Whoo it’s the first Tuesday of December which means that the end of the year is approaching quickly! (Time to start writing those resolutions that we all know we won’t keep). Anyways, this week’s Top Ten Tuesday prompt is Top Ten New-To-Me Authors I read for the First Time in 2016. Also for those who don’t know, this meme is created and hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.
So anyways, I kinda didn’t read much since I started middle school, and I just started reading more when I started this blog and I discovered a lot of new authors. But without further ado, here’s a list of 8 authors that are new to me this year (I’m limiting myself to only 8 or else this post is gonna go on for days. But if I didn’t mention a certain author, just know that I didn’t do that on purpose.)
-Sarah Dessen: I picked up a couple of her books in January when they were on sale in preparation for standardized testing where they only allow you to have actual paper books since they looked pretty thick and the covers drew me in. (yea, yea I know. Don’t judge a book based on the cover but you have to admit they look pretty great). Anyways, fast forward 12 months, I’ve read about 9 of her books and cannot wait for her next one that comes out June of 2017.
-Jenny Han: Even before I started blogging, I heard a lot about the “To All The Boys I Loved Before” series, and always made a mental note to read them sometime, again primarily due to the covers. I enjoy her style of writing, even though I didn’t like the plot of the book as much as it was hyped up for. Either way, I can’t wait to read the 2nd and 3rd book in the series (I haven’t gotten around to it yet).
-Lauren Morrill: Okay this is a bit of a cheat since I read her book ‘Being Sloane Jacobs’ in December of last year but it still counts right? When I saw ‘My Unscripted Life’ had ARCs, I just knew that I had to read it and it did not disappoint. It’s the perfect summer romance, and I feel like Lauren’s style of writing just really gets it. You know what I mean? Just that her style of writing really mimics how a teen talks and captures every little detail. I think the thing I love about the book is that it really makes it seem like it could happen. (I have hopes :)) I haven’t had a chance to check out Lauren’s other books yet but am sure that I will get around to that next year.
-Christina June: Again this is a little bit of a cheat as her book doesn’t debut until January but I read it this year so...it counts. Again, this was one of those books that I saw was being talked about a lot on Twitter and I was lucky enough to get a ARC to review (I will have that review up in January) and I fell in love with the story. I’ve read a lot of Cinderella retellings (like A LOT so I know what I’m talking about) but none of them compares to this one. It’s such a unique twist on the classic tale that ends with its own happily ever after.
-Denise Grover Swank: Again this was a book that I picked up based on the cover, but mostly due to the summary. I had just re-read Anna and the French Kiss a little while before I saw “One Paris Summer’ was on Netgalley and who doesn’t want to read about falling in love in the most romantic city in the world? I absolutely loved it and was very disappointed that she didn’t have another book yet. Nonetheless, I am waiting for her next book :)
-S. Usher Evans: So S. Usher has a couple series’ out but the one that got me interested was the Lexie Carrigan one. For many who have been following my blog, you may have seen a couple posts here and there about how I haven’t read Harry Potter yet, but this book took magic in a new direction that I can’t describe but absolutely fell in love with. Lexie is such an unique character and both her and her sister Marie reminds me so much of me. I was lucky enough to beta read the 2nd book and can’t wait for the third one to find out what happens! Also S. Usher has a couple other series that you should check out as well!
-Erin Fletcher: So this is one of those authors that I discovered through Entangled Teen’s publicist, and I love it. Her book, ‘All Laced Up’ is the perfect reading for the winter, about an ice romance that started off as hate but ultimately ends with love. I haven’t found a new ice romance book this year when I was contacted about the book but I literally screamed when I read the summary because that was exactly what I was looking for. It is the perfect book and I reccoment that you check it out now if you haven’t already. (Actually, finish reading this post first and then go:))
-Tim O’Brien: Okay, this is completely out of the usual genre that I talk about but we have been reading his book “The Things They Carried” in English and I don’t completely hate it. That’s saying a lot because most of the books we read in class are dry and boring books that everyone wants to throw out the window. Well this book also makes you feel that but for a completely different reason. It really messes with your head with all the contradictions and the fact that this is a compilation of a bunch of short stories instead of a whole book, and it’s meta-fiction. If you want to read more of my thoughts on this book, I think I have a discussion post scheduled for the end of this year (when the semester ends) about it so let me know if you want to see that.
Ok so I know this post went on forever and a half so i’m going to cap the list here. As always, there are many other lovely authors that I didn’t mention here but that was nothing personal or intentional. Let me know which of these authors that You have discovered and what you thought! Also, tell me some authors that I should check out next year! As always, don’t forget to follow me on the social medias, @BrookeEvans2001 on Twitter and @thecozylittlebooknook on Instagram. Don’t forget to come back tomorrow where I’m going to have an epic day of posts, (warning: 5 reviews in one day) as well as covering the release of a boxed set. It’s gonna be crazy in here and you do not want to miss it!
by Stephanie Scott
Genre: YA Contemporary Romance
Release Date: December 6th 2016
Summary from Goodreads:
If anyone saw the prom boards Amelia Blanco makes on her favorite fashion app, they'd think Ethan Laurenti was her boyfriend. They wouldn't know that all the plans she's made for them are just dreams, and that she's the girl who watches him from the kitchen while her parents cook for his famous family.
When Amelia's abuelita enrolls her in a month-long fashion internship in NYC, Amelia can't imagine leaving Miami--and Ethan--for that long. As soon as she gets to New York, however, she finds a bigger world and new possibilities. She meets people her own age who can actually carry on a conversation about stitching and design. Her pin boards become less about prom with Ethan and more about creating her own style. By the time she returns to Miami, Amelia feels like she can accomplish anything, and surprises herself by agreeing to help Ethan's awkward, Steve-Jobs-wannabe brother, Liam, create his own fashion app.
As Liam and Amelia get closer, Ethan realizes that this newly confident, stylish girl may be the one for him after all . . . even though he has a reality TV star girlfriend he conveniently keeps forgetting about. The "new and improved" Amelia soon finds herself in between two brothers, a whole lot of drama, and choice she never dreamed she'd have to make.
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About the Author
Hello! I write Young Adult stories about teens who put their passions first. I'm an active member of Romance Writers of America and its online YA chapter YARWA, and I mentor writers in online pitch contests. I love dance fitness and cat memes, and Pinterest is driving me broke. I live outside of Chicago with my tech-of-all-trades husband. You can find me most often online on twitter and Instagram at @StephScottYA. My debut ALTERATIONS about a fashion-obsessed loner who reinvents herself releases 12/6/16 from Bloomsbury Spark, and I'm a contributor to the young adult short story anthology WELCOME HOME out in spring 2017.
So there's a giveaway as part of this book blitz, hosted by YA Bound Books and the link is below. If you have any questions about the giveaway, please direct them to her.
So what did you guys think about the book? Is it something that you want to check out? let me know all your thoughts in the comments below or on social media, @BrookeEvans2001 on Twitter and @thecozylittlebooknook on Instagram. I know I really want to read this book so I will definintely be getting this book to review!
Hi everyone! Today I have for you, a guest post by Kendra C. Highley, the wonderful author of The Bad Boy Bargain which was released by Entangled on November 14. So without much further ado, here's the guest post! (stay tuned after the guest post for a excerpt of the book and the buy links!)
How a Song Launched an Entire Book
I find inspiration for books in a lot of places, but The Bad Boy Bargain was probably the most unusual. Last year, when she heard “Please” by Sawyer Fredericks (from The Voice), my editor, Heather Howland, had an idea for a new YA romance. She posted her thoughts on Twitter—shy guy with a tough shell—and said she wished someone would write it. When I asked when she wanted the manuscript, teasing but also dead serious, we started plotting.
“Please” tells the story of a young man who’s found a near-perfect girl, one he thinks he loves, but he’s lying to her at the same time. He’s scared to tell this near-perfect girl the truth about himself because he’s worried she’ll let him go. It’s a song about love and fear, giving and selfishness, longing and despair. All those themes show up in The Bad Boy Bargain, which lends some extra complexity to Kyle beyond the typical bad boy. He’s a guy full of secrets, pain, and shame, but he reallywants someone to see through all of that and love the true Kyle. The working title of the book was called Keeping Faith—because he wants to keep Faith, but needs more faith in himself.
As for Faith herself, she’s been mistreated by one guy and has some reservations about being hurt again. The difference between Faith and Kyle is that she’s willing to continue to look for The One even though she’s been burned. She believes in true love, acting with kindness, and being her real self. She suffers from a lack of confidence and self doubt, and Kyle helps her get past that, especially when she struggles with a dance partner who refuses to do his part. Having him in her life restores her faith in love, and in herself.
Overall, this story is about two people finding each other and connecting in a way that allows them to be true with each other.
I absolutely love learning about the inspiration behind books that I love and this one was no different. So tell me, what did you think about this post? Have you read the book yet? Will you go and pick it up? Leave me all your thoughts in the comments below or find me on social media, @BrookeEvans2001 on Twitter and @thecozylittlebooknook on Instagram. Also don't forget to read my review for the book here: http://thecozylittlebooknook.weebly.com/blog/the-bad-boy-bargain-review And as promised, below is an excerpt from the book!
Bad Boy Bargain: Excerpt One
By the time she made it home, took a smoothie from Mom’s outstretched hand, and went upstairs to shower, six Snapchat notifications, all from different people, had popped up on her phone:
A sad-faced Skye: I’m so sorry about last night. I should’ve warned you. I feel awful.
An angry Piper: I’m at the mall and there’s some asinine shit coming out of Cameron’s mouth right now. Should I punch him?
A gossipy Fiona: Is it true that Cameron dumped you?
A sneering Mitchell: You as cold as Cam says?
A dumbfounded Katrina: Holly is telling everyone at the mall that she stole Cam from you because you don’t put out. Want me to dump a Slurpee in her hair?
A smirking Jackson: My car overheated. I heard you could cool it down for me. How about it, ice queen?
Tears of rage filled Faith’s eyes, especially when a new Snapchat chimed: Cameron, sending her a picture of Holly sitting in his lap at the party last night.. The message read: Trading up.
She squeezed her phone in her hand. What was she going to do? She had half a mind to tell Kat to pour that Slurpee down Holly’s shirt and Piper to punch Cam in the throat. But that wouldn’t solve anything. Not at all.
No, she needed something bigger. Faith wandered to her window, to stare outside and organize her thoughts. Except, when she caught sight of the ripped, shirtless guy in her backyard, she forgot what she’d been thinking about.
“Who’s that?” she whispered, touching the glass.
His back and shoulders flexed under tanned skin. A black tattoo—was it a bird?—was on one of his shoulder blades. There was a bruise on his side, too, but she couldn’t make herself wonder about it. The guy’s dark hair was in his face as he tugged hard at a holly bush, yanking it from the ground.
Look at those arms. Faith stared, her mouth open. Who was he?
The holly bush gave way and he tipped back, dirt flying. Faint laughter drifted up through her window as he climbed to his feet with his prize, and she caught a look at his face.
She gasped. Holy crap, that was Kyle Sawyer. The stories she’d heard about him were numerous, and if a quarter were true, he was not the kind of guy she’d want to talk to. He shoplifted, vandalized buildings, drank, hung out with college students--girls. College girls. And rumor had it he ran illegal street races with his Charger.
So why did he look like he was having a blast ransacking her backyard? He had an awfully nice smile for such a bad boy.
A thought exploded in her brain—wait a minute…bad boy. Kyle was the one guy at Suttonville High who’d seen enough action to have his own lore. His exploits were darker than sin, and being with him was an instant reputation killer for any girl at Suttonville.
This was it. Kyle would be her revenge.
Remnants of Yesterday (Broken by the Sea #3)
by Ava Wood
Genre: YA Romance
Release Date: January 6th 2017
“Saying goodbye is never easy.”
Missy Shaw has lived through her fair share of heartache and abuse, mostly at the hands of her own father. After finally taking a stand against her abusers, Missy is faced with a new dilemma when her father unexpectedly falls ill. Longing to take care of the man who’s never really been a father to her, she’s forced to make a difficult decision that could cause a cataclysmic collision with her past and her future.
Now that Adam Miller was a major fixture in Missy’s life, making those hard decisions shouldn’t be so difficult, but when Missy heads to Tampa for college and Adam returns to Kansas, she’s left feeling vulnerable and alone. Moving forward is harder than she imagined when the demons from her past continue to haunt her.
In this gripping finale to the Broken by the Sea trilogy, find out if Missy is finally able to find her happy ending, or if the demons of her past become the nightmares of her future.
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Forgetting Yesterday (Broken by the Sea #1) on Goodreads
Return to Yesterday (Broken by the Sea #2) on Goodreads
About the Author
Ava Wood is an insomniac who writes to calm the voices. When the voices get too loud, stories are formed.
Ava was born and raised in Texas but got to Florida as quick as she could, enjoying the fresh sea air and summer storms. She believes there is nothing more beautiful than an evening summer light show.
She’s married to the love of her life whom she shares two beautiful daughters and four sweet fur babies. Their marriage is the perfect “North-meets-South” pairing.
When she’s not writing, Ava can be found chasing her children all over the county, snapping photos of any and everything, visiting one of her local theme parks, or just spending quality time with her family.
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What did you think of the cover? I think I love this cover better than the first one (not saying that I didn't like the first one). I know I'm going to try and get a copy to review sometime early next year so let me know if you're excited for that! As usual, don't forget to follow me on social media, @BrookeEvans2001 on Twitter and @thecozylittlebooknook on Instagram so you can keep up in real time! I will be back soon with more posts!
Hey hey! Welcome to this post today! It’s the first day of December and it’s going to be a real busy month.
December is going to be very busy for me school-wise and I know for a fact right now that I won’t be able to read and review as much as I wish I could. In just a couple of weeks I have the end of semester finals for every single one of my classes and so from now until then, I’m going to be studying like crazy.
And than as soon as school gets out for the semester, I’m going on vacation with my family, but I will find time during that break to read something and review for y’all. But don’t worry, I have a lot of guest posts from authors talking about their newly released, or soon to be released books. I might also have a couple posts concerning how I did on NANOWRIMO and I might be writing some more this month as well as edit what I wrote in November.
Also, December 16 is my 1 year blogiversary!!! If you don’t remember, I started my blog a year ago, and most of my first posts were actually written while I was in California last year on vacation. I am planning on a event for my 1 year but the details as TBD, and the event may not even happen. Let me know if you want to know details and if you would be willing to join.
That’s really about it for December. I will still be on social media regularly so if you ever need me, just hop on over there and shoot me a message or email me. I’m always happy to talk books or really anything with you guys! I love everyone who reads my blog and I’m forever grateful for the support that I’ve received.
Don’t forget to follow me on my social medias, @BrookeEvans2001 on Twitter and @thecozylittlebooknook on Instagram. Don’t forget to check out my other post for today, a cover reveal (I’ve been doing a lot of those lately) and I’ll be back very soon with another post! Also let me know what posts you want to see.
Brooke's a high schooler who loves to read all sorts of books. She's happy to be able to share all the books she's reading with all of y'all.