Monthly Archives: July 2015

Most Anticipated books in August According to Epic Reads

The 15 Most Anticipated YA Books to Read in AugustSummer reading comes to an end in August but that doesn’t mean your TBR pile has to! Get ready to add these 15 upcoming young adult novels to your bookshelf next month. We scoured Goodreads to see which books our community is most excited to read and carefully crafted this list!
Here are the top fifteen most anticipated YA novels publishing in August 2015:

1. THE BOY MOST LIKELY TO by Huntley Fitzpatrick (The Boy Next Door #2)

Told in Tim’s and Alice’s distinctive, disarming, entirely compelling voices, this return to the world of My Life Next Door is a story about failing first, trying again, and having to decide whether to risk it all once more. On sale August 18th from Dial

 2. LAIR OF DREAMS by Libba Bray (Diviners #2)

This is the sequel to The Diviners! After a supernatural showdown with a serial killer, Evie O’Neill has outed herself as a Diviner. Now that the world knows of her ability to “read” objects, and therefore, read the past, she has become a media darling, earning the title, “America’s Sweetheart Seer.” But not everyone is so accepting of the Diviners’ abilities… On sale August 25th from Little, Brown

 3. ANOTHER DAY by David Levithan (Every Day #2)

In this enthralling companion to his bestseller Every Day, David Levithan tells Rhiannon’s side of the story as she seeks to discover the truth about love and how it can change you. On sale August 25th from Random House

4. UNTIL FRIDAY NIGHT by Abbi Glines

The first novel in a brand-new series about a small Southern town filled with cute boys in pickup trucks, Friday night football games, and crazy parties that stir up some major drama. On sale August 25th from Simon Pulse

5. LEGACY OF KINGS by Eleanor Herman (Blood of Gods & Royals #1)

We are obsessed with this book! Weaving fantasy with the salacious and fascinating details of real history, bestselling author Eleanor Herman reimagines the greatest emperor the world has ever known: Alexander the Great, in the first book of the Blood of Gods and Royals series. On sale August 25th from Harlequin Teen

6. COURT OF FIVES by Kate Elliott (Court of Fives #1)

In this imaginative escape into an enthralling new world, Kate Elliott begins a new trilogy with her debut young adult novel, weaving an epic story of a girl struggling to do what she loves in a society suffocated by rules of class and privilege. On sale August 18th from Little, Brown


Best friends Dave and Julia were determined to never be cliché high school kids—the ones who sit at the same lunch table every day, dissecting the drama from homeroom and plotting their campaigns for prom king and queen. They even wrote their own Never List of everything they vowed they’d never, ever do in high school. On sale August 4th from Harlequin Teen.

8. MECHANICA by Betsy Cornwell

Nicolette’s awful stepsisters call her “Mechanica” to demean her, but the nickname fits: she learned to be an inventor at her mother’s knee. Her mom is gone now, though, and the Steps have turned her into a servant in her own home. But on her sixteenth birthday, Nicolette discovers a secret workshop in the cellar and begins to dare to imagine a new life for herself. On sale August 25th from Clarion Books

9. REAWAKENED by Colleen Houck

When seventeen-year-old Lilliana Young enters the Metropolitan Museum of Art one morning during spring break, the last thing she expects to find is a live Egyptian prince with godlike powers, who has been reawakened after a thousand years of mummification. On sale August 25th from Delacorte

10. THE CREEPING by Alexandra Sirowy

Twelve years ago Stella and Jeanie vanished while picking strawberries. Stella returned minutes later, with no memory of what happened. Jeanie was never seen or heard from again. Then along comes a corpse, a little girl who washes up in an ancient cemetery after a mudslide, and who has red hair just like Jeanie did. Suddenly memories of that haunting day begin to return, and when Stella discovers that other red-headed girls have gone missing as well, she begins to suspect that something sinister is at work. On sale August 18th from Simon and Schuster

11. WHAT YOU LEFT BEHIND by Jessica Verdi

It’s all Ryden’s fault. If he hadn’t gotten Meg pregnant, she would have never stopped her chemo treatments and would still be alive. Instead, he’s failing fatherhood one dirty diaper at a time. And it’s not like he’s had time to grieve while struggling to care for their infant daughter, start his senior year, and earn the soccer scholarship he needs to go to college. On sale August 4th from Sourcebooks

12. NOT AFTER EVERYTHING by Michelle Levy

Tyler has a football scholarship to Stanford, a hot girlfriend, and a reliable army of friends to party with. Then his mom kills herself. And Tyler lets it all go. Now he needs to dodge what his dad is offering (verbal tirades and abuse) and earn what his dad isn’t (money). On sale August 4th from Dial


A host of the smartest young adult authors come together in this collection of scary stories and psychological thrillers curated by Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea’s April Genevieve Tucholke. On sale August 18th from Dial

14. DAUGHTER OF DUSK by Livia Blackburne (Midnight Thief #2)

In this spellbinding sequel to Midnight Thief, Kyra and Tristam face their biggest battle yet as they grapple with changing allegiances, shocking deceit, and vengeful opponents. On sale August 4th from Hyperion

15. THE ACCIDENT SEASON by Moïra Fowley-Doyle

A haunting, sexy, magically realistic debut about a family caught between a violent history, a taboo romance, and the mysteries lurking in their own backyard. On sale August 18th from Kathy Dawson Books

Be sure to check out @EpicReads on Twitter to see the great covers that grace these books.

Are you looking forward to reading any of these? What books do you think we’re missed? There are definitely a few on this list that we find intriguing!


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A review of “Awake” by Natasha Preston

Coming out on August 4th, 2015

Don’t miss the latest gripping, high-stakes thriller from Wattpad sensation Natasha Preston, author of the runaway hit The Cellar. 

Of course, the dress was white. This is what I’m supposed to die in, I thought. Not many people knew what their last outfit would be. 

I pulled it over my head. It fit me perfectly. It had long, loose fitting sleeves, a modest neckline, and waves of material on the skirt. I hated it.

There were no shoes, and I was afraid I’d have to run through the forest barefoot but there weren’t a lot of options. Besides, I’d run barefoot over a bed of nails to get away.

“Scarlett, are you ready?” he called.

I looked in the mirror and took a deep breath. Time to fight for my life.

Scarlett Garner doesn’t remember anything before the age of four—until a car accident changes everything. She starts to remember pieces of a past that frighten her. A past her parents hid from her…and a secret that could get her killed.
I received this book from Netgalley. This was my first book by Natasha Preston but I don’t think it will be my last. I enjoyed the story line and the main character, Scarlett. It did feel rushed and hurried in some parts of the book, despite the 354 page length, and meandering in other parts. The story follows Scarlett as she struggles with her past and the gap in her memory from before she was 4 years old. What happened in the fire? What secrets are her parents keeping fro her? Does the mysterious new boy, Noah, have anything to do with it?

The story has many twists and turns and leaves the reader guessing what will happen next. Despite a few bumps in the road, Awake is a good read and definitely worth a look!


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Random House Summer Reads Giveaway 

Random House Summer Reads Giveaway

Whether you’re headed to the beach, lounging by the pool, or hanging out in the backyard, we have the perfect summer reads for you. We’re giving away books from New York Times bestselling authors Emily Giffin, Jodi Picoult, Janet Evanovich, Debbie Macomber, and more to get you through the rest of summer and beyond! Enter to win below! 

One grand prize winner will take home a Random House tote bag filled with:


WICKED CHARMS by Janet Evanovich

LEAVING TIME by Jodi Picoult

THE ONE & ONLY by Emily Giffin

SILVER LININGS by Debbie Macomber


EVER AFTER by Jude Deveraux



THE ONE THAT GOT AWAY by Bethany Chase Click here to be redirected to the contest page.

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Happy #PaperbackBookDay!!!

There is nothing better than holding an actual book in your hands! Here are a few of my favorite YA books right now. image

  1. The Fae series by CJ Abedi. (#FAEbook3 is coming soon)
  2. The Scorpion Rules by Erin Bow (coming soon)
  3. These Shallow Graves by Jennifer Donnelly (coming soon)
  4. Splintered series by A.G. Howard (3 books are out with a novella due in December 2015)




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Who are some of your favorite “book boyfriends”? 

I love nothing more than a great romance. There are so many great books with strong male characters that you can’t help falling in love with. Who are some of your favorites? Here are a few of mine:

  1. Clayton in Mad Love by Colet Abedi
  2. Seb in Hundred to One by Freya Barker
  3. Morpheus in the Splintered series by A.G. Howard
  4. Devilyn in the Fae series by C.J. Abedi
  5. Jamie Babcock in Dropping Gloves (part of the Portland Storm series) by Catherine Gayle
  6. Jamie Fraser in the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon
  7. Diesel in the Wicked series by Janet Evanovich 
  8. Miles Archer in Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover
  9. Alex, Garrett, and Zack in the Cold Fury series by Sawyer Bennet
  10. Eddie in These Shallow Graves by Jennifer Donnelly

Just to name a few!!! 

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Stepping into the (scary) world of blogging 

I am a happy victim of books. I love that you can crack open a book (or turn on an eReader) and be transported to another place without leaving the comforts of your own home. You can be a princess, a mobster, a wizard, a lover, a hockey player, a detective, or any number of other things simply by reading a book. You can live a thousand different lives within a book’s pages. Join me as we explore.

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Hello world!

Reading is a gateway to different worlds, lives, and times. You can lose yourself in a book and become someone else. You can live a thousand lives without leaving the comfort of your own home. I have always had a love affair with books and I wanted to share my passion for books with others and a book blog seemed like a great way to start! I will be exploring mainly YA, New Adult, and Adult books in romance, fantasy, science fiction, and mystery. Join me!

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