Cover Reveal (6): The Summer I Became a Nerd by Leah Rae Miller

Cover Reveal: The Summer I Became a Nerd by Leah Rae Miller

Goodreads Synopsis:

On the outside, seventeen-year-old Madelyne Summers looks like your typical blond cheerleader—perky, popular, and dating the star quarterback. But inside, Maddie spends more time agonizing over what will happen in the next issue of her favorite comic book than planning pep rallies with her squad. That she’s a nerd hiding in a popular girl's body isn’t just unknown, it's anti-known. And she needs to keep it that way.
Summer is the only time Maddie lets her real self out to play, but when she slips up and the adorkable guy behind the local comic shop’s counter uncovers her secret, she’s busted. Before she can shake a pom-pom, Maddie’s whisked into Logan’s world of comic conventions, live-action role-playing, and first-person-shooter video games. And she loves it. But the more she denies who she really is, the deeper her lies become…and the more she risks losing Logan forever.

And here comes the cover….(!)

I love it! It really fits the feelings I get from reading the synopsis. I can’t wait to read this when it comes out on May 7th, 2013! I love nerds, mostly because I am one myself! What do y’all think?!

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About Leah Rae Miller:

Born and raised in northern Louisiana, Leah Rae Miller still lives there on a windy hill with her husband and kids. She loves comic books, lava lamps, fuzzy socks, and Cherry Coke. She spends most of her days reading things she likes and writing things she hopes other people will like.

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In the weeks leading up to The Summer I Became a Nerd, check out Leah’s website HERE for details about the Marked-to-Read contest and how to win! 

Review: Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen

Along for the Ride by: Sarah Dessen

Goodreads Synopsis:

It’s been so long since Auden slept at night. Ever since her parents’ divorce—or since the fighting started. Now she has the chance to spend a carefree summer with her dad and his new family in the charming beach town where they live.

A job in a clothes boutique introduces Auden to the world of girls: their talk, their friendship, their crushes. She missed out on all that, too busy being the perfect daughter to her demanding mother. Then she meets Eli, an intriguing loner and a fellow insomniac who becomes her guide to the nocturnal world of the town. Together they embark on parallel quests: for Auden, to experience the carefree teenage life she’s been denied; for Eli, to come to terms with the guilt he feels for the death of a friend.


I love Sarah Dessen and her wonderful contemporary novels! They are sweet, light, and wonderful, and Along for the Ride was no exception!

Auden has not slept since her parents divorce. She is a straight-A, hardworking student who has no time for a social life. She has missed out on many rites of passage that children and teenagers all go through. She spends the summer with her unaware dad who has just had a new child with a new wife. She meets a partner insomniac, Eli, who guides her in a quest to experience everything that she has missed in her life. Eli also needs Auden to help deal with his demons that have been following him since his friend died. 

I liked Auden, although she was way too focused on schoolwork and proving something to her mother. I suppose it was not her fault because her mother was horrible, and she was definitely tough on Auden. Auden just needed someone to teach her to come out of her comfort zone and live a little. That help came in the form of brooding Eli. Although Eli had been different ever since his best friend died in a car accident, he was still super sweet to Auden. He also went out of his comfort zone to befriend Auden and help her accomplish her quest.

I dislike both of Auden’s parents at the beginning. Her mom is petty and her dad is self-centered. I honestly think the roles have been reversed between Auden and her parents. They redeemed themselves a bit at the end. One of my favorite characters is Heidi, Auden’s stepmom. She was caring and really loving to Auden, and she did all she could for her new baby, despite the blatant lack of help from the father. I also loved their whole group of friends: Maggie, Adam, Esther, and Leah. They are loyal and hilarious friends!

I absolutely adored the romance between Eli and Auden. When Auden came around, she brought Eli out of the shell he had been hiding in. They needed each other to fulfill a part of themselves that had been missing for quite some time. They had some really cute moments together, and I was like swoon. Sarah Dessen’s writing is beautiful and simple. The plot was addicting and I couldn’t stop reading. 

If you’ve never read a Sarah Dessen novel, you are definitely missing out. Along for the Ride was sweet and cute. I am really looking forward to her new novel, The Moon and More!

Favorite Swoon-worthy Quote: He raised his eyebrows, opening his mouth to respond, but before he could I reached out, taking his hand, and pulled him closer to me. Then I stood on tiptoes, bringing my lips to his. The kiss was slow and sweet, and while it was happening, I had that image again of us so small, standing in the middle of Colby, under that stoplight, as the entire town and world turned around us. And in that moment, if only for that moment, we were right where we were supposed to be.
Along for the Ride
Rating: 4/5 Tar Heels!

Waiting on Wednesday (10)

Waiting on Wednesday (10):
Waiting On Wednesday is a meme hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine that highlights to-be-released books that everyone is super stoked about!

Paper Valentine by: Brenna Yovanoff
Goodreads Synopsis:

The city of Ludlow is gripped by the hottest July on record. The asphalt is melting, the birds are dying, petty crime is on the rise, and someone in Hannah Wagnor’s peaceful suburban community is killing girls.

For Hannah, the summer is a complicated one. Her best friend Lillian died six months ago, and Hannah just wants her life to go back to normal. But how can things be normal when Lillian’s ghost is haunting her bedroom, pushing her to investigate the mysterious string of murders? Hannah’s just trying to understand why her friend self-destructed, and where she fits now that Lillian isn’t there to save her a place among the social elite. And she must stop thinking about Finny Boone, the big, enigmatic delinquent whose main hobbies seem to include petty larceny and surprising acts of kindness.

With the entire city in a panic, Hannah soon finds herself drawn into a world of ghost girls and horrifying secrets. She realizes that only by confronting the Valentine Killer will she be able move on with her life—and it’s up to her to put together the pieces before he strikes again.
Paper Valentine
I really enjoyed Brenna’s book The Replacement. Her writing is wonderful and eloquent. This synopsis looks amazing and like something I would love! It seems like a good mix of mystery combined with a swoon-worthy guy! This has been on my TBR list for quite sometime now.

Thoughts about the Cover: I love it! It looks like it really fits the atmosphere of the book.

Release Date: January 8, 2013!

What are you waiting for this Wednesday?!

Top Ten Tuesday (3): Most Anticipated Books for 2013!

Top Ten Tuesday (3): Most Anticipated Books for 2013!
Top Ten Tuesday is a meme created and hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. For more information and a list of past and future topics, go here.
  1. Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare: She has been on all of my Top Ten lists so far, and this is no exception. She left me reeling after Clockwork Prince, and this is the book I am most excited for in 2013!
  2. Antigoddess by Kendare Blake: An amazing author + Greek mythology = just my kind of book!
  3. The Goddess Inheritance by Aimee Carter: After dropping the huge bombshell on her poor readers, I am very happy the release date has been moved up a month!
  4. Isla and the Happy Ever After by Stephanie Perkins: I absolutely adored the first two books, and I know that everyone is looking forward to this book.
  5. Apollyon by Jennifer L. Armentrout: Again! What’s up with all these dang cliffhangers?! Though Elixir soothed my mind a bit, I can’t wait for this installment.
  6. Paper Valentine by Brenna Yovanoff: After reading the synopsis on this book, I got really super excited for it. It sounds like it has a bad boy in it, and I cannot resist the book bad boys!
  7. The Indigo Spell by Richelle Mead: 2 words: Adrian Ivashkov!
  8. A Darkness Strange and Lovely by Susan Dennard: As one of my favorite steampunk novels, I am so stoked for this sequel!
  9. Earthbound by Aprilynne Pike: I love Aprilynne’s books, and this synopsis looks amazing!
  10. The Collector by Victoria Scott: This book looks beyond incredible. Dante Walker sounds downright heavenly!