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Book Review: Dreamology by Lucy Keating

Published April 11, 2016 by adventuresinbooklandblog

by Lucy Keating

Publisher: Harper Teen

Release Date: April 12th 2016

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Fantasy

Rate: 4 Stars

For as long as Alice can remember, she has dreamed of Max. Together they have traveled the world and fallen deliriously, hopelessly in love. Max is the boy of her dreams—and only her dreams. Because he doesn’t exist.
But when Alice walks into class on her first day at a new school, there he is. It turns out, though, that Real Max is nothing like Dream Max, and getting to know each other in reality isn’t as perfect as Alice always hoped.
When their dreams start to bleed dangerously into their waking hours, the pair realize that they might have to put an end to a lifetime of dreaming about each other. But when you fall in love in your dreams, can reality ever be enough? 

What first caught my attention was the cover of Dreamologly, it’s simplistic and beautiful. After viewing the cover, I needed to know what the story was about, and that too caught my attention. I’m glad both those things grabbed my attention because this story was great!

Alice has been having dreams which included Max for as long as she could remember, but only knew him as her dream guy. When she moves into her Nana’s house and starts at a new school in Boston, Alice meet her dream guy in the flesh, but he isn’t like the guy she’s been dreaming about. Ms. Keating takes readers on an emotional roller-coaster where dreams and reality start to bleed together. I loved all the characters during the story, at first I didn’t want to like Max, but he was charming and I could see why Alice liked him. I absolutely adored Alice, she was a great relatable character, that young readers will love. It was interesting to have a bit of a fantasy aspect to the story.  I don’t want to say more than that because I don’t want to ruin any surprises for anyone who would like to read this story.

I would completely recommend this book for young readers and also readers that enjoy a sweet romance that’s easy to read.

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Lucy lives in Los Angeles, California. She grew up in Boston, Massachusetts, attended Williams College in the Berkshires, and still misses the East Coast very much.



When she’s not writing, Lucy can usually be found obsessing over the latest music, inventing new flavors of ice cream, or having what she feels are perfectly acceptable conversations with her dog, Ernie.



You can follow Lucy on Instagram @lucy.keating, and Ernie The Dog @ernsboberns





Book Review: 10 Things Slone Hates About Tru by Tera Lynn Childs

Published September 20, 2015 by adventuresinbooklandblog


Title- 10 Things Slone Hates About Tru

Author- Tera Lynn Childs

Publisher- Entangled Crush



When life gives you a blank canvas, make art.

Sloane Whitaker hates everything about moving to Texas. She hates leaving behind her friends and half her family in New York, starting over senior year at Austin’s NextGen Academy, and having to say she lives in Texas. Most of all, she hates that it’s all her fault. If she wants to earn her way back to the Big Apple, she has to prove she can still be the perfect daughter.

Which means no vandalism art, no trouble at school, and absolutely no Tru Dorsey, her serial screw-up neighbor, who loves nothing more than pushing her buttons.

But from the moment he vaults onto the roof outside her bedroom, there is something about him that makes her want to break every rule. Suddenly it’ s not the ten things she hates about Tru that are at the top of her list. It’s the ten reasons she doesn’t want to be without him.


There was so much potential in this book, but for some reason it fell a little flat for me. Don’t get me wrong this was a good book, but it took me a while to read it since it wasn’t fully engaging. Again, this is just my option and young readers I think would really love this book.


Slone has left New York because of something she did (it took a while to figure out what she did), this is where she meets Tru, a known trouble maker that Slones needs to stay away from. Easier said then done! I did enjoy Slone and Tru’s friendship, they were quite the pair. I really enjoyed watching it grown into more as well.



Tera Lynn Childs is the RITA-award-winning author of the mythology-based Oh.My. Gods. and Goddess Boot Camp, the mermaid tales Forgive My Fins, Fins Are Forever and Just For Fins, and a kick-butt trilogy about monster-hunting descendants of Medusa that includes Sweet Venom, Sweet Shadows, and Sweet Legacy. She has published two e-novellas, Goddess In Time and Pretty In Pearls, and self-published her City Chicks sweet chick lit series. Tera lives nowhere in particular and spends her time writing wherever she can find a comfy chair and a steady stream of caffeinated beverages.

Book Review: Ana of California by Andi Teran

Published July 5, 2015 by adventuresinbooklandblog
Ana of California

by Andi Teran

Publisher: Penguin Books

Release Date: June 30th 2015

Genre: Adult, Young Adult crossover, Fiction, Retellings, Coming of Age, Contemporary

Appropriate for YA audiences.
A modern take on the classic coming-of-age novel, inspired by Anne of Green Gables
In the grand tradition of Anne of Green Gables, Bridget Jones’s Diary, and The Three Weissmanns of Westport, Andi Teran’s captivating debut novel offers a contemporary twist on a beloved classic. Fifteen-year-old orphan Ana Cortez has just blown her last chance with a foster family. It’s a group home next—unless she agrees to leave East Los Angeles for a farm trainee program in Northern California.
When she first arrives, Ana can’t tell a tomato plant from a blackberry bush, and Emmett Garber is skeptical that this slight city girl can be any help on his farm. His sister Abbie, however, thinks Ana might be just what they need. Ana comes to love Garber Farm, and even Emmett has to admit that her hard work is an asset. But when she inadvertently stirs up trouble in town, Ana is afraid she might have ruined her last chance at finding a place to belong.

I am not going to sit here and compare Ana of California to Anne of Green Gables. This book deserves to get talked about without comparison since it is a retelling.

This a great heartwarming read that’s perfect now that its summer and everyone needs to get that summer reading in! I thought the characters were all so great, not only Ana, but everyone else too. I think Ana was a great character, from the very first page you want great things for her. She has been struggling to find a place that she feels safe and wanted in, I’m sure some people can relate to that.

Again, I think this was a great read for many ages and I would recommend it.

Map of Hadley, California

For discussion questions and much more from Ana of California, check out the full Reader’s Guide on Penguin Random House’s website.

You are obviously a fan of L.M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables. What made you want to reimagine that story in a modern way?

I loved Anne of Green Gables growing up. To use Anne’s words, it felt like I’d found a kindred spirit in L.M. Montgomery’s books. I think so many of us fans find something in Anne that we can relate to—from her dreamy imagination and unbridled chattiness to her staunch conviction and propensity for feeling different from others. It was the first time I remember recognizing strength of character coming from just being who you are. Also, for a talkative child such as myself, it was encouraging to read that this could be an asset rather than something worthy of punishment. I wanted to reimagine the story in a modern way because a character similar to Anne felt like something we needed more of in our current culture. I’m a huge fan of outspoken heroines who aren’t born with the greatest of luck in life but choose to find a way to better their situations for themselves. I always want to root for the go-getters and self-starters; those who are told no but choose to live their lives as a gigantic yes. When I sat down with what I envisioned to be today’s Anne—aka Ana—she immediately spoke to me on the page. She was older than the precocious, 11-year-old Anne, and she had languished within the foster system longer. I immediately related to her spirit, which was much different from the original Anne. She was more street savvy and subdued, as if her imagination and outspokenness had been progressively silenced and driven deeper into her over time. © Hamish Robertson The characters of Abbie and Emmett, the counterparts to Marilla and Matthew, came out much differently than I expected too. They were much more self-aware about their situation on the farm and truly struggling—like many small farmers today. It was important to me to highlight that while also creating a nontraditional family unit. The rest of the characters just appeared, quite naturally, and sometimes shared attributes with the originals, but were mostly born from my own imagination. To be honest, I couldn’t stop writing. It was so much fun to enter this whole new world that came from a place that felt so beloved and familiar even if it was often at the back of my mind.

Ana of California is your first novel, but you’ve had a robust career as a nonfiction writer and performer. Have you wanted to write fiction for a long time? Do you have plans to write more novels?


I’ve always wanted to write fiction. I’ve been writing it in secret for most of my life! I wrote short stories and plays growing up but wanted be an actor, so I concentrated on that. Any time I played a character, though, I’d write vast background histories about them or keep a journal. I eventually moved to New York City and sort of fell into magazine writing while also working as a hotel concierge and performing in plays at night. The office of a local culture magazine was next door to the hotel, and I got to know the publisher. He was the first person to ever give me an assignment, which led to more regular reporting. It was tough juggling it all, but I wanted to do and learn as much as possible. As I got better at writing small pieces, I reached out to other publications. Even though I had no formal training as a writer, I learned so much from editors who were willing to take a chance on me. The feedback was often brutal, but my many failures wound up giving me some success too. I discovered my strengths, specifically interviewing people and writing first-person essays, both of which have to do with embodying real-life characters. I was able to quit my job and write full time, all in the hopes of one day writing a book. Interestingly, I’ve found that fiction writing is a lot like theatre. You get to play all the characters while also writing and directing them, which is thrilling to me. Thus, to answer your question, yes I have plans to write more novels… many more hopefully!



The location of the novel is so important – Ana goes from inner-city Los Angeles to a community farm near the ocean, and you evoke the change in landscape so well. What inspired you to set the novel in California?


I’m a recent transplant to California. Much like Ana, I was familiar with parts of Los Angeles, but had never explored the beaches or remote forests in the most northern part of the state. I grew up in Texas, and spent over a decade in New York, but the West Coast always intrigued me. My mother’s side of the family is originally from the Bay Area, so I’ve traveled there and to the southern part of the state throughout my life. Coming here has always been a joy. I’m still enchanted by the diversity of people and terrain. It’s a wildly spectacular part of the country. The city of Los Angeles called to me initially. It’s such a vibrant metropolis interwoven with nature. I find it crazy that I can encounter a coyote on a mountain hike, have coffee in a forest café afterwards, and then go for ramen downtown in Little Tokyo or for tacos like my grandma used to make out in Boyle Heights. Both downtown and the communities in East L.A. appeal to me particularly. You can always find pockets of magic if you’re willing to look for them. I knew immediately that this is where Ana was from. Within the first few months of living here, I was eager to explore other parts of the state. My husband, sister-in-law, and I decided to take a road trip from L.A. all the way up to the dense forests surrounding California’s Lost Coast, which is a remote stretch of coastline that borders the mountains and lush forests surrounding Humboldt County. We were blown away by what we found. Aside from the quaint towns dotted with Victorian houses, there was this uninhabited coast with jagged cliffs as far as you could see. It was lonely, beautiful, and felt like a forgotten part of the world. We got lost amongst the towering redwoods and ate meals made from fresh, local produce along the way. Interesting characters populated every place we visited. With Ana already in my mind, I knew this is where she needed to go.



Your main character, Ana, joins the ranks of Famous Literary Orphans. In her short life, Ana has faced gang violence, emotional abuse, and racism. Did you want to draw attention to these larger social issues with your novel, or were you thinking more of creating a realistic, complex character?


The answer is a bit of both. It was impossible not to write someone who was realistic and complex when I wanted her to be directly impacted by current social issues. We’re living in a changing time that I can’t believe is still rife with racism, sexism, and emotional abuse. We hear about it in the news or on the Internet daily, whether we’re the recipients or witnesses thereof. Gang violence is still very real in this country too, not to mention rampant south of the border. It’s part of Los Angeles’s history. It was important that not only Ana, but also all of the characters be people readers can relate to in a realistic way. Ana was the emotional core, so everything sprang from her, including the shadows of her past and how she chose to deal with them. I worked with at-risk children and runaways when I lived in Texas, and I encountered a few who came from gang or drug connected families. Though I never knew their stories, I was deeply affected by the destruction it seemed to cause in such young, undeveloped hearts and minds. Their situations seemed hopeless, even more so when few adults seemed to truly care. I always wondered what became of them. Ana was a way for me to imagine their collective strength in a single soul, and that maybe with a strong spirit and bit of hope, there could eventually be a way out.


The modern farming movement, especially small, organic farms, is highlighted in Ana of California. What made you want to include this in your novel? How did you research the industry?



Moving to California drastically changed my diet. There’s such an abundance of fresh fruit and vegetables grown mindfully and locally here. I started going to farmer’s markets on weekends and wanted to learn more about where my food came from. What struck me most was the friendliness of the farmers. They’d often talk to their customers, educate them, and keep them coming back whether they were local chefs buying in bulk or the average home cook. I liked that part of their job included engaging with their local community. When thinking about Abbie and Emmett, it was clear to me that they were these types of farmers. I read everything I could about California organic farms and the increasing takeover of the little guy by corporate behemoths that favor genetically modified seeds and crops. I enjoyed learning about people who were going back to the land to make a difference for their families and communities in the healthiest way possible. I think we need so much more of this. I also researched migrant farm workers and the difficulties they face. Manny was one of the first characters that jumped onto the page. He told me to dig deeper, so I did, and I was horrified by much of what I found. These are people doing tremendously difficult work for very little money, housing, or hope of escape. They are the backbone of our food industry and are often treated unfairly and inhumanely. It’s not always the case, of course, but a quick Google search will unearth endless articles about their plight. Honestly, I wish I could have written more about Manny and the other workers on Garber Farm. This is a subject worthy of more widespread attention. I visited a few organic farms and even worked at one picking and harvesting a variety of crops. I was humbled by the hard work—always beginning at the crack of dawn—and by the people I met whose devotion to the earth was beyond inspiring. There’s nothing like putting your hands into the ground and pulling out something that has been carefully grown and looked after solely for the purpose of nourishing you. I met other volunteer farm hands who live simply but mindfully. We all ate lunch together made from the farm’s offerings and listened to stories told by the head farmer. Creating the world of Garber Farm was a way of extending this somewhat utopian experience and, hopefully, making others aware of how important it is that we support these types of farms and their workers.


Readers will recognize characters from Anne of Green Gables transposed into your story. Emmett and Abbie, for example, are Ana of California’s versions of Matthew and Marilla. Were you daunted in tackling these classic characters? Was it fun thinking about where they would be in a modern setting?


I was extremely daunted about tackling these characters. There’s no way I can come even close to the magic wrought by L.M. Montgomery, but I wanted this to be a standalone book separate from that legacy. I wanted to honor the original in the best ways that I could while also following my own instincts and imagination to create something wholly new. Ultimately, I want readers to enjoy the twists on the original but also see Ana of California as its own story. Though I knew who Ana was from the start, it took me a while to bring her to life. I didn’t know her full story until I finished my first draft, and she ended up being much different from what I’d initially imagined. It was hard not to think about Anne while I was writing and whether or not I was doing her memory justice. I had to remind myself that Ana was a completely different person shaped by her own unique experience. Abbie ended up being my momentum throughout that first draft. She was nothing like Marilla, and this felt so right. I realized quickly that Abbie was much more like Matthew, and Emmett was more of a Marilla, so flipping these personalities became a joy to write. I purposefully made Abbie and Emmett younger than their counterparts too. It humored me to think that Marilla Cuthbert might have had a scandalous streak during her teenage years, and that idea worked so well for Abbie. As for Emmett Garber and his relation to Matthew Cuthbert—easily one of my favorite characters in the original—I just couldn’t see them as being remotely the same. Emmett was curmudgeonly from the start and wary of Ana, but that also made him subject to great change simply through her presence on the farm. Creating Cole Brannan was probably the closest I came to there being a direct correlation to an original character, namely Gilbert Blythe. It was important for Ana and Cole, like Anne and Gilbert, to spar with each other intellectually and be equals. I wanted them to challenge each other. I loved Gilbert’s self-confidence and daring, so I translated that physically for Cole through his love of motocross. Fans of the original will note that there is not a “breaking the slate” scene, but I do hope they find other less obvious similarities. As for Rye Moon, all I can say is I love her. She, like Emmett, was such a surprise and, other than her loyalty, was the complete opposite of her original counterpart, Diana Barry. I wanted her to be more aloof at first, and someone eager to get out of her small town and see the wider world. Just as Ana and Cole were equals, I wanted the same for Ana and Rye too. In deference to the breaking the slate omission, I hope readers will enjoy a more subtle translation of “bosom friends.” I couldn’t leave out that reference.


Literature, particularly for young adults and children, has a dearth of non-white main characters.

What are your thoughts on this issue? Is that something you consciously wanted to address with

Ana Cortez?


Absolutely. I think we need more diversity across all artistic mediums, period. We are a diverse

culture, after all, and it’s odd to me that more of us aren’t presented with subject matter than we

can relate to. I also think it’s important to be interested in and exposed to cultures that are different

from our own.

I grew up in a mixed race, Mexican-American family. People rarely thought I was “traditionally

Mexican,” whatever that means. I grew up in El Paso, Texas, on the border of Mexico, and I

had friends and family from both sides of the bridge. This was normal to all of us. I spent a good

portion of my childhood with my Mexican grandma who cooked traditional meals, told stories

about our ancestors, and often took us grandchildren across the border. That heritage was ingrained

in me from an early age. Thus, it was important to infuse that into Ana too, as she, like

me, would understand the same tastes, smells, and heritage that I grew up with. I hope others can

relate to or be interested in it too.

I think it’s imperative that we have more sexual, racial, and cultural diversity in art and literature.

How else will we truthfully chronicle modern life?

Music plays an important role in Ana of California. Your characters listen to bands from The Hex to Neil Young to 80s heavy metal to points in between. Where do your musical tastes intersect with those of your characters?

Music is a huge part of my life and creativity. When I first started out as a writer, I interviewed bands. I can’t write without some sort of music as inspiration guiding me in the background either. Like most young people, it was integral to discovering who I was. Now that I’m a little older, it’s also a nostalgic way to connect to the ghosts of the past. I’m proud of The Hex, which is a fictional band in the book. They’re the amalgamation of so many of my favorite female punk rock groups from the past up until now. I listened to a lot of local L.A. girl bands while I was writing Ana, specifically L.A. Witch, Bleached, Cherry Glazerr, and Deap Vally, as well as girl bands from Mexico, like Lorelle Meets the Obsolete and Le Butcherettes. I’d like to think that Ana and Rye would probably introduce me to a bunch of other ferocious girl bands, and we’d all agree that music is better played with actual instruments. As for Neil Young, well, he’s the soundtrack of California. He’s Canadian, so he’s also my very cheeky nod to the original setting of Anne of Green Gables. His voice seems to float in the golden ether out west begging you to slow down and just listen. He’s always on the car radio for road trips but he’s usually on the grocery store radio, too. Each of my characters had a soundtrack. Emmett’s was Neil from the start, but also classic American rock bands from the late sixties and seventies that I loved growing up. Abbie was always going to be a Stevie Nicks fan. Stevie could very well be her spirit animal. (Isn’t she that to so many of us?) Abbie also favors the female singers of her generation much like Ana’s love of modern girl bands. Hair metal was something I was fascinated by as a child, and its heyday is when Abbie came of age, so it was important to include it. I keep hoping for a metal revival. So does Abbie’s friend, Will Carson. Ultimately, I wanted music to be a connector between all of my characters, the common language they could all speak to each other when they were unable to find the right words. Sometimes a song just says it better.


Music played an important role in the creation of Ana of California. Before I even began writing, I put together a playlist of songs for each of my characters—soundtracks to their pasts, present, and future that often unlocked the secrets to their histories. I immersed myself in Mexican folk songs, classic American rock from the 1960s and 1970s, hair metal from the 1980s, and further explored my current obsession with modern California girl punk bands. The songs often spoke for my characters when they couldn’t express themselves in words, and the collective sound from the combined lists created the sound of Hadley, California. With these character maps, I was able to find my way home—if I ever got lost—to the place where all of these people lived. I’ve created a playlist that is a sampling of what I listened to while writing. I only wish I could have included a song from the Hex, the only fictional band in the book who were an amalgamation of all of my favorite female-fronted bands from the past to the present. If you substitute your own favorites, you’ll still be able to hear their unique sound. I’m sure you’ll recognize a few familiar songs on this list, but I hope to introduce you to artists you may not have heard before, too. Happy listening…

Link to Spotify:

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Andi Teran is a writer and performer originally from the deserts of West Texas. She has written about fashion, film, and culture for Vanity Fair, MTV, New York, and Monocle, as well as written and performed for various New York stages. She lives in Los Angeles. Ana of California is her first novel.

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Book Review: Life, Love & Lemons by Magan Vernon

Published June 25, 2015 by adventuresinbooklandblog


Title- Life, Love & Lemons

Author- Magan Vernon

Publisher- Beautifully Broken Books



When life hands you lemons, sometimes you have to say screw the lemons and bail.

Seventeen-year-old Bentley Evans had it all. Then her Dad got laid off.

Now she has to move across town to a small apartment and leave her life of luxury for public school and a job at the local burger place. Just when her world seems like it’s crumbling she finds solace in the unlikely punk boy next door, Kai Stone. But as their relationship blossoms, a jealous ex-girlfriend and a secret to tell that threatens to bring disaster back into Bentley’s life.


What a cute story for young readers! This story was about Bentley who’s world just got turned upside down when she needs to change schools and move to an apartment after her father gets laid off. Bentley learns that her friends might not be the people she thought and sometimes you find love in the least expected place.

I really liked that the hero in this story wasn’t your normal guy; he was a punk rocker that Bentley could relate to. I also have a bit of a sweet sport for those rocker boys especially when I was in high school. Both Kai and Bentley were very liable characters, we never saw the stuck up girl in Bentley, unlike her friend Taylor. Kai was just likable and what he did in the end was GREAT!

Magan Vernon did a great job of showing the emotions of what Bentley was going though by her dad getting laid off. Many teens could probably relate to this experience too.

The only thing about this story is at times it seemed a little slow, but all in al it was a very enjoyable story!

Mad Mondays: Wild Reckless by Ginger Scott

Published March 16, 2015 by adventuresinbooklandblog


Title- Wild Reckless

Author- Ginger Scott

Publisher- Smash Words

Release Date- March 17, 2015



Kensington Worth had a vision for her senior year. It involved her best friends, her posh private school in downtown Chicago and time alone with her piano until her audition was perfected, a guaranteed ticket into the best music programs in the world.

Instead, a nightmare took over.

It didn’t happen all at once, but her life unraveled quickly—a tiny thread that evil somehow kept pulling until everything precious was taken from her. She was suddenly living miles away from her old life, trapped in an existence she didn’t choose—one determined to destroy her from the inside, leaving only hate and anger behind. It didn’t help that her neighbor, the one whose eyes held danger, was enjoying every second of her fall.

Owen Harper was trouble, his heart wild and his past the kind that’s spoken about in whispers. And somehow, his path was always intertwined with Kensington’s, every interaction crushing her, ruining her hope for any future better than her now. Sometimes, though, what everyone warns is trouble, is exactly what the heart needs. Owen Harper was consumed with darkness, and it held onto his soul for years. When Kensington looked at him, she saw a boy who’d gotten good at taking others down when they threatened his carefully balanced life. But the more she looked, the more she saw other things too—good things…things to admire.

Things…to love. Things that made her want to be reckless.

And those things…they were the scariest of all.


Oh Ginger Scott! Wild Reckless put me through so many emotions just from the prologue! I thought reading Blindness put me through the ringer, this one was just as bad. Ever since I read Blindness I have not found a book that put me through so many emotions as this one did. Also, Cody has always been my favorite male character in all her books, my heart just went out to him and I became attached (This might be because he reminds me of someone who use to be in my life), but man did Owen change that!

I absolutely loved both characters and my heart went out to both of them! This was not only a story about young love; it was one about friendship and family too. Both characters were going through a lot with their families and they found a rock in each other. I like that in the beginning Owen and Kensington were attracted to each other, but at first they were enemies. I will agree with Kensi, I didn’t want to like him, but there was something about him that was intriguing. I loved characters and I hated characters and that just makes an amazing book.

Once you start this book, you will become completely engrossed, I found myself stay up late reading the book (I even fell asleep holding my kindle) and waking up at 4 am to finish the book up.

I know this will be a book that I read over and over again, I have to admit I already read it twice! I am so glad Ginger Scott gave me a chance to read this book before it comes out.


I dodge backpacks and elbows through the busy hallway until I see the glass door of the principal’s office swing open, Owen stepping through, his own pink slip crumpled in his hand, his eyes still dark, angry.

“Are you okay?” I ask, walking up to him, my steps coming quicker. He grabs my hand fast, his grip on my fingers tight, almost painful, and pulls me behind him through the thick crowd in the hall until we reach the back door, near the loading zone for the cafeteria. He pushes down hard, forcing the door open, then pulls my arm, leading me around a corner to a line of recycling bins.

“I’m so sorry…” I start, but Owen’s hands find me fast, his fingers wrapping around my shoulders, his force moving me back until I’m flush with the wall, and then his lips crash down on me.

His hands slide from my shoulders to my neck and into my hair, his mouth covering mine as if he needs my air to breathe, and he closes the small distance between us, the warmth and hardness of him pressing into my body, my hands operating on their own instinct, finding his sides and back until I’m clinging to him, grabbing bunches of his black sweatshirt all at once.

Owen’s hand moves to his head while he’s kissing me, and he tosses his hat to the ground to the side of us, and I let my fingers move to his hair, weaving the strands in and out, letting the softness of them curl around me.

This is the best kiss of my life. Every kiss with Owen has been the best kiss of my life. But this one—it’s full of something more. His lips work mine for long seconds, his tongue passing over mine slowly, his teeth dragging over my bottom lip, my top lip, tugging on me and pulling me into him even deeper. I can feel his heartbeat through his shirt, and I let my hands roam over his chest and around his back again, the feel of him exactly as it is every time I dream.


Ginger Scott is an Amazon-bestselling author of six young and new adult romances, including Waiting on the Sidelines, Going Long, Blindness, How We Deal With Gravity, This Is Falling and You and Everything After.

A sucker for a good romance, Ginger’s other passion is sports, and she often blends the two in her stories. (She’s also a sucker for a hot quarterback, catcher, pitcher, point guard…the list goes on.) Ginger has been writing and editing for newspapers, magazines and blogs for more than 15 years. She has told the stories of Olympians, politicians, actors, scientists, cowboys, criminals and towns. For more on her and her work, visit her website at

When she’s not writing, the odds are high that she’s somewhere near a baseball diamond, either watching her son field pop flies like Bryce Harper or cheering on her favorite baseball team, the Arizona Diamondbacks. Ginger lives in Arizona and is married to her college sweetheart whom she met at ASU (fork ’em, Devils).

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Read Me Fridays: Waiting for April by Jamie Loren

Published February 20, 2015 by adventuresinbooklandblog

Waiting for April

Title- Waiting for April

Author- Jamie Loren

Publisher- Momentum



April Fletcher has died nineteen times… but she doesn’t know it.

As far as April is concerned, she’s just a normal seventeen-year-old, looking forward to spending spring break with her friends and going to college in the fall. April doesn’t know she has never lived past her eighteenth birthday, nor does she realize that Scott Parker, her best friend, is actually her childhood sweetheart and fiancé from her very first life.
For nineteen-year-old Scott Parker, spending quality time with his soul mate has proved difficult ever since her tragic death in 1729. Since then he has lost her an additional eighteen times—each of her deaths more devastating than the last, and each of her births wiping the slate of her memory clean. Unable to save her but unwilling to give up, Scott has to hide the fact he’s immortal—and will be until April confesses her love again.
But this time, things have changed. April has denied her feelings for him, is dating someone else, and with her eighteenth birthday fast approaching, their friendship is falling to pieces. Fearing their souls are irrevocably drifting apart, Scott must race against the clock to win her heart and save her life.
Or risk losing her forever.


This is the first book that I have read that involved reincarnation and it had me very interested in from the very first page. I like that there was a bit of a mystery within the story; why is Scott immortal and why does April keep dying but to return with the same name each time. I think that Jamie Loren did a great job with keeping it all a secret until the very end. I was not excepting the story to end the way it did.

The love that Scott had for April was amazing! I only care what was best for her. When he thought it would help, he would stay away. He had so much devotion and patience. April was of course drawn to him and since she doesn’t remember him from her past lives, she’s not sure why. I like that this story was told in a duel POV. I was able to understand what was going on in both of their heads and how each of them felt for each other.

When I first started looking at this book, I thought it was young adult book. I think it can still be classified as that after reading it, but just mature audience maybe 17 and up. Maybe borderline New Adult.

Book Review: Losing it: a Collection of Vcards

Published February 17, 2015 by adventuresinbooklandblog

Losing It: A Collection of VCards

Title- Losing it: A Collection of Vcards

Author- 22 Best Selling Authors

Publisher- Elephantine Publishing



22 Bestselling YA authors reveal what went on behind the curtain in your favorite YA novels! From paranormal to contemporary, this collection features over 200 pages of ALL NEW CONTENT full of deleted scenes, extended endings, and more from the young adult series’ you love.

In this YA/NA crossover collection all of your favorite heroines are cashing in their VCards! YA just got steamy, sexy, and not afraid to go all the way!

Due to the graphic nature of some content, this collection is recommended strictly for mature readers.

Stories include excerpts and extended material–ALL NEW CONTENT featuring the following YA novels & authors:

The Grimoire Saga by SM Boyce
The Death Series by Tamara Rose Blodgett
Penny Black Trilogy by Stacey Wallace Benefiel
Dirty Blood series by Heather Hildenbrand
The Mythology Series by Helen Boswell
Stories About Melissa Series by Bethany Lopez
Keegan’s Chronicles by Julia Crane
The Tate Chronicles by K.A. Last
Fragile Creatures by Kristina Circelli
The Spellbound Trilogy by Nikki Jefford
Judgement of the Six Series by Melissa Haag
A Dark Faerie Tale Series by Alexia Purdy
The Double Threat Series by Julie Prestsater
The Elsker Saga by S.T. Bende
Ovialell Series by Tish Thawer
The Runes Series by Ednah Walters
The Cornerstone Series by Misty Provencher
The Waiting Series by Ginger Scott
Forged Series by A.O. Peart
The Arotas Series by Amy Miles
Funeral Crashing Mysteries by Milda Harris
The Wolf Trilogy by M.R. Polish


This book is a great idea!! We get to read extended scenes from some of our favorite New Adult and Young Adult book, plus some of the author’s insight. I was also able to read passages to books that I haven’t read yet. In reading these, I now want to read so many of these stories to see what happens. Not only can you read a mix of young adult and new adult book, there is also a mix of genres from paranormal to romance.VI like this idea because there might be books that you would never think to read but because of the excerpt, you will give it a chance. I also think that seeing different authors’ stories might expand on who you are a fan of reading.

Cover Reveal: Beyond Reach (True Calling #2) by Siobhan Davis

Published February 12, 2015 by adventuresinbooklandblog

Today is the cover reveal for Beyond Reach (True Calling #2) by Siobhan Davis. This cover reveal is organized by Lola’s Blog Tours.

Beyond ReachBeyond Reach (True Calling #2)
By Siobhan Davis
Genre: Science Fiction/Dystopian Romance
Age category: Young Adult
Release Date: April 30, 2015

Now back on Earth, Ariana is caught in a dangerous crossfire between clandestine rebel organization Clementia and the power-hungry government. Refusing to divulge the location of the secret information entrusted to her by her father, she desperately tries to bargain for her Mom, Lily, and Cal’s rescue. But she’s fighting a losing battle, and the clock is ticking.

Conflicted by evidence of fiancé Cal’s apparent betrayal, she loyally defends him despite her concerns. As she grows closer to ex-boyfriend Zane, her heart is increasingly troubled.

When the stakes are raised, a succession of shocking revelations rocks her world, setting her on a path that will not only change her destiny but the fate of humanity.

Confronted by a memory so abhorrent comes a truth she would do anything to forget.
But some things just can’t be undone.
Beyond Reach is the gripping second novel in the True Calling trilogy, continuing the story of Ariana Skyee in the weeks after she arrives back on Earth.

You can find Beyond Reach on Goodreads

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First book in this series:
True CallingTrue Calling (True Calling #1)
By Siobhan Davis
Genre: Dystopian/Science Fiction/Romance
Age category: Young Adult
Release Date: August 1, 2014

Planet Novo, nestled in space twelve hundred miles above the surface of the Earth, is the new home of 17-year-old Cadet Ariana Skyee. Confused by the government-sanctioned memory erase and distressed at her impending forced marriage and motherhood, Ariana’s plans for the future are thrown into complete disarray.

As the traumatic events within her family life enfold, Ariana grows increasingly alarmed at the authorities apparent pre-occupation with her and feels progressively more isolated and alone.

Her growing feelings for fellow Cadet Cal Remus intensify as the recently announced pageant, ‘The Calling’, gets underway. Struggling to comprehend the continuous, inexplicable dreams of the mysterious Zane, discovering the past helps shape her future, with devastating personal consequences.

You can find True Calling on Goodreads

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SiobhanAbout the Author:
Siobhan Davis is the author of YA science fiction romance series True Calling.
A self-diagnosed ‘teenager forever’—at least when it comes to books, music and movies; Siobhan is totally addicted to teen fiction and superhero/blockbuster movies. Siobhan loves baking, crime novels, shoes, bags, make-up, anti-wrinkle cream, anything pink, Kelly Clarkson, Katy Perry, and Robert Pattinson (definitely Team Edward).
Siobhan has forged a successful corporate career, in Human Resources, over the last twenty years.
A member of the IWI writers group, Siobhan resides in the Garden County of Ireland with her husband and two sons.
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Wonderland Wednesdays: Greta and the Glass Kingdom by Chloe Jacobs

Published February 11, 2015 by adventuresinbooklandblog

Greta and the Glass Kingdom (Mylena Chronicles, #2)

Title- Greta and the Glass Kingdom

Author- Chloe Jacobs

Publisher- Entangled Publishing



Once upon a dark time…

Greta the human bounty hunter never quite fit into the shadowed, icy world of Mylena. Yet she’s managed to defeat the demon Agramon and win the love of the darkly intense Goblin King, Isaac. Now Isaac wants her to rule by his side—a human queen. And the very announcement is enough to incite rebellion…

To make matters worse, defeating Agramon left Greta tainted with a dark magick. Its unclean power threatens to destroy her and everything she loves. With the Goblin King’s life and the very peace of Mylena at stake, Greta must find a cure and fast.

Her only hope lies with the strange, elusive faeries in the Glass Kingdom…if she can get there before the evil within her destroys everything.


Not when she’d finally realized how rare and special what they’d started together was. No king and queen anywhere were going to be as good together as they would be. She was finally going to prove that not only was she good enough for Isaac and good enough to stay in Myena, she was good enough to rule Myena.”

My second grade class has been working on their fairy tale unit in Language Arts where they have been writing their own twists on the fairy tale of their choice. So, I way beyond excited to receive an ARC of Greta and the Glass Kingdom! I loved reading the first book and I think I loved this one even more!

Ms. Jacob again does a great job illustrating this new world. I could really imagine and see all the different settings and creatures, she described in vivid colorful images.

This installment was very action packed from the very beginning!! This of course made me keep reading on. Poor Greta and Isaac, they cannot catch a break, I don’t think things could have gotten any worse than it did for these two. I do like that Greta never gave up, she is such a strong character and has changed so much!!

The ending of this story was great too!!! I hope I do not need to wait too long to find out what happens next for all the character! I even think there might be a second romance brewing, but I’m not positive.

Mad Mondays: Greta and the Goblin King by Chloe Jacobs

Published February 9, 2015 by adventuresinbooklandblog

Greta and the Goblin King (Mylena Chronicles, #1)

Title- Greta and the Goblin King

Author– Chloe Jacobs

Publisher- Entangled: Teen



While trying to save her brother from a witch’s fire four years ago, Greta was thrown in herself, falling through a portal to Mylena, a dangerous world where humans are the enemy and every ogre, ghoul, and goblin has a dark side that comes out with the eclipse.

To survive, Greta has hidden her humanity and taken the job of bounty hunter—and she’s good at what she does. So good, she’s caught the attention of Mylena’s young goblin king, the darkly enticing Isaac, who invades her dreams and undermines her will to escape.

But Greta’s not the only one looking to get out of Mylena. An ancient evil knows she’s the key to opening the portal, and with the next eclipse mere days away, every bloodthirsty creature in the realm is after her—including Isaac. If Greta fails, she and the lost boys of Mylena will die. If she succeeds, no world will be safe from what follows her back..


“You’re deluding yourself if you think you can know who I am or what I want from spying on me in my dreams. Therein lies a realm of fantasy, and while it’s an interesting place to visit every once in a while, we both have to live in the real world, don’t we?”

My second grade class has been working on their fairy tale unit in Language Arts where they have been writing their own twists on the fairy tale of their choice. So, I way beyond excited to receive an ARC of Greta and the Glass Kingdom, the only problem was I didn’t read Greta and the Goblin King yet. Luckily, I already had a copy of the book in my Seven- Out- Of- This World box set from Entangled Publishing. After finishing this book, my first thought was, Why in the world did it take me so long to read this story?!?!?!

Greta saves her brother by pushing him out of the way of a witch’s fire in a gingerbread house (sound familiar?), but in the process, Greta falls into the fire and ends up falling into the dimension of Mylena, full of goblins, gnomes and other mythical creatures. I think this was a grand idea for a paranormal story and so different from the normal vampire and werewolf stories. We never really see a story where the main character, other than the human, to be a fairy or a goblin for that matter.

Ms. Jacob’s does a great job illustrating this new world. I could really imagine and see all the different settings and creatures, she described in vivid colorful images. She even makes the story interesting by adding and element where an eclipse changes the creatures in Mylena to their most vicious forms, and how a creature can stay in that form and become labeled as “Lost”.

Greta’s relationship with Isaac, the Goblin King was quite interesting, he would peruse her, and she would reject him time and time again. I also liked that Goblin’s in this story were portrayed in this story differently than I have seen in the past. Instead of the mean, vicious animals they are often written as, in this story they had quite the charm, especially Isaac.