Author Interview & Giveaway: In Real Life by Jessica Love


This is my first blog tour and I have to say I am so proud of it. Its of a book I have the highest hopes for and one Ill be starting tonight.

So, its been forever since I posted anything on this blog let alone write a review. I was swamped with robotics that Im so behind on reading. I got my review copy of In Real Life by Jessica Love on one of my robotics trips, then came home three days later to finally open the package. Sadly, I have not yet manage to read that since that was just two days ago. Repeat: blame robotic. Lets go march on Dean Kamen!


Hannah Cho and Nick Cooper have been best friends since 8th grade. They talk for hours on the phone, Skype all the time, regularly send each other presents, and know everything there is to know about one another. There’s just one problem…Hannah and Nick have never actually met. Hannah has spent her entire life doing what she’s supposed to, but when her senior year spring break plans get ruined by a rule-breaker at school, she decides to finally break a rule or two herself. She impulsively decides to road trip to Vegas, with her older sister and BFF in tow, to surprise Nick and finally declare her more-than-a-friend feelings for him.

Hannah’s romantic gesture backfires when she gets to Vegas and meets Nick’s girlfriend, whom he failed to mention to Hannah for the past three months. And it turns out his relationship status isn’t the only thing he’s been lying to her about. Hannah knows the real Nick can’t be that different from the online Nick she knows and loves, but now she only has one night in Sin City to figure out what her feelings for Nick really are, all while discovering how life can change when you break the rules every now and then.


1) What inspired you to write ‘In Real Life’

A reality show! (And, no, it wasn’t Catfish. I actually wrote this book before the first season of Catfish ever aired.) I was watching a reality show about these people who had been friends for years, but they had only spoken on the phone and had never met in person. I was fascinated by the idea of this relationship, and I thought it would make an interesting YA novel.

2) If you had to associate a food with your novel, what food would it be and why?

Ooh, this is a tough question! In an earlier version of the book, Hannah had some weird issues with food. I mostly edited them all out, but there is one part she has a chocolate cake and mentions that she doesn’t usually eat stuff like that. So I’m going to associate this book with chocolate cake…it’s something Hannah knows she wants but denies herself for a long time. And when she finally gets it, it’s super yummy!

3) Which character is most like you in ‘In Real Life’, and why?

I didn’t mean to make Hannah like me when I first started writing her, but the more I revised the book, the more she started to inherit some of my traits. For every review I read that says “I couldn’t stand Hannah because <insert annoying character trait here>” I have to laugh because all the things readers find annoying about Hannah are things that she got from me. I guess I’m annoying…haha.

4) What is something you have done accidentally or in the spur of the moment, and actually turned out really well for you?

I impulsively quit my job in advertising. It was all I’d ever wanted to do, but when I actually started doing it I realized how much it was not for me. I decided to go back to school full time (which was a tough adjustment from having a full time job) and get my teaching credential, which was a decision that seemed to come out of nowhere. I had never even considered being a teacher in my life…not even for a second. That was over ten years ago, and it was the best random decision I’ve ever made. I love being a teacher!

5) Where is the one place you would love to be right now? (Real or Fictional)

I was supposed to go to Greece and Croatia last summer, but instead I got pregnant and had my son. I’m sad I didn’t get to go on that dream trip, so that’s where I wish I was right now…on a beach in Croatia somewhere. (But I wish it was summer, too.)

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“A sweet, honest story that begins as so many of our relationships do: online.” —Emery Lord, author of Open Road Summer

“Love expertly creates a timely and entertaining story set on the glamorous Vegas strip, complete with rock and roll, gambling, love, and drama. Readers will relate to the characters in this book and their effortless use of technology to support relationships.” —School Library Journal

“[A] sweet story ideal for contemporary teens whose lives play out in similar computer-and-text-message-related ways.” —Booklist

“The story manages to find its heart when it focuses on Hannah and Nick’s relationship. The warmth and intimacy of their friendship is convincing, and readers sighing over their long history will root for their relationship.” —Kirkus Reviews



Review: After The Woods by Kim Savage

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First Published: February 23rd 2016
Published by: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Source: ARC from Publisher
Genres: Young Adult, Mystery Thriller, Contemporary

Reviews posted on: Goodreads | Instagram

After The Woods was an engaging thriller with lots of mystery, the only problem was that I found that many of my questions were left unanswered. There are the plot twists but I it commonly left me confused when there was an unveiling of information.

I find it important to keep a great pace with mysteries or thrillers  and Kim Savage has managed to control this! I found myself picking up the book whenever I had the time, I even had it open when I was brushing my teeth! There wasn’t a dull moment in this book.
It was completely satisfying when it wasn’t only about the what happened in the woods, but rather what happens after the woods. This book stars just under a year after the woods. Its tantalizing that even so long after the woods, the woods was never really over. Kim Savage showed us how the same thing can effect different people very differently. Not just how they’re effected but why too. Everything is so well done and its all believable. Savage has captured how humans act and expressed it brilliantly through her words.
Julia was such a strong character. Her.Her mind automatically blocks away these bad memories from when she was kidnapped, but each time she gets a memory back. She furiously tries to decode it and find out what really happened, even when it is hard or unnatural, she is willing to do anything to find out. She even saves her friend on a whim and takes the friends place in being captured. Even then, she creates strategy to get her free in a smart, successful way. Julia is also witty, snarky and fearless.
This was the first time I have ever heard my name used in books. Not Dory, my real name, Dorotea, sure here I was just a side character mentioned on a few pages but it made me love the book a whole lot more because MY NAME IS IN IT YESSSSS!!!
Kellan was a perfect match for Julia and I wish there was more page time for their budding romance. Everything Kellan did was cute and perfect. Especially at the end of the book (no spoilers!) The other side characters like the parents and friends added so much more. Every character sparked my interest and while reading After The Woods, each character was clearly distinguishable and every word Savage wrote stuck with me instead of slipping through.
The concept of this novel was really well thought through and nothing like I’ve read before. The plot isn’t a simple one and there are connections to the past and near past. I love it when authors don’t just talk about the now, but also how the now happens because of the past. With all these pieces of the present and past its like a puzzle, we are trying to get the big picture of what happens, then the author introduces something new which twists it all and changes out perspective on everything! Its amazing!

Review: Under The Dusty Moon

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First Published: January 23rd 2016 (Canada)
Published by: Dundurn Press

Source: ARC from Author
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Drama

Reviews posted on: Goodreads | Instagram 



Under The Dusty Moon is a simple book I enjoyed. The synopsis is misleading fro what the book is really about  but there were some surprises and lots of fun characters. I found Under The Dusty Moon rather predictable, but I found it really fun to read a book that is set in Canada. Toronto to be exact, it was so close to my home that I was actually in Toronto while I was reading the vast majority of this book.

The plot of this book was not complex or deep, it was easy to follow

The writing was meh. I found that the author described too many actions of the characters and sometimes there was more telling than showing. Overall, I could read through the book without much annoyance, but there were times when I was like ‘get to the story’.

Characters. Vic. Kinda bores me. I imagined her very differently from the first half to the second half of the book. Not that she developed but that I just learned more about here that was different than what I thought. Micky. Fun. But predictable. Lucy was a bore and a butt. Shaun also very fun but he had very little depth. That’s what lacked most in this book. That characters were rather 2 dimensional.

I loved that this took place in Toronto. That it embraced Canadian things. Indie kiosk and fan con. It’s not common to see that and his book really captured real life. It hit home. Considering I live rather close to Toronto. And being who I am. Currently in Toronto. I just want to check all these sites out! While the characters lacked depth. Everything was believable and I could see this all happening I real life. I don’t know about the island. But the book brought more than real life. It brought a bit of the struggle. Teenage daughters. Smoking. Touring parents. Polluted water. Accepting someone gone is GONE. Safe sex and making sure your comfortable. A lot of the plot went around that the characters kept secrets. Which is so teenagery.

I found that the fact that she was Micky Wayne’s daughter was over exaggerated in its own sub-plot. Sometimes it annoyed me when the little things were exaggerated. The ending was well rounded, yet I still have some questions. I am so happy that Under The Dusty Moon. Let alone for its super cute cover.
The cover is really cute too.


Review: Zero Day by Jan Gangsei


Zero Day by Jan Gangsei

First Published: January 12th 2016
Published by: Disney-Hyperion

Source: ARC
Genres: Young Adult, Mystery, Thriller, Contemporary, Cyber-Terrorism


This book had me since the first page. It’s full of mystery and suspense to keep you on edge for the whole 360. There is the right amount of crime and drama to lure anyone in. I love double crossing and espionage in general. This book had just a fascinating premise and kept my fascination all the way through the book.

There was never a dull moment in the book, the plot kept on going that it was hard for me to take a breath between one chapter and the next. When we learn more about what Addie was doing those eight years, I really wish it was developed better. We only know a few things but we have no insight on how Addie learned her skills at all. Just on who did. I wish we could’ve known more of Addie’s past due to the fact I believe it would be epic. I still have plenty of questions, and with the way book one ended, I’m expecting a book 2.
I feel that this story would be better told in first person. My main reason for this is because there wasn’t much character development. If the story was told in first person, there would be a greater chance for us to know Addie better. Otherwise, it was hard to connect/understand any other of the characters as they were all one dimensional. There were a lot of character and little page time for each. I would’ve cut down on some characters. I still don’t know most characters motives, I don’t know why they do what they do and in the cases which the author introduced the why, it was just a statement. There was little elaboration on the character actions in my opinion. Which leave to my previous expectation, book 2, to allow Jan Gangsei more pages to elaborate these characters. The multiple-POV would still work, just it would be so much better in first person.
I loved Addies development through the book. She burns down her barriers and starts to let others in. By doing so, she allowed space to reconsider her actions. This made the book a whole it more interesting. If more was elaborated, I feel that the book would have had a greater emotional impact on me as a reader. I definitely would have felt something more for Darrow when said things happened to him, but i didn’t.
I love that Jan Gangsei took in this cyber story. Cyber terrorism and espionage is not commonly done in YA so its very fun to read. With this book, I opened my eyes a bit more to political problems in the cyber world, Ill certainly be paying more attention to such things from now on. I would certainly recommend this book to thriller fans interesting in cyber infiltration’s, but it could use some work. Even as it is, Zero Day is a pretty great book!

Top Ten 2015 Releases I Meant To Get To But Didn’t

I don’t think that ANYONE had enough time for reading in 2015. With how many pretty books were coming in and then the million more you need to catch up on. Last year I hoped to finish The Mortal Instruments, and here I am ordering City Of Glass because I just finished City Of Ashes (Book 2). This year, this year ILL CATCH UP ON EVERYTHING! Including 2015! Here are some books I got as new releases in 2015 and others I really wanted to buy.


I loved These Broken Stars, it has the most special place in my heart and Amie Kaufman became an auto-buy author. Especially with all the hype, the general beauty of this and being a YA Sci-Fi, it was on the top of my to-buy list. More important than eggs, who needs food anyway?

An Ember In the Ashes

I was honoured to read the preview of this on NetGalley, those 50 pages or so had me totally hooked with the fantasy world. I ended up preordering this (and The Heir) during an Indigo sale. High Fives to anyone who uses indigo!

Six Of Crows

Leigh Bardugo. Did you know I own three of her books without even having a taste of her writing. This here is because hype, so many trusted reviewers being positive and beautiful things and covers alike. I’m still curious what the Grisha is.. good thing Shadow and Bone is in my January TBR.

All The Rage

SUPPORTING CANADIAN AUTHORS HERE! I’m a sucker for stories which synopsis makes me feel sad. I love books which leave me in tears. I was sadly declined for All The Rage off NetGalley *insert many sad faces here* but at least someone had an amazon gift card😉

P.S. I Still Love you

I really enjoyed To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before, and I was really thankful when Jenny Han came to extending that dream so I’d never have to wake up. Turns out that I woke up in 2015, but maybe I’ll sleep and dream the same dream again🙂

Vanishing Girls

Another tragic accident and a mystery to come with it. I love mystery thrillers. Love love love, yet I don’t know what it was with this one. I remember picking it up from the library, having a whole load of library books to read, returned it and then picked it up again. I probably lost a dollar with my tardy fees on this book.

Red Queen

Again, SO MUCH HYPE. also dystopia and magic.

I Was Here

I wept for If I Stay, I wept when the movie came out. I wept with Where She Went. It’s amazing when you just feel so much because an author’s words. I just wanted to feel again.

The Conspiracy Of Us

I was lucky to read a sample of this, Thank you again NetGalley. I’m a mighty Ally Carter Fan. So another promising book, recommended for fans of Ally Carter and for a teen audience? So happy I bought it on boxing day.

Have you guys ever really wanted to read a book, but then you forget what it’s about, but you still really really really want to read it?


Review: The Winners Curse my Marie Rutkoski

The Winners Curse by Marie Rutkoski
Series: The Winners Trilogy #1

First Published: March 4th 2014
Published by: Farrar Straus Giroux

Source: My Own Copy
Genres: Fantasy, Romance, Dystopia, Young Adult, Historical-ish

This review is very poorly written, but I’m posting it anyways. Its from over a year ago but its all still true, just a really bad review. Tell me if you wrote one in the comments and I promise ill read ALL of them.I really liked their names. Unique characters. For all characters, there were pros and cons, moments I despised them and moments I adored them. Kestrel was smart but different. Daring, yet still afraid. Arin, arrogant boy, lovely Boy. I loved him. Deathbed promise, don’t make one. Don’t hurt Kestrel. Both strong strategists. Aah! I was in lovee!
Can I say one thing about their names, pretty. Kestrel, Arin, Jess, Ronan, Irex, Cheat. Enai. And much more beautiful names. These are the only ones I could come up off the top of my head. All the characters were fashionably made with the plot and setting.

Kestrel, music. Sharp mind, get what she wants, she is different from the rest. Piano playing. Shows braveness in many, many different ways. Arin, it was raining in his nose. He wasn’t afraid, he was just as afraid as Kestrel in difficult situations, which, by the way, was no fear at all they head butted fear in the rear! There were times I really wanted Kestrel to smack Arin for the things he did.

If you pick it up and it seems like you just really need to put it down. RESIST. It took a while for me to seep into the book. But after 75 pages I was hooked. Trust me, you will too!

I must admit I’m not a great fan of third person, especially here since it changed often within chapters and took me a while to adapt. The changing views let us as readers know more and cling on for more information. I liked it after those 75 pages or so. I was also reading multiple books at the time so I couldn’t focus properly… I really need to fix this.

The book broke me. I wanted both things, but couldn’t pick which was better. I loved the ending, at the same time I hated it. I feel sorry for Arin. Things I wanted or had from this book were torn out of my hands page after page. For their love to grow in the circumstances. Wanting Ronan/Kestrel to happen. Picking which side to fight for.

There was a lot of truth in this book. What we do in different situations. How we judge one another. The truth of parenting, loss, love, war, and rebellion. Amazing.

The world is beyond unique. Relatable to the one we live in in its historical way and the way that powerful people view things. Their traditions and culture here are great. Except for the Slave thing, wasn’t very supportive of that. Their gestures, wedding traditions, laws, symbols, games, names. EVERYTHING. All great things that I loved in this book.

Rutkowski’s world building is very admirable. I loved the setting in Shadow Society, which I proudly own. And Winners Curse was just as great. Which I also proudly own. I look forward to proudly owning Winners Crime too on March 3rd.



Review: See How They Run by Ally Carter

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Publication Date: December 22nd, 2015
Published by: Scholastic Press

Source: My Own Preordered copy because that’s the proper way to read Ally Carter.
Genres: Young Adult, Realistic Fiction, Suspense, Spy Thriller, Mystery

See how they run is the second book in Ally Carter’s newest series, Embassy Row. The first book, All Fall Down, was an ultimate beginning to the series which I gobbled up all in one day. Yesterday, the exact same thing happened when my brother got me the personalised signed edition for Christmas. I read the whole 323 pages before you could say egg nog.

Embassy Row went from awesome to extremely awesome. See How They Run was much more thrilling than All Fall Down and I don’t even know how that is even possible. I also thought that the end of All Fall Down had one of the greatest plot twists in YA history, boy have I been wrong. By the end of the book, I was like YES NO YES NO OMG WHAT DID I JUST READ.

Ally Carter went full out on See How They Run. I wish I could give her a high five for this fantastic book, or a punch to the gut for twisting my feels and making us readers wait a whole other year for book three. Ally Carters’ builds the world the story takes place in so much, Adria has a deep rich history which I am definitely intrigued in!

In this installment, Ally Carter took the characters and blew them up. We got more Alexei, Ms. Chancellor, Dominic and Lila. Now no one is good and no one is bad. I am so confused for my feelings. The secondary characters from book one have been developed and given depth. Graces squad continues to grow and there are so many moments of humour and others of despair. I loved this book just as much as I love Alexei. For your information, that is beyond the stars.

Jamie was brought into this book and it added so much more to the plot. I still don’t know how exactly how I feel for him. He is a douche, but he makes a great brother, but he is still a douche. With Jamie came a friend which only introduced another story which blew up and took over all my attention. and time. Do you know how much work I did the say I was reading? None. So worth it.

The mystery is massive, so much better than heist society and Gallagher girls. Politics is mashed into the story and adds a whole other thing to it all. Ally Carter has always been a master plot twister. She always manages to develop the best plot ever. Its so smart how a lot of things match up together. Some readers claim the twists are predictable, but I didn’t feel that at all. I was blown away with every page. I do wish that Ally Carter would have taken the time, See How They Run was very packed together, I feel that some scenes could have been developed further to extend our understanding of the happenings.

I love Grace so much more in See How They Run compared to All Fall Down. She comes off as less whiny and is capable of doing so much more. She becomes stronger and smarter with every page. She is made of pure determination and I admire that so much.

See how They run is a very fast paced novel, guaranteed to grab your attention for the whole ride. It’s action packed and so much more. It will keep you on edge with the thrilling mystery, action, friendships, plot twists and another OTP to add to the list.