Thu, December 18, 2014

Top Ten Clues You’re Clueless by Liz Czukas Review

Top Ten Clues You're Clueless book cover

Top Ten Clues You're Clueless book cover

Top Ten Clues You’re Clueless
By Liz Czukas
Publication date: Dec. 9, 2014
Harper Teen, 304 pages
Source: Publisher

Top Five Things That Are Ruining Chloe’s Day

5) Working the 6:30 a.m. shift at GoodFoods Market

4) Crashing a cart into a customer’s car right in front of her snarky coworker Sammi

3) Trying to rock the “drowned rat” look after being caught in a snowstorm

2) Making zero progress with her crush, Tyson (see #3)

1) Being accused—along with her fellow teenage employees—of stealing upwards of $10,000

Chloe would rather be anywhere than locked in work jail (aka the break room) with five of her coworkers . . . even if one of them is Tyson. But if they can band together to clear their names, what looks like a total disaster might just make Chloe’s list of Top Ten Best Moments.

— description

Top five things I liked about Top Ten Clues You’re Clueless by Liz Czukas:

1. The Breakfast Club vibe
2. Takes place in just one day — Christmas Eve (’tis the season!)
3. Set in a grocery store (loved that in Love and Other Perishable Items too!)
4. There’s a MYSTERY!
5. It’s a quick, sweet and easy read.

Aaaand, I’m a sucker for lists so I also loved that the list trope carried on from the description all throughout the book!

Okay, so I totally saw the mystery coming, but it was still a fun book filled with romance and friendship. Cute stuff.

PS: Read my review of Czukas’ Ask Again Later: It was fun, funny, easy, romantic, light-hearted and wrapped up just perfectly.”

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Wed, December 17, 2014

Anna’s Bookish Gift Guide: YA for Anyone

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If you’ve got a YA fan on your shopping list this year but don’t know what to get them, I picked out these titles I’d totally recommend for any YA reader. I sort of saw this as an “if I were to create a YA starter pack” challenge!


Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson
Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler
Breathe, Annie, Breathe by Miranda Kenneally
Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson

Can you tell I love Morgan Matson? It’s hard to buy books for people on your list not knowing if they refuse to read sci-fi, are anti-fantasy, etc. These books are lovely and have plenty of wide appeal!

Today is our last edition of this year’s book gift guide. Hope you enjoyed it!


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Mon, December 15, 2014

Anna’s Bookish Gift Guide: Sci Fi & Fantasy

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Today, I’m highlighting some sci fi and fantasy books a little bit off the beaten path. They’re books I loved and think need a bit more attention — so odds are, the sci fi or fantasy YA fan on your list might not have tried them yet.


All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill
The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
Not a Drop to Drink by Mindy McGinnis
Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch
Alienated by Melissa Landers

What did you think? Have you read any of these? If so, did you like ‘em too?


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Thu, December 11, 2014

For Real by Alison Cherry Review + Giveaway

For Real book cover

For Real book cover

For Real
By Alison Cherry
Publication date: Dec. 9, 2014
Delacorte Press, 304 pages
Source: Publisher

From Alison Cherry, author of Red, a novel PW declares “sparkles with wit,” comes a terrific new book about two sisters and one big question: how do you know who’s for real?

No parents. No limits. No clue what they’re in for.

Shy, cautious Claire has always been in her confident older sister’s shadow. While Miranda’s life is jam-packed with exciting people and whirlwind adventures, Claire gets her thrills vicariously by watching people live large on reality television.

When Miranda discovers her boyfriend, Samir, cheating on her just after her college graduation, it’s Claire who comes up with the perfect plan. They’ll outshine Miranda’s fame-obsessed ex while having an amazing summer by competing on Around the World, a race around the globe for a million bucks. Revenge + sisterly bonding = awesome.

But the show has a twist, and Claire is stunned to find herself in the middle of a reality-show romance that may be just for the cameras. This summer could end up being the highlight of her life . . . or an epic fail forever captured on film. In a world where drama is currency and manipulation is standard, how can you tell what’s for real?

— description

Romance takes a back seat to self-discovery, growth, strength, girl power and sisterly love in this story of two sisters on an Amazing Race-ish reality show. And I LOVED IT.

Yes, this is coming from the Queen of Kissing books, but I thoroughly enjoyed how engaging and just plain good For Real was.

The travel element and the reality angle were so interesting — I loved Claire’s theories behind the “philosophy” of reality TV (it sure as heck ain’t “for real”).

Anyhoo, highly enjoyable, I say. Have you read Red by Alison Cherry? Should I read that one too? If you want to give this one a try, it’s your LUCKY DAY! I’m doing a giveaway, and you can win your own copy. Enter below!

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Posted by: Anna   •   In: alison cherry, breakups, family, road trip, sisters, travel

Wed, December 10, 2014

Anna’s Bookish Gift Guide: Sobfest

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Today’s gift guide is geared toward sensitive readers — anyone who isn’t afraid to get their hankies out and let the tears FLOW.


Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira
If I Stay by Gayle Forman
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

Did you guys cry when you read these? Or am I just a softie? Heehee.


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