december 2016 playlist

Dec 31, 2016

united state of pop 2016 // dj earworm
get closer // xylo
so low // andie case
we should be together // pia mia
party monster // the weeknd
what i want for the night // tove lo
on hold // the xx
come first // terror jr
wait for it // usher
sexual // neikid
missing you (olov remix) // erik hassle
throw myself a party // cashmere cat
broken parts // mokita
liar // leon

{Story Diary} Ever the Hunted by Erin Summerill

Dec 30, 2016

What would you do if you were ever the hunted? Find out how Britta and Cohen fare with a bounty on their heads in Erin Summerill's debut Ever the Hunted!

ever the hunted erin summerill hmh books for young readersEver the Hunted by Erin Summerill
Young Adult Fantasy
December 27, 2016 from HMH Books for Young Readers

Seventeen year-old Britta Flannery is at ease only in the woods with her dagger and bow. She spends her days tracking criminals alongside her father, the legendary bounty hunter for the King of Malam—that is, until her father is murdered. Now outcast and alone and having no rights to her father’s land or inheritance, she seeks refuge where she feels most safe: the Ever Woods. When Britta is caught poaching by the royal guard, instead of facing the noose she is offered a deal: her freedom in exchange for her father’s killer.

However, it’s not so simple.

The alleged killer is none other than Cohen McKay, her father’s former apprentice. The only friend she’s ever known. The boy she once loved who broke her heart. She must go on a dangerous quest in a world of warring kingdoms, mad kings, and dark magic to find the real killer. But Britta wields more power than she knows. And soon she will learn what has always made her different will make her a daunting and dangerous force.


"The awareness you possess is a talent only the best hunters develop."

--Erin Summerill, Ever the Hunted (ARC pg. 5)


"Malam juts up in jagged, monstrous peaks that stay white-capped all year despite the baking summer. The mountain ridge spans into Kolontia, the northern country where snow and ice rule. . . . Running from the north, the Malam Mountains curve in a southwest sickle to border the Southlands."

--Erin Summerill, Ever the Hunted (ARC pg. 39)

"Shaerdan is a lush country of suffocating emerald growth. It's rumored that in Shaerdan the rain magically falls without a cloud in the sky."

--Erin Summerill, Ever the Hunted (ARC pg. 39)


"Motivation is a dangerous tool."

--Erin Summerill, Ever the Hunted


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"Oh, Britt, if I were ever the hunted, you'd find me."

--Erin Summerill, Ever the Hunted


"A man should always escort the lady back to her seat," he says.
A giggle nearly escapes my lips, which is so unlike me. "I didn't realize you were such a gentleman."
He grins wolfishly. "I don't have to be, if that's what you want."

--Erin Summerill, Ever the Hunted


"Sometimes it's hard to look past a grudge to see the truth."

--Erin Summerill, Ever the Hunted

**Quotes are from an uncorrected advanced review copy and is subject to change in final copy**

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"Focus is a weapon as much as your bow."

--Erin Summerill, Ever the Hunted (ARC pg. 4)


erinErin Summerill was born in England. After spending years bouncing between Air Force bases in Hawaii, England, and California, her family settled in Utah, where Erin graduated with a B.A. in English from Brigham Young University. She had aspirations to write the next great American novel, but writing proved tougher than she first thought. So she grabbed a Nikon and became a professional photographer while crafting manuscript after manuscript. The scenic detour of shooting weddings across the United States, as well as internationally, provided world-building inspiration. It gave her the vision to draft her debut YA fantasy, EVER THE HUNTED. Now when she isn’t writing, or shooting a wedding, she’s chasing her four kids, two dogs, one cat, and five chickens. This could be why she downs massive amounts of Coke Zero and Hot tamales.

november 2016 playlist

Nov 30, 2016

   setting fires // the chainsmokers x xylo
   fairy dust ch. 1 // tove lo
   find me // sigma
   madness // ruelle
   how far i'll go // alessia cara
   drum // mo
   touch // shura
   idfc // blackbear
   fdt pt. II // yg
   too close // rainsford
   emerald // lyra
   after the afterparty // charli xcx
   express myself // ricky reed
   my enemy // jimmy eat world
   how to love her // nikki flores

{Story Diary} Girls in the Moon by Janet McNally

Nov 28, 2016

girls in the moonGirls In the Moon by Janet McNally
Young Adult Contemporary
November 29, 2016 from Harper Teen

An exquisitely told, authentic YA debut about family secrets, the shadow of fame, and finding your own way.

Everyone in Phoebe Ferris’s life tells a different version of the truth. Her mother, Meg, ex–rock star and professional question evader, shares only the end of the story—the post-fame calm that Phoebe’s always known. Her sister, Luna, indie-rock darling of Brooklyn, preaches a stormy truth of her own making, selectively ignoring the facts she doesn’t like. And her father, Kieran, the cofounder of Meg’s beloved band, hasn’t said anything at all since he stopped calling three years ago.

But Phoebe, a budding poet in search of an identity to call her own, is tired of half-truths and vague explanations. When she visits Luna in New York, she’s determined to find out how she fits in to this family of storytellers, and to maybe even continue her own tale—the one with the musician boy she’s been secretly writing for months. Told in alternating chapters, Phoebe’s first adventure flows as the story of Meg and Kieran’s romance ebbs, leaving behind only a time-worn, precious pearl of truth about her family’s past—and leaving Phoebe to take a leap into her own unknown future.


"So what's up there?" Luna would ask, looking at the moon as intently as I was.
"Girls," my mother said. "Girls just like you two."

--Janet McNally, Girls In the Moon (ARC pg. 221)

Brooklyn, New York

"Summer in this city is like being in a terrarium built for creatures who don't need to sleep."
--Janet McNally, Girls In the Moon (ARC pg. 87)


  • Brooklyn Heights, Brooklyn, NY

  • BookCourt, Brooklyn, NY

  • Borough Hall, Brooklyn, NY

  • Sara D. Roosevelt Park, Brooklyn, NY

(photos by me -- click image to enlarge)
Girls In the Moon is musically-involved (having musicians for parents and big sister and all), and with that comes some music references and rocking out to, of course.


  • Cruel Summer // Bananarama

  • Heartbeat // Buddy Holly

  • Beast of Burden // The Rolling Stones

  • Strangers // The Kinks

  • Here Comes My Baby // Cat Stevens

  • Left and Leaving // The Weakerthans



"You can treat [secrets] carefully, like an eggshell or a tiny cocoon. But secrets aren't hollow. They have heft and weight. They orbit around us like little moons, held close by our gravity, all the while pulling us with their own." 

--Janet McNally, Girls In the Moon (ARC pg. 14)


"We try to figure out each other and make the pieces fit. But sometimes happy is an accident, and we forget not to give up on it."

--Janet McNally, Girls In the Moon (ARC pg. 71)


He's talking fast, and sounds nervous. "I'm sure your dad made actual cassette-tape mixes for your mom. I sort of wish I could do that. But I figured something out." He hands me a white iPod shuffle. I take it and it feels so small, so light, that if my mom and dad time-traveled here from 1994, I'm sure they wouldn't believe there are songs in there.
"Okay," I say. He hands me a piece of paper then, lined and torn from a notebook. In blue ink and perfect, tiny printing, he's written out all the songs and artists.
"I had to write everything down because it's a shuffle, and um, things are going to come up in random order, so it's not perfect." He takes a breath. "It's no cassette tape, that's for sure. Sometimes I think we're missing out on a lot."

--Janet McNally, Girls In the Moon (ARC pg. 336-337)

**Quotes were taken from an uncorrected review copy and are subject to change in the final copy**



"Just when you've lost yourself, wherever you've been,
You'll reach the end and find yourself ready to begin again."

--Janet McNally, Girls In the Moon (ARC pg. 339)


A little bit about me: I've wanted to be a writer since I was tiny, and I've always read everything in sight. I earned an MFA in fiction from the University of Notre Dame, where I never attended a football game (sorry) but had fantastic professors and classmates. I've twice been a fellow in fiction with the New York Foundation for the Arts (in 2008 and currently, in 2015), and my stories and poems have appeared in publications including Gettysburg Review, Boulevard, Mid-American Review, Ecotone, Crazyhorse and Best New Poets 2012 .

In 2014 my book of poems Some Girls was chosen by Ellen Bass as winner of the White Pine Press Poetry Prize, and the book was published in August 2015. My young adult novel Girls in the Moon is forthcoming from HarperTeen (HarperCollins) in the fall of 2016. (Yes, I seem to have a thing for using the word "girl" in titles. What can I say? Girls are great). Girls in the Moon will also be translated into German, Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish.

I live in Buffalo, New York, with my husband and three little girls, and I teach creative writing at Canisius College.


october 2016 playlist

Oct 31, 2016

palace // hayley kiyoko
mirrors // chancellor warhol x cappa
all we know // the chainsmokers x phoebe ryan
trainwreck // banks
ease my mind // hayley kiyoko
dead end love // xylo
somebody else // verite
fire // 3lau
rise up. // jojo
pretty girl // maggie linemann
take me // alex & sierra

{Story Diary} Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Cordova

Oct 27, 2016

labryrinth lost zoraida cordova queer latinx repLabyrinth Lost by Zoraida Cordova
Young Adult Paranormal, Urban Fantasy, LGBTQIA+
September 6, 2016 from Sourcebooks Fire

Nothing says Happy Birthday like summoning the spirits of your dead relatives.

Alex is a bruja, the most powerful witch in a generation...and she hates magic. At her Deathday celebration, Alex performs a spell to rid herself of her power. But it backfires. Her whole family vanishes into thin air, leaving her alone with Nova, a brujo boy she can't trust. A boy whose intentions are as dark as the strange marks on his skin.

The only way to get her family back is to travel with Nova to Los Lagos, a land in-between, as dark as Limbo and as strange as Wonderland...


"Spells are for witches. Brujas do cantos.
All brujas are witches but not all witches are brujas."

--Zoraida Cordova, Labyrinth Lost (ARC pg. 11)


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"Los Lagos is a place of power. You have power, whether you want it or not. The land calls out to us." 

--Zoraida Cordova, Labyrinth Lost (ARC pg. 104)

Deathday: a magical coming of age, like a bat mitzvah or a sweet sixteen, but for brujas and brujos [of Zoraida's own creation]. It is a time when a family of brujas/brujos gets together and wakes the dead spirits of their ancestors. The ancestors then give their blessing to the bruja/brujo. In the glossary that can be found in the back of the book, Zoraida says that aspects of Deathday are inspired by the Day of the Dead (Mexican holiday) and Santeria (Afro-Caribbean religion).

Death mask: white clay that covers the face, which the matriarch of the family paints on the bruja or brujo receiving their Deathday. Then a black paint or charcoal powder is used for the eyes, nose, and lips. The death mask is influenced by the sugar skulls of the Day of the Dead. In real life, sugar skulls are used to represent the dead and decorate the feasts of Dia de los Muertos.

the Deos: the pantheon gods worshipped by brujas and brujos. It represents all aspects of nature, creation, and everyday life, similar to the orishas of Santeria and the gods of Greek mythology. Brujas and brujos often choose a Deo the way catholics choose a patron saint to pray to. Even though the Deos rarely present themselves to mortals, they make their presence known. It is believed that the Deos act through the mortals they created--the brujas and brujos.

**Info from above are from the glossary, which can be found in the back of the book. Zoraida informs that these are creations of her own for the purpose of Labyrinth Lost**

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photo by me
Bruja/Brujo = witch

Mi'jita = my little daughter

Viejos = old

Brujita = little witch

Nena = baby girl





"I like to think I'm the right amount of cold. That way, no one can hurt me." 

--Zoraida Cordova, Labyrinth Lost (ARC pg. 18)


"This is for every time I wasn't strong enough to believe. Now belief is all I have left." 

--Zoraida Cordova, Labyrinth Lost (ARC pg. 96)


"I'm just a girl, and there is also magic in that."

--Zoraida Cordova, Labyrinth Lost (ARC pg. 264)


"Let's dance," Rishi tells me, pulling me onto the dance floor. "Is it weird that I miss the Meadow del Sol? And that you could see so many stars. Sometimes I dream of it."
"I'll give you stars," I tell her.

--Zoraida Cordova, Labyrinth Lost (ARC pg. 312)


"Not all loves are meant to last forever. Some burn like fire until there is nothing left but ash and black on skin. Others, like the love I feel for Rishi, stay close to the heart so I'll never forget." 

--Zoraida Cordova, Labyrinth Lost (ARC pg. 314)

**Quotes are taken from an uncorrected advanced review copy and is subject to change in final copy**



"Wild magic can't be tamed."

--Zoraida Cordova, Labyrinth Lost (ARC pg. 297)


zI write YA Urban Fantasy about mermaids and other things that go bump in the night. I also write about 20-something-year-old-girls searching for love and the meaning of life. I often wish my life were a cross between Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Sex and the City. I’m a contributing writer to Latinos in Kid Lit because #WeNeedDiverseBooks.

I’ve always loved stories about magic and impossible worlds. Other things I love: Harry Potter FOREVER. I’m always either sorted into Ravenclaw or Slytherin, so instead I pledge to the mermaids of the Black Lake. Moon Prism Power. Five by five. Orlando Bloom’s Face. Daughter of Poseidon. I love you/I know.


{Story Diary} When the Moon Was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore

Oct 6, 2016

when the moon was ours anna-marie mclemore latinx pakistani pan repWhen the Moon Was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore
Young Adult Magical Realism, LGBTQIA+
October 4, 2016 from Thomas Dunne/St. Martin's Press

When the Moon Was Ours follows two characters through a story that has multicultural elements and magical realism, but also has central LGBT themes—a transgender boy, the best friend he’s falling in love with, and both of them deciding how they want to define themselves.

To everyone who knows them, best friends Miel and Sam are as strange as they are inseparable. Roses grow out of Miel’s wrist, and rumors say that she spilled out of a water tower when she was five. Sam is known for the moons he paints and hangs in the trees, and for how little anyone knows about his life before he and his mother moved to town.

But as odd as everyone considers Miel and Sam, even they stay away from the Bonner girls, four beautiful sisters rumored to be witches. Now they want the roses that grow from Miel’s skin, convinced that their scent can make anyone fall in love. And they’re willing to use every secret Miel has fought to protect to make sure she gives them up.


"Someday, he and Miel would be nothing but a fairytale. When they were gone from this town, no one would remember the exact brown of Miel's eyes, or the way she spiced recado rojo with cloves, or even that Sam and his mother were Pakistani." 

--Anna-Marie McLemore, When the Moon Was Ours (eARC Loc 53)


"He'd set tiny gold star stickers on her skin on summer days, and at night had peeled them off, leaving pale constellations on her sun-darkened body." 

--Anna-Marie McLemore, When the Moon Was Ours (eArc Loc 115)

Bacha posh is a cultural practice in parts of Afghanistan, Pakistan and as well as Iran, in which some families without sons will have their daughter to dress up and live as a boy.

"Dressed as a boy. Girls whose parents decided that, until they were grown, they would be sons." 

--Anna-Marie McLemore, When the Moon Was Ours (eARC Loc 492)

Miel, one of our main characters name, is Spanish for Honey.

Curandera (Spanish, from curar, meaning 'to cure'): A healer who uses folk remedies.

Bruja (Spanish for 'witch'): Derived from Brujeria, which is Spanish for 'witchcraft', refers to witch-healers in the Americas (especially Latin America and the United States). Both men and women can be witches: brujos and brujas, respectively.

Layla and Majnun is a classic story of love most notably expressed by the great Persian poet Nizami Ganjavi. It has been presented in many Middle Eastern and sub-continental cultures; Muslim, Sufi, Hindu, and secular. Layla and Qays, are in love from childhood but are not allowed to unite. Qays (called Majnun, which means “possessed”) is perceived to be mad in his obsession with Layla. Layla is married off to another and Majnun becomes a hermit, devoting himself to writing verses about his profound love of Layla. Although they attempt to meet, they die without ever realizing a relationship. [source - and more info] 


"Her feeling that the moon had slipped from her grasp seemed locked in a place so far inside her that to reach it would be to break her open. But this was why Sam painted shadows and lunar seas on paper and metal and glass, copying the shadows of mare imbrium and oceanus procellarum--to give her back the moon. [. . .] But it wasn't until this girl spilled out of the water tower, sobbing over her lost moon, that Sam began painting so many copies of the brightest light in the night sky. He would never let it seem lost to her again." 

--Anna-Marie McLemore, When the Moon Was Ours (eARC 105-108)


"He wanted to give her every light that had ever hung in the night sky. He wanted to give her back what she thought she'd lost years ago." 

--Anna-Marie McLemore, When the Moon Was Ours (eARC Loc 1094)


"She wanted to be the girl who belonged under his moons, the girl whose skin he'd set foil stars on in constellations that mirrored the sky. . ." 

--Anna-Marie McLemore, When the Moon Was Ours (eARC Loc 1865)


"We don't get to become who we are for nothing. It costs something. You're fighting for every little piece of yourself." 

--Anna-Marie McLemore, When the Moon Was Ours (eARC Loc 2047)


**Quotes are taken from an uncorrected advanced review copy and is subject to change in the final copy**

when the moon was ours playlistthat moon song // gregory alan isakov
cruel and pretty // over the rhine
bird song // the wailin' jennys
stuck under september // alexander wolfe
storm // jose gonzalez
the other side // madi diaz
idaho // gregory alan isakov
arlington // the wailin' jennys




**playlist was compiled by author and can be found on griffin teen's spotify**


"One day, they would be no more than that fairytale. They would be two children named Honey and Moon, folded into the stories whispered through this town." 

--Anna-Marie, When the Moon Was Ours (eARC Loc 210)


annamarieAnna-Marie McLemore was born in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains, raised in the same town as the world's largest wisteria vine, and taught by her family to hear la llorona in the Santa Ana winds. Her debut novel THE WEIGHT OF FEATHERS was a Junior Library Guild Selection, a YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults book, and a finalist for the William C. Morris Debut Award. Her second novel, WHEN THE MOON WAS OURS, will be released on October 4, 2016, and WILD BEAUTY is forthcoming in 2017.




summer 2016 playlist

Sep 30, 2016

   closer // the chainsmokers x halsey
   dollar bill // phoebe ryan
   superlove // tinashe
   hey hi hello // cappa
   gravel to tempo // hayley kiyoko
   cruel // foxes
   body say // demi lovato
   ain't my fault // zara larsson
   invitation // yellow claw
   liability // kloe
   ain't nobody // cierra ramirez
   cool girl // tove lo
   next ex // cappa

{raditorial} consumnes river preserve | galt, ca

Sep 19, 2016

yesterday we set off to adventure a nature preserve that's 20 miles away from us, and found ourselves here. consumnes river preserve, located in galt, ca is a 46,000 acre nature preserve. the preserve is home to over 200 bird species, over 400 plants, as well as cranes, pintails, hawks, stilts and turkeys. we unfortunately didn't get to see much of the animals besides turkeys during our treck, but we did enjoy the walk through the serene nature the walk provides.  

the preserve offers fairly easy nature trails, where sometimes you won't even spot another human being if you go during off-peak months. the pristine trail offers beautiful sights of the lush varieties of plants and occasional wildlife, that leads to a man made wooden walkway that ends with a deck, which is an amazing spot to watch the sunset for the perfect (insta)gram.

other than hiking, you can also go paddling in the river, go fishing, driving tours, nature watch and more. they also offer guided tours and school field trips. 
they do restorations to preserve the nature and wildlife, and they allow anyone who's interested to volunteer. to learn more, visit their website here.

address: 13501 franklin blvd
galt, ca 95623


{Story Diary} The Sun Is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon

Sep 6, 2016

the sun is also a star nicola yoon black japanese repThe Sun Is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon
Young Adult Contemporary
November 1, 2016 from Delacorte Press

Natasha: I’m a girl who believes in science and facts. Not fate. Not destiny. Or dreams that will never come true. I’m definitely not the kind of girl who meets a cute boy on a crowded New York City street and falls in love with him. Not when my family is twelve hours away from being deported to Jamaica. Falling in love with him won’t be my story.

Daniel: I’ve always been the good son, the good student, living up to my parents’ high expectations. Never the poet. Or the dreamer. But when I see her, I forget about all that. Something about Natasha makes me think that fate has something much more extraordinary in store—for both of us.

The Universe: Every moment in our lives has brought us to this single moment. A million futures lie before us. Which one will come true?


"The sun is also a star, and it's our most important one. That alone should be worth a poem or two."

--Nicola Yoon, The Sun Is Also A Star (ARC pg. 178)


NYC, New York

"[T]he city looks orderly and planned, as if all of it was created at one time for one purpose. When you're inside it, though, it feels like chaos." 

-- Nicola Yoon, The Sun Is Also A Star (ARC pg. 313)



"Kissing is just another way of talking except without the words."

--Nicola Yoon, The Sun Is Also A Star (ARC pg. 182)


"The atoms in my body align themselves with the atoms in his. It's the way I knew he was still in the lobby today." 

--Nicola Yoon, The Sun Is Also A Star (ARC pg. 261)

Points for science metaphors!

"Touching him is order and chaos, like being assembled and disassembled at the same time." 

--Nicola Yoon, The Sun Is Also A Star (ARC pg. 261)


"God is the connection of the very best part of us."

--Nicola Yoon, The Sun Is Also A Star (ARC pg. 272)

**Quotes are taken from an uncorrected advanced review copy and is subject to change in final copy**

no woman, no cry // bob marley
yellow ledbetter // pearl jam
fell on black days // soundgarden

"Observable Fact: I don't believe in magic.
Observable Fact: We are magic."

--Nicola Yoon, The Sun Is Also A Star (ARC pg. 170)


nicolaNicola 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.



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Sep 1, 2016

somehow i have to keep and hold the rapture of turning 24. i'm no longer my favorite number (23). 

let's see what 24 has in store.

{Story Diary} The Graces by Laure Eve

Aug 31, 2016

Happy book birthday to my birthday twin, The Graces by Laure Eve! While it doesn't release in the US until Sept. 6, I wanted to celebrate The Graces today, on the UK's release day! For obvious reasons, of course. ;) What I liked about The Graces was how author Laure Eve makes readers question what is real and what is not; what is true and what's not; and if there are such things as magic or coincidences. Nothing is as it seems. You might as well as leave your theories at the door because someone's going to pull the rug right out from under you. That was what drew me in and made it onto my favorite shelf. I hope that this book has the similar effect on readers, because it is splendid and magical...but not in the way you might expect.

TheGraces(Revised)The Graces by Laure Eve
Young Adult Contemporary, Fabulism
September 6, 2016 from Amulet Books

In The Graces, the first rule of witchcraft states that if you want something badly enough, you can get it . . . no matter who has to pay.

Everyone loves the Graces. Fenrin, Thalia, and Summer Grace are captivating, wealthy, and glamorous. They’ve managed to cast a spell over not just their high school but also their entire town—and they’re rumored to have powerful connections all over the world. If you’re not in love with one of them, you want to be them. Especially River: the loner, new girl at school. She’s different from her peers, who both revere and fear the Grace family. She wants to be a Grace more than anything. And what the Graces don’t know is that River’s presence in town is no accident.

This fabulously addictive fantasy combines sophisticated and haunting prose with a gut-punching twist that readers will be dying to discuss. Perfect for fans of We Were Liars as well as nostalgic classics like Buffy the Vampire Slayer and the 1996 movie The Craft, The Graces marks the beginning of a new wave of teen witches.


"We all hide our true selves."

--Laure Eve, The Graces (eARC Loc 645)

There was a story about the Graces, a story so woven into the fabric of the town. The Graces are the three Grace siblings: Summer Grace, and the twins, Thalia and Fenrin. The Grace family are rumored to be witches, which makes the siblings the popular and most envied and feared in school. They had friends, but then they didn't. They changed friends like some people changed hairstyles. Everyone wanted to be with them, or be a Grace. They were one step removed from the rest of the school, minor celebrities with mystery wrapped around them like fur soles, an ethereal air to their presence that whispered tantalizingly of magic. The twins' birthday is August 1st; it was the town's own Friday the 13th. It was believed that being a Grace was like being in a cult.

the graces


The Graces are rumored to be witches; there's a whole website dedicated
to the family and what kind of witches they might be.


Charmers. Restless. Persuasive.
Like water, they eroded people's wills away.
Symbol: Bilios, the world tree, which sat in a circle representing the universe.


Protectors. Confident. Powerful.
They could fight. They protected people.
Symbol: Thick cross with tapered ends inside a circle.


Seers. Truth tellers. Sensitive.
They told the future and could see the truth of the present. Most used as consultants by powerful people and the was how they made their living.
Symbol: Three-pronged rod inside a circle.


Leaders. Grounded. Calm.
The practical witches well-versed in herb lore: health products and medicines, home protection, magicked food.
Symbol: Five-pointed star, representing the senses, usually with a gem studded in the middle to symbolize themselves at the calm center of all things.

-- I think I'd fit more as an earth witch. That might be a bit biased as a Virgo. ;)
What kind of witch would YOU be? --

hoffy man
Hoffy Man. A local nature god. The face was soft and round with big, pursed lips and hollow edges, it's forehead crowned with hair that looked more like bunches of leaves.

roseCrystals. I don't make this fact about myself publicly known too often, but I dabble in what is called "crystal cleansing and charging", so when one of the characters briefly mentioned crystals and its properties, naturally, I flipped in excitement. Sure, they didn't do any cleansing or charging in this book, but I just loved how there was acknowledgement of crystals. Maybe they dabble as well? Perhaps we'll get to see it in action in the next book, I hope? ;) Rose quartz represents love, romance and friendship.


paganLammas. It is a time frame on The Pagan Calendar, around the first of August (note: the twins birthday). A traditional English ritual occurs where you split bread into four pieces and will be put at the four corners of the house for three days.  It's a good luck thing.



"It was my favorite thing to do--eat and read. The world just shut up for a while."

--Laure Eve, The Graces (eARC Loc 147)


"I can stop pretending when I'm alone."

--Laure Eve, The Graces (eARC Loc 164)


"Words have power. But the words are meaningless without your intent behind them, driving them." 

--Laure Eve, The Graces (eARC Loc 285)


"What a person chose to keep secret could tell you all you needed to know about them. What they showed was who they wanted to be. What they hid was who they actually were." 

--Laure Eve, The Graces (eARC Loc 1197)


"I wasn't good with people, and it was hard to get along in this world if you weren't. Easier to not put yourself out there, less hurt all around." 

--Laure Eve, The Graces (eARC Loc 1216)


"It's only when you believe in a thing that you give it power over you."

--Laure Eve, The Graces (eARC Loc 1591)

**Quotes are taken directly from an uncorrected advanced review copy and are subject to change in final copy**

The Witch // The Cult
Dark Secret // Matthew Sweet
The Pretender // Foo Fighters
Everyday Is Exactly The Same // Nine Inch Nails
Dirty Magic // The Offspring
Lotus Flower // Radiohead
Hell Is Round The Corner // Tricky
Demon Cleaner // Kyuss
All The Love In The World // Nine Inch Nails
Lamentation // Delerium
Numb // Portishead
Something I Can Never Have // Nine Inch Nails
Climbing Up The Walls // Radiohead
Touch Me I'm Sick // Mudhoney
Stupid Girl // Garbage
Weak // Skunk Anasie
Everything Zen // Bush
Weak And Powerless // A Perfect Circle
You've Seen the Butcher // Deftones
#1 Crush // Garbage
Magdelena // A Perfect Circle
The Crow // Hurts
I Wanna Be Adored // The Stone Roses


**Playlist is compiled by the author and can be found on her website**

"Magic never felt magical. It was hard, and weary, and sometimes awful."

--Laure Eve, The Graces (eARC Loc 3191)


The question I dread most when meeting new people is “Where are you from?” For some reason, possibly to do with being an idiot, I can’t just give one answer. Because it’s a bit complicated. Where are you from – you mean where do I live? Where did I used to live? Out of all the places I’ve lived, which one do I most identify with and thus would feel comfortable about choosing to answer your question? Where am I from ‘genetically’? Where was I born?

‘Idiot’, you’re thinking right now. It’s cool.

I’m both French and British (none of this ‘half’ stuff – I don’t have a half citizenship or half a passport); and I live and work in London. I was born in Paris, but grew up in Cornwall. Sometimes I feel very French. Other times exceedingly British with biscuits on top. Often the proud Cornish part of me rears its affable head. I strongly suspect the British part of me has more than a hint of Scottish. Ah, the Old Alliance, as the Boy is fond of saying.

This is both complicated and pretty damn enjoyable.

I work in publishing [career 1], in an area that crosses over substantially with the kind of fiction I write [career 2]. I try hard to keep them separate. I don’t talk about my writing when I have my publishing hat on, and vice versa. It’s basically like I have a secret identity. Yes of course that makes me cool, why do you ask?

{Story Diary} The Lovely Reckless by Kami Garcia

Aug 15, 2016

tlrThe Lovely Reckless by Kami Garcia
Young Adult Contemporary
October 4, 2016 from Macmillan

I’ve become an expert at avoiding things that could hurt me—which means I will figure out how to stay away from Marco Leone.

Seventeen-year-old Frankie Devereux would do anything to forget the past. Haunted by the memory of her boyfriend’s death, she lives her life by one dangerous rule: Nothing matters. At least, that’s what Frankie tells herself after a reckless mistake forces her to leave her privileged life in the Heights to move in with her dad—an undercover cop. She transfers to a public high school in the Downs, where fistfights don’t faze anyone and illegal street racing is more popular than football.

Marco Leone is the fastest street racer in the Downs. Tough, sexy, and hypnotic, he makes it impossible for Frankie to ignore him—and how he makes her feel. But the risks Marco takes for his family could have devastating consequences for them both. When Frankie discovers his secret, she has to make a choice. Will she let the pain of the past determine her future? Or will she risk what little she has left to follow her heart?


"I know how it feels to carry a story inside you--one you want to share with someone, but you can't find the words." 

--Kami Garcia, The Lovely Reckless (eARC Loc 2546)

carsStick shift facts:

  • "You know it when you feel it. But it's easy to miss the bite point when the car is on a slope and you're worried about sliding backward and crashing. Because that's what happens if you try to shift into first gear when the clutch isn't engaged." --Kami Garcia, The Lovely Reckless (eARC Loc 1565)

  • "When the clutch engages, the pedal exerts pressure on your foot, the same way fear exerts pressure on our minds before we do something risky--like run a race, bungee jump, or ask someone on a date. The pressure isn't really a push back. It's a nudge forward." --Kami Garcia, The Lovely Reckless (eARC Loc 1575)

  • "The tachometer will let you know when it's time to shift into the next gear." --Kami Garcia, The Lovely Reckless (eARC Loc 2015)


"Lots of things aren't true, but it doesn't stop people from believing them." 

--Kami Garcia, The Lovely Reckless (eARC Loc 3103)


"Never give anyone permission to disrespect you." 

--Kami Garcia, The Lovely Reckless (eARC Loc 1539)


"Fear makes the wrong thing seem right sometimes." 

--Kami Garcia, The Lovely Reckless (eARC Loc 3239)


"Sometimes you have to do the wrong thing for the right reason. The trick is knowing when the reason is right." 

--Kami Garcia, The Lovely Reckless (eARC Loc 4510)

**Quotes are taken directly from an uncorrected advanced review copy and is subject to change in final copy**

I dedicate this song (NOT the music video lol) to Frankie and Marco,
and to those who recklessly loves with everything that they are. <3

Reckless // Julia Lauren


"Every once in a while, the universe gives us what we ask for, so just make sure you're asking for the right things." 

--Kami Garcia, The Lovely Reckless (eARC Loc 2430)


Kami Garcia is the #1 New York Times, USA Today & international bestselling coauthor of the Beautiful Creatures and Dangerous Creatures novels. BEAUTIFUL CREATURES has been published in 50 countries and translated in 39 languages, and the film Beautiful Creatures released in theaters in 2013, from Warner Brothers. Kami’s solo series, The Legion, includes the instant New York Times bestseller UNBREAKABLE, and the sequel UNMARKED, both of which were nominated for Bram Stoker Awards. Her forthcoming YA contemporary romance THE LOVELY RECKLESS releases on October 4, 2016, followed by THE X-FILES ORIGINS: AGENT OF CHAOS, a novel about a teenage Fox Mulder, in January 2017, both from Imprint (Macmillan).

Kami was a teacher for seventeen years before co-authoring her first novel on a dare from seven of her students. If she isn’t busy watching Supernatural, Kami can teach you how to escape from a pair of handcuffs or bake a Coca-Cola cake. She lives in Maryland with her family, and their dogs Spike and Oz (named after characters from Buffy the Vampire Slayer).


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