I am loving today’s installment of Fangirl Friday you guys! Just a little back story before we jump into the fabulous post from Jess at Literary, etc., I was a HUGE fan of Jim Morrison back in high school and college…like, obsessed! I still love music from The Doors, but my fangirl mode over Jim Morrison was on overdrive in my teens and early 20s. I had posters of him in my bedroom, watched the movie on my VCR about a million and one times, and even used the date of his death as my ATM pin code…morbid much! Needless today, as I read through Jess’ post I was hit with a serious case of nostalgia. So thank you, Jess, for bringing back those feels from one of my very first fangirl experiences!
Summer is my favorite time of year and what better way to celebrate the upcoming start of summer than with one of my favorite authors! As you probably know Emery Lord‘s fourth book, “The Names They Gave Us” just came out and it should come as no surprise that I absolutely loved it.
It’s the perfect mix of an emotional story of a young woman’s coming-of-age and a swoony summer romance. So, when it came time for me to provide Emery with a prompt for her guest post today, I knew I had to find out what her summer faves are!
I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Names They Gave Us by Emery Lord
Published by Bloomsbury USA Childrens on May 16th 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Death & Dying, Family, Friendship, Love & Romance, Religious, Young Adult
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When it all falls apart, who can you believe in?
Everything is going right for Lucy Hansson, until her mom’s cancer reappears. Just like that, Lucy breaks with all the constants in her life: her do-good boyfriend, her steady faith, even her longtime summer church camp job.
Instead, Lucy lands at a camp for kids who have been through tough times. As a counselor, Lucy is in over her head and longs to be with her parents across the lake. But that’s before she gets to know her coworkers, who are as loving and unafraid as she so desperately wants to be.
It’s not just new friends that Lucy discovers at camp—more than one old secret is revealed along the way. In fact, maybe there’s much more to her family and her faith than Lucy ever realized.
What can I say that hasn’t already been said about Emery Lord? That she’s a wizard when it comes to writing authentic and meaningful friendships. She’s mastered the art of developing a swoony romance. Her ability to develop complex and beautiful family bonds is second to none. She knows how to write a story that gets to the emotional core of what it means to be a teenager. But…you guys know all this. If you’ve read even one of her books (I suggest you read ALL of them), then you know what an amazing author Emery is and can understand why I include her on my list of all-time faves. With the release of her fourth novel (in only three years!!), she’s managed to make me love her (and her story-telling) even more than I already did.
Published by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) on June 13th 2017
Genres: Coming of Age, Dating & Sex, Family, Friendship, Physical & Emotional Abuse, Young Adult
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Grace wants out. Out of her house, where her stepfather wields fear like a weapon and her mother makes her scrub imaginary dirt off the floors. Out of her California town, too small to contain her big city dreams. Out of her life, and into the role of Parisian artist, New York director—anything but scared and alone.
Enter Gavin: charming, talented, adored. Controlling. Dangerous. When Grace and Gavin fall in love, Grace is sure it's too good to be true. She has no idea their relationship will become a prison she's unable to escape.
Deeply affecting and unflinchingly honest, this is a story about spiraling into darkness—and emerging into the light again.
BAD ROMANCE is the kind of book that stays with you long after you’ve finished. I was lucky enough to receive an advanced copy of this book from a friend and having finished it last week, I can honestly say, I’ve thought about it every day since then. What Heather Demetrios has done with this novel, is shed a light on a very real and a very dangerous experience for so many people, including teens. Abuse, whether it be physical, sexual, mental or verbal, has touched so many lives and this is the kind of book that so many readers need in their life. Continue reading “Book Feels: Bad Romance by Heather Demetrios”
By now you should all know what time it is here at What Sarah Read…it’s Fangirl Friday! A feature that is near and dear to my heart since I am a huge fangirl myself of SO MANY things…most recently, the new Wonder Woman movie! I love welcoming my friends to the blog every Friday so they can fangirl about their own faves.
Today, I’m welcoming Morgan from The Bookish Beagle as the Fangirl Friday guest poster and I’m so happy to have her back! You may recall Morgan’s epic Fangirl Friday post from a couple of years ago all about her love for the animated show, Adventure Time. This is still one of my all-time favorite posts from my Fangirl Friday feature. Morgan’s love for the show is evident and her enthusiasm in sharing that love in her post is exactly what Fangirl Friday is all about! Needless to say, her post today is just as amazing and, personally, I’m totally fangirling over it!
I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Roar (Stormheart, #1) by Cora Carmack
Published by Tor Teen on June 13th 2017
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Young Adult
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In a land ruled and shaped by violent magical storms, power lies with those who control them.
Aurora Pavan comes from one of the oldest Stormling families in existence. Long ago, the ungifted pledged fealty and service to her family in exchange for safe haven, and a kingdom was carved out from the wildlands and sustained by magic capable of repelling the world’s deadliest foes. As the sole heir of Pavan, Aurora’s been groomed to be the perfect queen. She’s intelligent and brave and honorable. But she’s yet to show any trace of the magic she’ll need to protect her people.
To keep her secret and save her crown, Aurora’s mother arranges for her to marry a dark and brooding Stormling prince from another kingdom. At first, the prince seems like the perfect solution to all her problems. He’ll guarantee her spot as the next queen and be the champion her people need to remain safe. But the more secrets Aurora uncovers about him, the more a future with him frightens her. When she dons a disguise and sneaks out of the palace one night to spy on him, she stumbles upon a black market dealing in the very thing she lacks—storm magic. And the people selling it? They’re not Stormlings. They’re storm hunters.
Legend says that her ancestors first gained their magic by facing a storm and stealing part of its essence. And when a handsome young storm hunter reveals he was born without magic, but possesses it now, Aurora realizes there’s a third option for her future besides ruin or marriage.
She might not have magic now, but she can steal it if she’s brave enough.
Challenge a tempest. Survive it. And you become its master.
I’m so excited to present another edition of Book Buzzin’ here at What Sarah Read. Every so often, I feature an upcoming release I’ve read recently that I think you may want to know more about. I’ll share some of the positive buzz surrounding it and also link to retailers where you can purchase the book and any pre-order swag you can get your hands on. Today, I’m buzzin’ about Cora Carmack‘s upcoming Fantasy YA debut, “Roar”.
Happy Teaser Tuesday, friends! I thought today would be the perfect day to share an epic teaser from Roar to help kick off the ONE week countdown until the release date. I know many of us know and love Cora from her swoony (and steamy) New Adult series Rusk University, Losing It and The Muse. But one week from today, Cora joins the ranks of amazing authors of epic Young Adult fantasy books. Even MORE exciting is that Roar is the first book in the new Stormheart series, so after you fall in love with the first book you can rest easy knowing there is more to come!
While you’re here, make sure you watch this amazing book trailer for Roar! If you weren’t already super excited for this book, the trailer will put you completely over the edge.
After a short hiatus for my Blogger Bucket List feature last week, Fangirl Friday is BACK! I’m so excited to be welcoming Megan from Book Birds as she shares a post that means so much to her. I really appreciate the time she took to pull together such a thoughtful and informative list to share with us today. One of the things I love so much about this feature is that it introduces so many of us to new things. Megan’s post today is a perfect example of how Fangirl Friday is not only a way for us to share what we love with other people, but also a way for us to learn about something outside of our own little world.
Happy Friday, everyone. What an amazing week of guest bloggers I’ve had here on the blog while I was away on vacation! I hope you’ve enjoyed this feature as much as I have. My husband and I have another trip planned for August (YAY Switzerland!) and I think I’ll bring this feature back again for that week I am away, so stay tuned. In the meantime, I’m welcoming the lovely Ginger from GReads! Ginger is one of my oldest and dearest bookish buddies that has been an amazing friend to me since I first discovered the online bookish community. Like me, Ginger also has a serious case of the travel bug! Make sure you check out this amazing post about her Pacific Coast Adventure last summer! I’m not at all surprised that her guest post today is so fantastic and now I want to go sit on a beach and sip fruity drinks with her. Take it away, Ginger!
PS…Don’t forget to check out my Instagram and Snapchat to follow along on my adventures. You can also search the hashtag #sarahsirishvacay on Twitter and Instagram! Continue reading “Blogger Bucket List: Travel Edition featuring Ginger from GReads Books!”
How much are you loving this amazing travel-themed feature filled with fabulous guest bloggers! I want to send out a HUGE thank you to the lovely ladies who agreed to take part while I’m off exploring Ireland. If all goes as planned I should be exploring the Gap of Dunloe in County Kerry today, so be sure to check out my Instagram and Snapchat to follow along on my adventures. You can also search the hashtag #sarahsirishvacay on Twitter and Instagram!
Today, I’m welcoming Andi from Andi’s ABCs and she’s talking about her love for Santorini, Greece! This place has always captured my imagination and after reading Andi’s post below, I’ve added it to my OWN bucket list. Check out all those gorgeous hues of blue set against the stark white buildings…stunning! Honestly, I may need to sneak into Andi’s suitcase when she does go. The trip she has planned out below sounds amazing!