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Author Collabs or the Best Thing That Can Happen To You

You know I hadn't realized how much I wanted more authors to collab together until I read The Iron Trial by Cassandra Clare and Holly Black. I didn't even realize this was a thing that happened other than series like the Spirit Animals where authors write one book in a whole series. Now that I think about there are so many possibilities. A Holly Black and Maggie Stiefvater fantasy horror epic. A Rick Riordan and J.K. Rowling magical mythological adventure. This could be great. Why?

Your favorite authors combining their best ideas to create the ultimate story.
Are there two authors that you just love? One that has the best plots in a story and the other one with the best characters. How amazing would it be if they combined their efforts to create the ultimate story? Pretty spectacular.

This idea might be slightly terrifying for us readers because I'm sure they'll be plotting to take our favorite characters away from us in a cruel cruel way. I'm looking at you Stiefv…

Weekly Wrap Up: July, 10 2015

I'm starting a weekly wrap-up of what I've been reading, reviewing, discussing, receiving, posting, watching, and for my #Fitreaders updates for the week. This format is inspired by The Relentless Reader.
I've read The Iron Trial,  Seconds, Don't Look Back, Faking Normal, and Darkness Becomes Her. I also reread The Lightning Thief and I'm planning to read the rest of the series. I'm hoping to read more this week since this group I'm in on Goodreads has really motivated me to read more.

I reviewed on She's Got Books on Her Mind: Pie by Sarah Weeks, Something Like Normal by Trish Doller, Through to You by Emily Hainsworth, Wild Born by Brandon Mull, and The Iron Trial by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare. I participated in two book tags: How Far Would You Go For Your Favorite Books? and the Cake Book Tag. I also posted some pretty red, white, and blue covers for the Fourth of July.

Challenge Updates:
Reading Road Trip: Pennsylvania - Pie by…

The Iron Trial by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare

Magisterium #1. Scholastic Press (Sept. 2014) Library
Most kids would do anything to pass the Iron Trial.  
Not Callum Hunt. He wants to fail.                                                                          
All his life, Call has been warned by his father to stay away from magic. If he succeeds at the Iron Trial and is admitted into the Magisterium, he is sure it can only mean bad things for him.                  
So he tries his best to do his worst - and fails at failing.                                                                        
Now the Magisterium awaits him. It's a place that's both sensational and sinister, with dark ties to his past and a twisty path to his future.                                                                                        
The Iron Trial is just the beginning, for the biggest test is still to come . . .

"Fire wants to burn Water wants to flow Air wants to rise Earth wants to bind Chaos wants to devour"
I've bee…

The Cake Book Tag

So I wasn't technically tagged for this, but I saw this mentioned a while back on Paper Fury's Coffee Book Tag and I couldn't resist. Cake is better than coffee any day in my book. I took a cue from Cait and stuffed my post with gifs.

A book that was a little slow to start off but really picked up as it went along.

I've got to give it to The Maze Runner. It started off so slow but picked up really quick when Teresa came on board.


A book that had a rich thick plot.

I really couldn't believe all the crazy elements that went into White Cat. I was floored with how much happens to Cassel, a dangerous, lovesick fool.


A book you thought was going to be bad but actually turned out quite enjoyable.

I'm usually always caught off guard by how good a book is and I ordinarily have high expectations. This wasn't the case for Shatter Me w…

Wild Born (Spirit Animals) by Brandon Mull

Spirit Animals #1. Scholastic Audio (Sept. 2014) Library
Are you wild born?

In the world of Erdas, four children are about to discover if they have a spirit animal, a rare bond between human and beast that gives great powers to both. Separated by vast distances, Conor, Abeke, Meilin and Rollen each see a flash of light... and then the animals emerge.

Wolf, leopard, panda, falcon. Each of the children has summoned a beast from legend. Now their fate is set The four new heroes and their animals must band together in a dangerous quest. a dark force from the past is rising, and only they have the power to stop it.

I don't know how this series has bypassed my attention for almost two years. It is one of the greatest portrayals of adventure books I've ever come across. The characters, the plot, the world building were all spectacular. I was drawn in by Nicola Barber's voice and loved every second of my experience. This series is supremely underrated. I know that I've only read…

How Far Would You Go For Your Favorite Books?

Created by Christina @ Christina Reads YA Tagged by Kay @ It's a Book Life

1. I would give up the internet for a month for a signed first edition of this book:

2. I would give up pizza for a year if it meant I could sit next to this author on a long plane ride:

Maggie Stiefvater because she's a brilliant writer and I would love to have insights in The Raven Boys series.

3. I would sit through a thousand hours of commercials if it would ensure that Hollywood made this book into a (really good) movie:

Can you imagine it!?

4. I would never read a new book again if it meant I could live inside this book:

I would have to be a demigod if I were to bargain new books for this.

5. I would let my google search history be made public if it meant I could be friends with this author:

Obviously, Rick Riordan. I would read first drafts and tell him they were awesome and I would get insight on all the mythology books he is planning to write. And we would talk about mythology and books in general …

Through to You by Emily Hainsworth

Standalone. Balzer + Bray (Oct. 2012) Own
Camden Pike has been grief-stricken since his girlfriend, Viv, died. He’d give anything to have just one more glimpse of her. But when Cam visits the site of Viv’s deadly car accident, he sees an apparition. Her name is Nina, and she’s a girl from a parallel world. When Cam follows her there and makes an unbelievable discovery, it’s as if all his wildest dreams have come true. But things are very different in this other world. Nina is hiding a secret, and the window between the worlds is shrinking every day. As Cam comes to terms with the truth, he’s forced to make a choice that will change his life forever.

I'm reading a lot of strange books lately. First, a book about ley lines and now a book about alternate worlds. Cam is tormented by his girlfriend, Viv's death especially when he considers it to be his fault. He used to be a football star at his high school and Viv was a cheerleader. That is until Cam got an injury and decided to q…

Red, White, and Blue Books

Happy Fourth of July! To celebrate America's independence hundreds of years later I thought I'd post some pretty pictures of books that are red, white, and blue. Enjoy!


A Court of Thorns and Roses - Of Dreams and Rust

The Murder Complex - After the Red Rain

The Elite - The Last Leaves Falling


Every Last Word - All the Truth That's in Me

Everything, Everything - Soundless

And We Stay - The One


Emmy and Oliver - Made of Stars

Made You Up - Unmarked

Revenge, Ice Cream, and Other Things Best Served Cold - Hello, I Love You

Have a great Fourth of July! Have you read any of these books?