december 2015 playlist

Dec 31, 2015

50 shades of pop // dj earworm
if you leave me now // foxes
goddess // cappa
ugh! // the 1975
girls like girls (vali remix) // hayley kiyoko
talk me down // troye sivan
wild // troye sivan
i think i like you // sirenxx
ilysb // lany
walk away // lany
control // halsey
gasoline // halsey
that's christmas to me // pentatonix

{Story Diary} This Raging Light by Estelle Laure

Dec 21, 2015

This Raging Light by Estelle Laure
Young Adult Contemporary
December 22, 2015 from HMH Books for Young Readers

Can the best thing happen at the worst time?

Her dad went crazy. Her mom left town. She has bills to pay and a little sister to look after. Now is not the time for level-headed seventeen-year-old Lucille to fall in love. But love—messy, inconvenient love—is what she's about to experience when she falls for Digby Jones, her best friend's brother. With blazing longing that builds to a fever pitch, Estelle Laure's soulful debut will keep readers hooked and hoping until the very last page.


New Jersey | Pennsylvania

Philidelphia, Pennsylvania

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"Beware gentle knight. There is no greater monster than reason." -- McCarthy

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**Quotes are from an ARC and are subject to change in final copy**

Author Estelle compiled music playlists for the characters in This Raging Light on her Spotify account! Check them out below!

Estelle Laure is a Vonnegut worshipper who believes in love and magic and the power of facing hard truths. She has a BA in Theater Arts from New Mexico State University and an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts, and thinks everyone should have to wait tables or work in a kitchen at least once in their lives. She lives in Taos, New Mexico with her children.

november 2015 playlist

Nov 30, 2015

cliff's edge // hayley kiyoko
going down tonight // colby o'donis
the fix // nelly x jeremih
the feeling // justin bieber x halsey
i'm yours // alessia cara
black flies // ben howard
lay it all on me // rudimental x ed sheeran
love yourself // justin bieber
rescue my heart // liz longley
half the world away // aurora
​no scrubs (revamp) // cappa x jon santana

october 2015 playlist

Oct 31, 2015

happy halloween! unfortunately this is not a halloween post, but a playlist for the month of october.

other girls // cappa
locked away // r. city x adam levine
young god // halsey
on my mind // ellie goulding
l.a. love song // xylo
love me // the 1975
music to watch boys to // lana del rey
kamikaze // mo
touch // pia mia
confident // demi lovato
wild things // alessia cara
clay // hana
everything // sivik

september 2015 playlist

Sep 30, 2015

castle // halsey
killin' it // cappa x almighty chief
criminals // ms mr
young & stupid // travis mills
body on me // rita ora
devil // cash cash x busta rhymes x b.o.b. x neon hitch
leave a trace // chvrches
open heart // morgan page x lissie
blush (original mix) // sbcr

{Story Diary} The Winter People by Rebekah L. Purdy

Sep 21, 2015

The Winter People by Rebekah L. Purdy
Young Adult Fantasy, Romance
September 2, 2014 from Entangled Teen

Salome Montgomery fears winter—the cold, the snow, the ice, but most of all, the frozen pond she fell through as a child. Haunted by the voices and images of the strange beings that pulled her to safety, she hasn’t forgotten their warning to “stay away.” For eleven years, she has avoided the winter woods, the pond, and the darkness that lurks nearby. But when failing health takes her grandparents to Arizona, she is left in charge of maintaining their estate. This includes the “special gifts” that must be left at the back of the property.

Salome discovers she’s a key player in a world she’s tried for years to avoid. At the center of this world is the strange and beautiful Nevin, who she finds trespassing on her family’s property. Cursed with dark secrets and knowledge of the creatures in the woods, his interactions with Salome take her life in a new direction. A direction where she’ll have to decide between her longtime crush Colton, who could cure her fear of winter. Or Nevin who, along with an appointed bodyguard, Gareth, protects her from the darkness that swirls in the snowy backdrop. An evil that, given the chance, will kill her.


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*Note: Please keep in mind that only some places in the book are real, while the others are purely fictional.*

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We all can relate to that, right, readers? The TBR pile is ever-growing. So many books; so little time.

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Winter solstices are an important factor in The Winter People, but their meaning for one may be different than what it means to us...

"Some people see the solstices as magical times. Some look at it as a way to travel between the worlds, humans and otherwise, because that is when the veils are thinnest. Others look at it as a time of sacrifice..."

--Rebekah L. Purdy, The Winter People

While to the eye, a winter solstice means that, as the earth is tilting on it's axis, December 21st is the day that has the least amount of daylight, thus becoming the shortest day of the year. Same goes for June 21st being the longest with the most amount of daylight during the summer solstice, depending on which side of the hemisphere.

In astrology, the winter solstice is associated with the birth of the sun. Winter Solstice means sun set still in Latin, in which there is stillness before the sun builds strength, and the days grow longer. It's a powerful time of re-birth and transformation, which I find essential to The Winter People because of our heroine, Salome. [Source]

I was born and raised in Michigan (just look for the mitten-shaped state on the map). I’ve lived here most of my life other than the few years I spent in the U.S. Army. At which time I got a chance to experience MO, KS, SC, and CA.

I work full time for the court system and in my free time I write YA stories. Pretty much any genre within the YA realm is game for me, but my favorites are fantasy, urban fantasy, paranormal romance, thrillers, light sci-fi, and some time travel.

I also have a big family–I like to consider us the modern day Brady Bunch. When my hubby and I met and got married, he had 3 children from a previous marriage, I had 2 and we have 1 together. It’s a lot of fun though.

And I can’t forget my other family members–yep, we’ve got some pets: 4 dogs, 3 cats, and 1 turtle. Everyone in the family has one…I won’t bore you all with their names (unless you really want to know). Okay, you talked me into it! Jack, Pearl, Grr…(yes that’s my dog’s name), Callie, Shadow, Mooshoo, Grouchy, and Sorbert. Other than writing some of my other hobbies include: reading (mostly YA of course), singing, swimming, football, soccer, running, camping, sledding, church, hanging with my kids, and traveling.

I belong to a fabulous writing group called YA Fiction Fantatics (YAFF) and you guessed it we all write YA!

REPPED by Jennifer Mishler and Frances Black of Literary Counsel

And that’s me in a big ‘ol nutshell.

{Story Diary} Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

Aug 31, 2015

Happy book birthday to my birthday twin, Nicola Yoon's debut EVERYTHING, EVERYTHING! It is such an honor to share a birthday with this beautiful work of art, because this book is fantastic. I absolutely adored it, I just had to make a story diary to celebrate! Everything, Everything is not one to miss, so be sure to pick up a copy today!

everything everything nicola yoon delacorte ya contemporary black japanese repEverything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
Young Adult Contemporary
September 1, 2015 from Delacorte

This innovative, heartfelt debut novel tells the story of a girl who’s literally allergic to the outside world. When a new family moves in next door, she begins a complicated romance that challenges everything she’s ever known. The narrative unfolds via vignettes, diary entries, texts, charts, lists, illustrations, and more.

My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla.

But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He’s tall, lean and wearing all black—black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly.

Maybe we can’t predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster.


everything everything nicola yoon quotes

A first sentence--hell, paragraph--about books is a sure sign of a winner.

"SCID, Severe Combined Immunodeficiency, is a primary immune deficiency. The defining characteristic is usually a severe defect in both the T- & B-lymphocyte systems. This usually results in the onset of one or more serious infections within the first few months of life. These infections are usually serious, and may even be life threatening, they may include pneumonia, meningitis or bloodstream infections. Children affected by SCID can also become ill from live viruses present in some vaccines. These vaccines (such as Chickenpox, Measles, Rotavirus, oral polio and BCG, etc.) contain viruses and bacteria that are weakened and don’t harm children with a healthy immune system. In patients with SCID however, these viruses and bacteria may cause severe, life-threatening infections." -- Source via

SCID is often called “bubble boy disease”. SCID became widely known during the 1970’s and 80’s, when the world learned of David Vetter, a boy with X-linked SCID, who lived for 12 years in a plastic, germ-free bubble. -- Source via

There are several forms of SCID:

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"Typical SCID – describes cases with fewer than 300 autologous T cells /_L
Leaky SCID – describes cases due to incomplete mutation(s) in a typical SCID gene, T cells ranging from 300–1,500/_L and may have a later age of onset of clinical symptoms
Variant SCID – describes cases with no known gene defect and a persistence of 300–1,500 T cells/L that have impaired function." -- Source via

"Sometimes you do things for the right reasons and sometimes for the wrong ones and sometimes it's impossible to tell the difference." -- Nicola Yoon, Everything, Everything (ARC pg. 174)

"I was happy before I met him. But I'm alive now, and those are not the same thing."

-- Nicola Yoon, Everything, Everything (pg. 181)

"The smile he gives me is worth living for."

-- Nicola Yoon, Everything, Everything (ARC pg. 305)

**quotes are taken from an ARC and is subject to change in final copy**

Nicola Yoon grew up in Jamaica (the island) and Brooklyn (part of Long Island). She currently resides in Los Angeles, CA with her husband and daughter, both of whom she loves beyond all reason. Everything, Everything is her first novel.

summer 2015 playlist

girls like girls // hayley kiyoko
new americana // halsey
these are the lies // the cab
five more hours // deorro x chris brown
crazy stupid love // my crazy girlfriend
california nights // best coast
love myself // hailee steinfeld
search party // sam bruno
drive you crazy // pitbull
the spark // afrojack
cool for the summer // demi lovato
unbelievable // owl city
unkiss me // maroon 5
gypsy woman // caroline d'amore
high by the beach // lana del rey
ex's & oh's // elle king
drive // halsey
here // alessia cara
i need your love // shaggy
making most of the night // carly rae jepsen
when i rule the world // liz
running behind // holychild
give me a try // the wombats
i do // royalty

{Story Diary} White Hot Kiss by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Jul 27, 2015

This is it, you guys. The conclusion to the Dark Element trilogy is finally here. Happy release day, Every Last Breath! Who are you rooting for Layla to pick? (I'm team Layla...and kind of Roth...and Zayn, I'll just stick to team Layla). Let's take it back to the first book, White Hot Kiss with a story diary to celebrate, shall we?

White Hot Kiss by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Paranormal Romance, Young Adult
February 25, 2014 from Harlequin Teen

One kiss could be the last.

Seventeen-year-old Layla just wants to be normal. But with a kiss that kills anything with a soul, she's anything but normal. Half demon, half gargoyle, Layla has abilities no one else possesses.

Raised among the Wardens—a race of gargoyles tasked with hunting demons and keeping humanity safe—Layla tries to fit in, but that means hiding her own dark side from those she loves the most. Especially Zayne, the swoon-worthy, incredibly gorgeous and completely off-limits Warden she's crushed on since forever.

Then she meets Roth—a tattooed, sinfully hot demon who claims to know all her secrets. Layla knows she should stay away, but she's not sure she wants to—especially when that whole no-kissing thing isn't an issue, considering Roth has no soul.

But when Layla discovers she's the reason for the violent demon uprising, trusting Roth could not only ruin her chances with Zayne…it could brand her a traitor to her family. Worse yet, it could become a one-way ticket to the end of the world.

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Washington Monument + Pool

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D.C. Union Station

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Warden (Gargoyles) and Demons

Can be found in my story diary for Bitter Sweet Love.


"Patchy skin like brown worms. Areas of it's face were missing flesh. A strip on the cheek flapped against the purplish lips, and what remained hung from the bones, heavily creased and resembling dried-out beef jerky."

-- Jennifer L. Armentrout, White Hot Kiss

It's not a JLA book if Supernatural isn't mentioned, am I right or am I right? ;)

Some songs popped in my head while reading that quite fits somewhere in this story. And one song in particular was mentioned in the book.

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Find You by Zedd reminds me of Roth and Layla. There's this scene where Roth tells Layla something about losing himself when he found her...yeah, it seemed fitting.

Paradise City is Roth's anthem. You can find him whistling the tune throughout the book, so it has become his anthem.

Layla and Roth's banter cracked me up. Here's a little taste of their dynamic. (Note: not all of the quotes below are of Layla and Roth, just most.).

"I stared at him, wishing Hell would swallow him up and welcome him back with open arms."

-- Jennifer L. Armentrout, White Hot Kiss

LOL, Layla. (Same).

"You're such a fountain of random knowledge. Where do you keep it all?"
"In my brain. You have one too, I think."

-- Jennifer L. Armentrout, White Hot Kiss

Gotta love secondary character banter.

"Crack is whack."
"I can't believe you just said that."

-- Jennifer L. Armentrout, White Hot Kiss

Hold the phone. Roth just said crack is whack. LOL. (And I just said hold the phone. Don't mind me. Carry on).

"You know what they say about first kiss."
"You regret them?"
"No, I was going to go with 'you never forget them.'"

-- Jennifer L. Armentrout, White Hot Kiss

Nice one, Layla. What a way to kill a what could have been a romantic moment. I like it! High-five.

"I'm okay. I can fight."
"I sure hope so because if you're just going to lay there and bleed, you suck."

-- Jennifer L. Armentrout, White Hot Kiss

You tell her, Roth!

"Your life isn't about what you can't do. It's about what you can do."

-- Jennifer L. Armentrout, White Hot Kiss


and last, but definitely not least...

whk fav quote

That scene and line. Broke. Me. How about y'all? All the feeels. *cries for 34 years*


# 1 New York Times and International Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. she spends her time reading, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki.

Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. Her book Obsidian has been optioned for a major motion picture and her Covenant Series has been optioned for TV. Her young adult romantic suspense novel DON’T LOOK BACK was a 2014 nominated Best in Young Adult Fiction by YALSA.

She also writes Adult and New Adult contemporary and paranormal romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.

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