In My Mailbox (50)

In My Mailbox

IMM is a weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren. It is a way for book bloggers to post what they have received for review, borrowed from a friend, bought at the bookstore, or picked up at the library!

I got a few more awesome books this week that I’m super psyched to read!

For Review:

I have finally jumped on the NetGalley bandwagon! This was my very first week trying it out so we shall see how it goes. I was shocked and a whole lot thrilled to see that I was accepted for quite a few review books that I am oh so excited to get started on!

Also Known As

Also Known As by Robin Benway

My Thoughts: Robin’s humorous and witty writing had me hooked while reading Audrey, Wait! so I can’t wait to see what she’s done with this book. Thank you Bloomsbury!

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The Reece Malcolm List by Amy Spalding

My Thoughts: I have this on my list of books to read for the 2013 DAC so I cannot wait to get started! Thank you Entangled publishing!

Talk of the Town

Talk of the Town by Beth Andrews

My Thoughts: This sounds like a cute Lifetime movie only in book form! Plus I am a huge sucker for those small-town stories. Thanks Harlequin!

All He Ever Desired

All He Ever Desired by Shannon Stacey

My Thoughts: I am ADORING the Kowalski Family series! Shannon really knows how to make her men an awesome mix of stubborn, sometimes obnoxious, and ALWAYS adorable in all the best ways. Thanks Harlequin!

Her Man In Manhattan

Her Man In Manhattan by Trish Wylie

My Thoughts: I cannot wait to try out these new books from Harlequin’s new imprint, Kiss. They all sound like adorable, sweet, short(ish) stories! Thanks Harlequin!

First Time For Everything

First Time For Everything by Aimee Carson

My Thoughts: This sounds like another great title from Kiss! Also, I sort of REALLY love the name Jax. Thanks Harlequin!


Double Crossed

Double Crossed by Ally Carter

My Thoughts: It was free. FREE PEOPLE! I just couldn’t pass a price like that up!


Hollowland by Amanda Hocking

My Thoughts: Another free one! I cannot wait to read this zombie tale!

The last of my books were purchased with the help of some Christmas gift cards which are TOTALLY the best present ever. I don’t know why people are so against gift cards sometimes…pure craziness!

Lucky In Love

Lucky In Love by Jill Shalvis

My Thoughts: I am so in love with this series! I know I won’t rest until I am all caught up on everyone in Lucky Harbor

At Last

At Last by Jill Shalvis

My Thoughts: Since I know I will be dying to read book #5 after I finish book #4, I decided to plan ahead and just purchase it!

The Downfall Of A Good Girl

The Downfall of a Good Girl by Kimberly Lang

My Thoughts: A southern belle meets a rocker bad boy…YES! Plus people, the paperback for this book, along with the following Kiss titles were only $2.59!! That’s less than a tall Cinnamon Dolce Latte at Starbucks!


Hitched! by Jessica Hart

My Thoughts: I love weddings (mostly for the cake) so I think I will enjoy this wedding-inspired story!

How To Get Over Your Ex

How To Get Over Your Ex by Nikki Logan

My Thoughts: This is definitely the one I am most excited about. Everything about that summary just screams “ADORABLE! Read. Me. Now!”

The One That Got Away

The One That Got Away by Kelly Hunter

My Thoughts: Oh boy, a second chance love story!?! I think I’ll enjoy this one!

In My Mailbox (29)

IMM is a weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren. It is a way for book bloggers to post what they have received for review, borrowed from a friend, bought at the bookstore, or picked up at the library!

The last IMM I posted was all the way back in November! Yeah, it is safe to say the holidays definitely got in the way but I am hoping to keep up with the weekly IMMs from now on. Since I missed almost two full months, this IMM is going to be a lot of craziness! Let’s take a look at what I got!!!

For Review:

Unbreakable Love by Angela Carling

Loving Emily by Anne Pfeffer

Dark Days by C.A. Kunz

Trade Secrets by Yvonne Collins & Sandy Rideout (e-book)

The Knife and the Butterfly by Ashley Hope Perez (e-book)

Settling by Shelley Workinger (e-book)



Don’t Expect Magic by Kathy McCullough

Winter’s Kiss: The Ex Games by Jennifer Echols and The Twelve Dates of Christmas by Catherine Hapka

Demonglass by Rachel Hawkins

The DUFF by Kody Keplinger

Supernaturally by Kiersten White

Beautiful Chaos by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl

Queen of the Dead by Stacey Kade

The Extraordinary Secrets of April, May & June by Robin Benway

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith

Switched by Amanda Hocking

A Touch Mortal by Leah Clifford

Hush Money by Susan Bischoff (e-book)

Impulse Control by Susan Bischoff (e-book)

Indigo Blues by Danielle Joseph (e-book)

Jessica’s Guide to Dating on the Dark Side by Beth Fantaskey (e-book)

Then Came You by Jennifer Weiner (e-book)

My Thoughts: I got some great deals over some awesome books the past couple months however I am now on a book buying ban! There are just too many things I am saving up for plus I now have enough books to last me a lifetime!


Dashboard Confessional


Thriving Ivory

Ryan Adams

Fitz and the Tantrums

Foster The People

The Summer Set

My Thoughts: Can you tell that I ran into some deals at the CD store? All of their used CDs were super cheap plus if you bought 3, you got the 4th one free!


From Alexa @ AlexaLovesBooks

Moonglass by Jessi Kirby

The Iron Daughter by Julie Kagawa

Chocolates & a card!

My Thoughts: Alexa is one freaking awesome book blogger (and not just because she sent me a super sweet gift!) She never fails to make my days brighter and the day I got this lovely package in the mail was no different. My brother managed to eat both chocolate bars she sent me but I am sure they were delicious! The card was so dang sweet and I cannot wait to read these books!

From Laci @ LovePassionBooks

Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver

Fever by Lauren DeStefano

A Taylor Swift card!

My Thoughts: Laci completely surprised me for my birthday! She saw it was my birthday on Twitter and offered to send me two books. I was stunned and so thankful when I got these two in the mail. Plus, she just knows me so well, she got a TAYLOR SWIFT birthday card!!! This made me smile big time :)

From Cyndi @ Dog-Eared and Bookmarked

Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen

Twilight Saga journal set

A Winter Song CD

Water For Elephants Soundtrack

A Christmas Song CD

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Soundtrack

A hand-made scarf & a card!!!

My Thoughts: Cyndi is so full of amazing, I wish I could just hug her! She had been teasing me on Twitter for FOREVER about the gift she was sending me and when it finally got here I cried. Seriously. She was so extremely generous and thoughtful with her gift, it totally made my day!

From Jamie Manning @ Writers Write, Right?

A singed Eternal Starling bookmark from Angela Corbett

My Thoughts: I am not entirely sure how I got this or even why, but hey it is a gorgeous, signed bookmark; I am NOT complaining!

From my Dad and Stepmom:


A New Bookshelf

Babe in Boyland by Jody Gehrman

Ten Things We Did (And Probably Shouldn’t Have) by Sarah Mlynowski

New stationary so I can write letters to all of my blogging friends!


Grace Potter & The Nocturnals

Tenth Avenue North

The Fray

The Cab

My Thoughts: I love my dad and stepmom so much! They spoiled me on my birthday and Christmas and I couldn’t be happier :)

From my Mom:

City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare

My Thoughts: It may have taken a while to convince my mom that it was actually okay to buy me books for Christmas but once she finally understood, she made an excellent decision! I can’t wait to continue on with this series.

From my Grandma:


Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare

$25 gift card to Barnes & Noble

My Thoughts: My grandma also did good with the book choice this year! I haven’t read the first of The Infernal Devices but when I do, I now have the second to immediately follow-up with!


Plain White T’s

The All-American Rejects

My Thoughts: Last time I asked for an All-American Rejects CD from my grandma, she got me an Alter Bridge CD. They are COMPLETELY different! I was so happy she could find the right ones this time around!

From my Aunts & Uncles:

Overprotected by Jennifer Laurens

Bookmark pens

The Nook!

My Thoughts: I am thrilled I got an awesome book and bookmarks but I am even more thrilled that I now have my very own Nook! I was very adamant that I would hate an e-reader, but I now love having one! Go figure!

So that’s a ton of great books that I got the past couple of months! Since it is going to take a lot of time to read those, I am officially putting myself under a book buying ban. It should be interesting to say the least. Don’t forget to leave a link to your IMM post in the comment section and I will be sure to check it out!

The Best of Twenty-Eleven

The year has come and gone so quickly that I can hardly believe it! It seems like just yesterday I was starting my winter semester as a college Freshman and I was trying to squeeze in every ounce of fun that I could. A ton of memories were created this past year, some bad but mostly all good, and I like to think it has been one of the best years yet. In keeping with the same format that I used last year, here are some of the best moments of 2011!

Sidenote: Almost all of these are a tie between two or more things. Sorry about that, I tried my best to narrow it down but it just wasn’t happening!

1. Best Vacation– This is definitely a tie between the Myrtle Beach vacation I took with Kati and the Myrtle Beach Vacation I took with my family a month later. The weather was gorgeous both times and I got to experience a ton of different things with each trip. I was so lucky to be able to go on two vacations back to back like that!

2. Best Concert– This one also has a tie! It is between Warped Tour 2011 and the acoustic performance by We The Kings! Warped Tour is a day filled with music awesomeness! I saw so many bands perform, got a ton of stuff signed, and I even got to talk to a few of the performers. The We The Kings acoustic performance was brilliant for so many reasons: It was acoustic, it was small, it was free, it featured my future husband, I got to put my arms around my future husband, and I even got to take a picture with my future husband. IT WAS AMAZING!

3. Best CD– This is also going to have to be a tie! We The Kings dropped their latest album this year entitled Sunshine State of Mind. The title of the album couldn’t be more perfect because I get in a sunshiney state of mind EVERY TIME I listen to their CD. So what could be the competition to such an epic CD? All the mixed CD’s I got this past year! I had a lot of friends make me CD’s and all of them were filled with awesome songs that brings a smile to my face!

4. Best New Activity– I can’t explain too many details because I have yet to send out Christmas presents to some pretty freaking lovely bloggers but I do enjoy jewelry making. It takes time and is far more expensive than I could have imagined but it is so much fun to create!

5. Best Birthday Present– Last year I got a whole new bedroom so I was wondering how anything could ever live up to something like that. The answer came in the form of a brand-new bookshelf! I was making just the one work but I was desperately in need of one and my parents luckily noticed it! I love it so freaking much!

6. Best Movies– Well I do love me some movies…and popcorn! Some of my favorites were: Breaking Dawn: Part 1, Bridesmaids, Crazy Stupid Love, The Help, Harry Potter & The Deathly Hollows: Part 2, and Footloose.

7. Best Books– Oh gosh! It was my original goal to read 100 books in 2011 but Goodreads just wouldn’t stop telling me how sucky I was at completing that goal so I changed it to 80 and I still didn’t accomplish it! However, I did squeeze in 76 books. The best ones (some 4’s and all 5 stars) are:

Sidenote: Some of the titles will be linked to my reviews and other will be linked to Goodreads since I have not yet reviewed them!

Sophie & Carter by Chelsea Fine

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins

A Girl Named Willow Krimble by Giuseppe Bianco

Rising Shadow by Jacquelyn Wheeler

Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta

Audrey, Wait! by Robin Benway

Released by Megan Duncan

Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson

Sean Griswold’s Head by Lindsey Leavitt

The Lonely Hearts Club by Elizabeth Eulberg

The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting

Faithful by Janet Fox

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

Divergent by Veronica Roth

Sloppy Firsts by Megan McCafferty

Second Helpings by Megan McCafferty

What Can’t Wait by Ashley Hope Perez

Other Words for Love by Lorraine Zago Rosenthal

Fall For Anything by Courtney Summers

Unearthly by Cynthia Hand

Matched by Ally Condie

What Happened to Goodbye by Sarah Dessen

Endless Summer by Jennifer Echols

Re-reads of both Sarah Dessen and Jennifer Echols books

Fade by Lisa McMann

The Childe by C.A. Kunz

Between by Cyndi Tefft

Love, Inc. by Yvonne Collins & Sandy Rideout

Girl v Boy by Yvonne Collins & Sandy Rideout

Five Flavors of Dumb by Antony John

The Pull of Gravity by Gae Polisner

Across the Universe by Beth Revis

Angelfire by Courtney Allison Moulton

8. Best Blogging Moment– How does one even choose something like this? In the past year I have met more authors, connected with more bloggers, reviewed more books, joined more weekly features, and had the most fun than I have EVER had! This whole experience has been one joyous event after another and I have all of YOU to thank for that. I have found some of the greatest friends and most influential people (and let’s not forget they all also kick butt when it come to writing reviews!) than I could have ever imagined. I would not trade this past year for anything!

9. Best Friend(s)– It is no secret that Kati has and always will be my best friend. I talk about her awesomeness all the time. But because of recent events, I feel like I must give a shout-out to my dear friend Stacey. Her and I were running buddies in high school. You could never find two girls who hated cross-country with such a deep passion like the two of us (even though we secretly loved it!) She has been there for both Kati and I through so many things and now it’s our turn to be there for Stacey. These two girls make my days so much better and I love them for that!

10. Best Family– Well of course this goes out to my family once again but not without some complaints! Zack and Zeke aka The Brat Pack drove me absolutely INSANE this past year. Those two boys are the epitome of annoying little brothers. I love them to death but jeez louise they sure are crazy! In all honesty, I am lucky to have my family always there for me. They support me through everything and even though they make fun of me every once in a while, they always know how to make me smile!

So that’s it for my 2011! I hope you all had a great year and an even better 2012!

Blog Tour + 25 Days of Jubilation + Tune In Tuesday: Part 2

Three awesome bloggers (Cyndi @ Dog-Eared & Bookmarked, Jacinda @ The Reading Housewives, and Yani @ The Secret Life of an Avid Reader) have come together this holiday season to host the 25 Days of Jubilation! What is this 25 Days of Jubilation you say? Well it is a month-long blog tour. Each day a different blog is posting a holiday related post and giving away lots of great goodies. Today is my turn to post for the event and I decided to go with HOLIDAY MUSIC!

Buddy the Elf once said, “The best way to spread Christmas Cheer, is singing loud for all to hear,” and I couldn’t agree more with that statement! I love the day after Thanksgiving for a lot of reasons but the biggest reason would be that it is finally an “acceptable” time to turn on the Christmas music. I am most definitely one of those crazy people who could listen to Christmas songs all year long. I have been known to rock out to the classics but I like to mix them up with modern-day songs as well . Below are my top ten “nontraditional” favorites, in no particular order:

1) Santa Baby – Taylor Swift

2) Christmas With You – Artist vs. Poet

3) This Christmas – Every Avenue

4) Wishlist – The Ready Set

5) Santa Stole My Girlfriend – The Maine

6) Winterlove – Parachute

7) Baby Please Come Home – Anberlin

8) Baby, It’s Cold Outside – She & Him

9)Winter Passing – The Academy Is…

10) Christmas at 22 – The Wonder Years

So tell me, what did you think? I thought posting some of these lesser known songs/versions of songs would be a fun way to celebrate this holiday season!

Now on to the part that you are all here for, the giveaway!

As you all can probably guess, I love music. I also love books. BUT what I love best is books with music in it! Today I will be giving away your choice of two of my favorite music inspired books! The giveaway is international (as long as The Book Depository ships to you) so anyone can join! Please fill out the form below to be entered into the giveaway!

Your music related book choices:

Five Flavors of Dumb by Antony John

Audrey, Wait! by Robin Benway

Just Listen by Sarah Dessen

Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson

The Lonely Hearts Club by Elizabeth Eulberg

Don’t forget to stop at all the other blogs on this tour to enter some more awesome giveaways and to celebrate this holiday season!

Thursday, December 1st:

Christen at Goldilox and the Three Weres

Friday, December 2nd:

Molly at Surrounded By Words

Saturday, December 3rd:

Meridith at Mint Tea and A Good Book

Sunday, December 4th:

Sandie at Teen Lit Rocks

Monday, December 5th:

Shannon at Books Devoured

Tuesday, December 6th:

Bex at Becky’s Barmy Book Blog

Wednesday, December 7th:

Christi at Christi the Teen Librarian

Thursday, December 8th:

Jen at In the Closet with a Bibliophile

Friday, December 9th:

Sara O. at The Librarian Reads

Saturday, December 10th:

Ginger at GReads!

Sunday, December 11th:

Asheley at Into the Hall of Books

Monday, December 12th:

Tina at Tina’s Book Reviews

Tuesday, December 13th:

Heidi at YA Bibliophile

Wednesday, December 14th:

Jess at Gone with the Words

Thursday, December 15th:

Lisa at Lisa Is Busy Nerding

Friday, December 16th:

Jen D. at Not now…I’m Reading!

Saturday, December 17th:

Jamie at The Perpetual Page-Turner

Sunday, December 18th:

Andrea at The Busy Bibliophile

Monday, December 19th:

Karis at YA Litwit & Sarah at Workaday Reads

Tuesday, December 20th:

Katelyn at Katelyn’s Blog

Wednesday, December 21st:

Ruby at Ruby’s Reads

Thursday, December 22nd:

Jac at For Love and Books

Friday, December 23rd:

Asher at Paranormal Indulgence

Saturday, December 24th:

Nikki at Books Most Wanted

Sunday, December 25th:

Merry Christmas!

Tune In Tuesday (37)

Tune In Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the lovely Ginger @ GReads so you should head on over and link up! It is a great way to bounce from blog to blog and discover what others are listening to! I love music but there is so much out there that I haven’t heard of before. That being said, feel free to leave a link to your Tune-In Tuesday post!

This is the very first week for the month-long Concert Edition!!! Who else is super freaking excited for this? Going to concerts is my favorite activity to do. We have some decent clubs and small venues about 1-2 hours away and I just love taking the night to drive there and watch some awesome performances. Since I was about 14, my parents have trusted me enough to go to concerts with my friends. Over the past 5 years, I have been lucky enough to attend several amazing concerts all of which hold a special place in my heart.

To start things off right, I will have to post from my favorite concert of all-time! Warped Tour comes around once a year and it seems to out-do itself time and time again. I have attended the past four years and do not intend to quit until I am well over the proper age limit for concert attending (like grandma status). For those of you who have no idea what I am talking about, let me explain (at least how it is here in MI). At The Detroit Tiger’s Stadium, tons and tons of bands come together for one day of musical greatness. There are several stages set up throughout the parking lot (either 6 or 7) and a band plays every 30-45 minutes on each stage all day long. If you add that up (which I wont because I am too tired for math right now) it is a whole lot of concert seeing to be happening! You pay a flat cost (about $40) to enter the venue and then you can venture around to whatever stage you want whenever you want. Seriously guys, it is the funnest thing you will ever experience. The weather is usually hot, there is an ungodly amount of people many of which are either shirtless or high, and your feet will be crushed by the end of the day but it is all part of the experience. While at the concert there are a TON, and I mean a TON of chances to meet bands, get things signed, and buy all the merchandise your little heart desires.Honestly, if you have never attended before, I strongly suggest you do so because no other concert-going experience will compare!

Now on to the bands that have melted my heart at warped tour! (sidenote #1: Some of these ALL of these are repeat bands but since I love them so much, I figured I show them some love again today!) (sidenote #2: There are SO many more bands that I’d love to post but I would be here all day!)

There For Tomorrow

There I am with There For Tomorrow!

Windsor Drive

How awesome is it that he plays the piano?

The Maine

You may stare at this picture as long as you’d like. I understand, he is gorgeous.

Artist vs Poet

Monster can from Artist vs Poet. It still sits on my shelf!

Hey Monday

Sucky picture but the performance was AMAZEBALLS!

There is such a wide range of music at Warped Tour, that is what I think I love best! You’ve got the rocker chicks, the pop-punk bands, the alternative piano rock bands, you just have anything and everything!

And since I was feeling creative…


Of course, I love books with music in them so I thought I’d have some fun with this feature and include a fictional concert I would love to see for real. To start things off this week I picked Audrey, Wait! by Robin Benway. Seeing the Do-Gooders perform and feeling all the wild energy from the crowd as they bust out the lyrics to Audrey, Wait! would be awesome. Being there at the start of someone’s career like that and feeling like I’ve watched their journey from nothing to Something Huge would be so extremely cool. Even though Audrey is one of my favorite gals EVER, and I know that song caused a lot of problems for her, I think hearing it live would be AMAZING!


TGIF (13)

TGIF is a fun little feature hosted at GReads! Every week we re-cap what has happened on the blog plus Ginger asks a question for us to answer. This week’s question is:

Book Associations:

Which genre, authors, or particular books do you think people associate with your reading style?

Oh my goodness gracious, this is such a fun question and probably one of the easiest ones I have ever had to answer! Seriously, you guys were probably getting a bit tired of my super long lists that are also known as my TGIF posts. Anyway, when people think of me and my blog, it’s safe to assume they think about Young Adult books but more specifically Contemporary Fiction. I LOVE reading mystery, paranormal romance, historical fiction, etc. BUT my heart truly lies with Contemporary books. They are just so full of awesomesauce!

When people think of particular authors, I hope with all of my heart they think of the few that I ramble about week after week. Most importantly there is Sarah Dessen. She is my writing rock star and I really don’t know what I’d do without her books. Other loves of mine that everyone should read at least one book by are Diana Peterfreund, Jennifer Echols, Melina Marchetta, and Simone Elkeles. The Secret Society Girl series, Forget You, Jellicoe Road, and the How to Ruin series are books that fill my heart with happiness. (Notice how I threw book recommendations in there? I am just a sneaky ninja like that!)

Now for the books in particular! The Truth About Forever, Just Listen, and This Lullaby are my three favorite Sarah Dessen books so my smiling face should always come to mind when reading those! I would love to say Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta but my darling Ashley at Books From Bleh To Basically Amazing is the only person I picture when thinking of that book (Seriously, she will recommend that book to a ROCK, but at the end of the day she is still spreading the love for one of the best books ever written). For the people who know of my rocker girl-ish side (I REALLY love good music, if you didn’t know already!), I hope that books like Audrey, Wait! and Five Flavors of Dumb pop into your head when you think of Katelyn from Katelyn’s Blog!

Now let me know what you think! Did I guess what genres, authors, and books come to mind when you think of me?

This week on Katelyn’s Blog (8/19-8/26):

Instructions for an Inexperienced Lover by Amanda Leduc

A Potential Problem by Jennifer Groepl

Tune-In Tuesday (22)

Lockdown by Alexander Gordon Smith Book Trailer + Giveaway (ends 8/31)

Alex Charles: The Evening Oak by Kim Reynolds

TGIF (11)

TGIF is a fun little feature hosted at GReads! Every week we re-cap what has happened on the blog plus Ginger asks a question for us to answer. This week’s question is:

Author Block Party:

If you could gather a handful of authors to hang out with, who would you choose? 

This is the post in which authors will (if they haven’t already) start thinking I am Creep Mc.Creepster. There are a TON of authors who I think are made of awesomesauce. I have read books by most of them, I have chatted with a few (very few! I am still uber shy) on Twitter, and the rest I stalk whether it be on their vlog, blog, or through Twitter. So if I were to have the most awesome of awesome parties I would send out invites to… (Keep in mind that my version of handful is A LOT. I am just greedy like that)

Sarah Dessen & Melina Marchetta are Y.A. Contemporary Goddesses! I am 99.999% sure that books don’t get much better than theirs do. Sarah has been a favorite of mine since I first started reading Y.A. I will always love her books for the simple fact that they got me so completely hooked on reading. I have only read one by Melina Marchetta but I can say with confidence that I will absorb, adore, love, and cherish every book that she writes. I would probably burst with happiness if I were in the same room as them!

Yvonne Collins, Sandy Rideout, Simone Elkeles, and Jennifer Echols have all created some of the best books. Yvonne and Sandy have these light, easy reads that can make you laugh and cry within the span of a few pages. Simone is a genius when it comes to creating hot, Latino boys that I want to keep for myself (the books themselves aren’t too bad either ;) you should probably read them if you haven’t already!). Jennifer Echols is the author I probably fan-girl the most. She makes some seriously HOT scenes in her books! I could die a happy person if I were able to meet all of them!

Elizabeth Eulberg, Antony John, and Robin Benway all put my two favorite things together, books and music. For Elizabeth, she took the rock stars known as The Beatles and mixed them with a wonderful main character to create a book I love, The Lonely Hearts Club. Antony John’s Five Flavors of Dumb was such a wonderfully unique story about a deaf girl managing a rock band. Perhaps my favorite of all of them is Audrey, Wait by Robin Benway. This  is a book in which there are no words to describe the musical goodness that comes from it. I imagine myself, along with these three authors, would have lots to talk about between books and music!

Diana Peterfreund is another favorite of mine, of course! I would probably interrogate her on her Secret Society Girl series. The story is just so incredibly well-written and full of mystery & romance. I am dying to know if any of the stories are true!

Kiersten White is hilarious. I could just watch her stream of Tweets day & night and be completely entertained.

 Stephanie Perkins created Etienne St. Clair. That should be enough to convince ANYONE to invite her to their party.

Stacey Kade. I talked to her once on Twitter….about pizza. It was the greatest fan-girl moment of all time. I love, love, love her book The Ghost and the Goth! She was able to do the whole character switch-er-roo thing so well and I love how her characters play so well off of each other. I can guess that Stacey and I would have a wonderful conversation about ghosts and if that doesn’t work out, there is always pizza!

 Gae Polisner, author of The Pull of Gravity, a book I have NOT read, would be a definite invite to my author block party. Not only is Gae super nice and generous but she is funny, like REALLY funny! I will sometimes just read through her Facebook updates for fun. And trust me on this one, it is lots of fun!

Karsten Knight is another author of a book that I have not read before. I would invite Karsten for the simple fact that he will have the whole party laughing; there is no doubt about it. I even subscribed to his Youtube channel because I find him so freaking hilarious! 

 Carrie Harris, yet again, have not read her book but I think we could have a good conversation about zombies and book bloggers who stick plungers in their head.

 Charlotte Bennardo and Natalie Zaman, co-authors of Sirenz are two more goofballs I’d love to meet. Charlotte is always dropping sweet, funny, random tweets and I love her for it. She has even convinced me to purchase a red pair of shoes to wear while reading her book!

I would also like to add one more to this list. LK Gardner-Griffie is such a sweetheart! I have yet to read her book, Misfit McCabe but trust me, I hope to make that very soon!

There are all the authors I would invite to my bookish party of awesome. I am sure there are many, many more but that is all I could think of off the top of my head. Don’t forget to let me know what you think of my guest list and of course, leave a link to your TGIF post and I’ll be sure to check it out!

This week on Katelyn’s Blog (8/5-8/11):

Audrey, Wait! by Robin Benway

In My Mailbox (22)

Tune-In Tuesday (20)

Friday Is Forever Tour

Book Review: Audrey, Wait! by Robin Benway

Title: Audrey, Wait!

Author: Robin Benway

Publisher: Razorbill

Pages: 313 paperback

My Rating: 5/5 stars

When her ex writes a break-up song about her that rockets up the charts, Audrey is suddenly famous–she can’t go out without being mobbed by fans and paparazzi. Readers can take a wild ride with Audrey as she makes headlines, confronts her ex on MTV, and shows the world who she really is. This irresistible, fast-paced novel has a totally hot new paperback cover! Its the song everyones singing. And its about her! But for Audrey, becoming famous overnight equals total, life-changing disaster. . . (Summary, courtesy of

My goodness gracious! I am willing to bet my signed We The Kings shirt that this wonderful story was written for people JUST LIKE ME! You know those crazy music fanatics that have too many CD’s to count, spend an insane amount of money on concert tickets, and even wait in line for hours to meet someone, anyone from the band! When I first started Audrey, Wait! I was prepared to enjoy myself but I had no idea I would be spending a whole entire day reading it and falling head over heels in love with it. Audrey, a girl who is so kick-ass that I can’t help but want to be, is the perfect character! All of her crazy encounters, her wacky best friend, her shy co-worker, bitter ex-boyfriend, over-protective parents, and extremely fat cat are all combined in this hilarious, wonderfully written story of a girl who becomes famous over night.

Audrey is amazeballs, witty, a total rock star, she is perfectly imperfect but I love her all the same. In some alternate universe where I am a little less OCD and a lot more fun (plus I’d have blonde hair) I only hope I could be as cool as Audrey. She is the epitome of what my version of cool is. She tells it like it is, says jokes no matter how lame, she has an uber awesome fashion sense, but most importantly she doesn’t care what people think. She really marches to the beat of her own drum and that is something I really admire. I try to be as lax as her and fail miserably. I still rock out to lots of fan-freaking-tastic music, I live up to my nerdiness, but at the end of the day I still take into consideration what others think of me. Audrey’s story has completely changed that for me. If I want to paint my nails a certain color just because they have a cool name then so be it. If I want cut up socks and wear them on my arms, then I totally will. I will do my best to not care what others think because if there is anything that Audrey taught me (besides all the aforementioned awesome qualities she possesses) it is to be yourself. Now I don’t mean to toot my own horn but I do feel that I should mention some of the rather great qualities that Audrey and I share: 1) I collect concert tickets. In fact I collect all sorts of tickets. I have an over-stuffed box to prove it. 2) I HATE it when bands become so crazy-popular that others claim to love them but they only know That One Song. I have gone to several concerts where there are barely any people at them and then the next year you are hearing their songs all over the radio  *cough* 3oh!3 *cough*. It drives me absolutely bonkers! 3) Aside from that one time my friends and I made 3oh!3 t-shirts for a 3oh!3 concert and perhaps one instance at a We The Kings concert, I don’t wear the bands t-shirt when I am going to see the band. Only lame-os do that, right? 4) She has the best friend in the whole entire world!

Victoria is awesome. She is crazy and random, she may push buttons and she even got on my nerves a few times in the book, but she always means well. She is there to help Audrey before Audrey even realizes she needs help. Victoria is like the crazy best friend you always wanted (or in my case actually have). She is the protector of the two and as I have mentioned before, my best friend is that for me. If I had an ex-boyfriend write a chart-topping hit song about me that lands me in the middle of paparazzi fests, there is no doubt that my best friend would react in a similar manner such as Victoria. She looked at all the opportunities that they could gain with Audrey’s fame. While Audrey never agreed to any of these opportunities, Victoria still tried to show her the best of every situation which I just loved.

We don’t hear much about Evan in this story except he was kind of a crappy boyfriend to Audrey. He was so caught up in himself and his band to really take the time to get to know her. When he wrote the song Audrey, Wait! he had no idea it would shot both his band and Audrey into the limelight. After it did, Evan seemed to disappear off the face of the planet until the very end of the book. I went through the whole book hating Evan because he drastically changed Audrey’s life and didn’t even apologize but at the end I was surprised to find that I actually liked him. For a character that makes such a minor appearance he sure changed over the course of the book!

Audrey’s parents and even her cat, Bendomolena,  where other characters that played somewhat minor but important roles in this book. Even though Audrey’s a teen that complains about her mom and dad (what teen doesn’t?) she still can’t help but admit how wonderful her parentals really are. They come across as very laid-back in the beginning but once Audrey’s fame becomes a little out of hand, they do what needs to be done to keep her safe. I love how they both kept her stable when her life was going so out of control.

James is a character I loved as well! He is Audrey’s co-worker at The Scooper Dooper. At the beginning he comes across as an EXTREMLY shy boy. As the book goes on we learn that while he is still very shy, he also has some secrets up his sleeve. Like Audrey, James is a huge music fanatic. This is the base of a wonderful relationship for them. They learn that they have so much in common, not with just music, and it works so well for the both of them. James loves Audrey in all of her craziness. What girl wouldn’t love a guy who says she has pretty mouth and makes the most epic mixed CD ever? He wears super skinny jeans, has red hair (I am a total sucker for odd/out of the ordinary/ weird/ unruly hair), and he respects the elders and by that I mean Audrey’s parents. In my opinion, you can’t get much better than James here!

Aside from the absolutely wonderful cast of characters in this book, there was music and in case you guys haven’t noticed, music is basically like some super addictive drug for me! The chapters were perfectly titled with lyrics from songs. The characters throw around band names left and right and let me just say, it is so incredibly exciting to see bands that I know and love actually mentioned in a book. Guess who was totally listening to AFI mere hours before it appeared in Audrey, Wait!? That’s right, this girl right here. I am so jealous of all the concerts mentioned in this book. I wish our city saw as much rock stars as Audrey’s does! My moment of “total freak out” mode appeared when I was reading page number 289. It for real mentioned Warped…as in Warped Tour, the concert I have been attending every year since I was 14. I felt cool. Not quite and Audrey –cool but cool all the same! I loved how you could tell how much music meant to Audrey, her friends, and James. Reading this book was like finding my fictional doppelganger! Music makes my world go round so it was awesome to see a book that finally expressed it!

I know this is an insanely long review but trust me, this book is a must read. It will make you laugh, it will make you want to look bands up on youtube, it will even make you smile the cheesiest grin you could imagine because it is that good. For all those music lovers out there, and I suppose for all those non music lovers (LOSERS!), read it because you will not be disappointed!

I adore this song and even though it’s hard to get over the creepiness that it is being sung by a guy, the lyrics fit this book almost perfectly!

In My Mailbox (13)

IMM is a weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren. It is a way for book bloggers to post what they have received for review, borrowed from a friend, bought at the bookstore, or picked up at the library. I got a few great books this week, here is the list!

For Review:

Bone Dressing by Michelle I. Brooks

Summary: Time is running out … the Dark that’s been chasing Syd for many lifetimes has finally caught up with her …

Sydney Roberdeau lost her parents as a young girl. Waiting for her life to start and the freedom that will come with her eighteenth birthday, Syd spends much of her time haunting the local cemetery. It is there, stretched out among the dead, that she feels most alive, most at home. Until one rainy night when Beau, Sarah and T.J. crash her ghostly sanctuary, appearing out of nowhere, turning her already inside-out world one degree past upside down.

Syd must now revisit past lives, dressing in the bodies of her previous selves … bone dressing. Her only chance to outrun the evil breathing down her neck is to face her own worst nightmares and her strongest desires. But if she can’t stay out of trouble in this life, how can she possibly fix mistakes from past lives? And just how many lives has she lived, loved and lost? What is Syd exactly, and what will she risk for the life of a man she doesn’t remember, the man she spent a lifetime with, the man she loves? Everything … including her very own life?

Bone Dressing, the first in a series of seven books, will carry Syd and Beau on an adventure that transcends life itself.

My Thoughts: First, thank you so much to Michelle for not only allowing me to review her book but for also sending me a signed paperback edition. I love it! It sounds so extremely interesting, I can’t wait to get started!

The Dream Crystal by Mark O’ Bannon

Summary: All of the world’s dreams are about to die. The Shadow People have come. Always near, they linger in the darkness, ready to devour dreams, hopes, aspirations and desires. . .

Aisling, having lost her dream of becoming a fashion designer, learns that she’s a Faerie changeling. Disquieted by the fact that her faerie parents are kidnappers, she has decided to rescue the human child she was exchanged for, but her “sister” is no longer among the faeries, having been taken by the Shadow People. Ith, the Lord of Shadows, is trying to control the dreams of mankind, which are under the protection of the faeries, so they’re at war.

Aisling, who doesn’t believe in dreams any longer, is falling in love with a handsome, mysterious stranger – one of the Shadow People.

My Thoughts: Thank you to Mark for sending me an awesome e-copy of this book! I am beyond excited to dive into the world of Faeries. Really, this book sounds magical and exciting!


Audrey, Wait! by Robin Benway

Summary: When funny, charming, absolutely-normal Audrey Cuttler dumps her boyfriend Evan, he writes a song about her that becomes a number-one hit—and rockets Audrey to stardom!

Suddenly, tabloid paparazzi are on her tail and Audrey can barely hang with her friends at concerts or the movies without getting mobbed—let alone score a date with James, her adorable coworker at the Scooper Dooper. Her life will never be the same—at least, not until Audrey confronts Evan live on MTV and lets the world know exactly who she is!

My Thoughts: I am so, so, so excited to read this book. There is a music influence plus I have not heard a single negative review on it! It sounds funny, cute, and just plain ole’ adorable!

Sean Griswold’s Head by Lindsey Leavitt

Summary: According to her guidance counselor, fifteen-year-old Payton Gritas needs a focus object-an item to concentrate her emotions on. It’s supposed to be something inanimate, but Payton decides to use the thing she stares at during class: Sean Griswold’s head. They’ve been linked since third grade (Griswold-Gritas-it’s an alphabetical order thing), but she’s never really known him.

The focus object is intended to help Payton deal with her father’s newly diagnosed multiple sclerosis. And it’s working. With the help of her boy-crazy best friend Jac, Payton starts stalking-er, focusing on-Sean Griswold . . . all of him! He’s cute, he shares her Seinfeld obsession (nobody else gets it!) and he may have a secret or two of his own.

In this sweet story of first love, Lindsey Leavitt seamlessly balances heartfelt family moments, spot-on sarcastic humor, and a budding young romance.

My Thoughts: I dare you to find one negative review on this book. It is impossible, I tell you! I have heard that this is a laugh-out-loud kind of book and that is exactly what I need! I am so glad my book club decided to read this one!

Alright that is it for this week, I got some great books to add to my shelf. I would love to hear what you got in your mailbox so leave a comment with a link and I will be sure to check it out!