Waiting on Wednesday

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Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Breaking the Spine.

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With Malice by Eileen Cook (June 2016 – HMH Books for Young Readers)

For fans of We Were Liars and The Girl on the Train comes a chilling, addictive, compulsive read about a teenage girl who wakes up in a hospital bed and cannot remember the last six weeks of her life, including the accident that killed her best friend–only what if the accident wasn’t an accident?

Eighteen-year-old Jill Charron wakes up in a hospital room, leg in a cast, stitches in her face and a big blank canvas where the last 6 weeks should be. She comes to discover she was involved in a fatal accident while on a school trip in Italy three days previous but was jetted home by her affluent father in order to receive quality care. Care that includes a lawyer. And a press team. Because maybe the accident…wasn’t an accident. Wondering not just what happened but what she did, Jill tries to piece together the events of the past six weeks before she loses her thin hold on her once-perfect life.” Goodreads | Amazon | Book Depository 


Shiny Broken Pieces (July 2016 – HarperTeen)

“June, Bette, and Gigi have given their all to dance at Manhattan’s most elite ballet school. Now they are competing one final time for a spot at the prestigious American Ballet Company. With the stakes higher than ever, these girls have everything to lose…and no one is playing nice.

June is starting to finally see herself as a prima ballerina. However, getting what she wants might cost her everything—including the only boy she’s ever loved. Legacy dancer Bette is determined to clear her name after she was suspended and accused of hurting her rival, Gigi. Even if she returns, though, will she ever regain the spotlight she craves? And Gigi is not going to let Bette—or the other dancers who bullied her—go unpunished. But as revenge consumes her, Gigi may be the one who pays the price.

After years of grueling auditions, torn ribbons, and broken hearts, it all comes down to this last dance. Who will make the cut? And who will lose her dream forever?” Goodreads | Amazon | Book Depository



The Crown (May 2016 – HarperTeen)

Kiera Cass’s #1 New York Times bestselling Selection series has captured the hearts of readers from its very first page. Now the end of the journey is here. Prepare to be swept off your feet by The Crown—the eagerly awaited, wonderfully romantic fifth and final book in the Selection series.

In The Heir, a new era dawned in the world of The Selection. Twenty years have passed since America Singer and Prince Maxon fell in love, and their daughter is the first princess to hold a Selection of her own.

Eadlyn didn’t think she would find a real partner among the Selection’s thirty-five suitors, let alone true love. But sometimes the heart has a way of surprising you…and now Eadlyn must make a choice that feels more difficult—and more important—than she ever expected.” Goodreads | Amazon | Book Depository

I don’t know quite how to categorize The Selection series, so I went with fun :) Like many of you, I’m looking forward to the final installment!

We also have two psychological thrillers on this list. The first one might just be my most anticipated release of 2016: Shiny Broken Pieces. If you missed my review of Tiny Pretty Things, then just know that I absolutely LOVED this one and I think you should read it right now, if you haven’t already! Seriously. Right now. You can grab a copy on Amazon :)

The second one, With Malice also sounds really good! I haven’t read anything by Eileen Cook before, but the synopsis has “me” written all over it.

What books are you looking forward to this week?

Blogging 101: Editorial Calendars

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Editorial calendars are key to life! Or at least to blogging. We’ve talked about getting inspiration before, but we haven’t discussed how to properly organize said inspiration. The answer, my friends, is an editorial calendar.

This is a pretty basic idea that many people use. Grab a calendar and write down what you will post and when. I personally use a physical planner for this (my Erin Condren to be specific – if you’d like a peak inside it, let me know in the comments), but you could also use a digital calendar or a desk calendar. It’s all about what works best for you. There are several advantages to editorial calendars:


Don’t Stress About What to Post

Have you ever sat at your computer the day your supposed to post and had no idea what to write? I’m sure it’s happened to all of us at least once. Having all of your posts planned out alleviates this problem. Just open the calendar, see what you planned for the day and get writing. Not feeling the topic for the day? No worries – see if you can post something you had planned for later instead. You still maintain your flexibility with an editorial calendar, but it will help you to keep posting quality content on a regular basis.


Schedule Promotions

If you’re at a point in your blogging career where you are offering promotions or advertising, an editorial calendar will be very helpful. Publishers, authors, and other companies you work with will want to book promotions weeks or months in advance. You don’t want to double book a promotion and you might want to spread them out throughout the month. No one wants to see an entire week of book blitzes!


Get Ahead!

The ultimate goal. If you have all of your posts planned out for the next month and a half and take a day or two to write them all, you can get everything scheduled and ready to go. You can spend your time working ahead so that when you get a winter cold or life happens, there is nothing to worry about. You can take a day off from blogging – maybe even a whole week – and you’re not abandoning your site!


Do you use an editorial calendar? If so, what format do you like – digital, physical, desktop calendar, planner?



Fairytale Fashions: A Touch of Ancient Egypt

We have a very exciting fairytale fashions this week! Today we’re welcoming Leyla Kader Dahm (who has a book with Ancient Egypt in it coming out in December — Annabeth Neverending).


A Touch of Ancient Egypt

In my paranormal romance novel, Annabeth Neverending (launching next month on Amazon), the heroine, Annabeth Prescott, discovers that she’s a reincarnated princess from ancient Egypt. Reading a book is fun, but living it is even better…so I sought out some fun ways for you to incorporate ancient Egypt into your wardrobe.

Of course, nobody wants to wear something that resembles a Halloween costume. Subtlety is key when it comes to adding flourishes of antiquity. Here’s your opportunity to go bookish—and historical—all at the same time.


The ironically named “Pleated Modern Dress” from Free People has the same basic shape and attitude of those worn in ancient Egypt. The material, linen, is what was most commonly used for clothing at the time.


The “Kill Star Vulture Hood Dress” allows you to add the mystery of hieroglyphics to your look with stark black and white depictions of vultures, cats, and ankhs. You get bonus points if you can actually translate these symbols!


Here, BCBG gets into the act with a pleated gown and a tie halter neck. This classic look has the same silhouette that the royals wore back in the day, so you’ll want to save this one for special occasions.

Hopefully I’ve helped you Egyptify your fashion sense. Live in the now…by dressing like they did then!


Thank so much for sharing these beautiful dresses with us Leyla! I really want that floor length BCBG dress in my life! Although, halters aren’t usually flattering on me. Don’t you hate when you absolutely love a certain style, but it’s just not faltering on your body type? I have a similar issue with trapeze dresses. Which dress do you guys like the most?



Thank you to Leyla Kader Dahm for sponsoring this post!

The Iron Warrior

The Iron WarriorTitle: The Iron Warrior
Author: Julie Kagawa
Series: The Iron Fey: Call of the Forgotten #3
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Date: October 27, 2015
Pages: 384
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased
4 Stars


The Iron Prince—my nephew—betrayed us all.

He killed me.

Then, I woke up.

Waking after a month on the brink of death, Ethan Chase is stunned to learn that the Veil that conceals the fey from human sight was temporarily torn away. Although humankind's glimpse of the world of Faery lasted just a brief moment, the human world has been cast into chaos, and the emotion and glamour produced by fear and wonder has renewed the tremendous power of the Forgotten Queen. Now, she is at the forefront of an uprising against the courts of Summer and Winter—a reckoning that will have cataclysmic effects on the Nevernever.

Leading the Lady's Forgotten Army is Keirran himself: Ethan's nephew, and the traitor son of the Iron Queen, Meghan Chase.To stop Keirran, Ethan must disobey his sister once again as he and his girlfriend, Kenzie, search for answers long forgotten. In the face of unprecedented evil and unfathomable power, Ethan's enemies must become his allies, and the world of the fey will be changed forevermore.

I have been waiting for this book forever, so when it finally arrived in the mail I tore right into it. The Iron Traitor ended on such a cliff hanger and for the last two years I’ve been wondering what direction the story would head in. After all of that anticipation, I was hoping for an epic 5-star story. I did end up enjoying the book, but not as much as I hoped.

The first thing that bothered me about The Iron Warrior is that it’s a bit slow in the beginning. Julie Kagawa’s books typically dump you into a bunch of action right away, so having to wait a few chapters for things to pick up was definitely not something I was expecting.

Once the action picked up, I enjoyed the story a lot more and it was great to be back in the Never Never. I absolutely love the Never Never and I am really sad that it’s time to say goodbye to it. It’s just such a magical setting.

Kagawa has also created some pretty awesome characters, and it was great to see Puck and Kenzie again. Megan was always fine, but I just never got attached to her. Ash … well, I’ve never really liked him, have I? Too broody. Which brings us to Ethan.

Ethan never worked for me. I don’t like intensely broody characters – they tend to annoy me. Ethan is just all brood and the whole book is told from his perspective, which made it hard to read at times. The prior two novels has a non-psychotic Kieran to lighten the mood and really made me love the story. Kieran is the Puck to Ethan’s Ash. And I really need a Puck to balance out someone like Ethan or Ash.

I actually wish we had ended this one with The Iron Traitor. I think a lot of people would have been upset with that given the ending, but I think it would have been perfect. The prophecy was fulfilled. The main character was no longer able to narrate the story. Sure, everyone would have been wondering exactly how it all played out for the Never Never, but it would have been one of those unforgettable, controversial endings to a series — and I adore those.

While I still enjoyed The Iron Warrior, I was hoping to end this series on a higher note. My favorite elements of Kagawa’s books weren’t as strong as they usually are. Even though it’s still a good story, you want something as amazing as The Iron Fey to have a mind-blowing conclusion. You don’t want it to be merely good. Certainly worth reading if you’re a long time fan, but let’s all hope we get another book in this world down the line that ends it on a higher note.


IlluminaeTitle: Illuminae
Author: Amie Kaufman, Jay Kristoff
Series: The Illuminae Files #1
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Date: October 20, 2015
Pages: 599
Format: ARC
Source: For Review
4.5 Stars


This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do.

This afternoon, her planet was invaded.

The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice-covered speck at the edge of the universe. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to fight their way onto an evacuating fleet, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit.

But their problems are just getting started. A deadly plague has broken out and is mutating, with terrifying results; the fleet's AI, which should be protecting them, may actually be their enemy; and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on. As Kady hacks into a tangled web of data to find the truth, it's clear only one person can help her bring it all to light: the ex-boyfriend she swore she'd never speak to again.

Told through a fascinating dossier of hacked documents—including emails, schematics, military files, IMs, medical reports, interviews, and more—Illuminae is the first book in a heart-stopping, high-octane trilogy about lives interrupted, the price of truth, and the courage of everyday heroes.

I. Loved. This. Book.

I really did. It was so unique and awesome. We get to read a dossier about a horrific planetary attack in the future. So not my “thing,” but the way the story is told is just so creative that I ended up devouring it.

The redactions and strike outs in various interviews and surveillance footage were awesome. Even though the documents are redacted, they are presented so that the reader can see what was left out. Most of the things that were taken out are really funny. Despite the entire book being about a tragedy, it was hysterical! I loved that element and it really helped alleviate some of the gravity of the situation.

The romance is great as well. Not because I believe Ezra and Kady are meant to be or that they’re super fabulous together. I like it because it feels like a teen romance. And that’s what it is. I’d love to say a bit more on the topic, but for fear of spoilers let’s move on . . .

As much as I adored this novel, there were a few tiny things that knocked it from a 5-star novel to a 4.5. The ending wasn’t mind blowing. Perhaps my expectations were too high — I’d heard quite a few people say that Illuminae gave them a book hangover — so I was expecting something really epic. I didn’t get that though! The ending made sense to me. I had a feeling things would work out the way they did, so after all of the suspense and creativity of the novel the perfectly logical ending was a bit of a let down. I am excited to see how the rest of the series turns out though!

Now this next thing didn’t affect my rating at all, and is really more of an observation. I loved that this was a PDF. The way they designed the page numbers at the bottom made that very clear. However, the book takes place in 2575 and I highly doubt PDFs will still exist then. Obviously as humans in 2015, we can’t even fathom what might take the place of PDFs and I do agree that the way they chose to present the information works really well for today’s reader. Just a thought I wanted to share :)

So overall, I loved Illuminae. This is the type of book I will shove into my husband’s hands and beg that he reads too. It was unique, creative, and seriously awesome. Just wish the ending had more of a surprise to it!

Blogging 101: Finding the Time

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This is one of those topics that I have mixed feelings on. The simple answer to finding the time for blogging is simply “get it done.” But it’s not always that easy, is it? Sometimes life happens. Sometimes we get sick. Sometimes we have more social and family obligations than usual (hello, holiday season). Those are the things that can make it hard to find the time for blogging, so let’s take a look at some things that should help keep you on top of your posts!


Batch Your Work

It’s easier to get things done in batches. Let’s take YouTube as an example. If I worked on one video at a time, I’d probably only post twice a month instead of two times a week. A lot goes into those videos! Instead, I batch things. I’ll block out a few hours to film videos. If everything is set up then it doesn’t make sense to just film one video. I get as much filmed as I can and then I don’t have to worry about doing my makeup, charging the camera, and getting my lights out 2 times a week.

I do the same thing with blogging. If I am in the mood to write, I try to get a few posts drafted. That gives me several posts that are up and ready to go and allows me to make the most of those moments where I feel like sitting down with my laptop and getting my thoughts out.


Get Ahead

Batching is a really useful tool for getting ahead and I can’t even emphasize enough how important this is. Now I am admittedly not always ahead on my posts, but I try to be as much as I can. Why? Because if I wake up one day puking my guts out and there is no way for me to get a post up, it’s ok! It’s already scheduled and ready to go. I can take some medicine and go to sleep without feeling bad for not posting. If I end up having a crazy week and don’t have time to blog, no worries! The posts are already scheduled and getting pushed out as they are supposed to. Having that leeway is amazing and I highly suggest doing this whenever you possibly can.


Do At Least One Thing Each Day

There are days when the last thing I want to do is film. There are days when the last thing I want to do is write. There are even days where (gasp) I don’t even feel like reading. That’s ok. If I don’t want to do something, I’ll give myself some leeway. If the last thing I want to do is write, film, or read than I’ll visit my favorite blogs and read their posts. That is something I need to do as a blogger, so I am still being productive. If the only thing I want to do is read, that’s fine. Reading is productive. If I don’t read, I can’t blog about books! There are so many aspects to blogging that it is entirely possible to do something for your blog without forcing yourself into something that sounds really unappealing at the time.

What do you do to make the most out of your blogging time? How do you stay on top of everything?



Huge Giveaway: Diamonds are Forever Prize Pack

My friend Michelle Madow recently released the conclusion to her Secret Diamond Sisters series, Diamonds are Forever. To celebrate I’ve decided to host a giveaway. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed this series and want to share the love with you guys. If you were a fan of Gossip Girl or Princess Diaries, it’s just a must.

So, onto the good part. The prize! Here’s a look at what you can win (One book of your choice from The Secret Diamond Sisters series, Sephora Jetsetter kit, Urban Decay eyeshadow palette):

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The eyeshadow palette has some of my favorite Urban Decay colors. I especially love Chopper!



  • Open Internationally
  • Must be 13+ to enter
  • Everyone may enter, even if you are not a follower
  • Winner will be notified via email
  • A new winner will be chosen if a response is not received within 48 hours
  • Contest ends November 29, 2015

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Diamonds Are Forever

Diamonds Are ForeverTitle: Diamonds are Forever
Author: Michelle Madow
Series: The Secret Diamond Sisters #3
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Date: October 27, 2015
Pages: 368
Format: Paperback
Source: For Review
5 Stars


It's cold outside, but the drama is hot!

The Diamond sisters jet to the mountains for spring break, and Savannah's flirt-mance with an international pop star heats up as her pursuit of stardom succeeds. But is this romance meant to be, or has the right guy been in front of her all along? Meanwhile, Courtney takes the next step with her secret boyfriend—and future stepbrother—and as their parents' wedding approaches, the pressure's on to reveal their relationship.

Peyton's figuring out a plan for her future, but she still feels guilty about getting her former bodyguard fired and wonders if she can get over him in the arms of someone else. But the biggest bombshell will change everything once again, because Madison's ready to tell the huge secret she's uncovered. And with the boy who betrayed her but who could be the love of her life fighting for his own life, she might need the Diamond sisters more than ever.

After the cliff-hanger ending from Diamonds in the Rough, I couldn’t wait to read Diamonds are Forever! The series is just so fun and filled with explosive secrets – I love what Michelle Madow has done with it.

Whereas book 1 and book 2 were filled with some pretty shocking revelations, book 3 wraps everything up. The cliff hanger we ended on is resolved (and in a way that makes certain people’s actions a bit more forgivable) and we see some family issues resolved.

Now that all of the secrets are out, the girls need to learn how to be a family again. A different type of family that is definitely bigger than they anticipated. It’s not an easy transition, but we do see a ton of character growth from the first novel, so prepare to love the characters you never thought you would.

Diamonds are Forever is very character-driven, and it feels less Gossip Girl-esque than the prior two novels. Instead of adding more fuel to the drama, we calm down and wrap up all of the situations that developed in book 1 and 2. If you loved the first two books, you’ll enjoy seeing how everything works out for the Diamond sisters.

Blogging 101: Use Those Follow Buttons

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Yea, I know. A lot of you are going to read that title and say, is this seriously advice? Well, it is! Why? Because I’ve stumbled across several blogs (mostly newer) that don’t use follow icons. I’ve also seen well-established blogs that don’t have a Bloglovin’ link. The horrors!

I mean seriously….the horrors!

Follow buttons make it easy for people to, well, follow you. And as a blogger that is exactly what you want. Not everyone subscribes via email. Some people want to easily follow you on Feedly or Bloglovin’. Some people will also want to see what you’re up to on Twitter and Instagram. As the blog owner, you need to make this as easy to do as you possibly can.

All it takes is a few icons with links in the sidebar and you’re done! Most blog templates come with these social icons (if you’re looking for a blog design, you’ll want to read this), so if you’re intimidated by figuring out how to get them in your sidebar – don’t be. Even if it’s not something you have in your template, how to implement it on your blog is just a simple Google search away.


Have you come across the lack of follow icons in the blogs you follow? If you have your own blog, do you have links to Feedly and Bloglovin? Those are the ones that I see left out most often.



Elementals Reveal & Giveaway

I am so excited to be sharing the cover for the first book in Michelle Madow’s Elementals series: The Prophecy of Shadows. It’s pitched as  something for “fans of Percy Jackson and The Secret Circle.” I actually read a very early draft of this a few years ago and loved it. I know a lot has changed in the story, so I’m definitely excited to re-read it.



About The Prophecy of Shadows


When Nicole Cassidy moves from sunny Georgia to gloomy New England, the last thing she expects is to learn that her homeroom is a cover for a secret coven of witches. Even more surprisingly … she’s apparently a witch herself. Despite doubts about her newfound abilities, Nicole is welcomed into this ancient circle of witches and is bedazzled by their powers—and, to her dismay, by Blake—the school’s notorious bad-boy.

Girls who get close to Blake wind up hurt. His girlfriend Danielle will do anything to keep them away, even if she must resort to using dark magic. But the chemistry between Blake and Nicole is undeniable, and despite wanting to protect Nicole from Danielle’s wrath, he finds it impossible to keep his distance.

When the Olympian Comet shoots through the sky for the first time in three thousand years, Nicole, Blake, Danielle, and two others in their homeroom are gifted with mysterious powers. But the comet has another effect—it opens the portal to the prison world that has contained the Titans for centuries. After an ancient monster escapes and attacks Nicole and Blake, it’s up to them and the others to follow the clues from a cryptic prophecy so that they can save their town … and possibly the world.

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