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Release Day Blitz: Rosemarked by Livia Blackburn

Happy book birthday to Rosemarked by Livia Blackburn!

I’m really excited to share a post today about ROSEMARKED by Livia Blackburn in honor of the book’s release! I got to work with Disney Books for this post AND I really wanted to share this on release day because I was so fortunate to work with author Livia Blackburn herself on a candle inspired by this book that was included in the recent mailings you may have been seeing all over Instagram!

Check out more on ROSEMARKED and a special note from the author below, and don’t miss the purchase links for this book, now on sale!

Hi Everyone!

This is Livia Blackburne, and I’m thrilled to share ROSEMARKED with you at long last. There are a lot of elements to this book, including a love story, a spy story, reflections on trauma and mortality, medical ethics, and political intrigue.  Perhaps because of this, my research for the book was equally eclectic, from archery and stick fighting lessons, to chats with memory researchers and soldiers, and lots and lots of reading, including books about leper colonies, hospice care, and PTSD. Hopefully, I wove it all into an entertaining and thought-provoking story!

This story centers on Zivah, a talented healer with an incurable illness, and Dineas, a traumatized soldier. The two couldn’t be more different, and I had a lot of fun writing their unlikely love story.  In order to work together, they both have to let go of their own prejudices and preconceptions. It’s a painful process, with fights and misunderstandings, anger, laughter and tears, but in the end, they both come out as stronger people.

To celebrate the ROSEMARKED release, I’m offering 3 lucky winners a ROSEMARKED swag pack, which includes a copy of ROSEMARKED and a signed bookplate! Due to sweepstakes laws, entrants must be 18 years or older to participate. Best of luck, and happy reading!


The first in a duology, ROSEMARKED (Hyperion | On Sale November 7, 2017) by New York Times bestselling author Livia Blackburne follows a healer and a solider on a high-stakes mission to spy on the Empire to uncover a deadly secret. With sizzling chemistry and a heartrending ethical dilemma, this thrilling fantasy with nuanced characters will capture fans of An Ember in the Ashes and The Lumatere Chronicles.

New York Times best-selling author LIVIA BLACKBURNE has a PhD in neuroscience from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she conducted research on the neural correlates of reading. She still blogs on the intersection of writing and brain science, and she now lives in Los Angeles with her family. Livia is also the author of Midnight Thief, an Indies Introduce New Voices selection, and its sequel, Daughter of Dusk.

ROSEMARKED by Livia Blackburne
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Hardcover: Amazon | B&N | Indiebound | Book Depository
Ebook: Kindle | Nook | iBooks | Kobo


Also by this author…

New York Times Bestseller 2014
Indies Introduce New Voices Pick
2015 YALSA Teens’ Top Ten Nominee
Hardcover: Indiebound | Amazon Barnes and Noble | Book Depository
Ebook:  Kindle | Nook | Kobo | iBooks | Google Play

Hardcover: Indiebound | Amazon | Barnes and Noble | Book Depository
Ebook: Kindle | Nook | iBooks | Google Kobo


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Vampire Academy 10th Anniversary | Series Appreciation

Hi, friends! Today I’m sharing a little series appreciation for the Vampire Academy books in conjunction with its 10th anniversary and special edition release! When I got an email from Penguin asking to share some favorite things about the series, I knew this would be a perfect post for me to write.

See, I got into Vampire Academy after the Twilight/vampire craze. My friend Lisa introduced me to the books and I was like, “Ehhh, I don’t know. Vampires? Aren’t we done with this?” I had no desire to read a vampire novel after my Twilight frenzy wore off but Lisa’s a pretty good judge of books and had just gotten me hooked on The Hunger Games (which I devoured) so I trusted her recommendation and became hooked!

Although the Vampire Academy series is about vampires, it has a whole lot more going on than just that. There are best friendships, steamy romances, wonderful bonds, society politics, and a whole lot of “omg” moments! The series is really special to me because it was one of the series that brought me onto the YA scene and into a whole new set of books that I didn’t even know existed because I wasn’t looking at “teen” books. While the series deals with many typical young adult moments like first loves, friendships, mean girls, and high school, it also has so many different levels of politics, plenty of action, a whole lot of adventure, and some pretty wild moments that always left my jaw on the floor! Richelle Mead put quite a few good shocking moments in this series, especially in the first few books, and I was constantly flipping pages to see what she’d surprise me with next!

I can say that it’s “so much more than a vampire series” for those who are hesitant about vampire books but it was also really awesome to see vampires in a little different light. There are different types of vampires within the realm of the supernatural in this series ranging from mortal but with supernatural powers to the “typical” undead vampire. I really loved how the range of the average vampire was expanded and really explored!

Then there’s the romance. There are SO many good romances throughout this series but the relationship between Rose and Dimitri is just so swoony! I don’t know why but it totally got me, despite the age difference which I’m usually not on board with. I just love the tension, how it’s sort of forbidden, and the push and pull that happens throughout the series.

If you haven’t yet, hopefully you’ll give the Vampire Academy series a shot! It was one of my favorites, especially when I first started reading YA, and I think it really appeals to a wide range of readers on a few different levels! Ready to jump into the series? Check out a little bit more on the special anniversary edition of the first book!


Richelle Mead celebrates 10 years of Vampire Academy with an exclusive, never-before-seen collection of stories that sheds new light on the world and its players:

  • The Turn and the Flame takes a deeper look into the dark stain on the Ozera dynasty…
  • Hello My Name is Rose Hathaway tracks the shenanigans that ensue when Rose and Dimitri become unlikely teammates in a high-stakes scavenger hunt…
  • The Meeting gives us a glimpse of Rose Hathaway through Dimitri’s eyes…
  • From the Journal of Vasilisa Dragomir unearths the princess’s private thoughts from a transformative period of her life…

St. Vladimir’s Academy isn’t just any boarding school–it’s a hidden place where vampires are educated in the ways of magic and half-human teens train to protect them. Rose Hathaway is a Dhampir, a bodyguard for her best friend Lissa, a Moroi Vampire Princess. They’ve been on the run, but now they’re being dragged back to St. Vladimir’s–the very place where they’re most in danger. . . .

Rose and Lissa become enmeshed in forbidden romance, the Academy’s ruthless social scene, and unspeakable nighttime rituals. But they must be careful lest the Strigoi–the world’s fiercest and most dangerous vampires–make Lissa one of them forever.


You can enter to win one of five copies of this beautiful anniversary edition that are up for grabs from Penguin Random House! Check out the Rafflecopter form below as well as legal and rules that follow. Good luck!!

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NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Enter between 9:00 AM Eastern Time on November 29, 2016 and 11:59 PM Eastern Time on December 5, 2016. Open to residents of the fifty United States and the District of Columbia who are 13 and older. Winners will be selected at random on or about December 12, 2016. Odds of winning depend on number of eligible entries received. Void where prohibited or restricted by law.

Blog Tour: Julia Vanishes by Catherine Egan | Giveaway

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JULIA VANISHES by Catherine Egan

Today I’m sharing my blog post for JULIA VANISHES by Catherine Egan as a part of the blog tour! Big thanks to Random House for having me be a part of the tour for this unique book! Today I’ve got a little bit of info about the book and a giveaway!!

Before we jump into the tour, let’s take a second to check out some details about the book:

Blog Tour: Julia Vanishes by Catherine Egan | GiveawayTitle: Julia Vanishes (Witch's Child #1) by Catherine Egan
Publishing Info: June 7, 2016 by HarperCollins
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
Find it on the web: Buy from Amazon // Goodreads
Date Completed: April 12, 2016

Julia has the unusual ability to be…unseen. Not invisible, exactly. Just beyond most people’s senses.
It’s a dangerous trait in a city that has banned all forms of magic and drowns witches in public Cleansings. But it’s a useful trait for a thief and a spy. And Julia has learned—crime pays.
Her latest job is paying very well indeed. Julia is posing as a housemaid in the grand house of Mrs. Och, where an odd assortment of characters live and work: A disgraced professor who sends her to fetch parcels containing bullets, spiders, and poison. An aristocratic houseguest who is locked in the basement each night. And a mysterious young woman who is clearly in hiding—though from what or whom?
Worse, Julia suspects that there’s a connection between these people and the killer leaving a trail of bodies across the frozen city.
The more she learns, the more she wants to be done with this unnatural job. To go back to the safety of her friends and fellow thieves. But Julia is entangled in a struggle between forces more powerful than she’d ever imagined. Escape will come at a terrible price.


Catherine Egan author photo-2CATHERINE EGAN grew up in Vancouver, Canada. Since then, she has lived on a volcanic island in Japan (which erupted while she was there and sent her hurtling straight into the arms of her now-husband), in Tokyo, Kyoto, and Beijing, on an oil rig in the middle of Bohai Bay, then in New Jersey, and now in New Haven, Connecticut. She is currently occupied with writing books and fighting dragon armies with her warrior children. You can read more about her at catherineegan.com. Follow her on Twitter at @ByCatherineEgan.

Don’t miss the rest of the JULIA VANISHES blog tour stops!


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The Book Addict’s Guide’s Four Year Blogoversary!

book addict's guide blogoversaryIt’s my four year blogoversary!

I can’t believe that FOUR years have already gone by since I decided to start a blog dedicated to books and book-related things! I still remember way back in the day when I decided to start a book blog. I don’t even remember why I decided to blog since I didn’t know anyone who did but I felt like I needed an outlet that was more than just Goodreads reviews. My main goal was to review books to help people find some really good reads out there and four years later, that’s still my number one priority! From reviews to recommendation posts to random bookish fun, I always love sharing thoughts and recommending my favorite reads (and a little bit of everything else bookish in between)!

I think the most interesting thing to reflect on is how much book blogging has truly impacted my life inside and outside of the book world. I’ve found some incredibly amazing books and series that have brought new perspectives on things, shocked me with their creativity, or were just plain fun to read. I’ve been fortunate enough to travel to attend book events like BEA and ALA and to attend book events throughout Chicagoland and meet so many amazing authors. I’m forever thankful for publishers, authors, friends, and blog readers alike for their constant support and opportunities to allow me to grow through my blog and be a part of things I didn’t even know would be dreams of mine when I first started my own little corner of the internet.

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The biggest impact this blog has made on my life is in my real life friendships. I never thought I would meet friends over the internet (it’s what your parents always warn you about!) but these people who started out as strangers and liked the same books I did turned into life-long friends and incredibly important parts of my life. I’m sure you see the posts and events that I co-host with my friends but our friendship extends so much further beyond blog posts and Twitter chats and I’m forever grateful that I have found these people who enrich my life so much further beyond just books. They have been a shoulder to cry on, bridesmaids in my wedding, travel companions, people I cross the country for, and advice gurus. I had no idea I would find soul friends as well as so many other close friends through this community and that’s been the best surprise of all!

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No matter how well we know each other or whether our relationship is personal or professional, I want each reader of this post to know that I couldn’t have had such success with this blog without you! I truly value each and every reader, every comment, every Tweet and Instagram like, and everything in between. I’ve come to love this blog so fiercely. Even after four  years, I’m still absolutely head over heels with it and the reason for this passion is because of this amazing community that I’m so thankful to be a part of. Thank YOU for making this blog such an important part of my life. I’m always so grateful for the constant support. I know that blogging, reading, commenting, chatting, and keeping up with my little web page takes up valuable time and I’m so thankful that you consider me and my opinions to be worth it. I’m hoping for many more years to come and I’m looking forward to so much more with all of these friends, old and new!

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I also never expected books and blogging to lead me into a career path (well, I don’t know if it’ll ever turn into a career but you know… goals!) when I got the inspiration to start Novelly Yours (my candle shop). I wanted to make candles, just as something fun to do, and ended up relating them to books, opening and Etsy shop, and turning it into something I could share with friends and fellow book-lovers! It really wasn’t about making money or finding something to turn a profit — I was just having so much fun with what I was making and wanted to share it with other book people!! I’ve been so blown away by its success and I cannot thank everyone enough for the support throughout the opening and development of this shop! I’m still so in love with what I do and I cannot wait to keep coming up with new candle ideas!



I’ve been hanging on to a few 2016 ARCs for my blogoversary giveaway! The winner of this giveaway will receive ALL of the 2016 ARCs in the stack pictured below. This giveaway is for US residents only (or if you are int’l and have someone in the US I can ship it to). Winner must be 13 years of age or older to win. Enter the Rafflecopter form below to enter!


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The Book Addict’s Guide’s Birthday + Giveaway | 2016


Hooray! It’s my birthday!

Last year I did this long and detailed write-up about all of my favorite things that had happened from one birthday to the next but I feel like I just did that for my year-end wrap up and you guys have more important things to do than relive all of my old posts so I scrapped that idea! Instead, we are going to talk about one of the most important things about birthdays and maybe one of the most important things in the world: CAKE. It’s a CAKE-THEMED post today, just for fun!


I did a quick search and only had a few books with “cake” in the title (and really, this search and this post only made me so hungry) but I figured I’d share them with you and you can get hungry over them too!

Night of Cake & Puppets (Daughter of Smoke & Bone, #2.5)    Strawberry Shortcake Murder (Hannah Swensen, #2)    100 Days of Cake

NIGHT OF CAKE AND PUPPETS from the Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy and it’s one of my favorite novellas of ALL. TIME. It’s about Mik and Zuzana and how they got together which is a simply delightful story and Zuzana is one of my favorite best friend characters of all time. This series was wonderful but this novella just added so much more to it and I got to spend time with two of my favorite supporting characters. Plus, cake.

STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE MURDER is the second book in the Hannah Swensen cozy mystery series. Each book comes with a recipe and I’ve actually made a few and they’re pretty delicious! I actually haven’t read any of these books in a long time because there’s a rather strange love triangle in them and the last I heard, she still hadn’t picked a guy. I didn’t mind the triangle aspect but I thought she was a bit too serious with both guys to really keep both of them on the hook and that actually bothered me enough to put this series on hold. I really had enjoyed them for a long time though and this was a series that really brought me back into reading again after my “dark days”.

100 DAYS OF CAKE is new to my TBR and it sounds very good! I haven’t started it yet but it comes out in May and it sounds like it’s going to be very down to earth and captivating while highlighting the importance of awareness for mental illness. I’m excited to read it because it sounds like it’s going to be realistic and still pack some humor in there. I’m hoping it becomes a new favorite. Plus, even though that cake on the cover is smashed, it still looks insanely delicious.


  • Celaena’s Chocolate Cake from THRONE OF GLASS: Celaena loves chocolate and maybe more importantly, she loves chocolate CAKE. I love this book and series so much that I had to make a candle for it. Also, anything that smells like cake… I’m gonna need it.
  • Michelle & Scarlet Benoit’s Lemon Cake from The Lunar Chronicles: This lemon cake sounds just divine! I can honestly picture and I wish I could really taste it! It’s featured in a few different books throughout the series and the moments where the characters eat the cake leave me with a happy feeling as well!
  • Dauntless Cake from DIVERGENT: Dauntless cake sounds absolutely delicous. Every time I hear about it, it makes my mouth water!
  • November Cakes from THE SCORPIO RACES: We actually made Maggie Stiefvater’s recipe for November Cakes and they were soooo good. I had dreamed about them for years and they smell and taste like heaven!
  • Harry’s first birthday cake (11th birthday) in HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER’S STONE: Awww how special is Harry’s birthday cake! I just adore the moment when Hagrid brings it to him. I’m not sure how good it would taste being that Hagrid made it… but the moment is touching all the same!


Of course there are some birthday giveaways!! I’ve got a few special prizes that I’ve been holding onto for such an occasion so check out the different prizes offered and enter the Rafflecopter forms below! Each giveaway is US ONLY (sorry, international! It’s just too expensive for me right now) and you must enter the Rafflecopter form for each prize you want to be eligible to win. Check ’em out and get to entering!

Hardcover copy of TRUTHWITCH by Susan Dennard
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Allegiant by Veronica Roth | Book and Movie Screening Contest/Giveaway!

The ALLEGIANT movie is coming!!

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Thanks to the wonderful folks at Lionsgate, I have a special post and offer today for all you Divergent series fans. Want to see the Allegiant movie before anyone else? I’ve got an opportunity for one grand prize winner (a resident of IL or WI) to win passes to an advanced screening!

I’m so excited and thrilled that this series has become so big! Aside from Twilight and The Hunger Games, DIVERGENT became one of the biggest YA series-to-movies yet and the Allegiant movie is going to be epic!

If you haven’t seen the movie trailer yet, you can check that out plus cast and movie info below! 


Cast: Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Jeff Daniels, Octavia Spencer, Ray Stevenson, Zoë Kravitz, Miles Teller, Ansel Elgort, Maggie Q, Mekhi Phifer, Daniel Dae Kim, Bill Skarsgård, Nadia Hilker, and Naomi Watts
Directed by: Robert Schwentke
Based on: The Novel ALLEGIANT by Veronica Roth

The third installment of the blockbuster Divergent series franchise, ALLEGIANT takes Tris [Shailene Woodley] and Four [Theo James] into a new world, far more dangerous than ever before.

After the earth-shattering revelations of INSURGENT, Tris must escape with Four and go beyond the wall enclosing Chicago. For the first time ever, they will leave the only city and family they have ever known. Once outside, old discoveries are quickly rendered meaningless with the revelation of shocking new truths. Tris and Four must quickly decide who they can trust as a ruthless battle ignites beyond the walls of Chicago which threatens all of humanity. In order to survive, Tris will be forced to make impossible choices about courage, allegiance, sacrifice and love.

Facebook: The Divergent Series | Twitter: Divergent | #Allegiant

So what do you think?? Are you pumped to see Allegiant!? 


The amazing folks at Lionsgate have offered a giveaway for five lucky winners!
** PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS GIVEAWAY IS ONLY ELIGIBLE FOR ILLINOIS AND WISCONSIN RESIDENTS ** I wish that we could include everyone but this is a regional giveaway!
Five winners will win an Allegiant-themed prize pack and one grand-prize winner will two advanced-screening passes to the movie in either Chicago, IL or Wauwatosa, WI!


  • IL OR WI RESIDENTS ONLY. This is a regional giveaway based on the possibility of winning the grand prize to attend the screening in Chicago or Wauwatosa!
  • If you are the grand prize winner, you will be invited to the advanced screening at 7pm on Tuesday, March 15th in your respective city. Please make sure you are able to attend before entering the contest!
  • The contest will be open through March 10th and the winner will be selected randomly by Lionsgate on March 11th at noon!
  • Visit the link below to enter the contest! 

Go forth and enter! And good luck!! 


Rebel of the Sands Promo + Giveaway | The Blog Legendary For…

In conjunction with Penguin Teen, I’m sharing a fun post today and sharing a little more info about REBEL OF THE SANDS by Alwyn Hamilton! Main character Amani is quickly becoming legendary for her sharp-shooting skills and she sounds exactly like the kind of main character I quickly become best friends with! Penguin invited us to share our own blogger “reputation titles” and what we would be best known for! For me, it was an easy one and I couldn’t NOT use it after Rachel told me that my Gayle Forman collection was part of the reason she included the idea in the email! The Book Addict’s Guide is…


I have always been a collector, even when I was a kid, and when I started latching onto my favorite series, I ended up wanting to own all of the copies in the series and literally ever possible different versions of the book that I can find! Collecting books/series is a really fun way for me to revel in them after the stories are over. It’s always exciting to add a new book to my collection and I’m sort of addicted to seeing how many I can acquire!! Once I’ve obtained all of the possible US versions, I usually end up moving on to foreign editions and some of my book collections have grown quite a lot over the past few years!

I think my Gayle Forman collecting kind of kicked it off. I can’t remember in what order I started acquiring collections but I specifically remember how this one started! I attended Anderson’s Young Adult Book Conference. I was used to events like BEA where books were provided/given away and I really should have asked about this before attending (obviously Anderson’s is a bookstore so why would they give books away for free…) so when I got to meet Gayle Forman and have her sign books and I didn’t have mine with me, it was seriously a travesty. I had paperbacks of IF I STAY and WHERE SHE WENT at home and had yet to own JUST ONE YEAR had just come out. (I don’t remember what  my JUST ONE DAY situation was but I guess I ended up buying it…) So I went to the conference bookstore and bought hardcovers of IF I STAY and WHERE SHE WENT since I already had the paperbacks. I was just going to give the paperbacks away once I got back home but I couldn’t bear to part with them! And so my Gayle Forman collection began. I started adding more, in search of the ARCs (I’m still trying to hunt down and IF I STAY ARC, as impossible as that may seem) and won a German paperback From Gayle herself! My collection keeps growing each time a new book comes out too!


I already had smaller collections of The Lunar Chronicles and The Grisha Trilogy started at this point with both hardcovers and paperbacks since my blog was mentioned in the paperback releases of those series. At that point, I figured I might as well round it out with all of the paperbacks since I loved the series so much and then those collections continued to grow with more and more versions including any foreign versions I could find/afford. My friends have even bought a few foreign versions for me for birthdays/holidays and sometimes just because they found one and know I am a collector! (Seriously, these friends are the BEST.) My collecting has slowed just a bit since I’ve caught up on most of the foreign editions I can find/afford but I just keep on amassing new books and I’m strangely proud of how many I own!! I’ve actually started to become the person that people turn to when they see a new edition or any Lunar Chronicles news because they know how obsessed I am! 🙂



Don’t miss REBEL OF THE SANDS, on sale March 8th, 2016! It sounds absolutely amazing and I think it will be a bit hit this spring! Check out all of the book info below and the links to pre-order!! 

Rebel of the Sands Promo + Giveaway | The Blog Legendary For…Title: Rebel of the Sands (Rebel of the Sands #1) by Alwyn Hamilton
Publishing Info: March 8, 2016 by Penguin
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
Find it on the web: Buy from Amazon // Goodreads
Date Completed: N/A
Related Posts: Rebel of the Sands (Rebel of the Sands #1), Traitor to the Throne (Rebel of the Sands #2)

She’s more gunpowder than girl—and the fate of the desert lies in her hands.
Mortals rule the desert nation of Miraji, but mystical beasts still roam the wild and barren wastes, and rumor has it that somewhere, djinni still practice their magic. But there's nothing mystical or magical about Dustwalk, the dead-end town that Amani can't wait to escape from.
Destined to wind up "wed or dead," Amani’s counting on her sharpshooting skills to get her out of Dustwalk. When she meets Jin, a mysterious and devastatingly handsome foreigner, in a shooting contest, she figures he’s the perfect escape route. But in all her years spent dreaming of leaving home, she never imagined she'd gallop away on a mythical horse, fleeing the murderous Sultan's army, with a fugitive who's wanted for treason. And she'd never have predicted she'd fall in love with him...or that he'd help her unlock the powerful truth of who she really is.

PRE-ORDER: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Penguin Random House


Penguin Teen is also providing a giveaway for a few lucky people to win a hardcover of REBEL OF THE SANDS plus a promo totes bag and hourglass! Enter the giveaway below!!

US entries only, please. The giveaway is open until March 4th, 2016. 

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Life Lessons From Gayle Forman | Favorite Quotes

Gayle Forman is one of my all-time favorite authors. IF I STAY was one of the first young adult contemporary books that I read (thank you, book bloggers, for the rec!) way back when I first started blogging. I instantly fell in love with her writing, her characters, and how much emotion she could pack into a story that was just over 200 pages. I didn’t hesitate to pick up every book of Gayle’s that followed and I’ve truly loved each and every one of them.

One of the things that I love the most about Gayle Forman’s books is the ability to feel the intensity of each character’s feelings and how well I can relate to them on any scale. There are some amazingly beautiful quotes that have really touched me personally and some wonderful characters that I felt completely connected to, like Allyson in JUST ONE DAY and Adam in WHERE SHE WENT.

I’ve become a little bit (okay, a lot) obsessed with Gayle Forman’s books… and the collector in me naturally couldn’t resist any format of her collection that I could get my hands on. I started with adding the hardcovers to my collection when I purchased them upon meeting her (!!!) and then slowly but surely filled out the entire collection! I only collect the books that really mean a lot to me so clearly this shows exactly how much they really are a part of my life!

Today, we’re celebrating the life lessons that Gayle Forman has taught us in conjunction with Penguin Teen’s celebration and launch of the I WAS HERE paperback release. I’ve selected some of my all-time favorite quotes to share with you today and my favorite life-lessons that I’ve learned from Gayle Forman books. I’ve said it in previous posts but it always bears repeating that I truly have learned so much about myself through her characters and the stories that she’s penned for her readers. I relived and worked through situations from my past through their experiences and learned to let go of things I didn’t even realize I was holding onto. Her books have truly been life lessons to me and I’m so grateful for each one of them and the things that I take from them!


if i stay quote     where she went quote Just one day quote     just one day quote just one day quote     i was here quote

Which Gayle Forman quote or book is your favorite? Which book speaks the most to you? I think for me, it was JUST ONE DAY!

And don’t miss Penguin Teen’s own life-lessons on their Tumblr account! Check out “Six Life Lessons You Learned from Gayle Forman“!


Oh, yes! There’s also a giveaway! Penguin Teen is giving away Gayle Forman’s complete collection in paperback to five lucky winners! The  books included will be: I WAS HERE paperback, JUST ONE DAY box set (JUST ONE DAY, JUST ONE YEAR, JUST ONE NIGHT), and IF I STAY box set (IF I STAY, WHERE SHE WENT). US Residents only, please. Must be 13 years of age or older to win. Good luck! 


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The Choice by Nicholas Sparks | Book and Movie Screening Contest/Giveaway!

Are you ready for THE CHOICE?

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Thanks to the wonderful folks at Lionsgate, I have a special post today all about Nicholas Sparks’ latest book-to-movie release, THE CHOICE!

I was immediately hooked on THE NOTEBOOK when I first saw the movie back in 2004 (WOW, that was over ten years ago already?!) and quickly went back to read the book. Shortly thereafter, I began picking up even more Nicholas Sparks books because I was so quickly captivated and wanted more!

If you haven’t seen the movie trailer yet, Nicholas Sparks’ latest book-to-movie THE CHOICE is hitting theaters on Tuesday, February 5th (and boy, does it look goooood). Every time I see one of these trailers, it always makes me instantly want to go back and pick up the book (if I haven’t read it yet)! Check out the trailer below along with movie and cast info!

Cast: Benjamin Walker, Teresa Palmer, Maggie Grace, Alexandra Daddario, Tom Welling, Brett Rice, and Tom Wilkinson
Based on: The novel by Nicholas Sparks

When feisty medical student Gabby Holland moves in next door to perennial ladies’ man Travis Shaw, they embark on a surprising romantic journey neither imagined possible. Travis has always believed a serious relationship would cramp his easygoing lifestyle, while Gabby is preparing to settle down with her long-term boyfriend—until an irresistible attraction between the unlikely couple upends both of their well-planned lives. Spanning a decade and tracing the evolution of a love affair that is ultimately tested by life’s most defining events, this story features a memorable ensemble of friends and family in Sparks’s beloved North Carolina setting, culminating with the question that every couple must ask themselves:  how far would you go to keep the hope of love alive?

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So what do you think of the trailer?  I swear, these just suck me in. 


The amazing folks at Lionsgate have offered a giveaway for five lucky winners!
** PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS GIVEAWAY IS ONLY ELIGIBLE FOR ILLINOIS AND WISCONSIN RESIDENTS ** I wish that we could include everyone but this is a regional giveaway!
Five winners will receive a physical copy of THE CHOICE by Nicholas Sparks and one grand-prize winner will two advanced-screening passes to the movie in either Chicago, IL or Wauwatosa, WI as well as a copy of the book!


  • IL OR WI RESIDENTS ONLY. This is a regional giveaway based on the possibility of winning the grand prize to attend the screening in Chicago or Wauwatosa!
  • If you are the grand prize winner, you will be invited to the advanced screening at 7pm on Monday, February 1st in your respective city. Please make sure you are able to attend before entering the contest!
  • The contest will be open through January 29th and the winner will be selected randomly by Lionsgate on 1/29 at noon!
  • Visit the link below to enter the contest! 

Go forth and enter! And good luck!! 


Stars Above by Marissa Meyer | Giveaway!

Not ready to let go of The Lunar Chronicles yet? Get ready for STARS ABOVE!

In case you missed it, Marissa Meyer and Fierce Reads are teaming up once more to bring a collection of short stories to Lunar Chronicles fans everywhere! STARS ABOVE includes a few short stories that have already been released as well as brand-new tales of your favorite characters — prequel info, backstories, and new stories including a WEDDING!

STARS ABOVE is on sale February 2nd, 2016 so make sure you pre-order this epic collection! Find it listed at any of the following retailers (and more):
Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Indiebound

I was fortunate enough to receive a manuscript (!!!) of STARS ABOVE! I’m in the middle of it now and it’s simply amazing. It’s the perfect way to close out the series since I wasn’t quite ready to let go at WINTER and it’s bringing back all of the wonderful feelings that I had throughout the series!

The team at Macmillan and Fierce Reads was generous enough to offer me this manuscript to read early but that’s not all! You’re here for a giveaway, right? That’s right! They’re offering up one hardcover copy of STARS ABOVE for one lucky winner to arrive ON the publication date of 2/2 so you can receive the book immediately after publication! Check out the details and rules below and full out the Rafflecopter form to enter!




  • US addresses only (sorry!)
  • Must be 13 years of age or older to win
  • Receive extra entries by following me/Marissa/Fierce Reads via the links in the Rafflecopter form!
  • Winning entry will be checked so please only fill out the extra entries for giveaway if you do them!

Okay, that’s it! Go forth and enter! And good luck!! 

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