Friday, December 9, 2016

BACKSTAGE PASS The Complete Series Box Set: Review and Giveaway

Warning: Reading the Backstage Pass series will lead to endless hours of watching your favorite boy band videos on YouTube.

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About Backstage Pass: The Complete Series:

Five irresistible guys…five unforgettable romances

Step backstage with the guys of Seconds to Juliet—the hottest boy band to hit the scene in years—and the girls who capture their hearts. Super stardom has never been so sexy…

Join the fandom. Just click the button.


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My Thoughts

This series is for any teenage (or former teenage) fangirl or fanboy. It's for anyone who ever covered their walls with posters of their favorite bands. It's for readers who spent countless hours reading Teen, Bop, and Tigerbeat to get a glimpse into the lives of their favorite musicians.

Each book of the series compliments the one published before it. They are fun, entertaining, and "take me back to my teens" books. I love recommending them to my friends.

Aimee and the Heartthrob by Ophelia London

I completely adore this book. It's the first book of the Backstage Pass series. It took me back to my NKOTB fan-girl days and there might have been some of my present day Maroon 5 loving self that identifies with it too. If you are a fan of music and fun, swoon-worthy boys and kissing, then you will love this book.

Mia and the Bad Boy by Lisa Burstein

I have immense love for Mia and Ryder. Their story is fun and innocently sexy. (Yes, that's a thing.) I love how Burstein infuses so much humor into her stories while filling up a small space in your heart. Reading Mia and the Bad Boy will make you laugh and smile and then laugh some more. It will make you want to eat a corn dog.

Daisy and the Front Man by Rebekah L. Purdy

Daisy and the Front Man is the third novel of the Backstage Pass series and it is the first book by Rebekah L. Purdy that I’ve read. I’m always looking to read books by new-to-me authors and this book being part of a series that I adore is a bonus! I’ve fallen for this fun boy band series and was excited to read this book with the tag line “Hell hath no fury like a fangirl scorned…” I just knew it had to be good.

Anya and the Shy Guy by Suze Winegardner

I have a crush on The Shy Guy. I have a crush on Will. I mean Matt. Yeah, Matt. Did you catch that?! Will is really Matt, Will's twin brother. When I first read that, I was all "What the what?" How did that happen? How can Matt pull it off? Who is in on the switch and how long can he keep it up the charade? Anya and the Shy Guy gives readers a little twist to The Backstage Pass series and it adds to the fun. I loved it!

Abby and the Cute One by Erin Butler

We get to meet the youngest member of Seconds to Juliet and understand the pressures he experiences as the remaining "available" member of the band. Nathan may be the young one, but he is in no way naive to ways of the music world and media popularity. A fun book to complete the series. 

Enter the Backstage Pass Giveaway:

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

AIR by Ryan Gattis - Book Trailer and Giveaway

I am pleased to share the wide release of AIR by Ryan Gattis. Earlier this year I read and shared my thoughts about AIR when it was exclusively released through Barnes and Noble. I've posted my original review below. After you read why this is an important and timely novel, I ask that you watch the AIR book trailer and then enter for a chance to win a copy of AIR for yourself.

AIR book hits shelves on TODAY and next year there will be a feature film adaption of the book in production which musician John Legend has signed on to produce.

by Ryan Gattis
Publication Date: May 31, 2016
Published by Adaptive Books
Pages: 320
Source: Publisher
Purchase Amazon | B&N | Indiebound

from Goodreads

When 17-year-old Grey witnesses the tragic death of his mother in Colorado, he is shipped off to live with his aunt in inner-city Baltimore. Grey struggles to fit in to his new school and environment until his new friend, Akil, introduces him to the enigmatic Kurtis, the leader of a group that uses high-octane sports as a form of social activism. By challenging the police with death-defying stunts and then posting videos of them online, Kurtis, Grey, and their group become unlikely heroes in the fight against the prejudice that surrounds them. 

As Kurtis takes Grey under his wing, they come up with a name, an insignia and attract more and more followers to their extreme acts. The lines between social activism and criminal behavior blur and their escalating stunts become a rallying point for the underprivileged and disenfranchised around the country, spreading like wildfire across the Internet. How far will Grey and Kurtis go to push their message, and can their fragile alliance withstand their growing power?

My Thoughts

After reading AIR by Ryan Gattis, I realize that I want to read more books with male main characters and I need to step out of the young adult and adult romance genre more often. I need to make more time for books like this one. AIR is eye-opening and thought provoking, and it expresses the power of voice and action. It's a book that is timely and should be read by teenagers and adults alike.

Grey is an interesting character because he's in that stage of life where he's discovering the world around him and how is life is shaped by his experiences and how he perceives these experiences. His life has been turned upside down and he's been separated from his siblings after the death of his mother and he must find his way and his place in his aunt's home in a new city. In doing so, readers get to know about him and his passion.

I love the relationship that Grey has with his aunt, Aunt Blue. She's not only his guardian, but she is a confidant too. Grey realizes that he does need guidance and can go to her for help, for advice, he has someone who will listen to him and someone who cares for him. It's an honest relationship. Aunt Blue speaks truths and that's something that Grey needs. Their interactions are some of my favorite moments in the book.

What I liked:

  • Grey's relationship with his aunt
  • The friendships that develop from purpose
  • The use of extreme sports as an expression of self and as an expression of art
  • Teens taking action and taking control of their own lives

Memorable Quotes:

"It's important, you know," she says, "if you don't know it already, that there's a difference between textbooks and art, Grey."
"Art is ideas in action, " she says. "Art is feelings felt, and possessed, and put in a new way." 
"Art -- real art, art from sorrow and pain -- lets you into other people's worlds. Good art makes you feel. Great art changes how you see the world. And it's in that feeling, and it's in that perspective, that we find that we're not alone and we can keep going. Even under the worst of circumstances." - Aunt Blue (pgs. 39-41)

"I mean, realizations are all good, as you say, but you can never be great just thinking anything. Eventually you've got to stand up and do something about it. Action's the only way . . . Philosophy in action is way more that just that. It becomes contagious so long as it's true" - Kurtis (pgs. 135 -136)

"I might not agree with you, but I believe in you, so I'll stand by you." - Aunt Blue (pg. 232)

I'm so glad that I took the time to read AIR because it offers a voice that is rarely heard. I can imagine AIR becoming a classroom favorite appealing to all readers, in fact I plan to recommend it to all of my high school English teacher friends. A great read!

Disclaimer:  I received this copy of AIR from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.  I was not compensated in any way other than the book provided. Thoughts and opinions are my own.

Watch the Trailer

Enter to win a copy of AIR
(provided by Adaptive Books)
Must be 16 or older to enter
Open to US addresses

Monday, December 5, 2016

Cover Reveal: OTHER BREAKABLE THINGS by Kelley York and Rowan Altwood


Let me know what you think of the cover for Other Breakable Things by Kelley York & Rowan Altwood which releases April 4, 2017!

This cover reveal is brought to you by Entangled TEEN & YA Books Central!

Kelley and Rowan’s thoughts on the cover:

We're pretty lucky in that Kelley got to design the cover for Other Breakable Things. We went through so many vastly different designs over the last few months, it'd make your head spin. It's almost funny that the one everyone ended up liking the best was the simplest. The quietest. It was also the first one Rowan saw where she said, "Yes, that's it. That one." And, hey, she was right.


About Other Breakable Things:

According to Japanese legend, folding a thousand paper cranes will grant you healing. Evelyn Abel will fold two thousand if it will bring Luc back to her. Luc Argent has always been intimately acquainted with death. After a car crash got him a second chance at life—via someone else’s transplanted heart—he tried to embrace it. He truly did. But he always knew death could be right around the corner again. And now it is. Sick of hospitals and tired of transplants, Luc is ready to let his failing heart give out, ready to give up. A road trip to Oregon—where death with dignity is legal—is his answer. But along for the ride is his best friend, Evelyn. And she’s not giving up so easily. A thousand miles, a handful of roadside attractions, and one life-altering kiss later, Evelyn’s fallen, and Luc’s heart is full. But is it enough to save him? Evelyn’s betting her heart, her life, that it can be. Right down to the thousandth paper crane.

Want to read more? Pre-order your copy of Other Breakable Things by Kelley York & Rowan Altwood today!

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About the Authors:

Kelley York and Rowan Altwood are a wife and wife writing team living in central California with their daughter and way too many cats. Kelley is the author of Hushed, Made of Stars, and Modern Monsters, and Other Breakable Things is Rowan's debut.

BACKSTAGE PASS: The Complete Series


Fall in love with Backstage Pass: The Complete Series during the Release Week Blitz!

From December 5-9, 2016, Entangled TEEN is celebrating the release of Backstage Pass: The Complete Series with a release week blitz, and we wanted to share in the fun with you! 

Check out this excerpt from book #2 in the Backstage Series that makes our hearts go pitter patter:

“If I agree to pretend to be your girlfriend,” she said, attempting to gain some power back, “we need rules.”

Ryder laughed. His eyes met hers. “Like?”

“No kissing.”

“Just kissing?” Ryder asked with a sly smile.

“No anything,” Mia spurted, her blood heating, climbing like the mercury in a thermometer.

Release Week Blitz Schedule:

Monday, December 5th:
Sara on Quesarasera Book Blog - Spotlight Post

Tuesday, December 6th:
Riki on Miss Riki - Spotlight Post
Jessica on OMG Reads - Spotlight Post

Wednesday, December 7th:
Alyssa on Pucks And Paperbacks - Spotlight Post

Thursday, December 8th:
Nicole on Nicole's Book Musings - Spotlight
Sharon on Coffee Lover's Heart - Spotlight

Friday, December 9th:
Melissa on Book Lovers Hangout - Review
Joli on Actin' Up with Books - Review


About Backstage Pass: The Complete Series:

Five irresistible guys…five unforgettable romances Step backstage with the guys of Seconds to Juliet—the hottest boy band to hit the scene in years—and the girls who capture their hearts. Super stardom has never been so sexy… Join the fandom. Just click the button. Aimee and the Heartthrob by Ophelia London Mia and the Bad Boy by Lisa Burstein Daisy and the Front Man by Rebekah L. Purdy Anya and the Shy Guy by Suze Winegardner Abby and the Cute One by Erin Butler

Want to Read More? Pre-order Backstage Pass: The Complete Series (Backstage Pass, #1-5) Today!

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Thursday, December 1, 2016

Seventh Annual International Holiday #Readathon - Sign-Up

Seventh Annual International 

DECEMBER 2nd-4th, 2016


I'm Joli, your host and I'm overjoyed that you've joined me here to participate. This #readathon is one of my favorite book events of the year and I was more than happy to takeover when Liza at WhoRuBlog asked me to host in 2015. I've participated in the Holiday #Readathon every year and want to keep the tradition going!

To participate: SIGN UP using Mister Linky below and READ. That's It!! 

You can use your blog, Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter accounts to join.


Everyone who signs up through Mr. Linky below is entered for a chance to win $25.00 (US) in books from The Book Depository.


For every 50 participants to sign-up, an additional giveaway will be offered.

You do not need to participate in the mini-challenges to qualify.

Share the news about the #Readathon
and have a chance to win a $10 Amazon gift card
(click Rafflecopter link below)

a Rafflecopter giveaway

 If you have any questions or you are an author/blogger who would like to offer a mini-challenge, feel free to contact me (Liza) at - See more at:
 If you have any questions about the #Readathon or if you are an author or blogger who would like to host a mini-challenge, please send an email to: actinupwb (at) gmail (dot) com. 
 If you have any questions or you are an author/blogger who would like to offer a mini-challenge, feel free to contact me (Liza) at - See more at:

(I'll update the mini-challenges as they are confirmed) 

1. My Mini-Challenge - Prize: a $15.00 gift certificate to Amazon, Barnes and Noble or The Book Depository. To enter: GIVE

1. Pledge a penny or two or three (or any amount you want!) per page that you read. Put a minimum number that you will pledge. For example: 100 pages – $1.00. And then donate the amount to your favorite charity.
2. ANY type of donation for the holiday season – a can(s) of food, book to a library, Toy for Tots, gently used books or clothes donated to a shelter, school – qualifies. OR volunteer your time at, for example, a soup kitchen or food bank. Just list it. (Feel free to come up with your own ideas!)
3. Click on comments below and share your pledge/donation. THIS IS ON THE HONOR SYSTEM!
(again, you do not have to participate in this mini-challenge to participate in the readathon)

2. Hosted by Liza Wiemer - author of Hello?

The Hello? Inspired Challenge The Hello? Inspired Challenge (Link to enter mini-challenge (

A holiday tradition in Emerson's family is everyone receives a book. Essentially, that's the only "physical" gift they will get. Their big gift is a family activity, like a road trip to the caves of Kentucky or a trip to Memphis to see the Civil Rights Museum or a trip to Chicago to explore museums.

My mini-challenge is: what book would you give as a holiday gift and why?

Extra entry: If you chose to pass on other holiday gifts and instead decide to take a road trip within reasonable distance of your home (so it's affordable) where would you take a few days off to spend quality time with your loved one(s)?

PRIZES: US- An annotated copy of HELLO?. 

International: A copy of HELLO? from The Book Depository

3. Giveaway Prize provided by Karen Ann Hopkins - author of the Temptation series, Serenity's Plain Secrets series, and The Wings of War Series

Mini-Challenge: Since I have a few series out and my prizes are books from each of these series, I want to know your favorite book series.

Tweet the book title @karenannhopkins #readathon or post a photo of the series on Instagram with #KarenAnnHopkins #Readathon and a winner will be selected.

Prizes: Three Winners!
Prize 1 - Signed copies of Embers, Gaia & Tempest 
Prize 2 -  A signed copy of Rachel's Deception
Prize 3 - A signed copy of Lamb to the Slaughter, along with a free audio experience with Audible for Lamb.

4. Hosted by Joanne Rock
Mini-Challenge -  Just name your favorite holiday movie for a chance to win the Holiday Prize pack with a copy of Whispers Under a Southern Sky by Joanne Rock, plus travel sized coloring book, pencils and notepad. Please give the page a "Like" while you're at it so it's easy for me to tag you when you win! My winner will be announced 12/4 at midnight... no purchase necessary!

Visit Joanne Rock's Facebook Page to enter!
Prize: Holiday Prize pack with a copy of Whispers Under a Southern Sky by Joanne Rock, plus travel sized coloring book, pencils and notepad

5. Hosted by Holly Cromer Photography

The Mini-Challenge: Readathon snacks: When I'm settling in for a day of reading, I like to have a snack handy - usually it's some kind of chocolate and a cup of coffee. For my challenge, I'd like you to share your readathon snacks and the title of the book you are currently reading. You can share on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram. Make sure to include #readathon and #readathonsnacks. If you share a photo of your snacks and book, you'll receive an extra entry.

Shares beginning 12/2/16 12:00 a.m. - 12/4/16 11:59 EST will count. You CAN submit entries for each day of the readathon. 

Prize: $5.00 Amazon gift card

6. Hosted by Brooke of Brooke Blogs 
Challenge - to be announced 
Prize -  Christmas themed adult coloring book prize package (or
they can choose a $5 Amazon GC).

7.  Giveaway Prize provided by Workman Publishing
Mini- Challenge: Retweet, Share, or Repost about Boss Babes Adult Coloring Book 

Prize - #BossBabes Adult Coloring Book

8. Hosted by Clara Kensie - Author of Aftermath and Run to You
Mini-Challenge -
Take a photo of yourself with the book(s) you're reading for the Holiday Readathon, and share it on your social media with the hashtag #ReadathonSelfie, and tag me: 
Instagram: @clarakensie
Twitter: @ClaraKensie
Facebook: Clara Kensie Author
Prize: A personalized signed hardcover copy of my November 2016 release, Aftermath (US). If the winner is international, the prize is a hardcover copy of AFTERMATH from The Book Depository.

9.  Giveaway Prize provided by Novl
Mini- Challenge: Share a book on your wishlist.
Share in the rafflecopter form (extra entries too!)
Prize - NOVL tote filled with ARCs, hardcovers, and swag


Mini-challenges/giveaways end on Sunday, December 4th at midnight PST. Please note that all the bloggers/authors have their own rules for their challenges.

Please share what you’re reading and your progress during the Readathon on Twitter by including in your tweet – Holiday #Readathon.

Twitter Party

Sunday, December 4th, 8 p.m. - 9 p.m. EST. Follow along using #READATHON. We'll talk about the books we're reading and holiday memories. There will be several giveaways during the party, so make sure to join in the fun!

This readathon is meant to be a fun, no pressure event. Read as much or as little as you want and you can start any time during the weekend. I'll be cheering you on!! 

Sign Up Here with Mister Linky:


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