Book Trailer: Mosquitoland by David Arnold

Not so long ago, MTV presented a beautiful trailer for the debut book by David Arnold which is called Mosquitoland.

I’m totally fascinated by this trailer. It’s so wonderful.

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“I am a collection of oddities, a circus of neurons and electrons: my heart is the ringmaster, my soul is the trapeze artist, and the world is my audience. It sounds strange because it is, and it is, because I am strange.”
After the sudden collapse of her family, Mim Malone is dragged from her home in northern Ohio to the “wastelands” of Mississippi, where she lives in a medicated milieu with her dad and new stepmom. Before the dust has a chance to settle, she learns her mother is sick back in Cleveland.
So she ditches her new life and hops aboard a northbound Greyhound bus to her real home and her real mother, meeting a quirky cast of fellow travelers along the way. But when her thousand-mile journey takes a few turns she could never see coming, Mim must confront her own demons, redefining her notions of love, loyalty, and what it means to be sane.
Told in an unforgettable, kaleidoscopic voice, “Mosquitoland” is a modern American odyssey, as hilarious as it is heartbreaking.

Review: The Distance Between Us by Kasie West

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Seventeen-year-old Caymen Meyers studies the rich like her own personal science experiment, and after years of observation she’s pretty sure they’re only good for one thing—spending money on useless stuff, like the porcelain dolls in her mother’s shop.

So when Xander Spence walks into the store to pick up a doll for his grandmother, it only takes one glance for Caymen to figure out he’s oozing rich. Despite his charming ways and that he’s one of the first people who actually gets her, she’s smart enough to know his interest won’t last. Because if there’s one thing she’s learned from her mother’s warnings, it’s that the rich have a short attention span. But Xander keeps coming around, despite her best efforts to scare him off. And much to her dismay, she’s beginning to enjoy his company.

She knows her mom can’t find out—she wouldn’t approve. She’d much rather Caymen hang out with the local rocker who hasn’t been raised by money. But just when Xander’s attention and loyalty are about to convince Caymen that being rich isn’t a character flaw, she finds out that money is a much bigger part of their relationship than she’d ever realized. And that Xander’s not the only one she should’ve been worried about.


My rating: 5 stars.

“Caymen?”
“Yes?”
“You look terrified. Does this scare you?”
“More than anything.”
“Why?”
“Because I didn’t bring my mints.”
“And now the real answer . . .”
“Because I’m afraid that once you catch me, the game’s over.”

This book is very nice. I’m a fan of such romantic books with smart characters and lack of clichés. Heroes are very nice and the atmosphere of the book clearly on top.

Caymen (pronounced just like the islands, yes) is very sarcastic and intelligent heroine. I always laughed at her jokes, because they reminded me of my own sometimes. And it’s great, because I like to establish a connection with the characters.

And Xander one of a dying breed of cute guys in Young Adult (I just got tired of the abundance of alpha males and bad boys). He loves his family.
He wasn’t rude. He didn’t sleep with half of the school. He cares about Caymen.
In short, he’s a nice guy.

I also love the theme of the social classes, because for some reason it’s close to me, and I can understand Caymen and her mother.
And her mother is wonderful. Not everyone will be able to what she did. This whole situation reminds me of Gilmore Girls. I constantly draw parallels with this show and even images of characters in my head merged with the actors.

This book is very sweet and short, and I can’t talk about it for a long time, but it’s really worth reading.


Here is my fan-art for this book:

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List of books that I most excited to read in 2015 (Part 2)

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This part is sooo big, because I wanted to fit everything that I want to read and with the available covers. Hope you like it!

1) Daughter of Deep Silence by Carrie Ryan

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A delicious tale of revenge and identity from Carrie Ryan, the bestselling author of The Forest of Hands and Teeth

In the wake of the deadly devastation of luxury yacht Persephone, just three souls remain to tell its story—and two of them are lying. Only Frances Mace, rescued from the ocean after torturous days adrift with her dying friend Libby, knows that the Persephone wasn’t sunk by a rogue wave as survivors Senator Wells and his son are claiming—it was attacked.

To ensure her safety from the obviously dangerous and very powerful Wells family, Libby’s father helps newly orphaned Frances assume Libby’s identity. Frances has spent years in hiding, transforming herself into Libby, and she can no longer allow the people who murdered her entire family and Libby to get away with it. After years of careful plotting, she’s ready to set her revenge plans into motion—even if it means taking down the boy she’d once been in love with: the senator’s son.

The game has just begun, and Frances is not only playing dirty, she’s playing to win.

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2) The Last Time We Say Goodbye by Cynthia Hand 

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There’s death all around us.
We just don’t pay attention.
Until we do.

The last time Lex was happy, it was before. When she had a family that was whole. A boyfriend she loved. Friends who didn’t look at her like she might break down at any moment.

Now she’s just the girl whose brother killed himself. And it feels like that’s all she’ll ever be.

As Lex starts to put her life back together, she tries to block out what happened the night Tyler died. But there’s a secret she hasn’t told anyone-a text Tyler sent, that could have changed everything.

Lex’s brother is gone. But Lex is about to discover that a ghost doesn’t have to be real to keep you from moving on.

From New York Times bestselling author Cynthia Hand, The Last Time We Say Goodbye is a gorgeous and heart-wrenching story of love, loss, and letting go.

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3) Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine

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In an exhilarating new series, New York Times bestselling author Rachel Caine rewrites history, creating a dangerous world where the Great Library of Alexandria has survived the test of time.…

Ruthless and supremely powerful, the Great Library is now a presence in every major city, governing the flow of knowledge to the masses. Alchemy allows the Library to deliver the content of the greatest works of history instantly—but the personal ownership of books is expressly forbidden.

Jess Brightwell believes in the value of the Library, but the majority of his knowledge comes from illegal books obtained by his family, who are involved in the thriving black market. Jess has been sent to be his family’s spy, but his loyalties are tested in the final months of his training to enter the Library’s service.

When he inadvertently commits heresy by creating a device that could change the world, Jess discovers that those who control the Great Library believe that knowledge is more valuable than any human life—and soon both heretics and books will burn…

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4) Made You Up by Francesca Zappia

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Reality, it turns out, is often not what you perceive it to be—sometimes, there really is someone out to get you. Made You Up tells the story of Alex, a high school senior unable to tell the difference between real life and delusion. This is a compelling and provoking literary debut that will appeal to fans of Wes Anderson, Silver Linings Playbook, and Liar.

Alex fights a daily battle to figure out the difference between reality and delusion. Armed with a take-no-prisoners attitude, her camera, a Magic 8-Ball, and her only ally (her little sister), Alex wages a war against her schizophrenia, determined to stay sane long enough to get into college. She’s pretty optimistic about her chances until classes begin, and she runs into Miles. Didn’t she imagine him? Before she knows it, Alex is making friends, going to parties, falling in love, and experiencing all the usual rites of passage for teenagers. But Alex is used to being crazy. She’s not prepared for normal.

Funny, provoking, and ultimately moving, this debut novel featuring the quintessential unreliable narrator will have readers turning the pages and trying to figure out what is real and what is made up.

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5) An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

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Laia, 17, is a coward and so far, it’s kept her alive. As a Scholar living under the brutal rule of the Martial Empire, Laia knows that courage will only get her killed. Then the Martials imprison Laia’s brother for treason. To save him from execution, Laia must step out of the shadows and embark on a quest that will take her from the haunted catacombs of her city to the halls of Blackcliff Academy, where the Empire trains its most feared soldiers. She must find the courage to defy everything the Martials stand for in a place where defiance has one outcome: death.

Elias, 20, is Blackcliff’s finest soldier—and secretly, its most unwilling. Sickened by the prospect of hunting and killing Scholars who oppose the Empire, Elias decides to desert the military. But before he can run, he’s ordered to participate in the Trials, a ruthless contest to choose the next Martial emperor. Elias must wage war in the Trials with skill and ferocity while struggling with a deep inner ambivalence. For while losing the Trials might cost him his life, winning them could cost him his soul.

When Laia and Elias’s paths cross at Blackcliff, they find that their destinies are more intertwined than either could have imagined and that their choices will change the future of the Empire itself.

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6) The Girl at Midnight by Melissa Grey

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For readers of Cassandra Clare’s City of Bones and Leigh Bardugo’s Shadow and Bone, The Girl at Midnight is the story of a modern girl caught in an ancient war.

Beneath the streets of New York City live the Avicen, an ancient race of people with feathers for hair and magic running through their veins. Age-old enchantments keep them hidden from humans. All but one. Echo is a runaway pickpocket who survives by selling stolen treasures on the black market, and the Avicen are the only family she’s ever known.

Echo is clever and daring, and at times she can be brash, but above all else she’s fiercely loyal. So when a centuries-old war crests on the borders of her home, she decides it’s time to act.

Legend has it that there is a way to end the conflict once and for all: find the Firebird, a mythical entity believed to possess power the likes of which the world has never seen. It will be no easy task, but if life as a thief has taught Echo anything, it’s how to hunt down what she wants . . . and how to take it.

But some jobs aren’t as straightforward as they seem. And this one might just set the world on fire.

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7) The Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Suma

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“Ori’s dead because of what happened out behind the theater, in the tunnel made out of trees. She’s dead because she got sent to that place upstate, locked up with those monsters. And she got sent there because of me.”

The Walls Around Us is a ghostly story of suspense told in two voices—one still living and one long dead. On the outside, there’s Violet, an eighteen-year-old dancer days away from the life of her dreams when something threatens to expose the shocking truth of her achievement. On the inside, within the walls of a girls’ juvenile detention center, there’s Amber, locked up for so long she can’t imagine freedom. Tying these two worlds together is Orianna, who holds the key to unlocking all the girls’ darkest mysteries.

We hear Amber’s story and Violet’s, and through them Orianna’s, first from one angle, then from another, until gradually we begin to get the whole picture—which is not necessarily the one that either Amber or Violet wants us to see.

Nova Ren Suma tells a supernatural tale of guilt and innocence, and what happens when one is mistaken for the other.

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8) Hello, I Love You by Katie M. Stout

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A teen escapes to a boarding school abroad and falls for a Korean pop star in this fun and fresh romantic novel in the vein of Anna and the French Kiss.

Grace Wilde is running—from the multi-million dollar mansion her record producer father bought, the famous older brother who’s topped the country music charts five years in a row, and the mother who blames her for her brother’s breakdown. Grace escapes to the farthest place from home she can think of, a boarding school in Korea, hoping for a fresh start.

She wants nothing to do with music, but when her roommate Sophie’s twin brother Jason turns out to be the newest Korean pop music superstar, Grace is thrust back into the world of fame. She can’t stand Jason, whose celebrity status is only outmatched by his oversized ego, but they form a tenuous alliance for the sake of her friendship with Sophie. As the months go by and Grace adjusts to her new life in Korea, even she can’t deny the sparks flying between her and the KPOP idol.

Soon, Grace realizes that her feelings for Jason threaten her promise to herself that she’ll leave behind the music industry that destroyed her family. But can Grace ignore her attraction to Jason and her undeniable pull of the music she was born to write? Sweet, fun, and romantic, this young adult novel explores what it means to experience first love and discover who you really are in the process.

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9) Solitaire by Alice Oseman

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In case you’re wondering, this is not a love story.

My name is Tori Spring. I like to sleep and I like to blog. Last year – before all that stuff with Charlie and before I had to face the harsh realities of A-Levels and university applications and the fact that one day I really will have to start talking to people – I had friends. Things were very different, I guess, but that’s all over now.

Now there’s Solitaire. And Michael Holden.

I don’t know what Solitaire are trying to do, and I don’t care about Michael Holden.

I really don’t.

This incredible debut novel by outstanding young author Alice Oseman is perfect for fans of John Green, Rainbow Rowell and all unflinchingly honest writers.

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10) A Wicked Thing by Rhiannon Thomas

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Rhiannon Thomas’s dazzling debut novel is a spellbinding reimagining of Sleeping Beauty and what happens after happily ever after.

One hundred years after falling asleep, Princess Aurora wakes up to the kiss of a handsome prince and a broken kingdom that has been dreaming of her return. All the books say that she should be living happily ever after. But as Aurora understands all too well, the truth is nothing like the fairy tale.

Her family is long dead. Her “true love” is a kind stranger. And her whole life has been planned out by political foes while she slept.

As Aurora struggles to make sense of her new world, she begins to fear that the curse has left its mark on her, a fiery and dangerous thing that might be as wicked as the witch who once ensnared her. With her wedding day drawing near, Aurora must make the ultimate decision on how to save her kingdom: marry the prince or run.

Rhiannon Thomas weaves together vivid scenes of action, romance, and gorgeous gowns to reveal a richly imagined world … and Sleeping Beauty as she’s never been seen before.

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11) The Leveller by Julia Durango

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Nixy Bauer is a self-made Leveller. Her job? Dragging kids out of virtual reality and back to their parents in the real world. It’s normally easy cash, but Nixy’s latest mission is fraught with real danger, intrigue, and romance.

Nixy Bauer is used to her classmates being very, very unhappy to see her. After all, she’s a bounty hunter in a virtual reality gaming world. Kids in the MEEP, as they call it, play entirely with their minds, while their bodies languish in a sleeplike state on the couch. Irritated parents, looking to wrench their kids back to reality, hire Nixy to jump into the game and retrieve them.

But when the game’s billionaire developer loses track of his own son in the MEEP, Nixy is in for the biggest challenge of her bounty-hunting career. Wyn Salvador isn’t some lazy kid looking to escape his homework: Wyn does not want to be found. And he’s left behind a suicide note. Nixy takes the job but quickly discovers that Wyn’s not hiding—he’s being held inside the game against his will. But who is holding him captive, and why?

Nixy and Wyn attempt to fight their way out of a mind game unlike any they’ve encountered, and the battle brings them closer than either could have imagined. But when the whole world is virtual, how can Nixy possibly know if her feelings are real?

Gamers and action fans of all types will dive straight into the MEEP, thanks to Julia Durango’s cinematic storytelling. A touch of romance adds some heart to Nixy’s vivid, multidimensional journey through Wyn’s tricked-out virtual city, and constant twists keep readers flying through to the breathtaking end.

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12) Kissing in America by Margo Rabb

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I loved romances because when you opened the first page, you knew the story would end well. Your heart wouldn’t be broken. I loved that security, that guaranteed love.

In real life, you never knew the ending. I hated that.

Sixteen-year-old Eva has never been in love. But when she meets Will, everything changes. With him, her grief over her father’s death fades, and she can escape from her difficult relationship with her mother. Then, without any warning, Will picks up and moves to California. So Eva—with the help of her best friend, Annie—concocts a plan to travel across the country to see him again. As they leave New York City for the first time and road-trip across America, they encounter cowboys, kudzu, and tiny towns without stoplights. Along the way, Eva and Annie learn the truth about love and all its complexities.

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13) Written in the Stars by Aisha Saeed

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This heart-wrenching novel explores what it is like to be thrust into an unwanted marriage. Has Naila’s fate been written in the stars? Or can she still make her own destiny?

Naila’s conservative immigrant parents have always said the same thing: She may choose what to study, how to wear her hair, and what to be when she grows up—but they will choose her husband. Following their cultural tradition, they will plan an arranged marriage for her. And until then, dating—even friendship with a boy—is forbidden. When Naila breaks their rule by falling in love with Saif, her parents are livid. Convinced she has forgotten who she truly is, they travel to Pakistan to visit relatives and explore their roots. But Naila’s vacation turns into a nightmare when she learns that plans have changed—her parents have found her a husband and they want her to marry him, now! Despite her greatest efforts, Naila is aghast to find herself cut off from everything and everyone she once knew. Her only hope of escape is Saif . . . if he can find her before it’s too late.

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14) Everything That Makes You by Moriah McStay

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One girl. Two stories. Meet Fiona Doyle. The thick ridges of scar tissue on her face are from an accident twelve years ago. Fiona has notebooks full of songs she’s written about her frustrations, her dreams, and about her massive crush on beautiful uber-jock Trent McKinnon. If she can’t even find the courage to look Trent straight in his beautiful blue eyes, she sure isn’t brave enough to play or sing any of her songs in public. But something’s changing in Fiona. She can’t be defined by her scars anymore.

And what if there hadn’t been an accident? Meet Fi Doyle. Fi is the top-rated female high school lacrosse player in the state, heading straight to Northwestern on a full ride. She’s got more important things to deal with than her best friend Trent McKinnon, who’s been different ever since the kiss. When her luck goes south, even lacrosse can’t define her anymore. When you’ve always been the best at something, one dumb move can screw everything up. Can Fi fight back?

Hasn’t everyone wondered what if? In this daring debut novel, Moriah McStay gives us the rare opportunity to see what might have happened if things were different. Maybe luck determines our paths. But maybe it’s who we are that determines our luck.

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15) The Wrong Side of Right by Jenn Marie Thorne

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Fans of Sarah Dessen and Huntley Fitzpatrick will enjoy this smart debut young adult novel, equal parts My Life Next Door and The Princess Diaries—plus a dash of Aaron Sorkin.

Kate Quinn’s mom died last year, leaving Kate parentless and reeling. So when the unexpected shows up in her living room, Kate must confront another reality she never thought possible—or thought of at all. Kate does have a father. He’s a powerful politician. And he’s running for U.S. President. Suddenly, Kate’s moving in with a family she never knew she had, joining a campaign in support of a man she hardly knows, and falling for a rebellious boy who may not have the purest motives. This is Kate’s new life. But who is Kate? When what she truly believes flies in the face of the campaign’s talking points, she must decide. Does she turn to the family she barely knows, the boy she knows but doesn’t necessarily trust, or face a third, even scarier option?

Set against a backdrop of politics, family, and first love, this is a story of personal responsibility, complicated romance, and trying to discover who you are even as everyone tells you who you should be.

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16) Tracked by Jenny Martin

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The Fast and the Furious gets a sci-fi twist in this action-packed debut

On corporately controlled Castra, rally racing is a high stakes game that seventeen-year-old Phoebe Van Zant knows all too well. Phee’s legendary racer father disappeared mysteriously, but that hasn’t stopped her from speeding headlong into trouble. When she and her best friend, Bear, attract the attention of Charles Benroyal, they are blackmailed into racing for Benroyal Corp, a company that represents everything Phee detests. Worse, Phee risks losing Bear as she falls for Cash, her daring new teammate. But when she discovers that Benroyal is controlling more than a corporation, Phee realizes she has a much bigger role in Castra’s future than she could ever have imagined. It’s up to Phee to take Benroyal down. But even with the help of her team, can a street-rat destroy an empire?

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17) 99 Days by Katie Cotugno

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Day 1: Julia Donnelly eggs my house my first night back in Star Lake, and that’s how I know everyone still remembers everything—how I destroyed my relationship with Patrick the night everything happened with his brother, Gabe. How I wrecked their whole family. Now I’m serving out my summer like a jail sentence: Just ninety-nine days till I can leave for college, and be done.

Day 4: A nasty note on my windshield makes it clear Julia isn’t finished. I’m expecting a fight when someone taps me on the shoulder, but it’s just Gabe, home from college and actually happy to see me. “For what it’s worth, Molly Barlow,” he says, “I’m really glad you’re back.”

Day 12: Gabe got me to come to this party, and I’m actually having fun. I think he’s about to kiss me—and that’s when I see Patrick. My Patrick, who’s supposed to be clear across the country. My Patrick, who’s never going to forgive me.

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18) Ink and Ashes by Valynne E. Maetani

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Claire Takata has never known much about her father, who passed away when she was a little girl. But on the anniversary of his death, not long before her seventeenth birthday, she finds a mysterious letter from her deceased father, addressed to her stepfather. Claire never even knew that they had met.

Claire knows she should let it go, but she can’t shake the feeling that something’s been kept from her. In search of answers, Claire combs through anything that will give her information about her father . . . until she discovers he was a member of the yakuza, the Japanese mafia. The discovery opens a door that should have been left closed.

So begins the race to outrun his legacy as the secrets of her father’s past threaten Claire’s friends and family, newfound love, and ultimately her life. Ink and Ashes, winner of Tu Books’ New Visions Award, is a heart-stopping debut mystery that will keep readers on the edge of their seats until the very last page.

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19) Hollywood Witch Hunter by Valerie Tejeda

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From the moment she first learned the truth about witches…she knew she was born to fight them.

Now, at sixteen, Iris is the lone girl on the Witch Hunters Special Ops Team.

But when Iris meets a boy named Arlo, he might just be the key to preventing an evil uprising in Southern California.

Together they’re ready to protect the human race at all costs. Because that’s what witch hunters do.

Welcome to Hollywood.

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20) Under a Painted Sky by Stacey Lee

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A powerful story of friendship and sacrifice, for fans of Code Name Verity

Missouri, 1849: Samantha dreams of moving back to New York to be a professional musician—not an easy thing if you’re a girl, and harder still if you’re Chinese. But a tragic accident dashes any hopes of fulfilling her dream, and instead, leaves her fearing for her life. With the help of a runaway slave named Annamae, Samantha flees town for the unknown frontier. But life on the Oregon Trail is unsafe for two girls, so they disguise themselves as Sammy and Andy, two boys headed for the California gold rush. Sammy and Andy forge a powerful bond as they each search for a link to their past, and struggle to avoid any unwanted attention. But when they cross paths with a band of cowboys, the light-hearted troupe turn out to be unexpected allies. With the law closing in on them and new setbacks coming each day, the girls quickly learn that there are not many places to hide on the open trail.

This beautifully written debut is an exciting adventure and heart-wrenching survival tale. But above all else, it’s a story about perseverance and trust that will restore your faith in the power of friendship.

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21) The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly by Stephanie Oakes

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With a harrowing poetic voice, this contemporary page-turner is perfect for fans of Laurie Halse Anderson’s Speak, Julie Berry’s All The Truth That’s in Me, and the works of Ellen Hopkins.

The Kevinian cult has taken everything from seventeen-year-old Minnow: twelve years of her life, her family, her ability to trust.

And when she rebelled, they took away her hands, too.

Now their Prophet has been murdered and their camp set aflame, and it’s clear that Minnow knows something—but she’s not talking. As she languishes in juvenile detention, she struggles to un-learn everything she has been taught to believe, adjusting to a life behind bars and recounting the events that led up to her incarceration. But when an FBI detective approaches her about making a deal, Minnow sees she can have the freedom she always dreamed of—if she’s willing to part with the terrible secrets of her past.

The Sacred Lies of Minnow By is a hard-hitting and hopeful story about the dangers of blind faith—and the power of having faith in oneself.

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22) Tonight the Streets Are Ours by Leila Sales

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From the author of This Song Will Save Your Life comes a funny and relatable book about the hazards of falling for a person you haven’t met yet.

Seventeen-year-old Arden Huntley is recklessly loyal. Taking care of her loved ones is what gives Arden purpose in her life and makes her feel like she matters. But she’s tired of being loyal to people who don’t appreciate her—including her needy best friend and her absent mom.

Arden finds comfort in a blog she stumbles upon called “Tonight the Streets Are Ours,” the musings of a young New York City writer named Peter. When Peter is dumped by the girlfriend he blogs about, Arden decides to take a road trip to see him.

During one crazy night out in NYC filled with parties, dancing, and music—the type of night when anything can happen, and nearly everything does—Arden discovers that Peter isn’t exactly who she thought he was. And maybe she isn’t exactly who she thought she was, either.

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23) City of Savages by Lee Kelly

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It’s been nearly two decades since the Red Allies first attacked New York, and Manhattan is now a prisoner-of-war camp, ruled by Warden Rolladin and her brutal, impulsive warlords. For 17-year-old Skyler Miller, Manhattan is a cage that keeps her from the world beyond the city’s borders. But for Sky’s 16-year-old sister, Phee, the P.O.W. camp is a dangerous playground of possibility, and the only home she’d ever want.

When Sky and Phee discover their mom’s hidden journal from the outbreak of the war, they both realize there’s more to Manhattan—and their mother—than either of them had ever imagined. And after a group of strangers arrives at the annual P.O.W. census, the girls begin to uncover the island’s long-kept secrets. The strangers hail from England, a country supposedly destroyed by the Red Allies, and Rolladin’s lies about Manhattan’s captivity begin to unravel.

Hungry for the truth, the sisters set a series of events in motion that ends in the death of one of Rolladin’s guards. Now they’re outlaws, forced to join the strange Englishmen on an escape mission through Manhattan. Their flight takes them into subways haunted by cannibals, into the arms of a sadistic cult in the city’s Meatpacking District, and, through the pages of their mom’s old journal, into the island’s dark and shocking past. Sky and Phee are dependent on each other, and their ragged posse, for survival, but as their feelings grow toward the handsome English boy Ryder, love and jealousy threaten to break them apart.

While primarily a thriller, City of Savages is also a story about the many meanings of sisterhood, told across two generations of New York women—those who survived a terrible tragedy, and those who were raised to live in its aftermath.

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24) Rook by Sharon Cameron

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History has a way of repeating itself. In the Sunken City that was once Paris, all who oppose the new revolution are being put to the blade. Except for those who disappear from their prison cells, a red-tipped rook feather left in their place. Is the mysterious Red Rook a savior of the innocent or a criminal?

Meanwhile, across the sea in the Commonwealth, Sophia Bellamy’s arranged marriage to the wealthy René Hasard is the last chance to save her family from ruin. But when the search for the Red Rook comes straight to her doorstep, Sophia discovers that her fiancé is not all he seems. Which is only fair, because neither is she.

As the Red Rook grows bolder and the stakes grow higher, Sophia and René find themselves locked in a tantalizing game of cat and mouse.

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25) Pretending to Be Erica by Michelle Painchaud

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We Were Liars meets Heist Society in a riveting debut!

Seventeen-year-old Violet’s entire life has revolved around one thing: becoming Erica Silverman, an heiress kidnapped at age five and never seen again. Violet’s father, the best con man in Las Vegas, has a plan, chilling in its very specific precision. Violet shares a blood type with Erica; soon, thanks to surgery and blackmail, she has the same face, body, and DNA. She knows every detail of the Silvermans’ lives, as well as the PTSD she will have to fake around them. And then, when the time is right, she “reappears”—Erica Silverman, brought home by some kind of miracle. But she is also Violet, and she has a job: Stay long enough to steal the Silverman Painting, an Old Master legendary in the Vegas crime world. Walking a razor’s edge, calculating every decision, not sure sometimes who she is or what she is doing it for, Violet is an unforgettable heroine, and Pretending to be Erica is a killer debut.

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26) Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone

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If you could read my mind, you wouldn’t be smiling.

Samantha McAllister looks just like the rest of the popular girls in her junior class. But hidden beneath the straightened hair and expertly applied makeup is a secret that her friends would never understand: Sam has Purely-Obsessional OCD and is consumed by a stream of dark thoughts and worries that she can’t turn off.

Second-guessing every move, thought, and word makes daily life a struggle, and it doesn’t help that her lifelong friends will turn toxic at the first sign of a wrong outfit, wrong lunch, or wrong crush. Yet Sam knows she’d be truly crazy to leave the protection of the most popular girls in school. So when Sam meets Caroline, she has to keep her new friend with a refreshing sense of humor and no style a secret, right up there with Sam’s weekly visits to her psychiatrist.

Caroline introduces Sam to the Poet’s Corner, a hidden room and a tight-knit group of misfits who have been ignored by the school at large. Sam is drawn to them immediately, especially a guitar-playing guy with a talent for verse, and starts to discover a whole new side of herself. Slowly, she begins to feel more “normal” than she ever has as part of the popular crowd . . . until she finds a new reason to question her sanity and all she holds dear.

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If you have any suggestions for this, feel free to write in the comments below!


Review: The Conspiracy of Us by Maggie Hall

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A fast-paced international escapade, laced with adrenaline, glamour, and romance–perfect for fans of Ally Carter

Avery West’s newfound family can shut down Prada when they want to shop in peace, and can just as easily order a bombing when they want to start a war. Part of a powerful and dangerous secret society called the Circle, they believe Avery is the key to an ancient prophecy. Some want to use her as a pawn. Some want her dead.

To unravel the mystery putting her life in danger, Avery must follow a trail of clues from the monuments of Paris to the back alleys of Istanbul with two boys who work for the Circle—beautiful, volatile Stellan and mysterious, magnetic Jack. But as the clues expose a stunning conspiracy that might plunge the world into World War 3, she discovers that both boys are hiding secrets of their own. Now she will have to choose not only between freedom and family–but between the boy who might help her save the world, and the one she’s falling in love with.


My rating: 5 stars.

“Toska.” He leaned forward, too. “It’s a Russian word. It has no translation into any other language, but the closest I’ve heard is the ache. A longing. The sense that something is missing, and even if you’re not sure what it is, you ache for it. Down to your bones.”

That awkward moment when you know the Russian language…

In general I love books with Russian characters. Not because it’s close to me, it’s just funny to see how people describe them differently. Although I’m a little hate it when people put these stereotypes about vodka and bears. But in this book it was served as a stereotype, and it pleased me.

Okay, I admit, I fell in love with Stellan. This is a very interesting character. And I guessed right about the whole intrigue with him, though it still didn’t spoil the overall picture of mystery.

Yes, I had the mysteries that annotation promised me. It really looks like the Da Vinci Code for teenagers.

Such a family, which Avery has, I wouldn’t wish for the enemy (though… Prada? Masquerades? Okay, it impresses me).

I basically also like Jack, but I have a lot of claims to him, so it prevents me to accept him as part of the love story completely.

And I love Avery, although she didn’t become one of my favorite characters, but overall she’s not quite annoying and nasty person, so I love her at least for that.

I really loved this book and I’m sure that I will reread it many times.

Love triangle not yet available, but an interesting plot and good characters are an integral part of the book, so I strongly recommend it to all fans of such novels.

I’m sorry, I can’t write anything else that wouldn’t be a spoiler.


Here is my fan-art for this book: ji9j9ikoogyhuj

2015 YA Books with LGBTQIA Themes and 5 Reasons to Сatch Them Up

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As I can remember, I’ve always loved stories with LGBTQIA themes. I was happy, because it allows heterosexual people to see such a relationship and understand that they are the most usual relationship between two people. In other words, it helps others to understand that people can love each other regardless of their gender.
All that upset me was a very limited number of such books.
Until this year.

So I present to you my list of books with LGBTQIA characters, which will be released in 2015 and which I’m dying to read (for the reasons listed below).

1) Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

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Five reasons to read this as soon as possible:

  1. This cover just gorgeous. Look at the cloud instead of the head. I never tire of admiring it.
  2. It has such beautiful lines like this quote, which I also don’t get tired to reread.
  3. I love every aspect of the existence of Becky Albertalli and the fact that she wrote this book because this lady is wonderful in every sense.
  4. The main character Simon Spier loves Oreo. Oreo!!!
  5. This is one of the most interesting plots that I’ve ever seen. I already want to know who Blue is.

And I repeat, Oreo!!!

Lawsuit Seeks To Ban Oreo Cookies In California


2) More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera

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Five reasons to read this as soon as possible:

  1. It’s pitched like YA Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. And this is one of my favorite movies.
  2. While reading this, you can joke that now you are more happy than not.
  3. It seems this thing should be very emotional. Stock up on napkins.
  4. A man named Adam Silvera simply can’t write badly. It’s a great name.
  5. Now I’m sorry, but this cover colors like the flag of my country. Lol. If I buy it, then everyone will think that I’m a patriot.

3) None of the Above by I.W. Gregorio

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Five reasons to read this as soon as possible:

  1. The main character is intersex. How many books have you read about this condition?
  2. I had the privilege to read it, and trust me, it’s a great book!
  3. There is a very nice guy.
  4. And well-written family relationships.
  5. And the cover is amazing and very suitable for the book.

4) Under the Lights by Dahlia Adler

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Five reasons to read this as soon as possible:

  1. Just look at this lovely cover.
  2. This is the second book in the series, but with the other characters. How I love such series.
  3. It’s about the actors.
  4. I love Dahlia blog.
  5. F/F romance.

5) Bleeding Earth by Kaitlin Ward

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Five reasons to read this as soon as possible:

  1. Warning! The Earth is bleeding!
  2. Kaitlin Ward is YA Highway blogger.
  3. Also F/F romance and heroines are already in a relationship.
  4. The cover is a bit creepy.
  5. And please tell me whether this book is get published? Because of the whole situation with the Egmont… please.

6) Willful Machines by Tim Floreen 

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Five reasons to read this as soon as possible:

  1. The main character is the closeted son of the US president.
  2. His crush named Nico and he is Shakespeare-obsessed.
  3. This is a book about androids (probably).
  4. The bird on the cover is a masterpiece.
  5. Obviously it’s a sci-fi.

I can’t wait to read all of this books! If you have any additions to the list, feel free to write in the comments 😉

Review: Liars, Inc. by Paula Stokes (ARC)

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For fans of Gone Girl, I Hunt Killers, and TV’s How to Get Away with Murder.

Max Cantrell has never been a big fan of the truth, so when the opportunity arises to sell forged permission slips and cover stories to his classmates, it sounds like a good way to make a little money and liven up a boring senior year. With the help of his friends Preston and Parvati, Max starts Liars, Inc. Suddenly everybody needs something and the cash starts pouring in. Who knew lying could be so lucrative?

When Preston wants his own cover story to go visit a girl he met online, Max doesn’t think twice about hooking him up. Until Preston never comes home. Then the evidence starts to pile up—terrifying clues that lead the cops to Preston’s body. Terrifying clues that point to Max as the murderer.

Can Max find the real killer before he goes to prison for a crime he didn’t commit? In a story that Kirkus Reviews called “Captivating to the very end,” Paula Stokes starts with one single white lie and weaves a twisted tale that will have readers guessing until the explosive final chapters.


I recieved a free copy from the publishers via Edelweiss.

My rating: 4.5 stars.

When you care about someone, you can’t just turn that off because you learn they betrayed you.

For me, the whole meaning of this book is this quote.

That’s why I liked this story. The story of three friends, which is entirely built on lies. Like a mirror in front of another mirror. One liar lied to another. Lie in a lie, in a lie in even more lies. I really love such stories, but I’m was afraid to know what the outcome of this.

Fortunately, it ended well.
But now we go.

Once upon a time three friends, two guys and one girl, decided to make money by spreading lies. In other words, they created covering stories for parents and teachers of the students who asked them about it.

All was going well until one day one of Liars, Inc. named Preston asked the main protagonist Max to create covering story for him.
And then he disappeared.
And Max is accused of killing his friend.

With the help of another member of Liars, Inc. Parvati, which is also his girlfriend, he tries to uncover the truth about the disappearance of Preston.

Interesting? I think so too. Because this story is very exciting. I like almost all aspects of it.

Max’s voice sounds really like a guy’s voice, which is another major plus.

Parvati is quite an interesting character, and despite all of her flaws I like this girl. She is really clever and resourceful. And she is half Indian. (Hello, diversity!)

Preston? …well, you understand.

I also sincerely love relationships between Max and his adoptive parents, especially between his mother and sister. His sister is really cute. I almost shed a few tears when she gave him a mug with surfboards painted on it (Max is a surfer. This is another thing that I like very much).

You should read it because it’s good fast-paced criminal story with wonderful characters and interesting love line. And yes, and it’s a standalone, so you don’t have to wait a sequel.


Here is my fan-art for this book:парпаоро

Review: Book 2 in Silver Trilogy by Kerstin Gier

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My rating: 5 stars.

I’ll start with the most complicated thing. I read this book in Russian, but my blog and all posts here in English, so I can’t write German or Russian names. But I immediately change the cover and add annotation when Henry Holt will publish them.

Now about the book itself. It’s wonderful. In my opinion, even better than the first one.
I love Kerstin’s writing style. It’s funny and cute. I really laughed at many moments.

And the characters are excellent. Liv very sarcastic but sweet heroine. She constantly reminded me of Felicity from Arrow. They both have a constant verbal diarrhea, which is obtained when they are worried. They are reasonable. They are adorable. They are nerds. And they both have a very strange mothers.

Once I saw on Goodreads a review which said that Liv and Grayson have the attraction towards each other…

PLEASE.

JUST.

NO.

PLEASE,

DON’T THINK LIKE THAT.

I like the relationship between Liv and Grayson, because they care about each other… like brother and sister. And it’s very cute.
I will feel sick if there is something else, because it would be terrible for me.
I really like Henry (though in this part he acts like an asshole), and I will not accept another option, no matter what. Fortunately, I know Kerstin’s style from previous books, and she most likely will not allow it.

Talking about the other characters, I love Mia. I’d like to have a sister which would help to cut down Mr. Snuggles (The fact that I would have to cut down it, not even need to be discussed).

So read this book when it comes out.
It’s worth your attention.

Interview: Moriah McStay, author of Everything That Makes You

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No, I don’t get tired to of posting interviews with the wonderful authors. Because their books really deserve your attention.

Today is the day of the book with the most amazing plot I’ve ever seen.

You’ll definitely realize that this is very interesting.

One girl. Two stories. Meet Fiona Doyle. The thick ridges of scar tissue on her face are from an accident twelve years ago. Fiona has notebooks full of songs she’s written about her frustrations, her dreams, and about her massive crush on beautiful uber-jock Trent McKinnon. If she can’t even find the courage to look Trent straight in his beautiful blue eyes, she sure isn’t brave enough to play or sing any of her songs in public. But something’s changing in Fiona. She can’t be defined by her scars anymore.

And what if there hadn’t been an accident? Meet Fi Doyle. Fi is the top-rated female high school lacrosse player in the state, heading straight to Northwestern on a full ride. She’s got more important things to deal with than her best friend Trent McKinnon, who’s been different ever since the kiss. When her luck goes south, even lacrosse can’t define her anymore. When you’ve always been the best at something, one dumb move can screw everything up. Can Fi fight back?

Hasn’t everyone wondered what if? In this daring debut novel, Moriah McStay gives us the rare opportunity to see what might have happened if things were different. Maybe luck determines our paths. But maybe it’s who we are that determines our luck.

And you’ll definitely realize that this is very beautiful.

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So now I represent Moriah, the creator of this amazing book, to you.

1) Were there any funny stories while you worked on Everything That Makes You? Or maybe, at that time, the book had a different name, which now makes you smile?

The first title of the book was Progressions of Fate, which is SOO horrible. I never loved it and willingly accepted input from my agent and editor. We tried out several titles before my editor sent me an all-caps email, late one Friday night. It just said “EVERYTHING THAT MAKES YOU!!!” It’s a line from a later chapter of the book, and is featured prominently in one of Fiona’s later songs.

2) What inspired you to write Everything That Makes You?

I was in an accident when I was a young child that left me blind on one eye. Growing up, I often wondered how that accident affected the person I was. I remember having conversations like this with friends in college. Which major—and insignificant—events changed the trajectory of our lives? And, if we could go back and change it, would we? I ruminated on this concept for ages. I wrote two other manuscripts (which weren’t very good, honestly) before I felt ready to tackle the project.

3) Can you share your most favorite quote from your book? (If it’s too spoilery, then your favorite quote from another book).

One line I love only makes sense in its particular scene. The line is “Not sure yet.” Since to explain the scene would be pretty spoilery, I’ll just say, it’s midway through the novel. Fiona’s at college, and she’s literally run into a boy who was outside her dorm room, listening to her play guitar. She was heading down to the cafeteria, and he tells her that’s where he was going, too. They have this awesome conversation and totally hit it off. The scene ends like this:

“So, I have a confession.”

Oh no. “What’s that?”

“I wasn’t going for coffee. I was heading for class.” He looked at his watch. “Which starts in five minutes.”

She laughed, feeling so, so fluttery. “You were being a stalker.”

The boy hung his head dramatically. “I know. Five minutes in and I’d already broken my first promise. It’s a bad start.”

“A bad start for what?”

He stood and began walking backward as Fiona stayed at the table. He backed nearly all the way to the automatic doors. They slid open, but he paused, those pretty green eyes still on Fiona. With a sly, uneven smile, he answered, “Not sure yet.”

It still makes me smile, no matter how many times I read it!

4) How long did it take you to write your novel? What was easier to write: the beginning or the ending?

Like I said, I sat on the idea for ETMY for years and years and years. When I finally started writing, it took about a year before I was ready to submit to agents. For ETMY and my other projects, I’d say the ending is always easier. You can’t write a real, edited beginning without it!

5) If right now someone told you that he can perform any of your three wishes, what would you then wish for?

Whew. That’s a tough one. As a mom, I’d probably use the first wish on my kids. I’d ask for my daughters to have long, happy, healthy lives ahead of them.

World peace would be a good one for #2, no? And then, I’d like to be able to fly.

6) If you could, would you write a letter to Fiona? If the answer is yes, what would be the main theme of the letter?

An interesting question. As her writer, my instinct would be to get all lecture-y at her, and THAT wouldn’t work out well. As the book ends, she’s on her way to figuring herself out. I don’t think she would need—or particularly want–my input. I think I’d leave her be.


From my own I can only add that I really look forward to meeting Fiona.

If you want, you can contact her via

Website: moriahmcstay.com
E-mail: moriahmcstaywrites@gmail.com
Twitter: @moriahmcstay
Facebook: Moriah McStay

And add her debut book on Goodreads.

Interview: Jasmine Warga, author of My Heart and Other Black Holes

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Yes, you read this right. I present to your attention another interview with a wonderful author, whose book comes out in 2015. The book, which I’ve been waiting for a very long time. The book I’m not going to wait that long again, because it goes through the month. Book with beautiful, charming and ironic title MY HEART AND OTHER BLACK HOLES.

You’ll understand when you look at this summary.

Sixteen-year-old physics nerd Aysel is obsessed with plotting her own death. With a mother who can barely look at her without wincing, classmates who whisper behind her back, and a father whose violent crime rocked her small town, Aysel is ready to turn her potential energy into nothingness.

 There’s only one problem: she’s not sure she has the courage to do it alone. But once she discovers a website with a section called Suicide Partners, Aysel’s convinced she’s  found her solution: a teen boy with the username FrozenRobot (aka Roman) who’s haunted by a family tragedy is looking for a   partner.

Even though Aysel and Roman have nothing in common, they slowly start to fill in each other’s broken lives. But as their suicide pact becomes more concrete, Aysel begins to question whether she really wants to go through with it. Ultimately, she must choose between wanting to die or trying to convince Roman to live so they can discover the potential of their energy together. Except that Roman may not be so easy to convince.

And look at this cover.

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Hahaha, I was joking. This is not the final cover. I attach the final now and it is much more wonderful.

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Finally, you can enjoy this interview.

1) Were there any funny stories while you worked on My Heart & Other Black Holes? Or maybe, at that time, the book had a different name, which now makes you smile?

Sadly, I can’t think of many funny stories surrounding the writing process for MY HEART AND OTHER BLACK HOLES. It was written during a pretty dark period in my life–I was grieving the loss of a very close friend–and so I wasn’t in a very jovial mood. That said, the original title of the manuscript was much more emo-tastic and dramatic–THE HEAVINESS OF EMPTINESS–and I smile when I think about how I came up with the new title. I was sitting in my writing study, talking to my husband about how I was totally freaked out that I’d actually finished the book and that the only thing left to do was change the title because I wasn’t sure the original one was a very good fit for the overall tone of the book. I didn’t like that I was pretty sure my main character, Aysel, would hate the original title, citing that it was too dramatic and trying too hard to be literary and mysterious. So we brainstormed some ideas and jokingly I said: Aysel thinks she has a black hole of a heart, maybe I should just call it MY HEART AND OTHER BLACK HOLES, and instantly we both sort of smiled and knew that would be the title.

2) What inspired you to write My Heart?

I mentioned above the loss of my close friend and working on this book was a big part of my grieving process. People grieve in different ways and for me, creating something, writing this story, was, in part, my way of grappling with those feelings of loss. I also think that for a while I’d had this story trapped inside me. I’d wanted to write an honest story about the demon of depression, exploring the way it can distort the sufferer’s reality. Most of all, I wanted to write a book that honored the importance of friendship and love (in all forms, self, family, friendship, romantic), and advocated for empathy and understanding.

3) Can you share your most favorite quote from your book? (If it’s too spoilery, then your favorite quote from another book).

Oh, I don’t know if I have a favorite quote from my own book. It feels weird for me to choose one, so I’ll choose another quote that I absolutely love and will always love because my husband knew how much I loved this particular quote and used it when he proposed to me: “Once upon a time there was a boy who loved a girl, and her laughter was a question he wanted to spend his whole life answering.”– The History of Love by Nicole Krauss. I had that quote hanging in my college dorm room.

4) How long did it take you to write your novel? What was easier to write: the beginning or the ending?

About four months of frenzied writing and then another month of intense editing. The ending was definitely the hardest part for me. I always find endings to be difficult, as both a reader and a writer.

5) What are your favorite books?

So many and too many to list, but I’ve named a few below in no particular order:

1. Weetzie Bat, Francesca Lia Block
2. Ariel, Sylvia Plath
3. The Sky is Everywhere, Jandy Nelson
4. Diving into the Wreck, Adrienne Rich
5. The Blind Assassin, Margaret Atwood
6. The Professor’s Daughter, Emily Raboteau

And so, so, so many more!

6) If you could, would you write a letter to Aysel and Roman? If the answer is yes, what would be the main theme of the letter?

I don’t know. This is sort of a difficult question to answer without spoiling the book, but I think I would just encourage Aysel to learn hard into self-love and self-acceptance and know that life is going to be full of ups and downs, but to trust in her ability to ride it out.


Thank you, Jasmine. I’m very flattered by the fact that I took an interview with you. You are an amazing person.

And I sincerely advise everyone to run to the nearest bookstore exactly one month later and buy this wonderful book written by Jasmine.

If you want, you can contact her via

Website: jasminewarga.com
E-mail: jasminewargabooks@gmail.com
Twitter: @jasminewarga
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And add her debut book on Goodreads.

Review: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

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To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is the story of Lara Jean, who has never openly admitted her crushes, but instead wrote each boy a letter about how she felt, sealed it, and hid it in a box under her bed. But one day Lara Jean discovers that somehow her secret box of letters has been mailed, causing all her crushes from her past to confront her about the letters: her first kiss, the boy from summer camp, even her sister’s ex-boyfriend, Josh. As she learns to deal with her past loves face to face, Lara Jean discovers that something good may come out of these letters after all.


My rating: 4 stars.

It was very nice and not annoying. Lara Jean is one of those characters that don’t need to save the world and who don’t have serious psychological problems. Therefore, the problems that she had a very naive and not serious. But I can’t say it’s bad. At once, I was able to relax when I’m reading a book.
The narrative is slow and viscous, like sugar syrup. In general I associate the whole book with sugar, even its cover.

I really liked the relationship between Lara Jean and Peter. They are funny. Just at this time, I watched an anime about a boy and a girl, who pretend to be a couple, so I had fun twice as strong.

I would be very angry with the fact that Lara Jean fell in love with her sister’s boyfriend, if I looked into it much weaker. But to appreciate the whole situation, I couldn’t be mad about it (although I still don’t like Josh. I sincerely hope that the title of the second book P.S. I Still Love You is not about him)

I also liked the youngest Song girls and these wonderful Korean motifs that constantly reminded me that the main character is half Korean (yay for diversity!)

In general, it is a good and fun book that I recommend to all fans of contemporary novels.

P.S. Big + because of Uno muahaha. Everyone who has ever played in Uno, know that this is not just a game, it’s a religion.


Here is my fan-art for this book:

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