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Book Blitz: Love and Leftovers by Sarah Tregay

Standalone. Katherine Tegen Books                                       (Paperback Re-Release: 05/13/14) My wish is to

cranium over Converse
in dizzy, daydream-worthy love.
(If only it were that easy.)

When her parents split, Marcie is dragged from Idaho to a family summerhouse in New Hampshire. She leaves behind her friends, a group of freaks and geeks called the Leftovers, including her emo-rocker boyfriend, and her father. By the time Labor Day rolls around, Marcie suspects this "vacation" has become permanent. She starts at a new school where a cute boy brings her breakfast and a new romance heats up.
But understanding love, especially when you've watched your parents' affections end, is elusive. What does it feellike, really? Can you even know it until you've lost it?

Character Interview with Marcie:

Hi, I’m Marcie Foster. Love and Leftovers is about me and what happened when my dad came out of the closet and I got stuck on summer vacation in East Nowhere, New …

Clean Sweep ARC Challenge - Update #1

Books read from 5/5/14 - 5/12/14:

This is a few minutes late but I was wrapping up reading The Dirt Diary which I unbelievably was able to finish on time on Monday.
Book #1 Torn by Jennifer Brown Pages: 288 Thoughts: Great start in my quest to read 7 ARCs.
Book #2: Synchrony by Cindy Ray Hale Pages: 384 Thoughts: Great sequel.
Book #3: The Dirt Diary by Anna Staniszewski Pages: 246 Thoughts: Really sweet read. 
Overall: I've read 3 ARCs! So happy with myself. 
My tbr books for 5/12/14 - 5/19/14:

Sunday Post: 5/11/14

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted  @Caffeinated Book Reviewer.It's a chance to share news. A post to recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things received and share news about what's coming up for the next week ahead.
Happy Mother's Day! It's been a great day filled with food and visiting family members. I'm starting another semester of school tomorrow. All my classes are for my new Education major. It'll be interesting to see what I make of them. Things are going to get hectic real fast so I'll try to be more on top of posts and comments as I can be.
Last Week on the Blog:

Last week I signed up for the Clean Sweep ARC Challenge which will hopefully motivate me to read more ARCs. I've read two so far so that's a good start. I participated in two blog tours: Torn Away and Synchrony. You can enter a chance to win a paperback copy of Torn Away until the 13th! I also posted an update on my Summer Reading Program.
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2014 Summer Reading Program - Update #1

Books read from 5/3/14 - 5/10/14:

Book #1 Torn Away by Jennifer Brown Pages: 288 Thoughts: Wonderful, emotional read.
Book #2 Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi Pages: 338 Thoughts: Reread for a review. I don't know yet if I'll reread the others but I am still going to review all of them since the series is so amazing.
Book #3 Synchrony by Cindy Ray Hale Pages: 384 Thoughts: Really good continuation. I want to know what happens next!
Overall: I've read three books towards my goal of forty. Two of which are ARCs and the other a reread. 
Note: My review for Shatter Me will be up Tuesday.
My tbr books for 5/10/14 - 5/17/14:

Blog Tour: Synchrony by Cindy Ray Hale

Destiny #2. Self-published (April 2014) Lola's Blog Tours When her parents discover she’s been sneaking out with Isaac Robinson, the forbidden Baptist boy, Mormon girl Destiny Clark decides it’s time to keep their relationship quiet. As their relationship moves to shakier ground, Destiny discovers that Isaac has a terrible secret, and she is left completely shattered.
The moment Destiny feels all hope is lost, Preston Nelson, her longtime church friend and Isaac's bitter rival, arrives like a beacon of light. It isn't long before two separate disasters strike for Preston and Destiny's best friend, Hannah. As Destiny helps them through their issues, she discovers that sometimes the best way to forget about your own problems is to help a friend in need.
Just as her heart begins to mend and her friendship with Preston begins to heat up, Isaac walks back into her life, threatening to rekindle the feelings she’d hoped to bury forever. Will Destiny and Preston find the synchron…

Blog Tour: Torn Away by Jennifer Brown

Standalone. Little, Brown (May 2014) IFB Tours Born and raised in the Midwest, Jersey Cameron knows all about tornadoes. Or so she thinks. When her town is devastated by a twister, Jersey survives -- but loses her mother, her young sister, and her home. As she struggles to overcome her grief, she's sent to live with her only surviving relatives: first her biological father, then her estranged grandparents.
In an unfamiliar place, Jersey faces a reality she's never considered before -- one in which her mother wasn't perfect, and neither were her grandparents, but they all loved her just the same. Together, they create a new definition of family. And that's something no tornado can touch.

Before reading Torn Away, I've only ever read Hate List by Jennifer Brown which I loved for the unreserved emotion and realism it brought out on its pages. As the years went by Brown created books much like Hate List in how realistic the stories and lives of the characters she created …

Clean Sweep ARC Challenge - May 2014

Last week I decided to participate in a summer long event which consisted of me challenging myself to read 40 books in 4 months. I am overly thrilled my this event and couldn't be happier about participating... and then I saw this month long challenge over at Kimba's Caffeinated Book Reviewer that I knew I had to participate in too. Here's my thinking process: I have a whole bunch of ARCs that I need to get to, it's only a month long, I have a week left of break, and I can add this on to my other challenge. I see that as an all around win in my book. 
What is the Clean Sweep ARC Challenge? It's a challenge to help motivate you to read and review as many ARCs/finished copies, provided by a publisher or author, as you can in the month of May. Each Saturday there will be two blogs hosting challenges and giveaways at their prospective blogs. There will also be one grand prize winner of a newly released book. This challenge is hosted by Caffeinated Book Reviews and Angel…

Sunday Post: 5/4/14

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted  @Caffeinated Book Reviewer.It's a chance to share news. A post to recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things received and share news about what's coming up for the next week ahead.
I'm finally getting back to blogging this past week. May has arrived with new promise! I'm so glad I made the decision to switch my major to Education. I'll be starting the summer semester next week so we'll see what I make of these new classes. I do still plan to minor in Psychology instead of having it as a major. I love Psychology so that's a no brainer. With that decision out of the way I have my week planned and ready to go. I might change it up because I'm planning on watching some books to movies this week. 
Also, has anyone else seen Captain America: The Winter Soldier and The Amazing Spiderman 2? Aren't you loving all these Marvel movies coming out? The new X-Men movie and Guardians of the Galaxy are going t…

2014 Book Blogger Summer Reading Program

Hosted by Katie's Book Blog

I've always been one to participate in my library's summer reading program. In my library you are given a paper with six sections where you write your name, contact information, and books you've read within an hour (if you are an adult within four hours) until you filled up each section and turned it in for the possibility of winning a great prize. Once you have done that you get a whole new piece of paper that lets you start all over again. I'm a little obsessed with this process because I always make sure I'm timing myself correctly. I'm not a cheater after all. So the prospect of a blog version of my library summer reading program excites me a little too much to be normal. It's not the same of course but this program should be really fun so I decided to join. 
What is the Book Blogger Summer Reading Program? It's setting a goal to read at least 5 books from May 1st to September 1st. You may win prizes at the end of the c…

The Hallowed Ones by Laura Bickle

The Hallowed Ones #1. Harcourt (Sept. 2012) Library Katie is on the verge of her Rumspringa, the time in Amish life when teenagers can get a taste of the real world. But the real world comes to her in this dystopian tale with a philosophical bent. Rumors of massive unrest on the “Outside” abound. Something murderous is out there. Amish elders make a rule: No one goes outside, and no outsiders come in. But when Katie finds a gravely injured young man, she can’t leave him to die. She smuggles him into her family’s barn—at what cost to her community? The suspense of this vividly told, truly horrific thriller will keep the pages turning.

In a quiet, unassuming Amish town where technology has been cast aside in favor of traditional values we are introduced to Katie, who like any other ordinary Amish girl is looking forward to her Rumspringa. Katie dreams of the time where she can go to the outside world and have some real adventures with her best friend Elijah who everyone expects her to be …