Friday, September 4, 2015

Books for Trade

Hey everyone, Alicia here.

I have some upcoming and very recently released Young Adult books in ARC format that I would like to unload by trading.

Here is the list:
Legacy of Kings by Eleanor Herman 
Into the Dangerous World by Julie Chibbaro  
The Letter for the King by Tonke Dragt 
Cut Both Ways by Carrie Mesrobian 
Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman 
What We Saw by Aaron Hartzler 
A Madness So Discreet by Mindy McGinnis 
Illuminae by Aime Kaufman and Jay Kristoff  
Underneath Everything by Marcy Beller Paul 
Hotel Ruby by Suzanne Young 
This Raging Light by Estelle Laure 
The Smell of Other People’s Houses by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock 

And here is my wishlist:
Passenger by Alexandra Bracken
Truthwitch by Susan Dennard
Ice like Fire by Sara Raasch
Ten Thousand Skies Above You by Claudia Gray
Persuasion by Martina Boone
The House by Christina Lauren
The Trouble With Destiny by Lauren Morrill


These are just my top Fall releases that I want. I’m interested in any Winter titles, too.The only books I will take are upcoming or recently released arcs of young adult books. If you don't have any, I also read New Adult (like, a lot), and some romance books. But, again, those must be upcoming or recently released and in arc format. An arc for an arc is fair, I think. 

If you are interested in any of the books, just send an email to moviefanatic1911(@)yahoo(.)com with the subject "Books for Trade".  I'm going away for the weekend, and will be busy all day today, so I may not reply to any emails until Tuesday.

Thanks, and have a great day everyone!


- Alicia

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Subscription Box September: Aster Market


Welcome to Subscription Box September!! This was a feature I did last September, but I have a lot more boxes to share this time around (plus more first-hand reviews, which are always fun!) Today, I want to share Aster Market. I did not personally try this subscription out, but it was one that I thought was pretty cool and I was excited when they wrote me back about featuring them. Don't forget to use the coupon code below if you want to subscribe.

From The Shop: Aster Market is a monthly delivered box of exceptionally made, small-batch products from around the world. We curate one-of-a-kind experiences that will ignite conversation and add that special touch to your life! We scour the globe for unique goods, ranging from the warmest home decor to the most exquisite paper goods, bath products, jewelry and more. Each subscription also makes a difference! Subscribers can choose a non-profit from six categories that will receive 25% of the net proceeds.  Boxes cost $39.95 per month plus $7 shipping (free shipping with 6+ month subscriptions). 
Get Your Box Now: Use Coupon Code- ASTERMARKET15 for 15% off your first subscription.

What I Like:  I love that the items are chosen from around the world. You just never know what fun goodies you'll find. Plus, with some of the proceeds going to a non-profit, it makes the price even more worth it. You can do good while also getting some nice and fun things for yourself and your family! I definitely recommend checking out the site to learn more. The photo at the top of this post is the August Aster Market Box.

August Box Includes:

Please share your thoughts below about this box! Would it be something you'd be interested in? Don't forget to use your coupon code (you get a bigger discount than what is offered on the website, so score!) More subscription boxes and services to be featured throughout the month, so keep an eye out!

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Dream Things True by Marie Marquardt Blog Tour: Excerpt and Giveaway

Hey everyone, Alicia here. Long time no see! Hope you are all doing well, and I have special treat for you today! An excerpt and giveaway of Dream Things True by Marie Marquardt! I haven't had a chance to read it yet (my sister's cat just died and it has been a brutal time for us, so there has been barely any reading going on. I'm hoping to have my review up later this week, though.) Anyways, enjoy!

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Dream Things True by Marie Marquardt
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin 
Age Group: YA  
Format: Hardcover $18.99, eBook $9.99

Release Date:  September 1, 2015

Summary: 

A modern-day Romeo and Juliet story in which a wealthy Southern boy falls in love with an undocumented Mexican girl and together they face perils in their hostile Georgia town. 

Evan, a soccer star and the nephew of a conservative Southern Senator, has never wanted for much -- except a functional family. Alma has lived in Georgia since she was two-years-old, excels in school, and has a large, warm Mexican family. Never mind their differences, the two fall in love, and they fall hard. But when ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) begins raids on their town, Alma knows that she needs to tell Evan her secret. There's too much at stake. But how to tell her country-club boyfriend that she's an undocumented immigrant? That her whole family and most of her friends live in the country without permission. 

What follows is a beautiful, nuanced, well-paced exploration of the complications of immigration, young love, defying one's family, and facing a tangled bureaucracy that threatens to completely upend two young lives.

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Praise for Dream Things True:

“In this YA debut, immigration activist Marquardt knowledgably takes on the plight of undocumented families in the U.S. Readers seeking a star-crossed love story with a twist won’t be disappointed.” —Publishers Weekly

“Various aspects of undocumented immigration are explored: the economic factors influencing the decision to come to the United States, the often harrowing journey, the exploitation upon arrival, and the political factors that influence policy… [A] worthy examination of undocumented immigration in the American South through the lens of young love.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Marquardt provides a critical view of the stigmas and difficulties plaguing undocumented youth in U.S. schools without glossing over the legal realities of deportation and detainment.” School Library Journal

“Marquardt's Dream Things True vividly weaves to life the thrill of falling in love in the South while awakening readers to the struggles of US-Mexican immigration policies. In this touching coming-of-age story, full of hope and possibilities, Marquardt captures the bittersweet world of undocumented teens living in the US and the power of true love.”
—Malin Alegria, author of Estrella’s Quinceañera and the Border Town series

Dream Things True by Marie Marquardt is a story that must be told and needs to be read.  With sensitivity and care, Marquardt deftly illustrates the struggles and hopes of Alma, an undocumented teenager living in the United States.  Alma's story reflects the lives of millions of young people trapped between countries and cultures, longing for a place to belong.  An important story that's full of heart, it will forever change the way you view those who live their lives in the shadows. —Jennifer Mathieu, author of The Truth About Alice

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Excerpt (From Dream Things True (St. Martin's Griffin) by Marie Marquardt): 

Evan led her onto the dock, where a dozen people she didnt know were climbing into ski boats. She watched as all of these strangers, presumably students at her new school, casually distributed themselves into boats.
Do teenagers own boats? Alma wondered. Evan led her onto his boat, where two other people were already rummaging around under the seats for life jackets. An athletic-looking girl with long brown hair threw her one.
Im Caroline, she said, and thats Logan. She motioned toward a short, muscular guy with a shaved head. He had his back to Alma, and was untying ropes from the boat. Hearing his name, he turned and grinned.
¡Bienvenidos! he said in terrible, Southern-accented Spanish.
Just ignore him when he acts like an idiot, Caroline said. Thats what I do.
Evan got behind the wheel and started the engine. Just as he was backing out, an amazingly beautiful girl came running down the dock.
Evan, hon! Wait for me! she called out.
The girl reached the edge of the dock and, without hesitating, leapt gracefully across the water and toward the boat. She was wearing nothing but a bright-red string bikini. Her sandy-blond hair bounced and shone like a models in a shampoo commercial.
Evan pulled her safely onto the boat, and she collapsed into the passenger seat.
Thanks, sweetheart, she said to Evan.
This is Alma, Evan said, nodding in Almas direction. Shell be starting at Gilberton next week. And this is Mary Catherine, he said, grabbing onto the beautiful girls shoulder and squeezing hard. Shes my perpetually late neighbor.
But he loves me anyway! Mary Catherine proclaimed. Then she smiled, revealing perfect teeth to match her perfect body.
Were they flirting? Alma felt a tightness in her chest, knowing that she was no competition for this girl.
The engine rumbled, and the boat lurched forward from the dock. Evan grasped Almas arm to steady her and then pulled her toward him. Ready to learn how to drive?
Youre mocking me, she called out above the noise of the engine. I dont think you even need a license to drive a boat, Evan said.
Plus, no brakes, so were safe.
Keeping one hand on the steering wheel, he wedged her body in front of his and guided her hand to the throttle. Do you want to go faster?
No. The wind pressed her back against him, and she felt the heat of his chest through the T-shirt.
Are you scared? His lip brushed her ear as he spoke.
Yes, she said. Her body was off balance, as if the floor of the boat were shifting under her.
Get over it, he replied, lifting her hand gently and placing it on the throttle.
Together, their hands guided the throttle forward. She tried looking across the lake, in the direction that he was steering, but all she noticed was his hand on hers. The floor kept shifting. She wondered if this was what it felt like to be drunk.
He slipped out from behind her.
Im gonna dig out the skis. Just keep going straight, Alma. Its easy.
She grasped the wheel hard to avoid falling back. The boat skittered over the water, and the wind fused Evans T-shirt to her practically bare skin. Alma tried hard to ignore the dull ache spreading at the pit of her stomach.
After a few minutes, Evan took the wheel. Caroline and Logan both dived into the water and began to swim fast as Evan tossed a ski rope in their direction.
This should be entertaining, he said as they wrestled with their slalom skis.
“Entertaining? Alma asked. Yeah, theyll both show off.” Are they, uh, a couple?
Most of the time. They fight all the time and break up every couple of months.
Evan shoved the throttle forward and the boat lurched.
Logan gets bored easily, he said. Hes always looking for a rush.Logan and Caroline both popped out of the water, crisscrossing each
other as they leapt and dived over the wake. So they just break up for fun?
Yeah, I think it runs in his blood. Everybody says his dad was the same, back in the day. He stole boats and stuff, just for the hell of it.He shrugged and continued, Which is weird, since hes the sheriff now.The sheriff. Evan said it like it was nothing, like he was describing
the color of Logans dads car, or his heightnot like he knew this man had the power to throw people in jail and keep them there.
Evan gestured toward Logan and Caroline and winced. Thats gotta hurt.
Caroline was spinning in rapid circles as Logan did strange contortions with his arm.
Maybe, Alma thought, they were all so used to being around powerful people that they didnt even notice it anymore. Maybe they never had.
Come back here, Alma! Mary Catherine called from the back of the boat. I cant hear what yall are saying and Im lonely.
Alma glanced at Evan and shrugged. She made her way back and settled into a bucket seat next to Mary Catherine.
Alma wasnt sure how to make conversation with Mary Catherine. She seemed so unapproachablethis girl who wore a bikini confidently, like she was hanging in comfy sweats. But within moments, it became clear that Mary Catherineor M.C., as Evan called herwas not your typical Southern belle.
So, when did you and Evan start hooking up? she asked. For starters, she was excruciatingly blunt.
Uh, were just sort of friends, Alma replied, shrugging.
Alma, honey, she said, Ive known that boy forever, and the way he looks at you, he doesnt wanna be your friend.
M.C. let out a deep, bellowing howl that sounded like it should come from a balding white guy with a beer gut. Alma was so surprised by M.C.s laugh that she forgot to be embarrassed.
OK. Alma shrugged. Maybe were not exactly friends. But were
not hooking up.
Makes sense, Mary Catherine responded, sort of talking to herself. Evan doesnt really hook up. Plus, I would have known.
Confused and desperate to change the subject, Alma asked, So how did you two meet?
Meet? M.C. asked. Weve been neighbors for as long as either of us can remember. I mean, we used to play doctor together! I was the doctor. I always made Evan be the nurse.
Mary Catherine bellowed again.
So when you and Evan do hook up, she said, you can thank me for his gentle, nurturing touch.
Now Alma was blushing.
You mean, you and Evan were, uh . . .
Together? Lord, no. Hes like a baby brother to me, Alma. I think
I went through puberty something like four years before he did.
Alma and Mary Catherine turned to look at Evan, his perfectly toned arms casually gripping the steering wheel, his broad shoulders gleaming in the sun.
My babys all grown up, Mary Catherine continued. Now, hes what my grandmomma calls a tall drink of water.
They both laughed, catching Evans attention.
What are you ladies talking about back there? he asked.
Nothing that concerns you, Ev, sweetheart, Mary Catherine re- plied. You just drive the boat.
Not unless Alma gets back up here to finish her driving lesson,Evan said, reaching his arm out toward her.
Mary Catherine laughed and nudged her out of the seat.
You heard him, she called out. You better get on up there, darlin, because Im sure as hell not driving.
Alma closed her eyes and stood up slowly, her head spinning and her legs quivering.
He took her hand and pulled her body back toward the wheel, and she realized, finally, the meaning of the word "swoon." 

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I can't wait to read the book after that! And if you also enjoyed the excerpt, you can buy the book now at: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Indiebound, Kobo, iBooks, and Google Play. Be sure to add it to your Goodreads too!

Marie Marquardt is a Scholar-in-Residence at Emory University's Candler School of Theology and the author of Living Illegal: The Human Face of Unauthorized Immigration. She is widely published on issues of Mexican immigrants in the U.S. South. Marquardt has also worked as an advocate among immigrants in Atlanta. She is a founder and  co-chair of El Refugio, a hospitality house near the Stewart Detention Center in Georgia. Dream Things True is Marie's first young adult novel.



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