Thursday, April 27, 2017

Review: At First Blush by Beth Ellyn Summer

Thursday, April 27, 2017
At First Blush by Beth Ellyn Summer
Publication Date: April 4th, 2017
Publisher: Bloomsbury Spark
Age Group: Young Adult | Contemporary
Pages: 340

Who would have thought that a teenager could have a successful career creating makeup tutorial videos on YouTube? For Lacey Robbins, this dream has been her reality. An up-and-coming YouTuber, she has thousands of fans and can't wait for the day when her subscriber count reaches the one million mark. And when she is offered a high school internship at On Trend Magazine, she figures that this could be the make it or break it moment. 
But sometimes your dream job isn't all that it seems. Her editor is only interested in promoting junk products, and her boss in the Hair and Makeup department introduces her to the larger world of makeup artistry, making her wonder if making tutorials online is all she is meant to do. To top it all off, when the magazine's feature subject , musician Tyler Lance, turns his broodingly handsome smile her way, falling for him could mean losing her fans, forcing her to make a decision: her YouTube life or her real life?

At First Blush gave me so much more than I expected when I received this book for review. I have to say I'm pretty obsessed when it comes to Youtube, and since I don't have cable most of my time is spent watching Youtube videos of pretty much any kind. So when I heard what this book was about I knew I had to give it a try and sent it a request. What I didn't know what how good of a read it was going to turn out to be.

Lacey Robbins is an up and coming Beauty Guru on Youtube who scored a summer internship at one of the hottest magazines in the country. She's one of three Youtubers that gets the chance, and happens to be the smallest channel of the three as well. She sees this as being her big break to get a possible contract with Glass Cube, which is the company behind all the big Youtubers that offers people to help make your videos as well as a place to record them.

There is a downfall to Lacey's summer plans to rise to fame though and he goes by the name of Tyler Lance. Tyler is the big secret guest feature for the issue of On Trend that Lacey and the other Youtubers are working on. The magazine is busting it's butt to try and make is image better than the prior known drunk tool that Tyler had let his image become. So not only is Lacey stuck around him, but she's also stuck working with him to make videos on her channel.

Beth did such a wonderful job giving insight behind what a Youtubers life really is. It was so nice to see Lacey as a normal person and how much work she put in to her videos and how stress affected not only her life but even her Youtube channel. Seeing her ups and downs and BIG hic-ups along the way made it so easy to connect to Lacey even without being any part of the Youtuber community.

Not to put down Tyler as a character either. His development through the book really made it easy to feel for him, even if he was a big teenage heart throb. Seeing his interactions with Lacey slowly melted my heart and in the end I found myself yelling at Lacey for some of the decisions she was making with her life. But to be honest, she is just a teenage girl navigating life and trying figure out what she really wants, so I can't hold everything against her.

If you're looking for a good contemporary read with an interesting story that's something you haven't read before, I would highly recommend checking out At First Blush. It was a very nice fresh of breath air in the normal teenage contemporary genre and is definitely worth the read!

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday {23}

Wednesday, April 26, 2017
So the month of May is upon us, which means it's the month of all the book releases that are going to make my bank account one sad little fella. So I'll try and narrow down just my absolute most anticipated, but in fair warning the next couple of weeks will probably be filled with multiple books on the WoW posts. So without further talking, let me show you this weeks books!

Always and Forever Lara Jean by Jenny Han
May 2nd 2017

Lara Jean is having the best senior year a girl could ever hope for. She is head over heels in love with her boyfriend, Peter; her dad’s finally getting remarried to their next door neighbor, Ms. Rothschild; and Margot’s coming home for the summer just in time for the wedding.

But change is looming on the horizon. And while Lara Jean is having fun and keeping busy helping plan her father’s wedding, she can’t ignore the big life decisions she has to make. Most pressingly, where she wants to go to college and what that means for her relationship with Peter. She watched her sister Margot go through these growing pains. Now Lara Jean’s the one who’ll be graduating high school and leaving for college and leaving her family—and possibly the boy she loves—behind.

When your heart and your head are saying two different things, which one should you listen to?

Noteworthy by Riley Redgate
May 2nd 2017

It’s the start of Jordan Sun’s junior year at the Kensington-Blaine Boarding School for the Performing Arts. Unfortunately, she’s an Alto 2, which—in the musical theatre world—is sort of like being a vulture in the wild: She has a spot in the ecosystem, but nobody’s falling over themselves to express their appreciation. So it’s no surprise when she gets shut out of the fall musical for the third year straight.

Then the school gets a mass email: A spot has opened up in the Sharpshooters, Kensington’s elite a cappella octet. Worshiped ... revered ... all male. Desperate to prove herself, Jordan auditions in her most convincing drag, and it turns out that Jordan Sun, Tenor 1, is exactly what the Sharps are looking for.

Any books you're super excited about this week? Let me know below!!

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday {5}

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday is an amazing idea hosted over at The Broke and Bookish and this week we take on the challenge of picking out Top Ten books for this weeks list.

Top Ten Books Things that will make me NOT want to read a book.

1.) Historical Fiction. I know I know, I have a few on my TBR, but in the end I just usually can't find myself really getting in to a historical fiction without finding it dry.

2.) Yet again I have to mention Covers. I know it's not right, but if a book doesn't have a cover that draws my eye and I know nothing about it, I'm not likely to pick it up to find out what is it about.

3.)  Mass Market Romance novels. Don't get me wrong, I love romance novels but the mass market paperbacks just do not interest me at all.

4.) Non-Fiction. I cannot begin to describe how extremely picky I am when it comes to reading something Non-Fiction, so I'll just lump that together as a no thank you.

5.) When I know WAY more than the main character. I mean I can understand knowing a little more because we're watching from the outside, but if I know a bunch of stuff that hasn't even developed in the book yet, I just can't go on.

6.) Religion. I don't judge, and I have my own beliefs, but I don't want to read a book that's trying to explain or shove something down my throat so I might as well just star away from that.

7.) Info Dumps. I know that there can be back story that needs to be told, but don't just throw a bunch of information at me and expect me to one, remember it all, and two, know what the heck is going on now.

8.) Messy Love Triangles. I usually just end up getting really upset and yelling at the main character because they need to make a freaking choice and we all know which choice is better. So I just rather not get angry while reading.

9.) Abuse. Sorry but that is just not something I even want to support in book format, so if that's something that is a major focus of a book then I most likely am not interested. 

10.) Instalove. I get young love and I get love at first sight, but don't make it so oh look these two people just met, know nothing about each other, but are head over heels for each other and are going to follow the normal rise and fall of a relationship.

What makes you not want to read a book? Let me know below or if you did a TTT link it below so I can check it out!

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Stacking The Shelves {4}

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical stores or online, books you borrow from friends or from the library, review books, gifts, and of course ebooks!

Stacking The Shelves is hosted over at Tynga's Reviews

Oh man guys. This week was quiet a week, let me tell you. So I got some new bookcases this week for my new apartment, and I am in love. I honestly could just sit and stare at my books for hours. The problem I ran in to this week though, is that I shelved ALL my books, even my new ones. So I had to go back through both bookcases and figure out what I had gotten this week. I know, woe is me right. But I was able to do it! Also, I know I was trying to not get as many books this week but I had a couple old orders I placed come in (and I still have a few more coming) so of course it looks like I have a TON of books, which I do. So let's get in to the books!

Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge
Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige
Insurgent by Veronica Roth

Beginnings (Lux #1 & #2) by Jennifer L Armentrout
DUFF by Kody Keplinger

The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken
Half Bad by Sally Green

My True Love Gave To Me Twelve Holiday Stories
Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake

An Ember In The Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
Rooms by Lauren Oliver
Gameboard of The Gods by Richelle Mead

For Review

Textrovert by Lindsey Summers - May 2nd 2017
It Started with Goodbye by Christina June - May 9th 2017
Antisocial by Jillian Blake - May 16th 2017

Songs About A Girl by Chris Russell - May 30th 2017
Follow Me Back by A.V. Geiger - June 1st 2017

So yeah, yet another week of me having no self control. I had pulled back from the requesting of ARCs so I can get the ones I have read and reviewed for you guys. What did you get this week? Leave a link below! Let me know, I love seeing everyones hauls!!

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday {22}

Wednesday, April 19, 2017
So I don't know if I've made it super clear how excited I am about all of the mental health books coming out this year. So let me make ANOTHER post raving about one that I cannot read. It just makes me so happy inside to have so many books focusing on this issue and shedding light on different disorders. Especially with this weeks book focusing on OCD, as well as an eating disorder. Like hello, this is going to be so good. So let me stop rambling and show you exactly what I'm talking about!

Four Weeks, Five People by Jennifer Yu 
May 2nd 2017

They're more than their problems

Obsessive-compulsive teen Clarissa wants to get better, if only so her mother will stop asking her if she's okay.

Andrew wants to overcome his eating disorder so he can get back to his band and their dreams of becoming famous.

Film aficionado Ben would rather live in the movies than in reality.

Gorgeous and overly confident Mason thinks everyone is an idiot.

And Stella just doesn't want to be back for her second summer of wilderness therapy.

As the five teens get to know one another and work to overcome the various disorders that have affected their lives, they find themselves forming bonds they never thought they would, discovering new truths about themselves and actually looking forward to the future.

I mean come on, doesn't that sound like such a good book! What do you think? What book are you most currently excited for?

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday {4}

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday is an amazing idea hosted over at The Broke and Bookish and this week we take on the challenge of picking out Top Ten books (or sometimes just things) for this weeks list. This week for Top Ten Tuesday is what makes us want to read a book. It can be pretty much whatever, so let's get in to the list.

1. So I've been very upfront about this always, if a book has a pretty cover, I am most likely going to want to read the book. Something about a pretty looking book just makes me want to own it and read it and see how pretty it can be on the inside.

2. Anything to do with a cute romance. I am a cliche reader and love contemporaries and just the basic love story, they really just make my heart so happy.

3. If someone else tells me how much they love a book, and I can really tell that they just thoroughly enjoyed the book and their reading experience and I am extremely likely to give the book a chance.

4. If I keep seeing the book everywhere. I probably don't even need to know much about it, but if I've heard about it a million times then I just want to read it to know what the heck it's about.

5. If one of my favorite authors wrote it. I mean come on, if I love enough of their other work then I really just want to read anything else they write, because it's likely that I'm going to like it.

6. If it's a retelling of something I love. Especially as of late, there seems to be a lot of retellings, and a lot of them are beauty and the beast related, which used to be my favorite animated movie when I was a child, so I will read any of those I can get my hands on.

7. If there is a movie or tv series coming out about the book. I knew about 13 reasons why forever ago and I just never seemed to want to get it, it just didn't seem like something I would like. But then Netflix picked it up and made a series and everyone loves it. I'm very big about reading something before watching it as well, so I have not yet watched the show because I'm waiting to read the book, which I lent out to a friend that had finished the series.

8. If the book was blurbed by one of my favorite authors. If my favorite author likes your books then clearly I'm going to like it right!

9. One word, Nerds. Anything and Everything nerdy is right up my alley since I am a very large self proclaimed nerd and I am proud! So if there's a book that's to relate to me and what I do, then yes, I want it and need it now!

10. Honestly, if it's in the YA genre I'll probably want to read it. There's not a whole lot that I don't like and I'm really willing to give any book a try, so just let me have all the books!!

So that's my list! What's yours? If you made a post feel free to drop a link below so I can check it out!