And I Darken by Kiersten White Blog Tour Stop

And I Darken by Kiersten White Blog Tour Stop

June 23, 2016 Tours 0

Welcome to RSR’s stop on the And I Darken Tour!! I was beyond thrilled when I found out I would be participating in this tour since it’s seriously one of my most anticipated summer releases, and I’m very excited to welcome Kiersten to RSR with a top five list! Now…..small confession on my part. I went into And I Darken thinking fantasy. It wasn’t until I started reading that I realized it was a historical reimagining…. Oops   But Kiersten, being the absolutely awesome author that she is handled my oops awesomely! So without rambling some more….here’s Kiersten!   So, first, a confession of sorts: And I Darken isn’t fantasy. I see it listed as fantasy a lot; it’s actually a historical reimagining. But I hope it does what all good fantasy books do: transport you to another world to tell a story that feels as real as the world you live in. In this case, that world is the… Read more »


[Blog Tour] Q&A with Mariko Tamaki, author of  SAVING MONTGOMERY SOLE

[Blog Tour] Q&A with Mariko Tamaki, author of SAVING MONTGOMERY SOLE

June 21, 2016 Features & Spotlights, Interview 1

Hi everyone! I’m so happy to continue to celebrate Pride Month and to feature SAVING MONTGOMERY SOLE. The main character, Montgomery Sole, has two mothers and struggles to make sense of her world as a religious leader threatens her sense of family. Without further ado, I’m happy to present the book & the interview! About the Book Saving Montgomery Sole by Mariko Tamaki Roaring Brook Press Add it on GoodReads A beautiful and offbeat novel from Mariko Tamaki, co-creator of the bestselling Printz Honor and Caldecott Honor Book This One Summer. Montgomery Sole is a square peg in a small town, forced to go to a school full of jocks and girls who don’t even know what irony is. It would all be impossible if it weren’t for her best friends, Thomas and Naoki. The three are also the only members of Jefferson High’s Mystery Club, dedicated to exploring the weird and unexplained, from ESP and astrology to super powers… Read more »


Get HOOKED, on reading! 2016 Virtual Adult Summer Reading Program!

Get HOOKED, on reading! 2016 Virtual Adult Summer Reading Program!

June 20, 2016 Announcements, Challenges 1

Hey Everyone! Do you remember the summer reading program that you participated in as a child at your local library? Do you wish you had a fun way to entertain yourself this summer? Never fear—the Virtual Adult Summer Read Program (#VASRP) is here to help! Join Valerie at He Said Books or Me and I for the fun. Here is how it works. Between now (the first day of Summer) June 20th thru September 5th 2016, we encourage you to read as many books as you can. These can be books you have been meaning to read, or you can now select one of the lists that we created below based on your interest. The most important thing in all of it is to have fun reading! We have picked the theme “Get Hooked On Books” for Summer 2016. To that end, the levels that you will be reading are based off that theme. Your level will be calculated at… Read more »


[Debut Author Bash] Q&A with Rahul Kanakia, author of ENTER TITLE HERE + Giveaway!

[Debut Author Bash] Q&A with Rahul Kanakia, author of ENTER TITLE HERE + Giveaway!

June 19, 2016 Features & Spotlights 3

Hi everyone! I’m so excited to feature Rahul Kanakia and his debut novel, Enter Title Here. Learn more about the book, Rahul and don’t forget to enter the giveaway below! About the Book Enter Title Here by Rahul Kanakia Releases August 2nd 2016 from Disney-Hyperion Add it on GoodReads I’m your protagonist—Reshma Kapoor—and if you have the free time to read this book, then you’re probably nothing like me. Reshma is a college counselor’s dream. She’s the top-ranked senior at her ultra-competitive Silicon Valley high school, with a spotless academic record and a long roster of extracurriculars. But there are plenty of perfect students in the country, and if Reshma wants to get into Stanford, and into med school after that, she needs the hook to beat them all. What’s a habitual over-achiever to do? Land herself a literary agent, of course. Which is exactly what Reshma does after agent Linda Montrose spots an article she wrote for Huffington Post…. Read more »


Water Over Blood: Guest Post by Wesaun S.

Water Over Blood: Guest Post by Wesaun S.

June 15, 2016 Guest Post 0

I Prefer Water Over Blood  by Wesaun S. Credit to Michael & Nic. I don’t feel all that young anymore. I know that sounds strange because I am still in school but I don’t feel young anymore. I wish I did. When I was young, I was really shrouded in my culture, being a first generation Jamaican-American of immigrant parents and the majority of my family in America not being born Americans or “Jamericans” as family members like to call me with a sweet fondness and a smirk in the wrinkles of their glowing face. Something they say with pride. I was shrouded in my culture and I did not see much else. I was more sheltered than I thought. I thought I was curious, I thought I questioned everything, I questioned so much of what was about me but little did I know I was silent and did not question what I needed to the most: homophobia. Little grains… Read more »


Interview with Dahlia Adler, author of Out on Good Behaviour!

Interview with Dahlia Adler, author of Out on Good Behaviour!

June 11, 2016 Interview 0

Hi, everyone! I’m so excited to feature Dahlia Adler, author of Out on Good Behaviour today! I am a totally Adler fangirl and I will read anything she writes. Before the awesome interview, let’s learn more about Out on Good Behaviour and Dahlia Adler! About the Book Out on Good Behaviour by Dahlia Adler Radleigh University #3 (companion) June 14th 2016 Add it on GoodReads Frankie Bellisario knows she can get anyone she sets her sights on, but just because she can doesn’t mean she should—not when the person she’s eyeing is Samara Kazarian, the daughter of a southern Republican mayor. No matter how badly Frankie wants to test her powers of persuasion, even she recognizes some lines aren’t meant to be crossed. But when Frankie learns she’s been on Samara’s mind too, the idea of hooking up with her grows too strong to resist. Only Sam’s not looking for a hookup; she wants—needs—the real thing, and she’s afraid she’ll never find it as… Read more »


Interview with Mia Siegert, author of JERKBAIT!

Interview with Mia Siegert, author of JERKBAIT!

June 7, 2016 Interview 0

Hi everyone! I’m so happy to feature Jerkbait by Mia Siegert as part of Pride Month today! But first, let’s learn more about the book and the author: About the Author Mia Siegert received her MFA from Goddard College and her BA from Montclair State University where she won Honorable Mention in the 2009 English Department Awards for fiction. Her debut JERKBAIT made Goodreads Best YA of May 2016. Siegert has been published in Clapboard House, Word Riot, The Limn Literary & Arts Journal, as well as a few other small presses. Siegert currently works as an adjunct professor and a costume designer. She enjoys training horses and watching hockey. About the Book Jerkbait by Mia Siegert Released May 10th 2016 from Jolly Fish Press Add it on GoodReads Even though they’re identical, Tristan isn’t close to his twin Robbie at all—until Robbie tries to kill himself. Forced to share a room to prevent Robbie from hurting himself, the brothers begin to… Read more »


Bookish Bingo Spring 2016 Wrap-Up!

Bookish Bingo Spring 2016 Wrap-Up!

June 5, 2016 Challenges 0

I completely flopped at book bingo this season, I guess with school and life, I didn’t even find time to attempt to fill in a single bingo *sad face* This challenge is hosted by Bekka of Pretty Deadly Reviews. Anyway, here are the books: MC Shares First Initial: Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli Characters are not human: If I tell you, it’s a spoiler to the book! More than one author: Summer Days and Summer Nights anthology, edited by Stephanie Perkins Stand-alone: You Know Me Well by David Leviathan & Nina LaCour March, April, May Release: Saving Montgomery Sole by Mariko Tamaki Book Towards Another Challenge: Out on Good Behaviour by Dahlia Adler [LGBT+ Book Challenge] Ugly Cover: Uglies by Scott Westerfeld Under 200 Pages: Coraline by Neil Gaiman Set in space: Stars Above by Marissa Meyer Recommended by More than one Friend: The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson


2016 Diversity Reading Challenge: Pride Month Reading List

2016 Diversity Reading Challenge: Pride Month Reading List

June 3, 2016 Challenges, Features & Spotlights 1

Ahh it’s June and as you know, June is LGBTQIA+ Pride Month! If you, like me, are hoping to read some LGBTQIA+ literature to celebrate, here’s a recommended reading list! (As always, if a book on this list troubles you, please don’t hesitate to email/DM/tweet me to notify me). Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli YA Contemporary Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now Simon is actually being blackmailed: if he doesn’t play wingman for class clown Martin, his sexual identity will become everyone’s business. Worse, the privacy of Blue, the pen name of the boy he’s been emailing, will be compromised. With some messy dynamics emerging in his once tight-knit group of friends, and his email correspondence with Blue growing more flirtatious every day, Simon’s junior year… Read more »


You Know Me Well by David Levithan and Nina LaCour

You Know Me Well by David Levithan and Nina LaCour

June 2, 2016 Reviews 2

You Know Me Well by David Levithan, Nina LaCour Published by St. Martin’s Press on June 7th 2016 Genres: Contemporary, LGBTQIA, Young Adult, YA Pages: 246 Goodreads Who knows you well? Your best friend? Your boyfriend or girlfriend? A stranger you meet on a crazy night? No one, really? Mark and Kate have sat next to each other for an entire year, but have never spoken. For whatever reason, their paths outside of class have never crossed. That is until Kate spots Mark miles away from home, out in the city for a wild, unexpected night. Kate is lost, having just run away from a chance to finally meet the girl she has been in love with from afar. Mark, meanwhile, is in love with his best friend Ryan, who may or may not feel the same way. When Kate and Mark meet up, little do they know how important they will become to each other — and how, in… Read more »