Stacking the Shelves (48) + June Recap

Tuesday, June 30, 2015



For Review

*signed* Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo (ARC)
Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
The Last Thirteen by James Phelan


Katie Cotugno, Melissa Kantor, and Robyn Schneider are going to the Philippines! #KMRinPH

Monday, June 29, 2015

Bookish Filipinos! Here's another chance to meet me fabulous authors! Katie Cotugno (SHIVER ME TIMBERS), Melissa Kantor, and Robyn Schneider are all coming here in the Philippines this weekend!



Katie Cotugno, Melissa Kantor and Robyn Schneider Book Signing Tour

When: July 4, 2015, 2 p.m.
Where: Northwing Atrium, SM City Cebu

When: July 5, 2015, 2 p.m.
Where: Grand Atrium, Shangri-la Plaza

Registration starts at 10 a.m. for both events.

Join bestselling authors Katie Cotugno, Melissa Kantor, and Robyn Schneider for book signing events on July 4 at 2 p.m. in the Northwing Atrium, SM City Cebu, and on July 5 at 2 p.m. in the Grand Atrium, Shangri-la Plaza. Registration starts at 10 a.m. for both events. The events are made possible in partnership with Raffles Makati, Shangri-la Plaza, SM City Cebu, Metro magazine, Chalk magazine, and Sweep. Follow National Book Store on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (@nbsalert) for more details. Tag #KMRinPH to join the discussion.

For more information on their latest books and the event, read on!

Book Spine Poetry Sunday (8)

Sunday, June 28, 2015


On rare Sundays, I will be posting book spine poems because I love poems and I love books and I think book spine poetry is awesome. Thank you to Charlie of Letter Trails for the feature photo!




Dark Places
Dead Silent
Exile
Lucid
Lullabies
The Madness
Insomnia


You can follow me on Instagram at oopsireadabookagain for more bookish photos (with low resolution and bad lighting HAHA)!

Want to change some titles on my poem? Go comment your own version below! Just have at least one of those books in yours. Have your own book spine poem? Share them! Looking forward to seeing them!

Blog Tour: Overboard by Elizabeth Fama

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Elizabeth Fama is re-releasing her 2002 book with a new cover and I will pimp the heck out of this one because I love her books! I hope you'll join us for Overboard's blog tour this August 3 to 7!

Overboard
Title: Overboard
Author: Elizabeth Fama
Date of Publication: June 9, 2015

She swam up for what seemed like an eternity, with her chest so achingly empty it felt as if it had collapsed, seeing only white bubbles in front of her face until she broke the surface.

One moment of rashness, and fourteen-year-old Emily Slake finds herself amid hundreds of panicked and drowning people in the dark ocean waters off Sumatra. Miles from shore without a life vest, she resolves to survive. But in facing the dangers of the ocean, the desperation of her fellow survivors, and her own growing exhaustion, Emily must summon wits and endurance she's not sure she has.

Striking out on her own, Emily encounters Isman, a frightened young Muslim boy, floating in a life vest. Together they swim for their lives, relying on Emily's physical strength and Isman's quiet faith.

Based on a true story, Overboard is both a riveting tale of survival and a sensitive portrayal of cross-cultural understanding in a time of crisis.

This is what Beth has to say about the book:
The book skews a little younger than most YA, even though Cricket Books marketed it as YA. The main characters are a 14-year-old American girl and a 9-year-old Indonesian Muslim boy. It's in a kind of nice niche, actually: quite readable for say, bright 10- or 11-year-olds, but also a quick read for teens, if they're in the mood for survival, cross-cultural friendship, and no romance. There's of course death and drowning in the book, which may be why Cricket called it YA, but by movie standards it's PG.

Tour Details

1. August 3 - 7, 2015
2. Physical and electronic review copies are available.
3. Reviews and excerpts
4. Multi-stop tour

Schedule


August 3


Miguel @ The Quirky Reader - Review

Lisa @ Fic Talk - Review
Paula @ Her Book Thoughts! - Excerpt
Jaime @ Fiction Fare - Excerpt

August 4


Jen @ The Starry-Eyed Revue - Review

Jayvee @ Writer for Misfits - Review
Beatrice @ Beatrice Learns to Read - Review
Debra @ 3 Partners in Shopping, Nana, Mommy, &, Sissy, Too! - Promo
Vicky @ deal sharing aunt - Promo

August 5


Lauren @ Love is not a triangle - Review + Excerpt

Laura @ The Voluptuous Book Diva - Review
Carina @ Carina's Books - Review + Excerpt
Biena @ Library Mistress - Excerpt

August 6


Ailla @ Le Bibliophile~ - Review + Excerpt

Raffy @ Eccentric Everything - Review

August 7


Kristelle @ Amiabooklover - Review
Angelica @ The Bookish Angel - Review
Luigi @ Reading with Luigi - Excerpt
Alicia @ Addicted Readers - Excerpt

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Playlist: For rainy summer days and hot rainy days~

Monday, June 22, 2015

So in all honesty, I'm just too lazy to write my #LeighBardugoinPH recap yet. I only slept for 3 hours because WE GOT NO ELECTRICITY in da hood, yo. Obviously, I am very bleary-eyed and I am not accountable for anything I say. Plus, dudes, I freakin' met and talked to and sang Britney Spears to Leigh Bardugo yesterday and it has been surreal and I am still not over it. I can't believe it happened! And now it's Monday and I am here in the office bored out of my wits.

With that, I'm sharing this short playlist I made last week! I don't even know why that's the title of the playlist because my plan was just to make a playlist of upbeat songs sang by female vocalists. Not everything are dance-y upbeat though, just, all songs in here are feel-good. I guess that's the title because last Friday was an uncategorizable day. I don't know if it was a rainy summer day or just a damn hot rainy day. And I was yearning for some upbeat songs and HERE IT IS!



Hope you enjoy this one-hour mix!

In other news, keep an eye out for my #LeighBardugo recap this week!

Exclusive Cover Reveal + Giveaway: Trust Me by Romily Bernard

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Back in 2013, I read this amazing book about a teenage girl hacker named Wick (HOW COOL, RIGHT?!) and never looked back. I've been a fan of Romily Bernard EVER SINCE and I am totes addicted to Griff this series. Not familiar with this series? THAT IS UNACCEPTABLE. *shoves covers and blurbs below*

Find Me
Title: Find Me
Author: Romily Bernard
Publisher: Harper Teen
Date of Publication: September 24, 2013
Genre: mystery YA thriller romance

“Find Me.”

These are the words written on Tessa Waye’s diary. The diary that ends up with Wick Tate. But Tessa’s just been found . . . dead.

Wick has the right computer-hacking skills for the job, but little interest in this perverse game of hide-and-seek. Until her sister Lily is the next target.

Then Griff, trailer-park boy next door and fellow hacker, shows up, intent on helping Wick. Is a happy ending possible with the threat of Wick’s deadbeat dad returning, the detective hunting him sniffing around Wick instead, and a killer taunting her at every step?

Foster child. Daughter of a felon. Loner hacker girl. Wick has a bad attitude and sarcasm to spare.

But she’s going to find this killer no matter what.

Because it just got personal.

Purchase from Amazon | B&N | The Book Depository



Then, Romily Bernard released a digital short from GRIFF'S PERSPECTIVE and I just about went to heaven with the ALL THE SWOON AND THE GLEE. Here it is.



Lie for Me: Griff's Story
Title: Lie for Me: Griff's Story (Find Me #0.5)
Author: Romily Bernard
Publisher: HarperTeen Impulse
Date of Publication: September 2, 2014

A digital-only prequel novella from Romily Bernard, author of the Find Me trilogy.

Griff wasn't always the knight in shining armor Wick Tate thinks he is. He had a whole life before he met her, and even though it's grittier than Wick could have imagined, it also made him into the guy she loves.

This prequel novella grants readers access to Griff's story from his point-of-view—and it includes some scenes from Find Me, which Jay Asher called "a thriller that keeps picking up speed" and Sophie Jordan hailed as "fast-paced and full of twists," and is told from Griff's alternate perspective!

Purchase from Amazon | B&N



Then the sequel, Remember Me, was released and another awesome character was introduced and heavens, MADNESS. I WELCOMED MADNESS. I GOT SO ADDICTED.



Remember Me (Find Me, #2)
Title: Remember Me (Find Me #2)
Author: Romily Bernard
Publisher: Harper Teen
Date of Publication: September 23, 2014

In the sequel to Find Me, Wick Tate, sarcastic teen hacker, is back and once again dealing with criminals and corrupt cops…and a brooding new love interest. Will Wick persevere when some secrets refuse to stay hidden?

Wick had thought her troubles were over.

But she should’ve known better.

Not only is she embroiled in a new murder case, which starts with a body with “Remember Me” carved into it and doesn’t stop there, but she also discovers new evidence surrounding her mother’s suicide…which leads her right back to her imprisoned deadbeat dad. And she has to deal with her flirty new hacker friend, Milo, sniffing around—which her boyfriend, Griff, isn’t too happy about.

The pressure might be too much as secrets—including Wick’s own—climb to the surface.

Remember Me is an edge-of-your-seat thrilling read that’ll have readers turning the pages at lightning speed! The paperback of Find Me is on sale simultaneously, and a digital original novella from Romily, featuring Griff, is on sale just a few weeks before!

Purchase from Amazon | B&N | The Book Depository




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Today, I have the pleasure of sharing the cover of Trust Me, the finale in this effin' awesome trilogy by Romily. And it's an exclusive reveal! I almost cried when Romily shared the cover to me and gave me the opportunity to reveal it on my blog.


But you might have seen a few bloggers dropping puzzle pieces for the cover of Trust Me today. That's because I got the help of some amazing bloggers who also love Romily's series to make you anticipate for the cover even more. Because everyone loves puzzles, right?


Starting at 6AM, puzzle pieces of the cover have been dropping on the Internet and thank you for (im)patiently waiting but THE FULL COVER IS NOW HERE. But first, I wanna thank all the bloggers who helped me with this reveal. Still check out their blogs and how they presented their pieces and what they thought of it. I loved all the speculating!



Tressa @ Wishful Endings 
Erin + Jaime @ Fiction Fare 
Nova @ Out of Time

But no more speculating! THIS IS IT. CLICK BELOW FOR THE COVER OF TRUST ME!!!



Cover Reveal: Until We Meet Again by Renee Collins

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

I'm so happy to be a part of the cover reveal for UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN by Renee Collins! TIME. TRAVEL. And it comes out my birthday so YES BOOK GODS, THANK YOU.

Until We Meet Again

Title: Until We Meet Again
Author: Renee Collins
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Date of Publication: November 3, 2015

They exist in two different centuries, but their love defies time.

Cassandra is a headstrong teenager craving drama and adventure, so the last thing she wants is to spend her summer marooned with her mother and new stepfather in a snooty Massachusetts shore town. But when a dreamy stranger named Lawrence shows up on their private beach claiming it’s his own—and that the year is 1925—she is swept into a mystery a hundred years in the making.

As she searches for answers in the present, Cassandra discovers a truth that puts their growing love—and Lawrence’s life—in jeopardy. Desperate to save him, Cassandra must find a way to change history—or risk losing Lawrence forever.

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About Renee Collins

Renee Collins grew up on a beach in Hawaii. Sadly, she never met anyone from the past on those shores, but she did go on to get a degree in History, which is almost the same.

#TessaDareinPH + Giveaway!

Monday, June 15, 2015

Bookish Filipinos, yes! Tessa Dare is coming to the Philippines! Romance fans, rejoice!



New York Times bestselling author Tessa Dare book signing at Powerbooks

Bestselling and award-winning historical romance novelist Tessa Dare is set to do a talk and book signing event on June 27, 2015 at 3 p.m. in Powerbooks, Greenbelt 4. Registration starts at 10 a.m. Only books purchased from Powerbooks, National Book Store and National Book Store Express will be accommodated. 

‘Romancing the Duke’, the first book in Tessa Dare’s latest series ‘Castles Ever After’, is described by Publishers Weekly as a “a unique twist to a fairy tale, complete with an ancient castle, a damsel in distress, and a wounded hero”. Isolde Ophelia Goodnight grew up on tales of brave knights and fair maidens being the daughter of a well-known author. As her storybooks offered endless possibilities, she never doubted romance would soon be part of her life. As time passes by, she gives up yearning for romance and the never-been-kissed woman settles for a roof over her head. The series continues in ‘Say Yes to the Marquess’, which was released in December, and in ‘When a Scot Ties the Knot’, which will be released in August. 

Tessa Dare is the bestselling and award-winning author of more than a dozen historical romances including the ‘Spindle Cove’ series (‘A Night to Surrender’, ‘A Week to be Wicked’, ‘A Lady by Midnight’, ‘Beauty and the Blacksmith’, and ‘Any Duchess Will Do’), ‘The Stud Club’ trilogy (‘One Dance with a Duke’, ‘Twice Tempted by a Rogue’ and ‘Three Nights with a Scoundrel’), ‘The Wanton Dairymaid’ trilogy (‘Goddess of the Hunt’, ‘Surrender of a Siren’, and ‘Lady of Persuasion’), ‘Scandalous, Dissolute, No-Good Mr. Right’, and the ‘Castles Ever After’ series.  Her books bagged numerous accolades including Romance Writers of America’s RITA® award and have been translated in several languages. She is a librarian by training and a booklover at heart. Married to a Filipino, Tessa worked at a library in the Philippines and has recently visited Tacloban. 

The event is made possible in partnership with Raffles Makati. 

Books by Tessa Dare are available in National Book Store and Powerbooks. Shop online and buy eBooks at nationalbookstore.com. For reservations, call 8888-NBS (627) for calls within Metro Manila, 1-800-10-8888-NBS for calls outside Metro Manila, or text 0998-8888-NBS and 0917-8747-269. The National Book Store hotlines are open Mondays to Sundays from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Follow National Book Store on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (@nbsalert) for updates on the latest events, promos and contests. Tag #TessaDareinPH to join the discussion.

Not familiar with Tessa's books? Check out the blurbs for Romancing the Duke and Say Yes to the Marquess below!

Review: The Night We Said Yes by Lauren Gibaldi

Saturday, June 13, 2015

It's so sad when a hyped book that you were sure you'd love ends up disappointing you.

The Night We Said Yes
Title: The Night We Said Yes
Author: Lauren Gibaldi
Publisher: Harper Teen
Date of Publication: June 16, 2015

A fun, romantic read, perfect for fans of Sarah Dessen and Susane Colasanti!

Before Matt, Ella had a plan. Get over a no-good ex-boyfriend. Graduate from high school without any more distractions. Move away from Orlando, Florida, where she’s lived her entire life.

But Matt—the cute, shy, bespectacled bass player who just moved to town—was never part of that plan.

And neither was attending a party that was crashed by the cops just minutes after they arrived. Or spending an entire night saying “yes” to every crazy, fun thing they could think of.

Then Matt abruptly left town, and he broke not only Ella’s heart but those of their best friends, too. So when he shows up a year later with a plan of his own—to relive the night that brought them together—Ella isn’t sure whether Matt’s worth a second chance. Or if re-creating the past can help them create a different future.

In alternating then and now chapters, debut author Lauren Gibaldi crafts a charming, romantic story of first loves, lifelong friendships, uncovered secrets, and, ultimately, finding out how to be brave.


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Review: Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver

Thursday, June 11, 2015

It is by friggin' Lauren Oliver so OF COURSE I have to read it. It is by friggin' Lauren Oliver so OF COURSE it is amazing.

Vanishing Girls
Title: Vanishing Girls
Author: Lauren Oliver
Publisher: HarperCollins
Date of Publication: March 10, 2015

New York Times bestselling author Lauren Oliver delivers a gripping story about two sisters inexorably altered by a terrible accident.

Dara and Nick used to be inseparable, but that was before the accident that left Dara's beautiful face scarred and the two sisters totally estranged. When Dara vanishes on her birthday, Nick thinks Dara is just playing around. But another girl, nine-year-old Madeline Snow, has vanished, too, and Nick becomes increasingly convinced that the two disappearances are linked. Now Nick has to find her sister, before it's too late.

In this edgy and compelling novel, Lauren Oliver creates a world of intrigue, loss, and suspicion as two sisters search to find themselves, and each other.

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Interview + Giveaway: Those Girls by Lauren Saft

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Yesterday, I reviewed THOSE GIRLS by Lauren Saft and basically, I RECOMMEND IT. Go get it now! I loved how Lauren Saft pulled no punches in delving inside the insecure minds of high school girls. So much so that I interviewed her! Check out the interview below and get a chance to win THOSE GIRLS too!


About Lauren Saft

Lauren Saft holds an MFA from the University of San Francisco and a Bachelor's degree from Tufts University. She's worked in publishing, TV, education, child care, retail, journalism, and food service, all the while closely studying the habits and compulsions of teenage girls. She currently works as a TV producer in Philadelphia where she lives with her cat and creative inspiration, Desi. Her work has been published in Five Quarterly, Rap Up Magazine, and clubplanet.com. One time, she met the Olsen twins. Those Girls is her debut novel.

Review + Giveaway: Those Girls by Lauren Saft

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

THOSE GIRLS is out today! I enjoyed this one SO MUCH that I'm giving away a copy! Keep an eye out too as I'm interviewing Lauren Saft tomorrow. I AM SO PUMPED FOR Y'ALL TO READ THIS ONE!

Those Girls
Title: Those Girls
Author: Lauren Saft
Publisher: Poppy
Date of Publication: June 9, 2015

Some girls will always have your back, and some girls can't help but stab you in it.

Junior year, the suburbs of Philadelphia. Alex, Mollie and Veronica are those girls: they're the best of friends and the party girls of the school. But how well does everybody know them--and really, how well do they know one another? Alex is secretly in love with the boy next door and has joined a band--without telling anyone. Mollie suffers from a popular (and possibly sociopathic) boyfriend, as well as a serious mean streak. And Veronica just wants to be loved--literally, figuratively, physically....she's not particular. Will this be the year that bonds them forever....or tears them apart for good?

Lauren Saft masterfully conveys what goes on in the mind of a teenage girl, and her debut novel is raw, honest, hilarious, and thought-provoking, with a healthy dose of heart.

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Review: The Opposite of Loneliness: Essays and Stories by Marina Keegan

Saturday, June 6, 2015

I asked this book as a Christmas gift last year from a friend and I just recently finished it. And a gift, that's how it felt reading Marina Keegan's essays and stories. Marina died a few days after she graduated from Yale and it's a gift that we can read her works.

The Opposite of Loneliness: Essays and Stories
Title: The Opposite of Loneliness: Essays and Stories
Author: Marina Keegan
Publisher: Scribner
Date of Publication: April 8, 2014

An affecting and hope-filled posthumous collection of essays and stories from the talented young Yale graduate whose title essay captured the world's attention in 2012 and turned her into an icon for her generation.

Marina Keegan's star was on the rise when she graduated magna cum laude from Yale in May 2012. She had a play that was to be produced at the New York International Fringe Festival and a job waiting for her at the New Yorker. Tragically, five days after graduation, Marina died in a car crash.

As her family, friends, and classmates, deep in grief, joined to create a memorial service for Marina, her unforgettable last essay for the Yale Daily News, "The Opposite of Loneliness" went viral, receiving more than 1.4 million hits. She had struck a chord.

Even though she was just twenty-two when she died, Marina left behind a rich, expansive trove of prose that, like her title essay, captures the hope, uncertainty, and possibility of her generation. The Opposite of Loneliness is an assemblage of Marina's essays and stories that, like The Last Lecture, articulates the universal struggle that all of us face as we figure out what we aspire to be and how we can harness our talents to make an impact on the world.

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Review: The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Honestly, I didn't know what The Start of Me and You was all about until it arrived on my doorstep (AFTER SO LONG! *throws shade at the Philippine postal system*) and I picked it up. Emery Lord is an auto-buy author for me after I loved (and offered to be impregnated by Matt Finch, never mind he's a fictional character SHUSH DO NOT BURST MY DAYDREAM BUBBLE) Open Road Summer and I remember wailing when I wasn't approved for The Start of Me and You on NetGalley. Point is, AT LAST, I'VE READ THIS ONE!

The Start of Me and You
Title: The Start of Me and You
Author: Emery Lord
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Children's
Date of Publication: March 31, 2015

Brimming with heartfelt relationships and authentic high-school dynamics The Start of Me and You proves that it’s never too late for second chances.

It’s been a year since it happened—when Paige Hancock’s first boyfriend died in an accident. After shutting out the world for two years, Paige is finally ready for a second chance at high school . . . and she has a plan. First: Get her old crush, Ryan Chase, to date her—the perfect way to convince everyone she’s back to normal. Next: Join a club—simple, it’s high school after all. But when Ryan’s sweet, nerdy cousin, Max, moves to town and recruits Paige for the Quiz Bowl team (of all things!) her perfect plan is thrown for a serious loop. Will Paige be able to face her fears and finally open herself up to the life she was meant to live?

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I Am More Happy Than Not

Wednesday, June 3, 2015


Last May, I buddy-read More Happy Than Not with Miel of Bookish and Awesome and we cried together at its rawness and all the heart-squeezes and all the damn feelings. Well, he cried first because I suck at buddy-reading and I finished it a week after he did. Inspired by More Happy Than Not, he posted THIS, wherein he lists times and things that make him more happy than not. After my prodding (ha!), he made it into a tag! And because I suck, of course I'm posting mine a bit late. But still, here it is!

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Whenever I step on dried leaves and hear them crunch underneath my feet, I am more happy than not.

Whenever I acquire new books, I am more happy than not. (I can never have too many books, Dad. Never!)

Whenever I watch my favorite films, whether it be the 1843209th time, I am more happy than not.

Whenever I listen to music I love and discover music to love, I am more happy than not.

Whenever I see my bookshelf, I am more happy than not. (Seriously. I can stare at it all day. Sure, it stresses me out too because !!! so many unread books !!! but whatever.)

Whenever I get to sleep in and wake up to birds chirping, I am more happy than not.

Whenever I go down memory lane and remember memories worth framing, I am more happy than not.

Whenever I unabashedly unapologetically sing even though my voice would get me booted first out of a singing competition, I am more happy than not. (KARAOKE IS MY HAPPY PLACE.)

Whenever I play my ukulele, even though good lord when will I improve, I am more happy than not.

Whenever I go to bookish events, meeting bookish people and authors, I am more happy than not.

Whenever there is ice cream, I am more happy than not. (CARAMEL! BLUEBERRY CHEESECAKE! MINT CHOCOLATE CHIP!)

Whenever I talk to my favorite authors, I am more happy than not.

Whenever I daydream, I am more happy than not.

Whenever I am alone reading, I am more happy than not.

Whenever I am surrounded by people I love and people who love me, I am more happy than not.


WHAT MAKES YOU MORE HAPPY THAN NOT?
Feel free to do the tag!

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In case you missed it, I posted my review for More Happy Than Not yesterday, along with a PH only giveaway for my ARC. Bookish Filipinos, don't forget to join the giveaway! For my non-Filipino readers, I'm so sorry! But you should DEFINITELY check out and read More Happy Than Not!

Review + Giveaway: More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Adam Silvera's acclaimed debut novel (starred reviews from Kirkus! Publishers Weekly! School Library Journal! Booklist!) is out TODAY! And because I love you my dear readers, I'm giving away the ARC I won because I want YOU to be able to read this gem immediately!

More Happy Than Not
Title: More Happy Than Not
Author: Adam Silvera
Publisher: Soho Teen
Date of Publication: June 2, 2015

"A brilliantly conceived page-turner." -Kirkus Reviews, starred review.
"Vividly written and intricately plotted."-Publishers Weekly, starred review.

The Leteo Institute's revolutionary memory-relief procedure seems too good to be true to Aaron Soto -- miracle cure-alls don't tend to pop up in the Bronx projects. But Aaron can't forget how he's grown up poor or how his friends aren't always there for him. Like after his father committed suicide in their one bedroom apartment. Aaron has the support of his patient girlfriend, if not necessarily his distant brother and overworked mother, but it's not enough.


Then Thomas shows up. He has a sweet movie-watching setup on his roof, and he doesn't mind Aaron's obsession with a popular fantasy series. There are nicknames, inside jokes. Most importantly, Thomas doesn't mind talking about Aaron's past. But Aaron's newfound happiness isn't welcome on his block. Since he's can't stay away from Thomas or suddenly stop being gay, Aaron must turn to Leteo to straighten himself out, even if it means forgetting who he is.


Adam Silvera's extraordinary debut novel offers a unique confrontation of race, class and sexuality during one charged near-future summer in the Bronx.


"[A]n engrossing, intense narrative."-School Library Journal, starred review.

"Thought provoking and imaginative."-Booklist, starred review.

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{Blog Tour} Spotlight + Giveaway: The Summer of Chasing Mermaids by Sarah Ockler

Monday, June 1, 2015

Tomorrow, Sarah Ockler's The Summer of Chasing Mermaids is going out in the wild! ARE YOU EXCITED??? BECAUSE I AM!!! Today, I'm spotlighting it for those who aren't aware (YOU ARE NOW MADE AWARE) of this book that features a person of color (YAY #WENEEDDIVERSEBOOKS) from Trinidad and Tobago as the main character. I LOVE IT. Check it out below and don't forget to join the giveaway!

Title: The Summer of Chasing Mermaids
Author: Sarah Ockler
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Date of Publication: June 2, 2015

The youngest of six talented sisters, Elyse d’Abreau was destined for stardom—until a boating accident took everything from her. Now, the most beautiful singer in Tobago can’t sing. She can’t even speak.

Seeking quiet solitude, Elyse accepts a friend’s invitation to Atargatis Cove. Named for the mythical first mermaid, the Oregon seaside town is everything Elyse’s home in the Caribbean isn’t: An ocean too cold for swimming, parties too tame for singing, and people too polite to pry—except for one.

Christian Kane is a notorious playboy—insolent, arrogant, and completely charming. He’s also the only person in Atargatis Cove who doesn’t treat Elyse like a glass statue. He challenges her to express herself, and he admires the way she treats his younger brother Sebastian, who believes Elyse is the legendary mermaid come to life. 

When Christian needs a first mate for the Cove’s high-stakes Pirate Regatta, Elyse reluctantly stows her fear of the sea and climbs aboard. The ocean isn’t the only thing making waves, though—swept up in Christian’s seductive tide and entranced by the Cove’s charms, Elyse begins to wonder if a life of solitude isn’t what she needs. But changing course again means facing her past. It means finding her inner voice. And scariest of all, it means opening her heart to a boy who’s best known for breaking them . . .
 
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