Category: Features

ReReading Sarah Dessen | Once and For All Tour Event Recap + Giveaway!

Posted June 22, 2017 in Book and Author Events, Features / 1 Comment
ReReading Sarah Dessen | Once and For All Tour Event Recap + Giveaway!

Most readers and bloggers can agree that Sarah Dessen is the Queen of Contemporary. Her books have been around long before YA was a well-known genre and I remember her books being some of the first I ventured into in middle and high school summers when the YA section at my local library was lacking and I didn’t even really know what a contemporary novel was. Over the past 12+ years I’ve read and loved almost all of her books, and with Once and for All out this Sarah has surely been on everyone’s mind! Lauren from Bookmark Lit and […]


Event Recap | Royal Bastards Launch

Posted June 21, 2017 in Book and Author Events, Features / 0 Comments
Event Recap | Royal Bastards Launch

This month I had the opportunity to return to my favorite independent bookstore, Kepler’s, to celebrate the launch of the new fantasy debut by Andrew Shvarts, Royal Bastards. Pitched as “Game of Thrones meets the Breakfast Club,” it focuses on a teenage group of -you guessed it- royal bastards. Since I consider myself a second-hand Game of Thrones fan (Max is an expert on all things A Song of Ice and Fire) I’m excited to dive into this seemingly accessible YA high fantasy novel! Andrew was in conversation with Tara Sim, author of Timekeeper, and she was a fantastic moderator! […]


(Re)Reading Sarah Dessen | Dessen Recommendations and Similar Stories

Posted June 15, 2017 in Features / 3 Comments
(Re)Reading Sarah Dessen | Dessen Recommendations and Similar Stories

Most readers and bloggers can agree that Sarah Dessen is the Queen of Contemporary. Her books have been around long before YA was a well-known genre and I remember her books being some of the first I ventured into in middle and high school summers when the YA section at my local library was lacking and I didn’t even really know what a contemporary novel was. Over the past 12+ years I’ve read and loved almost all of her books, and with Once and for All out this Sarah has surely been on everyone’s mind! Lauren from Bookmark Lit and […]


May 2017 | Month in Review

Posted June 14, 2017 in Features, Month In Review / 5 Comments
May 2017 | Month in Review

  So it’s been a few months since I did a month in review post (since February, actually) however things have been such a whirlwind that it never really felt like the right time to sit down and recap my monthly happenings. With May signaling the end of the spring months and the start of summer, I decided it was the perfect time to jump back on the month in review bandwagon- and boy was this spring a RIDE. May pretty much immediately started with Max and I driving back from YallWest and then the following day my MOST ANTICIPATED […]


(Re)Reading Sarah Dessen | Introduction and Someone Like You Discussion

Posted June 8, 2017 in Features / 3 Comments
(Re)Reading Sarah Dessen | Introduction and Someone Like You Discussion

Most readers and bloggers can agree that Sarah Dessen is the Queen of Contemporary. Her books have been around long before YA was a well-known genre and I remember her books being some of the first I ventured into in middle and high school summers when the YA section at my local library was lacking and I didn’t even really know what a contemporary novel was. Over the past 12+ years I’ve read and loved almost all of her books, and with Once and for All out this Sarah has surely been on everyone’s mind! Lauren from Bookmark Lit and […]


California, Here We Come | YA Books Set in the Golden State

Posted May 29, 2017 in California Here We Come, Features / 19 Comments
California, Here We Come | YA Books Set in the Golden State

It’s probably no secret by now that I am a beloved West Coast native and I LIVE for books set in California. I’m thrilled to see that a golden state setting is becoming more and more common, and will 100% prioritize books set in California on my TBR. I’ve decided to start compiling lists of the top YA books set in California and chronicling them on my blog. Today’s post features all books set in Northern California, and it’s completely coincidental that they are all beautiful shades of sunset orange. Have you read any of the above books? Do you […]


Sarah Dessen + Summer Ice Cream Pairings | #ReadADessen Tour and Giveaway

Posted May 25, 2017 in Features / 6 Comments
Sarah Dessen + Summer Ice Cream Pairings | #ReadADessen Tour and Giveaway

It’s just a few weeks until the Queen of Contemporary YA, Sarah Dessen, has a new book hitting shelves! While eagerly waiting for my copy of Once and For All to arrive, I’m joining Penguin Teen’s #ReadADessen campaign and featuring Dessen’s most recent novel, Saint Anything. Note: I was provided a finished copy of Dreamland by Penguin Teen to read, review, and feature on my blog as a #PRHPartner. About the Book Peyton, Sydney’s charismatic older brother, has always been the star of the family, receiving the lion’s share of their parents’ attention and—lately—concern. When Peyton’s increasingly reckless behavior culminates […]


YallWest Round 3 | Everything is Better with a Book Squad

YallWest Round 3 | Everything is Better with a Book Squad

YallWest is my FAVORITE weekend of the year, combining books+friends+California (what more can you ask for?) Attending since its inaugural year in 2015, Max and I somehow managed to squeeze in a whirlwind trip admist a very busy work month for the both of us, and it’s safe to say that is was the BEST YallWest we’ve attended yet! As usual, we chose to drive because I’m not about my books getting smashed in the overhead bin of an airplane. So we headed out around 7am (we had intentions to leave at 5am…but you know how that goes). After a […]


A Court of Mist and Fury Wrap Up Post + Giveaway

A Court of Mist and Fury Wrap Up Post + Giveaway

Welcome to the wrap up and giveaway for the second part of the A Court of Thorns and Roses Series ReRead hosted by myslef and the lovely Kristin from Super Space Chick and Alexa from Alexa Loves Books! Today we’ll each be sharing out thoughts regarding our ACOMAF reread and answering questions that we each came up with based on our rereading experience. *Please note that my answers may be a little bit spoilery if you haven’t read ACOMAF yet!!! Proceed with caution! Of all seven courts, which is the one you think you would be most suited to live […]


Links to Love #2 | March 2017

Posted April 17, 2017 in Features, Links To Love / 16 Comments
Links to Love #2 | March 2017

One of my favorite things that comes along with blogging is discovering new posts and new bloggers to follow that aren’t in my online social circle already. I’ve found post recommendations from other bloggers so helpful, and found many a helpful blog post and new blogger to follow that way. Now that I’m using Feedly to keep track of the blogs I follow, it’s easier than ever to create boards and track the posts I would definitely recommend to others. This new feature is my way to shout out all of the wonderful posts that I’ve loved reading over the […]