The Darling Buds at The Hotel Cafe-Recap and LIVE Video!

HI EVERYONE!

So its about 2 am now and I’m SUPER tired and exhausted but also super happy and I figured, medicine you know what, case I’m just going to write this post now because why not!

So about a month ago, find Jamie Campbell Bower, actor/singer/model/musician/hottie extraordinaire, did an acoustic set of some of his songs at Venice Beach. It was SO incredibly fun, and you can read all about it on the blog here.

Then a couple weeks he announced that him and his band, The Darling Buds would be playing a 21+ show at The Hotel Cafe in Los Angeles on June 9th. I immediately told all my friends and we scooped up tickets SO fast. I knew I had to see him and his band play.

Today I got to see him play, and I can’t even…the feels, guys, the feels. It was so much fun! It was, like, the ultimate girls night with some of my favorite girls!

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We got to Hollywood early, had some food, and hung out, waiting in line to get into the venue.

Once we were in, we had drinks, listened to the opening band, and just laughed and talked. Seriously, it just felt so good to hang out with my girls!

Then Jamie, Tristan, Roland and Dan aka The Darling Buds came out to play, and they were just SO awesome. They rocked it. I thought that Jamie was absolutely amazing doing the acoustic set on the beach, but the whole band just blew it out of the water. I could barely handle it. Check out the video I got. I took two videos, one of the song “Waiting”, and a second video of a brand new song that they were debuting at the show for the very first time. They were going to say the name, but Jamie said it was embarrassing or something haha so it remains untitled for now.

After they played, I had to go to the bathroom, and Lily Collins literally passed right by me. I had seen her earlier, sitting at a table and I nearly passed out haha. I’ve met Lily quite a few times but I’ve never actually gotten to take a picture with her, and she’s one of my biggest crushes for sure. I was determined to track her down, and I did!

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She was hanging out with Jaime Feld, who is Kevin Zeger’s wife, and I ADORE Jaime, so I had to get them both in the picture. Jaime was like “wait, what, me?” all surprised. It was so adorable. I was SO stoked to get Lily because she left almost immediately after this.

Then I ran into Roland, who is a member of the band! He was SO sweet, and later on in the night, came to talk to me and my friends, and he was just so excited about the show and the fact that it was sold out and that people were so enthusiastic and that we knew the words. SO cute.


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The best part though? The band was hanging out in a sort of “green room” sort of situation and they were letting fans in the room, in small groups, to do a sort of impromptu meet and greet, so me, Sylvia, Steffie and Ally immediately got on board with this, and went in.

There we met the whole band, Jamie, Tristan, Roland and Dan and they were SO amazing. They stopped and talked to all of us, and took pictures. Jamie remembered us from the Venice Boardwalk show, which was SO epic and cool. I hadn’t had the chance to show Jamie my Fearless rune tattoo at the TMI premiere because it was kind of chaos so I showed him today, and he immediately recognized it as the fearless tattoo and was SO into it. I loved that he was SO dedicated to TMI and knew the rune, and said it was his favorite. They all signed Steffie’s Delicious Milk poster, and it was just a blast. We easily were the group that took the longest in there haha.

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Me and Dan Smith :)
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Jamie with Steffie’s Delicious Milk sign haha
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Me and Jamie Campbell Bower <3

 

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I got a Tristan selfie! With a beautiful photobomb by Steffie in the background!

It was honestly SUCH a great time, and I’m blown away with how much fun I had. Seriously. I knew it was going to be fun but I never ever expected to have this much fun, and I’m so grateful for such a great day today! The Darling Buds rocked, Lily and Jaime were awesome, and my friends were the absolute best.

Don’t forget, you can check out more pictures from the concert in this album on the official What A Nerd Girl Says facebook page!

And thanks for reading and watching as always :)

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“Yes, Adults Should Be Embarrassed to Read Young Adult Books”: A Response 

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“Yes, Adults Should Be Embarrassed to Read Young Adult Books”: A Response

Today I was browsing the internet, for sale going through my Facebook feed, link catching up on my emails, order that sort of thing, when I bumped into an article, published over at Slate by a woman named Ruth Graham. It was so eloquently titled “Yes, Adults Should be Embarrassed to Read Young Adult Books.”

I’m an adult. I’m twenty-six years old, which according to most definitions of the young adult age group, is way outside the group. Most definitions cut it off at about eighteen or nineteen years old so that is definitely behind me. However, as most of my readers know, I am someone who delves completely into the world of young adult literature. Most of what I read is young adult literature.

So I was curious. I decided to read the article. I appreciate opposing opinions. I do. I welcome them. I tend to very vocal when it comes to my opinions and so I welcome those that differ from me, as long as they’re presented in a mature and respectful manner. So I was curious about this article.

By the end of the article, I was steaming. In my personal opinion, it was less about the writer’s personal preference to adult literature and more about insulting the genres of children and young adult literature and defending their “holier than thou” attitude. It wasn’t about convincing adults to broaden their mind and seek out books more geared toward their age group. No, it was more playing on…adults should not read YA because it is bad, and it makes them seem unintelligent and you should be massively embarrassed to be toting one of those books around.

“Read whatever you want. But you should feel embarrassed when what you’re reading was written for children.” 

I don’t understand this. Should I never pick up a Dr. Seuss book again? Should I say, thanks Harry Potter for being so important to my childhood and young adult years but I’ve grown past that? Why should we not get enjoyment from books that were written for ages younger than us. I still pick up a Dr Seuss book and smile, get a sense of nostalgia and laugh my ass off. Those books are SO fun. Why should I feel embarrassed about something that I enjoy? This seems like a very high school approach. I should be shamed for something I like. I should be embarrassed if I’m not what my peers think I should be. That’s wrong. I thought, as adults, we had grown past shaming each other for the people that we are, the things we like and the passions we have.

“Let’s set aside the transparently trashy stuff like Divergent and Twilight, which no one defends as serious literature.”

I’ve defended this up and down, side to side, all around, a million different ways. Until you can pick up a wide variety of young adult literature, please do not sit here and judge it as not serious literature. This blogger admits while she loves indulging in a Twilight reading marathon, I do not consider it to be a serious piece of literature. On the other hand, I definitely consider Divergent to be. When I consider serious literature (which is so vague and opinionated, in the first place), I think of the themes. What can we gain from reading this book? Can we look at themes of family and death and sacrifice and class and all those sorts of things and in Divergent, I think the answer is yes. And don’t ever be so blanket as “no one defends”. I know plenty of people that would shoot you down on that one.

“I’m a reader who did not weep, contra every article ever written about the book, when I read The Fault in Our Stars. I thought, Hmm, that’s a nicely written book for 13-year-olds. If I’m being honest, it also left me saying “Oh, brother” out loud more than once. Does this make me heartless? Or does it make me a grown-up? This is, after all, a book that features a devastatingly handsome teen boy who says things like “I’m in love with you, and I’m not in the business of denying myself the simple pleasure of saying true things” to his girlfriend, whom he then tenderly deflowers on a European vacation he arranged.”

She mentions The Fault in Our Stars quite often. This is difficult for me to address because I tend to be of the unpopular opinion that this book is highly overrated. I like it a lot, I enjoyed reading it, but I tend to like John Green’s An Abundance of Katherines way more. Its less…romantic. Perhaps I am a grown up because I cringe a little at the relationship in TFiOS. I’ve been in a relationship with my boyfriend for going on seven years now and I’m fairly sure my boyfriend has never said anything remotely close to what Augustus Waters says in TFiOS, but I love him just as much and more than Hazel loves Gus. I’m just saying. So this one is hard to tackle. But, I don’t think an adult should be ashamed of reading the book, ever. Its beautiful and, yes, a bit cheesy but there’s nothing wrong with wanting to lose yourself in this seemingly perfect relationship (minus, you know, the cancer…). 

“But even the myriad defenders of YA fiction admit that the enjoyment of reading this stuff has to do with escapism, instant gratification, and nostalgia. As the writer Jen Doll, who used to have a column called “YA for Grownups,” put it in an essay last year, “At its heart, YA aims to be pleasurable.”

Um…what’s your point? Yeah, I read for enjoyment! What is wrong with that? I hate this idea that every single time I pick up a book, it is to better myself, to better my mind, to make me a more intelligent person. Putting aside the fact that yes, I do think young adult literature can make for better readers, and more intelligent people, who cares if I want to pick up a book to just have fun, and enjoy? Why does every move I make in the day have to be for the betterment of my character and my mind? Why take the general pleasures out of every day life? Some days I want to watch a show about super dramatic vampires instead of watching the news. Some days I want to watch a movie with mischievous chameleons and singing snowmen instead of watching a movie that makes me question my country’s political system.

Going back though, who is to say that there isn’t young adult literature that is there beyond enjoyment and nostalgia? I recently read a debut YA novel by an author named Catherine Linka. Her novel, A Girl Called Fearless, focused on a very familiar Los Angeles, where a huge chunk of the female population has been wiped out. Because of this, the male population has responded and heavily so, in controlling what is left. While this is sort of a futuristic, almost dystopian type of novel, the premise of it did not seem so far fetched to me. Every day, politicians debate on what choices I can make on my own body. Girls are kidnapped and sold as child brides (which, by the way, kind of happens in this novel). Girls are kidnapped by the hundreds for seeking an education. This book made me more aware of those things going on around me and how important it is to be thinking about them and to be doing something about them.

Look, the point is, not every book that you read has to be for a purpose other than enjoyment. Sometimes I just enjoy reading books. Reading is my hobby, my favorite pastime, what I literally spend most of my time doing when not working, or writing or any of that sort of thing. I want to enjoy it.

“-but that they are asked to abandon the mature insights into that perspective that they (supposedly) have acquired as adults. When chapter after chapter in Eleanor & Park ends with some version of “He’d never get enough of her,” the reader seems to be expected to swoon. But how can a grown-up, even one happy to be reminded of the shivers of first love, not also roll her eyes?”

This is where I feel the holier than thou attitude totally starts to play in. Of course I recognize that the relationships in some of these novels can be over the top, cheesy, dramatic, unrealistic but again, why should I be embarrassed to read about those? As an adult, I can recognize that this is untrue of reality but also enjoy it as a book. Why can’t you have both? I do shake my head a little at “He’d never get enough of her” because trust me, there are days when I want to tell my boyfriend to please go away, you’re driving me absolutely nuts and I need a break from you right this second, please, baby jesus. And I’m sure he feels the exact same way. However, why can’t I enjoy a book with a romance like that? It makes me feel happy and I get enjoyment out of that? An adult can still read this novel, enjoy it, and recognize the differences between those romances of your young adult years while also recognizing that reality is much different.

I’ve also read adult books that indulge in the same sort of thing, so why is this something that is being restricted as a “young adult literature” thing. We are grouping an entire genre of novels together, just as you are doing the same with adult literature. There is some bad young adult books and there are some bad adult books. That’s just the way it is. Also, bad is relative. What is bad to me could be something incredibly enjoyable to another reader. But no one should be embarrassed for enjoying the novels that they read.

“Most importantly, these books consistently indulge in the kind of endings that teenagers want to see, but which adult readers ought to reject as far too simple. YA endings are uniformly satisfying, whether that satisfaction comes through weeping or cheering.”

Um, no. No. Definitely not. Have you ever even read a young adult novel before? Seriously? I don’t like simple endings. I don’t like endings that make me cry just for the sake of crying. I don’t necessarily always like endings that make me feel like cheering. I like complicated endings. I like endings where I feel a sense of happiness and loss. I like endings that leave me both feeling like its wrapped up but also leaves me wanting more. There are so many young adult books that accomplish this, and I’m wondering if you’re reading the right books. She mentions Eleanor and Park and there is an ending right there that is not quite solved. It leaves it open ended. Things could work out, or they couldn’t and you close the book, wondering.

I recently read the final book of The Mortal Instruments series and found myself disappointed in the ending. I found it safe, too simple, too happy. I recognize those books that have an ending that doesn’t seem to add up to reality so much, and I do get sort of disappointed in that.

But, I repeat myself, what is SO wrong about reading a novel that has a happy ending? Some days…they can really suck. Somedays, my car is on empty and its two days to pay day and I’m hungry and there’s nothing to eat in the house, and my boyfriend has a bad attitude and I just don’t want to deal with it, and there are bills piling up and I’m not sure if I can pay them. There are days that just blow. And if I want to sit in a YA book and read it because its beautifully wrapped up in the end, than I’m going to do so. Somedays I crave an unrealistic, happy ending. There’s nothing wrong with that. Somedays I need to be reminded that things do work out and it takes getting through these rough times to remember that.

“Fellow grown-ups, at the risk of sounding snobbish and joyless and old, we are better than this.” 

You do sound snobbish. Joyless and old, that’s something I won’t even tackle. But snobbish? Yes. You do. Because you are literally telling scores and scores of adults that you are better than them because you read a different genre of books than them. You are not really addressing a group of people and telling them that they are better than that. You are literally saying, I read adult books, I recognize their literary superiority to young adult books and, therefore, that makes me better than you. You read young adult books and you shouldn’t, you should read adult books, and you too can be better than them (them being this horrible group of adults that enjoy young adult literature). You are literally saying you are better than them. You say “oh yes, we can read what we want to read” but you don’t really reflect that. You are saying adults are better if they read adult books. You are being judgmental and snobbish, yes. No risk there.

“When I think about what I learned about love, relationships, sex, trauma, happiness, and all the rest—you know, life—from the extracurricular reading I did in high school, I think of John Updike and Alice Munro and other authors whose work has only become richer to me as I have grown older, and which never makes me roll my eyes.”

Congratulations, you learned about these things through Capital-L Literature. Fantastic for you. I learned about all these things through young adult literature. Authors like Meg Cabot and Sarah Dessen and JK Rowling and Tamora Pierce and so many more are what taught me about love and friendship and trauma and happiness and LIFE as you so put it. I was taught these things by these books that you continue to put down. Teenagers are learning these things from books that you are continually rolling your eyes at. You’re not a teen, and you’ve gained that wisdom, that knowledge from books that you read when you were a teen, so of course, you’re not going to learn about life from these books. You’ve already learned that.

But I’ll say it again: who is to say that there are adults that haven’t learned that yet? Who is to say that I’m still struggling to learn about life. I’m an adult, in the adult camp outside of YA literature, but I’m still struggling to learn about love and relationships and trauma and life and if I learn about these things through YA novels, than I think that’s a good thing. I think that’s wonderful.

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Look, it basically comes down to this: you are literally shaming people, telling them they are not good enough, they aren’t adult enough because of what they read. You are literally saying they aren’t mature readers. They are unintelligent because they prefer the worlds of John Green, Stephenie Meyer, Rainbow Rowell, and Veronica to authors like Dickens, Fitzgerald, Shakespeare and Faulker.

Look, I was in advanced  classes for most of my educational career. I’m not an unintelligent person. I have always excelled in reading and writing and literature. These are subjects that have always been closer to me. I’ve read Dickens. I’ve read Faulkner. I’ve read those authors, and for the most part, I didn’t enjoy them. I’m sure that I gained something from reading them but that does not mean that I enjoyed them. And I choose not to read them anymore. I find them boring. They were written by mostly men, decades ago, and I just feel no connection to them or their story. I feel connection to today’s YA authors and what they are writing and so this is what I choose to read.

My boyfriend is one of those readers that chooses to read adult books. He’s currently reading Sometimes a Great Notion by Ken Kesey, who also wrote One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. I have picked these up, read a few pages and put them down. Its not that I can’t read them. Its not that I won’t understand them or gain some important life knowledge from them. I just don’t want to. I have no desire to. Those are books enjoyed by my boyfriend, and I don’t judge him for that. I tease him sometimes for being into “hipster” books but that’s what he likes to read. I’m lucky enough that he has also taken my advice on some young adult literature and really enjoyed them, like the Harry Potter book series and Andrew Smith’s Winger. He sometimes rolls his eyes at the books that I get, but he would never judge me for what I read. One, because he knows better haha, and two, because we just enjoy different things and that’s okay. We have intelligent conversations about things, and sometimes he references the books, movies and TV shows that he indulges in and I do the same, of the things I enjoy. And yes, I bring things from young adult literature into these conversations.

I could go on and on and on for days about this. Young adult literature is something that I am incredibly passionate about it. Its something that I spend most of my time reading, and writing, or enjoying in real life. I’ve made incredible friends through my love of YA, readers, bloggers, librarians, booksellers, and authors. I’ve met amazing people, intelligent people, all who enjoy this literature that you don’t seem to think is real, legitimate or serious.

And that’s your opinion. If you don’t like YA literature, if it makes you scoff and groan and roll your eyes, then fine. That’s fine. I can’t change your mind. I wouldn’t hope to because you obviously have a VERY strong opinion about this. However, I would hope that, as an adult, you would treat your fellow adults with respect and acceptance in whatever they choose to enjoy. You may not understand the appeal and love for young adult literature but do not take that away from someone who does. Do not presume to think less of those adults who enjoy this kind of literature just because you don’t.

If you think that reading young adult literature as an adult is wrong, okay. If you think more adults should read adult books, fine. However, calling it an embarrassment is out of line. No one should ever feel embarrassed or ashamed for the things they enjoy to do. Ever. Shaming someone for liking something? Suddenly I feel like I’m back in high school…

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Tuesday Top Ten-Most Anticipated Summer Releases

It has been so epicly long since I last did a Tuesday Top Ten. I was doing them for the Mortal Instruments re-read and then I get SUPER lazy with the re-read and I just stopped doing them. I apologize. I know a lot of you guys enjoy reading them so I’m going to try VERY hard to be back on top of it, viagra order I promise!

Today we are talking about the books that I am looking forward to hitting shelves this summer. There are so many but I managed to narrow it down to ten. Let’s dive in!

10. The Kiss of Deception by shop d.cGU” target=”_blank”>Mary E. Pearson 

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In this timeless new trilogy about love and sacrifice, a princess must find her place in a reborn world.

In a society steeped in tradition, Princess Lia’s life follows a preordained course. As First Daughter, she is expected to have the revered gift of sight—but she doesn’t—and she knows her parents are perpetrating a sham when they arrange her marriage to secure an alliance with a neighboring kingdom—to a prince she has never met.

On the morning of her wedding, Lia flees to a distant village. She settles into a new life, hopeful when two mysterious and handsome strangers arrive—and unaware that one is the jilted prince and the other an assassin sent to kill her. Deception abounds, and Lia finds herself on the brink of unlocking perilous secrets—even as she finds herself falling in love.9. Midnight Thief by Livia Blackburne. 

I had an e-ARC of this, and got halfway through and then it expired and now I’m DYING to find out what happens next so I can’t WAIT until it hits bookshelves. It already has me panting to find out who is who, and I have no idea who I should be rooting for!

Releases: July 15th 2014

9. Midnight Thief by Livia Blackburne

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Growing up on Forge’s streets has taught Kyra how to stretch a coin. And when that’s not enough, her uncanny ability to scale walls and bypass guards helps her take what she needs.

But when the leader of the Assassins Guild offers Kyra a lucrative job, she hesitates. She knows how to get by on her own, and she’s not sure she wants to play by his rules. But he’s persistent—and darkly attractive—and Kyra can’t quite resist his pull.

Tristam of Brancel is a young Palace knight on a mission. After his best friend is brutally murdered by Demon Riders, a clan of vicious warriors who ride bloodthirsty wildcats, Tristam vows to take them down. But as his investigation deepens, he finds his efforts thwarted by a talented thief, one who sneaks past Palace defenses with uncanny ease.

When a fateful raid throws Kyra and Tristam together, the two enemies realize that their best chance at survival—and vengeance—might be to join forces. And as their loyalties are tested to the breaking point, they learn a startling secret about Kyra’s past that threatens to reshape both their lives.

I met Livia at the Ontario Teen Book Fest and she was SO awesome, so smart and thoughtful, and she mentioned Tamora Pierce as an influence and that was enough for me to be completely sold by her. I just recently read her debut ebook novella and it was incredible. She has a real grasp of character and story, and of weaving things together beautifully. I can’t wait to see what she comes up with in Midnight Thief.

Releases: July 8th, 2014

8. Opposition by Jennifer L. Armentrout 

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Katy knows the world changed the night the Luxen came.

She can’t believe Daemon welcomed his race or stood by as his kind threatened to obliterate every last human and hybrid on Earth. But the lines between good and bad have blurred, and love has become an emotion that could destroy her—could destroy them all.

Daemon will do anything to save those he loves, even if it means betrayal.

They must team with an unlikely enemy if there is any chance of surviving the invasion. But when it quickly becomes impossible to tell friend from foe, and the world is crumbling around them, they may lose everything— even what they cherish most—to ensure the survival of their friends…and mankind.

War has come to Earth. And no matter the outcome, the future will never be the same for those left standing.

Its the last book of the Lux series. I am DYING to see what happens next especially since JLA is an artful master at the cliffhanger and Origin ended so beautifully in a very frustrating cliffhanger and I need to know how this all wraps up. After reading Sentinel, the end of her Covenant series, I’m excited to see how Katy and Daemon and the rest end their story.

Releases: August 5th, 2014

7. The Murder Complex by Lindsay Cummings 

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An action-packed, blood-soaked, futuristic debut thriller set in a world where the murder rate is higher than the birthrate. For fans of Moira Young’s Dust Lands series, La Femme Nikita, and the movie Hanna.

Meadow Woodson, a fifteen-year-old girl who has been trained by her father to fight, to kill, and to survive in any situation, lives with her family on a houseboat in Florida. The state is controlled by The Murder Complex, an organization that tracks the population with precision.

The plot starts to thicken when Meadow meets Zephyr James, who is—although he doesn’t know it—one of the MC’s programmed assassins. Is their meeting a coincidence? Destiny? Or part of a terrifying strategy? And will Zephyr keep Meadow from discovering the haunting truth about her family?

Action-packed, blood-soaked, and chilling, this is a dark and compelling debut novel by Lindsay Cummings.

I’ve been following Lindsay on Instagram and Twitter for ages, and she’s been following me back, and she’s SO cool, and really laidback, and she’s been getting her name out there long before this book releases (The prequel novella, The Fear Trials, has been released in ebook TODAY!), and I’m so  proud of her. She’s a fangirl like the rest of us, and I’ve already read this book, so I’m just ready to have it in all its published glory on my shelf.

Releases: June 10th 2014

6. Four: A Divergent Collection by Veronica Roth

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Two years before Beatrice Prior made her choice, the sixteen-year-old son of Abnegation’s faction leader did the same. Tobias’s transfer to Dauntless is a chance to begin again. Here, he will not be called the name his parents gave him. Here, he will not let fear turn him into a cowering child.

Newly christened “Four,” he discovers during initiation that he will succeed in Dauntless. Initiation is only the beginning, though; Four must claim his place in the Dauntless hierarchy. His decisions will affect future initiates as well as uncover secrets that could threaten his own future—and the future of the entire faction system.

Two years later, Four is poised to take action, but the course is still unclear. The first new initiate who jumps into the net might change all that. With her, the way to righting their world might become clear. With her, it might become possible to be Tobias once again.

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Veronica Roth comes a companion volume to the worldwide bestselling divergent series, told from the per-spective of the immensely popular character Tobias. The four pieces included here—The Transfer, The Initiate, The Son, and The Traitor—plus three additional exclusive scenes, give readers an electrifying glimpse into the history and heart of Tobias, and set the stage for the epic saga of the Divergent trilogy.

Its Four. I mean, I don’t think I need to say more than that. I’ve read part of this, and then they decided not to release the rest of the novellas in ebook before the book. Probably a smart marketing move, but still. Its Four. Sign me up. A thousand times.

Releases: July 8th 2014

5. Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins

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From the glittering streets of Manhattan to the moonlit rooftops of Paris, falling in love is easy for hopeless dreamer Isla and introspective artist Josh. But as they begin their senior year in France, Isla and Josh are quickly forced to confront the heartbreaking reality that happily-ever-afters aren’t always forever.

Their romantic journey is skillfully intertwined with those of beloved couples Anna and Étienne and Lola and Cricket, whose paths are destined to collide in a sweeping finale certain to please fans old and new.

I absolutely loved the first two books of this companion series, but I am really looking forward to this because I feel like its really going to tackle the realities of romances and how they’re not always easy and how achieving that happily ever after can be a lot harder than some books and movies make it seem.

Releases: August 14th, 2014

4. Landline by Rainbow Rowell

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Georgie McCool knows her marriage is in trouble. That it’s been in trouble for a long time. She still loves her husband, Neal, and Neal still loves her, deeply — but that almost seems besides the point now.

Maybe that was always besides the point.

Two days before they’re supposed to visit Neal’s family in Omaha for Christmas, Georgie tells Neal that she can’t go. She’s a TV writer, and something’s come up on her show; she has to stay in Los Angeles. She knows that Neal will be upset with her — Neal is always a little upset with Georgie — but she doesn’t expect to him to pack up the kids and go home without her.

When her husband and the kids leave for the airport, Georgie wonders if she’s finally done it. If she’s ruined everything.

That night, Georgie discovers a way to communicate with Neal in the past. It’s not time travel, not exactly, but she feels like she’s been given an opportunity to fix her marriage before it starts . . .

Is that what she’s supposed to do?

Or would Georgie and Neal be better off if their marriage never happened?

Rainbow Rowell is a beautiful writer, and I have literally loved every single thing I’ve read by her so far, and I have yet to be disappointed. I’ve heard such amazing things about her second adult release, so I’m literally dying for this book to come out. I know that I’m just going to devour it.

Releases: July 8th 2014

3. Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas

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Lost and broken, Celaena Sardothien’s only thought is to avenge the savage death of her dearest friend: as the King of Adarlan’s Assassin, she is bound to serve this tyrant, but he will pay for what he did. Any hope Celaena has of destroying the king lies in answers to be found in Wendlyn. Sacrificing his future, Chaol, the Captain of the King’s Guard, has sent Celaena there to protect her, but her darkest demons lay in that same place. If she can overcome them, she will be Adarlan’s biggest threat – and his own toughest enemy. 

While Celaena learns of her true destiny, and the eyes of Erilea are on Wendlyn, a brutal and beastly force is preparing to take to the skies. Will Celaena find the strength not only to win her own battles, but to fight a war that could pit her loyalties to her own people against those she has grown to love?

Sarah J Maas is brilliant and the first two novels of the Throne of Glass series and I know that things are just going to get even wilder in this book. I actually just got an e-ARC today so I’m really excited to make time for it in my schedule, so that I can read it. Sarah has incredible world building skills and I just know that her world is going to get even bigger and better than it was before.

Releases: September 2nd, 2014

2. Silver Shadows by Richelle Mead

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In The Fiery Heart, Sydney risked everything to follow her gut, walking a dangerous line to keep her feelings hidden from the Alchemists.

Now in the aftermath of an event that ripped their world apart, Sydney and Adrian struggle to pick up the pieces and find their way back to each other. But first, they have to survive. 

For Sydney, trapped and surrounded by adversaries, life becomes a daily struggle to hold on to her identity and the memories of those she loves. Meanwhile, Adrian clings to hope in the face of those who tell him Sydney is a lost cause, but the battle proves daunting as old demons and new temptations begin to seize hold of him. . . .

Their worst fears now a chilling reality, Sydney and Adrian face their darkest hour in this heart-pounding fifth installment in the New York Times bestselling Bloodlines series, where all bets are off.

Its so incredible that in such a short amount of time, I have completely fallen in love with the Vampire Academy and Bloodlines series. I would have never believed that I could love vampire books so much but I do. Its like…Richelle writes such beautiful stories and such amazing characters that sometimes you ever forget they are vampires. I have fallen so in love with all the characters and the cliffhanger that leaves us practically heartbroken in The Fiery Heart makes me wish for Silver Shadows every. Single. Day.

Releases: July 29th, 2014

1. Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo

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The capital has fallen. The Darkling rules Ravka from his shadow throne.

Now the nation’s fate rests with a broken Sun Summoner, a disgraced tracker, and the shattered remnants of a once-great magical army.

Deep in an ancient network of tunnels and caverns, a weakened Alina must submit to the dubious protection of the Apparat and the zealots who worship her as a Saint. Yet her plans lie elsewhere, with the hunt for the elusive firebird and the hope that an outlaw prince still survives.

Alina will have to forge new alliances and put aside old rivalries as she and Mal race to find the last of Morozova’s amplifiers. But as she begins to unravel the Darkling’s secrets, she reveals a past that will forever alter her understanding of the bond they share and the power she wields. The firebird is the one thing that stands between Ravka and destruction—and claiming it could cost Alina the very future she’s fighting for.

I can’t even begin to explain how excited I am for this novel. Leigh Bardugo is an incredible person, and I am so grateful that I’ve been able to meet her and that I’ve been able to get to know her. Its wonderful. She’s a brilliant writer and an inspiration and I can’t wait to read this book. I just re-read Shadow and Bone and was reminded how fantastic it is, and I’m planning on re-reading Siege and Storm before this releases. I just know that its going to be an epic conclusion and I can’t wait to dive in.

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What are some books that you’re looking forward to this summer? Share them in the comments! 

May Book Haul!

So I was doing scattered book haul videos on my vlog channel and I decided to try something new…doing one at the end of every month.

May was the first time that I was doing this, website like this and now I’m nervous for June haha. I had SO many books to share in my book haul, information pills and now I’m like…is that really how many books I buy in a month or did I manage to get my hands on WAY too many in the month of May.

I suppose we shall find out :)

Until then, treat check out the May book haul, where I talk about all the books I bought, or was given as ARCs!

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California June YA Book Events!

These are the California book events for the month of June. If you know of any YA events in the month of June in California, store please let me know so that I can update this list.

June 3rd: 

Morgan Matson, approved Leila Howard and Joanna Philbin

Mysterious Galaxy, advice Redondo Beach at 7:30 pm

June 9th: 

Jessica Brody, Lauren Miller, Anne Carey and Jessica Khoury

Girls Gone Sci-Fi Special Event

Barnes and Noble, Montclair at 7 pm

June 10th: 

Jessica Brody, Lauren Miller, Jessica Khoury, Alexandra Monir and Gretchen McNeil

Girls Gone Sci-Fi Special Event

Mysterious Galaxy, Redondo Beach at 7:30 pm

June 12th: 

Kendall and Kylie Jenner Signing their YA Novel, Rebels

Barnes and Noble, The Grove at 7 pm

NOTE: This is a wristbanded event. Barnes and Noble at The Grove will begin distributing wristbands at 9:00 am on June 12 with the pick up of Rebels. Please note that once we have distributed all priority bands, we will distribute stand-by tickets. No personalization and photos from line only.

June 12th: 

Catherine Linka Signs her Debut Novel, A Girl Called Fearless

Mysterious Galaxy, Redondo Beach at 7:30 pm

June 16th: 

Leigh Bardugo

Ruin and Rising Launch Party

The Last Bookstore, Los Angeles at 7:30 pm

For more details on the event, and to reserve your books, please visit this link here.

June 17th: 

Leigh Bardugo, Emmy Laybourne, Ava Dellaira, and Jennifer Mathieu

Fierce Reads Tour

San Diego Public Library

June 18th: 

Leigh Bardugo, Emmy Laybourne, Ava Dellaira and Jennifer Mathieu

Fierce Reads Tour

Book Passage, Corte Madera at 6 pm

June 23rd: 

Sarah Ockler, CJ Flood, Suzanne Young and Jody Casella

Mysterious Galaxy, San Diego at 7:30 pm

June 24th: 

Sarah Ockler, CJ Flood, Suzanne Young and Jody Casella

Summer Lovin’ 2.0 Tour*

Barnes and Noble, the Americana at 7 pm

June 25th: 

Sarah Ockler, CJ Flood, Suzanne Young and Jody Casella

Summer Lovin’ 2.0 Tour*

Vroman’s Bookstore, Pasadena at 6:30 pm

June 26th: 

Sarah Ockler, CJ Flood, Suzanne Young and Jody Casella

Summer Lovin’ 2.0 Tour*

Book Passage, Corte Madera at 6 pm

June 27th: 

Sarah Ockler, CJ Flood, Suzanne Young and Jody Casella

Summer Lovin’ 2.0 Tour*

Kepler’s Books, Menlo Park at 7 pm

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