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Thank you to everyone who has come by and visited my little space on the web.

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Never Never by Brianna Shrum: Book Review and Book Trailer

Posted by The YA Book Traveler , Tuesday, September 29, 2015 12:00 AM

Never Never

Brianna Shrum

Publisher: Spencer Hill Press

Synopsis: James Hook is a child who only wants to grow up.
When he meets Peter Pan, a boy who loves to pretend and is intent on never becoming a man, James decides he could try being a child—at least briefly. James joins Peter Pan on a holiday to Neverland, a place of adventure created by children’s dreams, but Neverland is not for the faint of heart. Soon James finds himself longing for home, determined that he is destined to be a man. But Peter refuses to take him back, leaving James trapped in a world just beyond the one he loves. A world where children are to never grow up.

But grow up he does.

And thus begins the epic adventure of a Lost Boy and a Pirate.
This story isn’t about Peter Pan; it’s about the boy whose life he stole. It’s about a man in a world that hates men. It’s about the feared Captain James Hook and his passionate quest to kill the Pan, an impossible feat in a magical land where everyone loves Peter Pan.

Except one.

My Thoughts 5 Stars

Top Ten Books on my Fall TBR!

Posted by The YA Book Traveler , Tuesday, September 22, 2015 12:00 AM

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Never Never Release Week Blast! Top Ten Villains PLUS GIVEAWAY

Posted by The YA Book Traveler , Monday, September 21, 2015 12:00 AM

Never Never
Brianna Shrum

Release Date: September 22, 2015
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press

Synopsis: James Hook is a child who only wants to grow up.
When he meets Peter Pan, a boy who loves to pretend and is intent on never becoming a man, James decides he could try being a child—at least briefly. James joins Peter Pan on a holiday to Neverland, a place of adventure created by children’s dreams, but Neverland is not for the faint of heart. Soon James finds himself longing for home, determined that he is destined to be a man. But Peter refuses to take him back, leaving James trapped in a world just beyond the one he loves. A world where children are to never grow up.

But grow up he does.

And thus begins the epic adventure of a Lost Boy and a Pirate.
This story isn’t about Peter Pan; it’s about the boy whose life he stole. It’s about a man in a world that hates men. It’s about the feared Captain James Hook and his passionate quest to kill the Pan, an impossible feat in a magical land where everyone loves Peter Pan.

Except one.

Top Ten Villains According to Brianna!

I am OBSESSED with villains, so I HAD to pick Top Ten Villains, clearly. We’ll say top 10 besides Captain Hook, because…well…obviously…In no particular order…*drumroll*


1) The Darkling—Grisha Series (Forever and ever and ever)

2) The Jackal—Red Rising

3) Loki—Marvel

4) Bellatrix LeStrange—Harry Potter (Because for REAL)

5) Irial—Wicked Lovely Series

6) Lucille Bluth—Arrested Development (You could also make a strong case for Mallory Archer)

7) Magneto—X Men

8) Hannibal Lechter—Silence of the Lambs

9) Scar—The Lion King

10) Darth Vader—STAR WARS

Where to Find & Buy! (Trust me, you want it!)

Goodreads link

Book Depository

Author Bio:

Brianna Shrum lives in Colorado with her high-school-sweetheart-turned-
husband, two boys, and two big, floppy hound dogs. She thinks chai tea is proof of magic in the world, and loves all things kissy, magical, and strange. She'd totally love to connect with you. You can find her saying ridiculous things on Twitter @briannashrum


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Sunday Street Team INTERVIEW: Never Never by Brianna Shrum

Posted by The YA Book Traveler , Sunday, September 13, 2015 12:00 AM

Never Never

Synopsis (GR):
James Hook is a child who only wants to grow up.

When he meets Peter Pan, a boy who loves to pretend and is intent on never becoming a man, James decides he could try being a child—at least briefly. James joins Peter Pan on a holiday to Neverland, a place of adventure created by children’s dreams, but Neverland is not for the faint of heart. Soon James finds himself longing for home, determined that he is destined to be a man. But Peter refuses to take him back, leaving James trapped in a world just beyond the one he loves. A world where children are to never grow up.

But grow up he does.

And thus begins the epic adventure of a Lost Boy and a Pirate.

This story isn’t about Peter Pan; it’s about the boy whose life he stole. It’s about a man in a world that hates men. It’s about the feared Captain James Hook and his passionate quest to kill the Pan, an impossible feat in a magical land where everyone loves Peter Pan.

Except one.

Interview Questions:

1. What made you want to write a retelling about Captain James Hook?

I’ve always had a real soft spot for the villains in stories. *coughs in the general direction of Loki, The Darkling, Scar* And really, who doesn’t love pirates? ;) So I got to thinking about him and wondering what on earth a sophisticated, powerful man like that was doing in a world full of children he hates? What possibly could have happened to make his life turn out this way? And BOOM. Never Never was born.

2. What kind of research went into developing this book and the world behind Never Never?

I read Barrie’s Peter Pan...a LOT. I also re-watched some of my favorite Peter Pan retellings (oh no! and excuse to watch HOOK over and over again!). Beyond that, it was a whole lot of sitting there, staring off into space, trying to come up with as many bizarre dream-like things as I could that would fit into the dream world of Neverland.

3. What message do you want your readers to know about Never Never?

I’d like people to know that it’s about magic and pirates and adventure, yes. But above all, Never Never is about childhood. About what happens to a person when it’s stolen, what happens when you stay there forever, what happens to magic and dreams when you’re small, and when that childhood is gone.

4. If you could live in Neverland, what would you want to be?

A pirate, for SURE. I could plunder and pillage chill on the ocean AWAY from Peter Pan, and occasionally try to steal James from Tiger Lily. ;) (Though if that wasn’t an option, I’d totally settle for his first mate, Starkey.)

5. What was most challenging or most fun about writing Never Never?

The most challenging thing was staying *very* close to the original story when the book moves from origins story to a direct retelling. Painting James as the protagonist when he’s doing all these pretty objectively dastardly things was...tough, particularly because I didn’t want to skip past any of the nastiness J.M. Barries has him do in the original. I wanted it to be the ACTUAL Pan story, with all the events Barrie gave us, just from a different angle. Tricksy.

6. How long did you take you to write this book?

It took me about 8 weeks to draft. (Good old NaNoWriMo giving me a kick in the pants.)

7. What does your writing process look like?

A lot of it looks like this: *sits at computer, stares* I dream up characters and a situation for a while, let them kind of run about in my head, and then I’ll draft a chapter to get a voice. Then I do a rough chapter-by-chapter outline and go back and draft! (Drafting is my FAVORITE. Death to revising.)

8. Are there any songs that inspired this book, or you, while writing it?

I actually have a terrible time listening to music while writing (though when I was revising, I lived off the 2003 Peter Pan soundtrack). The two songs I think sum up the book, though, and that I’ve listened to a lot, are “Brightly Wound” by Eisley, and “Bad Blood” by Bastille.

9. When did you want to become an author?

I fantasized about it when I was tiny, writing poetry with my grandpa in 2nd grade. But I never saw it as attainable. I thought it was a total you-must-know-someone impossible career, until I decided to go for it (and learned that I was quite mistaken) after I saw The Hunger Games in theaters for the first time, and left inspired to write a book. (Thanks, Suzanne Collins!)

10. What is your next project?

I’m co-writing a dark, villainous fantasy with my brother right now, actually! It was originally VERY loosely inspired by The Picture of Dorian Gray, but it’s moved pretty far away from that now. Now it’s just villain-y. And magicky. :)

~Thank you Brianna for stopping by my blog! Sarah~

About the Author:

Brianna Shrum lives in Colorado with her high-school-sweetheart turned husband and her two little boys. She's been writing since she could scrawl letters, and has worked with teens since she graduated out of teenager-hood, either in the writing classes she taught, or working with the youth group. Brianna digs all things YA, all things geeky, superhero-y, gamery, magical, and strange.

Her debut YA, Never Never, releases in September of this year. Her second YA, How to Make Out, releases in Fall 2016. She'd totally love to connect with you, so come say hi on her website or Twitter!

Visit her Website at
Follow her on Twitter @briannashrum

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Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo: ARC Review + Book Trailer

Posted by The YA Book Traveler , Tuesday, September 8, 2015 12:00 AM

Six of Crows (Six of Crows #1)

by Leigh Bardugo

Release date: September 29, 2015

Goodreads Summary:
Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price—and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can't pull it off alone...

A convict with a thirst for revenge.

A sharpshooter who can't walk away from a wager.

A runaway with a privileged past.

A spy known as the Wraith.

A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums.

A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes.

Six dangerous outcasts. One impossible heist. Kaz's crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction—if they don't kill each other first.

My Thoughts - 5 Stars

I was given a copy of Six of Crows by my wonderful friend Sara @thehidingspot. Thanks Sara!

I never originally planned on reading this book. However, I was given this arc by a friend and I actually got excited about it! 

I only "liked" Leigh's Grisha Trilogy. Hands down her writing is amazing but the story-line fell a bit flat for me. So I wasn't necessarily going to seek out this new series set in the same world. was amazing!

  • Great characters and character development.
  • An exciting story that was unpredictable to the very end.
  • Humor
  • Intense Moments
  • Unique Romances
The Story:
The story is set in the same world as The Grisha Trilogy but takes place in the city of Ketterdam on the island of Kerch. Ketterdam is a very gritty city that definitely has the "bad part of town." This part is where our main characters are living. 

Kaz is part of the Dregs gang and is given a proposition that would bring in a ton of cash! And Kaz is always motivated by money...and also a personal vendetta that is revealed throughout the book. He recruits five other member to help him in the biggest heist of his life. 

The story CONTINUALLY kept me guessing. I would think one thing was going to happen...and then NOPE, something completely different! I love books that aren't predictable!

The Characters:
To be honest, the characters probably are the best part of this book. The story-line is fairly straightforward, but each of the main characters, Kaz, Nina, Inej, Jesper, Matthias, and Wylan all are unique in their special abilities but also in personality.

Nina and Jesper are hilarious and wish they were my best friends.

Kaz and Matthias are the hotties who are also slightly (or more than slightly) terrifying at times.

Leigh does a great job weaving in backstories of all these characters that draws you in as the book progresses. 

This book has romance but in a wonderfully unique way. It's hard to put in words without spoiling but I would say that love is a battle in this book. It's not all gushy, it's a fight. I loved that.

Six of Crows originally was a 4.5 star rating for me, but as I've reflected over the week after reading, I've grown to love each character more and ended up changing it to 5 stars. I think Leigh's writing is masterful in execution and character development. The book leaves you longing for book 2 which is always a great way to end any book.

Book Trailer!

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Sunday Street Team: INTERVIEW with Jessica Verdi on What You Left Behind

Posted by The YA Book Traveler , Sunday, August 30, 2015 4:07 PM

What You Left Behind
by Jessica Verdi

Synopsis (GR):
Jessica Verdi, the author of My Life After Now and The Summer I Wasn’t Me, returns with a heartbreaking and poignant novel of grief and guilt that reads like Nicholas Sparks for teens.

It’s all Ryden’s fault. If he hadn’t gotten Meg pregnant, she would have never stopped her chemo treatments and would still be alive. Instead he’s failing fatherhood one dirty diaper at a time. And it’s not like he’s had time to grieve while struggling to care for their infant daughter, start his senior year, and earn the soccer scholarship he needs to go to college.

The one person who makes Ryden feel like his old self is Joni. She’s fun and energetic—and doesn’t know he has a baby. But the more time they spend together, the harder it becomes to keep his two worlds separate. Finding one of Meg’s journals only stirs up old emotions. Ryden’s convinced Meg left other notebooks for him to find, some message to help his new life make sense. But how is he going to have a future if he can’t let go of the past?

“Ryden’s story is a moving illustration of how sometimes you have to let go of the life you planned to embrace the life you’ve been given. A strong, character-driven story that teen readers will love.”—Carrie Arcos, National Book Award Finalist for Out of Reach

About the Author:
Jessica Verdi lives in Brooklyn, NY, and received her MFA in Writing for Children from The New School. She loves seltzer, Tabasco sauce, TV, vegetarian soup, flip-flops, and her dog. Visit her at and follow her on Twitter @jessverdi.


Thanks for having me on your blog, Sarah!

Questions about the book:

1. What was the inspiration behind What You Left Behind? Did you know someone who died of cancer?
The idea for What You Left Behind was sparked by an article my husband sent me about a teenage girl who had cancer and was pregnant, and wasn't allowed to make her own decision of whether she wanted to abort her pregnancy and continue her cancer treatments, or stop the cancer treatments and have the baby. Her parents chose for her (they chose stop cancer treatments and have the baby) and she died a couple days after giving birth, leaving the baby to be raised by her boyfriend. This isn't exactly what happens in the book, but the issue of choice is one that is very important to me, so I wanted to write about that. And of course I was completely interested in the single teen dad grieving the loss of his girlfriend story. I do know people who have died of cancer, and my husband is also a cancer survivor, so it’s a subject that’s never too far away in my daily life.

2. Why did you decide to write a book from a male point of view? Was it difficult?
I actually started drafting the book as a dual narrator (Ryden and Meg) story, while Meg was still alive. About 75 pages in, I realized that wasn’t the way to go at all (it would have been about a billion pages long, haha), and that this story should really be told by Ryden, and begin in the middle of his journey. I actually found writing from a boy’s POV easier than writing from a girl’s. I think, because he's a boy and I'm not, I may have subconsciously felt more freedom to just take his character wherever it needed to go, because, since we were already so different, there was no element of "me" clinging to him. No "Well, I would or wouldn't do that," etc.

3. What was the most challenging aspect when it came to writing this book?
There were a lot of challenging issues in writing this book, from figuring out where it should start (as I mentioned above) to dealing with all the heavy emotional elements of grief and guilt and helplessness. But I’m glad I stuck with it.

4. What was the most fun part of writing this book?
I love the mother/son relationship in this book, and so writing the scenes where Ryden’s mother is present was lots of fun.

5. What message do you want readers to walk away with?
I’m not sure I have any “message” at all, in that sense, other than to keep going, keep trying your best, take the hard stuff one day at a time, and remember to take joy in the good stuff.

Questions about writing:

1. What does your daily writing schedule look like?
Because I have a full time job as a Senior Editor at a romance novel publisher, I don’t have much time to write during the week. So I try to set aside Saturdays and Sundays as writing time. It’s hard to have to work seven days a week and essentially not have a weekend, but I’d go crazy if I didn’t have time set aside to write, so I make it work. I have to write at home—I find myself too easily distracted when I try to write in public. My brain tends to be freshest in the morning, so I start early and write write write until I’m fried. If I start in the afternoon, I’m usually less productive.

2. How do you plan out your books?
I usually use index cards to outline—I write each plot point, both big and small, whatever comes to mind, on a card, and then arrange them into an order that, when written out, would sort of resemble a book.

3. What is it like working alongside of the publisher?
I love it. It’s so encouraging to be working with people who love your book as much as you do, and who are working tirelessly to get it out into the world. Every step, from the developmental editing to the copy editing to the design and the marketing and so many other things, would be completely overwhelming (and maybe even impossible) without the help and support of the publisher.

4. Why did you become an author?
I became an author because I love telling stories. I was an actor for a long time before I started writing, and it was frustrating because I always had to wait to get cast in something in order to be able to do my art. But with writing, you can do it on your own terms—no permission necessary. It’s an incredibly inspiring and freeing feeling.

5. Do you have any news for your next project you can share?
Nothing official that I can share just yet, but I will say I’m working on books in two new genres—one is a fantasy YA co-written with an author friend, and one is an adult book that I’ll be writing under a pen name.

Thanks Jessica!!!

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NEW Book Trailer: Sword and Verse by Kathy Macmillan

Posted by The YA Book Traveler , Saturday, August 29, 2015 10:23 AM

Sword and Verse

by Kathy MacMillansa

Raisa was only a child when she was kidnapped and enslaved in Qilara. Forced to serve in the palace of the king, she’s endured hunger, abuse, and the harrowing fear of discovery: everyone knows she is Arnath, but not that Raisa is a Learned One, a part of an Arnath group educated in higher order symbols. In Qilara, this language is so fiercely protected that only the King, the Prince, and Tutors are allowed to know it. So when the current Tutor-in-training is executed for sharing the guarded language with slaves, and Raisa is chosen to replace her, Raisa knows that—although she may have a privileged position among slaves—any slip-up could mean death.

That would be challenging enough, but training alongside Prince Mati could be her real undoing. And when a romance blossoms between them, she’s suddenly filled with a dangerous hope for something she never before thought possible: more. Then she’s propositioned by the Resistance—an underground army of slaves—to help liberate the Arnath people. Joining the rebellion could mean freeing her people…but she’d also be aiding in the war against her beloved—an honorable man that she knows wants to help the slaves.

Working against the one she loves—and a palace full of deadly political renegades—has some heady consequences. As Raisa struggles with what’s right, she unwittingly uncovers a secret that the Qilarites have long since buried…one that, unlocked, could bring the current world order to its knees.

And Raisa is the one holding the key.

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Review: The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

Posted by The YA Book Traveler , Friday, August 28, 2015 12:00 AM

The Wrath and the Dawn (The Wrath and the Dawn #1)


One Life to One Dawn.

In a land ruled by a murderous boy-king, each dawn brings heartache to a new family. Khalid, the eighteen-year-old Caliph of Khorasan, is a monster. Each night he takes a new bride only to have a silk cord wrapped around her throat come morning. When sixteen-year-old Shahrzad's dearest friend falls victim to Khalid, Shahrzad vows vengeance and volunteers to be his next bride. Shahrzad is determined not only to stay alive, but to end the caliph's reign of terror once and for all.

Night after night, Shahrzad beguiles Khalid, weaving stories that enchant, ensuring her survival, though she knows each dawn could be her last. But something she never expected begins to happen: Khalid is nothing like what she'd imagined him to be. This monster is a boy with a tormented heart. Incredibly, Shahrzad finds herself falling in love. How is this possible? It's an unforgivable betrayal. Still, Shahrzad has come to understand all is not as it seems in this palace of marble and stone. She resolves to uncover whatever secrets lurk and, despite her love, be ready to take Khalid's life as retribution for the many lives he's stolen. Can their love survive this world of stories and secrets?

Inspired by A Thousand and One NightsThe Wrath and the Dawn is a sumptuous and enthralling read from beginning to end. 

My Thoughts 2.5 Stars

Wow, you probably are like, WHAT? Are you crazy? Well, I suppose perhaps because, gosh, I did NOT like The Wrath and the Dawn.

Why you might ask?

1. Sharzhad. I found Shazi extremely annoying. She rubbed me the wrong way right from the beginning when she was arrogant enough to think she could survive the night when no other woman had. Her little trick did seem to work but still she was so confident that she would be ok. This seemed unrealistic to me. All the characters including a boyfriend was also convinced that if anyone could survive it would be Shazi. I didn't like her character.  She did get better throughout the book but it was a bit too late for me to make a real connection.

2. The love triangle. Ugh, this love triangle made me crazy. Tariq was super annoying and also really full of himself. How could one boy save a girl from a palace heavily guarded? I could not connect with his character at all.

What I did like:

Yes, there were a few things I liked.
1. The writing. There is no arguing here, Renee's writing is fantastic. I could easily see, hear, smell and taste everything in the world building.
2. The food. My favorite thing, to be honest, was the food. It sounded so delicious.
3. Khalid. I suppose Khalid was my favorite character. He seemed to be the most interesting of them all and his reactions to situations seem appropriate.
4. I did enjoy the chemistry between Khalid and Shazi.
5. The diversity! Yay! This was one of my most anticipated books this year in part to the diverse setting.

Sadly, The Wrath and the Dawn did NOT work for me. I found the characters annoying, the plot not that exciting, the mystery to be unsatisfying.

I am okay with being the black sheep of the crowd but am sad to say that this didn't live up to my expectations.

With any black sheep read, I would still strongly suggest you to read it. Most people LOVE this book. It just wasn't for me. 

Unpopular Opinions Book Tag!

Posted by The YA Book Traveler , Thursday, August 27, 2015 7:49 AM

The Unpopular Opinion Book Tag was created by The Book Archer. I was tagged by Karina. Thanks!

Popular Book or Series you didn't like.

There is a lot to say here but these were my biggest disappointments this year. I wanted to DNF both The Storyspinner and An Ember in Ashes but I trudged through it. The Wrath and the Dawn also was such a let down for me. I did NOT like the characters. My review to come tomorrow.

Blog Tour: Bounce by Noelle August PLUS Giveaway!

Posted by The YA Book Traveler , Wednesday, August 26, 2015 12:00 AM

Title: Bounce
Author: Noelle August
Series: Boomerang #3
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
Release Date: August 25, 2015
Source: ARC provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review.

This final chapter in the fun and steamy New Adult trilogy by Noelle August (authors Veronica Rossi and Lorin Oberweger) features two aspiring musicians who must choose between their careers…and their sizzling attraction for each other.
Playing the occasional club gig just isn’t cutting it for twenty-two-year-old cellist Skyler Canby, who’s trying to support herself and her mother back home in Kentucky. Persuaded by her best friend Beth to accompany her on an audition for the first feature film launched by Blackwood Entertainment, she figures why not? Beth’s a shoe-in for the lead, but maybe Skyler’s newly dyed pink hair will help her stand out enough to score a small speaking part.
Never in her wildest dreams does Skyler imagine she’ll land the lead role or that she’ll have her shoes knocked off her feet by the kiss her audition partner, Grey Blackwood, plants on her—a kiss that feels very real and not at all “acted. ”
After throwing a party that causes thousands of dollars of damage to his older brother’s home, reckless musician Grey Blackwood gets roped into working off his debt on the set of his CEO brother’s newest project. Grey spends his days fetching coffee and doing odd jobs around the studio, but he lives for nights when he performs with his band. He knows if he can stay focused, success as a singer is just around the corner. But that’s tough with a distracting pink-haired girl occupying his every waking thought.
Skyler and Grey have every reason to resist each other. But, like a song neither of them can get out of their minds, they have no choice but to go where the music takes them.

My Review

Bounce is the third book to the wonderful Boomerang New Adult series by Noelle August (which is a pen name for Veronica Rossi and Lorin Oberweger). I am a huge fan of Boomerang (book #1) and Rebound (book #2) because they're fun, sexy and have characters that feel real.  

There are many great things about this series in general. 
1. Realistic Dialogue: Many books I've read this year have unfortunately made me cringe because the characters are saying things you know people in real life would never say. This is not a problem whatsoever in these books.
2. Well developed main and secondary characters: Another aspect about this series are all the characters are unique and well written. They all have been thought out and feel real.
3. The character's voices: Since Veronica and Lorin each take a main character, this is extremely helpful in both point of views sounding like different people. In some books this is problematic. 
4. Humor: One of my favorite things about the Boomerang series is the humor. Not only is this fun but so many characters are charming and become endearing.

The Girl at Midnight by Melissa Grey - Audiobook Review!

Posted by The YA Book Traveler , Wednesday, August 19, 2015 12:00 AM

The Girl at Midnight (The Girl at Midnight #1)
by Melissa Grey 

Goodreads Summary:

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, though 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.

My Thoughts - 5 Stars!

Top Ten Tuesday: Auto-Buy Authors

Posted by The YA Book Traveler , Tuesday, August 18, 2015 10:29 AM

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. Click the link for more info and join in!

For this week, I have only a few auto-buy authors. There are many authors I'll read their books but I may just get them from the library instead of buying.  

But below are authors I will auto-buy, always.

How I started making Book Trailers and How!

Posted by The YA Book Traveler , Monday, August 10, 2015 11:09 AM

Hi Everyone!

I thought I'd do a quick post to explain why I got started making book trailers and how I go about it.

It all started with the Witchlanders Truthwitch Street Team, I guess you could call it, competition. You could create entries so you could get picked to be on the street team.

So, I decided to make a video entry to Truthwitch! I had so much fun with it, that I decided I'd start making trailer for other books.

Here is my >>> Channel

How do I choose?
  • This slightly difficult. First of all, I pick a book I'm actually excited about. If I'm not inspired, it's not gonna happen.
  • Then I go and read the Goodreads summaries.  There have been books I've wanted to make a trailer for, but the summary is too long, explains too much, or just doesn't flow.
  • Once I finally have my "eureka" moment I get to work.

How do I make them?
  • Search, search, search.  Because I do not film my own video, I search YouTube and Vimeo for the types of video I'm seeking. There are lots of amazing indie films on Vimeo that have been wonderful to use.
  • Then I have to find the right music. Sometimes I've used songs that author was inspired by (such as for the Truthwitch and Queen of Shadows trailers). Other times, they are songs suggested to me by friends (Thanks Pili) and sometimes it's just searching YouTube.
  • I also make sure to check out any Pinterest boards the authors may have. This really helps me with how they envision the world and the characters.
  • Then I record my voice for the narration. I went to college for Broadcast and Cinematic Arts so I have some background in video and audio editing. On my home computer I'm editing with Sony Vegas Pro 8.0.
I've had a TON of fun making these and am always up for suggestions! I made the Vengeance Road and Six of Crows trailer because friends suggested.

Let me know what you'd like to see and it may be my next trailer!

Watch my latest for Never Never by Brianna Shrum 

(Side note: I do this on my own free time because I love it. I already was contacted by an unknown author to read their book and create a video...for free! Please don't contact me to make you a video. I always do the choosing.)

Legacy of Kings by Eleanor Herman - ARC Review + Eleanor's Fan Casting

Posted by The YA Book Traveler , Friday, August 7, 2015 12:00 AM

Legacy of Kings (Blood of Gods and Royals #1)by Eleanor Herman

Release Date: August 25, 2015

Goodreads Summary:
Imagine a time when the gods turn a blind eye to the agony of men, when the last of the hellions roam the plains and evil stirs beyond the edges of the map. A time when cities burn, and in their ashes, empires rise.

Alexander, Macedonia’s sixteen-year-old heir, is on the brink of discovering his fated role in conquering the known world but finds himself drawn to newcomer Katerina, who must navigate the dark secrets of court life while hiding her own mission: kill the Queen. But Kat’s first love, Jacob, will go to unthinkable lengths to win her, even if it means competing for her heart with Hephaestion, a murderer sheltered by the prince. And far across the sea, Zofia, a Persian princess and Alexander’s unmet fiancĂ©e, wants to alter her destiny by seeking the famed and deadly Spirit Eaters.

Legacy of Kings was a book that I instantly wanted!  Why? Because of that cover! I received a copy of Legacy of Kings from the publisher for review. Thank you!

The World:
One of the most interesting aspects of this book was when in history it occurs. It takes place in the time of Alexander the Great (340 BC) when he was still a teen before he ruled the world.  This was one of my favorite things about the book. I had never read a book that took place in this time-frame (except the Bible) and was curious if it would seem confusing or if there would be difficulty understanding the world. But, I had no problem with the world building in Legacy of Kings at all. Everything was described wonderfully by Eleanor, and it doesn't leave you lacking.

Not only is this world set in BC history, there is also magic! I love the combination of historical fiction AND fantasy. Not only is magic prevalent in this world but so are magical creatures. Who doesn't love that?

I was really wishing for a map in the ARC because I had to Google the area in which these events take place. I was told that the final copy of the book would indeed have a map which will make this book even better!

The Characters:
This book has 6 main point of views (there are a few others). Sometimes, in books, this bothers me and other times it doesn't. I didn't particularly have any issues with the amount of voices in the book. I found them all distinct and well written. Most, if not all, the characters all are carrying around secrets. It was fun guessing what those secrets could be or how they would play out.

Legacy of Kings is a high fantasy full of romance, magic, secret plots and adventure. To me this book felt like a set-up book for the rest of the series. Events that occur in this book set the stage for the story line to continue and pick up in book two.I enjoyed the book, however, I found it rather long and it took me a while to read it. There was nothing wrong with the book but I didn't find myself emotionally invested in it. However, it's a strong first book to a new high fantasy series and I have high hopes for the next book.

I gave Legacy of Kings a 4 out of 5 Stars

Eleanor Herman's Fan Casting:
In the ARC, Eleanor lists who she would fan cast for all the main characters so I thought that would be fun to include in this review.

Alex: Daniel Sharman

Heph: Jack Falahee

Kat: Emma Watson

Jacob: Matt Lanter

Cyn: Caitlin Stasey

Zo: Shay Mitchell

A Month of Indies: Sanguine Mountain by Jennifer Foxcroft Book Review

Posted by The YA Book Traveler , Monday, July 27, 2015 12:00 AM

Sanguine Mountain (Camazotz Trilogy #1)

An anonymous letter shatters the world Connie thought she knew and trusted. The news that her parents aren’t really her own leaves her angry, devastated and alone. The search for the truth leads her down a dark, desolate forest road where she meets a boy in the shadows who has secrets of his own.

Rockland’s life has been ruled by an ancient curse since the day he was born. Forever labeled a misfit and a rebel, he is desperate to convince his leaders that integration with the modern world will be the salvation of their kind—not their demise.

After their worlds collide in the middle of a dark forest, Connie and Rocks strike a deal to help each other find the answers they both need—away from her lying parents and the judgmental sneers of his colony. But, can they find love on their journey to discover who they are and where they belong in the world?

2015 Summer Blogger Promo Tour

Posted by The YA Book Traveler , Saturday, July 25, 2015 12:00 AM

The Summer Blogger Promo Tour is hosted by The Book Bratz. I was asked by my friend Kim to buddy up with her as her partner because her partner was unable to participate.

Today I have a guest post from my super awesome German friend, Kim from Dreaming in Libraries. She talks about her favorite German authors! How exciting!

Check it out!

Hey Everyone!
I’m Kim blogging over at Dreaming in Libraries.
So this post was originally planned for another blog during the Summer Blogger Promo Tour taking place right now. But when one of the blogger from my group was removed from the tour I had to find a solution. I knew right away that I’d love to feature Sarah on my blog instead of the one planned, because Sarah is one of the nicest people out there on twitter and really one of my favorite bloggers :-)! I was even happier when she agreed on introducing my blog on hers, too!
Thank you SO MUCH, Sarah, for jumping in and having me on your blog today!!
Sarah liked the idea of me talking about my favorite German authors, so I did. I hope you enjoy this post!

Uprooted by Naomi Novik - Book Review

Posted by The YA Book Traveler , Thursday, July 23, 2015 12:00 AM


Goodreads Summary:
Agnieszka loves her valley home, her quiet village, the forests and the bright shining river. But the corrupted Wood stands on the border, full of malevolent power, and its shadow lies over her life.

Her people rely on the cold, driven wizard known only as the Dragon to keep its powers at bay. But he demands a terrible price for his help: one young woman handed over to serve him for ten years, a fate almost as terrible as falling to the Wood.

The next choosing is fast approaching, and Agnieszka is afraid. She knows—everyone knows—that the Dragon will take Kasia: beautiful, graceful, brave Kasia, all the things Agnieszka isn’t, and her dearest friend in the world. And there is no way to save her.

But Agnieszka fears the wrong things. For when the Dragon comes, it is not Kasia he will choose.

My Thoughts 3.75 Stars

My New Thing: Book Trailers!

Posted by The YA Book Traveler , Wednesday, July 22, 2015 11:07 AM

In preparation for #TruthwitchStreetTeam, they (Susan Dennard and @truthwitch) were running a campaign to find those who had LOTS of enthusiasm for Truthwitch, the new series soon to be released by Susan Dennard in February of 2016.

So, I made a video!

I had so much fun making it, I decided to start making more book trailer videos for books I'm very excited about.  You can subscribe to my channel as I will try to make more and more.

Here are the other two I've made so far. Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas and The Girl From Everywhere by Heidi Heilig!

This was my newest, and quite possibly my favorite video so far!

What would you like to see?

2015 Racially Diverse Books and Why I Support Them

Posted by The YA Book Traveler , Wednesday, July 15, 2015 12:00 AM

Earlier this month I did a guest for for the wonderful Avid Reader blog and I chose to speak about racial diversity specifically in YA.

Here is the link to the original post.

Find Me Tag

Posted by The YA Book Traveler , Monday, July 13, 2015 12:00 AM


I haven't done a tag in FOREVER. But my good friend Carrie from Once Upon a Dream Books tagged me for this FIND ME book tag created by Beautiful Bookish Butterflies. 

Thanks Carrie!

I had to do a bit of bear with me!

Travelers by Meradeth Houston COVER REVEAL + GIVEAWAY

Posted by The YA Book Traveler , Friday, July 10, 2015 12:00 AM

By Meradeth Houston

Sienna Crenshaw knows the rules: 1) no time traveling beyond your natural lifetime, 2) no screwing with death, and 3) no changing the past. Ever. Sienna doesn’t love being stuck in the present, but she’s not the type to break the rules. That is, she wasn’t the type until her best friend broke every one of those rules to keep Henry, her twin brother and Sienna’s ex-boyfriend, alive. 

Suddenly, Sienna is caught in an unfamiliar reality. The upside? Henry is still alive. The downside? Sienna’s old life, including the people in it, has been erased. Now, Sienna and Henry must untangle the giant knot in time, or her parents and all the rest of the Travelers, will be lost forever. One problem: the only way to be successful is for Henry to die.

Release Date: August 4th, 2015

Twitter Appreciation Giveaway: Personalized & Signed TRUTHWITCH by SusanDennard PRE-ORDER INTL. GIVEAWAY

Posted by The YA Book Traveler , Friday, July 3, 2015 3:15 PM

Today, I reached 1,600 Twitter followers, which I find kinda MIND-BLOWING! 

I started this blog back last October with the hopes of finding ways to interact with more bloggers and the book community that I was falling in love with, and to be able to talk about books I love!

I never expected to build friendships online the way I have built them just over these last 8 months!
So, to show my utter appreciation, I decided to do an awesome giveaway.

One winner will win:

A Pre-Order of a Personalized Signed copy of Truthwitch by Susan Dennard! 

Schuler Books is a chain in Michigan that works alongside of Susan. She is so fabulous that she'll sign and personalize any book ordered through this store. 

International you say? Yes! Even if Schulers doesn't ship to your country, I will make sure it gets there, even if that means shipping myself. 

This is a video book trailer I made for a #TruthWitchTuesday Street Team contest! It was super fun to make and it makes me MORE excited for the book!.



You MUST obey the entry expectations. (Example: Follow me on Twitter. You must follow me and I will check before announcing the winner.) If you do not follow the directions, you will be automatically disqualified. 

I am doing this giveaway out of the kindness of my heart and wallet. Please, no cheaters.

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