Friday, May 29, 2015

Book Blast: THE GOOD GIRLS by Sara Shepard

THE GOOD GIRLS, book two of The Perfectionists duology, releases next week and that means we're just days away from finding out who killed Nolan Hotchkiss!

Mackenzie, Ava, Caitlin, Julie and Parker made videos to convince us all of their innocence.  We've got Parker's video today and I gotta tell you, she does a pretty good job of convincing me that she did not, in fact, kill Nolan Hotchkiss.  What do you think?!


THE GOOD GIRLS (The Perfectionists #2)
by Sara Shepard

Release Date: June 2, 2015
Publisher: HarperTeen
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary
Pages: 368

From Sara Shepard, author of the #1 New York Times bestselling Pretty Little Liars series, comes the shocking sequel to The Perfectionists—with an ending you'll have to read to believe!

Mackenzie, Ava, Caitlin, Julie, and Parker have done some not-so-perfect things. Even though they all talked about killing rich bully Nolan Hotchkiss, they didn't actually go through with it. It's just a coincidence that Nolan died in exactly the way they planned . . . right? Except Nolan wasn't the only one they fantasized about killing. When someone else they named dies, the girls wonder if they're being framed. Or are they about to become the killer's next targets?


Make sure you catch all the videos from this week and see if you still think these five characters are good girls. (See what I did there? Huh? Did you?!?)

            May 25 Me, My Shelf and I | Ava
            May 26 Once Upon A Twilight | Caitlin
            May 27 Fiktshun | Julie
            May 28 Novel Novice | Mackenzie
            May 29 Fictitious Delicious | Parker



For as long as she can remember, Sara Shepard has been writing. However, when she was young she also wanted to be a soap opera star, a designer for LEGO, a filmmaker, a claymation artist, a geneticist, and a fashion magazine editor when she grew up. She and her sister have been creating joint artistic and written projects for years, except they’re pretty sure they’re the only ones who find them funny.

She got her MFA at Brooklyn College and now lives outside Philadelphia, PA with her husband and dogs. Her first adult novel is called The Visibles/ All The Things We Didn’t Say.

Sara’s bestselling young adult series, Pretty Little Liars, is loosely based on her experiences growing up on Philadelphia’s Main Line…although luckily she never had any serious stalkers. The series has also inspired the ABC Family television series of the same name.

Find SaraWebsite | Twitter 


One winner will receive finished copies of THE PERFECTIONISTS and THE GOOD GIRLS
Ships in US only. Must be 13+ to enter.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Book Review: NOWHERE BUT HERE by Katie McGarry


NOWHERE BUT HERE (Thunder Road #1)
by Katie McGarry

Release Date: May 26, 2015
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary
Pages: 496

An unforgettable new series from acclaimed author Katie McGarry about taking risks, opening your heart and ending up in a place you never imagined possible.

Seventeen-year-old Emily likes her life the way it is: doting parents, good friends, good school in a safe neighborhood. Sure, she's curious about her biological father—the one who chose life in a motorcycle club, the Reign of Terror, over being a parent—but that doesn't mean she wants to be a part of his world. But when a reluctant visit turns to an extended summer vacation among relatives she never knew she had, one thing becomes clear: nothing is what it seems. Not the club, not her secret-keeping father and not Oz, a guy with suck-me-in blue eyes who can help her understand them both.

Oz wants one thing: to join the Reign of Terror. They're the good guys. They protect people. They're…family. And while Emily—the gorgeous and sheltered daughter of the club's most respected member—is in town, he's gonna prove it to her. So when her father asks him to keep her safe from a rival club with a score to settle, Oz knows it's his shot at his dream. What he doesn't count on is that Emily just might turn that dream upside down.

No one wants them to be together. But sometimes the right person is the one you least expect, and the road you fear the most is the one that leads you home.


From Oz's Point of View. Set up: Emily has been separated from her parents and after a long night of worrying, her emotions and exhaustion catch up to her and it causes Oz to have his first fluttering of emotion for Emily. 

WIND BLOWS IN FROM THE NORTH AND A FEW pieces of Emily’s dark hair sweep across her face. One min­ute Emily’s a bright flame, then a gust snuffs out her light. Her body sways like a top at the tail end of a spin and I lunge forward.
Emily’s knees give out and her eyes roll back into her head. I catch her inches before she crashes onto the porch. She’s light as I swing her into my arms and her head circles onto my shoulder, reminding me of one of those rag dolls Violet used to play with when we were kids.
“Emily!” Eli’s on top of me, attempting to yank her out of my arms. “Open your eyes.”
Her eyelids flutter, but remain closed as her hand limply clutches my shirt. Eli rams his arms underneath mine and he makes Emily a rope in a tug-of-war. I should let her go. I should want to let her go, but then Emily goes and screws it up for me. “Oz.” 
It was a damn whisper, but I heard my name on her lips and so did Eli. His eyes flash to mine and Cyrus’s words repeat in my mind. That girl trusts you. And screw us both for that.
“She’s exhausted,” I say. “Hasn’t slept at all tonight.”
Eli’s expression hardens as he glares at me. I’ve seen Eli throw a coma-inducing punch for less defiance and I readjust the sleeping girl in my arms. A reminder if he decks me now, he’ll be putting his daughter at risk.
Temporarily surrendering, Eli cups Emily’s face in his hands and angles her toward him. “Emily, please open your eyes.”
She does. It’s barely a crack and they’re completely glazed.
“Everything’s going to be okay,” Eli affirms.
“I want my mom and dad,” she mumbles.
“You’ll see them tomorrow.” Eli pushes a strand of hair from her cheek. “You’re safe here. I promise.”
She rejects Eli by curling into me. Her head fits perfectly in the crook of my neck and I loathe the wave of protective­ness that rumbles through my body. Emily’s fingers tighten their grip near my shoulders and the impulse is to shield her from the guys gawking at this intimate scene. Yeah, this is club business, but Emily never asked for any of this.


I didn't even need to read the synopsis of NOWHERE BUT HER to know that I was going to read it as soon as I could get my hands on it. This is Katie freaking McGarry we're talking about, folks. She writes it, you read it. No questions asked.  When I realized that it was half the length of GONE WITH THE WIND, I knew I was in for an epic love story.

The first half of the book felt slow to me. There were some overused cliches and the story was drawn out a bit more than it should have been. At least, that's what I thought when I was reading it. I was almost put-off by the behavior of Em's mother. She communicates with Em's biological father through Em's step-father and it just made zero sense to me. Turns out all those pieces come into play when all the secrets are revealed, so pay attention to the details that seem a little dry at first glance. They're important.

The second half was pure McGarry brilliance.  Strong character growth, roller coaster emotions, loving of the Jen approved variety, captivating secondary characters (I WANT A CHEVY STORY!), and an action packed climax with multi-layered plot twists.  You'll think you know what secrets the Reign of Terror are keeping, but I can guarantee that you'll be surprised by how far reaching they are.

I see a lot of Noah (PUSHING THE LIMITS) in Oz. As a lover of all things Noah, this is a good thing. Emily is as strong of a heroine as I expect from a McGarry story and the two of them together? Well, that's my favorite part. No doubt they love each other and would go to all ends of the world if that's what it meant to be together, but they aren't co-dependent on each other. They have lives outside of each other and goals that are bigger than stealing kisses when no one is looking.  Love that message in YA literature!



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.

Find KatieWebsite | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads | Pinterest | Tumblr | Instagram


Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Blog Tour: SCARLETT UNDERCOVER by Jennifer Latham

I have been counting down the days for the past 86 days for the release of this book.  I knew it was for me the moment I laid eyes on the cover. I cannot wait for Scarlett to rock my world! And today we have Scarlett's maker, Jennifer Latham, on the blog for a suuuuper serious interview.

This is a MONSTEROUS tour so be sure to check out the other stops on this tour sponsored by the dynamic duo behind Rockstar Book Tours

          5/11/2015- The Cover ContessaInterview
          5/12/2015- Sweet Southern HomeReview
          5/13/2015- Such a Novel IdeaGuest Post
          5/14/2015- The Phantom ParagrapherReview
          5/15/2015- The Reading Nook ReviewsInterview

          5/18/2015- Please feed the bookwormGuest Post
          5/19/2015- Ticket to AnywhereReview
          5/20/2015- Fictitious DeliciousInterview
          5/21/2015- Moonlight Gleam ReviewsReview
          5/22/2015- Bookhounds yaGuest Post


by Jennifer Latham

Genre: Young Adult Contemporary
Release date: May 19, 2015
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Pages: 320

Meet Scarlett, a smart, sarcastic fifteen-year-old, ready to take on crime in her hometown. When Scarlett agrees to investigate a local boy's suicide, she figures she's in for an easy case and a quick buck. But it doesn't take long for suicide to start looking a lot like murder.

As Scarlett finds herself deep in a world of cults, curses, and the seemingly supernatural, she discovers that her own family secrets may have more to do with the situation than she thinks...and that cracking the case could lead to solving her father's murder.

Jennifer Latham delivers a compelling story and a character to remember in this one-of-a-kind debut novel.


Fictitious Delicious (FD): Tell us about the first time YOU met Scarlett. Was her story obvious from the get-go or did she slowly reveal it to you?

Jennifer Latham (JL): The first time I saw Scarlett was at the Tulsa State Fair in 2009. She was only four then. Well, at least the little girl playing in the sandbox with her biker dude grandfather was. It was her beauty that struck me first – this little, headstrong thing with crazy curly hair and the most gorgeous brown skin. Her biker-dude grandfather (at least I assume he was her grandfather) was a character, too. And he was so gaga over that little girl! Anyway, the image of the two of them together stuck with me. And though I can’t really explain the weird alchemy that turned them into Scarlett and Manny, I do know it’s where Scarlett’s story began.


FD:  Share with us a song that captures Scarlett's personality.

(JL): Feeling Good, by Nina Simone. Both for the hope in the lyrics, and for the soul and smoke in Nina Simone’s voice.


FD: Who is your favorite member of One Direction?

(JL): This is cheating a little since he left the band, but I’d have to say Zayn. He’s a great example of a Muslim kid who’s out there being himself, talking openly about his faith, refusing to be limited or defined by other people’s expectations. Insider tip: even though Scarlett would be too cool to ever admit it, she’d have a mad crush on him.


FD: Tell us about a secondary character in SCARLETT UNDERCOVER that is important to Scarlett.

(JL): It’s hard to choose! But let’s go with Mook. He’s the chain-smoking, leather duster-wearing guy who runs the Laundromat underneath Scarlett’s office. He also calls himself Scarlett’s mu’aqqibat – her guardian angel. Scarlett thinks that idea’s baloney, but even though she’s known him her whole life, she can’t quite figure him out. It makes for a rocky relationship. But a very, very important one.


FD: What are you working on next?

(JL): A mystery called Dreamland Burning. It’s a blend of historical fiction and a contemporary mystery, told by two different narrators. One is a boy living in the 1920s, the other a girl today. The mystery centers around the Tulsa Race Riot of 1921. It was horrible – one of the most prosperous African-American communities in the country, Greenwood, was burned to ashes in less than twenty-four hours.


I write because it’s the only job I’ve been able to stick to for more than two years. Seriously.

I’ve lived lots of different places. Here’s the list: New York City; San Francisco; Augusta, GA; Buffalo, NY; Philadelphia, PA; Madrid; Providence, RI; and now…Tulsa, OK.

I’ve had some really weird and really normal jobs. The weirdest was helping out with autopsies. The one I’d go back to if I couldn’t write is being a school psychologist. The one I still do sometimes is teach yoga.

I live with my two daughters, two dogs, a cat, three turtles, three hermit crabs, a bunch of fish, and a husband (mine, of course).

I love watching people.

And I love writing about the people who live inside my head, even when they don’t play nice.

Find Jennifer:  WebsiteTwitter  | Facebook | Tumblr | Goodreads



Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Read-Along: Shade Series by Jeri Smith-Ready

Team Kilt put together one heck of a Shade series read-along marathon a few years back and we’re put all their hard work to good use again.

During the month of June, a bunch of us are going to read (or re-read) Shade, Shift, Shine, Bridge, and Shattered together. This isn’t a formal event by any means, just a bunch of fans that miss the Shade world. Hope you’ll join us!
Created by Judy G.

Here’s a suggested reading schedule to keep you on track to complete the entire series during the month of June.  You certainly don’t have to follow this, but we’ll share a special post about each section on the days listed on this schedule.  Watch the #ShadeReadAlong hashtag on Twitter to see these special posts and to chat with other fans participating in the read-along.

06/01/15 – Read-Along begins
06/03/15 -- SHADE Ch 1-11 
06/05/15 -- SHADE Ch 12-18 
06/08/15 -- SHADE Ch 18 - SHIFT Ch 4
06/10/15 -- SHIFT Ch 5-12 
06/12/15 -- SHIFT Ch 13-20 
06/15/15 -- SHIFT Ch 21 - End 
06/17/15 -- SHINE Ch 1-11 
06/19/15 -- SHINE Ch 12-20 
06/22/15 -- SHINE Ch 21-32 
06/24/15 -- SHINE Ch 33- End 
06/26/15 -- BRIDGE 
06/30/15 – SHATTERED

Hope your reading schedule will allow you to join us for this fabulous event. Personally, I can’t wait to visit Aura, Logan, Zachary, Martin and Nadine Ross!
Created by Marissa O. (aka Bionic Elbow)

Friday, May 15, 2015

Blog Tour: UPSIDE DOWN by Lia Riley

A year ago, I was introduced to the Off the Map series from a fellow book lover in an online book club. After reading her exclamations about how amazing this book was, I picked it up and immediately fell under the spell of Talia and then Bran. I was so excited to learn that the series was being released in paperback version and jumped at the chance to do a fun feature with the author, Lia Riley.


UPSIDE DOWN (Off the Map #1)
by Lia Riley

Genre: New Adult Romance
Release date: May 12, 2015
Publisher: Grand Central / Forever Romance
Pages: 384

If You Never Get Lost, You’ll Never Be Found

Twenty-one-year-old Natalia Stolfi is saying good-bye to the past-and turning her life upside down with a trip to the land down under. For the next six months, she'll act like a carefree exchange student, not a girl sinking under the weight of painful memories. Everything is going according to plan until she meets a brooding surfer with hypnotic green eyes and the troubling ability to see straight through her act.

Bran Lockhart is having the worst year on record. After the girl of his dreams turned into a nightmare, he moved back home to Melbourne to piece his life together. Yet no amount of disappointment could blind him to the pretty California girl who gets past all his defenses. He's never wanted anyone the way he wants Talia. But when Bran gets a stark reminder of why he stopped believing in love, he and Talia must decide if what they have is once in a lifetime . . . or if they were meant to live a world apart.


“Is it true you have no regrets, not even one?” Hopefully he has no idea how dead serious I am in his response.
“There’s no point.” His fingers tighten infinitesimally on the wheel. “The past is the past. That’s it.”
“Like whatever doesn’t kill you makes you stronger?”
“No, that’s a dumb-ass cliché. I mean there’s no meaning to life, despite what people pretend. Once I figured that out, everything got easier.”
“Has anyone ever said you are intense?”
“Since the day I was born.” He checks the rearview mirror. “So I got to ask you something. Maybe I’m presuming but—”
“If that’s your lead-in, then you’re probably correct.”
“You don’t fool me.”
He’s right. No matter how hard I try to hide and pretend away my crazy, Bran sees too much.
“But you try to fool everyone, don’t you?” He turns and catches me staring. “With the act. You, all breezy, cute as hell, always smiling like we’re at some big-deal party. You know what I think—”
“No, actually.” Wait, I’m cute? He thinks I’m cute?
“Not sure what your issue is, but—”
“I’m fine,” I mutter tightly. Reality wanders back, as unwelcome as a drunk uncle at a family picnic. Let’s face it, no one wants to be around a girl with issues. “Really, I’m all good.” Right, I sound like a five-year-old watching worms die in puddles.

“Whatever you say, Miss OCD.” He glances from the open atlas on my lap to my pursed mouth with a thoughtful look.
“I…I…” Anxiety locks me in an invisible chokehold while my abdomen spasms. But Bran’s gaze isn’t mocking. There’s an unexpected sweetness there that’s coaxing me from my familiar fortification. “I guess maybe it’s something like that.” My whispered words rise above my head like a toxic balloon.
“Must kinda suck.”
People don’t kid if they think you’re crazy, right?
“Sucks donkey balls.”
He grins. “An unpleasant flavor.”
Suddenly I can breathe again. “And you’d know how?”
A second crawls past. He keeps his veiled eyes trained on the road.
“Bran?” Finally, I can’t take it. I need to say something. “You acting nice is unfamiliar, and, frankly, uncomfortable, territory.”
“Is being interested a crime?” He kneads the back of his neck. The deep, massaging rhythm is mesmerizing. His thumb is a little wide. He keeps his nails neatly cut.
“You’re interested?” I’m off-kilter, like I’ve taken back-to-back rides on the Tilt-A-Whirl at the boardwalk.
“In your quirks. Let’s hear another one.”
“One more. That’s it. Then we’re done for the day.” I kick off my flip-flops and cross my ankles. “I can’t fall asleep without reciting this long poem, Paul Revere’s Ride.”
How is this even possible? We’re talking about my most shameful secrets like it’s just another thing. Why isn’t he pointing a judgmental finger at me, crying, Shun her, shun the freak?
“And you call me kinky? What do your boyfriends say when they sleep over?”
“I repeat the words in my head, not out loud. And I’ve never had a boyfriend.”
“Wait, how is that even possible?”
“What? The no-boyfriend situation?” The words make me sound like a bigger loser when spoken aloud. There’s a very good reason. Too busy obsessing over my sister’s big love. But I don’t say that. Even in this sharing mood, some words strangle. Still, I’ve hinted at my blackest secret and wasn’t smote down, laughed at, or ridiculed.
A new song starts that’s all angsty and instrumental—dramatic violins, slow guitar riffs, and measured drumbeats. I don’t want to go dark, not right now, when everything almost glows.
I spy Bran’s iPod up on the dash and reach forward. “We need different music—”
“But we haven’t finished talking about— Wait! Hold up.” His hand darts but I’m quicker.
“What?” I dangle the iPod out of reach. “Cool guy like you have something to hide?
Maybe a secret Beyoncé playlist or…” I flick on the screen. “Oh to the Em Gee.”
“Go on.” He heaves an exaggerated sigh. “Don’t hold back.”
“Justin Bieber?”
“I watched my nieces yesterday. They have a dance recital to the song next week. I helped them practice their routine.”
“You? That’s so normal.” And sweet.
“Yep. I broke it down to the Biebs.”
“Please, tell me there’s a video.”

“I’m secure in my manhood, Captain.”


Intro by Jen: Lia and I recently bonded over The Original Sinners series by Tiffany Reisz. When I was approached to do this feature, I was just being introduced to Søren, the complex character that I feel totally conflicted about loving like I do. I facetiously asked Lia to tell me the top five reasons SHE loves Søren, and SHE DID IT! Obviously, the awesomeness that is Lia Riley has no limits to her awesomeness. So, here you go...

The Top Five Reasons I Love Søren

The Original Sinners series isn't for everyone, but I am utterly addicted to the way Tiffany Reisz pushes boundaries, making taboo and controversial subject matter relatable.

This series contains one of my top book boyfriends (and certainly the kinkiest), sadistic priest, Father Marcus Stearns or Søren. Sighhhhh.

Why do I love him? Let me count (five) ways:

1. He is a dyed in the wool sadist with a heart of gold. This makes for a total hypnotizing mind f**k read. He is bruuuuutal and yet tender. I don't know how it works, but trust me, it just does.

2. He loves Nora and Kingsley in a manner that is in no way conventional but is also deeply real and believable.

3. He plays the piano like a dream.

4. He is a Ducati-riding Priest. Wut? Yes. Forbidden love at every turn. Ding! Ding! Ding! Rings my trope-loving bells.

5. He smells like winter. 'Nuff said.
6. Lots of other reasons that are NSFW!!!!!!!!


After studying at the University of Montana-Missoula, Lia Riley scoured the world armed only with a backpack, overconfidence and a terrible sense of direction. When not torturing heroes (because c'mon, who doesn't love a good tortured hero?), Lia herds unruly chickens, camps, beach combs, daydreams about as-of-yet unwritten books, wades through a mile-high TBR pile and schemes yet another trip. She and her family live mostly in Northern California..

Find Lia  Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads




Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Book Blast: THE WRATH AND THE DAWN by Renée Ahdieh

I am so excited that THE WRATH AND THE DAWN by Renée Ahdieh releases today and that I get to share the news, along with a special introduction from Renée herself!

If you haven’t yet heard about this wonderful book by Author Renée Ahdieh, be sure to check out all the details below. It is on of my favorite books of the year. Love this one!!

This blitz also includes a giveaway for a signed copies of the book and some beautiful book inspired scarves, courtesy of Renée, Penguin Teen, and Rockstar Book Tours. So if you’d like a chance to win, enter in the Rafflecopter at the bottom of this post.

A letter from Renée Ahdieh.

There are not enough words to express how thrilled I am to share THE WRATH AND THE DAWN with you! From the moment I typed the first word, I felt connected to Shahrzad and her world in a way that carried me through the long process of publication to where we are today. 

Everything about this process has been a dream come true, and hope you love my book half as much as I enjoyed writing it. In celebration of release day, I'll be giving away a signed, first edition hardcover of the book, as well as a gorgeous scarf . . . or two!

Always remember to make it a story worthy of you!



by Renée Ahdieh

Release Date: May 12, 2015
Publisher: Putnam Juvenile
Pages: 388

A sumptuous and epically told love story inspired by A Thousand and One Nights

Every dawn brings horror to a different family in a land ruled by a killer. Khalid, the eighteen-year-old Caliph of Khorasan, takes a new bride each night only to have her executed at sunrise. So it is a suspicious surprise when sixteen-year-old Shahrzad volunteers to marry Khalid. But she does so with a clever plan to stay alive and exact revenge on the Caliph for the murder of her best friend and countless other girls. Shazi's wit and will, indeed, get her through to the dawn that no others have seen, but with a catch . . . she’s falling in love with the very boy who killed her dearest friend.

She discovers that the murderous boy-king is not all that he seems and neither are the deaths of so many girls. Shazi is determined to uncover the reason for the murders and to break the cycle once and for all.



Renée lives in North Carolina (Go Heels!) with her husband Victor and their dog Mushu. Her YA fantasy novel, THE WRATH AND THE DAWN, will be published on May 12th, 2015. In her spare time, she likes to cook, dance salsa, and wreak havoc on the lives of her characters. She’s also a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, as well as an active member of theScience Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America.

Find RenéeWebsite Twitter | Facebook Goodreads | Tumblr  


3 winners will receive a hardcover of THE WRATH AND THE DAWN and a beautiful book inspired scarf (IMAGES BELOW)! US Only.

Ends on May 22nd at Midnight EST

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