The Traitor’s Kiss Blog Tour | Mood Board

The Traitor's Kiss

Welcome, friends, to THE TRAITOR’S KISS blog tour! I’m so excited to be a part of it and to share my very first mood board with you. This first book in The Traitor’s Trilogy by Erin Beaty is an intriguing start to a series about spies, rebellion, secrets, matchmaking, and all the things (including, of course, swoons). I tried to find images that reflected all of these things and I think I didn’t do too badly. I HOPE I didn’t do too badly. HOPE. You’ll just have to read THE TRAITOR’S KISS to see if you agree!

I’m a fan of the dichotomy between the knives and the gowns, and the rebellion and the fancy dinners. Not to mention the way the main character, Sage, goes from wearing pants and riding horses to dressing up to mingle better with the ladies on their way to be matched. That doesn’t necessarily go very smoothly for her, though, which leads me to my secret phrase!

The Traitor's Kiss

Check out all the other stops on the tour for more secret phrases! They’re out of order, so make like Sage and see if you can piece them together!

Brittany Smith 20-Apr Scented Candle
Flo Kizza 22-Apr List of Favorite Literary Female Spies
Becky Vosburg 23-Apr Guest Post: Intro to main characters with pics
Katie Bartow 24-Apr Guest Post: Top 10 Things All Spies Need
Crystal Leach 25-Apr Top 5 Reasons to read The Traitor’s Kiss
Rachel Clarke 26-Apr Guest Post: Favorite & Most Challenging Scene to Write (and Why)
Mandy Curtis 27-Apr Guest Post: YA “matchmaker”
Beth Edwards 28-Apr Guest Post: What gave you the inspiration for this book?
Michelle Adams 29-Apr Guest Post: Top 5 Things You Didn’t Know about Sage & Mouse
Amy Thau 30-Apr Mood Board
Michelle Bucud 1-May Guest Post: What’s the most daring thing you would do for a mission?
What Sarah Read 2-May Mood Board
Jennie Cresswell 3-May Playlist
Liza Rodriguez 5-May Alternate Cover
Kelly Gunderman 6-May Q&A
Brooke Goldetsky 7-May Sage Character Interview
Michelle Santiago 9-May Fancast

Blog Tour | The Square Root of Summer | Harriet Reuter Hapgood

Square Root of Summer

The Square Root of Summer Blog Tour | This Is Who I Am Now

Guys, I’m incredibly excited to be participating in the blog tour for the debut from Harriet Reuter Hapgood, THE SQUARE ROOT OF SUMMER (thanks, lovelies at Macmillan for inviting me)! I’ll be posting my review this week, but it’s a kind of  mind-bendy, emotional story about death and moving on and love, and it’s put Harriet Reuter Hapgood squarely on my radar for sure!

So, the cool thing about this blog tour is that it takes advantage of the very fun time capsule idea that plays an important part in the friendship (or more??) of Gottie and Thomas. While I wasn’t able to get an item in, I do get to answer these awesome questions that are very time capsule-ish. HUZZAH!

I answered the questions below about two months ago and again just today, so it’s like a time capsule of my feelings. Gottie and Thomas are a little more tangible with theirs in THE SQUARE ROOT OF SUMMER, but as with all time capsules, physical things represent the emotions attached. THIS IS ALL SO FUN.

Without further ado from me, let’s get to the questions!

Square Root of Summer

March 2016: Generally speaking, always my family and friends. Even when they drive me nuts. Right now specifically? Pictures of the dogs I dog sit with my sister. I could be having the worst day, and one snap of them and I’m over it. Likewise any pictures of piglets. AND! The first sightings of the year of Cadbury Mini Wggs.

May 2016: Spring! I am a winter-lover, so I don’t mind the snow, but now that I’ve had a taste of some warm, beautiful days, all I want is more. Also, there’s a flowering bush in my front yard called a sweet viburnum. It only blooms once a year in early spring and it’s incredibly fragrant. When it’s blooming and I have my windows open, I can smell it in my bedroom. Heaven.

Square Root of Summer

March 2016: I am currently listening to the Outlander books via audio and I’m DYING. This is my first time rereading them all in a few years–in fact, it’s my first time rereading some of them period–and I’m in full Outlander immersion mode right now. As far as print books, I just finished THE LOVE THAT SPLIT THE WORLD, and it was magnificent. I’m rereading the Wild Seasons series by Christina Lauren for some MAAJOR swoonage, and I’m DEVOURING the end of WINTER.

May 2016: OMG just started THE RAVEN KING. OMG. Still in Outlander audio mode as well. Just started DRUMS OF AUTUMN (that’s #4), and it’s the perfect escape.

Square Root of Summer

March 2016: I finalized some plans to go to BEA this year in Chicago! I’m always beyond ecstatic to see my girls, Brittany and Alyssa, so that’s really the most exciting part. On a personal family note, and maybe this is not a happy thing, but I’m looking forward to my dad being able to start some treatments for a health issue he’s having. Should be soon, and it should make him feel loads better.

May 2016: BEA! Still! I can’t believe it’s next week! I could use the break from life, let me tell you. (Also, dad started the treatments. Working like a charm so far!)

Square Root of Summer

March 2016: Things have been beyond stressful at work lately and that makes me incredibly anxious. It gets to the point where I dread having to go. I know that I can control a part of this, so I’m trying to focus on that, but some of it is out of my hands and that’s terrible.

I’m also worrying about my dad. He’s got some health issues that need dealing with and I just want him to start feeling better so that he can live forever and call me “kiddo” until the end of time.

May 2016: Things with my dad are getting better, so that’s something I’m worrying about less. Work can still be a stress bomb, but that’s easing up a little bit as well. On a completely superficial note, I’m worrying about how heavy my bags will be after BEA. I know. But I always wind up hurting my shoulder, and I am not grabby for things. 

Square Root of Summer

March 2016: Since my purse weighs roughly five pounds, a lot. At least one book, my Kindle…I’m basically prepared for anything at any time. I have a Tide stick, deodorant, a separate bag of lip balms and glosses, blotting papers, hand lotions, tampons, allergy medicine, baby powder, pens, tissues…I’m like a mom except without the kids.

May 2016: Pretty much the same. Creature of habit over here. 

Square Root of Summer

March 2016: My work environment. I love my coworkers; I spend more time with them than I do my own family, but DAMN. They are killing my spirit right now. QUIT IT, GUYS.

May 2016: Things with my dad are going well, but it’s been stressing my mom out a lot. She’s working hard and losing weight and just very raw, I think. I wish I could make things less overwhelming for her.

So that’s it! That is who I am now, in a nutshell. I loved answering these questions. It was very satisfying for me to reflect on the things that have changed since March and the things that have not. In general, this winter and early spring were tough for me. I was barely blogging, life was stressful, I had a ton of things on my mind that I couldn’t fix. But now, I’m feeling a little lighter and happier. A lot can change in just two months, friends!

Don’t forget to check out THE SQUARE ROOT OF SUMMER by Harriet Reuter Hapgood! You guys will fall in love with Thomas and Gottie!

ALSO, don’t forget to visit Fierce Reads today to see a bunch of time capsule items submitted by my fellow blog tour participants, and check out the hashtags, #SquareRootofSummer and #thisiswhoIamnow!

Square Root of Summer

This is what it means to love someone. This is what it means to grieve someone. It’s a little bit like a black hole. It’s a little bit like infinity.

Gottie H. Oppenheimer is losing time. Literally. When the fabric of the universe around her seaside town begins to fray, she’s hurtled through wormholes to her past:

To last summer, when her grandfather Grey died. To the afternoon she fell in love with Jason, who wouldn’t even hold her hand at the funeral. To the day her best friend Thomas moved away and left her behind with a scar on her hand and a black hole in her memory.

Although Grey is still gone, Jason and Thomas are back, and Gottie’s past, present, and future are about to collide—and someone’s heart is about to be broken.

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Blog Tour + Book Review + Giveaway | Every Word | Ellie Marney

Every Word

Friends, it’s probably no secret that I ADORE Ellie Marney’s Every series. I love it so much that I bought all three books from it’s Australian publisher and DEVOURED the story of Mycroft and Watts. Because I love this story and these characters SO MUCH OMG, I jumped at the chance to participate in the North American blog tour for book 2, EVERY WORD. Guys, this book is everything. (The whole series is everything.)

I’m so excited to spread the word about this series!! Which is why I’m giving away ONE set of the first two books in this series! Check out the giveaway below my review!

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Book Review + Q&A | The Shadow Behind the Stars | Rebecca Hahn

I received this book for free from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Book Review + Q&A | The Shadow Behind the Stars | Rebecca HahnThe Shadow Behind the Stars by Rebecca Hahn
Published by Atheneum on September 1, 2015
Genres: Fantasy YA, Mythology, Young Adult
Pages: 256
Format: eARC
Source: the publisher via Edelweiss
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A girl’s dark destiny could cause the unraveling of the world in this spellbinding novel from the author of A Creature of Moonlight, whichKirkus Reviews called “cumulatively stunning” in a starred review.

Heed this warning, mortal: stay far away from the three sister Fates. For if they come to love you, they might bring about the end of the world…

Chloe is the youngest. Hers are the fingers that choose the wool, that shape the thread, that begin it. The sun smiles upon her. Men love her without knowing who she is. She has lived forever and will live forever more. She and her sisters have been on their isolated Greek island for centuries, longer than any mortal can remember. They spin, measure, and slice the countless golden threads of human life. They are the three Fates, and they have stayed separate for good reason: it is dangerous for them to become involved with the humans whose lives they shape.

So when a beautiful girl named Aglaia shows up on their doorstep, Chloe tries to make sure her sisters don’t become attached. But in seeking to protect them, Chloe discovers the dark power of Aglaia’s destiny. As her path unwinds, the three Fates find themselves pulled inextricably along—toward mortal pain, and mortal love, and a fate that could unravel the world.

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Book Review + Giveaway | Jesse’s Girl | Miranda Kenneally

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Book Review + Giveaway | Jesse’s Girl | Miranda KenneallyJesse's Girl by Miranda Kenneally
Series: Hundred Oaks #6
Published by Sourcebooks Fire on July 7, 2015
Genres: Contemporary YA, Relationships, Romance
Pages: 304
Format: eARC
Also in this series: Catching Jordan
Also by this author: Catching Jordan
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Everyone at Hundred Oaks High knows that career mentoring day is a joke. So when Maya Henry said she wanted to be a rock star, she never imagined she’d get to shadow *the* Jesse Scott, Nashville’s teen idol.

But spending the day with Jesse is far from a dream come true. He’s as gorgeous as his music, but seeing all that he’s accomplished is just a reminder of everything Maya’s lost: her trust, her boyfriend, their band, and any chance to play the music she craves. Not to mention that Jesse’s pushy and opinionated. He made it on his own, and he thinks Maya’s playing back up to other people’s dreams. Does she have what it takes to follow her heart—and go solo?

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Excerpt + Giveaway| Some Kind of Normal | Julianna Stone

Book cover Some Kind of Normal Julianna Stone

Some Kind of Normal | Excerpt + Giveaway

What is normal? For Trevor, normal was playing fast guitar licks, catching game-winning passes, and partying all night. Until a car accident leaves him with no band, no teammates, and no chance of graduating. It’s kind of hard to ace your finals when you’ve been in a coma. The last thing he needs is stuck-up Everly Jenkins as his new tutor, those beautiful blue eyes catching every flaw.

For Everly, normal was a perfect family around the dinner table, playing piano at Sunday service, and sunning by the pool. Until she discovers her whole life is a lie. Now the perfect pastor’s daughter is hiding a life-changing secret, one that is slowly tearing her family apart. And spending the summer with notorious flirt Trevor Lewis means her darkest secret could be exposed.

This achingly beautiful story about two damaged teens struggling through pain and loss to redefine who they are, to their family, to themselves, and to each other is sure to melt your heart.

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I’m really excited to be able to share an excerpt of Juliana Stone’s SOME KIND OF NORMAL with you guys today! It’s a wonderful contemporary with great characters, a heart-warming romance, and difficult issues that aren’t always touched on in YA books. YAY!

Check out the little taste of the awesome below and then enter to win a copy of SOME KIND OF NORMAL!!


“You got any?” he asked.

“Any what?”


“Me?” I had to laugh at that. Wow. Before last year that would have been grounds for major punishment. Heck, up until my senior year, I hadn’t been allowed to wear lip gloss. Now I wasn’t so sure that my mom would even notice, and since I avoided my dad whenever I could…

“No,” I said, shaking my head. “My skin is untouched.”

His eyes widened a bit, and I felt heat creep up my neck. Great. Now I was blushing again.

“Untouched,” he said with that lopsided smile that made my stomach dip. “I like that.”

“You do?”

“Yep. A clean slate. There’s something almost poetic about that, you know? Tragic too. How many people get a do–over?”

Trevor reached for my hand, and though my first instinct was to snatch it back, his long fingers enveloped mine before I had the chance. He turned my hand over so that my palm faced up and then traced the little blue lines that ran down my wrist.

I can’t lie. It felt weird and good, and my heart took off once more, so fast that I was surprised he couldn’t hear it.

“This is…kind of…like ink,” he said, his words a little slow as if he was thinking hard. “But it’s alive.”

He glanced up again, and all I could do was nod before my eyes dropped to his hand. Mine was still there, small and pale next to his large palm and tanned skin. I saw the thin blue veins that ran down my wrist, the ones that carried blood from my heart, electrifying my cells and feeding my body.

His thumb rested just beneath my pulse, and I swallowed thickly. Crap, he was going to feel how fast it was, and that would be embarrassing.

“Your fingers are rough.” I blushed harder and thought that there was no way I could sound any more like an idiot. Not even if I was trying.

“Yeah,” he answered. “It’s from playing guitar. I practice a lot so my calluses are nice and strong.”

“I used to play piano.”

Wow. Good comeback. I guess it was better than a clarinet or trombone, but really. Dork much?

…Had he always looked this intense?

“What?” he asked. He smiled again and I thought that on a scale of one to ten, his smile was a total eleven. “You’re into the classics. That’s cool. Didn’t picture that.”

“Really. What exactly did you picture?” Shoot. Did I really want to hear this?

“I don’t know. PBS and that Jane Austen?”

Okay. First off, I was impressed that he knew who Jane Austen was, and secondly…he knew who Jane Austen was!

I dropped my eyes, because I was pretty sure that my cheeks were as red as the roses planted just outside the library. Trevor Lewis wasn’t anything like what I thought he’d be. He wasn’t stupid and he wasn’t arrogant. He wasn’t slow or weird.

He seemed pretty normal to me.

You know, for a guy with tattoos and blue hair.


SOUNDS SO GOOD, RIGHT?! This book is definitely worthy of a prime spot on your TBRs, friends. You’ll love Trevor and Everly and their slowly building relationship. To ensure that you all have an opportunity to read about these two awesome kids, Sourcebooks Fire is giving away a copy to one lucky winner! HUZZAH!

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Juliana Stone

USA Today bestselling author Juliana Stone fell in love with books in the fifth grade when her teacher introduced her to Tom Sawyer. A tomboy at heart, she split her time between baseball, books, and music—three passions that carried over into adulthood. When she’s not singing with her band, she’s thrilled to be writing young adult and adult contemporary romance, and does so from her home in Canada.

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Book Cover Boys Like You Juliana Stone

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Boys Like You

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Two Broken souls…one hot summer

Nate Everet’s life was all about acoustic guitar, girls in short shorts, and hot Southern nights.Until the accident.

Monroe Blackwell’s life was full of soccer goals, flirty skirts, and bright city lights. Until the accident.

Now Nate has a best friend who might never wake up, a summer of community service, and enough guilt to drown him. Monroe has a family that’s falling apart, a summer of banishment to her grandma’s, and a choking grief that makes it hard to breathe.

Nate and Monroe are two lost souls struggling with grief and guilt. But together, they have a chance at acceptance and finally finding the forgiveness they crave.

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Character Profile + Teaser | Breaking Sky | Cori McCarthy

Book Cover Breaking Sky Cori McCarthy

Breaking Sky • Cori McCarthy

Guys! I’m excited to be able to share some extra goodies with you you today for Cori McCarthy’s adrenaline-fueled dystopian novel that focuses on teenage airplane pilots during a Second Cold War. Reread that sentence if you need to. AIRPLANE PILOTS. SECOND COLD WAR. It’s basically Top Gun, you guys, and I really enjoyed it.

To tide you over until I post my review, the awesome folks at Sourcebooks are hosting this tour to introduce you to some of the pilots from United Star Academy, tease you with some passages, and THEN they’re giving away FIVE COPIES of BREAKING SKY! WOOOO!

So, let’s not waste any more time. Are you guys ready to meet Sylph? (I hope so.)

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Blog Tour + Giveaway | What’s Your Winner’s Curse?

Winner's Curse

The LOVELY crew at Macmillan reached out and asked a bunch of bloggers to take part in a blog tour for Marie Rutkoski’s fabulous Winner’s Curse series in anticipation of the release of book 2, THE WINNER’S CRIME. I was equal parts STOKED and ANXIOUS about answering the question they’re asking of us, though! Because it’s HARD. But anything for this series, friends. If you haven’t started it yet, it’s time to do yourself a favor.

So, without further ado, THE QUESTION:

The ‘Winner’s Curse’ is an economics term that means you’ve gotten what you wanted – but at too high a price.  What would you pay too much for?

WHOA, right? WHOA. Have you guys ever seen the movie Little Women? The new one with Winona Ryder? Remember that one scene near the beginning when the sisters are up in the attic and they’re talking about what they want for Christmas and Amy asks for a cuter nose or limes or both and Jo asks for pens or something (I can’t remember the details of their wishes, and I can’t remember Meg’s at all), but Beth asks for the war to end so their dad can come home and everyone else is like, *crickets* and then–you can see this on their faces for a second–“Shit. We’re all assholes.”? I feel like I’m at a similar crossroads here. I could be superficial like my actual namesake and say, “I would pay too much money for books, and stuff from Ulta, and books, and scarves.” I could be like Jo and ask for things that would help me further my career or my dreams, like time to write or an awesome library job. Or I could be like Beth and say that I would pay too much money for my dad’s health to be better, a winning lottery ticket so my parents didn’t have to worry about money, societal equality, an end to bullying, and a host of other things. I’m having a real crisis about it.

So, I guess what I’m going to do is break it down for you: something superficial that I would pay too much money for, and something serious. Sound good?

Superficial first: I would hands-down pay too much money to have a huge library in my own house. I have so many books and not enough room for them all, so I’d fork over whatever cash I could scrounge up for not only someplace to store and showcase them, but a sanctuary for me to read as well.

Like this:

Home library

Or this:

home library


home library

I’d take this one, too:

home library

I want a big, airy, cozy space that’s big enough for all the books I have and all the books I’ve yet to buy, but with big fluffy couches and lots of windows and maybe a fireplace. AHHH, PEACE. *daydreams*

If I’m being serious, I’d pay all the money in the world for my dad to be in better health. Don’t get me wrong: He’s not ill or in danger of imminent death, nor am I sure that this would be a curse for me, per se. He’s just not 100%, you know? He had a very mild stroke a few years ago and has a pacemaker and a few other things going on. Everything is managed really well and he’s doing great, but like, he’s my DAD. Supposed to live forever. So I’d pay too much money for that in a heartbeat. Like, right now I’d do it. If my mom had similar issues, I’d do the same for her or anyone in my family. NO ONE IS ALLOWED TO DIE, OKAY? Maybe we can all become vampires and live together forever. That actually sounds like a great plan, right? I thought so. I can see you nodding.

Now that we’ve got that slight downer out of the way, it’s time to give away things! HUZZAH! That’s right, as long as you are over 13 and live in the US, you are eligible to win one copy of THE WINNER’S CRIME by Marie Rutkoski, thanks to those aforementioned lovely folks at Macmillan. You may do a happy dance now. I’ll wait. *waits*

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Don’t forget to check out the other stops on this awesome blog tour! You can also visit the dedicated website for The Winner’s Trilogy for all kinds of super fun things!

Blog Tour Book Review + Giveaway | In Some Other World, Maybe | Shari Goldhagen

I received this book for free from eARC from the Publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Blog Tour Book Review + Giveaway | In Some Other World, Maybe | Shari GoldhagenIn Some Other World, Maybe by Shari Goldhagen
Published by St. Martin's Griffin on January 13, 2015
Genres: Adult Fiction, Contemporary Fiction, Relationships
Pages: 288
Format: eARC
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In December 1992, three groups of teenagers head to the theater to see the movie version of the famed Eons & Empires comic books. For Adam it’s a last ditch effort to connect with something (actually, someone, the girl he’s had a crush on for years) in his sleepy Florida town before he leaves for good. Passionate fan Sharon skips school in Cincinnati so she can fully appreciate the flick without interruption from her vapid almost-friends—a seemingly silly indiscretion with shocking consequences. And in suburban Chicago, Phoebe and Ollie simply want to have a nice first date and maybe fool around in the dark, if everyone they know could just stop getting in the way.

Over the next two decades, these unforgettable characters criss-cross the globe, becoming entwined by friendship, sex, ambition, fame and tragedy.

A razor-sharp, darkly comic page-turner, In Some Other World, Maybe sheds light on what it means to grow up in modern America.

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Save Me Blog Tour | Post + Giveaway

Save Me Blog Tour

I’m so excited to be participating in the blog tour for SAVE ME, a debut from Swoon Reads’ author Jenny Elliot! A paranormal debut with witches and WHALES?! How awesome is this?? (Awesome.) There are so many interesting things going on in SAVE ME, but for me, I was most intrigued by the whales. Who doesn’t love whales? They’re big and gorgeous and sometimes dangerous and are basically some of the closest things left on this planet to DINOSAURS. I MEAN. So in this vein, I wanted to share some cool things with you all about the whales in SAVE ME because they’re really important to the main character, Cara, as well as a very intriguing side story.

Book cover Save Me Jenny Elliott

Debut-novelist Jenny Elliott’s thrilling romance, chosen by readers, writers, and publishers for the first list in the new Swoon Reads imprint, pours on the tension and danger in an addictive combination that will keep you turning pages!

Something strange is going on in the tiny coastal town of Liberty, Oregon. Cara has never seen a whale swim close enough for her to touch it—let alone knock her into the freezing water. Fortunately, cute newcomer David is there to save her, and the rescue leads to a bond deeper than Cara ever imagined.

But then she learns something about David that changes everything, and Cara is devastated. She turns to her best friend for support, but Rachel has changed. She’s suddenly into witchcraft, and is becoming dangerously obsessed with her new boyfriend….

Cara has lost her best friend, discovered that her soul mate is off limits, and has attracted the attention of a stalker. But she’s not completely alone. Her mysterious, gorgeous new friend Garren is there to support her. But is Garren possibly too perfect?

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