Cha Cha Changes! or Why yes, I'm still here! or even Relaunch Awesomeness!

Greetings to all you lovely people out there! I'm sure you've noticed that things have been very quiet at She Dreams in Fiction the last few months. There have been some significant life events that have occurred, some of which have been quite rough. They have made it difficult for me to not only blog, but even want to read. That's right. Not only have I not blogged in a while, I haven't read! This is most unlike me, I can assure you. It's been tough, but things are starting to slowly improve, so that's good. I want to thank everyone for hanging around and being so patient with me. I truly appreciate you and I hope that we'll be able to continue this upward movement! Tallyho!

One thing I'm super happy about might be a smidge apparent... I have a new blog design! Yay! Stephanie over at New Chapter Designs has done an amazing job transforming She Dreams in Fiction into a whimsical, fun design that I couldn't be more excited about. I came to her with very vague ideas about what I was looking for (like I knew what colors I wanted, kind of vague) and Stephanie came up with what you see now. How she was able to know exactly what I wanted before I knew it myself, I'll never know, but it is a testament to her massive skills. Thank you Stephanie! You're a rock star!

Another awesome thing is we recently got 300 followers on Bloglovin'! That is freakin' awesome, you guys. I couldn't be more happy to have so many people interested in reading what I have to say. Not only that, but we reached that milestone during my hiatus! So, THANK YOU! I love you all!

SO! To celebrate this beautiful new design and reaching a follower milestone - and also my return to the land of books and bloggin - I've decided to have a giveaway! I want everyone to be able to participate in this giveaway, so I'm going to make this open to US readers AND those in countries that the Book Depository ships to. Yay! Now what should I give away? Hmm, how about...

Book Blast: A is for Abstinence by Kelly Oram (Excerpt + Giveaway)

Welcome, welcome! It is about that time for a book blast for Kelly Oram's newest book, A is for Abstinence! I'll be honest, I haven't even read the first book, V is for Virgin. I have loved every single book by Kelly Oram I've read so far, so I'm sure I'll love this series too! Below we have the yummy cover, a yummy excerpt (yowza!) and a yummy giveaway! So check out all the fun stuff below and get ready for the awesomeness. Happy reading!

A is for Abstinence
by Kelly Oram

Six-time Grammy Award wining musician Kyle Hamilton has it all—money, fame, talent, good looks, and a job he loves. His only regret in life: walking away from a certain notorious virgin because he was too prideful, stubborn, and even afraid to give her the only thing she asked of him—his abstinence.

Four years and a broken heart later, Kyle realizes that sex isn’t everything, and he suddenly can’t stop thinking about the girl that got away. Virgin Val Jensen got under is skin like no one else ever has. He wasn’t ready for her then, but things are different now. He’s grown up, he’s learned a few things, and he’s finally figured out exactly what he wants, or, rather, who he wants.

Kyle Hamilton wants a do-over, and this time he’s willing to do—or not do—whatever it takes.

Add "A is for Abstinence!"


Review: Second Star by Alyssa B. Scheinmel

Second Star by Alyssa B. Sheinmel
Hardcover: 248 pages
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Release Date: 13 May 2014
Age Level: Young Adult
Source: eARC provided by NetGalley
Purchase: Amazon| Book Depository | Barnes and Noble | IndieBound
A twisty story about love, loss, and lies, this contemporary oceanside adventure is tinged with a touch of dark magic as it follows seventeen-year-old Wendy Darling on a search for her missing surfer brothers. Wendy’s journey leads her to a mysterious hidden cove inhabited by a tribe of young renegade surfers, most of them runaways like her brothers. Wendy is instantly drawn to the cove’s charismatic leader, Pete, but her search also points her toward Pete's nemesis, the drug-dealing Jas. Enigmatic, dangerous, and handsome, Jas pulls Wendy in even as she's falling hard for Pete. A radical reinvention of a classic, Second Star is an irresistible summer romance about two young men who have yet to grow up--and the troubled beauty trapped between them.

Growing up, one of my all-time favorite stories was Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie. Having been disappointed by a retelling before, I was a little hesitant to give another one a shot. Then I saw that Second Star was a modern retelling focused on Wendy and involving coastal beauty and surfing. I anticipated a departure from the original story, so I was prepared for just how far it would venture... mostly.

It's the End of the Month As We Know It: April 2014

Hey you guys! Um... it's been another quiet month here on the blog. Things have been really stressful at work lately and I haven't felt like doing much of anything for a while; which includes not doing a whole heck of a lot on the blog, sadly. I am earnestly trying to get back into the swing of things, though! I've already picked up more reading and I have a couple reviews just waiting for links and images, so hopefully these wrap-ups will start to be more fun again! Now it's on to the April happenings... let's get started!

Reviews Done

Aaaand it's a big fat zero in the review department. BUT, like I said, there are things coming! One thing in particular is a fun little adventure I've been participating in with my blogging friend, Jen at Literally Jen! I love it to bits and I hope that we're able to keep it going for a good long while. (All that's left is me getting my part done... ahem. Sorry Jen!)


Release Day Blast for This Side of Salvation by Jeri Smith-Ready
Cover Reveal for Mortal Enchantment by Stacey O'Neale

Cover Reveal: Mortal Enchantment by Stacey O'Neale (+ Giveaway)

Today, Stacey O'Neale and Phoenix Reign Publishing are revealing the cover for Mortal Enchantment, releasing on May 20, 2014! Check out the awesome cover and enter to win a $50 Amazon or Barnes and Noble Gift Card!!!

On to the reveal!

It's the End of the Month As We Know It: March 2014

Hey you guys! So... I've been really quiet as far as the blog and reading are concerned. I have no idea why, but I hope that things pick up again soon. I guess it wasn't a total fail, though. I got to do a fair amount of bookish things, just not really the typical bookish things. I had a weekend of awesomeness at the Tucson Festival of Books. I got to meet Lois Lowry, Cornelia Funke and Isaac Marion. I also got to see Shelley Coriell again and meet Morgan Rhodes. THEN I got to get my books by all these authors signed! It was a little overwhelming at first, and I didn't get to see as many authors as I would have liked, but I still had an absolute blast. Well, guess it's time to get this wrap-up, um, wrapped up!

Reviews Done
(Click on the cover to go to the review!)

So the momentum I gained the last two months apparently didn't carry over into this month. Oops. Actually, I thought I had posted a review, but it apparently didn't schedule and stayed in my drafts. Dang. Next month will be better!

Release Day Blast: This Side of Salvation by Jeri Smith-Ready

This Side of Salvation is officially out in the world! I was lucky enough to receive a copy of this early and let me tell you, this book is AMAZING! So check out some fun stuff Jeri has going on for the launch of her newest novel, including giveaways, interviews and more. Happy reading!

This Side of Salvation

by Jeri Smith-Ready
Everyone mourns differently. When his older brother was killed, David got angry. As in, fist-meets-someone-else’s-face furious. But his parents? They got religious. David’s still figuring out his relationship with a higher power, but there’s one thing he does know for sure:  The closer he gets to new-girl Bailey, the better, brighter, happier, more he feels.

Then his parents start cutting all their worldly ties in to prepare for the Rush, the divine moment when the faithful will be whisked off to Heaven…and they want David to do the same. David’s torn. There’s a big difference between living in the moment and giving up his best friend, varsity baseball, and Bailey—especially Bailey—in hope of salvation.

But when he comes home late from prom, and late for the Rush, to find that his parents have vanished, David is in more trouble than he ever could have imagined… 

It's the End of the Month As We Know It: February 2014

Hey you guys! This wrap-up is quite overdo... oops! Sorry about that! Better late than never though, right? You may have noticed a little bit of a change here on She Dreams in Fiction. Well, maybe it's not such a little change, but anyway. I changed up the layout and design of the blog! It took me a while to come up with something I liked well enough to actually apply it, but I think it's nice. I wanted something a little easier to maneuver around and something that looked a bit more clean. I don't know that I'm 100% happy with the header design, but I think I do like the rest. Share your thoughts below!

Other than a different look for the blog, I've been busy reading and trying to get those reviews written. I have a tendency to write notes on random bits of paper when I finish a book, which has proven to be dangerous. I lost my review notes for Mister Max: The Book of Lost Things for ages! I am happy to say, I finally found them and that was the first review I posted for the month. I have since learned my lesson and I now carry a notebook with me wherever I go. Just in case. So what else have I been up to besides being a total space-cadet? Let me show you!

Reviews Done
(Click on the cover to go to the review!)

Last month I got four reviews done, this month I wrote up five! Crazy! Crazy, but super exciting. Woo hoo!

Blog Tour: Ungifted by Kelly Oram (Review + Giveaway)


Welcome to the blog tour for Ungifted by Kelly Oram! Thanks go out to Good Choice Reading Blog Tours and Kelly for getting this tour going. Be sure to follow the tour by clicking the banner above or going to the highlight post I shared right here. For my stop, I get to share my review! Let's do this, shall we?

Ungifted by Kelly Oram
ebook: 342 pages
Publisher: Bluefields
Expected Publication: March 2014
Age Level: Young Adult
Source: eARC provided by author
Even though her father is running for President of the United States, Grace St. Claire is as normal a girl as they come. She’s clumsy, shy, and an outcast among her peers. She even manages to nearly die in a freak accident in front of the entire school. But when Grace survives a vampire attack she quickly learns that she is anything but ordinary.

There’s something about human Grace that has all the supernaturals around her going crazy. Her best friend’s brother suddenly wants to date her. Her worst enemy has sworn to protect her even against her wishes. Someone with very powerful magic wants her dead, and the vampire that attacked her has developed an obsession with making her his eternal mate.

In order to survive—and not as Count Dracula’s undead bride—Grace dives head first into the terrifying world of the supernatural. She teams up with a charming but mysterious warlock who strolled into town causing trouble and spouting stories of a Prophesy and Chosen One that looks exactly like Grace. Together they must figure out why Grace is different, who wants her dead, how she’s connected to the Chosen One, and who they can really trust.

Purchase the book: Amazon| Barnes and Noble

Review: Chameleon by Kelly Oram

Chameleon by Kelly Oram
e-book: 356 pages
Publisher: Bluefields
Release Date: 25 June 2013
Age Level: Young Adult
Source: Purchased
Purchase: Amazon | Barnes and Noble | IndieBound
Now in paperback!
For small-town rebel Dani Webber magic and monsters are no more real than the Easter Bunny… until the day she accidentally stops time. Dani quickly discovers that not only do supernaturals exist, but she herself is one of them. This is great news for her life-long best friend Russ, who can finally come clean about his own supernatural status and his undying love for her. Before the two can start to enjoy the long overdue relationship, Dani is taken by a powerful council of supernaturals who believe she is the Chosen One destined to save them from extinction.

As if being kidnapped and expected to save the world isn’t bad enough, an ancient prophecy warns of the Chosen One’s dark nature: “Only the truest love will keep her an agent for good.” The council believes they know who this “true love” is and, unfortunately, that person isn’t Russ. The mysterious, powerful and devastatingly handsome Seer is the last person Dani wants in her life, but when she starts having visions of a horrific future, she has no one else to turn to for help.

Soon Dani finds herself torn between two very different boys with two very different opinions of whom she can trust. With the visions getting worse and time running out, Dani is forced to put aside her feelings and work with both the Seer and Russ before an ancient evil is unleashed upon the earth.

Chameleon is a very unique story full of action, adventure, mystery, love and heaps of confusion and teen angst. In short, I really liked it! Since my stop on the blog tour for the sequel, Ungifted, is tomorrow, I thought it best to quickly let you know a few of my rambling thoughts about book one. So on with the show!

Blog Tour Highlight: Ungifted by Kelly Oram (+Giveaway)


Guess what, guys? Kelly Oram's blog tour for her newest novel, Ungifted, is coming up! Since I love every single Kelly Oram book I've read, I had to jump at the chance to participate in this tour. You'll get to see my thoughts about the book on Wednesday, but before we even get to the tour, here's an awesome highlight... and a great giveaway!

Review: The Summer I Found You by Jolene Perry

The Summer I Found You by Jolene Perry
eARC: 256 pages
Publisher: Albert Whitman Teen
Release Date: 1 March 2014
Age Level: Young Adult
Source: NetGalley
Purchase: Amazon| Book Depository | Barnes and Noble | IndieBound
All they have in common is that they're less than perfect. And all they're looking for is the perfect distraction.

Kate's dream boyfriend has just broken up with her and she's still reeling from her diagnosis of type 1 diabetes. Aidan planned on being a lifer in the army and went to Afghanistan straight out of high school. Now he's a disabled young veteran struggling to embrace his new life. When Kate and Aidan find each other neither one wants to get attached. But could they be right for each other after all?

Sometimes you read a book, enjoy it, but aren't quite certain what to do about it. That might not make sense, but that best describes my feelings after finishing The Summer I Found You. I feel like this was a good idea, but the execution needs a little more tweaking and editing. I can usually look through editing and grammar mistakes in advanced copies, as I assume those flubs will be fixed before the book release. I know that nobody is perfect, but if those mistakes cause me to get lost or confused or hinder my enjoyment of the story, that's when I'll mention it. This rating would have been higher, if not for the mistakes that made me have to read sentences or paragraphs over again, just so I could try to see what the author was trying to say.

Kelly Oram Valentine's Day Sale and Giveaway!

I have a special promotion to share with you guys today! In celebration of the paperback release of Amazon Best-seller The Avery Shaw Experiment, YA author Kelly Oram is having a special Valentine's Day sale and Giveaway!

From science geeks and serial killers to warlocks and rockstars, no matter your flavor, Kelly Oram has a fictional boyfriend for you! Make the most of this holiday of love and cuddle up with a boy who's sure to make you swoon, will never talk back, and will never ever break your heart!

Visit KellyOram.com to see which boy is right for you and enter the Giveaway!

Cover Reveal: The Shadow Prince by Stacey O'Neale (+Giveaway)

Welcome to the the Official Cover Reveal for Stacey O'Neale's The Shadow Prince (a Mortal Enchantment prequel novella)! Thanks are due to Good Choice Reading Blog Tours for this wonderful cover reveal opportunity! It looks like this series is going to be really interesting, so check out the cover and details below. Be sure to enter the giveaway at the bottom of the post, too. Now, without further ado, I give you the gorgeous cover for The Shadow Prince!

Review: Lady Thief by A. C. Gaughen

Lady Thief by A. C. Gaughen
Hardcover: 304 pages
Publisher: Walker Childrens
Release Date: 11 February 2014
Age Level: Young Adult
Source: eARC provided by NetGalley
Purchase: Amazon | Book Depository | Barnes and Noble | IndieBound
Scarlet’s true identity has been revealed, but her future is uncertain. Her forced marriage to Lord Gisbourne threatens Robin and Scarlet’s love, and as the royal court descends upon Nottingham for the appointment of a new Sheriff, the people of Nottingham hope that Prince John will appoint their beloved Robin Hood. But Prince John has different plans for Nottingham that revolve around a fateful secret from Scarlet’s past even she isn’t yet aware of. Forced to participate at court alongside her ruthless husband, Scarlet must bide her time and act the part of a noblewoman—a worthy sacrifice if it means helping Robin’s cause and a chance at a future with the man she loves. With a fresh line of intrigue and as much passion as ever, the next chapter in Scarlet’s tale will have readers talking once again.

I... I just... I mean... oh my word, I don't even know how to begin this thing! I honestly don't know what to say. I practically flew through Lady Thief. I loved Scarlet so much, but I might like this story even more. Then again, I don't know. Gah! I just don't know what to say! I am going to apologize up front if I seem a little... scattered in this review. My thoughts are everywhere and I just can't seem to wrangle them! Also, as is per usual for sequels, there are likely to be spoilers for book one. On to the madness!

Cover Reveal: Get Even by Gretchen McNeil (+ Giveaway)

Welcome to the the Official Cover Reveal for Gretchen McNeil's Get Even (Get Even #1)! Thanks go out to Book Nerd Tours and Balzer+Bray for this wonderful reveal opportunity! This looks to be quite the amazing book, so check out the cover and details below. Also, there's a giveaway for some awesome prizes at the bottom of the post. Now, without further ado, I give you the cover for Get Even!

Review: Mister Max: The Book of Lost Things by Cynthia Voigt

Mister Max: The Book of Lost Things by Cynthia Voigt
Hardcover: 400 pages
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Release Date: 10 September 2013
Age Level: Middle-Grade
Source: eARC from NetGalley
Purchase: Amazon | Book Depository | Barnes and Noble | IndieBound
Newbery medalist Cynthia Voigt presents a rollicking mystery in three acts!

Max's parents are missing. They are actors, and thus unpredictable, but sailing away, leaving Max with only a cryptic note, is unusual even for them. Did they intend to leave him behind? Have they been kidnapped?

Until he can figure it out, Max feels it's safer to keep a low profile. Hiding out is no problem for a child of the theater. Max has played many roles, he can be whoever he needs to be to blend in. But finding a job is tricky, no matter what costume he dons.

Ironically, it turns out Max has a talent for finding things. He finds a runaway child, a stray dog, a missing heirloom, a lost love. . . . So is he a finder? A detective? No, it's more. Max finds a way to solve people's problems—he engineers better outcomes for them. He becomes Mister Max, Solutioneer.

Now if only he could find a solution to his own problems . . .

I think I've become a fan of Cynthia Voigt. I'll be honest, I haven't read anything by this Newbery winner yet. I know! It's criminal, right? But honestly, her books were never assigned to me in school nor were they even on my radar. When I had the chance to read Mister Max: The Book of Lost Things, however, my curiosity was piqued. This story sounded like something my over-active imagination would simply devour, so naturally I agreed to read it. I am so ridiculously glad that I gave this story - and this author - a chance, because this book is a delight!

Blog Tour Guest Post: Lady Thief by A. C. Gaughen (Dream Cast + Giveaway)


Welcome to the official blog tour for Lady Thief by A. C. Gaughen! As is probably evident from my review, I seriously loved the first book in this series, Scarlet. Needless to say, I was ecstatic when I had the chance to take part in this tour. For my stop, I am super happy to have A. C. Gaughen sharing her Dream Cast!! Personally, I think this looks like an amazing line up, you guys. So check out who she picked for her leading characters below! To check out the other fantastic stops in the tour, click on the banner above. Also, be sure to enter the amazing (US only) giveaway while you're here!

Lady Thief 
by A. C. Gaughen

Scarlet’s true identity has been revealed, but her future is uncertain. Her forced marriage to Lord Gisbourne threatens Robin and Scarlet’s love, and as the royal court descends upon Nottingham for the appointment of a new Sheriff, the people of Nottingham hope that Prince John will appoint their beloved Robin Hood. But Prince John has different plans for Nottingham that revolve around a fateful secret from Scarlet’s past even she isn’t yet aware of. Forced to participate at court alongside her ruthless husband, Scarlet must bide her time and act the part of a noblewoman—a worthy sacrifice if it means helping Robin’s cause and a chance at a future with the man she loves. With a fresh line of intrigue and as much passion as ever, the next chapter in Scarlet’s tale will have readers talking once again.


Purchase: Amazon | Barnes and Noble | IndieBound

Now, without further ado, here's A. C. Gaughen and her Lady Thief dream cast!


It's the End of the Month As We Know It: January 2014

Hey you guys! The first month of 2014 is now over! I hope everybody had a wonderful start to the new year. Not too much has been going on in Litzaland, but that's not necessarily a bad thing! I was able to get a fair amount of reading done. I even got stuff done for my reading challenges! (To see how I'm doing with those reading challenges, go to the 2014 Reads page or click here!) I wasn't able to finish a reread for this month, but I'm still in the middle of it! I'm currently rereading Divergent by Veronica Roth, so I'm sure I'll be done in no time. In other news, there is one sad note pertaining to She Dreams in Fiction, as Nomi has bowed out of blogging. She may stop by for a guest post now and again, but until that time, it looks like you're stuck with me! So what have I been up to this last month? Let me show ya!

Reviews Done
(Click on the cover to go to the review!)

Yeah! I totally got four reviews written, ya'll! Do you have any idea how excited I am that I was able to pull that off? I hope I can keep up the momentum as the year progresses. It's a nice feeling.

Review: Scarlet by A. C. Gaughen

Scarlet by A. C. Gaughen
Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: Walker Childrens
Date Published: 26 February 2013 (originally 14 February 2012)
Age Level: Young Adult
Source: Purchased
Purchase: Amazon | Book Depository | Barnes and Noble | IndieBound
Many readers know the tale of Robin Hood, but they will be swept away by this new version full of action, secrets, and romance.

Posing as one of Robin Hood’s thieves to avoid the wrath of the evil Thief Taker Lord Gisbourne, Scarlet has kept her identity secret from all of Nottinghamshire. Only the Hood and his band know the truth: the agile thief posing as a whip of a boy is actually a fearless young woman with a secret past. Helping the people of Nottingham outwit the corrupt Sheriff of Nottingham could cost Scarlet her life as Gisbourne closes in.

It’s only her fierce loyalty to Robin—whose quick smiles and sharp temper have the rare power to unsettle her—that keeps Scarlet going and makes this fight worth dying for.

Oh my goodness, I've found an all new love for Robin Hood. A. C. Gaughen has given us an absolutely fantastic retelling of this great outlaw hero story. I loved it all. The humor, the action, the attitude, the... everything! The only thing I didn't like was how long it took me to finally read it!

Review: Her Dark Curiosity by Megan Shepherd

Her Dark Curiosity by Megan Shepherd
Hardcover: 368 pages
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Publishing Date: 28 January 2014
Age Level: Young Adult
Source: eARC from NetGalley
Purchase: Amazon | Book Depository | Barnes and Noble | IndieBound
To defeat the darkness, she must first embrace it.

Months have passed since Juliet Moreau returned to civilization after escaping her father's island—and the secrets she left behind. Now, back in London once more, she is rebuilding the life she once knew and trying to forget Dr. Moreau’s horrific legacy—though someone, or something, hasn’t forgotten her.

As people close to Juliet fall victim one by one to a murderer who leaves a macabre calling card of three clawlike slashes, Juliet fears one of her father’s creations may have also escaped the island. She is determined to find the killer before Scotland Yard does, though it means awakening sides of herself she had thought long banished, and facing loves from her past she never expected to see again.

As Juliet strives to stop a killer while searching for a serum to cure her own worsening illness, she finds herself once more in the midst of a world of scandal and danger. Her heart torn in two, past bubbling to the surface, life threatened by an obsessive killer—Juliet will be lucky to escape alive.

With inspiration from Robert Louis Stevenson’s The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, this is a tantalizing mystery about the hidden natures of those we love and how far we’ll go to save them from themselves.

About a year ago, my book club decided to read The Madman's Daughter by Megan Shepherd. I had my reservations - as it promised to be quite creepy and likely to make me have nightmares - but I put those reservations aside and dove in. Boy am I glad I did! The Madman's Daughter is one of my top favorite books of 2013. Needless to say, when I had the opportunity to review the sequel, I jumped at the chance. I can't tell you how happy I am that Her Dark Curiosity is just as deliciously dark and captivating as the previous book. Since this is a review for a sequel, I will warn that there may be spoilers for the first book.

Cover Reveal: Kiss of Fire by Rebecca Ethington (+ Giveaway)

Welcome to the cover reveal for Rebecca Ethington's Kiss of Fire! This book has a received a brand new cover makeover, and I have to say, it's amazing! I know I'm definitely intrigued by this book even more, simply because of the cover. I want to know the symbolism! Guess I'll just have to check it out, huh?

So! Moving on to the cover reveal! Without further ado, here's the new cover for Kiss of Fire! (Psst... be sure to enter the giveaway and check out Rebecca's other books at the bottom of this post!)
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