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Blog Tour: Pushing Perfect [Review & Giveaway]

Posted October 25, 2016 by Stephanie in Blog Tour, Giveaway, Review / 3 Comments

Blog Tour: Pushing Perfect [Review & Giveaway]Pushing Perfect by Michelle Falkoff
Published by HarperTeen on October 25th 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary
Pages: 352
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher, Edelweiss
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A girl’s quest for perfection results in dangerous consequences in this layered, suspenseful YA novel by the author of Playlist for the Dead.
How far would you go to be perfect?
Kara has the perfect life. She gets perfect grades. She never messes up. Until now. Because perfection is an illusion, and Kara has been struggling to maintain it for as long as she can remember. With so much pressure to succeed, it’s hard not to do whatever it takes.
But when Kara takes a new underground drug to help her ace the SATs, she doesn’t expect to get a text from a blocked sender, telling her to follow a set of mysterious instructions—or risk her dark secret getting out. Soon she finds herself part of a group of teens with secrets of their own, who are all under the thumb of the same anonymous texter. And if they don’t find a way to stop the blackmailer, their perfect futures will go up in flames.
This dark, emotionally resonant contemporary YA novel is perfect for fans of We Were Liars and The Secret History.

My Thoughts

During the summer between eighth and ninth grade, I turned into a monster.

That is the first line in this story and I felt that it was a great line to set things up! I really loved that the main plot of this novel was about blackmail. I think that is such an interesting thing to read about and it was great to see it played out so well. Especially since I didn’t know who was the one blackmailing. I’m really glad that this book didn’t disappoint in the fact that it kept me guessing.

I was a little worried going into this book because I don’t like drugs. I don’t condone drugs. I’ve never done drugs. Drugs is just something I don’t like. Yet, I still liked this book. I think that even though the subject was indeed about drugs, I was still interested in it. Because it wasn’t just about the drug use, but it was about striving to be perfect. And what that can do to your body as well. I do wish that we saw more of that striving to be perfect with more of the mental issues. But all-in-all, I think that it was done pretty well. I do like that the drug of Kara’s choice wasn’t heroin or cocaine or something like that, but instead something kind of like Ritalin (for ADD cases) and maybe with a hint of Xanax (for anxiety). I think I appreciated this book more because it was medicine that was the drug of choice, which can sometimes be even more scary than other drugs. (I’m not really sure if I made any sense with that, but in my head it did. 🙂 )

I definitely enjoyed this book more than I thought I would and I am extremely happy about that. I definitely want to check out Playlist for the Dead by Michelle Falkoff and any future work of hers because I think she did a wonderful job with this book! It has a slight Gossip Girl/Pretty Little Liars vibe and would be perfect for fans of those books or TV shows!

About the Authormichelle-falkoff

Michelle Falkoff’s fiction and reviews have been published in ZYZZYVADoubleTake and the Harvard Review, among other places. She is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and currently serves as Director of Communication and Legal Reasoning at Northwestern University School of Law.

Author Links: Website || Twitter || Facebook


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2016 May Clean Sweep: Goals & Updates

Posted April 28, 2016 by Stephanie in Challenge / 2 Comments

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Kimba and Kristin are hosting the May Clean Sweep for the fourth year in a row and I am participating in it this May. I have so many ARCs, eARCs, Finished Copies, etc from Publishers that I need to read and review and it’s time to fix that number and get caught up. Or at least mostly caught up!

Official Rules:

Link up!
Add our button to your blog (optional)
ARCs must be read between May 1st, 2016 and May 31st, 2016
Challenge starts and ends at midnight in your local time zone
All ARCs/finished copies that were provided by a publisher or author are eligible. They can be in any format (eBook, physical, audio)
Post a start-up post with goals; it can be started at the start of event. Be sure to link back to us, your hosts.
Tweet using hashtag #CleanSweepARC
You do not have to post your review on your blog during the month of May. Just give a link to Goodreads showing you read the book between May 1st and the 31st with a two sentence review. Please friend us on Goodreads so we can see your shelves: Kimba and Kristin
Twitter Party is Wednesday, May 18th at 7:30pm EST #CleanSweepARC
Participate in at least one challenge
Earn extra entries by participating in the 24-hour ARC Read-a-thon Saturday May 21st, 2016
The Participant Giveaway will include entries for books read (1 book entry a day allowed on the giveaway, you crazy speed readers 🙂 ), posting about the challenge, start-up &/or results post (can be combined), having the Clean Sweep button on your blog’s sidebar, participation in the Twitter party, Read-a-Thon participation, entering challenges and for following hosts…. phew!!!
Grand Prize – One winner will receive a new release of their choice (can be audible credit, novel, or gift card) valued at up to $20.00 USD. Open Internationally.
Entry form for Participant Giveaway will post on May 1st and will close on June 3rd, 2016.


To read at least 12 ARCs or eARCs in the month of May

Books Read For The Challenge:

1. Queen of Hearts by Colleen Oakes
Blog Tour: Thicker Than Water [Review & Giveaway]

Blog Tour: Thicker Than Water [Review & Giveaway]

Posted December 31, 2015 by Stephanie in Giveaway, Review / 0 Comments

Title: Thicker Than Water Author: Kelly Fiore Series: Standalone Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Mystery, Thriller Pages: 320 Published By: HarperTeen on January 5, 2016 Challenges: Blog Tour for Rockstar Book Tours Where To Get:   **I received an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest review for this blog tour. This in no way affects my opinions**  Cecelia Price […]

Blog Tour: Persuasion [Review & Giveaway]

Blog Tour: Persuasion [Review & Giveaway]

Posted October 26, 2015 by Stephanie in Blog Tour, Giveaway, Review / 0 Comments

Title: Persuasion Author: Martina Boone Series: The Heirs of Watson Island #2 Genre: Young Adult, Southern Gothic, Paranormal, Romance, Mystery Pages: 464 Published By: Simon Pulse on October 27, 2015 Challenges: Blog Tour for Rockstar Book Tours Where To Get:   Grieving the death of her godfather and haunted by her cousin Cassie’s betrayal, Barrie returns from a trip to San Francisco […]