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#YAReaderWeek Man Crush Monday with Lisa Brown Roberts

Today is day one of #YAReaderWeek, and I am so happy you decided to take part. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, simply click here for all the details. And don’t forget to click on the link after the guest post to enter to win a TON of awesome YA and NA books

Without further ado, here’s Lisa Brown Robert’s Man Crush Monday Post:

Introducing Lucas Martinez from HOW TO DROP A CLASS (AND FALL IN LOVE) by Lisa Brown Roberts, coming from Entangled Teen in February, 2015

Thanks for joining us for Man Crush Monday, Lucas Martinez.

What do you mean Man Crush Monday? I thought this was a job interview.

Surprise! We kind of tricked you; you’re such a busy guy, it was the only way to get you here. Have you ever done any modeling, Lucas? You sort of remind me of Johnny Depp.

What? (Frowns at interviewer). Depp is, like, old enough to be my dad. Look, if this isn’t an actual job interview, I need to go.

Just a couple of questions, Lucas. Can you tell us a little bit about yourself? Hobbies?

I don’t have much time for hobbies. I’m taking college classes, babysitting my little sister a lot when my dad’s at work, and I work at a thrift store. Which is where I should be right now…

That’s a lot of responsibility. How about music? Any favorite bands that help you get through the day?

Lately I’ve been listening to a lot of Snow Patrol.

Really? That’s surprising. They’re so…emo.

Maybe I’m an emo guy.

Interesting…So, rumor has it your nickname is Magic Hands. Care to expand on that?

Where’d you hear that?

Can you answer the question?

I think the nickname is because I’m pretty good at fixing stuff. Cars, broken gadgets, you know…stuff.

Do you fix broken hearts, too?

(Doesn’t answer; Stares hard at interviewer.)

Tell me about your tattoo, the one peeking out from under your t-shirt sleeve.

Next question.

Excuse me?

Sorry, but it’s not something I talk about with just anyone. It’s personal. Sort of like me asking to read a page from your journal.

I guess you really are emo. All right, next question. Anyone special in your life, Lucas? Someone who does know the meaning of your tattoo? Maybe that girl waiting for you in the lobby?

(Stands up to leave) You remind me of that reporter in Harry Potter. The one with the lying quill. I’m out of here.

Don’t storm off, Lucas; I have more questions. The girl waiting for you, she’s the one whose AWOL dad has been all over the news, isn’t she?

I’m not answering anything about Darcy. Why can’t you reporters leave her and her family alone? You’ve already done enough damage.

(Door slams)


HOW TO DROP A CLASS (AND FALL IN LOVE) by Lisa Brown Roberts releases in February 2015 from Entangled Teen.

Darcy Covington is completely unprepared when her car is repossessed from her elite private school and her new nickname, Repo Girl, goes viral. Used to hiding in the shadows of her larger-than-life infomercial king dad and drama queen best friend, Darcy’s forced into the spotlight when her dad goes AWOL.

Can Darcy make a new life for herself and her family on the run-down side of town, decipher the cryptic clues to find her missing dad, and even fall in love along the way?

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Lisa Brown Roberts still hasn’t recovered from the teenage trauma of nearly LBR-color-headshot-200x300-1tweezing off both of her eyebrows and having to pencil them in for an entire school year. This and other angst-filled memories inspire her to write and read YA books about navigating life’s painful and funny dramas, and falling in love along the way. Catch up with Lisa at, Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr and Instagram.

In celebration of YA Reader Appreciation Week, from September 22-26, 2014, follow Lisa on Twitter and you might win free books and swag!

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It probably goes without saying that authors adore readers. Not just because they drive our book sales (though we do enjoy that part as well), but we love them because they inspire us in so many ways. Whether it’s great book discussions on twitter or awe-inspiring, witty book reviews on blogs, readers let authors know that all those countless, caffeine fueled hours of staring at a blinking cursor were not in vain. They challenge us to make our work better with every retweet and facebook like.  Readers are truly an inspiration, and it’s about time we appreciate them.

That’s right next week is all about you. And while we are busy giving away tons of fantastic prizes both on twitter and our YA Reader Appreciation Blog Hop, we will be introducing you to some of our favorite characters and novels.

But let’s get to the good stuff first…the prizes.

What and How You Can Win:

There are two ways to win prizes during our YA Reader Appreciation Week. All week make sure to follow the YA Reader Appreciation authors on twitter because they will be giving away a ton of swag. Not only will you get exclusive content from their latest works, but simply by hitting follow on twitter, you could win a ton of free books and book-related awesomeness. Just look at the twitter loot below:

Twitter Prizes From Authors –

Tiffany Truitt (@tiffanytruitt) – ebook of The Language of Silence

Shannon Alexander (@shanlalexander) – 4 Teal Toes prize packs (teal polish & teal nail kit in a teal burlap bag) and 1 Ugly Cry Reader Survival kit (tissues & Amazon gift card)

Danielle Graham (@drgrahambooks) – 1 digital copy of Psi Another Day by D.R. Rosensteel, One digital copy of Will The Real Abi Saunders Please Stand Up by Sara Hantz, 1 Audio Copy of NEVER ENOUGH by Denise Jaden, 1 Digital copy of HIT THAT AND YOU’RE DEAD by D.R. Graham

Lisa Brown Roberts (@lbrownroberts) – 1 hard copy of ROCK ON by Denise Vega

But the fun won’t just be going on in the twitter universe. Each day of the blog hop, you can enter to win a HUGE, HUGE, HUGE prize pack of awesomeness. How? It’s pretty easy; follow the hop and enter the raffle.

Blog Hop Prizes:

Ebook of The Language of Silence by Tiffany Truitt

Ebooks of Colors Like Memory and The Chemistry of Fate by Meradeth Houston

Ebooks of Model Position and Private Internship by Catherine Stine writing as Kitsy Clare

Ebook of Love and Other Unknown Variables and a handmade math book magnet by Shannon Alexander

1 digital copy of Psi Another Day by D.R. Rosensteel,

One digital copy of Will The Real Abi Saunders Please Stand Up by Sara Hantz,

1 Audio Copy of NEVER ENOUGH by Denise Jaden,

1 Digital copy of HIT THAT AND YOU’RE DEAD by D.R. Graham

Ebooks of The Vulcan Legacies Series by Sasha Hibbs

Swag bag of “Talismans for the Journey” inspired by the novel HOW TO DROP A CLASS & FALL IN LOVE by Lisa Brown Roberts

1 hard copy of KISSING SHAKESPEARE by Pamela Mingle

Now…on to the hop. Each day the authors below will be talking all things YA. And having a little fun doing it too.

Monday (9/22) is Man Crush Monday where you can meet the leading males of some of YA’s hottest new novels.


Catherine Stine hosts Kate Jarvik Birch
Sasha Hibbs hosts Shannon Lee Alexander
Meradeth Snow hosts Sasha Hibbs
Lisa Brown Roberts hosts D.R. Graham
Kate Jarvik Birch hosts Tiffany Truitt
Shannon Lee Alexander hosts Catherine Stine
  1. R. Graham hosts Meradeth Snow
Tiffany Truitt hosts Lisa Brown Roberts

Tuesday (9/23) is Transformation Tuesday where you will find out how your favorite novels went from simply ideas to published works.

Catherine Stine hosts Meradeth Snow
Sasha Hibbs hosts Lisa Brown Roberts
Meradeth Snow hosts Kate Jarvik Birch
Lisa Brown Roberts Shannon Lee Alexander
Kate Jarvik Birch hosts Tiffany Truitt
Shannon Lee Alexander hosts D.R. Graham
  1. R. Graham hosts Catherine Stine
Tiffany Truitt hosts Sasha Hibbs

Wednesday (9/24) is Woman Crush Wednesday where you will meet the leading ladies of some of YA’s hottest new novels.

Catherine Stine hosts Tiffany Truitt
Sasha Hibbs hosts Catherine Stine
Meradeth Snow hosts Sasha Hibbs
Lisa Brown Roberts Meradeth Snow
Kate Jarvik Birch hosts Lisa Brown Roberts
Shannon Lee Alexander hosts Katie Jarvik Birch
  1. R. Graham hosts Shannon Lee Alexander
Tiffany Truitt hosts D.R. Graham

Thursday (9/25) is Transformation Thursday where you will find out more about the lives of some of your favorite YA authors.


Catherine Stine hosts Lisa Brown Roberts
Sasha Hibbs hosts D. R. Graham
Meradeth Snow hosts Tiffany Truitt
Lisa Brown Roberts Catherine Stine
Kate Jarvik Birch hosts Sasha Hibbs
Shannon Lee Alexander hosts Meradeth Snow
  1. R. Graham hosts Katie Jarvik Birch
Tiffany Truitt hosts Shannon Lee Alexander

Friday (9/26) is First Look Friday where you will qet a sneak peek and exclusive content from our YA authors.

Catherine Stine hosts Shannon Lee Alexander
Sasha Hibbs hosts Meradeth Snow
Meradeth Snow hosts D. R. Graham
Lisa Brown Roberts hosts Tiffany Truitt
Kate Jarvik Birch hosts Catherine Stine
Shannon Lee Alexander hosts Sasha Hibbs
  1. R. Graham hosts Lisa Brown Roberts
Tiffany Truitt hosts Katie Jarvik Birch

We hope you are just as excited as we are to celebrate some YA Readers! Help spread the word and check back on 9/22 for the start of the blog hop and tons of chances to win some great loot! But WAIT…you can start entering the giveaway today by following our YA authors and helping to spread the word. Click on the raffle link below to find out more!

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Meet the Character – Brett Jensen

Good Morning World,

Today I am stoked to introduce you to Brett Jensen, leading lady of my latest novel (a Contemporary YA / Mystery), The Language of Silence

I want to thank Shannon Alexander for tagging me to jump on board. Her novel, Love and Other Unknown Variables (Entangled Teen October 2014) is creating quite the buzz! Let’s learn a little bit more about her before we get started….

Love and Other Unknown Variables

Charlie Hanson has a clear vision of his future. A senior at Brighton School of Mathematics and Science, he knows he’ll graduate, go to MIT, and inevitably discover the solutions to the universe’s greatest unanswerable problems. He’s that smart. But Charlie’s future blurs the moment he reaches out to touch the tattoo on a beautiful girl’s Love and Other Uknown Variables 1600x2400

 The future has never seemed very kind to Charlotte Finch, so she’s counting on the present. She’s not impressed by the strange boy pawing at her until she learns he’s a student at Brighton, where her sister has just taken a job as the English teacher. With her encouragement, Charlie orchestrates the most effective prank campaign in Brighton history. And in doing so, he puts his own future in jeopardy.

 By the time he learns Charlotte is ill—and that the pranks were a way to distract Ms. Finch from Charlotte’s illness—Charlotte’s gravitational pull on Charlie is too great to overcome. Soon he must choose between the familiar formulas he’s always relied on, or the girl he’s falling for (at far more than 32 feet per second).

 Click here to read an excerpt from Love and Other Unknown Variables.

 Visit Entangled Publishing’s webpage for more information and to order Love and Other Unknown Variables.

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Shannon Lee Alexander is a wife and mother to two kids and one yellow terrier named Harriet Potter. She is passionate about coffee, books, and cancer research. Math makes her break out in a sweat. Love and Other Unknown Variables is her debut novel. It comes out October 7, 2014 from Entangled Publishing. She currently lives in Indianapolis with her family.

Now…let’s meet Brett from The Language of Silence

What is the name of your character? Is s/he fictional/historical?

Brett Mallory Jensen, and she’s purely a work of fiction. Or who knows, readers and friends, maybe, just maybe, she’s a bit like you, a collection of characteristics that make each of you so darn interesting. Just a fancy way of saying, she’s a female character that I really enjoyed writing. Eccentric, witty, and damn smart; she’s the girl who’s just on the edge of becoming an exceptional woman. Beautifully flawed and naive, but within her is a strength that she can’t even begin to suspect exists….and I think that’s true for a lot of us.

When and where is the story set?TLOS-TEEN

The story is a contemporary romance / mystery set in the fictional town of Wendall, Georgia. The setting is extremely important in this story. A horrifying hodgepodge of Gilmore Girls’ Stars Hallow and Vampire Diaries’ Mystic Falls, Wendall is a town built on age-old seemingly hokey traditions with a dark tendency to keep secrets at all costs.

What should we know about Brett?

She’s a go-getter. In fact, she’s pretty much in every after school activity that she could sign up for (but that’s mostly because she is trying to run from her feelings for her brother’s best friend, the brooding, sarcastic Ed). She might, just might, be a klepto. And despite her innocent and virginal status, she’s not afraid of who she is or what she wants. Unlike so many other YA stories where the girl sits in the corner waiting for some hot-shot boy to ask her out, Brett chooses to be single because she knows what she wants, and she won’t waste her time on anything else.

What is screwing up Brett’s life (main conflict in writerly speak)?

At the start of the novel, Brett is grieving for her brother, Tristan, who died in what has been ruled a drunk-driving accident. But she knows her brother wasn’t drunk the night of his death, and she begins to suspect he was murdered. If that wasn’t enough, she is now left alone with Ed, the one boy who she knows would make her happier than any other, but also the same boy who she is sure will break her heart.

What is the title?

The Language of Silence. It’s about all the things we say to avoid speaking the truth.

When can we expect the book to be published?

It released on August 22, and you can read the first five chapters for FREE by clicking here.

Release Day – The Language of Silence

Today’s the day I release my first YA Contemporary novel, The Language of Silence. Right now, this minute, you can click here and download the ebook with the print version available in the next few weeks. And that’s not all! Starting on Monday, I will be taking part in a TLOS blog tour where you might just win a 25 dollar Amazon gift card! Make sure you follow me on twitter (@tiffanytruitt) to travel with me on the tour and enter to win!

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And that’s still not all! I am excited to share with you a short excerpt from the novel:


“How’d your mom tell you?”

Brett offers a short, bitter laugh in response. I scratch my chin and shake my head. “That good, eh?”

“You would think she was auditioning for a Lifetime movie or something.”

For some reason, I laugh. Brett smiles. An actual smile. The kind of smile that transforms a face. If she was beautiful before, she’s luminescent now. These sorts of moments are so rare, so precious, I feel both a need to forever stay in this place and flee it as soon as possible.

I’ve always had a crush on Brett Jensen. I’ve just been smart enough to know that I’m too messed up to ever be with her. And now, with Tristan gone, I’m pretty sure I’m damn near done.Ruined. And maybe that’s what I deserve for not convincing him to stay with us.

“Maybe she thinks Julia Roberts will play her,” she continues, pulling at the grass growing up between the cement base of the bridge. “I mean, this has movie written all over it. All-American boy dies under mysterious conditions.”

Oh, Brett. There is no mystery about it. He left us.

“More likely some has-been from one of those medical shows,” I say instead.

Brett nods. Suddenly, her hand is on mine. I feel the tension she is holding within herself by the pressure she exerts onto my skin. My cheeks burn, and I am ashamed by my body’s quick reaction to this small movement.

“You can be whatever you want now, Ed,” she whispers.

I try to pull my hand from her grasp, but she merely holds on tighter. “What are you talking about?” I manage.

“You have a get out of jail free card thanks to Tristan. You could skip school for a week or flunk the whole year, and no one could say anything. You are…were the best friend of the dead kid. Who would give you grief? You could become anyone.”

She’s holding on so tightly to my hand that I begin to lose feeling. I let her words sink in. Settle. And the funny thing is—they make sense. Perfect sense. I know how I am going to deal with all of this.


Big Week with All the Feels

This is the week—the week I’ve been looking forward to all summer. I am choosing to overlook the whole returning back to work on Thursday thing (when I will start my ninth year of teaching middle school), and, instead, I will focus on all of the awesome bookish things happening this week.

For starters, Creators, the final book in my dystopian series is finally available in print. You can order it by clicking here. And if you haven’t started the series, check out the trailer for book one, Chosen Ones, below. All three books are available in both ebook and print.

If that wasn’t exciting enough, I am thrilled to reveal the cover for my first YA Contemporary novel, The Language of Silence. You can click here to pre-order the ebook, which comes out this Friday. The print version will be available shortly after.


Blurb: Brett is certain that someone is responsible for her brother’s death. He wouldn’t just leave her and his best friend, Ed, behind. Although Tristan’s death is ruled an accident, Brett and Ed know there is something more sinister happening. They are looking for the secret that no one in this small Georgia town of Wendall wants to acknowledge, the truth that may rock the town establishment and particularly one of its most upstanding families.

Together, Brett and Ed must discover the hidden truth behind Tristan’s death and deal with their feelings for each other, or they might just discover the darkest secrets are the ones they are keeping themselves.


From Book to Screen….Sizzle or Scream? —The Spectacular Now

Today, I am here to talk about the movie adaptation of Tim Tharp’s The Spectacular Now. Earlier in the week, I reviewed the book as part of my summer series, Summer Reading Had Me a Blast (and remember…keep following the blog for a chance to win all of my summer reads).


The creators of this trailer did it right, hitting all of the highlights from the book that fans would want to see. Though, I should have known from the footage and music choice that the film would take the narrative in a more positive direction than the novel itself. Le sigh.

What Worked:

Miles Teller. Miles Teller. Miles Teller. I have thought this kid had talent since his turn in Footloose. He is one hell of an actor, and I can’t even imagine anyone but him playing Sutter. Sutter does some insanely unlikable things within the story, a story of addiction remember, and the beauty of Tharp’s narrative is you still root for him. That’s the tragedy; that’s why you can understand Amy’s pain, and his family’s pain, etc. Because you keep wishing he would change too, knowing he won’t. And you can’t truly feel the enormity of the tragedy without falling for Sutter despite his many flaws, and that means that Teller had to pull off a hell of a difficult role. And he nailed it. Nailed it. He may not look like the Hollywood leading man, but if I had my way, he’d be in a lot more movies.

The pacing. The simplicity. The supporting cast. All worked…until the end.

What Didn’t Work:

Now, I will try to avoid spoilers here, but if you haven’t read the book or seen the movie you might want to stop now. They changed the ending. Utterly changed it. And I HATED that. One of the great things about the book was how honest it was. It didn’t sugarcoat life. It stood up and said: Guess what? You can’t save everyone. Some endings aren’t happy. Deal.

The movie…well…the movie changed that, and I think it cheapened the whole narrative and movie as a result.

Also, they took out something explaining Amy as a character. One of the few things I thought made her interesting. Otherwise, the novel is just Sutter’s story, and I don’t really care about her. By taking out the story she tells him, I was even more mad about the change at the end. Their love story, one based off of need and not anything significant in my opinion, becomes even less worthy of ruining one of the most honest narratives I have ever read.

My Verdict: Sizzled and made me scream. If you’re a fan of staying true to the book, stop before the last ten minutes. If you haven’t read the book, watch away.



Summer Reading….Had Me a Blast

Today, as part of my fun in the sun series, Summer Reading….Had Me a Blast, I will be reviewing The Spectacular Now by Tim Tharp. Check back each week for my thoughts on all of my summer reads. And remember, you might, just might, have a chance to win all of these books later this summer.


SUTTER KEELY. HE’S the guy you want at your party. He’ll get everyone dancing. He’ ll get everyone in your parents’ pool. Okay, so he’s not exactly a shining academic star. He has no plans for college and will probably end up folding men’s shirts for a living. But there are plenty of ladies in town, and with the help of Dean Martin and Seagram’s V.O., life’s pretty fabuloso, actually.

Until the morning he wakes up on a random front lawn, and he meets Aimee. Aimee’s clueless. Aimee is a social disaster. Aimee needs help, and it’s up to the Sutterman to show Aimee a splendiferous time and then let her go forth and prosper. But Aimee’s not like other girls, and before long he’s in way over his head. For the first time in his life, he has the power to make a difference in someone else’s life—or ruin it forever.



Not going to lie, I hadn’t heard of this novel until the critically acclaimed movie, which is pretty sad cause it’s pretty darn great. Don’t worry novel enthusiasts, I didn’t watch the movie until I finished the book. I am certainly glad I made that choice because the differences between the two are super important to the message that each narrative is trying to sell ( but more on that in Thursday’s Book to Screen blog post). 9780385754309_p0_v2_s260x420

So, let’s get to it….I LOVE this book. As someone getting ready to venture into the world of Contemporary YA, I think Tharp nailed it.  Smart, smart, smart. This book is so smart and real. I love a an author who isn’t afraid to write real people and not just characters. The most beautiful thing about life is how imperfect it is. How both beautiful and dark the world’s imperfections are.  I am all about embracing that.

Sutter, the novel’s main character, is, at times, an asshole.  Seemingly fatally flawed. But with Tharp’s use of wit, he never comes across as unlikable. And those are the most depressing of people—-the people you only see potential in,  the people who waste it. That’s why this story of addiction works. It’s do damn realistic. Everyone knows someone like this. Someone you want to shake and scream at: Don’t you know how loved you are? Don’t you know the things you could do? Don’t you know you could be happy?

Now, a lot fans did not like the novel’s abrupt and less than sun-shiney ending. I thought it was perfect. Because guess what? That’s life. It doesn’t always provide you the answers you seek, and it doesn’t always end the way it should. And as a reader, and writer, I am so thankful Tharp was brave enough to take the narrative in this direction.

My one complaint is the novel’s love interest. She wasn’t a female character I could get behind…but maybe that’s the point. And another reason I totally support the novel’s ending.

So, if you like stories that are funny, smart, and brutally real, pick this book up now.

From Books to Screen….Sizzle or Scream? The Fault in our Stars

By now, you have probably seen it…at least twice. Maybe even a third time if you spent your first two viewings attempting to navigate through the constant flood of tears that steered you off your movie-enjoying course. But enough with the metaphors…today, I am here to talk about the film adaptation of John Green’s wildly successful novel. So let’s find out, did the film sizzle or make me want to scream?

The trailer: 


Anyone with half a brain could tell you this trailer screamed Young Adult in the type of swoony-tear-jerky-notebook type of way that would drive young girls to the theaters in hordes. And had audiences merely based their decisions to see or not see the film based off the trailer alone, I can imagine a lot of people, including myself, might have waited till DVD. It’s the same reason I put off reading the book for over a year after snatching a copy at BEA. I thought it was just another doomed love story, high on the corn syrup and low on the actual heart. Fans of the story know it is much, much more. Hands down one of the smartest YA novels I have ever had the privilege of reading (I have since read everything Mr. Green has seen fit to publish and pretty much think he is the best thing to happen to reading since J. K Rowling). I think word of mouth drove the masses to the theaters more than this trailer, and thank God it did. 

What Worked:

Can we talk about Shailene Woodley for a minute? I loathe the show, The Secret Life of the American Teenager, and I have to admit I based my distaste for it largely on the shoulders of Ms. Woodley. I thought she was one of the worst actresses I had ever seen. Goes to show you how important good writing is when inspiring good acting. When I first heard she was going to be playing Hazel, I nearly loss my cookies. I could not have been more pleasantly surprised. She was so effortlessly natural as Hazel that I utterly lost myself in her performance. She wasn’t playing Hazel, she was Hazel. So much so that while I thought Ansel was well-suited for the film, he got lost in her performance as well. It was her story.

Finally, a film that knows how important the small roles are. From the parents to best friends, the supporting roles were perfectly executed, saving the film from moments of deep, never-ending darkness with their spots of brightness. 

The music. I love a good soundtrack, and the songs selected for this film helped a timeless story stay relevant. 

What didn’t work:

One of the reasons I recommend TFIOS to anyone who asks is because of how achingly, beautifully smart it is. I love the conversations about philosophy, mathematics, and literary theory. While the film did pay homage to these conversations and musings, it was always in a watered down version. I don’t think the film needed to do this, and I felt a bit cheated at times. These discussions are part of what made so many fans love the film, and it would help those who didn’t read it and those who constantly try to label YA as juvenile to see that it could be so much more. 

Verdict: Sizzler! Overall, I really enjoyed the film. Even watered down, the TFIOS movie is a nice chance of pace, and I will def be adding it to my DVD collection. 

Summer Reading…Had Me a Blast!

Good Morning Blogging Friends,

Today, I am excited to share with you the first post of my latest blog series: Summer Reading…Had Me a Blast. Each week for the rest of the summer, I will be sharing with you reviews of my summer reads. I will be reading and reviewing everything from nonfiction to YA to New Adult. And you might, just might, have a chance to win all of my summer reads later this summer with the release of my first YA Contemporary novel, The Language of Silence.

So, let’s get reviewing:

Book: Don’t Look Back by Jennifer Armentrout

Genre: YA / Mystery

Summary: Samantha is a stranger in her own life. Until the night she disappeared with her best friend, Cassie, everyone said Sam had it all-popularity, wealth, and a dream boyfriend. 

Sam has resurfaced, but she has no recollection of who she was or what happened to her that night. As she tries to piece together her life from before, she realizes it’s one she no longer wants any part of. The old Sam took “mean girl” to a whole new level, and it’s clear she and Cassie were more like best enemies. Sam is pretty sure that losing her memories is like winning the lottery. She’s getting a second chance at being a better daughter, sister, and friend, and she’s falling hard for Carson Ortiz, a boy who has always looked out for her-even if the old Sam treated him like trash. 

But Cassie is still missing, and the facts about what happened to her that night aren’t just buried deep inside of Sam’s memory-someone else knows, someone who wants to make sure Sam stays quiet. All Sam wants is the truth, and if she can unlock her clouded memories of that fateful night, she can finally move on. But what if not remembering is the only thing keeping Sam alive?



There are two things you should know about me. 1) I LOVE mysteries. Ever since being introduced to the works of R.L Stine and Agatha Christie, I have sought the perfect mystery. Which leads me to the second thing you should know about me—(2) I am freakishly good at guessing the endings of movies and books. Sixth Sense? Guessed it. Prisoners: Guessed it. With that being said, it should be known that I guessed the ending to Don’t Look Back within the first couple of chapters. This should not deter you from picking up the book. My crazy deductive skills are my cross to bear, and none of the students I shared the book with were able to guess the ending. But, if you share my affliction, I still implore you to give the book a chance.

51QnleMwlfLWhy? Because Armentrout has a knack for the teenage voice. She’s hip and fun without ever coming across as forced or fake. And she doesn’t shy away from tackling the issues that face young teens today. Instead of filling her novels with long bouts of brooding, introspective moaning (I’m certainly guilty of that), Armentrout deals with the hardships of teenage life with a bit of wit and a tongue-in-cheek attitude. And let’s be honest, she’s good with the heat. It’s part of the reason she is so popular with readers and the blogging community.

So, if you are looking for a fun, fast-paced summer read, this is a good mystery to pick up. Perfect for a day at the pool or beach.

From Book to Screen…Sizzle or Scream?—-Vampire Academy.

Good Morning Blogging Friends,

Today, I am here to write about the movie adaptation of Richelle Mead’s, Vampire Academy….what I loved….what I hated…and most importantly did the film sizzle or make me want to scream?

The Trailer:

I LOVE movie trailers. There used to be a show back in the day on E! called Coming Attractions. This was thirty minutes of nothing but movie trailers. I LOVED it so much that sometimes I would pop in a VHS (those things that came before DVD’s..ask your parents about them), and I would tape the program just so I could watch it over and over again. Needless to say, I am very critical of the way trailers are constructed. Trailers can make or break a movie at the box office. Consider the movie, The Village. Packaged as a creature feature, people were greatly disappointed to find out that instead of a tale of blood, guts, and bumps in the night, they were watching a psychological tale about the power of paranoia and society building (Let it be known, I think The Village is one of the most highly underrated movies of all time). The trailer unrealistically packaged the movie as something it was not and damned it in the process. I think the same thing happened with Vampire Academy.

As you can see, the movie is packaged as a watered down, vapid Gossip Girl lacking substance and wit. Needless to say, as a fan of the series, I was highly disappointed and wasn’t going to waste any part of my lowly teacher salary on seeing the film in theaters. Thank goodness for Red Box.

What Worked:

Jeesh. Almost everything. The beauty of a crap trailer is that I went in with low expectations, and I came out wonderfully surprised. The highlight of the film had to be its star. She was wonderful, throwing out quips and snide comments with the ease of a Sarah Michelle Gellar in Buffy the Vampire Slayer—a skill that not all actresses could pull off.

Another point of praise comes with the film’s pacing. Sometimes, and don’t kill me book fans, the narrative became bogged down with back story and lore, and the film, mostly due to the ease of the medium itself, provided audiences with the needed information without weighing the story down.

I also, kinda, just liked the way it looked. The fight scenes rocked and the editing was masterful. For a low-budget film it never came across as cheap.

What Didn’t Work:

Again, I am expecting riots, but I didn’t dig the actor who played Dimitri. If anything, I was way more into and interested by the acting choices made by the actor who played Christian. It’s weird until the very last scene, I didn’t feel any connection between Dimitri and Rose…but then that scene totally blew me away. I kept thinking…where the hell was all that chemistry before?

Verdict – Sizzle or Scream?

Sizzle. Overall, I thought this was a pretty faithful and fun adaptation of a story I really dug. I recommend it to fans of the series. I only wish it made more money because they set up a pretty awesome cliff hanger, and I would definitely pay some of my lowly teacher salary to see more.