2015: What A Nerd Girl Says Recap of the Year!

Can you believe that its already 2016?!

Well it isn’t yet. It will be in approximately six hours. Its probably New Years for you now! Happy New Year!

As usual, treatment I’m doing my yearly recap. I love doing this. I love sharing the things that happened throughout my year but I also love to reflect back on it too. Because sometimes you can feel down, viagra approved you can think…god, life sucks or whatever. Especially around the holidays, when you’re single lol and you’re working a lot and all of that. Its not easy. But doing this…it always makes me smile. Because look at this! I had an AMAZING year again. I visited new places, went on a road trip with my best friends, met a ton of authors, met new friends and published my very first novel.

Seriously, its just awesome.

So sit back, relax and enjoy all the things that were awesome for What A Nerd Girl Says this year!

January!

*****

Attended The DUFF press screening and met Robbie Amell

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I was SO excited to be invited to such a cool thing. I loved this book and I was really excited to see the movie. I was especially excited to see Robbie Amell, who was there to meet and greet, because we all know he’s one of my biggest crushes!

Saw Foo Fighters Live in at Special Concert for Dave Grohl’s Birthday

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This happened so randomly! A guy took me on a date, and we were SO close to the stage and there were all KINDS of super cool special guests and it was AMAZING!

Saw Saosin and Met Them for the First Time

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I hadn’t seen this band in YEARS and I knew I had to go see them, especially with Anthony Green AND I saw them before the concert. I was front row, center, but hey, it was a blast!

Received my First Press Badge for a Convention

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Okay, I’ve gotten press badges for Festival of Books and things like that, but this was my first major one and it was SUCH a cool thing to get. This convention was EXPENSIVE so I’m glad to get in as press!

Saw Our Last Night Again :)

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I love these guys! I hadn’t had a chance to see them in quite awhile and they played a free show at a bar near me and so of course I went. Love love love these guys!

February!

*****

Went to Another Screening of The DUFF, and Met Robbie Amell and Mae Whitman!

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This screening was even COOLER. It was done by Tumblr and there was a ton of free swag and free food and free drinks, and Mae and Robbie were there, and the theater was incredible. I loved loved loved it.

Went to Gallifrey One For the Third Time

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Best weekend of the year ;)

And Met John Barrowman (again) and Eve Myles

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Who were both super amazing people. They took TWO pictures with me, let me hug and fangirl all over them AND John Barrownman totally asked about my boobs. I call all of that a total win.

Taught My First Blog Class

It was so much fun! I still think I have no idea what to do when it comes to blogging, even after 3.5 years but hey, it was still fun! And I think I’d like to do it again sometime.

 Met Tahereh Mafi and Ransom Riggs…Again

I swear to god, they  must think I’m total stalkers haha. They both totally recognized me.

March!

*****

Met Matt Lanter While Hanging Out at Disneyland

Okay, I admit…I *might* have stalked him a little bit. I saw that he was at Disneyland so I wandered around for a bit and finally ran into him. And he was SUPER nice about taking a picture with me, so there’s that. I just have SUCH a crush on him lol.

Went to Galliday at Disneyland

This was SUCH a fun day. I got to meet a TON of new people and just had a blast. I loved this day so much, combing Disney and Doctor Who, two of the things I love most!

Saw Set It Off…Again

I love these boys so much. As per usual, they played an incredible show that night, and they introduced me to two bands I’ve been fairly obsessed with all year, Against the Current and As It Is.

And Took Some of Them to Disneyland…

I look so fangirled out in this picture…sweet jesus lol. But this was seriously an awesome experience and I had such a blast with these guys.

Had A Blast at the Ontario Teen Book Fest 2015

This still remains one of my favorite events of the year. I adore Courtney, I adore the Ontario Library, I adore all of these authors, both the ones I already knew and the new ones. I love being a part of it, its SUCH a fun experience. Plus I got this AWESOME bag and went to dinner with a bunch of cool authors and seriously just had a blast.

Hit Over 300K Views on the Blog!

Seriously, I’m so proud of my little blog and its small accomplishments. 300K views is nothing to sneeze at!

April!

*****

Went to WonderCon 2015

This was seriously the most random last minute thing. I hadn’t planned on going at all, didn’t have the time or money, not with everything else that was going on in April, but my friend, Katie, had an extra badge and gave it to me (she’s awesome) and so I went and had a total blast! I was glad to not have missed it!

Met My Fangirl Friend, Katie, From Atlanta for the First Time!

I have known Katie for…god, maybe almost three years now and I’m so stoked I finally got to meet her this year! She came to visit California and we went to Disneyland (see above) and partied hard at YALLWest and had a great time together that week. I hope she comes back to visit soon because she is SO awesome.

Went to the First YALLWest!

Seriously, YALLWest was SO much fun and I super do not want to miss out on going again. I”m already counting down the days to going again.

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Libba Bray, author of SO many great books including A Great and Terrible Beauty, was AMAZING. I’ve been wanting to meet her for years so it was amazing to finally do so.

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AGH. Met Richelle Mead for the first time AND was able to interview her. *flails* I had SO many books for her to sign and the limit was 3 but with my sister’s help, and some help from some nice strangers, I got them all signed!

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Kass Morgan, who wrote The 100!

Who would have known when I met Victoria Aveyard that her book would easily become one of my absolute favorites of the entire year!

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Me and my best friend, Alex, pretending we are going to be YA authors one day. Who knew it would be coming so soon for me!

Went to Star Wars Celebration WITH a Press Badge

I had SUCH an amazing time. A convention all about Star Wars? Yes, please. I heard from some people it wasn’t that good of a year but screw them, because I had such a blast. There was so much to do, and so many people there and I just had a blast. SUCH a great weekend.  I was sad when I heard the next one would be in London!

Read to Some Awesome People…

This started off as kind of a random idea and it actually came out AMAZING. I have SO many pictures like this and I’m really stoked how they came out because they’re just SO fun. I love them.

And Met Carrie Fisher and KISSED her!

Literally one of the best moments of my life, period. I adore Carrie Fisher, I love her to death, I think she’s the most bizarre but most badass person ever and I’ve had a crush on her since I was, like, five years old. She was so awesome, she talked about my boobs and she was totally down to let me kiss her lol.

Met Karen Hallion and Interviewed Her Too!

Karen Hallion is easily my favorite fan artist and she’s SO good and I love all of her work. Being able to hang out with her, and interview her and get her autograph was super cool!

Went to Star Wars Night at Angel Stadium!

SO much fun. Putting together my Angels and Star Wars? I was in heaven. And that Jedi Rally Monkey is the coolest thing ever. It was a huge reason I wanted to go in the first place. Now he’s in a special spot with the rest of my nerd stuff ;)

Hung Out with Some of the BEST People at Harry Potter Roller Skating Night!

Always SUCH a blast with my favorite Harry Potter people. I volunteered this year and I’m so glad I did. April wiped me out but I’m glad I coudl still go and have a blast!

May!

*****

Saw All Time Low for the First Time in 10 Years!

I love these guys so much and it had literally been a decade since seeing them! I hadn’t seen them since they played Warped Tour as a nobody band, for real, so this was bizarre and cool. I also saw Issues, which was a newer band to me at the time, and god I love them.

Met the band, Incubus!

This was seriously the most random thing ever. My friend Steph is a huge fan and invited me to go and I thought, meh, why not? And it ended up being totally fun. The cd was super cheap and the guys were SO insanely nice and I’m so glad I went!

Went on a HUGE Road Trip with My Best Friends And…

Saw the Grand Canyon for the First Time…

Seriously it looks so fake. It looks SO fake. But incredible. SUCH an amazing experience. I had driven over night and was exhausted but I am so glad that we saw this. SO worth it.

Visited the Slightly Disappointing Town of Roswell, New Mexico…

My theory? Either Roswell is really that boring OR you need to go during the day. Either way it was an uneventful trip to Roswell. Though I did a super cool purple shot glass. So there’s that…

Tried Waffle House for the First Time…

Waffle House = Love <3

Added Globe Life Park to my List of Baseball Parks…

Its my goal to visit all major league baseball parks and it was SUPER cool to see this one. Such a gorgeous stadium, and even though we couldn’t go inside, a lady was nice enough to escort us to the Nolan Ryan statue, which was AWESOME.

Had an EPIC Time with Author Tonya Kuper

I met Tonya through promoting her novel and LOVING her novel, and hanging out with her while in Texas was amazing! She was so nice and she fit into our little group without even a problem. We had yummy food and took her to Sprinkles for the first time and it was all very very epic!

Attended My First RT Convention And Met a TON of Amazing Authors

Including My Second Favorite Author, Tamora Pierce, and Cried…

Literally cried. I’ve been reading her since I was 16 and she’s easily one of my favorite authors, period, so meeting her was a dream come true. I died. DIED.

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Victoria Scott, who wrote the Fire and Flood series and the Dante Walker series. She’s so awesome and told me my Pandora is a penguin. YES.

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FINALLY met the awesome Jennifer L Armentrout! She was SO super tired and we barely got to talk and I was worried about that for awhile but I met her again that summer, and you can tell RT was just exhausting for her.

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The lovely Kiera Cass, who took epic photo booth pictures with us. I can’t wait for the last book in her series!

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Sara Raasch, whose novel, Snow Like Ashes, is absolutely INCREDIBLE. Seriously. BLEW my mind.

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Finally met the amazing Cora Carmack who has been an incredible inspiration and also just a great friend. I adore her and her books so it felt SO good to finally meet her!

Laid Down in the Middle of the Road in Oklahoma…

We were planning on driving to the Four Corners and we realized it wouldn’t take us that far from Oklahoma…so we added another state to our list! And Oklahoma? Totally gorgeous.

Saw the house from Breaking Bad…

We saw it at like…2 or 3 am so it was hard to get pictures without being totally rude but we were driving through New Mexico, I realized where it was and I knew I had to stop.

Added Chase Field to My List of Baseball Parks…

YES. Another baseball park added to the list. I didn’t get to see as much of this one as I did in Texas but still a super cool stadium. And I discovered the baseball passport book there, so that was super cool too :)

And Had an All Around Amazing Time

Somehow I fit this all into a suitcase and into the trunk of a car…

Celebrated What A Nerd Girl Say’s Third Birthday!

My blog turned 3! Isn’t that insane! Its crazy because I’m not that far away from it turning 4 and that sort of blows my mind! This little blog just keeps chugging along and I love it.

Met Captain America and Thor

Both very handsome and fabulous men ;)

June!

*****

Got My 14th Tattoo!

I am so in love with it. That was six months ago and I love it so much. Its so big and perfect and John at Classic Tattoo is amazing and the line work is SO great. And its just one more way for me to show my love for the Mortal Instruments series.

Bought Super Cool Coke Bottles for Zoey and Ash

Because I’m a total loser lol. But it wasn’t like I was going to find them in the stores randomly so I decided to just buy them anyway!

Saw Our Last Night Again…

I really stalked these guys this year. Seriously. Its so bad lol. But they were having a free pop shop and acoustic show to celebrate the release of their new album and it was in Downtown Disney so I HAD to go and it was a TON of fun seeing my boys again.

July!

*****

Became Part of the SUPER Cool Percy Pack!

I was approached by Big Honcho Media to help celebrate the 10th anniversary of Percy Jackson, the release of Greek Heroes and the release of Magnus Chase and it was SUCH a blast. I got all kinds of exclusive swag, and Magnus Chase before anyone else and I had a blast revisiting the Percy world that I love so so much.

Went Back to Comic Con for the First Time in 5 Years!

I was very anti-Comic Con for a very long time. Last time I went it was so crowded and overwhelming and I couldn’t handle it. But going back with my best friend, Alex, who loves it and taking it easy and slow…I had a blast. I definitely want to try and go again.

Went to LoveNVegas 2015

This time around, JLA wasn’t tired, she LOVED my shirt (which is from her novel Be with Me) and she was the sweetest. When I told her how her novel Scorched helped me to get the help I need for my own mental illness, she hugged me and told me I was brave. And that was really awesome and huge for me. She’s an awesome lady.

Yes! Met Jay Crownover who was AWESOME. She’s such a sassy lady and I adore her to bits. Plus she told me I was right for loving Jet so much, and that made me smile big time.

August!

*****

Visited the Charmed House!

I was with a ton of my friends and we were celebrating the 7 year anniversary of The Los Angeles Dumbledore’s Army when we found out that the Charmed house was only a few blocks away. I was in the middle of a rewatch of the series so I had to see it.

Went to Europe…Sort Of…

My best friend Cassie went on an epic trip around Europe and since we couldn’t go along with her, she took Flat ASS (Alex, Sylvia and Sara…we are so mature) with her. Europe? Pretty great, guys. ;)

September!

*****

Finished My First New Adult Novel, Benched!

I was SO proud of finishing this! I hadn’t finished a novel in SO long, and I was feeling discouraged enough by all the rejection from The Awakened. This book has been a work in progress for YEARS. I’ve stopped it and started it and rewrote it and changed the names and changed the story and just had a roller coaster time with it. It felt good to finally finish it!

Got my First Foul Ball Ever

I have been going to baseball games pretty consistently since I was 6 months old. I am a HUGE Angels fan, and I have never gone home with a game used ball. Ever. So this was seriously SO freakin cool!

Met Andrew Smith for the Millionth Time Again

This time was a really awesome time, though they are always great times. But it felt different, like he was a friend, and he even called me his friend. And Stand-Off was just so so so so good.

Went to Long Beach Comic Con And…

Got another press badge for this!

Met Lindsey McKeon

She was SO sweet and nice and we got to pose with a replica of “Baby” from Supernatural…which is also signed by a huge chunk of the cast.

Saw My Good Friend Cecil Castellucci

I absolutely loved her new book all about Princess Leia and a special mission. It was seriously just the coolest thing ever. Cecil is such a nice lady, and I really enjoyed this book! Plus it got me even more excited for The Force Awakens.

Participated in the Los Angeles Dumbledores Army #OwlsForJKRowling Photo Shoot!

My Harry Potter group, the LADA, is participating in this sort of virtual/social media thing called Owls For JK Rowling…thanking JK Rowling for the things she and Harry Potter did. The LADA did their own photo shoot with it, and it felt very weird and very awkward but it was super cool

Met My Fangirl Girl Friend, Lindsey, From Michigan for the First Time!

I was so stoked to meet Lindsey! We’ve been friends for many years and its hard to meet people when they live all the way in Michigan! But she was coming to California and visiting Disneyland so we met up, had dinner and talked for ages! I adore Lindsey! I’m so glad she came out here to visit!

Met Aaron Hartzler Again!

Aaron is an amazing author and an amazing person and I’m glad I got to say hello to him again. He wrote an incredible book this year and he’s just a fun person. He even gave me a huge hug and congrats for getting my own book published, which was still a secret at this point haha.

Met Nicola Yoon!

I still haven’t read this book. I know, I know. But I’ve heard so many good things about it and I plan on reading it soon, I promise. But as soon as I saw Nicola was at Aaron’s signing, I immediately purchased the book and chased her down for an autograph. She was SO SO SO nice.

Signed My VERY First Publishing Contract!

Literally one of the most surreal days of my life. Seriously. Signing this contract with Benjamin and OfTomes…best day ever. It was all my hard work finally coming to fruition. Such an amazing feeling to finally send it off.

October!

*****

Saw my dear friend Leigh Bardugo for Six of Crows

This was a super fun day! Got my Six of Crows signed, and my dad came with me and he had a fun time and we tried Roscoes Chicken and Waffles for the first time and it was just a great day. Plus she called me a fellow published author and that KILLED me, in a good way :)

Met Stephanie Meyer for the First Time

When I heard they were doing an anniversary edition of Twilight and that Stephenie Meyer was doing a tour for it and coming to LA…I knew I had to be there. I have never met her before! Isn’t that insane? And I”m really glad I did because she was actually super super super nice. And now I have a copy of Twilight signed!

And Mr Jake Abel…

And her moderator for the panel was Jake Abel, who played a character in the movie adaptation of her book, The Host. I adore Jake and I pictured him as Liam the whole time I was writing The Awakened so it was super cool to meet him.

Revealed the Cover for THE AWAKENED

Isn’t this the coolest thing ever? I mean, this was a month ago and I’m still sort of blown away by this. This is MY book cover? And as soon as I got a full HD photo of it, I bought myself a phone cover because that’s so totally my life. And I love that phone case.

Got my 15th Tattoo!

One of the very first things I did after I got a new job and was finally making money again was get a new tattoo. Some people might call that irresponsible or whatever but it was something I needed. After a few rough months, I felt like this quote was always something to get me through the rough days. So I kept pushing forward. And I love this tattoo on my arm, especially since its in my own handwriting.

Went to Comikaze Expo!

Got a press badge again! It feels good to get those press badges. And I had a blast hanging out with my friend, Sean, and visiting all the fan artists and all of that. I was sad because I missed Jim Cummings while I was there but I seriously had a good time.

Celebrated Fangirl Halloween with my Best Friends :)

We had a fun time, drank and ate and gave each other gifts and it was a seriously awesome time :) I was quite spoiled by my friends!

November!

*****

Saw Bryce Avary aka The Rocket Summer for the first time in 10 years!

My sister invited me to go see The Rocket Summer and I was so excited! I hadn’t seen him since I was about 16 or 17 so it was awesome to see him again and awesome to spend time with my sister. I especially liked that we basically the exact same conversation we had when I met him years ago.

Got my Hands on My First Copies of THE AWAKENED

I cried. I laughed. I hugged them. I stared at them. I still stare at them. It doesn’t seem real at all! Its so bizarre! But it felt good to hold some tangible proof that I wrote this book and that its out there, and in the hands of others!

Got My First Blurb from a Famous Author

I am SO insanely grateful to Lindsay Cummings for blurbing The Awakened and being the first author ever to do so for me. It meant the world to me. AND its just plain awesome!

December!

*****

Released My Debut Novel

Probably the very best thing that happened to me all year. I’m not lying. I had an incredible year and it ended with my book being published? That’s incredible! That’s an amazing thing and literally a dream come true.

And Trended on Twitter for 12 Hours!

WHAT? How did this even happen!

Got My 16th Tattoo!

To celebrate the fact that I had finally gotten published, I got my 16th and most recent tattoo….the date of my first published book, in roman numerals, on my arm. I am SO insanely in love with it, John always does an amazing job and its one I’ve been thinking about for years so I’m glad I finally got to do it!

Had my Very First Launch Party!

This was one of the most surreal things I’ve ever done. I’ve been on the other side of the table a thousand times. Been to a million book signings. It felt so weird and also so incredible to be doing it myself. So many people came and we sold out of books and it was just absolutely AMAZING. I’m seriously so happy at how it all turned out.

Saw Our Last Night…For the Third Time…This Year…

I swear guys, I don’t stalk them. I don’t…To be fair, they are a local band so they play around here a lot and I’m definitely going to take advantage of that!

Celebrated THE AWAKENED with Belle

I had finally gotten to Disneyland since The Awakened had been published and one of the big things I wanted to do was see Belle and take a picture of her with my book because how cool is that? And I finally was able to do that!

Saw Star Wars: The Force Awakens 4 times (and counting…)

I don’t care what anyone says. I had an amazing time watching The Force Awakens. I’ve seen it four times and I absolutely love it and I want to keep seeing it. Its fabulous! I love Rey and BB8 and I love Kylo Ren (even when he’s emo) and I love Finn and POE and I love General Organa (Leia!!) and I just loved it all. It was SO SO good to me.

Had an Epicly Nerdy Christmas

I was VERY spoiled this Christmas, both by my sister (who had me for Secret Santa) and my mom. It was a VERY themed Christmas, so it would seem, with all the Ironman stuff but I think my Captain America loving sister is just trying to get me ready for Civil War ;)

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I hope you all had a wonderful year and I wish you an insanely Happy New Year and I hope that your 2016 is full of many amazing, awesome things!

Tuesday Top Ten – Favorite Books Read in 2015

Happy New Year everyone! I hope you had an absolutely FABULOUSLY nerdy 2015, see full of books and all kinds of awesome. I know I did. 2015 was a GREAT year to be me and I’m stoked to see what 2016 brings me.

For now, information pills let’s count down the top ten (technically 12) books that I read this year. Keep in mind…I read 126 books this year so this was HARD

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Both of the Honorable Mention books are actually being published in 2016. I read both of them in 2015 as ARCs and absolutely loved them both, page so they make my list of best books I read this year :)

Click the book title for its GoodReads page, the author name for their website and the book cover for my review!

Flamecaster by Cinda Williams Chima 

I was so excited when I got this ARC both digitally and in the mail. I absolutely adore Cinda Chima and I honestly think she’s one of the best fantasy authors I’ve ever read. She’s just so damn good. She’s going to be visiting in April, about two hours away, but I’m going. Hands down. This is the first in a new series, a spin off of my favorite series by her, the Seven Realms. It was great to be back in that realm, though I miss Raisa and Han, and it was just…ugh, so damn good. I can’t wait to read more!

Passenger by Alexandra Bracken

Confession Time: I’ve never read an Alex Bracken book before. I’ve heard The Darkest Minds series is good but I just haven’t had a chance to read it yet. I got this book in the mail as an ARC and I loved the cover and concept and immediately dove in. I can’t even begin to explain how much I ADORE this book. I’m a huge fan of Alex’s now and I can’t wait to make The Darkest Minds a priority in 2016.

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Unchanged by Jessica Brody

Its hard to believe that I read this book nearly a year ago! How insane is that! So weird. But god, what an amazing end to the trilogy. I had all these theories and expectations and this literally blew my mind. It is just…its not at all what I expected at all. She surprised me and shocked me and its really hard to genuinely surprise me and I was like like OMG. Jessica Brody got progressively better and better with this series and I just absolutely loved this series ender.

The Shameless Hour by Sarina Bowen

In all truthfulness, I read the entirety of this series this year, and I loved every single minute of it. I was hooked from book one and devoured the entire series and anxiously awaited the new releases. But by far, easily, my favorite is The Shameless Hour. I love both of the main characters and I love the story. I love Bella so much, I love that she’s not your typical virgin, which we see most of the time in NA series. I love that she owns who she is until things happen and she questions herself, but still ultimately comes out as confident in the person she is. I don’t know if that sentence made sense AT all but that’s how I felt. SUCH a good book.

All Played Out by Cora Carmack

Even though Carson is my favorite and will always have the special spot in my heart, I just loved loved loved All Played Out. Like I said about with Jessica, Cora just got better and better with these books as the series continued and I devoured APO in a matter of hours. Just blew me away. I adore Nell, her personality, her directness, everything and Torres is just…the kind of guy that would drive me absolutely insane in real life but causes me to swoon when I read. I am INSANELY excited about the release of the fourth book :)

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

I had been hearing about this book for ages and I had actually bought it when I met Victoria at YALLWest back in April. Everyone said it was SO good, but I just wasn’t feeling it for awhile. But when I finally sat down to read it…it just blew my mind. The world building is incredible, absolutely incredible…it flows so well and is so believable. And the twists and turns in this book…I was incredibly shocked at the ending of this book, jaw dropping, for sure. That cliffhanger…is it time for book two yet?!

Stand Off by Andrew Smith

I love Winger. Its one of my favorite books of all time and when I heard there was going to be a sequel, I nearly peed my pants with excitement. Because I was going to get my Ryan Dean back and the antics that follow him, always. And yes, that is what happened in Stand Off. I laughed so hard, because Ryan Dean is hilarious and Andrew is hilarious and the brand new character of Sam Abernathy is so freakin’ hilarious. But the book surprised me and became so much more, just like Winger. It had a lot to say about post traumatic stress disorder, and panic attacks and was written so beautifully. Always a win with an Andrew Smith book.

What We Saw by Aaron Hartzler

I had high anticipation for this book because I absolutely adore Aaron Hartzler. He’s a great writer and just an all around great person and I was so excited when I was able to get an ARC of this book. And my expectations were blown away. I loved his first book. I absolutely am obsessed with this one. Aaron Hartzler writes a compelling and incredibly emotional read and its beautiful and poignant and relevant and permanent. I read this months ago, and the story still is stuck with me, still sends chills through me. Its a must read for sure.

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

The first book I ever read by Rainbow Rowell was her novel, Fangirl, which I’ve now read several times. One of my favorite books that I’ve ever read and one of the few characters that I’ve been able to identify with as much as I have with Cath…Cath is me. So when I heard Rainbow was putting out Carry On, a story of the fictional characters created in Fangirl…I had to. And its amazing how invested in these doubly fictional characters I was! I loved the story from beginning to end and I laughed so hard, so many times, and I will ship Simon and Baz until the end of time. One of the best Harry Potter fan fictions I’ve ever read in my life, and I’m so glad this became a real book.

Winter by Marissa Meyer

I honestly felt like this book was NEVER going to be released. It had been nearly TWO years since Cress and I was DYING to find out what happened next. I’ve been in a perpetual slump with reading the past few months but I knew I had to sit down and read this one and I’m so glad I made myself do it because I blew through it. Marissa Meyer has an EPIC end to the series, with so many throwbacks to the original fairytales but also keeping me hooked to the action and the surprise and the romance and all of it. I LOVED this book and this series, and I can’t get it out of my head.

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

I don’t think I’ve ever met an author as talented at writing this beautifully and creating these kind of worlds so intricately than Leigh Bardugo. Seriously. The kind of fantasy she creates, the characters, the worlds, the way they all weave together to create the story…it just completely hooks me. Its emotional and real and its gripping because you can feel everything in the story as if you stepped through the pages. Leigh takes the world she created in the Grisha trilogy and opens it up wider, further, and pulls us into a new story, and its not hard to fall into it. I loved each and every character, I loved the story and I feel like I’m never going to fail to be impressed by this lady.

Scorched by Jennifer L Armentrout

I didn’t expect for this book to be on this list. I didn’t expect to love this book as much as I did. I love Jennifer Armentrout and I’ve learned this year to love love love her new adult books. I loved Frigid but I took it as what it was and was excited for Scorched. I was so unprepared for what that book would do to me. Scorched’s main character, Andrea, suffers through mental illness, mental illness that is very very similar to my own and it felt…so real, so raw, so emotional to read the point of view of someone who felt so much like I do. I cried a lot because I felt like JLA had given me a voice, when it felt too hard to describe how I felt…especially when she described a panic attack. I kept thinking, YES, that’s how it feels. So yes, I loved the story and the romance and all of that but I also loved Andrea, and her struggle and JLA’s ability to put my feelings into words.

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What were some of YOUR favorite reads of 2015? Don’t forget to sound off in the comments!

Music Monday: “Dangerous” by Before You Exit

“Dangerous” by Before You Exit

This is for my sister, find Dink. Because I can’t get this damn song out of my head lol.

Ooo woah

I fell in love with a criminal
She stole my heart and I didn’t know
She got me hooked after just a touch
Like ooo she’s so dangerous

She got me locked up
Tossin’ the key
Even if I tried to run she wouldn’t let me leave
This could be love
How could that be
I’m fallin for a perfect little heaven of a thief
Bringing me down, unhealthy but bringing me up
Not the type of girl that you would ever wanna trust
Like ooo she’s so dangerous

She’s got a first time kiss that’ll lock you in
She’s gonna break your heart but you can’t resist
I know that I just met her, I know I should know better
Oooo she’s so dangerous

I thought she was just so innocent
And from the start I was giving in
She’s such a wreck and I can’t forget
That ooo she’s so dangerous

She got me locked up
Tossin’ the key
Even if I tried to run she wouldn’t let me leave
This could be love
How could that be
I’m fallin for a perfect little heaven of a thief
Bringing me down, but bringing me up
Not the type of girl that you would ever wanna trust
Like ooo she’s so dangerous

She’s got a first time kiss that’ll lock you in
She’s gonna break your heart but you can’t resist
I know that I just met her, I know I should know better
Oooo she’s so dangerous

She’s gonna let you down but you’ll take her back
She’s just a one way trip to a heart attack
I know that I just met her, I know I should know better
Oooo she’s so dangerous

Was just a shot in the dark
Now, I don’t know where it will land
I let her tear me apart, yeah
I wish it never began

She’s got a first time kiss that’ll lock you in
She’s gonna break your heart but you can’t resist
I know that I just met her, I know I should know better
Oooo she’s so dangerous

She’s gonna let you down but you’ll take her back
She’s just a one way trip to a heart attack
I know that I just met her, I know I should know better
Oooo she’s so dangerous

Oooo she’s so dangerous
Oooo she’s so dangerous

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Book Review: Passenger (ARC) by Alexandra Bracken

Genre: 

Young Adult, page Fantasy

Pages: 

464 pages

Part of a Series?:

First in a planned trilogy

Release Date: 

January 5th, adiposity 2016

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GoodReads Summary: 

passage, diagnosis n.
i. A brief section of music composed of a series of notes and flourishes.
ii. A journey by water; a voyage.
iii. The transition from one place to another, across space and time.

In one devastating night, violin prodigy Etta Spencer loses everything she knows and loves. Thrust into an unfamiliar world by a stranger with a dangerous agenda, Etta is certain of only one thing: she has traveled not just miles but years from home. And she’s inherited a legacy she knows nothing about from a family whose existence she’s never heard of. Until now.

Nicholas Carter is content with his life at sea, free from the Ironwoods—a powerful family in the colonies—and the servitude he’s known at their hands. But with the arrival of an unusual passenger on his ship comes the insistent pull of the past that he can’t escape and the family that won’t let him go so easily. Now the Ironwoods are searching for a stolen object of untold value, one they believe only Etta, Nicholas’ passenger, can find. In order to protect her, he must ensure she brings it back to them— whether she wants to or not.

Together, Etta and Nicholas embark on a perilous journey across centuries and continents, piecing together clues left behind by the traveler who will do anything to keep the object out of the Ironwoods’ grasp. But as they get closer to the truth of their search, and the deadly game the Ironwoods are play­ing, treacherous forces threaten to sep­arate Etta not only from Nicholas but from her path home . . . forever

My Review:

I am actually kind of sad that this is the first novel that I have ever read by Alexandra Bracken. I have owned The Darkest Minds for quite awhile and haven’t read it because honestly I just haven’t gotten to it. I was lucky enough to get this ARC of Passengers (which came in the coolest ARC box – see picture below) and I dove right in. I mean, look at that book cover. That book cover is absolutely gorgeous and that book grabs you as soon as you open the cover.

This book is absolutely incredible. I think its such a great blend of fantasy and history and mythology. I love that there is a time travel aspect and I love that it just flows seamlessly, that it just works. It gives that sort of fantasy to it but Alexandra writes it so well that it just is so easy to accept. I love time travel and I love this approach to it. Its beautiful. Its a beautiful example of world building and I give Alex massive props for creating it. I love it all.

I also love the history aspect of it. Seriously. A lot of research had to go into it. This book jumps from 2015 to the 1800s and the 1600s and World War 2 and all over the place and I love every single moment of it. I am a former history major and I love history. I love historical novels so the various time and places that Etta and Nicholas visit are just beautiful. I seriously hope there is more of that in the sequel, I imagine so, because that was easily my favorite part of the book. I love the time travel and the history and the myths and the way it sort of flowed together. It was part fantasy and part science fiction and 100% amazing.

I also really loved the dynamic of Etta and Nicholas. There is obviously a romance there but the difficulties between them are so real. Two different time eras, and the way they think and the way they were raised, the things they want in life. And then there’s this complication of them running through time, on an endless scavenger hunt for a hidden object. And Nicholas is, I believe, half-black, which makes him traveling through time, difficult, to say the least. There are so many aspects to this novel, obstacles and such and they’re blended so wonderfully. I loved it.

I loved every bit of this novel. I am seriously so impressed with this novel and I can’t wait to get the finished copy in my hands. I’m so lucky that I got to read it early because seriously it was so good.

The only problem with it though is now I have to wait MUCH longer for the sequel.

I’m so bad at waiting.

 

Rating: 

4.5 out of 5 Stars

Book Review: Whatever Life Throws at You by Julie Cross

Genre: 

Young Adult, side effects  Romance

Pages: 

373 pages

Part of a Series?:

Standalone Novel

Release Date: 

October 7th, 2014

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GoodReads Summary: 

Seventeen-year-old Annie Lucas’s life is completely upended the moment her dad returns to the major leagues as the new pitching coach for the Kansas City Royals. Now she’s living in Missouri (too cold), attending an all-girls school (no boys), and navigating the strange world of professional sports. But Annie has dreams of her own—most of which involve placing first at every track meet…and one starring the Royals’ super-hot rookie pitcher.

But nineteen-year-old Jason Brody is completely, utterly, and totally off-limits. Besides, her dad would kill them both several times over. Not to mention Brody has something of a past, and his fan club is filled with C-cupped models, not smart-mouthed high school “brats” who can run the pants off every player on the team. Annie has enough on her plate without taking their friendship to the next level. The last thing she should be doing is falling in love.

But baseball isn’t just a game. It’s life. And sometimes, it can break your heart…

My Review:

I’ve been wanting to read this book for so so long. But I was avoiding baseball books, especially romances because I was writing my own. I’m so glad that I finally was able to read it and I’m so glad I did.

This book combines two of the things that I love the most: baseball and romance. And it makes me so happy. I also really loved that it was very different from the books I’m writing haha so I didn’t feel a despair at failing to write as well as Julie. Because she writes so well and I totally loved her story.

And I seriously loved Jason. Oh god. He’s a fictional baseball player but I love baseball players. Oh how I love baseball and baseball players and I was so in love with Jason Brody, both as the guy off the field that Annie falls in love with and the incredible pitcher on the field. He’s an incredibly complex character and I love him so much. Thank you, Julie Cross, for extending my love of baseball boys into the fictional world. Really, I didn’t need that.

I think the thing that made me love this book the most was the blend of romance and sports. There was a great balance between the two. I think that’s hugely important when it comes to sports related books. Not everyone is going to love it so you have to find a great balance. There’s a ton of romance, but great romance, a realistic beautiful friendship, leading into a believable, great romance. And there’s a lot of great baseball.

I loved every time the Royals played the Angels. I was like, ah, my babies. But, like, the Royals wouldn’t beat them ;)

Actually they probably would…

Go Angels!

Anyway, I really loved this book. Not only was it great to read a really great romance, it was great to get some baseball love too. I think Julie writes a great novel and I love all the characters in the book. Annie, Jason, Annie’s father, all of them. Great characters, great story. The story flows well and it works so great. I love it. I wish she would write more!

 

Rating: 

4 out of 5 Stars

Book Review: Leveled by Jay Crownover

Genre: 

New Adult, buy Romance

Pages: 

224 pages

Part of a Series?:

Prequel Novella to the Saints of Denver series. This is a spinoff of the Marked Men series.

Release Date: 

November 2nd, clinic 2015

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GoodReads Summary: 

Orlando Frederick knows what it is to be leveled by pain. Instead of focusing on his own, he’s made it his mission to help others: sports stars, wounded war vets, survivors of all kinds. But when Dom, a rugged, damaged, sinfully attractive cop, makes his way into Lando’s physical therapy practice, he might be the biggest challenge yet. Lando loved one stubborn man before and barely survived the fallout. He’s not sure he can do it again.

Dominic Voss is a protector. The police badge he wears is not only his job, it’s his identity, so when he’s sidelined because of an injury, the only thing he cares about is getting back on the force. He expects Lando to mend his body, he just doesn’t realize the trainer will also have him working toward a hell of a lot more. As attraction simmers and flares, Dom sees that Lando needs repair of his own…if only the man will let him close enough to mend what’s broken.

My Review:

Dear Jay Crownover:

Damn girl, you write some good M/M. And I think this was a GREAT introduction into the Saints of Denver. It may have taken me some time and push to get into the Marked Men series but I fell hard and I’m so excited for the Saints of Denver series. More tattoos, more sexy men and more romance and drama. Everything that makes Jay’s novels fabulous.

So I loved this short introduction into the series. I discovered recently that I really enjoy reading M/M stories. I wasn’t sure if I could relate to them at first. I’m obviously not a boy. I’m not a boy attracted to other boys. I’m great at hetero-romances and I’m great with lesbian romances (yay for being bi!) but I wasn’t sure if I could connect.

I was proven so so so wrong. I loved the first few M/M books I read and now I seriously love this book. Dom and Lando have such a quick, and crazy relationship but I love every single moment of it. I love how they meet, I love the immediate chemistry, I love how they fall in love. I’m rooting for them from page one to the last page. There’s something about them that just seems to work.

Plus, sweet jesus, Jay Crownover has a way of writing the sexiest scenes sometimes. She makes me pant even in an M/M story and I love it.

I did have a small problem with a decision that Dom makes at the end of the novella. I thought it was a slight cop out and I was a little disappointed that he made it. I have been trying to rationalize it as sacrifice or compromise or something like that but I don’t know, its hard for me, especially…okay, its so hard to do this without spoilers. But read it and talk to me and I’ll explain haha. Because despite this little tiff I had, I still loved this novella and can’t wait to read the first book in less than a month!!!

 

Rating: 

4 out of 5 Stars