderful interviews, and a... GIVEAWAY! I'm giving away a signed copy of The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks and a bookmark so let me ramble and spazz and share my experience first!

Cover Reveal: 21 Stolen Kisses by Lauren Blakely

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

We are seriously swooning over the cover for Lauren Blakely's 21 STOLEN KISSES!! 21 STOLEN KISSES is a New Adult Forbidden Romance being published by Bloomsbury Spark and will be available May 5th! Pre-order your copy now and your future self will be sure to thank you when you wake up to this amazing read on May 5th!



21SK cover

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ABOUT 21 STOLEN KISSES:


When I first met him I resisted.

Like any forbidden love, I told myself he was a crush, and it would pass.

That was a lie. It never faded.


And I never expected he would fall for me just as hard.

There were so many reasons that should have kept us apart, least of all, the decade that separated us.
Growing up in New York City, I learned early on that love is a double-edged sword.
Love broke up my parents, love took away my friends, and love -- the big, intense, never-been-like-this-beforelove -- landed me in therapy.
Now I'm heading to college, and it's time to give love a clean slate again. But, can I really start over when he's still in my life?
Because the one man I've always wanted, is also the only guy I absolutely can't have…
And he wants me just as fiercely.

Can I settle for anything less than the love of my life?

Review: Open Road Summer by Emery Lord

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Open Road Summer
Title: Open Road Summer
Author: Emery Lord
Publisher: Walker Children's
Date of Publication: April 15, 2014

After breaking up with her bad-news boyfriend, Reagan O’Neill is ready to leave her rebellious ways behind. . . and her best friend, country superstar Lilah Montgomery, is nursing a broken heart of her own. Fortunately, Lilah’s 24-city tour is about to kick off, offering a perfect opportunity for a girls-only summer of break-up ballads and healing hearts. But when Matt Finch joins the tour as its opening act, his boy-next-door charm proves difficult for Reagan to resist, despite her vow to live a drama-free existence. This summer, Reagan and Lilah will navigate the ups and downs of fame and friendship as they come to see that giving your heart to the right person is always a risk worth taking. A fresh new voice in contemporary romance, Emery Lord’s gorgeous writing hits all the right notes.

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Playlist: Nowhere Now but Here

Monday, March 16, 2015



Charlie can attest to this: I love pushing songs to anyone who'd listen to my recommendations. Yeah, push is too weak a word to what I actually do. There is some force involved.

I made this playlist for Charlie more than a year ago and have been debating on posting it here on the blog. (Oops.) It's just that, I've always convinced myself every time that no one's going to care but whatever, right? It's my blog. (And really, I don't have anything to post. Reviews are so elusive!)

Anyway, here's a short playlist (13 songs). Like I've mentioned before somewhere here in the blog, I suck at making tonally cohesive playlists because I'm a ~lyrics~ person. I don't know how to describe this mix I made but it's sort of my chill/I-need-to-think playlist so it's composed of both sad songs and upbeat ones.

Featured artists include: Cloud Control (Aussie band!), WALK THE MOON (Duh, I work them into every playlist I make), Greylag, Lost Lander and more!

Here goes!

Under the Radar Friday (6): Lola of Lola's Reviews + Giveaway

Friday, March 13, 2015


Under the Radar Friday is a weekly blog feature here at Oops! I Read A Book Again where I invite a person to share five books they think are under the radar. The goal is to promote books we utterly love but are unjustly unpopular. Here's an avenue to pimp them out! To learn more about this feature, click here.

This week, I have a fellow book blogger who's choosing to spotlight self-published books she loves and I'm so stoked to give these authors and these books the spotlight too. So let's get to know and give it up for LOLA of LOLA'S REVIEWS!


About Lola


I am Lola, I am 24 years old and I live in the Netherlands. I have my bachelor’s degree in psychology and my master’s degree in economic and consumer psychology. I love reading books and writing reviews about them, hence the reason I started this blog. I am a bit of a critical reader and like to point out what I did and didn’t like about a book in my reviews. Before I started my own blog I was a co-blogger at K-books.


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Let's get some awesome recs, shall we? In 3, 2, 1, go, Lola!

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Spotlight + Giveaway: Class of '98 by A.L. Player

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Class of '98
Title: Class of '98
Author: A.L. Player
Publisher: Swoon Romance
Date of Publication: November 26, 2013

Jackie Dunn and Matt Stewart barely knew each other in high school, back when she was a blue-haired alterna-kid and he was a preppy jock. High school rules dictated they'd never hang out, or sit at the same lunch table, or God forbid, date.

But when a weird storm transports them from their ten-year reunion back to senior year, they have to work together to figure out a way to get back to 2008.

Stuck in high school, Jackie and Matt agree to tough it out. They agree to do everything exactly as they remember, even though that means staying with the boyfriend Jackie knows will betray her, or playing nice with the girl that will someday be Matt’s ex-wife. Soon, they come to rely on one other, even become friends.

Jackie’s just starting to get used to curfews and term papers again, when Matt hits her with the biggest surprise of all: he’s fallen in love with her. He’ll change the past however he has to if it means a future with Jackie. But Jackie’s terrified they’ll not only alter their lives, but the lives of everyone around them.

Back to the Future meets She's All That, Class of '98 is a young adult/adult crossover that will appeal to teens and adults.

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Review: We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

We Were Liars
Title: We Were Liars
Author: E. Lockhart
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Date of Publication: May 13, 2014

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 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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Under the Radar Friday (5): Author Ingrid Jonach on YA Fantasy Books + Giveaway

Friday, March 6, 2015


Under the Radar Friday is a weekly blog feature here at Oops! I Read A Book Again where I invite a person to share five books they think are under the radar. The goal is to promote books we utterly love but are unjustly unpopular. Here's an avenue to pimp them out! To learn more about this feature, click here.

This week, I have an author I dearly adore, who coincidentally wrote one of my favorite 2013 books (and under the radar YA romances), When The World Was Flat (and we were in love), to share her favorite under the radar YA fantasy books. I am so honored and excited to have her again on my blog and without further ado, let's all welcome, INGRID JONACH!!!

About Ingrid Jonach

Ingrid Jonach writes books for kids and teens. Her debut young adult novel When the World was Flat (and we were in love) is available now. Her second young adult novel In the Beginning There was Us will be released in April 2015.

She is also the author of the picture book A Lot of Things and the chapter books The Frank Frankie and Frankie goes to France published by Pan Macmillan Australia.

Ingrid has worked as a journalist and public relations consultant, and has a Bachelor of Arts in Professional Writing with Honors in Communications.

She lives down under - in Canberra, Australia - with her husband Craig and their pug dog Mooshi.

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Ingrid Jonach wowed me with her book because of the intricate and wonderfully constructed epic tale of alternate dimensions and love that transcends everything. I love it so much I even featured it last week on my own UTRF post for YA romances. I am so pumped to share her recommendations with y'all because we all need to listen to her. Take it away, Ingrid!

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{Blog Tour} Review + Giveaway: Rebound by Noelle August

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Title: Rebound (Boomerang #2)
Author: Noelle August
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
Date of Publication: February 10, 2015

At Boomerang, one night can change everything…

Noelle August has taken the New Adult genre by storm, and readers can’t wait to see what chaos, confusion, and connections arise at the Boomerang offices next.

Adam Blackwood has it all. At twenty-three, he’s fabulously wealthy, Ryan Gosling-hot and at the top of his game in the business world. His life is perfect, until a scandal from his past resurfaces and threatens to knock the tech wunderkind down and throw his company, Boomerang, a hook-up site for millennials, into chaos.

Alison Quick, the twenty-one-year-old daughter of a business tycoon—and the very ex-girlfriend of Boomerang’s former intern, Ethan—has a problem of her own. After nearly flunking out in her senior year of college, she has one chance to redeem herself to her father by proving that she deserves a place in his corporate empire. That means spearheading her father’s plan to sink big money into Adam’s company and launch it into the stratosphere—provided Adam has no skeletons in his closet.

When the two meet, their sizzling chemistry makes it tough to keep things strictly professional. But when Alison discovers Adam’s secret, she knows she should bring it right to her father, who’ll leverage it for his own gain and use it to ruin Adam. The only problem: she’s falling for Adam—hard.

Will earning her father’s approval come at the price of losing her first real love? Or can Adam and Alison leave behind past mistakes and conquer the world—together?

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Excerpt + Giveaway: Grift by Jason Mosberg

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

GUYS. Today, I'm featuring a very exciting excerpt from Grift, which is out today! You all know how much I love fictional con artists, right? Just take my obsession with White Collar's Neal Caffrey and my raving review of Trust Me, I'm Lying. And I'm telling you, you HAVE to check out this first chapter excerpt I have of Grift because it is glorious. You can also win a copy of Grift right here so GO!

Grift
Title: Grift
Author: Jason Mosberg
Date of Publication: March 4, 2015

Why would a 17-year-old girl pretend to be a high class escort?

Piper is a con artist whose canvas is the city of Las Vegas. She rolls with a crew of young grifters including a card-counting genius, a tourist-hustling pool shark, and a pocket-picking magician. Together, this crew of teenage outlaws live with their mentor Max in the penthouse of a hotel casino. They work hard and play harder. But unlike the others, Piper must balance her hyper-real Vegas fantasy with the reality of raising her 14-year-old half-sister Sophie. Disaster strikes when the Las Vegas mafia kidnaps Sophie and demands a multimillion-dollar ransom. With only five days to piece together the money, the crew races the clock to save her.

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Praise for Grift

"Ocean's Eleven for the Reddit set, with a twist of Oliver Twist floating in a dirty martini none of the characters are old enough to order. Jason Mosberg deftly explores the very real world of Vegas runaways and misfits through the lens of a heist movie Sinatra's great-grandaughter would be proud of." -Sean Beaudoin, author of Wise Young Fool 

"Thrilling read... couldn't put it down!" -- New York Times best selling author Aubrey Rose

Lonesome

Monday, March 2, 2015


"There is no good word for the opposite of lonesome. One might be tempted to suggest togetherness or contentment, but the fact that these two other words bear definition unrelated to each other perfectly displays why lonesome cannot be properly mirrored. It does not mean solitude, nor alone, nor lonely, although lonesome can contain all of those words in itself.

Lonesome means a state of being apart. Of being other. Alone-some."

-Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater

WARNING: Personal post ahead.

Review: Boomerang by Noelle August

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Boomerang (Boomerang, #1)
Title: Boomerang (Boomerang #1)
Author: Noelle August
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
Date of Publication: July 8, 2014

Welcome to Boomerang.com, the dating site for the millennial gen with its no-fuss, no-commitments matchups, and where work is steamier than any random hook-up

Mia Galliano is an aspiring filmmaker. Ethan Vance has just played his last game as a collegiate soccer star. They’re sharp, hungry for success, and they share a secret.

Last night, Ethan and Mia met at a bar, and, well . . . one thing led to another, which led to them waking up the next morning—together. Things turned awkward in a hurry when they found themselves sharing a post hookup taxi . . . to the same place: Boomerang headquarters.

What began as a powerful connection between them is treated to a cold shower courtesy of two major complications. First, Boomerang has a strict policy against co-worker dating. And second, they’re now competitors for only one job at the end of summer.

As their internships come to an end, will they manage to keep their eyes on the future and their hands off each other, or will the pull of attraction put them right back where they started?

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