Tuesday, March 31, 2015

We're Going Across the Pond!


I've got super exciting news today, y'all. Probably the most exciting I've had in a while (at least to me). I've just learned that my debut, Hello, I Love You is going to be made available in the UK!

OMGGGGG!!!!




Maybe this doesn't sound like that big of a deal, when the book is already being made available in Russia, Turkey, Singapore, and South Korea.

BUT.

You see, I used to live in England. I would go to my local Waterstones and see the books written by American authors, and I would wonder if I would ever get to see my book in there. I would wonder if one of my favorite countries - my second home - would love my book enough to put it on its shelves.

So, needless to say, I'm absurdly excited for the special international edition to be available in July, and I can't wait for all the English, Scottish, and Northern Irish lovelies out there to get their hands on a copy!

IT'S A GOOD DAY!


So now, I'll leave you with some happy British GIFs and a few links for pre-order:











Let's celebrate, friends:






Monday, March 16, 2015

Books that Gave Me the Biggest Book-Hangovers

So I recently read this little book called The Winner's Crime. Maybe you've heard of it. Maybe you've even experienced the crushing pain of finishing it and not knowing what to do with your life once you've devoured the last page.

I've had a lot of book-hangovers in my time as a YA reader. I've experienced the fear that there will ever be another book out there that you love that much, the onslaught of FEELS that you just can't shake because THE BOOK IS OVER OMG.


There really is nothing better than a good book-hangover. It reminds you why you read in the first place. Even after you've turned the last page, you feel like the characters are still with you, and you realize that they always will be - because the book touched you.

Every book nerd I know is always in search of this illusive book-hangover, because it means that they've just read an amazing book. And since I'm a book pimp blogger at heart, I thought I'd share some of the books that gave me the worst book-hangovers so that maybe you can read them and also share in the sea of feels.




Hostage Three, by Nick Lake
I couldn't stop thinking about Hostage Three after I put it down. I was just so invested in those characters. And THAT ENDING! It broke me. I had to pick up Lucy Christopher's Stolen after this one, because I was so desperate to read about another case of Stockholm Syndrome - though nothing could recapture my emotions the way this book did.

Ignite Me, by Tahereh Mafi
I was basically a puddle of goo after finishing this one. It was the end of one of my favorite YA trilogies, and MY SHIP GOT TOGETHER IN THE END WHEN I NEVER THOUGHT IT WOULD HAPPEN AND I WAS JUST SO HAPPY OKAY?!




The Infinite Sea, by Rick Yancey
When I finished The 5th Wave, all I wanted to do was read The Infinite Sea. I picked it up literally moments after completing book one. But after finishing Sea, I was thrown into that terrible state of waiting...which I'm still in. There is a legit hole in my heart RIGHT THIS VERY SECOND that only The Last Star can fill.

All Our Yesterdays, by Cristin Terrill
This book hit me hard, I think because I wasn't expecting it to be so emotionally investing. This book is brutal but oh so good. I was thinking about it for a long time after, and I'm still desperately waiting on another book from this amazing author.




Champion, by Marie Lu
This is mildly embarrassing to admit, but I finished listening to this on audio while I was at the gym. As I was listening to that epilogue, I literally started tearing up ON THE ELLIPTICAL MACHINE. Talk about hitting me right in the feels. I've yet to find a dystopian series that affected me as much as this one.

Days of Blood & Starlight, by Laini Taylor
This entire series is amazing, but Days is my favorite of the three books. It was just SO hard to read in places and yet also beautiful. It took me a long time to read it, because I wanted to savor it. Once I'd finished it, I couldn't read anything else for a while; I had to process all my emotions over it. To this day, it's still one of the most emotional, beautiful YA books I've ever read.




Tiger's Destiny, by Colleen Houck
This is one of my absolute favorite paranormal YA series ever. It's so rich in mythology, and it felt like the characters were real people. I did a recent re-read of these books, and the end of this one hit me just as hard the second time. The ending is just so bittersweet. I love these characters sooooo much! < 3

The Iron Queen, by Julie Kagawa
Oh man. That ending. THAT ENDING! It was perfection. I was angry and sad and happy and unsatisfied-yet-satisfied all at the same time. This is probably my favorite Julie Kagawa book to-date.



And the worst book-hangover I've ever had came from...



Clockwork Princess, by Cassandra Clare
I've gone on and on and on about how much I love this book. It's literally everything I love in a book, all wrapped in one 550+ page behemoth. This also has the best epilogue of any book I've ever read. I was GUTTED by the time I finished it. There were actual human tears. I couldn't read anything for a long time after this one; I wasn't emotionally prepared to take in any more stories.




So those are the books that gave me the worst/best
book-hangovers!
Get thee hence and read, lovelies!





Friday, March 6, 2015

Russia, Here We Come!

I posted a little while back that Hello, I Love You is going to be available in Turkey, Singapore, and South Korea.

There's now MORE exciting news:

For all my lovely Russian (and Russian-speaking friends), Hello, I Love You will be published in your language! The lovely people at AST have bought Russian rights, and I'm so excited to see my words in another language.

So, basically, who's excited?

I'M EXCITED!!!!




Monday, March 2, 2015

That time my book sold in Turkey...and will be available in Singapore and South Korea





I could come up with some kind of sassy, snappy intro for this post, but I'm not even going to bother, because I think that post title says it all.

HOLY AWESOME, BATMAN!


You read that, right, friends. Hello, I Love You is coming to a bookstore (and online retailer) near you in Turkey, Singapore, and South Korea!!!

I KNOW, T.O.P., I KNOW!



The lovely people at Pegasus Books have bought rights for the book to be published and translated in Turkish. That means that, if you speak Turkish, my precious little characters will be speaking your language! It also means I get to cuddle up with a copy of my book written in Turkish, which is like the craziest, coolest thing ever.



In related excited news, Hello, I Love You is getting an international trade paperback edition that will publish simultaneously with the hardcover on June 9th. It will be in English and published in Singapore and South Korea, distributed by Macmillan.

So, basically, my heart's all aflutter with this fab news. JUNE CAN'T COME SOON ENOUGH!



Friday, February 13, 2015

My Favorite YA Romances

In honor of Valentine's Day tomorrow, I thought I'd put together a list of my favoritest favorite YA romances. Because really, who doesn't love a good ship?!



While I have lots of favorite books and favorite characters, these are my favorite romances. That doesn't mean that the book is a romance itself, just that it has some romance in it that's freakin' amazing.

WHO'S READY FOR SWOONS?!


(Oh, but before I start, don't forget to enter my giveaway for an ARC of Hello, I Love You, which for sure has some swoons IMHO.)



Cricket and Lola
Lola and the Boy Next Door, by Stephanie Perkins

THE CUTEEEE I CAN'T EVEN TAKE IT OMGGGG!!! Cricket Bell is one of my favorite YA book boyfriends for sure, and I just loved the romance in Lola. This book gave me an absurd amount of feels, y'all. Awkward cute is the best cute.




Perry and Aria
Under the Never Sky trilogy, by Veronica Rossi

This was a ship that sort of surprised me. I didn't love it at first, but as the series progressed, this relationship really grew on me. By the end, I was flailing every time these two were even in a scene together; it didn't even matter if it was romance-y or not.

(And on a side note: the Aria/Roar and Roar/Perry platonic friend-ships are THE BEST!)




Ismae and Duval
Grave Mercy, by Robin LaFevers

This was another one that surprised me. I was sort of ambivalent about the romance at first; I was more interested in the plot and how much I loved Ismae. But as the story progressed, I found myself totally in love with these two as what I was hoping would become a couple. And even though they're not in much of the other two books, I loved seeing them together in those too.




Scarlet and Wolf
Scarlet, by Marissa Meyer

Oh my goshhhh these two are adorable. I love how he basically pines over her the entire time. It's freakin' adorable. I especially felt the shippy feels in Cress, when we all knew he wanted to be with her and she was still hesitant. Like, my heart couldn't take it. It was just. so. cute.




Cress and Thorne
Cress, by Marissa Meyer

TALK ABOUT CUTE! These two. I can't even. This relationship is basically the opposite of Scarlet and Wolf's in that Cress is the one going around pining after Thorne. I couldn't get over how precious they were together. I'm pretty sure I said "aww" audibly multiple times.




Hector and Elisa
Fire and Thorns trilogy, by Rae Carson

Oh, this ship. I spent many an hour angsting over these two. This is a slow burn romance at its finest, folks. And let's just say it: Hector is absurdly swoony. I think if I could reach into any YA book and pick me out a man, it would be this one. Just saying.




Juliette and Warner
Shatter Me trilogy, by Tahereh Mafi

Everybody who's Team Adam, GET OUT! (JK. Sorta...) This isn't my typical favorite type of romance, as it's pretty steamy. (I tend to go for cute instead.) But holy hotness, Batman, these two totally got me. Right. In. The. Feels.




Cassie and Evan
The 5th Wave trilogy, by Rick Yancey

This is one of the very few times that instalove really worked for me. I'm obsessed with these books, and one of the things I love about them is the relationship between Cassie and Evan. It totally plays into my romance-loving-heart that he's willing to give up his entire people group for her. Like whaaaaa I love it.




Lock and Mori
Lock & Mori, by Heather W. Petty

This ship, y'all. THIS SHIPPPPP!!!! Basically, if you love the TV show Sherlock, you're going to love this book. And you're going to love this ship. It's everything Sherlock fans have ever wanted, and Heather does it masterfully. My emotions were Play-Doh in her hands, that's all I'm gonna say.




Ren and Kelsey
Tiger Saga, by Colleen Houck

This is a series I was straight addicted to, mostly because I couldn't get enough of the epic romance. I know that some people might not have liked how detailed everything was in this book (including the romance), but I was obsessed. I recently did a re-read of these, and I have to say I shipped it just as hard the second time around.




Tessa and Jem
The Infernal Devices, by Cassandra Clare

THE SHIP TO END ALL SHIPS! I CAN'T EVEN TAKE HOW PERFECT THEY ARE MY PRECIOUS BABIES LET ME JUST HUG YOU AND SMOOSH YOU TOGETHER FOREVER AND EVER

All the feels.

All. The. Feels.

Me, reading that epilogue in Clockwork Princess:





So those are my favorite YA romances!
Hope you find some swoony books to read this weekend!