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Sunday, December 31, 2017

Illuminae ~Review

“You have me. Until ever last star in the galaxy dies. 

You have me.” 

This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do. This afternoon, her planet was invaded.

The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice-covered speck at the edge of the universe. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to fight their way onto an evacuating fleet, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit.

But their problems are just getting started. A deadly plague has broken out and is mutating, with terrifying results; the fleet's AI, which should be protecting them, may actually be their enemy; and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on. As Kady hacks into a tangled web of data to find the truth, it's clear only one person can help her bring it all to light: the ex-boyfriend she swore she'd never speak to again.

BRIEFING NOTE: Told through a fascinating dossier of hacked documents—including emails, schematics, military files, IMs, medical reports, interviews, and more—Illuminae is the first book in a heart-stopping, high-octane trilogy about lives interrupted, the price of truth, and the courage of everyday heroes.

This book is definitely on my all time favorite list and one of my favorite books of 2017. EVERYTHING ABOUT THIS BOOK WAS PURE PERFECTION. When I started this, I was skeptical. I'm not a big sci-fi reader.... I have too hard of a time comprehending all the spaceiness. (Yep, this is now a word). Not only is this Sci-fi but it is told through emails, IM's, surveillance footage and audio file...... how could you get a 600 ish page book out of that?!

BUT OH MY GOODNESS. Not only did I get a complete story, but I loved every second of it. I was on the edge of my seat and unable to put this book down. I flew through it and before I knew it, I was finished. I have no idea how Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman did it but they sure did.

This is Star Trek meets Zombies meets IRobot. OH MY GOODNESS! 

I didn't realize I could gather so much information and develop character so extremely well without an actual traditional story. But you gain so much about the character, Kady and Ezra. You even learn to love the crazy ADIAN. 

OH MY GOSH GUYS!!!! You all have to read this book. It was phenomenal and words don't do it justice! It's beautiful and creative and addictive! I want more! MORE MORE MORE! 

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Paper Princess ~Review

“You may have lost your family, but you’re not alone anymore, Ella. You’re a Royal now.” 

From strip clubs and truck stops to southern coast mansions and prep schools, one girl tries to stay true to herself.

These Royals will ruin you…

Ella Harper is a survivor—a pragmatic optimist. She’s spent her whole life moving from town to town with her flighty mother, struggling to make ends meet and believing that someday she’ll climb out of the gutter. After her mother’s death, Ella is truly alone. 

Until Callum Royal appears, plucking Ella out of poverty and tossing her into his posh mansion among his five sons who all hate her. Each Royal boy is more magnetic than the last, but none as captivating as Reed Royal, the boy who is determined to send her back to the slums she came from.

Reed doesn’t want her. He says she doesn’t belong with the Royals.

He might be right.

Wealth. Excess. Deception. It’s like nothing Ella has ever experienced, and if she’s going to survive her time in the Royal palace, she’ll need to learn to issue her own Royal decrees. 

I adored this book. I thought it was dramatic, cute, flirty, sexy, fun, and a serious page turner. What I thought was really interesting was that the author; Erin Watt, is actually two different authors, Elle Kennedy (author of the Off Campus series) and Jen Frederick (author of the Woodlands series). These two incredibly talents, in their own right, author's joined together and created an amazing series. What I'm most grateful for was that I had all three books in the beginning, because Kennedy and Frederick are a big fan of cliff hangers. I would recommend having all three of The Royals books before you even start. It's such a fast paced story that you literally fly through it. 

My favorite trope in a book is the hate to love romance, if you haven't noticed yet. There's just something about that chemistry that both characters try to deny, that get to me. I kinda love it. Haha. 

Paper Princes was such a fun read. Ella moves in with her late father's best friend, whom she hasn't ever met, best friend nor father. Surprise, Callum Royal (father's best friend) has five sons and OMG I loved them all. I thought the boys relationships with each other were hilarious and so true. When a book incorporates family and the dynamics within the household, it just makes it 10 times better. It's not something we see much in novels, so this was refreshing. 

I adored the friction between Ella and Reed, the hate/love relationship was perfect in tension and intensity. ADORED IT! I also loved how throughout the book, the boys started taking care of Ella more and more, protecting her from the credulity of high school and prep school. 

I would definitely recommend this book! However, there are some rather steamy scenes that may not be suitable for some ages. Read at your own comfort. 

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Bad Romeo ~Review

“Sometimes people put up walls, not only to keep people out, but also to see who cares enough to tear them down. Understand?” 

When Cassie Taylor met Ethan Holt at acting school, sparks flew. She was the good girl actress. He was the bad boy about campus. But one fated casting choice for Romeo and Juliet changed it all. Like the characters they were playing, Cassie and Ethan's romance seemed destined. Until he broke her heart and betrayed her trust. Now the A-list heartthrob is back in her life and turning her world around. One touch at a time.

Cast as romantic leads once again, they're forced to confront raw memories of the heartbreaking lows and pulse-pounding highs of their secret college affair. But they'll also discover that people who rub each other the wrong way often make the best sparks

Bad Romeo..... where do I begin with this one? I have mixed feelings. It took me sooooooo long to get through this one and the sequel, Broken Juliet. I don't know why I had such a hard time reading this, but it really did take me for forever. 

I like Ethan and Cassie as characters. It was interesting the way Leisa Rayven formatted the story. She had the chapters switching between past and present time, which was a really cool concept. There was also a ton of drama..... no not that dram... well yes that drama, but I mean theater. 

I really like theater, so I was so excited for this story. The theatric did not disappoint and over all I did enjoy this story. There were times where the excitement lulled and, I think that's where I got lost at times. It was very much me just wishing the characters would get over their crap and suck it up. 

Eventually that did happen and things got better, but it was still slow. Ethan was so broken and damaged that we spent most of the story reading about how to fix him..... or rather, how not to fix him. While I like broken characters and feel like they can bring a lot to a plot, Ethan was too much at times. 

Though I'm leaning more towards liking this story.... it was really just ehh to me. It had it's ups, but it had it's downs too... maybe even more downs than ups. 

Sunday, November 19, 2017

The Bad Boy, Cupid & Me ~Review

“There were times where all we want is to Play the laughter, Pause the memories, Stop the pain and Rewind the happiness.” 

Reece smirked, "Trust me Chloe, the Good Girl always falls for the Bad Boy."

Chloe Armel is a Good Girl.
She never gets in trouble, gets excellent grades and is loved by everyone.

Enter Reece.
Wild, badass and has an ego that honestly couldn't get any bigger.
He gets into fights, breaks every single rule and couldn't care less about the consequences that come with it.

When Chloe's parents leave to treat sick children in Cambodia for two weeks, she is forced to stay at her neighbour's house. 
Her neighbour has a son, and it's Reece Carter.

Sneaking out. Parties. Drinks. Hash Brownies. Flirting. Breaking the Law…and Road Trips.
Add a few shots of Cupid's Arrows and what have we got?

No clue.

All we know is, it'll be unforgettable.

I really enjoyed this book. I thought it was really cute and well written. This story is on Wattpad, which for those of you who don't know..... Wattpad is an entire website housing stories written from everyday people like yourself. It's amazing and you should definitely check it out. 

Back to the task at hand.... I thought this story was cute. It was very much the "boy next door" type story. Not only the boy next door but the bad boy next door. Reece as a character just made me smile. He was perfect, hot, bad boy, but with a secret sensitive side. He was a pretty dynamic character throughout the story. 

Chloe cracked me up. I loved how she interacted with Reece's friends and his mom. Watching their relationship change was delightful. Chloe and Reece just work together in my opinion. The way the author had these two character interact was comedic and endearing. 

Some interesting things happen in this story line. Reece's way of earning money was something I hadn't actual read about before so it was a nice change. This book went by really quick.

I would recommend if you are looking for a quick easy read! The Bad Boy Cupid & Me was fabulous in more ways than one! 

Sunday, November 5, 2017

My Lady Jane ~Review

“He wanted to tell her she'd have more room if she'd just get rid of her books, but he supposed that in her case, it would be like telling a mother she'd have more room if she threw out her children.” 

The comical, fantastical, romantical, (not) entirely true story of Lady Jane Grey. In My Lady Jane, coauthors Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows have created a one-of-a-kind fantasy in the tradition of The Princess Bride, featuring a reluctant king, an even more reluctant queen, a noble steed, and only a passing resemblance to actual history—because sometimes history needs a little help.

At sixteen, Lady Jane Grey is about to be married off to a stranger and caught up in a conspiracy to rob her cousin, King Edward, of his throne. But those trifling problems aren’t for Jane to worry about. Jane is about to become the Queen of England.

I don't even know where to begin with this one. This has to be one of my new all time favorite books..... ever. I seriously don't even know where to begin...... 

I'm not a big fan of historical fiction, but everything about this book was done right! The history, the story, the magic, the characters..... everything. I loved it! All of it! 

I LOVE JANE AND GIFFORD! I thought they were perfect from the beginning to end. I only wish I had more of them! I enjoyed their banter and their connection. PERFECTION

Edward.... and Bess.... and Gracie..... and even Mary... everyone. If you only read one book this year.... please make it this one. 

The magic element in this story was so well done, it seemed to be flawlessly woven into the plot. Though it isn't 100% historically accurate, it does capture the main events. 

I listened to this on audio and the girl who read it was phenomenal. She was able to provide a unique voice to every character that just made them even more memorable. It was amazing! If you don't want to read this, definitely recommend the audio version. 

The entire story was so entertaining it felt like I couldn't put it down. That's how you know a story was written well. The way these three ladies wrote the story together was incredible. There is such cohesion, you honestly wouldn't know this was written by more than one person. I was on the edge of my seat the entire time, there was never a dull moment. 


Sunday, October 22, 2017

The Deal ~Review

“Sometimes people sneak up on you and suddenly you don’t know how you ever lived without them.” 

She's about to make a deal with the college bad boy...

Hannah Wells has finally found someone who turns her on. But while she might be confident in every other area of her life, she's carting around a full set of baggage when it comes to sex and seduction. If she wants to get her crush's attention, she'll have to step out of her comfort zone and make him take notice...even if it means tutoring the annoying, childish, cockycaptain of the hockey team in exchange for a pretend date.

...and it's going to be oh so good

All Garrett Graham has ever wanted is to play professional hockey after graduation, but his plummeting GPA is threatening everything he's worked so hard for. If helping a sarcastic brunette make another guy jealous will help him secure his position on the team, he's all for it. But when one unexpected kiss leads to the wildest sex of both their lives, it doesn't take long for Garrett to realize that pretend isn't going to cut it. Now he just has to convince Hannah that the man she wants looks a lot like him.

I've come to a conclusion. 
Hockey players are hot. After reading Pucked by Helena Hunting and now The Deal by Elle Kennedy.....I think I want to date a hockey player. HAHA

I really enjoyed this book. It made me smile to see their relationship progress through the book. It was cute, flirty, steamy and fun. Hannah was a riot! She made me laugh out loud on several occasions. I love how much she didn't like Garrett at first. But of course things happen. 

The deal that they made was perfect and the absolute best set up for things to go wrong.... or right. I liked how involved the friends were throughout the book. It was refreshing to see the team mates have bigger roles than usual in the plot. 

Speaking of friends...... I adored how Hannah and Garrett became friends, it was well integrated change in the way they interacted. I thought it was really well done! I enjoy Elle Kennedy as an author, I like the way she develops plots. I've gotta read more by her. 

Definitely recommend this one! It was a fantastic book! 

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Caraval ~Review

“Every person has the power to change their fate if they are brave enough to fight for what they desire more than anything.” 

Remember, it’s only a game…

Scarlett Dragna has never left the tiny island where she and her sister, Tella, live with their powerful, and cruel, father. Now Scarlett’s father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval—the faraway, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show—are over.

But this year, Scarlett’s long-dreamt-of invitation finally arrives. With the help of a mysterious sailor, Tella whisks Scarlett away to the show. Only, as soon as they arrive, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval’s mastermind organizer, Legend. It turns out that this season’s Caraval revolves around Tella, and whoever finds her first is the winner.

Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. Nevertheless she becomes enmeshed in a game of love, heartbreak, and magic. And whether Caraval is real or not, Scarlett must find Tella before the five nights of the game are over or a dangerous domino effect of consequences will be set off, and her beloved sister will disappear forever.

Welcome, welcome to Caraval…beware of getting swept too far away.

There was a lot of hype going around for this book. A LOT of hype. So I was a little nervous about whether or not I would like it and if it lived up to the hype it was getting. All in all...... it did. I really enjoyed this book. I enjoyed the characters and the plot. The writing was superb and I need to look up more of Stephanie Garber. The way she effortlessly described the vividness of Caraval is so incising, you cant help but eagerly flip through the pages. I loved this story and look forward to seeing more of Garber's works. 

I knew very little when I entered this book and I couldn't have been more pleased with the results. If I'm being honest with myself, I picked up Caraval because of the serious hype surrounding it. Let's admit it, there was a TON of hype, and fortunately, I received Caraval in my February Owlcrate box. The hype, in my opinion was well deserved. I couldn't put this one down. I read the whole book in one evening.

The characters were so easy to picture in my head and I fell in love with them! (No surprise there) Caraval is a place I would love to go to, especially for the dresses! TO DIE FOR! What I really did love about the was Garber handled magic in her book, is that it all comes with a price. I definitely respected that element and thought it brought more to the plot. 

If you haven't read Caraval yet, I highly recommend you grab a ticket and line up for Caraval. Still feeling the love from this book! 

Sunday, September 24, 2017

After ~Review

“Just because he can't love you the way you want him to doesn't mean he does't love you with everything he has.' Liam says.” 

Tessa is a good girl with a sweet, reliable boyfriend back home. She’s got direction, ambition, and a mother who’s intent on keeping her that way. 

But she’s barely moved into her freshman dorm when she runs into Hardin. With his tousled brown hair, cocky British accent, tattoos, and lip ring, Hardin is cute and different from what she’s used to. 

But he’s also rude—to the point of cruelty, even. For all his attitude, Tessa should hate Hardin. And she does—until she finds herself alone with him in his room. Something about his dark mood grabs her, and when they kiss it ignites within her a passion she’s never known before. 

He’ll call her beautiful, then insist he isn't the one for her and disappear again and again. Despite the reckless way he treats her, Tessa is compelled to dig deeper and find the real Hardin beneath all his lies. He pushes her away again and again, yet every time she pushes back, he only pulls her in deeper. 

Tessa already has the perfect boyfriend. So why is she trying so hard to overcome her own hurt pride and Hardin’s prejudice about nice girls like her? 

Unless…could this be love?

Now newly revised and expanded, Anna Todd’s After fanfiction racked up 1 billion reads online and captivated readers across the globe. Experience the Internet’s most talked-about book for yourself!

There was the time before Tessa met Hardin, and then there’s everything AFTER ... Life will never be the same.

When reading the back of the book, I was expecting the college romance with the bad boy..........Though I did get just that.... I did not like this book. I feel bad saying that, but I really just had several problems with the whole story. 

I'm a sucker for the bad boy/ good girl trope. I mean have you seen the books I've read? I love that trope and it's honestly one of my trigger words. But when I started reading this book, it wasn't what I wanted. Even still..... I trucked through it to the end. Bad Idea. It just got worse. 

I liked Hardin..... I think. Really I just liked the idea of him, the cocky British bad boy, I mean that is hot with a capital H O T. In any other story, I would probably really love him as a character. But the things he does in this book. It is terrible! It's abusive and I couldn't handle it. He took the bad boy motif to the extreme and it was uncomfortable. 

I cant say Tessa was much better. I can understand the appeal of the bad boy, but what she does in the story is almost as bad as Hardin. Maybe I'm reading too much into it and taking it all too sensitively. But I don't know. I just had a lot of unhappy feelings about this book. I don't think I'll continue the series, but I'm not going to say never. 

This was a big book (582 pages) with an interesting synopsis that got my attention, with so many pages that had so much promise..... but everything just rubbed me the wrong way. I would recommend reading at your own risk on this one....... if you start to feel uncomfortable.... don't continue reading..... it just gets worse. 

Sunday, September 10, 2017

The Princess Saves Herself in This One ~Review

“repeat after me:
you owe
no one
your forgiveness. 

- except maybe yourself.” 

"Ah, life- the thing that happens to us while we're off somewhere else blowing on dandelions & wishing ourselves into the pages of our favorite fairy tales."

A poetry collection divided into four different parts: the princess, the damsel, the queen, & you. the princess, the damsel, & the queen piece together the life of the author in three stages, while you serves as a note to the reader & all of humankind. Explores life & all of its love, loss, grief, healing, empowerment, & inspirations. 

I like poetry. Let me rephrase that.... I like some poetry. Sometimes a poem just drags on and on and there is too much analyzing you have to do in order to be able to enjoy it. I read for fun, not for hard work. 

That being said, I did enjoy this little book of poems. It's super quick and easy to get through, with words and phrasing that don't require an English degree to understand. I left the book feeling empowered. I felt like a queen and as if life wasn't as bad as people made it out to be in the end. 

I liked being able to put myself in Amanda Lovelace's head. The way she described things made it not only personal to herself, but broad enough to reach out to others. 

I really enjoyed reading this. It's 156 pages, but only 30 at most, words per page. It was a quick read and well worth it. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone needing a boost of motivation. You are a queen! 

Sunday, August 27, 2017

The Heartbreakers ~Review

"The world moves fast, changing everything
around us with each new day. 
Photography is a gift that can
keep us in a moment forever,
blissfully eternal."

Back of Book:
"When I met Oliver Perry, I had no clue he was the lead singer for The Heartbreakers. And he had no idea that I was the only girl in the world who hated his music."
Stella will do anything for her sick sister, Cara—even stand in line for an autographed Heartbreakers CD...for four hours. She's totally winning best birthday gift this year. At least she met a cute boy with soft brown hair and gorgeous blue eyes while getting her caffeine fix. Too bad she'll never see him again.
Except, Stella's life has suddenly turned into a cheesy love song. Because Starbucks Boy is Oliver Perry – lead singer for the Heartbreakers. And even after she calls his music crap, Oliver still gives Stella his phone number. And whispers quotes from her favorite Disney movie in her ear. OMG, what is her life?
But how can Stella even think about being with Oliver — dating and laughing and pulling pranks with the band — when her sister could be dying of cancer?

What more can you ask for in a book? I am a photographer myself, just as Stella is, so I found her extremely relatable. Even if she wasn't a photographer, she is still pretty relatable to most people.

I enjoyed how Stella was so uninterested in the bad that her sister adored, until she met Oliver. I love the name Oliver, I just think it is the perfect guy name.

This story had a pretty heavy topic underneath the light romance. Cancer is something hard to deal with. Novak did a great job of handling it. The book wasn't overly sad or overly happy, it was the perfect medium.

Oliver was kind of a butt for a bit of the book. What he does to Stella was annoying. But that's okay. I still loved this book. I do like Novak's other book My Life with the Walter Boys, better. But that is probably because I have a think for big family books.

This one also included some family in the mix which I always appreciate in a book! How could you not? I mean, family is part of everyone's lives and it just adds more realism to the book.

I really enjoyed this book, it was cute and definitely a book you can read to make you feel good or get out of a reading slump.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

The Lovely Reckless ~Review

"Winning is easier when
you've got nothing to lose."

Back of Book:
I’ve become an expert at avoiding things that could hurt me—which means I will figure out how to stay away from Marco Leone.

Seventeen-year-old Frankie Devereux would do anything to forget the past. Haunted by the memory of her boyfriend’s death, she lives her life by one dangerous rule: Nothing matters. At least, that’s what Frankie tells herself after a reckless mistake forces her to leave her privileged life in the Heights to move in with her dad—an undercover cop. She transfers to a public high school in the Downs, where fistfights don’t faze anyone and illegal street racing is more popular than football.

Marco Leone is the fastest street racer in the Downs. Tough, sexy, and hypnotic, he makes it impossible for Frankie to ignore him—and how he makes her feel. But the risks Marco takes for his family could have devastating consequences for them both. When Frankie discovers his secret, she has to make a choice. Will she let the pain of the past determine her future? Or will she risk what little she has left to follow her heart?

So..... I made a realization in this book......... I have a thing for bad boys. How much badder can you get that a street racing badass? Not much more in my books. I loved Marco, I loved his personality, his demeanor, his dialogues, his looks. Definitely a great character through and through!

Frankie was in a weird situation. Moving schools, her dad's occupation is a whole other can of worms, and Marco. I loved Frankie and Marco. I loved how stubborn Frankie was and how determined she was to do her own thing.

The street racing scene isn't something I've read abut before. I didn't entirely understand the concept until reading this book. It was intriguing and interesting, I would definitely be interested in reading similar books, if anyone has a recommendation.

This book was a page turner, it was so easy to read through it in one siting, flipping pages excitedly. I was on the edge of the seat most of the time. This is a fantastic book! I loved it and know you will to. I highly recommend this to anyone seeking a little thrill

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Stolen Songs ~Review

*****Interview with the author below*****

"What about you, Kingsley? What are your dreams?"

He shrugs his shoulders. "I'm still in the process."
"Of what?"

One of the best books I've read this year. Period. End of Review. Talk to you alter.

Just kidding.... 
I do have things to say but first....

Back of The Book: 
Maddison is a survivor. An unstable childhood has taught her to depend on no one but herself, which is exactly how she’s gotten to where she is today. With a scholarship to one of the most prestigious schools in the country, she’s finally able to settle into one location until she graduates. But with foster parents hooked on drugs, Maddison is forced to steal to make ends meet, not only for herself but her foster siblings.

Kingsley is filthy rich. An only child, he lives with a mother who is dependent on alcohol, a father who doesn’t talk to him, and his chef, the only real family he has. His life changes when he overhears Maddison playing the cello. She’s snappy, hot, and wants nothing to do with him, and he’s obsessed. As they spend time together, she begins to lower her guard. She’s everything he needs, everything he wants, and for the first time, he’s able to tell someone about his past. Everything is perfect. Until he ruins it.

STOLEN SONGS is a heartfelt and heartbreaking story of letting go of your past when it means taking hold of your future, finding strength in your mistakes, and giving everything you’ve got to heal the ones you’ve broken.

*CONTENT WARNING: Contains profanity, sex, and drug abuse.
I have read my fair share of contemporary YA romances and honestly, I was expecting a lot of cliche tropes to be thrown in. I mean we have all seen the bad boy good girl, or bad girl good boy. It's not that original..... So not what this book was. It wasn't even close to my familiar YA contemporary romance. 
I really loved this book. It was so easy to understand and fly through. Literally.... fly through. When I sat down with this novel, I only anticipated reading a few pages before actually being productive for the day.....That didn't happen. I sat down and read the whole thing. Honestly, I even forgot I was reading. It felt like watching a movie. Which only the best books can do. 

The plot is captivating, the characters are personable and imperfect. (Which, imperfect character make the best characters. Who wants to read about perfect people with perfect lives? No one. ever.) There was a roller coaster of emotions throughout the entire novel, not gunna lie. I definitely shed a few tears throughout this story. Both happy and sad tears, depending on the situation. I loved the dual perspective, getting to read from Kingsley's perspective and Maddison's perspective. I always feel like I'm in on a secret when reading something our other character doesn't know. HAHA. Am I the only one that feels that way?

Armstrong made a very delightful twist to our popular, classical ya musician with a shady backstory genre, that was refreshing and dare I say, better than most novels with the character as a musician. She did very well with every music scene being different from the other. While music is at the heart of the book, there were so many other elements that were critical to the story. 

Yes, the music is a really important part, but there were so many other things that shaped the characters and drove the plot. Many of them I wasn't actually expecting. I'm really good at guessing the plot twists, really good. But this book..... I couldn't keep up and that's the way it should have been. I loved this story and cant wait till the sequel is released! 

This was Samantha Armstrong's debut novel and she couldn't have entered the stage with a bigger bang than this one. I would definitely recommend picking this one up if you are looking for something that's suck you in from the first page. 


1. What started your interest in writing? 

You’ve probably heard this a million times, but I’ve always been an avid reader. My mom’s a bookaholic. Literally. But my earliest memory of reading was when I was about five or six. I would stay at my grandparent's house all the time, and one day my popa (Grandad) said to me I wasn’t allowed to stay at his house again until I learned how to read. Well, I think I stayed the night the next week! Since then I’ve always loved reading. I never knew I wanted to be a writer. I’m twenty-three now, and up until the age of twenty-one, I had no clue of what I wanted to do. I remember just after my twenty-first birthday I had an idea that I wanted to write a book. I told my boyfriend, and he told me to go for it. So I started writing, and I wasn’t able to stop. 

2. How did publishing your first book change your process of writing?

I went through a bit of writing slump after publishing my debut. My head was all over the place focusing on promotion and watching the sales numbers. I'm glad that initial launch period is over now though and I'm back to writing around 2000 words a day. 

3. How did you come up with the plot for Stolen Songs? 

The first thing I came up with was a word, and that kicked started it all. Can you guess what word that was? Kingsley says it three times. ;) After that the rest was history. The plot just unfolded all by itself. None of it is relevant to my life whatsoever! I’m a complete nana, I don’t even drink, and rarely curse. Can you believe it?

4. Reading Stolen Songs, there were scenes that made me cry. What is the first book that made you cry?

I’ve actually never cried in a book before. Not even my own! However, I’m currently writing something that is going to make me cry soon because it is something very close to me. 

5. What is your writing Kryptonite?

Doubt. I get in writing slumps whenever I’m feeling down, and doubting my abilities as a writer. I’m my own worst critic.
Also, the summer doesn’t help. I love writing in winter when you can curl up by a fire, and it’s raining outside. In Summer, it’s too hot and much better to be outside than holed up inside. 

6. Who/what is your biggest inspiration when writing? 

My biggest inspiration is Colleen Hoover. I just love her. All of her stories move me so much, and I hope that one day I will be able to write stories just as powerful! But day by day, I would have to say my biggest inspiration is my boyfriend, his motivation and belief in me is what keeps me going. 

7. If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?

Do not listen to everyone! Being a first-time writer, you always doubt yourself, I still do, but when you’re getting your work beta read or edited, you tend to listen to every single person. Everyone in the world has an opinion, and you can’t agree with them all. At the end of the day you have to go with your gut, and it’s okay to say no to suggestions. 

8. What advice do you have for aspiring authors? 

Listen to your gut, and do not give up. It is easy to get discouraged. I still do, but the key to being successful at anything is to never give up! Just continue to put words down day after day.

9. If there was one song to describe Maddison's personality, which would it be and why?

I immediately thought of this song, just because of Lindsey Stirling. In this video clip, she reminds me so much of Maddy, her style, her sass, and she just looks so tough. 

I also think the lyrics are quite true to Maddy, as in she’s radioactive. She’s so determined to make a better life for herself, I get the same feeling when I watch the video clip to this video. 

10. If there was one song to describe Kingsley's personality, which would it be and why?

This one was hard. Nothing came to me straight away, but as I looked at my playlist I thought the lyrics to this song were quite appropriate. 

11. How did you come up with the characters in Stolen Songs? What process did you go through to determine names and personalities?

Characters usually come to me before the plot when I’m writing a novel, and Maddison and Kingsley came so naturally. Their personalities are so bold, they were easy to create. To find names, I usually just search names on Google and read a bunch of them until one sticks out. When I came across Kingsley I instantly fell in love with it, but it didn’t feel like a first name, and that’s when I decided it for his last name, and nickname. 

12. As a writer, what would you choose as your mascot/avatar/spirit animal?

I didn’t really know how to answer this question so I took a quiz online, and it says I’m a snake, so I guess I’ll go with that. :)

13. In Stolen Songs, the way you describe Maddison's love for music is so lyrical, do you yourself play any instruments? 

No, I wish I did! I actually really want to learn how to play the piano and cello, and I will! I put it on my goal list for the year but so far haven’t reached it yet. ;) But I’ve been surrounded with music my whole life. Many of my family members and friends are very talented at playing instruments and singing. That’s probably where the music side of it stemmed from. 

14. What’s the most difficult thing about writing characters from the opposite sex?

Honestly, I think if you know your character well enough it should be easy. I didn’t really run into any troubles that I can remember. 

15. What did you edit out of this book?

Not anything significant. I had such a clear picture from the start, everything was kind of important so I didn’t cut out any big scenes. Thankfully. I’ve had to cut chapters in previous books and it’s like death!

16. Is your sequel also going to center around Maddison and Kingsley? Or will it center around other characters? 

Of course the sequel will center around M & K! I have to conclude their story, or I’m sure I’ll get a lot of hate. There a quite a few new characters, though. Which is fun! 

17. Without giving too many spoilers, what can we expect in the sequel? 

A lot more music. More boys. More drama. It’s too hard not to give spoilers, but let me leave you with one word from Kingsley: Fuck.