Debut-A-Thon Sign Up

Welcome to my sign up post for the Debut-A-Thon, hosted by Books of Amber.  I loved participating in the LGBT readathon so was eager to sign up for another. This is perfect as I have lots of debut books on my TBR pile growing dust, and some of those authors really deserve and need reviews! 

The books I am planning to read are: 

Mila 2.0 by Debra Driza

Being Henry David by Cal Armistead

Find Me by Romily Bernard

The S-Word by Chelsea Pitcher

Love is a Thief by Claire Garber

The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

I know this is a long list and there is no way I will read all these in 4 days, but I’m such a mood reader that it is nice to have a range 🙂 I will however be confining myself to ebooks, since I have a mahoosive backlog. 

Please head over to Books of Amber to sign up. The more the merrier! 

Waiting on Wednesday #25

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases we’re eagerly anticipating.

Have a Nice Day (Anna Bloom, #2) Get Well Soon (Anna Bloom, #1)

Get Well Soon

Anna Bloom is depressed—so depressed that her parents have committed her to a mental hospital with a bunch of other messed-up teens. Here she meets a roommate with a secret (and a plastic baby), a doctor who focuses way too much on her weight, and a cute, shy boy who just might like her.

But wait!  Being trapped in a loony bin isn’t supposed to be about making friends, losing weight, and having a crush, is it?

In her fiction debut, Julie Halpern finds humor in the unlikeliest of places, and presents a character whose voice—and heart—will resonate with all of us who have ever felt just a little bit crazy.

Have a Nice Day

Anna Bloom has spent the last three weeks in a mental hospital dealing with her depression, conspiring with her fellow inmates, and tripping through first love. But now she’s out, where does she stand? Is she too crazy to fit in with her normal friends? Is she too normal to fit in with her mental hospital friends? The sequel to GET WELL SOON answers the questions readers want to know: How do you go back to normal after you just got out of a mental hospital?

I spotted ‘Have a Nice Day’, and was instantly sold on ‘mental hospital’. However, this is the second in a series which I haven’t previously heard of, so I thought I’d feature both. Get Well Soon was published in 2007.

Have a Nice Day is due to be released by Macmillan in November 2013.

 What are you looking forward to this week?  Can you recommend any other mental hospital books? Please share your WoW in the comments!

Blog Tour: Click to Subscribe

I cannot tell you how thrilled I am to present my blog tour stop for Click to Subscribe by L.M. Augustine!

1,135,789. That’s how many subscribers sixteen-year-old West Ryder has on his web vlog series. But he only has eyes for one of them. 

As one of the internet’s most prestigious video bloggers, West talks about high school relationships under the name “Sam Green.” As far as he knows, no one from school, not even his best friend, Cat, has seen his videos. But the highlight of the whole thing is Harper Knight, who comments every day at exactly 2:02 in the afternoon. He doesn’t know anything about her aside from the occasional deep philosophical messaging on why pizza tastes so delicious, but as stupid as it sounds, he might be falling for her. So when they finally agree to meet in real life, West’s hope for romance seems more and more in reach. But that all changes as soon as he arrives at their meeting spot and sees Cat walking toward him, wearing the same “I ❤ Sam Green” T-shirt Harper promised she’d have on.

To his alarm, West realizes he is falling in love with the best friend who has always been a sister to him.

Author Bio

L.M. Augustine is a YA romance author who is obsessed with writing about dorky teenagers, love, and happy endings. He currently lives in New England, where he spends far too much time reading books and screaming at his computer, and he believes that the solution to the world’s problems can be found in chocolate cake. Click To Subscribe is his first novel, but it won’t be his last.
Find L.M. on Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads | Blog

My Review

As soon as I stumbled across Click to Subscribe I knew I would love it. Romance with a vlogger? Yes please! It’s quite refreshing to have a contemporary YA written from a male perspective. And some of the thoughts that go through West’s mind are hilarious. Him and Cat share a really cute relationship, and this really made the book speak to my nerdy, ice cream loving side.

That being said, West was so frustrating at times! Obviously realistic to what a lot of boys are like, but I just wanted to slap him for his stupidity. As such, a lot of the middle of the book is spent with him confused about his feelings, and dithering about. 

The only complaint I have is that it isn’t long enough! It is penned as a long novella rather than a novel in itself, and I just felt it didn’t allow for enough depth and character development. It only left me wanting more! I will definitely be checking out LM Augustine’s future books, in the hope that they are much longer. 

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Huge thanks to Selina for the review copy and letting me be part of the tour

Waiting on Wednesday #24

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases we’re eagerly anticipating.

37 Things I Love (in no particular order) 

Ellis only has four days of her sophomore year left, and summer is so close that she can almost taste it. But even with vacation just within reach, Ellis isn’t exactly relaxed. Her father has been in a coma for years, the result of a construction accident, and her already-fragile relationship with her mother is strained over whether or not to remove him from life support. Her best friend fails even to notice that anything is wrong and Ellis feels like her world is falling apart. But when all seems bleak, Ellis finds comfort in the most unexpected places. 
Life goes on, but in those four fleeting days friends are lost and found, promises are made, and Ellis realizes that nothing will ever quite be the same.

37 Things I Love (In no Particular Order) by Kekla Magoon has a really intriguing cover, and doesn’t really match the blurb.

Due to be released by Macmillan in October 2013.

 What are you looking forward to this week?  Please share your WoW in the comments!

Waiting on Wednesday #23

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases we’re eagerly anticipating.

Breathing Room

Evvy Hoffmeister is thirteen years old when her family brings her to Loon Lake Sanatorium to get cured of tuberculosis (TB). Evvy is frightened by her new surroundings; the rules to abide are harsh and the nurses equally rigid. But Evvy soon falls into step with the other girls in her ward. There’s Sarah, quiet but thoughtful; Pearl, who adores Hollywood glamour; and Dina, whose harshness conceals a deep strength. Together, the girls brave the difficult daily routines. Set in 1940 at a time of political unrest throughout the U.S. and Europe, this thought-provoking novel sheds light on a much-feared worldwide illness. Hundreds of thousands of people died each year of TB, and many ill children were sent away to sanatoriums to hopefully recover.

This is a masterful novel—both eloquent and moving—that gives voice to those who fought hard to overcome the illness.

Breathing Room by Marsha Hayles sounds like nothing I have read before. And what a simple yet effective cover! 

Due to be released by Macmillan in September 2013.

 What are you looking forward to this week? Do you know any other YA books featuring diseases other than cancer? Please share your WoW in the comments!

Oh It’s A Jolly Holiday…

Tomorrow I fly off on holiday for two weeks. My first trip abroad for over 3 years, I’ll be sunning it up in the Dominican Republic. But fear not! I return on the 29th. In the meantime, I leave you with lots of goodies. My Waiting on Wednesdays have been scheduled, so be sure to look out for those. 

As well as that, I am taking part in blog tours for He’s Gone by Deb Caletti (May 21) and Click to Subscribe by LM Augustine (May 22). Be sure to let me know what you think of the books and enter the giveaways! 

I also have a giveaway running for an ebook of The Forgotten Ones by Laura Howard, as well as the tourwide giveaway. 

I don’t think I will get much internet access so I will try and catch up as much as possible on my return! Hope you all have a relaxing two weeks 🙂 

Blog Tour: Submerged

Welcome to my blog tour post for Submerged by Nicole Sobon!

Submerged (Outbreak, #1)

After a mysterious virus makes its way into the United States, the government demands that states seal themselves off from one another and do their best to protect their surviving residents. When the state of Florida is bordered off from the surrounding states, Taylen Fincher, a seventeen-year-old girl with a yearning for her former life finds herself wondering how much of what they’ve been told is true.

When Troum took control of the state, he told the residents that the other states had fallen to the virus and that he wouldn’t allow the same thing to happen to them. But Taylen doesn’t believe it. She insists that there is still life outside of the state, and she is going to do whatever it takes to prove it… but her actions will cost her more than she ever expected.

Troum kidnaps Taylen’s sister, Penelope, in hopes of coaxing her into behaving – into being a submissive resident, much like the others. But Taylen isn’t one to give in that easily.

Eager to rescue her sister, Taylen will set out on an adventure that’ll force her to open her heart to the unexpected and to uncover secrets that will change everything.

Nicole Sobon Nicole Sobon is a YA author of several novels, including Program 13, The Emile Reed Chronicles, Capture, No Place Like Home, and the latest Submerged. This is the first in her dystopian duology.

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