Unknown by Wendy Higgins \\ Release Day Blitz


Unknown
by Wendy Higgins

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Amber Tate believes the worst thing she’ll suffer in life is dealing with the unrequited love she feels for her brother’s best friend, Rylen Fite. She also believes war is something unfortunate that happens places far, far away from her rural Nevada town. She’s wrong on both counts.

When an unknown organization meticulously bombs major cities in the United States and across the globe, a trickle-down effect spreads to remaining towns at an alarming speed—everything from food and water sources to technology and communications are compromised. Without leadership, the nation is split between paralysis and panic, but Amber isn’t one to hide or watch helplessly. She’s determined to put her nursing skills to use, despite the danger, even if it means working alongside the man she can never have.

In this first installment of NY Times bestselling author, Wendy Higgins’s debut New Adult series, a frighteningly realistic apocalyptic America is brought to life, entwined with searing romantic tension that will leave you eager for more.

ABOUT WENDY:
Wendy Higgins is the USA Today and NY Times bestselling author of the SWEET EVIL series from HarperTeen, the high fantasy duology THE GREAT HUNT, and her independently published Irish Fantasy SEE ME.
After earning a Creative Writing degree from George Mason University and a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction from Radford, Wendy taught high school English until achieving her dream job as a full-time writer.
Wendy lives on the Eastern Shore of Virginia with her husband, daughter, son, and little doggie Rue.

 

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Divya

#SBPT16 – An interview with Chelsea @ Books For Thought

SUMMER BLOGGER PROMO TOUR

Hey guys! Today, I have the wonderful Chelsea @ Books For Thought, whom I had the pleasure of interviewing. Here’s the interview!

Hi, Chelsea!Tell me 5 facts about you.

1. I went to art school! I haven’t been practicing much lately but I can normally draw pretty good.
2. My secret dream is to become a ballerina…even though I’ve never danced in my life. It just looks so cool what they can do with their bodies!
3. I have a soft spot for Westerns. Movies, books, tv shows, anything. I love horses and grew up around farms so it’s to be expected.
4. I’m obsessed with spreadsheets. I love seeing data all pretty like that! I have one for books read, series read, challenges I’m in..etc. It’s the inner geek in me.
5. One Direction is my guilty pleasure. I don’t scream and fight over them like most 13 years olds, but I do really like their music and listen to them all the time.

What inspired you to start blogging?

I actually started blogging because of BookTube. I was watching videos all the time and decided that I wanted to do that too! Only I didn’t have the time or motivation to record videos of myself so I started a blog. My 3 year blogaversary was at the end of June.:)

What have been some of your favorite moments as a blogger?

It’s always exciting when an author first contacts you to read and review their book. I never not get excited about that. Also I love meeting new people! I actually have met some really good friends through blogging!

Who are some of your favorite bloggers?

Sarah @ Kerosene Lit
Alice @ Alice’s Book Vault
Jamie @ Books and Ladders
Dani @
Dani Reviews Things
Carlissa @
Confessions of Carlissa

If you could live in a fictional world, which would that be?

The Harry Potter world for sure. I could do so many more awesome things with magic. And think of the jobs! I’d also love to live in a world where I could be a princess or queen. Any world, take your pick.

Tell me some of your top OTPs:-)

Cleo and Magnus from Falling Kingdoms
Lia and Kaden from The Kiss of Deception
Eragon and Arya from Eragon
Sydney and Adrian from Bloodlines
Elena and Clay from Women of the Otherworld
Yelena and Valek from Poison Study
Mercy and Adam from Moon Called

It was wonderful having you here, Chelsea! I loved all of your answers. Especially the one where she said you’d love to live in a world where she could be queen. What do y’all think, everyone?😀

Divya

#SBPT16 – Gods & Goddesses & Books, Oh My! with Jess @ Princessica of Books

SUMMER BLOGGER PROMO TOUR

Hello everyone! Today, for my SBPT post, we have the wondeful Jess @ Princessica of Books! We’re doing a fun little post about PJO. Read on, and definitely follow Jess’s blog if you aren’t already!

Gods & Goddesses & Books, Oh My!

Hello everyone! I’m here today on Divya’s blog to do a little collab post. Because we both share a deep love for Percy Jackson, we decided it’d be very cool to pair Greek gods and goddesses with books!

Jess’s 5 Gods & Goddesses

Ares: god of war ↠ Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson

Mistborn has a lot of politics surrounding military and war strategies. In addition, it’s more on the gory side–something others would not like, but Ares would love!

Aphrodite: goddess of love ↠ Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

Not only does Anna and the French Kiss take place in the city of love, it also has a very cute story! Perkins is one of the best contemporary romance authors out there, along with Kasie West & Jenny Han.

Athena: goddess of wisdom ↠ The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi

The Star-Touched Queen relies heavily on wit and riddles, which Athena would appreciate. While there is some romance in it, it’s very clever–apostrophes like Death and Love are actual people.

Artemis: goddess of the moon ↠ I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai

I Am Malala is actually a book Athena would enjoy as well. Nonfiction, it focuses on one girl’s fight for female education. I haven’t read it myself but I admire Malala.

Hecate: goddess of magic ↠ Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes

Falling Kingdoms relies heavily on magic, especially in the sequels. Another book I’d recommend is Harry Potter for obvious reasons!

Divya’s 5 Gods & Goddesses

Apollo: god of the sun, medicine and poetry ↠ Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

Apollo is established as a confidently bisexual character, and I think he would love reading some sweet and cute gay contemporaries! Simon might just become one of his favorites😉

Hephaestus: god of blacksmiths and fire ↠ Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Cinder is quite the obvious choice, I know. What with Cinder being  mechanic herself and the minimal amount of romance in these books, I think Hephaestus might enjoy reading them.

Hermes: god of travellers, merchants and thieves ↠ The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch

I haven’t read this book myself, but the fact that the MC is described as having a gift for thieving made me choose this one for Hermes.

Iris: goddess of rainbows, messenger of the gods ↠ A Darker Shade of Magic by Victoria Schwab

Just like Iris, Kell from ADSOM is a messenger for the rulers of the four Londons. I think Iris would also love the descriptions of Red London!

Nemesis: goddess of revenge ↠ Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas

Nemesis would definitely enjoy the feisty Celaena from TOG who wants her revenge against the king of Adarlan. I might be wrong about this, because I haven’t completed this series yet, so lemme know!

About the Blogger:

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Jess is your local blogger, bibliophile, feminist, and a future cat-lady. She enjoys supporting her local library and absolutely adores indie bookstores. When she is not reading or doing any other bookish sorts, she is probably listening to Troye Sivan, tweeting (@PrincessicaOB), or doing schoolwork [yes, although she hates it, she is quite responsible]. Feel free to chat with her on Twitter, Goodreads, Instagram or email her at princessiccaaaa[at]gmail[dot]com. Yes, two c’s and four a’s.

 

It was great having you here, Jess!

That’s all we have for you today, guys! Do you agree with our picks?

Divya

My Favorite Harry Potter Fan Art!

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Hello everyone! Today, as a part of the PotterHead July celebrations hosted by the lovely Aentee @ Read at Midnight, I’m going to be sharing my favorite Harry Potter fan art with y’all!

First up, here are some amazing pictures from the Marauders era:

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James and Lily❤❤❤

 

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The Marauders in all their glory❤

James and Sirius + James and Lily

Harry’s generation:

Here are the Golden Trio😀

Here they are again😛

Harry, Ginny and the cutest Pygmypuff ever❤

Ron, Hermione and Crookshanks, who looks quite petrified!

Here are the Weasley siblings <3333

And the new generation:

I’m not going to name them all again. See the pic😛

Rose and Scorpius. I SHIP THESE BOTH WITH ALL MY HEART.

Teddy and Victoire, looking cute AF

And Teddy, who looks so cute!❤❤❤


So, did you like these pics? Follow me on Pinterest and see what else I’m pinning. That’s all for today!❤

Do you like HP fan art? Which of the pics featured above do you like the most? Mine is the close up of James and Lily ❤

Divya

 

#SBPT16 – Dana @ DanaSquare’s Favorite Reads of 2016

Hello, everyone! Today, I have the wonderful Dana @ DanaSquare who’s going to be sharing her favorite reads of 2016 with us. Here’s what she had to say:


Top Favorite Reads of 2016 (so far)

I have read a total of 67 books this year. These are the books that I gave 5 stars this year, there were a few that I left out because they were re-reads and received the same 5 star review as the first time I read them. I feel like this is an amazing mix of books that really shows off my reading tastes. 

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Siege & Storm by Leigh Bardugo

I just binge read the Grisha Trilogy and Siege & Storm was by far my favorite of the series. It was non-stop action. I loved seeing Alina become a strong character. Also, Sturmhond was a great new addition in this book.

Me Before You by JoJo Moyes

I knew that this book was going to ruin me and sure enough it did. I didn’t expect to get so wrapped up in this story. I was up until 3 a.m. sobbing and crying. The next day I had an interview for an internship so that was probably not the greatest idea, but I fell in love with this story and these characters.

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

Does this need much of an explanation?

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Nine, Ten: A September 11 Story by Nora Raleigh Baskin 

This is an emotional topic for anyone, but it hits really close to home as a New Yorker. I love that the theme of this book is more about before the event than the event. One day could change how we live our lives. 

The Problem with Forever by Jennifer L. Armentrout

I am a huge Jennifer L. Armentrout fan and I think this one moved right up to my top five of her books that I have read. It is so different from her usual style, but I truly loved it. 

Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan

This is the first David Levithan novel that I have read and now I need to read more. The craft of this book is just unbelievable. The story was fantastic. I cried, laughed, and was touched in my heart by this book.

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Edgewater by Courtney B. Sheinmel 

This was a read that I picked up on a whim and now it is one of those under-rated reads that I keep on recommending to anyone and everyone. Go into blind and you will be hooked!

Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy

This book is worth all of the hype that it received. I read it in one sitting. Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

OH MY GOD. This is unlike any book I have ever read.

Thank you Divya for having me on your blog today!

It was great having you here, Dana!

4 Reasons Why I Loved Just Visiting by Dahlia Adler

Just Visiting
by Dahlia Adler
Series/Standalone: Standalone
Genres: Contemporary
Age Category: Young Adult
Rating: 4.5 stars

Reagan Forrester wants out—out of her trailer park, out of reach of her freeloading mother, and out of the shadow of the relationship that made her the pariah of Charytan, Kansas.

Victoria Reyes wants in—in to a fashion design program, in to the arms of a cute guy who doesn’t go to Charytan High, and in to a city where she won’t stand out for being Mexican.

One thing the polar-opposite best friends do agree on is that wherever they go, they’re staying together. But when they set off on a series of college visits at the start of their senior year, they quickly see that the future doesn’t look quite like they expected. After two years of near-solitude following the betrayal of the ex-boyfriend who broke her heart, Reagan falls hard and fast for a Battlestar Galactica-loving, brilliant smile-sporting pre-med prospective…only to learn she’s set herself up for heartbreak all over again. Meanwhile, Victoria runs full-speed toward all the things she thinks she wants…only to realize everything she’s looking for might be in the very place they’ve sworn to leave.

As both Reagan and Victoria struggle to learn who they are and what they want in the present, they discover just how much they don’t know about each other’s pasts. And when each learns what the other’s been hiding, they’ll have to decide whether their friendship has a future.

Reason One

Diversity. This book is chock full of diversity, and it was actually done right for once. One of the MCs is Mexican, her mom is deaf, and one of the guys is Indian. Yet, it never felt like the author included them just so she could check off a box for diversity. I especially loved how Victoria and Reagan both learnt sign language!

Reason One (4)

↪ The Friendship. Most of the YA contemporaries I read focus on the romance and not on the friendships between the characters, but that’s so not the case here. The friendship is highlighted more than the romance, and that made me very happy. The romance was also quite sweet, though. It’s nice to see the good guys get the girls for once😉

Victoria and Reagan shared an amazing bond. Both of them were immediately there for each other whenever needed. They were quite different from each other, with Victoria being more interested in fashion and sororities and boys and Reagan concentrating more on her work and grades. But their friendship was so natural, and I absolutely loved it!

Reason One (3)

The Writing. Dahlia’s writing is so beautiful and easy to read. I read this book from start to end within a day. Her writing flows and once you pick up this book, you definitely cannot put it down. I cannot believe that this is the first book I’m reading by her, and I definitely want to read more!

Reason One (5)

The Cover. Last but definitely not the least, I want to say that I am so in love with the cover of this book. Look how cute it is! Both the girls running, and the beautiful field with the clear blue skies and that cute aqua font. The cover was why I actually picked up this book! #coversnob

 

Just Visiting is definitely one of the best contemporaries I’ve read this year. With amazing characters, beautiful writing, loads of diversity and an epic friendship, you’ll definitely love this one!

Have you read Just Visiting? If you have, what did you think of it? If you haven’t, go ahead and read it right now!

Divya

 

#SBPT16 – Summer TBR by La La @ La La in the Library

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Hey guys! Today we have another awesome blogger here, La La @ La La in the Library, for the tour. She’s gonna be telling us what books she’ll be reading in the summer. Here’s what she has to say:
I realized a few months ago after being asked many many times if I had finished a certain trilogy yet,  re-read that book I kept talking about, or started one of the sale ebooks I had found on Amazon that I was getting absolutely zero personal reading done. The audiobooks my sister brought me from the library would sit on my nightstand untouched until they needed to go back, and the series I had completed in hardcover from Book Outlet and Better World Books were gathering dust on my shelves. I started falling into slumps after reading two DNFed ARCs in a row, and was taking far too long to finish ARCs that weren’t bad, but not wonderful either. There seemed to be no end in sight because I had so many ARCs for March and April I started calling it the ARCpocalypse! I knew I needed to do something about it so I made a plan.
First I made a list if all of the ARCs I already had for July, August, and the first two weeks of September and promised myself I would not request any more for this time block unless they were books I already wanted to read personally. It wasn’t too bad. I had three pre-existing summer ARCs, and I only ended up requesting two more that I couldn’t pass up.
Next I joined the ARC April Challenge to keep myself motivated and accountable. I cleared quite a few titles from my ARC pile and I was very pleased. There is also an ARC August Challenge if anyone is interested: HERE. I also had a couple of dredded DNFs so that helped, too. By the time July rolled around all I had left was Nevernight. SUCCESS!
Here are some of the top books on my summer ARC free reading list and reasons why I chose them.
Last year I bought an ebook bundle of all the Anne books and short stories that are in the Public Domain, for a dollar, and I have been wanting to do a re-read of the first three books ever since. I came across an Anne Of Green Gables Read-A-Long for the month of July and instantly knew what my first book would be! You can still link up HERE, and you don’t have to be participating in the read-a-long to join in on the chapter discussions if you have already read the book.
I have had this in hardcover for forever, but I was spoiled with the BIG spoiler the day after it published by a comment on a non-spoilery blog review. It made me lose all want to read the story at that moment in time, but I knew I would eventually get to it because I adore Leigh’s writing. I know that you don’t have to read these books to start the Six Of Crows duology, but I want too, and I am dying to read them!
I read The Raven Boys for a guest review quite a while ago and I have the first three books in hardcover, but after hearing about a devilish cliffhanger at the end of Blue Lily, Lily Blue; I decided to wait until The Raven King was out and binge read the last three books during my vacation.
I read the first book in this duology, Masque Of the Red Death, ages ago before I started blogging. My sister picked it out for me at the library because she liked the cover. I read it and loved it. By the time this book was published I was blogging and even though I have both of the books in hardcover staring out at me from their shelf, I frankly had no time to read this last one. My ARC free summer seemed to be the perfect time to get it done!
I read the first Discworld book, The Color Of Magic, about 15 years ago after I found the paperback for 50% off at Barnes and Noble. It was an excellent read and I had always meant to continue, but never did. I saw this title as an ebook for $1.99 and snatched it up. I was lucky it is one that you can read out of order in the series.
Elizabeth from So Long… & Thanks For All The Fish has been pushing this book in my face since we met on a blog hop two years ago. I had intended to read it last summer because I got the ebook free for signing up for the publisher’s newsletter. I didn’t get to it last summer because of, well… ARCs. Ha ha.
Everyone has been recommending this book! I found the audiobook for free on SYNC’s Free Summer Reading program page. If you don’t know about it, check out the two free weekly downloads, HERE.
This is one of the two free SYNC Summer Reading books for the last week of the program. I am super excited to listen to it because Cait from Paper Fury has been telling me to read it every chance she gets. She says it is a strange story and I love and adore strange.
And these four from my 2016 Highly Anticipateds…
Do you ever have trouble finding the time for personal reading?
La La is a 59 year old book blogger who reads mostly YA, has a 24 year old son at university, is learning Japanese, makes a fab pumpkin pie, and likes a couple of martinis on Friday nights. You can find her pushing indie authors and talking books at La La in the Library and on Twitter @LaLaT0adst0ne (the Os are zeros).
Thanks for the wonderful post, La La! I hope you love all these books and have a great summer.❤
Divya

(ARC) Review: Heroine Complex

Heroine Complex
by Sarah Kuhn
Series/Standalone: TBD
Genre: Sci-Fi, Superheroes
Age Category: Young Adult
Release Date: July 5th, 2016
My Rating: 4 stars

I received this book from the publisher through Netgalley for my review. Thank you, Berkley Publishing Group!

Being a superheroine is hard. Working for one is even harder.

Evie Tanaka is the put-upon personal assistant to Aveda Jupiter, her childhood best friend and San Francisco’s most beloved superheroine. She’s great at her job—blending into the background, handling her boss’s epic diva tantrums, and getting demon blood out of leather pants.

Unfortunately, she’s not nearly as together when it comes to running her own life, standing up for herself, or raising her tempestuous teenage sister, Bea.

But everything changes when Evie’s forced to pose as her glamorous boss for one night, and her darkest comes out: she has powers, too. Now it’s up to her to contend with murderous cupcakes, nosy gossip bloggers, and supernatural karaoke battles—all while juggling unexpected romance and Aveda’s increasingly outrageous demands. And when a larger threat emerges, Evie must finally take charge and become a superheroine in her own right… or see her city fall to a full-on demonic invasion.

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SUPERHEROINES FOR THE WIN!

Heroine Complex is the story of Evie Tanaka, who is the best friend cum assistant of San Francisco’s beloved superheroine, Aveda Jupiter (or, as she was known before she rose to fame, Annie Chang). When a portal from Otherworld opened into SF eight years ago, Aveda took it upon herself to become the protector of the city, and her steady rock is Evie, her best friend.

This book surprised me. I dove into it without any expectations, and it left me feeling satisfied. What I really loved in this book was our MC, Evelyn Kickass Tanaka. She was reliable and loyal and helpful and just pure awesome, period. I love how she always tried to be there for Aveda, even when she was being way too annoying. Speaking of that, Aveda sure got on my nerves a lot. Since the book has to end on a positive note, she does redeem herself, but I felt like strangling her sometimes. She was whiny and inconsiderate and jealous of Evie, and never tried to take Evie’s feelings into consideration. There were some movements, especially the little flashbacks of their childhood, which I loved, though. I wish she stayed Annie Chang instead of becoming Aveda Jupiter.

The romance between Evie and Nate, their HQ’s researchologist, was cute and sweet. I love hate-to-love relationships, so I was bound to like this one. The other characters, including Scott, Evie and Aveda’s childhood best friend, and Lucy, Aveda’s bodyguard were pretty cool. But Evie’s little sister, Beatrice Tanaka, is another character I’m not really fond of. Her role model is Aveda. ‘Nuff said.

This book’s weakest point, IMO, is the antagonist. I do not want to reveal their name in case of spoilers, but trust me, I was NOT IMPRESSED. It honestly felt like a parody, and I’d rather Aveda kill cupcake demons (as pictured on the cover) than deal with the villain.

Well, then, why’d I give it four stars? Because I loved the MC, and many of the supporting characters, and the writing was really fun and flowed smoothly, and due to the heaps of diversity present in this book. YAY for Asian superheroines! Also, #INTENSECOVERLOVE

Does Heroine Complex sound like something you’d pick up? And who are your favorite superheroes?! TELL ME ALL.

Divya

 

 

 

 

 

#SBPT16 – The Unpopular Opinions Book Tag!

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Hey guys! Today we’re starting the Summer Blogger Promo Tour, and first up on my blog is Dejah @ Legend Of Lost Books. She’s gonna be doing the Unpopular Opinions tag:)

So here’s what she has to say:

A Popular Book Or Series You Didn’t Like:

Harry Potter. Yeah I could fall asleep reading these books. I couldn’t seem to get past The Prisoner of Azkaban. I kept trying but it just wasn’t working. Also I wasn’t a fan of Illuminae. I had no clue what was happening and the formatting made everything seem disconnected.

A Popular Book Or Series That Everyone Seems To Hate But You Love:

I am going to say The Twilight Series. I feel like this is such a hated series because the movies were beyond terrible. However there was nothing wrong with the books. The characters were well written and I even liked Bella! I completely hate her in the movie.

A Love Triangle Where The Main Character Ended Up With The Person You Did Not Want Them To End Up With:

Katniss/Peeta/Gale OR Bella/Edward/Jacob. They make me mad when I think about them

A Popular Book Genre That You Hardly Reach For:

There are a bunch. Erotica, Historical Fiction, Science Fiction ( I will read this on occasion)

A Popular Or Beloved Character That You Do Not Like:

Clary Fray! That girl is annoying. There is no way my mind can be changed about this. She is selfish and makes decisions without thinking about how it affects other people. She is clueless and whiny and I just cant stand her at all!

A Popular Author That You Cant Seem To Get Into:

Colleen Hoover. I’m sure she writes amazing books but the romance genre just isn’t for me and after a while all her characters start to sound the same.

A Popular Book Trope You Are Tired Of Seeing:

Love triangles for sure. They happen so often and now they are becoming predictable. I want there to be a story where there are 2 girls involved or when the main character chooses neither of the options she is set up with. Or how awesome would a love triangle be with 3 guys??? Anything to make it less predictable.

A Popular Series You Have No Interest In Reading:

The Game Of Thrones. This doesn’t interest me in the least and the TV show is very boring. I tried to watch it but I realized I spent half the episode paying more attention to my phone so I just gave up.

What movie or T.V. show adaptation do you prefer more than the book?

The Fault In Our Stars was pretty good. I don’t cry for many movies (like at all) but I think I remember crying for this one.

And that’s it! Thank you so much for the great post, Dejah!

Dejah is a 19 year old part time college student studying biology. She loves all things Disney and Marvel super heroes. Here favorite book genres are mystery/thriller and retellings of the Peter Pan and Alice in Wonderland variety. If she isn’t reading, you can find her dancing and listening to music. Feel free to check her out at Legend Of Lost Books and follow her on twitter at Legend Of Books .

Divya

Summer Blogger Promo Tour 2016!

Hey guys! I’m very excited to tell you all that this year, I’m participating in the Summer Blogger Promo Tour. It’s a fun event where we get to meet many new bloggers, post on each other’s blogs and get to know each other!

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Here are all the amazing people I’m going to host this summer (for y’all, it’s the rainy season where I live😛 )

July 3rd:

Dejah – Legend of Lost Books

July 10th:

La La –La La in the Library

July 17th:

Dana – DanaSquare 

July 24th:

Jess – Princessica of Books 

July 31st:

Chelsea – Books for Thought 

August 7th:

Wren – The Litaku

August 14th:

Anna – Unquenchable Reads

I’m very excited to have all these amazing people here on my blog! We have come up with some great posts and I hope y’all like them. Also, go give these ladies a follow if you aren’t following them already! Their blogs are amazing, trust me:)

Divya