Love-a-Thon Mini Challenge: Let Me Sing You A Love Song

Posted February 19, 2017 in Blog-A-Thons / 2 Comments
Love-a-Thon Mini Challenge: Let Me Sing You A Love Song

I was super excited to find out about this challenge because I usually have very specific songs that run through my head while I read. Sometimes it’s because the lyrics are relevant to the plot or a character, and sometimes it’s just because the overall tone of the song matches the feel of the book for me. The below songs are favorites of mine that have a vibe that really matches the feelings I get when reading about the couples from the stories! (To be honest, a lot of these songs aren’t “love” songs, but they are about relationships!) I’ve […]


2017 Love-a-Thon Kickoff!

Posted February 17, 2017 in Blog-A-Thons / 17 Comments
2017 Love-a-Thon Kickoff!

Hosted by: Alexa of Alexa Loves Books, Cee of The Novel Hermit, Kristin of Super Space Chick & Mel of The Daily Prophecy I’m so incredibly thrilled to be participating in the annual Love-a-Thon for the second year in a row! Last year I made some INCREDIBLE connections and it led to some fantastic collaborations! I can’t wait to get involved this weekend and meet even more amazing bloggers! Basics What’s your name? Where in the world are you blogging from? Cristina! I hail from the famous California Bay Area (and contrary to popular belief, it is not always sunny […]


Done Dirt Cheap by Sarah Nicole Lemon | ARC Review

Posted February 15, 2017 in Reviews / 4 Comments
Done Dirt Cheap by Sarah Nicole Lemon | ARC Review

Sometimes when you request an e-galley you really don’t know what you’re going to get, especially if it’s by a debut author or an author that you’re not familiar with. Done Dirt Cheap was a book that fit that criteria for me, but I felt drawn to it with its sassy cover and gritty synopsis. I’m happy to report that Done Dirt Cheap has 100% renewed my faith in trying out new authors and diving into unfamiliar plots, because it was a truly engaging and utterly fantastic read that I wish I could completely purge from my brain so I […]


January 2017 | Month in Review

Posted February 13, 2017 in Features, Monthly Recap / 4 Comments
January 2017 | Month in Review

Hello, 2017! We’re officially more than one month in now, and it’s been quite the ride so far. Though there’s a lot of ~things~ happening in the world right now, January proved itself to be a really exciting and wonderful month for me, full of incredible experiences and new resolutions (I am ALL ABOUT making New Year’s resolutions. I use my Erin Condren planner to break my resolutions into multiple categories and track them throughout the year!) I kicked off 2017 by heading to Aulani, Disney’s resort in Hawaii, for my birthday! I visited two years ago for my college […]


Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven | Review

Posted February 10, 2017 in Reviews / 2 Comments
Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven | Review

I missed the All the Bright Places bandwagon, so Holding Up the Universe is my first encounter with Jennifer Niven’s writing. While it featured two interesting protagonists who had unique circumstances surrounding them, it was an enjoyable contemporary read that didn’t exactly blow me away in the sea of options available in YA. I remember when I first read the synopsis, I was sort of shocked, as Niven was using rather a rather extreme physical condition for her protagonist (Libby, who was at one point so overweight that she had to be lifted out of her house with a crane) […]


Welcome, Welcome! | Caraval & The Secret of a Heart Note Launch

Posted February 8, 2017 in Events / 4 Comments
Welcome, Welcome! | Caraval & The Secret of a Heart Note Launch

I was so incredibly lucky to have the opportunity to attend the dual launch last week of both Caraval and The Secret of  a Heart Note. While Kepler’s has an amazing line up of visiting authors ahead in 2017, attending a launch is always extra special, getting to see the author jittery with nerves, excitement, and euphoria as their book, often with years of work behind it, finally finds its way into the hands of readers. The dual launch for Caraval and The Secret of a Heart Note was such a genuine celebration, with readers coming to the Bay Area […]


Girl in the Pages Turns 3! | Anniversary Celebration and Giveaway!

Posted February 6, 2017 in Features, Giveaways / 24 Comments
Girl in the Pages Turns 3! | Anniversary Celebration and Giveaway!

It always astounds me when my blogging anniversary rolls around, because in some ways I can’t believe it means I have another year under my belt, but I also can’t really remember how my life was BEFORE blogging, before I joined this amazing community where I was only a click away from being able to talk about books with like minded individuals any time of any day. This year Girl in the Pages is celebrating THREE years in the book blogging community, and I can’t thank all of my followers, readers, and friends enough for commenting, chatting, tweeting, liking, and […]


Roseblood by A.G. Howard | In Which My Phantom Obsession is Rekindled

Posted February 2, 2017 in Reviews / 12 Comments
Roseblood by A.G. Howard | In Which My Phantom Obsession is Rekindled

Full Disclaimer: I was hooked on this book from the moment I heard it was being released because I spent a pivotal portion of my pre-teen years obsessed with The Phantom of the Opera. The movie version with Emmy Rossum came out when I was in middle school and I was introduced to it by my choir teacher and my obsession was born (it wasn’t hard considering the protagonist’s name is CHRISTINE and then there was me, aspiring little alto, CRISTINA). A few years later my mom took me to see the live stage production in Las Vegas that was […]


The Art of the Binge

Posted February 1, 2017 in Features / 30 Comments
The Art of the Binge

Ever since I entered the world of book blogging, the WAY I read has undeniably changed. I rarely reread, and my reading tends to be all over the place in terms of genre, author, and format. As a result, my attention span is usually always 5 books ahead, always focused on the NEXT BIG THING being released, and not giving me a whole ton of time to focus on getting through series. At the same time, I’m reading different volumes of so many series that I often can’t really recall what happened in previous books all that well when reading […]


Truthwitch by Susan Dennard | Review

Posted January 30, 2017 in Reviews / 5 Comments
Truthwitch by Susan Dennard | Review

I finished Truthwitch just in the nick of time, about 4 hours before I saw Susan on tour for Windwitch’s release. I am so happy to report that despite procrastinating reading Truthwitch for a literal year (due to hesitation regarding how much insane hype surrounded its release and not wanting to forget everything before its sequel came out) I really enjoyed Truthwitch and love Susan’s writing just as much as I hoped I would. Truthwitch is a high fantasy YA series starter that yes, you guessed it, focuses on main characters who are witches. At the forefront of the novel […]