Sunday, July 5, 2015

{Month in Review+Preview} June Means...It's Summer!!!!!



Hello, Summer!

I feel like not much happened on the blog in June. ^^;;; I've been so busy with working that I'm too tired when I get home...and sometimes too busy in the morning getting ready FOR work if if I didn't wake up early to blog. I haven't read all that much, either. It took me almost three weeks to read my first BEA book, TRUTHWITCH by Susan Dennard, even though I was really enjoying it. The other books I've read this month were short, fast reads. I haven't read anything this week, yet, either.... Sorry, guys! (I haven't done much in the way of anything else, either, though, because...no free time!!!)

Buuuuut it's SUMMER. Don't you want to be outside doing fun things and not stuck to a computer screen anyway? I know I do!!!


FAMILY TIME. 

I guess the only "big thing" I did was travel to New Jersey with my dad, sister, and niece to attend a family barbeque because my cousin was leaving for Coast Guard Boot Camp. It was awesome to see everyone again, because I get to see family so rarely. For one, they live two hours away. For another, the only time everyone gets together is during the holidays, and I can never get off work to go!!!! So that was pretty awesome.

MUSIC. 

This past week, I've had holiday songs in my head due to the Fourth of July weekend.

Songs like" 花火"["Hanabi"]("Fireworks") byAAA:


and "Firework" by Katy Petty:


What can I say, I get into music moods!

Next month, I'm sure I'll have more to tell you because July will be stuffed with a NYC day trip and BROADWAY!!!!

MOVIES!!! 

I saw Inside Out this month and really enjoyed it!!! Have you seen it yet? There was one thing that I exceptionally loved and one thing that exceptionally bothered me...neither of which will be picked up on by most movie-goers! I should make a post about them, huh? ^.~ 

Then, because I watched Inside Out and was in a Disney mood, I FINALLY pulled out my copy of Big Hero Six, which I bought the week it came out, and watched it. Again, I get into moods. I'll sit on something without reading or watching it for far too long!!! I wasn't expecting this movie to pack an emotional punch, but it does! It also suffers from the same problem that X-Men and The Avengers do, where it has way too many heroes and too few moments with each character on the big screen. I wish there was a way around that in all these superhero movies!

I also finally watched an old 80s movie called LadyHawke that author Alethea Kontis [ENCHANTED, HERO, DEAREST, TRIXTER] recommended. It has a very young Matthew Broderick and Michelle Pfeiffer in it! It doesn't hold my attention very well nowadays, but I can see how I would have loved it growing up if I'd known it existed!! 
 
That was my June. 

How was yours???

Here's a look at everything that happened in June!
 

ONGOING GIVEAWAYS:

*None right now BUT check back this month!!!

Check out the June Blog Tour Schedule for more upcoming giveaways!
JUNE BLOG TOUR SCHEDULE
(Most blog tour stops feature giveaways as well!)


*JESSE'S GIRL by Miranda Kenneally {7/8 Review/Interview}
*FLINTLOCK by Ashley Nixon {7/21 Review}
*THE LAST EVER AFTER by Soman Chainani {7/24 Character Interview}
*THE HEART OF BETRAYAL by Mary Pearson {Tour Dates TBA; Feature Post}
 
READING NOW:
{All links to Goodreads!}

*I KILL THE MOCKINGBIRD by Paul Acampora {MG}
*INVASION OF THE TEARLING by Erika Johansen {Adult}


PLANNING TO READ IN JULY:

*FLINTLOCK by Ashley Nixon
*THE LAST EVER AFTER by Soman Chainani
*THE IMMORTAL HEIGHTS by Sherry Thomas
*SPINNING STARLIGHT by R.C. Lewis
 *PASSENGER by Alexandra Bracken
*SERPENTINE by Cindy Pon

...A few more of my BEA grabs!!! I'm just going to play it by ear ^_^
 
 
[link to my GoodReads account so you can see my blurb feed as I read]
READ IN JUNE:
{All links to Goodreads!}

TOTAL: 7 Books (And 1 novella)

*TRUTHWITCH by Susan Dennard {YA}
*UNENCHANTED by Chanda Hahn {YA}
*DATE WITH A ROCKSTAR by Sarah Gagnon {YA}
*THIS IS WHAT HAPPY LOOKS LIKE by Jennifer E. Smith {YA} [Redux]
*HAPPY AGAIN by Jennifer E. Smith {YA} [Novella]
*SPELLED by Betsy Schow {MG/Lower YA}
*UNDER THE LIGHTS by Dahlia Adler {New Adult}
*NEVER ALWAYS SOMETIMES by Adi Alsaid {Upper YA}
REVIEWED IN JUNE:
{All links to my review!}


*THIS IS WHERE IT ENDS by Marieke Nijkamp {YA} {You're Gonna Love Me Spotlight}
*THE FILL-IN BOYFRIEND by Kasie West {YA}
*UNENCHANTED by Chanda Hahn {YA} {A Twist in the Tail}
*ON THE FENCE by Kasie West {YA}
*SPELLED by Betsy Schow {A Twist in the Tail}
*UNDER THE LIGHTS by Dahlia Adler {New Adult}

FEATURES IN APRIL:


*A Round-up of Intriguing Titles From Book Expo, Day Three! (The Day I Somehow Met FOURTEEN Authors!!!)*Book Con: Much Better Than Anticipated This Year!!!
*[Month in Review] May was busy but productive, which hopefully will continue into June!
*Top Ten Most Anticipated Releases For the Rest of 2015!
*2 New Posters, a movie trailer, & overall thoughts about franchise finale MOCKINGJAY, Part 2!
*Surprise Cover Reveal of TALES OF ARILLAND by Alethea Kontis--which, BONUS!!, is available TODAY for Alethea's Unbirthday!!!!!
*[Book Design Analysis] Obsessing Over VOICES IN THE NIGHT by Steven Millhauser 
*{Cover Reveal} UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN by Renee Collins
*Celebrating Fathers: Mr. Reynolds from ON THE FENCE by Kasie West [+review]
*{Blind Unboxing Vlog} SIX OF CROWS Package from Leigh Bardugo and Macmillan!
*My Ten Favorite Top Ten Topics We've Ever Done In The Past 5 Years!
*Did You See the Gena Showalter Cameo on ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK? (And Other Literary References)
*{Mad About Nails} "Crushed Candy" By JulieG // Jesse's Girl 
*{Blind Unboxing Vlog} A Surprise Package of Macmillan Books!!!
*Top Ten Books Read SO FAR in 2015!

Friday, July 3, 2015

4th of July Read: THIS IS WHAT HAPPY LOOKS LIKES by Jennifer E. Smith


O P E N I N G   L I N E:


(pg. 6, US e-book edition)
This review first appeared at A Backwards Story on July 3, 2013.
It's being reprinted for the 4th of July holiday in the USA!
PLUS a new novella entitled HAPPY AGAIN just came out and reunites the characters in a fun way!
...And only for $1.99!!!

I always enjoy reading books that take place "right now." In winter, I like to read snowy books, for example. I had no clue when picking up THIS IS WHAT HAPPY LOOKS LIKE to read this week that it took place, in part, over the Fourth of July, but it's perfect timing! If you're looking for a fun, festive read, the search is officially over.

The book starts out on an accidental note. Teen movie actor Graham Larkin misspells an email address and winds up emailing normal girl Ellie O'Neill about his pet pig. They begin sending emails back and forth and becoming friends, never learning the other's true identity. When the location for Graham's new movie falls apart, he remembers that the girl he's becoming friends with lives in Maine and convinces the location scouts to shoot the movie near where she lives. He knows only that she works at an ice cream shop named Scoops, but how hard will it be to figure out which employees have names that start with the letter "E?" Harder than he thinks, since Ellie loaned her shirt to a co-worker, and he takes the wrong girl out to dinner. He quickly realizes his mistake, and once Graham and Ellie finally meet, they become friends...until Ellie starts getting cold feet. She's hiding an explosive secret the paparazzi would have a field day with if it's ever discovered, and quickly severs ties with Graham. Secrets, however, always have a way of coming out...

There's more than what meets the eye in THIS IS WHAT HAPPY LOOKS LIKE. At first glance, it's a wish fulfillment novel. Everyone wishes a famous movie star would fall in love with them and sweep them away. There's so much more than that at stake, however. Smith paints a picture of Graham that's lonely and shows that he has real issues of his own to deal with. Rather than create a storybook ending, she unearths a secret that reveals why Ellie is so skittish and explains everything she's tried to keep hidden for so long. Both characters have genuine issues and neither is perfect. At the same time, their scenes together are sweet and full of the joys of slowly falling for someone for the first time. Things aren't always perfect and can often be awkward, and the same is true of real life. If you're looking for a lighter novel for the beach or the holiday weekend, THIS IS WHAT HAPPY LOOKS LIKE is sure to bring a smile to your face!

C O V E R   D E S I G N:

When I first saw the cover for THIS IS WHAT HAPPY LOOKS LIKE, it immediately reminded me of the cover for Smith's 2012 novel, THE STATISTICAL PROBABILITY OF LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT. The books aren't related in any way, but I always like when an author's books have a uniform look to them, don't you? 


I like the way both books are in monochrome, the only color being around the two models and on a highlighted word in the title.

Though there's no cute image on the title of the new book the way "THE" has an arrow struck through it in Smith's previous novel, I do really enjoy the way the cover designer used yellow and curved the word "HAPPY" in an upwards arc. It reminds me a lot of a smiley face! 

I also like the way rays of sunshine were drawn around the two characters. It spotlights them in the same way the heart does on the other cover. It also reminds me a little bit of the boat scene from THE LITTLE MERMAID, and you all know I have a soft spot for that movie! I like both covers in different, yet similar ways. I think they're both striking, and love the pop of color and the way the models are being focused on, don't you? I would love to see the author's other books get a cover overhaul and all look like this!


O F F I C I A L   I N F O:

Title:  THIS IS WHAT HAPPY LOOKS LIKE
Author: Jennifer E. Smith
Release Date: April 2, 2013
Publisher: Poppy / Little, Brown
Received: For Review
SUMMARY:

If fate sent you an email, would you answer? 

When teenage movie star Graham Larkin accidentally sends small town girl Ellie O'Neill an email about his pet pig, the two seventeen-year-olds strike up a witty and unforgettable correspondence, discussing everything under the sun, except for their names or backgrounds. Then Graham finds out that Ellie's Maine hometown is the perfect location for his latest film, and he decides to take their relationship from online to in-person. But can a star as famous as Graham really start a relationship with an ordinary girl like Ellie? And why does Ellie want to avoid the media's spotlight at all costs?

Thursday, July 2, 2015

{A Twist in the Tail} Announcing STARS ABOVE by Marissa Meyer AND Spread the Word about WINTER by Officially Joining the Resistance!


Love fairy tales and mythology?
Fans of mermaids, dragons, unicorns, and other mythical creatures?
Enjoy when a beloved classic tale is retold?
A Twist in the Tail Thursdays features all this and more!
If you love fairy tales, you've already been introduced to Marissa Meyer's best selling sci fi / fantasy mash-up The Lunar Chronicles.

If not...well, you can check out my reviews of CINDER, SCARLET, and CRESS, as well as the week-long events centered around them
(A Week of Cinder(ella), A Week of Little Red, A Week of Rapunzel...and yep,
another week-long event is coming in November, so be on the look-out!).


Last month, Marissa announced a brand-new addition to The Lunar Chronicles, 
STARS ABOVE, an anthology that binds up e-book novellas 
GLITCHES, THE QUEEN'S ARMY, and THE LITTLE ANDROID, 
(I reviewed all three here)
as well as a story formerly only for newsletter subscribers entitled CARSWELL'S GUIDE TO BEING LUCKY 
AND a never-before-released prequel to WINTER entitled THE PRINCESS AND THE GUARD 
annnnnd a brand-new TBA story! 

PLUS a preview of HEARTLESS, a stand-alone novel not part of The Lunar Chronicles coming in Fall 2016. 
AND MAYBE a peek at her upcoming SUPER SECRET project!!!


Who doesn't want that immediately!?

I was getting ready to tell you this news during A Twist in the Tail a few weeks ago BUT THEN a 10-day countdown to...something!...began:


So I waited, knowing more Lunar Chronicles news was coming.

And what fun news it was!!!

For one thing,

 You can now read Selene Blackburn's call
to the Citizens of Luna!


And that's not all!!!!

Between now and Sunday, 
if you join the resistance on social media using hashtags #LunarChronicles and #JoinTheResistance and grab some fun badges, you can enter to win several cool prizes.

And that's just stage one!!!!

I'm excited to see what else is in store for us.

WINTER IS COMING, fairy tale fans!!!!
Are you ready for the chill of the grand finale!?

~*~
O F F I C I A L   I N F O:

Title:  WINTER
Author: Marissa Meyer
Release Date: November 10, 2015
Publisher: Feiwel and Friends // Macmillan
SUMMARY:

Princess Winter is admired by the Lunar people for her grace and kindness, and despite the scars that mar her face, her beauty is said to be even more breathtaking than that of her stepmother, Queen Levana.

Winter despises her stepmother, and knows Levana won’t approve of her feelings for her childhood friend–the handsome palace guard, Jacin. But Winter isn’t as weak as Levana believes her to be and she’s been undermining her stepmother’s wishes for years. Together with the cyborg mechanic, Cinder, and her allies, Winter might even have the power to launch a revolution and win a war that’s been raging for far too long.

Can Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, and Winter defeat Levana and find their happily ever afters?



Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Top Ten Books Read SO FAR in 2015!

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish.
Every once in a while I participate in this one when I either
1) Like the theme, and/or 2) Have the time!

This week's topic:
Top Ten Books Read SO FAR in 2015!


This is always one of my FAVORITE topics.

In 2012, I discovered one of my all-time favorite fairy tale retellings, KILL ME SOFTLY by Sarah Cross, because another blogger listed it in this topic. I never would have known this book was a fairy tale based on the cover/title if it hadn't been for this TTT. 

It's a super-special topic for me, and I love discovering great new books every year based on everyone's lists!

I hope that this year, you find a great book you haven't read but will love off of my list! ^___^

In No Particular Order...


1) A COURT OF THORNS AND ROSES by Sarah J. Maas


Beauty and the Beast retellings are always favorites of mine. This book battles HEART'S BLOOD by Juliet Marillier for the spot of all-time favorite B&B retelling. I really loved it! I felt so blessed to attend Sarah's book launch for this title!

My Review


2) ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE by Anthony Doerr


This book is in the gray area between 2014 and 2015, since I started reading it at the end of December and didn't finish until January. It was on my Best of 2014 list, but it also counts for 2015. Wow, what a lucky book!!! Anthony Doerr spent 10 years writing this novel, and it hit almost every Best Seller and Best of 2014 List imaginable, as well as won major awards such as the Pulitzer Prize, an ALA Alex, and a National Book Award Finalist award! This isn't my normal type of fare at all. The book is set during World War II. It's not a typical WWII book, however, and doesn't even focus on the Holocaust, which was a refreshing change. It focuses on the bombings and evacuations in Paris from the POV of a blind girl who escapes with her father, who may or may not have a replica of a very expensive jewel that people would go to great lengths to achieve. It also focuses on a brilliant boy who doesn't want to die in the mines like his father did, but isn't allowed to learn math and science...until he helps out a higher-up in the army and is enrolled in school...with the catch that he will grow up to be one of Hitler's Youth. The book is just...AMAZING. I can't say enough good things about it!

My Review
 


3) ONCE UPON A CLOUD by Claire Keane


This is my favorite picture book of 2015 so far. Claire Keane did illustrations for Disney's Tangled and Frozen. Those pictures that Rapunzel draws all over her tower? Thank Claire Keane for that! Her father was Glen Keane, who created iconic Disney characters such as Beast, Ariel, and Aladdin. If that isn't enough of a pedigree, her grandfather was Bil Keane, the creator of the Sunday comic strip Family Circus. Talk about a talented family!!! I'm super-obsessed with Claire Keane's artwork. This book is SO PRETTY. Plus, I love the story about going off on an amazing adventure and having tea with the sun and dancing with the stars, all while trying to find the perfect gift for your mother!

Don't believe me about how pretty this one is? Check out my YouTube Design Vlog:

 My Review


4) THE ORPHAN QUEEN by Jodi Meadows


In had such HIGH expectations for THE ORPHAN QUEEN because I loved Jodi Meadows' NewSoul trilogy so much. I wasn't disappointed!! If you love fantasy, runaway princesses, masked crusaders, romance, and kingdom politics, then, oooohhhh, you're missing out if you don't pick this one up! I was super lucky to travel to NYC for the launch party of this one, and it was wonderful!
(Um, and unless miracles happen and other amazing books come along, this has one of my Top 3 Favorite YA Kissing Scenes of 2015 so far!)

My Review



5) INTERSTELLAR CINDERELLA by Deborah Underwood, 
with illustrations by Meg Hunt


I cannot WAIT to talk about this book with you next Thursday. I am so obsessed and in love with this picture book. I don't care if you're "too old" for picture books. Read it to a kid. Or heck, just read it because you love fairy tales. This is NOT a rip-off of CINDER by Marissa Meyer like some people feared, oh, not at all!! It is an amazing story of GIRL POWER. Why CAN'T a girl be awesome with tools? Why CAN'T a girl save a prince? This picture book turns old ideals about what girls can and can't do and turns them all upside down in a way that creates a strong empowering message for children!

My Review is Coming NEXT WEEK on A Twist in the Tail Thursday!!! (And will include a Vlog! ^_^)
 

6) TRACKED by Jenny Martin


I read TRACKED this month and fell instantly in love. It reminded me in small ways of STITCHING SNOW by R.C. Lewis, which I absolutely loved last year. I'm not a huge sci-fi person, but the intergalactic setting helps make this book so intriguing. There's a prince, sci-fi-style Nascar racing, and a deadly plot to conquer a world. It was so hard to put down! This book got some great early buzz on social media by bloggers I trust, so I was excited to read it, but I haven't heard much about it since then. So you should all read it so we can create some buzz together because it's awesome, mmm'kay? ^.~

My Review is Coming This Summer! ^_^ (I only just read this, sorry!!)


7) THIS IS WHERE IT ENDS by Marieke Nijkamp

Out January 5, 2016

This book doesn't come out until early January, so it probably shouldn't count for 2015, but it WAS one of the best books I read so far this year, so it still counts. This book is chilling and haunting and absolutely captivating. It's also a horrifying living nightmare. A disillusioned student locks the entire student and educator body into the auditorium after a school-wide assembly and opens fire. It's told from multiple perspectives, including those of a few students outside the doors, and it's just...so good. And so hard to read. But so good!!!

 You're Gonna Love Me Spotlight Post (A full review will come closer to the book's launch!)


8) TRUTHWITCH by Susan Dennard

Out January 5, 2016
I can't wait to whisper secrets about this book You're Gonna Love Me style next week! Nothing spoilery, just FUN!!! If you're a fan of shows or books such as Avatar: The Last Airbender that deal with elemental magic, you're going to be completely hooked on this action-packed new series!

You're Gonna Love Me Spotlight Post Coming Next Week!!! (Again, I only read this one recently, so I need to catch up to myself!)


9) THE HEART OF BETRAYAL by Mary E. Pearson

Out July 7, 2015

This book comes out NEXT WEEK!!!! Ahhhhhhh! I read this one way back in January, and am SO EXCITED to finally be talking about it with you! Last year, THE KISS OF DECEPTION was one of my favorite YA novels of the year, and I was sooooooo anxious for the sequel! I cannot WAIT to talk about it. If you're a fan of fantasy, you're going to love the world-building in this series. There are princes, assassins, runaway princesses, kingdoms at war, and so much more! Plus, the first book has an awesome double-blind!
(Um, and unless miracles happen and other amazing books come along, this has one of my Top 3 Favorite YA Kissing Scenes of 2015 so far!)

My Review is Coming in July During My Blog Tour Stop!!!


10) AN EMBER IN THE ASHES by Sabaa Tahir


Everyone is buzzing about this debut novel--and for good reason!! For one thing, it's GORGEOUS. For another, DIVERSITY. For a third, WORLD-BUILDING. Oh my goodness, the power struggles at play in this book!! There is a rebellion, and the stakes are SO high. The book alternates between two worlds, and you get so invested in both characters, that you don't want to see the POV flip back to the other because you want to keep reading the current storyline. Only, you also DO because you can't wait to get back to the other storyline!! This one is unputdownable!

 My Review+Design Vlog



    
What were your favorites of 2015?
Please link me to your posts, or comment with your favorites if you don't do TTT, because I want to read ALL THE BOOKS!!! ^_^


Monday, June 29, 2015

{Blind Unboxing Vlog} A Surprise Package of Macmillan Books!!!

I have a special present for all of you today, bookworms!!!

Because y'all seemed to enjoy the way I opened my Leigh Bardugo SIX OF CROWS package alongside you and let you peek over my shoulder, I decided to do it again with huuuuge package of ARCs that arrived last week from Macmillan!


If you guys continue to love doing this alongside me, I'll continue filming like this, even if it's a package of purchased books! ^.~ Let me tell you, it's ALWAYS fun to get a package...especially if you requested or pre-ordered so long ago that you forget everything that's inside!!!

So what was in that awesome envelope???

Wellllllll, I'm so glad you asked!!!



With these videos, I want you to be as excited as I am and have some of this anticipation as well!!!

For those of you who don't want to watch the video, I'll show you a picture of everything that came in that overstuffed package of goodness...and it's still worth seeing if you watch the video because the titles are all linked to Goodreads!

Ready to see?

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The following list of titles are linked to Goodreads. Check out their summaries for more information!
I've also included the exact release date for each book in parentheses!

*MIXED ME by Taye Diggs with illustrations by Shane W. Evans
(Out 10/6/15)
*LITTLE ELLIOT, BIG CITY written and illustrated by Mike Curato
(OUT NOW. When I opened the package, I didn't notice that it was the first book. The one I was telling you about that I read is from the second book, LITTLE ELLIOT, BIG FAMILY, which comes out 10/6/15!)
*CALVIN by Martine Leavitt
(Out 11/17/15)
(Out 11/24/15)
*THE BOY WHO KNEW EVERYTHING by Victoria Forester
(Out 10/27/15)
(Out 9/15/15)
*FIRE WALKER by Josephine Angelini
(Out 9/1/15)
*LOSERS TAKE ALL by David Klass
(Out 10/20/15)
*CRENSHAW by Katherine Applegate
(Out 9/22/15)

Which books are you the most excited to read!?

Are you enjoying this new series of videos? ^.~


Sunday, June 28, 2015

{Review/Annotated Giveaway} UNDER THE LIGHTS by Dahlia Adler

I've previously reviewed companion novel BEHIND THE SCENES
and interviewed author Dahlia Adler
during A Week of Shooting Stars!

O P E N I N G   L I N E:

   Either my best friend or my assistant is about to punch me in the face. As usual, the fact that they're dating really isn't doing me any favors.
   "You barely even looked any of them," Ally Duncan complains through gritted teeth. She's been working for me for over a year, but her patience hasn't grown any in that time.

(pg. 6, US E-ARC edition)

Today, of all days, I'm very honored to be on tour with UNDER THE LIGHTS! Friday marked a historic day in US History when the Supreme Court ruled in favor of same-sex marriages, and to be reading and reviewing a novel dealing with a main character coming to terms with the fact that she may be gay is an extremely fitting way to celebrate. Vanessa would be proud! I also like to think that her and her friends had a huuuuge celebration this past weekend! (In fact, they may still be hung-over!)

Last year when I finished reading BEHIND THE SCENES, I wasn't quite ready to say goodbye to Ally and Liam. I was so excited when I heard that author Dahlia Adler was working on a companion novel entitled UNDER THE LIGHTS starring Liam's best friend Josh and Ally's best friend Vanessa. Reading UNDER THE LIGHTS, I definitely got to see more of both Ally and Liam. We get to see them together, and to see the new struggles that come with growing up. We also get to explore the psyches of both Josh and Vanessa, who were secondary characters on the last go-round. Now the tables have turned and Ally and Liam are secondary, and that's okay!

UNDER THE LIGHTS is mostly Vanessa's story. It was supposed to be Josh's book, but Vanessa stole the show and took off running. Even though she has the leading role on Daylight Falls, she still worries about her future. What kind of roles will be available to her as a Korean actress after the show comes to an end? The best friend? A character in a horror movie? There's not much out there. Top that off with the fact that Vanessa is falling for her publicist's assistant, Bri--another girl. So now she might be Asian and gay in Hollywood. Can Vanessa embrace this new view of herself...and does she want to? What will it mean for her career or her future happiness? 

Josh, on the other hand, is seemingly as carefree as always. Lavish parties and girls, always spinning wildly out of control. When his mother's soap is cancelled, she books a reality show to stay "relevant" in the media. The reality show, of course, only wants her if Josh comes with it, and Josh is fighting that decision tooth and nail. But if he says no, he'll be kicked out of home and Mommy and Daddy will stop bank-rolling him. Josh hasn't done much acting in a while, and he doesn't really want any new projects, either. Is he being too picky, or just becoming too jaded with the industry? When Liam is offered an amazing movie role, Josh steps in at Daylight Falls as a guest actor, a decision that will change the way he views things more than ever.

What's great about Dahlia Adler's books is how flawed all of the characters are. No one is perfect. There will be elements about the main characters that are extremely dislikable, and yet overall, they are still likable as characters. That's human nature, and Adler captured that very well. She also did a good job exploring Vanessa, who is coming to terms with the fact that she might be gay. You can feel her struggle and understand the different implications her choices will have on her future career. And Josh! He's one of those guys that would just be UGH in real life, but he has a lot more depth than anyone gives him credit for. He doesn't change a lot over the course of the novel, but the change has begun. I wouldn't be surprised if Adler returns to the world of Daylight Falls in the future. Maybe four years later, when Ally and Liam are engaged and about to get married or some such. By then, Josh could experience full character grown and it would be time for a full story with him. It would also be great to see what Vanessa may pioneer in the future and if she can take Hollywood by storm! Josh didn't get enough due in UNDER THE LIGHTS. It's supposed to be his novel, but it's really not. For a long time, I didn't understand why Adler had Josh and Vanessa rotating perspectives because, though they are interconnected, so much of their lives don't connect. I still don't know if it was the best decision because Vanessa's story stands alone and Josh's doesn't have a huge amount of meat to chomp through, but I can see the ties and why those decisions were made.

If you like books about Hollywood actors or envision yourself living the glam life, check out UNDER THE LIGHTS by Dahlia Adler. It isn't as frou-frou and on-the-surface as many other books in the genre, and delves into serious, hard-hitting issues that are prominent in the media. It's an excellent staple in the We Need Diverse Books Campaign, and is especially great if you're looking for a book to celebrate US History being made.

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I'm an Associate Editor of Mathematics by day, a Copy Editor by night, and I blog at The Daily Dahlia, YA Misfits, and the Barnes & Noble book blog. I also write contemporary YA (The Daylight Falls duology) and NA (The Radleigh University series). Rec-ing books is approximately my favorite thing in the universe, with macarons being a close second. Come say hi on Twitter, where I'm @MissDahlELama!

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