Book Review: “The Summer of Chasing Mermaids” by Sarah Ockler

Release date: June 2nd 2015 Publisher: Simon & Schuster Purchase: Amazon | B&N Synopsis via Goodreads: The youngest of six talented sisters, Elyse d’Abreau was destined for stardom—until a boating accident took everything from her. Now, the most beautiful singer in Tobago can’t sing. She can’t even speak. Seeking quiet solitude, Elyse accepts a friend’s invitation to Atargatis Cove. Named for the mythical first mermaid, … Continue reading Book Review: “The Summer of Chasing Mermaids” by Sarah Ockler

Ten Books to Read in April

Here are my highly recommended reads for this month. You can click on the book covers for more info as well as links to purchase them. 10. “Marrow” by Tarryn Fisher New Adult Suspense Atria/Simon & Schuster 09. “One Night” by Eric Jerome Dickey Adult Romance Dutton Books 08. “The Truth About Us” by Janet Gurtler Young Adult Realistic Fiction Sourcebooks Fire   07. “Chasing Bristol” … Continue reading Ten Books to Read in April

Book Review: The Secrets of Lily Graves by Sarah Strohmeyer

Release date: May 13th 2014 Publisher: HarperCollins Purchase: Amazon | B&N Synopsis via Goodreads: With the intrigue of Pretty Little Liars and plenty of romance, bestselling author Sarah Strohmeyer weaves a story of secrets and lies—set in a funeral parlor. Growing up in a house of female morticians, Lily Graves knows all about buried secrets. She knows that perfect senior-class president Erin Donohue isn’t what … Continue reading Book Review: The Secrets of Lily Graves by Sarah Strohmeyer

Book Review: Random by Tom Leveen

Release date: August 12th 2014 Publisher: Simon Pulse Purchase: Amazon Synopsis via Goodreads: Who’s the real victim here? This tense and gripping exploration of cyberbullying and teen suicide is perfect for fans of Before I Fall and Thirteen Reasons Why. Late at night Tori receives a random phone call. It’s a wrong number. But the caller seems to want to talk, so she stays on … Continue reading Book Review: Random by Tom Leveen

Book Review: Thirty Sunsets by Christine Hurley Deriso

Release date: July 8th 2014Publisher: FluxPurchase: Amazon Synopsis via Goodreads: To Forrest Shephard, getting away to the family’s beach house with her parents and her brother, Brian, is the best part of every summer. Until this year, when her mother invites Brian’s obnoxious girlfriend, Olivia, to join them.  Suddenly, Forrest’s relaxing vacation becomes a mission to verify the reality of Olivia’s rumored eating disorder. But the truth behind Olivia’s … Continue reading Book Review: Thirty Sunsets by Christine Hurley Deriso

Book Review: “The Truth About Alice” by Jennifer Mathieu

Release date: June 3rd 2014 Publisher: Roaring Brook Press Purchase: Amazon Rating: 4/5 Synopsis via Goodreads: Everyone has a lot to say about Alice Franklin, and it stopped mattering whether it’s true.  The rumors started at a party when Alice supposedly had sex with two guys in one night. When school starts everyone almost forgets about Alice until one of those guys, super-popular Brandon, dies in a car wreck … Continue reading Book Review: “The Truth About Alice” by Jennifer Mathieu

Book Review: “Fire & Flood” by Victoria Scott

Series: Fire & Flood #1 Release date: February 25th 2014 Publisher: Scholastic Press Purchase: Amazon | B&N Synopsis via Goodreads: A modern day thrill ride, where a teen girl and her animal companion must participate in a breathtaking race to save her brother’s life—and her own.  Tella Holloway is losing it. Her brother is sick, and when a dozen doctors can’t determine what’s wrong, her parents decide to move to Montana for … Continue reading Book Review: “Fire & Flood” by Victoria Scott

Book Review: “Anything to Have You” by Paige Harbison

Release date: January 28th 2014 Publisher: Harlequin Teen Purchase: Amazon Rating: 3/5 Synopsis via Goodreads: Nothing should come between best friends, not even boys. ESPECIALLY not boys.  Natalie and Brooke have had each other’s backs forever. Natalie is the quiet one, college bound and happy to stay home and watch old movies. Brooke is the movie—the life of every party, the girl everyone wants to be.   Then … Continue reading Book Review: “Anything to Have You” by Paige Harbison

Book Review: Invisible by Cecily Paterson

Release date: February 11th 2013 Publisher:Cecily Paterson Purchase: Free on Amazon Rating: 5/5 Synopsis via Goodreads: Jazmine Crawford doesn’t make decisions. She doesn’t make choices. She doesn’t make friends. Jazmine Crawford only wants one thing: to be invisible. For Jazmine, it’s a lot easier to take out her hearing aid and drift along pretending that nothing’s wrong than it is to admit that she’s heartbroken. She starts to … Continue reading Book Review: Invisible by Cecily Paterson

Book Review: The Fine Line by Alicia Kobishop

Release date: December 10th 2013 Self-Published Rating: 5/5 Synopsis via Goodreads: High school senior Liv Evans has one rule: No attachments. She’s lost enough in her life and has vowed to do whatever it takes to make sure she never again feels the emptiness of losing someone she loves. Boys are a fun distraction, but a serious relationship is something she’d rather live without. Her determination for … Continue reading Book Review: The Fine Line by Alicia Kobishop

[EXCLUSIVE] Interview with Author L. Divine

Recently I was browsing around Amazon and came across a rather interesting series. The description immediately grabbed my attention, not mainly for the drama involved, but the story behind its creation. Author L. Divine is the mastermind behind the ongoing series, Drama High. She hopes to enhance literacy among teens, and with her young adult series she’s aiming at not only giving them something interesting … Continue reading [EXCLUSIVE] Interview with Author L. Divine

Book Trailers That Matter: “Taken” by Erin Bowman

I don’t normally watch trailers for books, more like for movies only. But while I was browsing around Youtube for something worthy of my eyesight, I stumbled upon Erin Bowman’s Taken. Check out the exciting book trailer that managed to steal my attention with not people but special effects and dramatic sounds: Get your copy of Taken when it comes out on April 16th.    … Continue reading Book Trailers That Matter: “Taken” by Erin Bowman

[Exclusive] Interview with Devri Walls + Giveaway

Who is Devri Walls? You’re about to find out. The wonderful author has taken the time to stop by EY and share a bit with us about her inspirations, concepts, and what’s next. On a side note:  “I believe that we have things to offer the world that no one else can do for us. I believe that you can shape your life how you … Continue reading [Exclusive] Interview with Devri Walls + Giveaway

Book Review: ‘Fated’ by Alyson Noël

Soul Seekers Book #1 Published May 22nd 2012 by St. Martin’s Press Rating: 5/5 Daire Santos is not your average teenager. She’s spent most of her life travelling alongside her mother, Jennika, who’s a make-up artist on movie sets. It’s nice having the opportunity to see exotic destinations, but moving constantly leaves both mother and daughter with no room for commitments; whether it be friendships or intimate … Continue reading Book Review: ‘Fated’ by Alyson Noël

Book Review – ‘Smart Girls Get What They Want’ by Sarah Strohmeyer

Hardcover, 352 pages
Expected publication: June 26th 2012 by Balzer + Bray

Who says smart girls aren’t cool? Sarah Strohmeyer’s latest explores the world of overachievers who break away from the stereotypes , adding fun and excitement in their high school experience.

Smart Girls Get What They Want is a cute, witty, humorous, and empowering book for the brainy…and the average.

“I am the product of two brilliant inert elements with negative bonding capabilities, one who was a Dr. Who fan girl, the other who consistently drove into fire hydrants…” and thus a hero of nerds is born. Continue reading “Book Review – ‘Smart Girls Get What They Want’ by Sarah Strohmeyer”

Book Review – ‘Until I Die’ by Amy Plum

Publication: May 8, 2012



At last Kate and Vincent are together in Paris, the city of lights and love. Vincent promises to do whatever it takes to lead a normal life with Kate, but will that mean letting innocent people die? When a new and surprising enemy reveals itself, Kate realizes that even more may be at state that Vincent’s immortality is in jeopardy.

Until I Die will leave you questioning your priorities in life; just what would you do for the one you love when everything around you is threatened by the inevitable.

The second book in Amy Plum’s Revenants series left me a bit iffy. Before I get into my reasons why, let me just point out that if you haven’t read Die For Me you’ll be somewhat lost for the most part. So I recommend doing just that before going into the next. Its only natural that you understand what’s going on before moving on. Continue reading “Book Review – ‘Until I Die’ by Amy Plum”

Book Review – ‘Hemlock’ by Kathleen Peacock

Hemlock could be the perfect town, aside from the fact that its swarmed with werewolves. Many of its residents suffer from Lupine Syndrome-also known as the werewolf virus-and are either thrust away to rehabilitation camps, or hiding the fact that they’re infected. No biggie, except the infected living in secret could also suffer from the uncontrollable urge to kill. 

Mackenzie and Amy were inseparable until Amy was brutally killed by a werewolf.  Now, Mac is determined to find her best friend’s killer and put an end to her horrifying dreams, but what she doesn’t know is that the killer is closer to her than she thinks. 

Kathleen Peacock delivers a suspenseful, mysterious, and romantic urban fantasy that will leave you blindsided.


Like most, I was deeply attracted to the alluring cover art of ‘Hemlock.’ The synopsis didn’t seem so bad either and I went into this book with high expectations. When I say high, I mean I was expecting bloody hunts, unstoppable action, and heated romances. What I got was Continue reading “Book Review – ‘Hemlock’ by Kathleen Peacock”

‘Fated’ Inspired Feather Earrings Available With Your Pre-order

New York Times bestselling author Alyson Noël is getting ready to unleash the 1st book in her Soul Seeker series on May 22, but there’s something exciting to get readers pumped up for the release. The first 3,000 people to pre-order ‘Fated‘ will receive a FREE pair of feather earrings, as seen on that lovely model on the cover. Visit to get more information about this … Continue reading ‘Fated’ Inspired Feather Earrings Available With Your Pre-order

[Exclusive] Alma Katsu is ready to ‘Take’ on anything.

Alma Katsu has embarked on a journey that began way back in her childhood. Sure she’s spent a part of her life doing something different and without a doubt non-fictional, but Katsu has never given up on her passion to delve into the world of fantasy.

Katsu’s debut novel, ‘The Taker‘, has stolen the hearts of many avid readers, including myself. Her decision to write about the dark side of love, lust and power was quite a bold move, as only a few taking on the Gothic genre has ever really made any lasting impression. However, Alma’s novel leaves you hungry for more, and a sequel is very much appreciated and accepted. The day of ‘reckoning‘ shall surely come.

Check out our exclusive interview with the author below and be sure to pick up a copy of The Taker if you haven’t already and start reading today:

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Alma ‘Takes’ 10

As flattering as it is to be compared to the likes of Anne Rice, Alma Katsu has her own unique stories to tell. With a hot debut under her belt and a very much anticipated follow-up on the way, the Alaska native certainly has the world of book lovers in a craze. Now, with my intro locked, let’s get down to business.

It’s always interesting how guests respond to our tradition ’10 quickies’, particularly writers, being that we’ve hardly the pleasure of having such individuals on EY. Well, what are you waiting for? Continue below to see Alma’s very ‘quick’ and interesting answers:

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