Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt 40th Anniversary Blog Tour

What if you could live forever?

This is literally one of the most daunting questions ever. Immediately, my mind says no. I'm a really emotional and sentimental person. While I adapt to change in the physical sense, I do not like emotional change. I don't like losing those close to me...a sentiment I am sure is echoed among many other people. So I would only want to live forever if others would, undoubtedly, come along for the ride and want to experience it with me. I would need my immediate family, maybe some best friends, and definitely the pets. An infinite amount of pets! Yes! I do not welcome a future without cats. No way.

As a current college student, I genuinely feel how short the days are. It's kind of shocking to me, actually. I intern nine to five (or maybe have classes at this time) and then I commute back to my dorm. I'm all relaxed by six, and then I start cooking myself dinner. Then I do homework, maybe work a 3 hour 8-11 shift at one of my on campus jobs, and, boom, it's time to sleep. There's simply not enough time in the day to enjoy the little things I love, like walking through the streets of New York City people watching for hours. Or marathoning Disney movies with my best friends, or even binging an amazing book series.

There's not enough time in the day to travel. Getting to Europe and dealing with jetlag it's as if you waste an entire two days only to cut your already short vacation in half because flying is incredibly energy-draining and time-consuming.

There's not enough time in the day to do absolutely nothing and not have it negatively impact you the next day somehow. I just want to be a couch potato and not have repercussions from my potato-ing. Is that too much to ask?!

If my days were infinite I could pursue all of my desires and watch them change with the ages while my present becomes my past and my far past becomes part of history. But I would only want to do it with the people I love. I know that in the next few years--even in my entire lifetime--new people I love will come in and out of my life. This would happen undoubtedly if I live forever, but what's a girl to do without her Dad? Or her first true best friend? Or her little sister that annoys her to no end but they're stuck together forever? Or even her Mom because, hello, she's your Mom? And the cats because awwwwwwwwwww.

For now, I guess I'll just have to stop sleeping. That's all I can manage in order to live life to the fullest. ;)


This post was part of the 40 Days in 40 Years tour honoring this amazing novel...the first book I finished in a single day (against my teacher's wishes) all those years ago.

Blessed with—or doomed to—eternal life after drinking from a magic spring, the Tuck family wanders about trying to live as inconspicuously and comfortably as they can. When ten-year-old Winnie Foster stumbles on their secret, the Tucks take her home and explain why living forever at one age is less of a blessing than it might seem. Complications arise when Winnie is followed by a stranger who wants to market the spring water for a fortune.

A brand-new introduction from Gregory Maguire, the author of Wicked, and additional bonus materials make this special edition of Natalie Babbitt's Tuck Everlasting a must-have for lovers of the book and a great way to introduce a new generation to a classic.

Thank you for allowing me to be part of such an awesome tour!

Top Ten Books For My Book Club

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and Bookish.

I love this option because I do have an amazing book club with Alexa, Christina, Jen, and Kristin. So, in no particular order, ten books I think would be awesome to read in my book club! I think all of these will be interesting to read for a book club!

1. Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs- I have never read this book and I feel like I should. However, I also feel like I may not read it unless I am forced to read it, so maybe this is an ideal situation for that? haha

2. Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson- I want to read this book so badly! I feel like I'm one of the few people in the world who hasn't, so I am going to read this eventually. I promise!

3. Because You'll Never Meet Me by Leah Thomas- This book won't be out for months but I plan on forcing it on my entire book club because IT IS SO DANG GOOD!

4. Stolen Songbird by Danielle L. Jensen-I feel like this is a fantasy book that flew under the radar, but everyone I know that read it adored it and books that fly under the radar are always amazing conversation starters!

5. The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay- I have heard this book is really amazing, and I want to check it out! It's being pushed on me from bloggers, regular readers, librarians, etc. It may be time to pick it up and because of what I have heard about it, I am tempted to discuss it with a ton of people!

6. Since You've Been Gone by Morgan Matson- I have a confession...I have never read any of Morgan Matson's books, and I must remedy that! I think this would be a solid contemporary choice for a book club because of what I have heard about it.

7. Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta- I am now in love with Melina Marchetta and it's a goal of mine to make it through all of her books. I really want to start her fantasy series once I own books two and three! Plus, she's such an amazing author that any of her books are good to talk about.

8. Heist Society by Ally Carter- This is such an intense and fun and entertaining read, as is anything that Ally Carter published with Disney, so this would be an awesome book club book since people tend to forget them in favor of her Gallagher Girls series. I have to say, though, that I think this series is better and I am praying she chooses to write a fourth book! We all have to talk about what we think the W.W. in W.W. Hale means!!!!!

9. Vicious by V.E. Schwab- Victoria Schwab is my favorite author and I will forever push her works on everyone. I think this would make a good book club book because it is super polarizing. You are either going to love its darkness or you will hate it. It would make for an amazing discussion!

10. Scarlet by A.C. Gaughen- I didn't put a reimaginig or retelling on here and that must be remedied! This is one of those universes that can be talked about forever, so really any of the books in this trilogy would be an awesome book club read!

This is posted late due to the wonky Internet from the blizzard last night. With that in mind, what do you think of my picks and don't forget to link me to your picks!

The Intern Diaries: What Do You Want From this Post Series?

After my first internship at a literary agency, I put together a free-flowing post about what I learned. Well, now that I am at Bloomsbury, I want to do the same thing as I go, but share it with my readers since I'm quickly discovering that many of you aspire to do the same thing that I am doing now! With 6 months under my belt and several more to go, I think now's a good time to start recording my thoughts!


Last week I launched my new series called The Intern Diaries and it was a resounding success thanks to its first post on social media. A lot of people showed interest and curiosity and some people on Twitter already sent me questions they'd like to know. So, to make it easier for all of us, I am giving you a bit of say and will begin posting these posts regular on Sundays starting next week!

What's awesome about this meme is that I can answer your burning questions (to the best of my ability) for those that are curious and also answer the questions of those that want to one day intern as well. So, please take advantage of this form below! You may get a post on a topic you really want a post on! This is for me to help you! (:

I am so excited that many of you expressed as much interest in this new series as I did, and I can't wait to see your thoughts through this form and the comment section below! I look forward to bringing the most requested topic to your attention next Sunday!

Stacking the Shelves #95

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews.

From Edelweiss and Harper (Thank you!)
Extraordinary Means by Robyn Schneider

From Macmillan (thank you!) 
Sweet by Emmy Laybourne 
Joyride by Anna Banks

I am super curious about all of these titles, especially the new Robyn Schneider since THE BEGINNING OF EVERYTHING means so much to me!

Review: Soulprint by Megan Miranda

Publication Date: February 3, 2015
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Reading Level: Young Adult
Pages: 368 (ARC)
Source: From Publisher For Review
From the author of FRACTURE, a riveting new thriller which draws on cutting-edge science.

Alina Chase has been contained on an island for the last 17 years—whether that’s for the crimes of her past life, or for her own protection, well, that depends on whom you ask. With soul-fingerprinting a reality, science can now screen for the soul, and everyone knows that Alina’s soul had once belonged to notorious criminal, June Calahan, though that information is supposed to be private. June had accomplished the impossible: hacking into the soul-database, ruining countless lives in the process.

Now, there are whispers that June has left something behind for her next life—something that would allow Alina to access the information in the soul-database again. A way to finish the crimes she started.

Aided by three people with their own secret motivations, Alina escapes, only to discover that she may have just traded one prison for another. And there are clues. Clues only Alina can see and decipher, clues that make it apparent that June is leading her to something. While everyone believes Alina is trying to continue in June’s footsteps, Alina believes June is trying to show her something more. Something bigger. Something that gets at the heart of who they all are—about the past and the present. Something about the nature of their souls.

Alina doesn’t know who to trust, or what June intends for her to know, and the closer she gets to the answers, the more she wonders who June was, who she is, whether she’s destined to repeat the past, whether there are truths best kept hidden—and what one life is really worth.
~*~Lili's Reflections~*~

I have never read a novel by Megan Miranda before, but after reading this one I am definitely curious. SOULPRINT was an amazing sci-fi thriller that kept me on the edge of my seat. The characters and plot are so dynamic that I literally sped through this novel at the speed of light (meaning in a single day in mostly one sitting).

The plot of this book is absolutely insane. The government essentially created a soul database because they discovered (how, I'm not entirely sure) that souls leave a fingerprint behind on all past, present, and future lives--soulprints, if you will. Souls can leave money to their future selves and they even pass on whether they're left or right handed. However, such studies led to some really disturbing discoveries that state violent criminals from a past life are extremely likely to continue to be violent in the present life. It's this finding that, seventeen years ago, made June Calahan begin to release name of said violent criminals to help save the world. And it is that action that put Alina Chase, June's reincarnated soul, in a solitary jail on an island where her only comrades are guards that lie to her about their names while keeping 24/7 watch over her during their allotted month long assignment. However, when she escapes, she's determined to figure out why June did what she did since she is serving the sentence for actions that were never truly her own. Super riveting, right?

On the contrary, I have to say that certain aspects of the plot were predictable. Three huge revelations immediately come to mind. However, despite their predictability, the story continued. Such instances didn't take away from the plot progression or the emotions Miranda was instilling in me at the time, they only made me roll my eyes at the characters that were lacking in a bit of common sense at certain moments.

But, oh, the characters! This is such an amazing cast of characters. I wouldn't say this story is character driven because it isn't. The plot definitely holds its own, but having characters like these thrown into the mix only makes the book more awesome.

Alina is incredibly intelligent. She's stubborn and determined to live her own life. By punishing her for crimes she never committed, the world has instilled a bit of a rebellious streak in her that I absolutely adore. She handles obstacles as they are thrown at her without complaints and sticks to her guns. This girl is super respectable and easy to get behind as a female protagonist. Connecting to her so quickly definitely helped me out. The book itself got off to a slightly slow start, but the second she was broken out of isolation and her thoughts didn't seem as insane because the puzzle was slowly beginning to form, it picked up.

Then there are Cameron and Casey. These are two of the three people that helped her escape. As for the identity of the third, you'll have to read the book to find out! Cameron and Casey want to discover what happened to their sister, Ava, who disappeared about a year ago. Their only hope in finding answers was breaking Alina out and hoping she can find some clues that June left only for her. Throughout this novel the three of them become unlikely allies, friends, and there may even be some romance in the air.

The romance in this was great. While, in the end, this book didn't span a lot of time, the romance didn't seem rushed. It seemed natural, like these two simply fit together and it was fated. In times of great stress people tend to bond much faster than normal. There was no true declarations of love thrown around, there was a stage of "like" that then began to grow. To put it simply, this romance was done right and I squealed my heart out whenever there was kissing because I was rooting so hard for these two.

The ending of the book is both satisfying and dissatisfying. I understand why Miranda chose to end the book the way she did, but I wish that I was left with a few less questions and more closure on one or two topics. With that in mind, I'd be lying if I said I didn't enjoy this one. The plot is awesome and the cast of characters was even more amazing. While it isn't perfect, I finished this novel with a smile on my face. What more could you ask for from a book?


FTC Disclaimer: I received no compensation of any kind in exchange for this honest review.
Personal Disclaimer: My internship at Bloomsbury publishing has in no way affected my opinions expressed in my reviews. I received this book not as an intern, but as a blogger/reviewer, thus I will review it as I would any other novel. Waiting to post such reviews until the completion of my internship would not be good because most thoughts would be irrelevant by the time of completion of said internship.

Waiting on Wednesday #51

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking The Spine.

I rarely ever do these posts unless there's a book I'm really looking forward to that I haven't seen around the blogosphere, and I think it's time to bring some attention to this week's pick...

Spelled by Betsy Schow

Fairy Tale Survival Rule #32: If you find yourself at the mercy of a wicked witch, sing a romantic ballad and wait for your Prince Charming to save the day.

Yeah, no thanks. Dorthea is completely princed out. Sure being the crown princess of Emerald has its perks—like Glenda Original ball gowns and Hans Christian Louboutin heels. But a forced marriage to the brooding prince Kato is so not what Dorthea had in mind for her enchanted future.

Talk about unhappily ever after.

Trying to fix her prince problem by wishing on a (cursed) star royally backfires, leaving the kingdom in chaos and her parents stuck in some place called "Kansas." Now it's up to Dorthea and her pixed off prince to find the mysterious Wizard of Oz and undo the curse...before it releases the wickedest witch of all and spells The End for the world of Story.
~*~Why I Am Waiting~*~
I am a fairytale retelling nut and I haven't found a Wizard of Oz retelling that I have absolutely loved. I'm hoping this can be the one! This story looks like it's going to be sarcastic and funny and that's right up my alley. 


Has anyone else heard of this book? What are your thoughts? Do you know of any good Wizard of Oz retellings?

Top Ten 2015 Releases I've Already Read and Highly Recommend

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and Bookish.

Today's topic is a freebie so I am going to talk about the top ten 2015 releases I have already read and loved so that hopefully you'll read them, too! This is just a way to make you guys even more excited for them! In no particular order...

1. Lion Heart by A.C. Gaughen
Rating: 4.5 stars

This is the last book in the Scarlet trilogy which is a Robin Hood reiminagining and it is everything I wanted it to be. I cannot wait to see what A.C. Gaughen writes next, but I am so sad to say goodbye to Scarlet, Rob, Much, and the rest of the crew.
2. The Sin Eater's Daughter by Melinda Salisbury
 Rating: 4 stars

I fell in love with this cover and immediately fell in love with the story inside. I know it's not for everyone. There's some info-dumping and it's very fast paced, but I happened to have enjoyed it immensely.
3. Shadow Scale by Rachel Hartman
Rating: 4.25 stars

I think I speak for all of us when I say that the world is looking forward to this book after waiting 3 years for it. Was it worth the wait? Yes. But is the actual ending fully satisfying? To some it will be and to some it won't. Either way, Rachel Hartman is an amazing storyteller!
4. A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab
 Rating: 5 stars

This book...Wow, guys, this book. There's just no way to describe this book. Victoria Schwab's adult books are always immensely dark and atmospheric and all around wonderful and this book is worth the wait I can't even begin to describe it.
5. Because You'll Never Meet Me by Leah Thomas
Rating: 4.5 stars

I didn't think I would love this book half as much as I do, but I read it at my internship and absolutely fell in love with it. This book is so surprising and different, and despite it's letter format it is a legitimate page turner. The character development is whoa!
6. The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord
 Rating: 5 stars

This is the only flat-out contemporary on this list and one of only two five star books. Emery Lord's sophomore novel absolutely kicks literary butt. This novel is just so powerful...no words to describe it.
7. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
Rating: 4 stars

This was one of my most anticipated books of 2015 and it did not disappoint. Maas's new series promises to be absolutely amazing! <3 While it wasn't perfect, I think my main issue with this book has to do with the fact that she had to set up this complicated world.
8. The Glass Arrow by Kristen Simmons
Rating: 3.5 stars

I put this book on here because it's very polarizing. I happened to really enjoy it, but I can see why others will not. It's very dark and unique, but I think it's worth a shot if you enjoy such atmospheres like myself.
9. All Fall Down by Ally Carter
Rating: 4 stars

I adore Ally Carter and I am so excited to have read this book! I can't wait to see what comes next in this series. My main issue with book one was a little bit of strange romance that I think will be resolved in book two!
10. Invaded by Melissa Landers
Rating: I'm reading it now, but it's looking like a 4 star read

I just love Melissa Landers. Her characters are easy to support and super smart. She is absolutely hilarious and her kissing scenes are always hot. I cannot wait for all of her future works. <3

Have you read any of the books on my TTT? What did you think of them? Don't forget to share your TTT posts below!