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Blog Tour: THE VEIL by Chloe Neill

Today is an extra special post as Reaffirming My Bookworm Status is a spot on THE VEIL Blog Tour! Below is a little bit about the book as well as a few other goodies!

THE VEIL
by Chloe Neill
THE-VEIL-social-shareSeven years ago, the Veil that separates us from what lies beyond was torn apart, and New Orleans was engulfed in a supernatural war. Now, those with paranormal powers have been confined in a walled community that humans call the District. Those who live there call it Devil’s Isle.

Claire Connolly is a good girl with a dangerous secret: she’s a Sensitive, a human endowed with magic that seeped through the Veil. Claire knows that revealing her skills would mean being confined to Devil’s Isle. Unfortunately, hiding her power has left her untrained and unfocused… Liam Quinn knows from experience that magic makes monsters of the weak, and he has no time for a Sensitive with no control of her own strength. But when he sees Claire using her powers to save a human under attack — in full view of the French Quarter — Liam decides to bring her to Devil’s Isle and the teacher she needs—even though getting her out of his way isn’t the same as keeping her out of his head. As more and more Sensitives fall prey to their magic, and unleash their hunger on the city, Claire and Liam must work together to save New Orleans, or else the city will burn… (**Review coming soon**)

Here are some places where you can get your hands on this fantastic book:

Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Powells | Books-A-Million | Kobo | Indiebound


In addition to picking yourself up your own copy of THE VEIL from either of the links above, why not enter the contest Chloe Neill is having on her website…

The fun doesn’t stop here. Want more chances to win? You can also enter THE VEIL Grand Prize Giveaway, which runs July 27 through August 7 on Chloe’s web site.

What is the Grand Prize Giveaway prize?

  • Fleur de Lis Amulet Pendant Necklace from New Orleans jewelry designer Mignon Faget
  • $50 Amazon Gift Card
  • THE VEIL 5″x5″ cloth screenwipe
  • THE VEIL tote bag
  • THE VEIL bookmark, sticker, and pen
  • Chicagoland Vampires bookmark, sticker, pen, keychain, and lanyard

Plus, I am also hosting a giveaway of some THE VEIL swag so if you want a chance to win that you can enter below. The Rafflecopter for this giveaway will be open from July 28th until August 8th. I will select and contact a winner after that.

What I will be giving away…

The packet will include:

  • THE VEIL tote bag
  • THE VEIL 5″x5″ cloth screenwipe
  • THE VEIL bookmark, sticker, and pen
  • Chicagoland Vampires swag, including bookmark, pen or sticker (while supplies last) and lanyard

How to enter to win:
a Rafflecopter giveaway


And of course, don’t forget to check out the other stops on this blog tour and check some other amazing blogs!

THE VEIL Blog Tour Schedule
Week One

Monday, July 27 – SassyCat’s Book Review | Paranormally Yours
Tuesday, July 28 – Fantasy Is More Fun | Reaffirming My Bookworm Status
Wednesday, July 29 – YA Book Nerd | Happiness is a Book
Thursday, July 30 – Star Crossed Book Blog | Dandelionn Wine Book Blog | The Book Swarm
Friday, July 31 – Parajunkee | All Books Considered | Wild Wordy Women | Professional Fan Girls

Week Two

Monday, August 3 – Dark Faerie Tales (Deadly Destinations Event) | Creative House Blog | True Bookies Review | Andrea Heltsley
Tuesday, August 4 – Reed’s Reads & Review | The Saucy Wenches | My Lifes, Loves and Passion
Wednesday, August 5 – Bad Bird Reads
Thursday, August 6 – Booklovers for Life | Spines & Covers
Friday, August 7 – The Book Nympho (Stomp v. Romp)

Thank you for stopping by and don’t forget to pick up your copy of THE VEIL on August 4th!!

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#CRUSHYOURTBR TBR

Oh look, I am doing yet another read-a-thon! It seems like all I do is read-a-thons these days but I can’t help it, I just love them. Not only are they fun if there are challenges to complete but also it gives you the opportunity to read as much as possible. For me, read-a-thons also act as a form of motivation to read because I can get distracted by other things aka Netflix. I am excited to start another read-a-thon even if this one is only 3 days long.

The read-a-thon that I will be participating in is #CRUSHYOURTBR (hint, the title of this blogpost totally gave it away already lol). #CRUSHYOURTBR is a monthly read-a-thon that is hosted by Raeleen, or padfootandprongs07 over on Youtube and Jacquelyn, who has a great blog called YA Bookmark. This month, the read-a-thon will be happening from July 17th to July 19th and if you want you can check out the read-a-thon’s Twitter account here. There are no challenges for this read-a-thon. Basically, if you could not already tell from the title, the purpose of this read-a-thon is to crush your TBR, or to-be-read pile. It gives readers a chance to try and make as big of a dent in their TBR pile as possible.

For me, my TBR is not a definitive number of books that I am trying to read because I add books to it almost everyday. If I were to be completely honest with myself, my TBR pile is never-ending because I want to just read as many books as I can for the rest of my life, and given the amount of new books that are written each year trying to have a set in stone TBR pile is impossible. So for read-a-thons like this one, I just focus on the books that are on my radar at that moment in time.

I am currently home spending time with my family and relaxing in my hometown so I did not bring that many books home with me. Of course, I have plenty of books I could choose from for this read-a-thon in my old bedroom’s library but instead I am going to focus on the books I was approved to read through NetGalley as well as a book I brought home with me that I picked up from the library back in Boston. I have chosen 3 books that I hope to read this weekend but I am leaving room for a 4th book just in case I do extremely well. A girl’s got to be ambitious right?

Here are 3 books I have chosen: (the 4th will be decided after I visit my second home tomorrow aka my town’s library)

1. Heart and Sole by Miranda Liaison
2. Nearly Gone by Elle Cosimano
3. Fairytale Beginnings by Holly Martin
4. *stay tuned – will be revealed tomorrow*

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I will be doing daily blogposts on my progress over the next 3 days so stay tuned for that especially since I will be revealing the 4th book I hope to read in tomorrow’s blogpost. If anyone is interested in participating, check out the read-a-thon’s Twitter page! You can also leave a comment here, if you want, so I can see who else is doing it.

Bye for now bookworms and as always, happy reading 🙂

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#CRAMATHON Wrap-up

So, if you can tell by the title, this is not one of my daily progress blogposts that I was planning on doing for #CRAMATHON. #CRAMATHON is officially over, and due to the fact that I did not do daily progress blogposts for each of the 4 days I would say it was not my most successful read-a-thon. I mean, it was only the third read-a-thon I have participated in but still, this girl had some ambitious goals. Regardless of that though, I did get some reading in so it was not a complete loss.

From Day 1, I was ready to take on the challenges and do my best to complete ALL of them but then life decided to swoop in and make things a little more complicated. Sidetracked, my reading fell by the wayside for the almost all of the read-a-thon and if I had to guess I would say I read a total of 6 hours over the course of the last 4 days. But during those 6 hours, I was able to complete 2 of the 7 challenges and for that I am pretty pleased with myself. *gives myself pat on back* (Ok… technically I completed my second challenge after the read-a-thon ended but it was like 35 minutes past the end time so I am totally counting it given the very little reading I did overall during #CRAMATHON).

Now that I got that off my chest, let’s see how well I did, and I use the word “well” very lightly in this case, in regards to the challenges:

1. Read a children’s book Nancy Drew #18: The Mystery at the Moss-covered Mansion by Carolyn Keene red-checkmark
2. Read a hardback A Walk to Remember by Nicholas Sparks
3. Read 2 books in 24 hours
4. Read a graphic novel The Iron King the graphic novel by Julie Kagawa
5. Read a book written in verse How to (Un)Cage a Girl by Francesca Lia Block
6. Read a novella Castle Hill: A Joss and Braden Novella by Samantha Young red-checkmark
7. Read 5 books total

Total # of books read/challenges completed: 2
Total # of pages read: 274

I managed to read one book and one novella which I have realized is pretty good considering all the things that decided to materialize in my life right after I started this read-a-thon. Both books that I read I enjoyed, because one brought me back to my childhood while the other let me see more of one of my new favorite book couples. Below are my ratings for each book:

Nancy Drew #18: The Mystery at the Moss-covered Mansion by Carolyn Keene – 3/5 stars
Castle Hill: A Joss and Braden Novella by Samantha Young – 5/5 stars

**Reviews for these books are pending at the moment. If you would like to see one for either of these books, please let me know in the comments below**

My expectations for this read-a-thon may have been set a little high, as I did not foresee what life was going to throw at me when I started it but in the end I still loved participating in another read-a-thon and like always I can’t wait for the next one. Till next time… Happy Reading 🙂

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#CRAMATHON TBR

Time for another read-a-thon! It has been less than a week since I participated in READ-O-RAMA, but I had so much fun doing it as well as writing about my progress each day that I couldn’t pass up the chance to participate in another. #CRAMATHON is a read-a-thon created and hosted by Whitney over at WhittyNovels on Youtube. She is a wonderful booktuber and you should definitely check her videos out if you have the chance.

#CRAMATHON is a 4 day read-a-thon that was created to help readers cram in as many books as they can in an effort to lower their TBR piles or  help them reach their Goodreads challenge that they set for the year. WhittyNovels hosted this read-a-thon last Christmas so that whoever participated could get some last minute reading in to reach their goals before the year ended. Her approach to this read-a-thon is read books that are usually smaller or shorter in length that way you are able to read a lot in a short amount of time. Books like children’s books, graphic novels, novellas, or books written in verse tend to fit within these guidelines and you will see all of them represented in the books I have chosen below.

#CRAMATHON starts at 12AM (your time zone) on July 10th and ends at 11:59PM (your time zone) on July 13th. Like the other read-a-thon, there are challenges that have been created and I will be trying to complete them to the best of my ability.
Here are the 7 challenges for #CRAMATHON:

1. Read a children’s book
2. Read a hardback
3. Read 2 books in 24 hours
4. Read a graphic novel
5. Read a book written in verse
6. Read a novella
7. Read 5 books total

For some of these challenges, I actually have chosen two options so if I am able to read the 5 books selected to complete the challenges above, I will move on to, I guess what I will call, my extras.
Here are the books I have decided to read for the challenges:

1. Read a children’s book Nancy Drew #18: The Mystery at the Moss-covered Mansion by Carolyn Keene
2. Read a hardback A Walk to Remember by Nicholas Sparks
3. Read 2 books in 24 hours
4. Read a graphic novel The Iron King the graphic novel by Julie Kagawa
5. Read a book written in verse How to (Un)Cage a Girl by Francesca Lia Block
6. Read a novella Castle Hill: A Joss and Braden Novella by Samantha Young
7. Read 5 books total

**Extras**
Locomotion by Jacqueline Woodson
Peace, Locomotion by Jacqueline Woodson

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I can’t wait for this read-a-thon to start! As always, I will be updating my progress each day so stay tuned for tomorrow to see how I did on Day 1.  If anyone wants to take part in this read-a-thon, you are more than welcome to. Happy Reading 🙂

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REVIEW: Song of Summer

Song of Summer by Laura Lee Anderson
Release Date: July 7, 2015
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Format: ARC Ebook
Where You Can Find It: Goodreads Ι Amazon
Quote: “The chemistry of music is like the chemistry of love, but they are not the same thing: two people can go hand in hand but that doesn’t make them the same person.”

**I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.**

Synopsis: TheUnknown thirteen qualities of Robin’s Perfect Man range from the mildly important “Handsome” to the all-important “Great taste in music.” After all, Westfield’s best high school folk musician can’t go out with some shmuck who only listens to top 40 crap. When hot Carter Paulson walks in the door of Robin’s diner, it looks like the list may have come to life. It’s not until the end of the meal that she realizes he’s profoundly deaf.

Carter isn’t looking for a girlfriend. Especially not a hearing one. Not that he has anything against hearing girls, they just don’t speak the same language. But when the cute waitress at Grape Country Dairy makes an effort to talk with him, he takes her out on his yellow Ducati motorcycle.

Told in first person alternating perspectives, language, music, and culture go along for the ride as Carter and Robin find their song.


I really enjoyed this book! It was a great summer read that provided me with an adorable romance but also shed light on a topic that I normally do not read about which is when a character is deaf. Through Carter’s perspective though, I was able to see how someone who is deaf lives in a world where being able to hear is a normalcy. It was even more amazing to see how open-minded and compassionate Robin was once she realized Carter was deaf. She respected Carter from the very beginning and went out of her way throughout the book to learn how to communicate with him using ASL while also defending him when the moment presented itself. It really surprised me how each character reacted to one another, given the obvious differences between them.

I mean, you have a girl who loves music surrounding herself with it any chance she gets and a boy who is deaf and not the biggest fan of hearing people. First thing that comes to mind is how are they going to be able to communicate or even connect with one another given the barrier that is in front of them. But what makes this book ooze with cuteness and delight is that from the very first encounter, both Carter and Robin do not let that be an issue using notepads to communicate with each other in addition to Robin becoming more and more familiar with learning how to sign  throughout the book. Seeing Carter’s reaction to Robin learning how to sign was wonderful because he was so appreciative and even shocked that she would go out of her way to do that. As the story unfolded and they became closer and closer to one another, it was like Carter and Robin went into this bubble and you couldn’t help but smile and be happy for them. Their romance is what any girl would want if they were to meet someone over the summer.

Robin and Carter’s romance is not the only thing I enjoyed about this book. I also loved how in depth a look the readers get at the deaf community through the eyes of Carter and his family. Carter’s family is one that I would love to actually meet because they are not your typical family yet they were so funny and so welcoming especially to Robin. Almost every member of Carter’s family is deaf except for his mother who is a CODA, or child of a deaf adult, and what is even more amazing is that Carter and his two sisters, Denise and Trina, were all adopted by their parents. In addition to that each child is of a different race and/or culture: Denise, Carter’s older sister, is Indian, Carter is either South American, Italian, or Greek but even he is not 100% sure, and Trina, Carter’s younger sister, has blond hair and blue eyes. Picturing them all together especially around the dinner table communicating with one another would be an experience I would love to see. The diversity in this family was such an amazing aspect to this story especially since one would probably visualize a family who is from New York City and vacations in the summer in a place like Chantauqua to be all white.

Despite the bliss Robin and Carter had when they were together, reality was still there on the sidelines as the format of the book counts down the weeks until summer is over. There were times when I couldn’t help but revel in that reality, noticing some things in the story that were my not my favorite. I realize that this was a summer romance and therefore the love story would be a whirlwind of emotions seeing as there was a possible end date in the near future, but I just think that Carter and Robin’s love for each other happened a little too quickly in the story. Also, because you know that it is a summer romance, the plot was a bit predictable towards the end. Regardless of that though, the ending of this book left me oddly satisfied and filled with a lot of hope.

Song of Summer is a great book to pick up, especially in the summer, because it tells an adorable, lighthearted story of two people who meet and despite their differences, fall for one another. Not only that but readers get a eye-opening perspective into the deaf community and how they are perceived by those who can hear. I would definitely go check out Laura Lee Anderson’s debut novel, Song of Summer!

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READ-O-RAMA Wrap-up

READ-O-RAMA is officially over, which is sad, but now it is time for me to do my wrap-up on the books that I read, the challenges I was able to complete, and more.

This the second read-a-thon that I have participated in and I had a lot of fun participating on Twitter as well as reading the books I had chosen. I was not able to complete all the challenges that they created but the amount of reading I did do was great!

Looking back at my TBR for this read-a-thon, I said that it would be amazing if I could complete all 7 challenges. But, I also realized that I might not be able to do that due to other things going on in my life.
In any case, here is how things went down:

1. Read 7 books (maybe) *7th book – The Murder Complex by Lindsay Cummings
2. Read a middle grade book: The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
3. Read a fantasy: Of Poseidon by Anna Banks red-checkmark
4. Read a book with blue on the cover: All Fall Down by Ally Carter red-checkmark
5. Re-read a book: Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover
6. Read a book that makes R-A-M-A using the title/author: Before Jamaica Lane by Samantha Young
7. Read an e-book or an audiobook: Confessions of a Virgin Sex Columnist! by Kay Marie Song of Summer by Laura Lee Anderson red-checkmark

Total # of books read/challenges completed: 3
Total # of pages read: 884

I am really happy with the amount of reading I got done for this read-a-thon even if I didn’t read all the books I had planned on reading. The books I did read, though, I enjoyed a lot. Reviews for all three books will be up on this blog ASAP but here are my rating for each of them:

All Fall Down by Ally Carter – 4/5 stars
Of Poseidon by Anna Banks – 3.5/5 stars
Song of Summer by Laura Lee Anderson – 4/5 stars

**Check out my daily blogs for each day of the read-a-thon to see my thoughts of these books as I was reading them**

I had so much fun doing this read-a-thon and I can not wait for the next one! I hope you enjoyed seeing me document my progress over this past week because I will probably be doing it for the next read-a-thon I participate in. Till next time… Happy Reading 🙂

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READ-O-RAMA Day 6 & 7

As seen by the title above, I combined my progress for Day 6 and 7 into one blogpost because my reading for that day was less than I had hoped. The only progress I can account for on that day is that I continued reading Song of Summer by Laura Lee Anderson.images

What I can say, from what I read, is that this book continues to be adorably cute as you read about how Robin and Carter’s summer romance unfolds. It is everything you want a summer romance to be and all I could do was smile and giggle while I was reading. I also enjoyed delving into the mind of someone who is deaf because I was able to learn a lot more about what they experience and how they acclimate in certain situations.

As Day 7, the last and final day of READ-O-RAMA, rolled around, I was determined to finish Song of Summer so that I could successfully finish one more book for this read-a-thon but also because my window to review this for NetGalley was closing. 30 minutes before midnight, that goal was achieved and I finished Song of Summer 🙂

The cuteness continued between Robin and Carter even if they did have some nuisances to deal with in the form of her ex-boyfriend Trent who I ended up thoroughly despising till the very end. The romance blossomed and there were even some passionate moments between the two of them. But Robin and Carter’s very obvious differences, she loves music and he is deaf and therefore can never hear music, started to surface after being pushed aside for a while by the whirlwind romance causing reality to come knocking.

I don’t want to go into too many more details because A) I will be doing a review on this book ASAP so look forward to that and B) I don’t want to accidentally spoil anything. Overall though, I really enjoyed this book. I gave it 4/5 stars and was so glad that I picked it up especially since it is Laura Lee Anderson’s debut novel.