Blog Tour Invite: Payback is Sweet by Kristy Centeno

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Calling all fans of contemporary NA romances! Kristy Centeno's touring her book PAYBACK IS SWEET with OIRA Tours and I hope you can help out and join us in this promotional event!

Payback is Sweet
Title: Payback is Sweet (Love Gamble #1)
Author: Kristy Centeno
Date of Publication: August 21, 2014
Genre: contemporary NA romance

Janessa Rowe is a twenty one year old college girl with little respect for other people. She’s a rich, spoiled brat of a girl who gets her kicks out of humiliating others. When she discovers that her boyfriend of three years has in fact engaged in a physical relationship with someone else, Janessa will stop at nothing to get a little payback. Even if that means using her new rival’s disgruntled fiancée to get what she wants. Dakota Blackwater is everything Janessa is not. He’s kind, sweet, gentle, and a stand-up guy all in all, but when his girlfriend’s betrayal hurts more than his pride, he agrees to take part in a plan that will test both their self-restraints and their feelings for one another.

Problems arise, however, when Janessa’s interest for Dakota shifts from being a pawn to achieve her ultimate goal, to potential lover. After having her heart broken in the past, the last thing she wants is to get involved in matters of the heart, but how can she follow through with her plan when the more time she spends with Dakota, the less she cares about getting payback? Sooner rather than later they are forced to confront the reality that their game has slowly transformed into something else and that what seemed like a scheme to exact revenge, now comprises both their hearts in ways neither of them anticipated.

Tour Details:

1. January 26 - 30, 2015
2. Electronic review copies will be provided.
3. Multi-stop tour composed of reviews, excerpts, interviews, and guest posts
4. There will be a tour-wide giveaway!

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Review: Savor by Kate Evangelista

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Savor (Vicious Feast, #1)
Title: Savor (Vicious Feast #1)
Author: Kate Evangelista
Publisher: Crescent Moon Press
Date of Publication: December 2, 2013
Genre: paranormal NA romance

I’m Dakota Collins, a tough talking, eye patch wearing, workaholic photography student. Why am I important? Well, maybe because I get to spend an entire month with Vicious, only the sickest indie rock band out there.

You see, I needed a subject for my Spring Showcase introspective in order to graduate. During a chance encounter at a club I’d been sent to cover for the Daily Gossip, our ironically named college paper, the features writer I usually teamed up with introduced me to the band—by accident, I might add. It involved a run in with a scary, bald bodyguard. Anyway, long story short, I signed a contract to take pictures of Vicious.

I should have known their handsome yet way too serious for his own good bassist, Luka Visraya, wouldn't be able to keep his hands to himself. He’s gorgeous and all, but the way he smiles spelled trouble with a capital L. I’m in for a long month with him around.

Crazy shit happens and then some. So, if you want the skinny on Vicious and the events revolving around my stay at Lunar Manor, read my story.

**Mature and explicit content. Not recommended for readers below 18-years-old.

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Review

My Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

Thank you to Iris of Paranormal Book Tours for the review copy! This in no way affected my views of the novel.

I've been holding off on posting this review for so long and I even thought of never posting it at all because I love Kate and I love supporting Filipino authors. I also liked Til Death (linked is my review) so I thought I'd sweep this under the rug. But the year is ending and I realized I cannot not review this one.

I read this book months ago so my comments are not as fresh as I'd like but I'm fine with that. Because boy, I ranted about this book A LOT to several of my blogger friends. Sab, Charlie and Nina knew all about how much this book frustrated me.

For one, it was so long and full of descriptions. I usually adore and love descriptions but I don't know, maybe it's the time I read this but it felt kind of overkill for me. One ray of sunshine on all those descriptions though is how Kate Evangelista actually described Dakota's photoshoots and pictures. Because, damn, I can imagine them and they are fantastic. But aside from that? Sorry but I admit to skipping non-dialogue parts.

Then we get to the characters. Meh, Luka isn't for me. Maybe I don't love him because this is the first time I'm meeting him because I haven't read Kate's other books but nooooo. I feel sad for not loving him because on paper, he should be a character I would love. But I just didn't. Maybe it's because I can't read him and he's so aloof that I can't even see through him. Maybe it's because he confuses me but anyway, we just didn't work out.

Dakota didn't fare better. I didn't connect with her too. I liked her at first but then towards the middle and the end of the book, her actions were WTF and what-are-you-doing. Actually, the book lost me towards the end and I was just trying my best to finish the book. I didn't understand Luka and Dakota and whatever they did. The supposedly steamy scenes felt off to me. What is wrong with me???

However, I did enjoy the minor characters so yay for that.

Will I be reading the next book? Sadly, no. Besides not being invested in the characters, I just couldn't get behind the things that happened in Savor so I'll pass.

About Kate Evangelista

When Kate Evangelista was told she had a knack for writing stories, she did the next best thing: entered medical school. After realizing she wasn't going to be the next Doogie Howser, M.D., Kate wandered into the Literature department of her university and never looked back. Today, she is in possession of a piece of paper that says to the world she owns a Literature degree. To make matters worse, she took Master's courses in creative writing. In the end, she realized to be a writer, none of what she had mattered. What really mattered? Writing. Plain and simple, honest to God, sitting in front of her computer, writing. Today, she lives in the Philippines and writes full time.

Blog Tour Invite: Keeper of the Lost Souls + Keeper of the Innocents by Kristy Centeno

Friday, December 12, 2014

Kristy Centeno is touring the first two books of her paranormal YA series, The Keeper Witches, with me this 2015! Check out the books below and I hope you can join the blog tours!

Keeper of the Lost Souls (The Keeper Witches Series, #1)
Title: Keeper of the Lost Souls (Keeper of the Witches #1)
Author: Kristy Centeno
Publisher: Limitless Publishing
Date of Publication: June 7, 2013
Genre: paranormal YA

Bryn McCaskey is young, naïve, and can talk to ghosts...

Like her mother and grandmother, Bryn comes from a breed of witches called The Keepers of the Lost Souls. Their main purpose is to guard those spirits who are permanently or temporarily grounded in the world of the living. Handling supernatural creatures is something which comes naturally to Bryn, however, dealing with people is a whole different story.

As her 18th birthday approaches it's time for her to take on her first assignment. Bryn is forced to confront her inability to communicate with others in an effort to save the one soul that can mean the difference between life and death for mankind.

Johnny Shaw is a lost soul with a personal vendetta against witches...

A vendetta he has carried on even after death. As much as he hate's them he must join forces with a keeper witch, in order to stop a century old threat. When fate brings them together, not only will they be forced to learn how to work as a team, but they will have to depend on each other to stop an evil witch carrying a six hundred year grudge!

Tour Details:

1. January 12 - 16, 2015
2. Electronic review copies will be provided.
3. Multi-stop tour composed of reviews, excerpts, interviews, and guest posts
4. There will be a tour-wide giveaway!

Partial Schedule

January 12

Star Crossed Reviews - Review

January 13

Indy Book Fairy - Excerpt

January 14

January 15

Eccentric Everything - Excerpt

January 16


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Keeper of the Innocents (The Keeper Witches Series, #2)
Title: Keeper of the Innocents (The Keeper Witches #2)
Author: Kristy Centeno
Publisher: Limitless Publishing
Date of Publication: July 9, 2014
Genre: paranormal YA

Demi Redding has used her powers to vanquish demons for years, but when one shows up next door she will be forced to set both her experience and instincts aside to battle a war that has nothing to do with magic, and everything to do with matters of the heart.

As a Keeper of the Innocents, Demi’s load as a guardian reduces with only one charge to take on at a time. However, when her new foe proves to be a force she can neither see nor find, she has no choice but to doubt the so-called good intentions of the stranger one door down.

Rhyzel Connor is not your average neighbor by any means. The red specks of color in his green eyes alone sets him apart and his demonic heritage makes him an easy target. Because of who he is he can’t afford a mistake that will result in his demise, but the fact that he knows way too much about Demi quickly raises the suspicion veil over him.

There is a mission he must complete, and secrets he must fight hard to keep, but the biggest hardship he must face will be forfeiting his life in order to save Demi’s.

Tour Details:

1. February 9 - 13, 2015
2. Electronic review copies will be provided.
3. Multi-stop tour composed of reviews, excerpts, interviews, and guest posts
4. There will be a tour-wide giveaway!

Partial Schedule

February 9


Star Crossed Reviews - Review

February 10

Indy Book Fairy - Excerpt

February 11

February 12

Eccentric Everything - Excerpt

February 13

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Oops! No One Cares (2): Holiday Reads Recommendations

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Today, I'm sharing five YA books I recommend for some Christmas reading. These books will get you in the holiday spirit as they're set on December and are perfect for making the holidays warm and cute. Without further ado, here are my YA holiday reads!



Let's start with the very obvious choice, My True Love Gave To Me: Twelve Holiday Stories. You can click on the title to go to my review. Twelve authors banded together to make this anthology edited by Stephanie Perkins. These authors are Rainbow Rowell, Laini Taylor, David Levithan, Matt dela Pena, Kelly Link, Jenny Han, Gayle Forman, Holly Black, Ally Carter, Kiersten White, Myra McEntire and of course, Stephanie Perkins herself. This collection will surely get you into the holiday cheer with all its cuteness and its depth as well. Just, read this one!



I haven't reviewed this yet in the blog but The Incredible Adventures of Cinnamon Girl is by none other than Melissa Keil. Not familiar with her? I know, I think she's super underrated, which is sadly the case for a lot of Aussie authors. But come on, anything Aussie YA is great. This read is cute and unique as Christmas in Australia falls in the summer so I was a bit disoriented at first when they were finding the weather hot. Plus, it's about people flocking to Eden Valley because it's supposed to be the one place the Apocalypse won't affect. Yeah, right? Go get this now! (Or if you can't, Melissa Keil's Life in Outer Space is a nice alternative too. Not really set in December but it'll give you the appropriate Christmas feels. Click on the title for my review!)


Up next is Top Ten Clues You're Clueless by Liz Czukas! Again, sorry but I haven't reviewed this yet. I planned on having the reviews of these books up before I posted this but time constraints and inspiration blocks, yo. Anyway, Liz definitely writes fun and cute and funny YA novels and I just dig her style and characters so much. The novel is set on Christmas Eve, with a dash of mystery too and some insulin problems. Chloe is diabetic! Be sure to grab this for your Christmas reading!

You can also try Liz's Ask Again Later, which while prom-themed, is still hella cute and HILARIOUS. Linked is my review!












We're down to our last two! Here's another short story collection from John Green, Maureen Johnson and Lauren Myracle. Let It Snow: Three Holiday Romances is composed of three stories intertwined and the pay-off is so satisfying and cute. You can check out my thoughts by clicking on the title!

The new cover is so pretty and I want it for my shelf. My copies a bit well-worn and it has the old cover. Anyone interested in gifting it to me? Haha! #shameless

And here's my last recommendation and my personal favorite. It's...



Dash & Lily's Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan! Guys, you'll see a glowing and raving review when you click the link. This is my favorite Christmas read because dares! Passing a Moleskine notebook! Dash! Lily! I re-read this precious novel EVERY CHRISTMAS SEASON. Since 2012. And it's a tradition I don't have any plan on changing. Just, so so perfect. Dash's snarliness contrasted to Lily's optimism. All the words, the words. I just love it sooooo much.

P.S. I'm also accepting the new version with the pretty cover as a gift. #shameless

P.P.S. It's not set during the holidays but I don't care but Lisa Mangum's After Hello (linked is my review) is P-E-R-F-E-C-T for holiday reading. Seriously. I swear. I swear on my hypothetical son named Vito. It is just too great to be so underrated so I need y'all to read it!

Now it's time for YOU to share your holiday reads. Are there just some books or stories you always read during the holiday season? Or you think are perfect to get any person into the holiday cheer? I'm very open to recommendations as you can see, I only have five. I have nothing else to add here. Maybe next year I can dish out more with the help of your recommendations. So feel free to comment!

Blog Tour Invite: Only A Kiss by Ines Bautista-Yao

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

I'm having so much fun supporting local authors in organizing their blog tours! I'd like to invite you to the blog tour of Ines Bautista-Yao's contemporary romance novel, Only A Kiss. Check out the book below and I hope you can help us out!

Only A Kiss
Title: Only A Kiss
Author: Ines Bautista-Yao
Publisher: Chamber Shell Publishing
Date of Publication: November 29, 2014
Genre: contemporary romance

When she was nine-years-old, Katie knew she wanted Chris to give her her first kiss. It wasn’t because she was in love with him (no way, he was her best friend! Besides, she was in love with his fourteen-year-old big brother), it was because she could make him do anything she wanted.

Besides, it didn't really mean anything. It was only a kiss after all.

But then things started to change. They grew up. They parted ways and went to different high schools. And other girls and boys—well, just one particular boy—came into the picture, throwing their lives upside down.

Told from the alternating points of view of Katie and Chris, this love story between two best friends will tug at your heartstrings and leave you thinking how the simplest things can mean so much.

Tour Details:

1. January 19 - 23, 2015
2. Electronic review copies will be provided.
3. Multi-stop tour composed of reviews, excerpts, interviews, and guest posts
4. There will be a tour-wide giveaway!

Partial Schedule

January 19

Teen Readers' Diary - Review + Guest Post
logodiversity - Review
chaotic reader - Review
The Caffeinated Booknerd - Review
Cinderella Stories - Excerpt

January 20

Her Book Thoughts! - Review
The Bibliophile Confessions - Review + Excerpt
Star Crossed Reviews - Review
Girl meets Books - Guest Post

January 21

Bibliophile Soprano - Review
Spiced Latte Reads - Review
The Word Eater - Review
Literary Treats - Guest Post
Slice of Reads - Excerpt

January 22

Home of a Book Lover - Review + Excerpt
Paradise of pages - Review + Excerpt
Perfect Nostalgia - Interview
Publishing in Pajamas - Excerpt

January 23

bujoijoi22 - Review + Excerpt
It's A Wonderful Bookworld - Review + Excerpt
The Phantom Paragrapher - Review
The Enigma of Herself - Review
The Book Sisters - Review
The Library Mistress - Review


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Spotlight + Giveaway: My Ex From Hell by Tellulah Darling

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

I've already reviewed this book here and I loved it. But I won't let a chance to promote this book pass by. Tellulah Darling writes HILARIOUS books and I know I keep on saying that in my reviews but to actually show you, I included an excerpt today. Plus, the book is on sale for ONLY $0.99 so I suggest you scoot and just get this one now!



My Ex From Hell (The Blooming Goddess Trilogy, #1)
Title: My Ex From Hell (The Blooming Goddess Trilogy #1)
Author: Tellulah Darling
Date of Publication: April 1, 2013
Genre: YA fantasy/mythology

Sixteen-year-old Sophie Bloom wishes she’d been taught the following:

a) Bad boy’s presence (TrOuBlE) + teen girl’s brain (DraMa) = TrAuMa (Highly unstable and very volatile.)
b) The Genus Greekulum Godissimus is notable for three traits: 1) awesome abilities, 2) grudges, and 3) hook-ups, break-ups, and in-fighting that puts cable to shame.

Prior to the Halloween dance, Sophie figures her worst problems involve adolescent theatrics, bitchy yoga girls, and being on probation at her boarding school for mouthy behaviour. Then she meets bad boy Kai and gets the kiss that rocks her world.

Literally.

This breath stealing lip lock reawakens Sophie’s true identity: Persephone, Goddess of Spring. She’s key to saving humanity in the war between the Underworld and Olympus, target numero uno of Hades and Zeus, and totally screwed.

Plus there’s also the little issue that Sophie’s last memory as Persephone was just before someone tried to murder her.

Big picture: master her powers, get her memories back, defeat Persephone’s would be assassin, and save the world. Also, sneak into the Underworld to retrieve stolen property, battle the minions of Hades and Zeus, outwit psycho nymphs, slay a dragon, rescue a classmate, keep from getting her butt expelled from the one place designed to keep her safe …

… and stop kissing Kai, Prince of the Underworld.

My Ex From Hell is a romantic comedy/Greek mythology smackdown. Romeo and Juliet had it easy.

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Excerpt

When the going gets desperate, the desperate send email

To: ????


From: bloomingoddess@gmail.com 
Subject: Seriously?

Dear Your Royal Imperialness Demeter, Goddess of Grain and Fertility, Preserver of Marriage, and Bringer of Seasons,


Or can I just call you Mom?


Bet you never thought you’d be hearing from me. Sorry for not having written sooner, but until about twelve hours ago, I didn’t know you existed. Nothing personal.


See, yesterday, I was plain old Sophie Bloom. My life sucked in your typical 16-year-old ways. I was stuck here at Hope Park Progressive School on probation again (“mouthy behavior”), dealing with cliquish poseurs, rampant hormones, blah blah blah.


Then I met a guy. I know that’s the worst cliché ever. But sadly, it’s true. And of course, me being me, he couldn’t be just any bad boy. No. He had to be Kai, son of Hades, Lord of the Underworld. Anyway, he was really hot and there was this bone-melting kiss and ... whatever. The point is, before he showed up, I thought I was human. Afterward, well, let’s just say everything changed. Who knew when I was cramming Greek mythology for my English final, I was studying the family tree?


They say when you die, your whole life supposedly flashes before your eyes. When Kai and I kissed, here’s what flashed before mine—Mount Olympus, Zeus, the Underworld, Hades, and you. But that wasn’t my life. Or was it?


Here’s the Wiki version. (Do you have Wi-Fi on Mt. Olympus?) Turns out I’m Persephone. Me, Goddess of Spring and Embodiment of Earth’s Fertility? Ew! Which makes me your kid, Hades’ target, and totally screwed. In the myth version, I’m the innocent maiden, you’re the grieving mother, and we’re reunited with great joy. Guess that’s why they call it a myth.


I know I sound like a nut bar. And maybe I’ll wake up in a padded room restrained for my own safety. But in that moment with Kai, it felt real. Like I knew who I was. Or used to be. Those were my memories flashing before my eyes—not some fantasy or hallucination. Part of me remembered those moments. But where do I go from here? And is there an online tutorial I can take?


I don’t exactly have your email. But if you’re a goddess, maybe you’ll know I’m writing. That I really need my mom right now. And if not—well, I guess I’ll save this for my obituary. Which I’ll probably need pretty soon because of the gods-wanting-me-dead thing.


Take care.



Sophie
 a.k.a. Persephone 
a.k.a. Goddess of Spring a.k.a. Your Daughter


About Tellulah Darling

Tellulah Darling
noun

Sassy girls. Swoony boys. What could go wrong?

1. YA romantic comedy author because her first kiss sucked and she's compensating.
2. Alter ego of former screenwriter.
3. Sassy minx.

Writes about: where love meets comedy. Awkwardness ensues.

Tellulah Darling is a firm believer that some of the best stories happen when love meets comedy. Which is why she has so much fun writing YA romantic comedy books. Her books span contemporary, teen fantasy romance, and YA Greek mythology, and range from stand alones to series. For Tellulah, teen romance is the most passionate, intense, and awkward there is – a comedy goldmine. Plus smart, mouthy, teen girls rock.


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Spotlight + Giveaway: Breaking the Rules by Katie McGarry

Monday, December 8, 2014

Breaking the Rules is out today! For Katie McGarry fans like me, this day is marked in our calendars because it's the day we'll be reunited with yet another story of Noah and Echo. Don't forget to check out the excerpt and join the giveaway!

Breaking the Rules (Pushing the Limits, #1.5)
Title: Breaking the Rules (Pushing the Limits #1.5)
Author: Katie McGarry
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Date of Publication: December 8, 2014

A summer road trip changes everything in this unforgettable new tale from acclaimed author Katie McGarry

For new high school graduate Echo Emerson, a summer road trip out west with her boyfriend means getting away and forgetting what makes her so... different. It means seeing cool sights while selling her art at galleries along the way. And most of all, it means almost three months alone with Noah Hutchins, the hot, smart, soul-battered guy who’s never judged her. Echo and Noah share everything — except the one thing Echo’s just not ready for.

But when the source of Echo’s constant nightmares comes back into her life, she has to make some tough decisions about what she really wants — even as foster kid Noah’s search for his last remaining relatives forces them both to confront some serious truths about life, love, and themselves.

Now, with one week left before college orientation, jobs and real life, Echo must decide if Noah's more than the bad-boy fling everyone warned her he'd be. And the last leg of an amazing road trip will turn... seriously epic.

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Excerpt

From Noah’s POV

“Did you fall into some paint, Echo?” Isaiah asks, changing the subject.

Echo’s shoulder slumps as she pivots toward the mirror. She groans as she touches her cheek and forehead that are more red and pink than skin. “Dang it. Why am I such a mess?”

“I think it’s sexy as hell,” I say.

“I think I’m going to barf,” Beth mocks my tone.

Death radiates from the look I send her way. Enough that it should melt her. “Ever sleep in a tent, Beth?”

Beth focuses on the screen while raising her middle finger in my direction.

“Screw it.” Echo turns away from the mirror. “I need a shower.”

I smile, Echo blushes, then I laugh. Damn me for inviting Isaiah and Beth to share our room.

“Anyhow.” An excited glint strikes Echo’s eyes. “Are you ready? I hope you like it. It’s sort of…for you. But it’s not done, okay? I mean, something like this would actually take a while to perfect, so I guess I’m saying—”

“Echo.”

“Yeah?”

“It’s all good.”

“Okay.” Her fingers drum nervously over the top of the canvas before she repeats, “Okay.”

“I’m assuming that’s not the constellation Aires?”

“No. I’ll have to start on that tomorrow.” With a deep inhale, Echo pulls out a chair from the table and rests the painting on the arms and leans it against the back so it will stay upright.

Air rushes out of my body, and I sink onto our bed. It’s the same damned shock as when she drew my parents this past spring. There’s awe and joy and this ache that hits deep in my gut. I bend forward and rest my joint hands on my knees and stare at the sight in front of me.

Fuck me, my eyes burn. I shut them, attempting to get my shit together. It’s a painting. Only a painting. I reopen them, and it’s the same disorientation as a right hook to the head. It’s more than a painting, and that’s the reason my throat swells.

Last night meant as much to me as it did to her and she painted it, capturing it in a way unique to Echo. She’s right, it’s not done. It’s a skeleton compared to her other work, but I see enough to know what she desires, what she plans to design. Up close all those colors would look like chaos, but when viewed as a whole it creates this beautiful picture. In the end, that’s the best way to describe me and Echo, our relationship. Our love.

The bed dips as Echo eases onto it, settles behind me and props her chin on my shoulder. Her signature scent that reminds me of walking into a bakery becomes an invisible blanket surrounding me. “What do you think?”

“It’s us,” I whisper, and knots form in my stomach. Echo always finds a way to blow my mind. She tenses behind me and I continue, “It’s where we spent last night.”

“It is.” Echo relaxes, and her fingers curl around my biceps. “Do you like it?”

Struggling for composure, I place my hand over hers and pause. “It’s…”

I’m not Echo. I don’t have words for what happens inside me. If I did, I’d fail at describing this. I shift to rest my forehead against hers. “I don’t deserve you.”

“That’s my statement,” she says so only I can hear. “I wish we were alone again.”

I press my lips to hers, slide my hand through her hair and watch as the curls bounce back into place. “Me, too.”

About Katie McGarry

Katie McGarry was a teenager during the age of grunge and boy bands and remembers those years as the best and worst of her life. She is a lover of music, happy endings, reality television, and is a secret University of Kentucky basketball fan.

Katie is the author of full length YA novels, PUSHING THE LIMITS, DARE YOU TO, CRASH INTO YOU, TAKE ME ON, BREAKING THE RULES, and NOWHERE BUT HERE and the e-novellas, CROSSING THE LINE and RED AT NIGHT. Her debut YA novel, PUSHING THE LIMITS was a 2012 Goodreads Choice Finalist for YA Fiction, a RT Magazine's 2012 Reviewer's Choice Awards Nominee for Young Adult Contemporary Novel, a double Rita Finalist, and a 2013 YALSA Top Ten Teen Pick. DARE YOU TO was also a Goodreads Choice Finalist for YA Fiction and won RT Magazine’s Reviewer’s Choice Best Book Award for Young Adult Contemporary fiction in 2013.


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