25 May 2016

{Giveaway + Chapter Reveals} A Torch Against The Night by Sabaa Tahir

I am more than excited to be an Emberling Ambassador for Sabaa Tahir and Razorbill. Over the coming months, I’ll be posting some fun things pertaining to this KICK ASS series. I’m starting things off by re-posting my review of book one, AN EMBER IN THE ASHES as well as sharing some sneak peeks into A TORCH AGAINST THE NIGHT!

Oh, and did I mention – a giveaway? You can be the lucky winner of 1 of 10 ACRs of the highly anticipated second book in this series!

22529162_thumb1An Ember In The Ashes
An Ember In The Ashes #1
Author: Sabba Tahir
Release Date: April, 2015
Publisher: Razorbill

Laia is a slave.
Elias is a soldier.
Neither is free.

Under the Martial Empire, defiance is met with death. Those who do not vow their blood and bodies to the Emperor risk the execution of their loved ones and the destruction of all they hold dear.
It is in this brutal world, inspired by ancient Rome, that Laia lives with her grandparents and older brother. The family ekes out an existence in the Empire’s impoverished backstreets. They do not challenge the Empire. They’ve seen what happens to those who do.

But when Laia’s brother is arrested for treason, Laia is forced to make a decision. In exchange for help from rebels who promise to rescue her brother, she will risk her life to spy for them from within the Empire’s greatest military academy.

There, Laia meets Elias, the school’s finest soldier—and secretly, its most unwilling. Elias wants only to be free of the tyranny he’s being trained to enforce. He and Laia will soon realize that their destinies are intertwined—and that their choices will change the fate of the Empire itself.

Right about now you are probably wondering why it took me so freaking long to read this absolutely amazing book. Honestly I have asked myself the same thing, multiple times. The thing we need to focus on is that I have NOW read it and I crazy loved it and so now we can talk about it.

AN EMBER IN THE ASHES was the kind of book I read slowly, taking in every word and letting it work around in my brain a bit before moving on. My normal reading speed is that of a cheetah…you know if cheetah’s could read…so this was new for me. Something about this title made me want to absorb every single word, not just read it.

19 May 2016

{Spotlight} Of Better Blood by Susan Moger

By: Me My Shelf And I | 19 May 2016 at 11:58 AM | | | | | 1 Comment so far

This lovely little gem arrived on my doorstep not too long back. It’s been eyeing me from my shelf next to my desk, begging to be read. I’m sure I don’t have to explain this to many, but as a blogger I am so behind on everything right now – particularly after getting home from BEA – that I’m nearly in physical pain waiting to crack it open. I’ll be getting to it soon, but in the mean time I have to share it with you because I know you’re going to want to read it as well!


Of Better Blood
Author: Susan Moger
Release Date: February 1, 2016
Publisher: AW Teen Pages: 304

Teenage polio survivor Rowan Collier is caught in the crossfire of a secret war against "the unfit." It's 1922, and eugenics the movement dedicated to racial purity and good breeding has taken hold in America. State laws allow institutions to sterilize minorities, the "feeble-minded," and the poor, while local eugenics councils set up exhibits at county fairs with "fitter family" contests and propaganda. After years of being confined to hospitals, Rowan is recruited at sixteen to play a born cripple in a county fair eugenics exhibit. But gutsy, outspoken Dorchy befriends Rowan and helps her realize her own inner strength and bravery. The two escape the fair and end up at a summer camp on a desolate island run by the New England Eugenics Council. There they discover something is happening to the children. Rowan must find a way to stop the horrors on the island if she can escape them herself."

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{Excerpt} The Only Thing Worse Than Me Is You by Lily Anderson

The Only Thing Worse Than Me Is You

By Lily Anderson
St. Martin’s Griffin
On Sale: May 17, 2016
Hardcover: 9781250079091 / $18.99 USD
eBook: 9781466891722 / $9.99 USD

Trixie Watson has two very important goals for senior year: to finally save enough to buy the set of Doctor Who figurines at the local comic books store, and to place third in her class and knock Ben West—and his horrendous new mustache that he spent all summer growing—down to number four.

Trixie will do anything to get her name ranked over Ben's, including give up sleep and comic books—well, maybe not comic books—but definitely sleep. After all, the war of Watson v. West is as vicious as the Doctor v. Daleks and Browncoats v. Alliance combined, and it goes all the way back to the infamous monkey bars incident in the first grade. Over a decade later, it's time to declare a champion once and for all.

The war is Trixie's for the winning, until her best friend starts dating Ben's best friend and the two are unceremoniously dumped together and told to play nice. Finding common ground is odious and tooth-pullingly-painful, but Trixie and Ben's cautious truce slowly transforms into a fandom-based tentative friendship. When Trixie's best friend gets expelled for cheating and Trixie cries foul play, however, they have to choose who to believe and which side they're on—and they might not pick the same side.


Chapter One

Ben West spent summer vacation growing a handlebar mustache.


Hovering over his upper lip—possibly glued there—was a bushy monstrosity that shouted, “Look out, senior class, I’m gonna tie some chicks to the train tracks and then go on safari with my good friend Teddy Roosevelt. Bully!”

I blindly swatted at Harper with my comic book, trying to alert her to the fact that there was a mustachioed moron trying to blend in with the other people entering campus.

“I know I should have made flash cards for the poems that Cline assigned,” she said, elbowing me back hard, both acknowledging that she wasn’t blind and that she hated when I interrupted her monologues about the summer reading list. “But I found Mrs. Bergman’s sociolinguistics syllabus on the U of O website and I’m sure she’ll use the same one here.”

The mustache twitched an attempt at freedom, edging away from West's ferrety nose as he tried to shove past a group of nervous looking freshmen. It might have been looking at me and Harper, but its owner was doing everything possible to ignore us, the planter box we were sitting on, and anything else that might have been east of the wrought iron gate.

18 May 2016

#DashnerDash Calling The Dashner Army, It’s Time To Go Back To The Glade

By: Me My Shelf And I | 18 May 2016 at 1:31 AM | | | Be the first to comment!



Live Google Hangouts with James Dashner at the End of Each Month

Re-Read Dashner Postcard Side ARe-Read Dashner Postcard Side B

Join new and established James Dashner fans in THE #DASHNERDASH BINGE READ, a rereading of all four titles in the bestselling Maze Runner series, in advance of the September 27 publication of the eagerly anticipated Maze Runner prequel novel, The Fever Code. When discussing the reread on social media, readers are encouraged to use the hashtag #DashnerDash to follow along in the conversation.

17 May 2016

{MMSAI Tours Presents} City Of Spies by Nina Berry Release Day Celebration Blast Sign Ups

By: Me My Shelf And I | 17 May 2016 at 10:53 AM | | | Be the first to comment!


Pagan Jones is back on May 31st in the sequel to THE NORTORIOUS PAGAN JONES and author Nina Berry wants your help celebrating.!!

We will be holding a release day celebration blast
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About The Book

City of Spies cover

Pagan Jones is back!

Celebrating her escape from East Germany and the success of her new film, teen starlet Pagan Jones returns to Hollywood to reclaim her place among the rich and the famous. She's thrilled to be back, but memories of her time in Berlin—and elusively handsome secret agent Devin Black—continue to haunt her daydreams. The whirlwind of parties and celebrities just isn't enough to distract Pagan from the excitement of being a spy or dampen her curiosity about her late mother's mysterious past.

When Devin reappears with an opportunity for Pagan to get back into the spy game, she is eager to embrace the role once again—all she has to do is identify a potential Nazi war criminal. A man who has ties to her mother. Taking the mission means that she'll have to star in a cheesy film and dance the tango with an incredibly awful costar, but Pagan knows all the real action will happen off-set, in the streets of Buenos Aires.

But as Pagan learns more about the man they're investigating, she realizes that the stakes are much higher than they could have ever imagined, and that some secrets are best left undiscovered.

Also available, May 31, 2016, THE NOTORIOUS PAGAN JONES in paperback!


About The Author


Writer, crypt-explorer, bodysufer, Nina Berry is the author of THE NOTORIOUS PAGAN JONES and the OTHERKIN series. Born in Honolulu, she now writes books for teens from her secret lair in Hollywood.


TWITTER: @Ninaberry | FACEBOOK | INSTAGRAM: @ninaberrybooks | TUMBLR | PINTEREST




3 winners will each will win a signed paperback of NOTORIOUS PAGAN JONES + signed hardback of CITY OF SPIES + bookmarks!!

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{Book Review} A Totally Awkward Love Story by Tom Ellen and Lucy Ivison

A Totally Awkward Love Story


“An engaging and endearing story of what it is to find your place in the world and a person to share it with.” - Kirkus Reviews

“Raunchy, irreverent slapstick in the vein of Louise Rennison’s Angus, Thongs, and Full-Frontal Snogging (2000).” Booklist

A fun romantic comedy.”School Library Journal

About The Book

Kate Sullivan at Delacorte has won North American rights at auction to Tom Ellen and Lucy Ivison's A Totally Awkward Love Story (previously titled Lobsters in the U.K.). The book, which Sullivan calls The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight meets Bridesmaids, is a dual narrative novel by authors who dated when they were in high school, about a boy and girl who must navigate social misunderstandings, the plotting of well-meaning friends, and their own fears about being virgins forever. It's slated for summer 2016; Allison Hellegers of Rights People brokered the deal on behalf of Barry Cunningham and Elinor Bagenal at Chicken House in the U.K

A Delacorte Press hardcover / On sale May 3, 2016
978-0-553-53732-1 / 320 pages / $17.99 / $23.99 Can. / Ages 14 up /
eBook: 978-0-553-53733-8 / $10.99


First things first – the cover. How adorable is it? It’s exactly the kind of thing I would gravitate toward in the bookstore. Seriously, how can you not love it.

Alright, moving on. I’ve been on a contemporary kick lately, I sort of sway back and forth reading dozens of books from one genre until I burn out and then switch. I thought maybe I was getting to the point where it was time to fade out of the contemporary line, until A TOTALLY AWKWARD LOVE STORY.

The main component to this has got to be the fact that it’s just not like all the other contemps I’ve read lately. We have a lot of typical love stories, very middle class, “good kids” these days and this book is filled with everything from grades to sex. I think it’s really important to make sure that we have books that relate to every kid, on every level and this one fit the bill.

I found myself scaring the cat, and the children while reading because I would laugh out loud so hard and so frequently that I’m sure they were starting to worry. Who am I kidding, they’ve been worried about me for years….

Ellen and Ivison perfectly capture the age, the struggle, the humor, the awkward and the reality of life. The characters are perfect, the story engaging and entertaining and I can’t recommend the book enough!

About The Authors

Joint Author Photo

TOM ELLEN AND LUCY IVISION met at the end of high school and quickly became sweethearts. Though they broke up in college, they remain best friends. Lucy runs the online teen magazine Whatever After and teaches in girls’ schools across London, specializing in building confidence and creativity. Tom is a journalist and has written for Time Out, Vice, ESPN, Glamour, and many other publications. They cowrote A Totally Awkward Love Story, which was partially inspired by their own high school relationship. This is their first novel. Follow Lucy on Twitter at @lucyivison

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