August Book Wrap Up!

Books Pledged to Read in 2015:


Am I On Track: 

2 books behind. I was actually caught up at one point but I’ve been writing SO much!

Books Read So Far: 


Total Books For August: 


Catching Jordan by Miranda Keanneally

The Night We Said Yes by Lauren Gibaldi

The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan (Re-Read)

The Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan (Re-Read)

With this Heart by RS Grey

The Titan’s Curse by Rick Riordan (Re-Read)

The Battle of the Labyrinth by Rick Riordan (Re-Read)

The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan (Re-Read)

Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire

My Favorite Mistake by Chelsea M Cameron

My Sweetest Escape by Chelsea M Cameron

When Joss Met Matt by Ellie Cahill

Where I Belong by J Daniels

City of Glass by Cassandra Clare (Re-Read)

Welcome to Shadowhunter Academy by Cassandra Clare and Sarah Rees Brennan

The Lost Herondale by Cassandra Clare and Robin Wasserman

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

All of You by Christina Lee

Before You Break by Christina Lee


Blog Tour: “Every Last Word” by Tamara Ireland Stone – Spotlight and Giveaway!

Hello everyone! Welcome to today’s stop on Tamara Ireland Stone’s blog tour for her brand new release, treatment Every Last Word. I have been wanting to read this book and was SO excited to be able to get my hands on a copy. I’m also excited to be seeing her in just a week at the RT Book Lover’s Convention! If you are there, ambulance please make sure to say hi!

I’m even MORE excited to be sharing all of this with you. We’re going to learn a bit more about Tamara, about her new book, I’m going to review the book and there’s an epic giveaway. So let’s get started!

About Tamara Ireland Stone


Tamara Ireland Stone is the author of Time After Time and Time Between Us, which Melissa Marr praised as a “beautifully written, unique love story,” and has been published in over twenty countries. A former Silicon Valley marketing executive, Tamara  enjoys skiing, hiking, and spending time with her husband and two children. She lives just outside of San Francisco.

You Can Find Her At:

Her Website / Her Facebook / Her Twitter / Her Tumblr / Her Instagram / Her GoodReads

About Every Last Word


Samantha McAllister looks just like the rest of the popular girls in her junior class. But hidden beneath the straightened hair and expertly applied makeup is a secret that her friends would never understand:  Sam has Purely-Obsessional OCD and is consumed by a stream of dark thoughts and worries that she can’t turn off.

Second-guessing every move, thought, and word makes daily life a struggle, and it doesn’t help that her lifelong friends will turn toxic at the first sign of a wrong outfit, wrong lunch, or wrong crush. Yet Sam knows she’d be truly crazy to leave the protection of the most popular girls in school. So when Sam meets Caroline, she has to keep her new friend with a refreshing sense of humor and no style a secret, right up there with Sam’s weekly visits to her psychiatrist.

Caroline introduces Sam to Poet’s Corner, a hidden room and a tight-knit group of misfits who have been ignored by the school at large. Sam is drawn to them immediately, especially a guitar-playing guy with a talent for verse, and starts to discover a whole new side of herself. Slowly, she begins to feel more “normal” than she ever has as part of the popular crowd . . . until she finds a new reason to question her sanity and all she holds dear.

Find the book at your local bookstore on June 16th or preorder at the following links:

Amazon / Barnes and Noble / iBooks / Book Depository

The Giveaway!


One winner will receive: 

A Copy of Every Last Word

A Copy of Time Between Us and Time After Time

Giveaway only open to those with US addresses. Prizes provided by Disney Hyperion. 

To Enter: 


Find this photo on MY instagram and repost it with the hashtag: #anerdgirlsaysTISgiveaway! You have until Thursday, May 14th to enter so get at it!


Book Review: Across the Universe by Beth Revis

Across the UniverseWhere To Buy:
Amazon, page Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million, Book Depository

Goodreads Synopsis:
A love out of time. A spaceship built of secrets and murder.

Seventeen-year-old Amy joins her parents as frozen cargo aboard the vast spaceship Godspeed and expects to awaken on a new planet, three hundred years in the future. Never could she have known that her frozen slumber would come to an end fifty years too soon and that she would be thrust into the brave new world of a spaceship that lives by its own rules.

Amy quickly realizes that her awakening was no mere computer malfunction. Someone – one of the few thousand inhabitants of the spaceship – tried to kill her. And if Amy doesn’t do something soon, her parents will be next.

Now Amy must race to unlock Godspeed’s hidden secrets. But out of her list of murder suspects, there’s only one who matters: Elder, the future leader of the ship and the love she could never have seen coming.

My Review:
This book was WAAAAAY better than I expected! To be honest, it gave me the same emotions and fears that the Hunger Games series did — the whole not being in control of your existence and dictatorship and what not. It was brilliant.

Revis does an amazing job with the world building, and I found myself even more afraid of space and planets then I was before (my biggest fear is the movie Gravity). She not only made oblivion very really, she coupled it with twisted versions of history, sociology, and psychology. It was simply fantastic.

The characters were spot on great. Amy, the frozen human who was awakened too soon, was a great female protagonist. She wasn’t a quiet, timid girl. She was a powerhouse of emotion and spunk. And she didn’t back down, especially when she knew things were wrong. I really appreciate when authors take the time to develop a really strong female character.

Her support system in Elder and Harley was really great too. Elder, probably the most developed character (in my opinion), was a joy to witness. His thought processes shifted from beginning to end, which showed huge growth on his part. Can you imagine being told one thing all of your life, only to discover that it’s all been a lie? Amy was that breakthrough for him, initially, but he had to finally accept what he thought to be true all his own. I loved being in his mind.

Harley, my sweet boy, was such a joy to read about. He was the comic relief of the group, the laid back one, but also one who was in a lot of pain. I just wanted to wrap my arms around him and comfort him. He was so sweet.

The plot to ATU was such a great concept — genocide, slavery, murder — all in space. It’s amazing how concepts that we’re currently familiar with in the 21st century, can still be translated into future generations. Human nature is such an interesting concept. People fear what they don’t understand. Fear can lead to irrationality. So, in a way, I get what Eldest way trying to convey. But despite what he was trying to do, I can’t agree with anything he’s done. He was the ultimate antagonist, in my opinion. He’s a scary person. And Revis did a great displaying that.

The secrets revealed and the stories told were so shocking to me, at times, but as the plot unfolded, things really started to click and make sense. To the point where I kept telling myself, “I should have seen that coming”.

I enjoy the pace of Elder & Amy’s friendship/relationship and can only hope it turns into something beautiful.

Great start to this series!

5 out of 5 stars!

Evertrue (Everneath #3) by Brodi Ashton Book Review


Where To Buy: Amazon, order  Barnes & Noble, page  Book Depository, order  Books-A-Million

Goodreads Summary: Now that Nikki has rescued Jack, all she wants is to be with him and graduate high school. But Cole tricked Nikki into feeding off him, and she’s begun the process of turning into an Everliving herself… which means she must feed on a Forfeit soon — or die.

Terrified for her survival, Nikki and Jack begin a desperate attempt to reverse the process using any means possible. Even Cole, who they expected to fight them at every turn, has become an unlikely ally — but how long can it last? Nikki needs to feed on Cole to survive, Cole needs Nikki to gain the throne in the Everneath, Jack needs Nikki because she is everything to him — and together, they must travel back to the Underworld to undo Nikki’s fate and make her mortal once more. But Cole isn’t the only one with plans for Nikki: the Queen has not forgotten Nikki’s treachery, and she wants her destroyed for good. Will Nikki be forced to spend eternity in the Underworld, or does she have what it takes to bring down the Everneath once and for all?

**Do NOT read this review if you have not read the first TWO books. There are SPOILERS!**

My Review: The final third of this book is what decided the rating. Had my rating been based on the first two-thirds, I’d have given it a 3.5 or 4 stars. This book ended perfectly, first of all. I still say that the second book was my favorite of the trilogy, because it’s the one that shocked me and grabbed me the most, but the ending to this book was heartfelt, sad, yet appropriate at the same time.

We pick up with the decision of Nikki deciding she needs to destroy the Everneath because Cole tricked her into beginning her transformation into an Everliving. Throughout this entire book, I was suspicious of Cole yet I enjoyed him at the same time. I kept wondering what he had up his sleeve now that Nikki and Jack knew what he did. But then Brodi Ashton decides to throw me a curve ball and give Cole something quite big to deal with throughout the entire book. When I found out about Cole’s situation, I was PISSED! I couldn’t believe that Ashton would even allow me to be confused over how I was feeling about Cole. I mean, I will continue to say that he was the best developed character of the entire series, but that didn’t mean I had to like him. Or feel sorry for him. But Ashton has me questioning.

Having Jack back in the picture was great, but at times I felt like he was a little too much. Especially when Nikki had to feed off of Cole, which we all knew was necessary in order for her to stay alive. Jack needed to chill. Just a little.

Then Nikki, having been through hell & high water with the Everneath and with Cole, still made a few rash decisions that had me scratching my head. But by the end of the book, I honestly just settle in the fact that this was who she was. She’s a compassionate person, and sometimes even when you’ve been scorned, you can’t help having that compassion, even if you could potential get burned again.

Can I just say that I love Will? That’s all. No particular reason, other than I just love how dedicated he is and how he is always willing to help.

For me, the middle of the novel dragged a bit. Especially when Nikki & Jack are trying to deal with Cole. Once again, there’s the struggle with the decision to trust Cole or to not trust Cole. And I was struggling with it too.

Throughout the entire series, regardless what Cole has done to Nikki, you can tell that he cares about her. But he’s also acting out of his own selfish desires. You see it in Everneath, you see it in Everbound, and you see it in Evertrue. It’s just obvious. He loves her, which means he wants her happy, but he’s also selfish.

The queen — she was boring to me. In the previous book and this one. The Shades were scarier than she was. I kept thinking “Can you just die? Please? I’m over you.” I think the queen could have been written a little better. I always expect more out of female characters, so I just wasn’t feeling this queen.

My favorite scene in the entire book? Not the romance, not the fighting, not anything Cole-related. Nope. It was the frickin’ BEETLE scene! Can you say EWWWWWW???! I cringed as I read that scene. The fact that Nikki had to walk across a bed of beetles, each the size of half of her foot?? What the hell, man?! I would have just laid down to die. I couldn’t do it. That scene gave me hives just thinking about it!

Overall, this was a great story. There are things within the entire series that I wish were written better, but I am not going to nitpick over this trilogy. I’m just glad that Ashton ended the story in a way that was satisfactory. At least for me, and I’m sure for others as well.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5!

Paper Towns Book Review

Paper Towns by John Green



You Can Find the Book At:



Barnes and Noble

Author Website

GoodReads Summary:

Quentin Jacobsen has spent a lifetime loving the magnificently adventurous Margo Roth Spiegelman from afar. So when she cracks open a window and climbs back into his life—dressed like a ninja and summoning him for an ingenious campaign of revenge—he follows. After their all-nighter ends and a new day breaks, ask Q arrives at school to discover that Margo, always an enigma, has now become a mystery. But Q soon learns that there are clues—and they’re for him. Urged down a disconnected path, the closer he gets, the less Q sees of the girl he thought he knew.

My Review:

When I first started reading John Green a few years ago, this was one of the first ones I had picked up. The first one I had read was An Abundance of Katherines, which still remains my favorite of his. Back then, Paper Towns didn’t impress me as much as his other works so I decided to give it another try.

I still found it kind of lacking. For me, in this particular book, it was really hard to get John Green out of my head. It didn’t feel like it was Quentin’s voice. It always felt like John’s voice and it was kind of frustrating. I watch a lot of Nerdfighters and Vlog Brothers and just John Green videos on YouTube, and I felt like it was John the whole time so it was hard to get into Quentin as a character. I know that authors put themselves into characters-I definitely do that-but it was highly distracting in this book.

I also just didn’t think it was that great of a story. I was kind of like Q’s friends, and sort of frustrated at his obsession with Margo. She seemed sort of…I don’t know. I just didn’t like her. She was so mysterious and she left these clues and everyone was fascinated by the idea of her but not actually her, you know? It was kind of “been there, done that.” I feel mean right now haha because I don’t tend to give less than positive reviews but I just wasn’t that impressed with this book. I felt like Margo was a one-dimensional character and I really wanted her to surprise me. The direction in which her story ended up just didn’t surprise me and I like a good book to surprise me. His other books have done that before, and this one just felt predictable from the beginning.

That being said, there is a lot of good about this book because John Green is a really great writer and he has a way of capturing teen voice in a way that not many authors can do (Andrew Smith!!!!!) and he definitely does that in Paper Towns as well. It always seems to me that John Green never really left his teen years behind, but in a good way. He remembers what its like and it comes across in the page. He gets the emotions and the hormones and the humor and all of it. Its great. And there were parts of the book that I really liked, like the after-prom party and the road trip and that sort of thing. There were parts that had me laughing like crazy. There were almost, like, short stories within the bigger story that I enjoyed more than the story as a whole. Not one of John Green’s strongest, not in my opinion.


3.75 out of 5 Stars

The Promise of Amazing Book Review

The Promise of Amazing

Where To Buy: Amazon, viagra 40mg Barnes & Noble, Book Depository

Goodreads Summary: Wren Caswell is average. Ranked in the middle of her class at Sacred Heart, she’s not popular, but not a social misfit. Wren is the quiet, “good” girl who’s always done what she’s supposed to—only now in her junior year, this passive strategy is backfiring. She wants to change, but doesn’t know how.

Grayson Barrett was the king of St. Gabe’s. Star of the lacrosse team, top of his class, on a fast track to a brilliant future—until he was expelled for being a “term paper pimp.” Now Gray is in a downward spiral and needs to change, but doesn’t know how. 

One fateful night their paths cross when Wren, working at her family’s Arthurian-themed catering hall, performs the Heimlich on Gray as he chokes on a cocktail weenie, saving his life literally and figuratively. What follows is the complicated, awkward, hilarious, and tender tale of two teens shedding their pasts, figuring out who they are—and falling in love.

My Review: This book was pretty bad. I honestly think it deserves to be categorized as bad fan fiction. But I digress. This is the lowest rating I’ve ever given, that I can recall, and I have not a single ounce of guilt in saying so.

The characters weren’t believeable, the plot was very weak, and the title of the book is the real kicker. “The Promise of Amazing”? Really? There’s nothing amazing about this promise. As a matter of fact, I feel like I wasted my time.

Wren and Grayson are just so annoying together, as well as separate. I think the author tried to build something worthwhile & genuine between these two, but fell quite short. Wren was a just quiet naive girl and Grayson swept in with all of his problems, and it became your typical, predictable, boy meets girl story. Even the secondary characters were weak.

Wren’s friends were boring and somewhat inauthentic to me. The friendship between them was just off. I didn’t feel like they were good friends, they felt like some people that Wren just happened to know. And Grayson’s friends were just as bad, though we learn why his friends are they way that they are. Luke was an asshole, unnecessarily. He really was just a whiny brat, who pissed in your cereal if he didn’t get his way. And his flavor of the moment, Ava, was just as bad.

The only redeemable characters in this book for me were Brooke, Wren’s sister, and Eben, Wren’s coworker. They seemed like they had decent heads on their shoulders. I actually wanted to learn more about them, as opposed to everyone else. Wren’s parents were background characters at best, and Grayson’s parents were just there. I know that his parents were supposed to paint a deeper picture of Grayson’s life and why he’s the way that he is — but nope. That was a fail, too. You get a tiny glimpse into Grayson’s vulnerability with the hosptial scene, but it was over in like 2 pages.

I couldn’t bring myself to care about ANY of these characters. And I think that’s why I’m so PISSED! I just didn’t care. The only person I wanted to know about was Brooke and that was because she was pregnant (that’s not a spoiler). That’s it. And I know that wasn’t the author’s intention, which allows me to further state that this book was lukewarm and all over the place.

By the end of the book, when it came to Grayson & Wren, I was ready to scream “just break up and be done already!” Nothing is worth how bored I am with this relationship. He lied constantly, for NO reason at all, brought Wren into his web of issues. And Wren bought it. Girl, what? ASK questions. Do not be that girl. Yes, I know they’re teenagers, but I know a lot of girls (and guys) who are more mature about things than these two. It just wasn’t realistic for me. And I felt like everything was being forced to happen. And what made it worse — it was all happening within a plot that was weak to begin with.

I remember by the end of like, chapter 3, Grayson was talking about the “connection” he felt with Wren. What connection? You literally JUST met her, like one paragraph ago. What connection? She uttered ten words to you. I’m confused. I felt like a couple of chapters had been torn out or something. There was just a huge gap in character development. And it made me angry.

This is the harshest review I’ve ever written, but I write so many positive reviews that I feel I need to make sure I’m as honest with the books I don’t like as well.

Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars.