The Hate U Give

Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.

Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.

But what Starr does or does not say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life.

Eon ★★★★★

There are few books that I hold in high enough regard to give them a five star rating. The only other book I’ve ever done that for is Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss. I had a lot of trepidation going into this book, but I came out of it feeling like a kid again; likeContinue reading “Eon ★★★★★”

Windwitch ★★★★☆

I’ve got so many emotions about this one guys, I was a wreck reading it from start to finish. I loved Windwitch, and it definitely lived up to the high bar Truthwitch set up. Sometimes our enemies are also our only allies… After an explosion destroys his ship, the world believes Prince Merik, Windwitch, is dead. ScarredContinue reading “Windwitch ★★★★☆”

Kissing Games EXCERPT

For a girl who shares her name with a princess (Aurora from Sleep– ing Beauty), my present circumstances were fathoms away from a fairy tale. My kissing skills had left both parties maimed—one case worthy of the emergency room. Our first kiss as a couple, and my first-ever kiss, had been a melding of everythingContinue reading “Kissing Games EXCERPT”

Episode #32: An Interview with Chelsea Sedoti

It’s interview central around here this month! Joining us this week is Chelsea Sedoti, author of The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett and the recently released As You Wish. We had a wonderful discussion about anxiety and writing and how we all handle the pressure.

As You Wish
What if you could ask for anything- and get it? 

In the sandy Mojave Desert, Madison is a small town on the road between nothing and nowhere. But Eldon wouldn’t want to live anywhere else, because in Madison, everyone gets one wish—and that wish always comes true.

Some people wish for money, some people wish for love, but Eldon has seen how wishes have broken the people around him. And with the lives of his family and friends in chaos, he’s left with more questions than answers. Can he make their lives better? How can he be happy if the people around him aren’t? And what hope is there for any of them if happiness isn’t an achievable dream? Doubts build, leading Eldon to a more outlandish and scary thought: maybe you can’t wish for happiness…maybe, just maybe, you have to make it for yourself.

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Chelsea Sedoti

Chelsea Sedoti
I’ve lived in Las Vegas, Nevada for most of my life. It’s a weird place. I’m not a fan of casinos, but I love the Mojave Desert. I also love the woods and hills and dying steel mill towns of eastern Ohio, which is where my family is from. I wish I could split my time between both places.

I have a nerdy-cool husband and a goofy dog and evil cat. I read a lot of books. I think Mad Men is the best show ever made. I rock climb, even though I’m afraid of heights. I would eat red velvet cupcakes from the Cupcakery every day if I could. One of my favorite things in the world is exploring abandoned places.  

I love writing because it lets me have adventures. I love writing because it is an adventure.

That’s what you should know about me: I think everything should feel like an adventure.

With a little effort, it can.

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Episode #31: An Interview with MarcyKate Connolly

This super special (totes late but you’ll love it) episode we were joined by none other than MarcyKate Connolly, author of Shadow Weaver, Monstrous, Ravenous, and more! If you’re unfamiliar with her work we highly recommend Shadow Weaver. You can, of course, listen to us gush over it in Episode #25 (which we also recommend). Join us as we talk about middle grade literature, writing, Shadow Weaver, and play a little game of Burn, Re-write, Re-Read.

Episode #9: Reading and School

http://bookedallnight.podbean.com/e/episode-9-reading-and-school/ Listen to this episode and other episodes of the podcast on Podbean. *Sorry for the late upload! Maggie and I were super jet lagged from residency. School is just around the corner, or already in session for some of you. How do you keep up with your reading and writing life while school isContinue reading “Episode #9: Reading and School”

Episode #8: An Interview with Pablo Cartaya

http://bookedallnight.podbean.com/e/episode-8-an-interview-with-pablo-cartaya/ Listen to this episode and other episodes of the podcast on Podbean. This week, Jess and Maggie interview Pablo Cartaya, author of The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora. Follow Magdalyn Ann Blog . Twitter . Facebook . Instagram Follow Jessica M Tuckerman Blog . Twitter . Facebook . Instagram Follow Pablo Cartaya Website .Continue reading “Episode #8: An Interview with Pablo Cartaya”

Little Monsters ★★★★☆

I don’t know if this is obvious, I love thrillers. Kacey is the new girl in Broken Falls. When she moved in with her father, she stepped into a brand-new life. A life with a stepbrother, a stepmother, and strangest of all, an adoring younger half sister. Kacey’s new life is eerily charming compared withContinue reading “Little Monsters ★★★★☆”

The Podcast Starts This Week!

Starting this Thursday at 11pm, Booked All Night will be posting podcasts talking about YA (specifically the reading and writing there of). We will be talking about YA books at large, specific titles, our own work, and we’ll be doing it all with a healthy dose of adult language. We will be adding the podcastContinue reading “The Podcast Starts This Week!”

House of Furies ★★★★★

Madeleine Roux uses language like Austen and plots like Brontë. House of Furies is simply amazing and if you think it isn’t up your alley-you’re wrong. Do not smile. Do not frown. Do not, under any circumstances, put this book down. After escaping a harsh school where punishment was the lesson of the day, seventeen-year-old Louisa Ditton is thrilledContinue reading “House of Furies ★★★★★”

Social Badges for BookCon

Not every bookworm is a social butterfly. As of yet, BookCon does not have social badges for their event. So I made some. Feel free to download these badges, print them, fold them in half, laminate them, and hang them from your lanyard to help make your con a little easier. Green: I like makingContinue reading “Social Badges for BookCon”

COVER REVEAL

About the Author: Christina Benjamin is an Award-Winning Author residing in Florida. She’s a proud book nerd, 100% Gryffindor, has entirely too many book boyfriends and loves coffee and tacos! She loves to read and write across genres. Her best selling books are The Geneva Project series and The Practice Boyfriend. Check them out ifContinue reading “COVER REVEAL”

Q&A with Laurie Boyle Crompton

Was there anything you had to edit out of the story that you wish you could have kept? Not in this book, but in my last book ADRENALINE CRUSH there was a lot of character defining backstory that got cut for the sake of pacing and it still stings a bit. I even considered postingContinue reading “Q&A with Laurie Boyle Crompton”

Love and Vandalism Spotlight & Blog Tour

CLICK HERE TO ENTER He calls it fate. She calls it blackmail. Rory has a secret: she’s the vandal who paints graffiti lions all over her small town. If her policeman dad knew, he’d probably disown her. So when Hayes, a former screw-up on the path to recovery, catches her in the act, Rory’s sureContinue reading “Love and Vandalism Spotlight & Blog Tour”

The Hate U Give ★★★★★

Angie Thomas’s The Hate U Give blew up the book community when it released in February 2017, and for good reasons. The Hate U Give is an intense look into the lives of black kids living in a racist society that’s trying to keep them down. It was not only an incredibly well written story that hadContinue reading “The Hate U Give ★★★★★”

Windwitch ★★★★☆

I’ve got so many emotions about this one guys, I was a wreck reading it from start to finish. I loved Windwitch, and it definitely lived up to the high bar Truthwitch set up. Sometimes our enemies are also our only allies… After an explosion destroys his ship, the world believes Prince Merik, Windwitch, is dead. ScarredContinue reading “Windwitch ★★★★☆”

The Girl At Midnight ★★★★☆

The Girl At Midnight by Melissa Grey had everything I could have hoped for: danger, magic, romance. I’m not usually one who actively searches for romance in novels (as I’m more interested in the plot than most relationships; but who doesn’t enjoy a little extra icing on their cupcake?) and I found myself rooting for all of theContinue reading “The Girl At Midnight ★★★★☆”

The Guild of the Wizards of Waterfire ★☆☆☆☆

I know I’ve said in a previous book review that I dislike giving reviews unless I’ve read the whole book, for better or for worse. And I tried. I really really tried, y’all. The Guild of the Wizards of Waterfire by Iain Reading is about a guild of wizards called Elementals, humans who can control the fourContinue reading “The Guild of the Wizards of Waterfire ★☆☆☆☆”

Eon ★★★★★

There are few books that I hold in high enough regard to give them a five star rating. The only other book I’ve ever done that for is Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss. I had a lot of trepidation going into this book, but I came out of it feeling like a kid again; likeContinue reading “Eon ★★★★★”