Welcome! My name is Haley, I'm a 24 year old book-aholic. I'm a book reviewer for the RiverTalk Newspaper. I love reading YA, NA, and adult paranormal mostly, but I do go into other genres on occasion. If you want to talk more one on one about books, please don't hesitate to contact me on facebook or twitter, I love making new bookish friends!
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Books that are hard to get off the brain if it be because they were so good, so scary, so unique or whatever they were to make them stay on your mind weeks, months, or even years after reading them! Welcome to the YA-Aholic meme 'Still on my Mind' a meme to highlight those unforgettable reads!
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The Shadow Reader by Sandy Williams

There can only be one allegiance. It’s her time to choose.

Some humans can see the fae. McKenzie Lewis can track them, reading the shadows they leave behind. But some shadows lead to danger. Others lead to lies.

A Houston college student trying to finish her degree, McKenzie has been working for the fae king for years, tracking vicious rebels who would claim the Realm. Her job isn’t her only secret. For just as long, she’s been in love with Kyol, the king’s sword-master—and relationships between humans and fae are forbidden.

But any hope for a normal life is shattered when she’s captured by Aren, the fierce and uncompromising rebel leader. He teaches her the forbidden fae language and tells her dark truths about the Court, all to persuade her to turn against the king. Time is running out, and as the fight starts to claim human lives, McKenzie has no choice but to decide once and for all whom to trust and where she ultimately stands in the face of a cataclysmic civil war.



Why is this read still on my mind?

I read The Shadow Reader back in 2013 and it was my 4th favorite book read that year,it was such an amazing read from start to finish. It had in depth characters, a love triangle that was done well and had me loving both of the love interests, there was action, betrayal, comedy, and most importantly it had a main character that was very strong, yet never afraid to be vulnerable. This is one of those books that I loved so much that I actually haven't read book 2 or 3 🙈 Sometimes when I love a book so much, it takes myself years to pick up the 2nd book because I don't want it to ruin what a great experience I had in book one.



What book (s) are still on your mind?


Hey book lovers! So normally I don't do gift card giveaways, but I figured for Christmas why not?! Up for grabs is a $20 amazon gift card that will be emailed to the winner the 27th of December.

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Happy Holidays everyone and make sure to check back in the new year for a hugggeee giveaway event to start off 2017!


There are SO many awesome releases coming out this November so I figured it is a perfect time to host an international giveaway including some of those awesome releases! Check out how to enter and the books to choose from down below!


international book giveaway November 2016 book releases young adult books

Giveaway details:
  • Giveaway is international
  • There will be two winners who each get one book of their choice
  • Winners will be announced and emailed on November 1st
  • Cheaters never win, I go over the winners entries before announcing so please just dont cheat
heartless by marissa meyer All the pieces by suzanne young fate of flames by sarah raughley
timekeeper by tara sim of fire and stars by audrey coulthurst scythe by neal shusterman 
this is our story by ashley elston the diabolic by s.j. kincaid a millions worlds with you by claudia gray 
the fate of the tearling by erika johansen flashfall by jenny moyer the sun is also a star by nicola yoon 


This weeks book haul, check out what books I picked up! 

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YA Book reads, The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson and How I Got Skinny Famous and Fell Madly in Love by Ken Baker.

Both of these beauties I found at my local Dollar Tree! Such a great steal for what what will hopefully be some great reads!

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Ebooks For Review


New adult urban fantasy novel, Venators by Devri Wall.
Venators by Devri Walls is my current read  and I must say that so far it's been an extraordinary read, Devri is one of my favorite authors especially if I'm looking for an amazing fantasy read and Ventors is no exception. If you are looking for a new fantasy series to pick then I highly recommend picking up Venators by Devri Walls  you can find it on goodreads here or on amazon here, it will be released October 11th! 

Bought Ebooks

Young Adult fantasy novel The Forbidden Orchid by Sharon Biggs Waller! New adult contemporary novel Breaking Away by Juliana Haygert. Young adult contemporary by Joseph Hunt Prom Queen of Disaster! 
New adult novel Obsession by Jennifer L Armentrout! Young adult fantasy novel by author A.C. Troyer, Terrapin! Young Adult fantasy novel by Melissa Marr, Seven Black Diamons. 
Fantasy novel Underland by Chanda Hahn! Young adult fantasy series involving fae, Kaleidoscope by Mindy Hayes! Standalone young adult fantasy The Bird and the Sword by Amy Harmon! 


Find out more info:
The Forbidden Orchid by Sharon Biggs Waller
Breaking Away by Juliana Haygert
Prom Queen of Disaster by Joseph Hunt
Obsession by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Terrapin by A.C. Troyer
Seven Black Diamonds by Melissa Marr
Underland by Chanda Hahn
Kaleidoscope by Mindy Hayes
The Bird and the Sword by Amy Harmon

What books did you guys get this week?
Which one of these books should I" read first?!