Book Blast + iBooks Giveaway: BEAUTIFUL GIRL by Lida James


I am super excited to be able to help spread the word about Lida James’ BEAUTIFUL GIRL which released last October from The Studio with an iBooks giveaway hosted by the publisher.

BEAUTIFUL GIRL is a dark and intriguing story with gorgeous writing that touches upon a number of tough issues and includes a chilling and suspenseful mystery. If you’d like to know what else I thought, feel free to check out my review.

If you haven’t yet heard about BEAUTIFUL GIRL some information about the book follows. And if you’d like to connect with the author online, links to places to do so are below the book’s details.

And for the chance to win one of ten iBooks copies of BEAUTIFUL GIRL and meet Nico, just scroll down to the Rafflecopter to enter.



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Author: Lida James
Release date: October 28, 2014
Publisher: The Studio/Paper Lantern Lit
Pages: 251
Formats: eBook


I’ve always wanted to be beautiful, but the irony is that you can’t force it—real beauty is when you don’t have to try, it’s just there. You wake up to it, like freshly fallen snow outside your window, and it’s yours to bask in. Real beauty is for people like my roommate, Kate, who float through life.

I don’t float—I run.

Sophomore year at Dutchess College has just begun, and Nicole is still haunted by memories of her first love, Zach. As the changing leaves fall on the stately Hudson Valley campus, she takes solace in running—pushing herself to go harder, faster, to be the best. With the wind blowing through her hair, she can almost convince herself that she is beautiful, that she will find love again.

So when Nico runs, quite literally, into the maddeningly elusive Justin, she’s convinced she’s found the guy to make her forget her ex—despite the warnings of her friends and her straight-edged running partner, Luke.

But when Nico is attacked in the woods after a wild night of partying, everything changes. Suddenly, Nico begins receiving anonymous threats, and she no longer knows where to turn for help—or whether even her close friends can be trusted.

All she wants is to be one of the beautiful girls—the ones who never have to chase perfection. But in order to uncover the truth, she’ll have to face a past she had hoped to leave behind forever. She thought she could outrun the darkness, but darkness has a way of catching up…and only one boy can save her.


About Lida James


Lida James grew up in Brooklyn, New York and graduated cum laude from Vassar College with a BFA in English (and a lot of film credits, too). After working as a cameraperson on feature films in NYC she relocated to Los Angeles in search of mountains and waves. Once there, she wrote and sold screenplays (and snowboarded and windsurfed). She continues to enjoy living in Los Angeles with her husband and their two children—all shredders like herself—and two rescue dogs. Beautiful Girl is her first novel.

Follow her on Twitter to learn more and for updates! photo © Amy Malloy


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  • 10 iBooks copies of BEAUTIFUL GIRL

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Title & Series: BECOMING JINN (Becoming Jinn #1)
Author: Lori Goldstein
Release date: April 21, 2015
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Pages: 384
Formats: Hardcover, eBook


Azra has just turned sixteen, and overnight her body lengthens, her olive skin deepens, and her eyes glisten gold thanks to the brand-new silver bangle that locks around her wrist. As she always knew it would, her Jinn ancestry brings not just magical powers but the reality of a life of servitude, as her wish granting is controlled by a remote ruling class of Jinn known as the Afrit.

To the humans she lives among, she’s just the girl working at the snack bar at the beach, navigating the fryer and her first crush. But behind closed doors, she’s learning how to harness her powers and fulfill the obligations of her destiny.

Mentored by her mother and her Zar “sisters”, Azra discovers she may not be quite like the rest of her circle of female Jinn . . . and that her powers could endanger them all. As Azra uncovers the darker world of becoming Jinn, she realizes when genies and wishes are involved, there’s always a trick.


Note: This review is based on an ARC received from the publisher in exchange for my honest thoughts about the book.

The Review

Lori Goldstein’s debut, BECOMING JINN, is a perfect mix of sweet, sad, funny, heartwarming, captivating and intriguing. It’s one of those stories that draws you in at the outset with an opening sentence that will pique your curiosity, and keeps you hooked with its entertaining characters, fascinating lore, engaging plot and great writing.

It introduces a main character who is likable, relatable, well-meaning, impulsive, stubborn, and at times selfish, but who is sure to make you laugh, roll your eyes, shake your head at some of the decisions she makes and situations she finds herself in, and sympathize with her for the lack of control she has over her own life.

Azra knew that the day she turned sixteen her entire life would change. Not that she had much freedom before, but now she’d be losing most of what little she did have.Try as she might, she could not alter the changes to her appearance that came with becoming jinn. She could not stop the bangle from being locked on her wrist that would allow her to use her powers to grant wishes. She could not refuse the assignments she was given without dire consequences.

But she would not hide herself away from the human world, having only her “sisters” as friends. She would not give up her friendship with Henry or forget about her crush on Nate or quit her job at the beach. She would not fall in line and become the model Jinn her mother was just because it was easier or safer or because her family wanted her to.

The Afrit may have the ability to take away everything from her, but if she could keep them from finding out who she was friends with, what she was doing, the rules she was breaking, the secrets she was keeping, maybe she wouldn’t have to completely lose herself. She knew it wouldn’t be easy, but she would not give up without trying to have it all. She just wished she knew what the consequences would be from the start.

Author Lori Goldstein has created an enchanting and incredibly addictive first book in her series that teases a world that is magical and dangerous and oppressive and beautiful. She introduces a people who have incredible gifts and can do amazing things but are kept on a short leash, are separated from their families, and are faced with terrible punishment if they step out of line. She gives readers a story that is exciting and humorous and heartbreaking and she presents it from the point of view of an endearing main character who is far from perfect but one worth rooting for.

BECOMING JINN is a positively delightful and spellbinding read that highlights the risks of having too much power, the danger of keeping secrets, and the importance of friends and family. It’s a story that will entertain from start to finish and one that will leave readers anxious for the sequel.

The Rating


THE REMEDY Blog Tour: Interview with Suzanne Young + Giveaway


I am absolutely thrilled beyond belief to be today’s stop on THE REMEDY Blog Tour. I recently devoured this series – yes it’s totally binge-worthy – and am now officially addicted and a fan for life. This world is incredible and chilling and awesome.

And this prequel novel is every bit as amazing as THE PROGRAM, THE TREATMENT and THE RECOVERY. I gave THE REMEDY my off-the-menu 6-star rating, it was just that spectacular.

So, of course I was super excited to be able to interview Suzanne Young for my stop today and ask her about Quinn, whether she prefers to write duologies or trilogies, who her favorite character is, and what it is like to be a House Hunters celeb.

If you’d like to know what she had to say to those questions and a few others, scroll down to the interview which follows below the information about THE REMEDY. If you want to check out a few – or all – of the stops on the tour, the schedule is at the bottom of this post.

And if you’d like the chance to win some amazing bookish prizes, be sure to enter in the Rafflecopter before you go.

THE REMEDY releases next week on April 21st, so be sure to pre-order your copy so you won’t have to wait to dive in. And if you are new to the series, you don’t have to have read THE PROGRAM or THE TREATMENT to thoroughly enjoy it, though you might miss a few of those “aha” and “Oh. My. Gosh.” and “nowaynofreakingway” moments.



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Title & Series: THE REMEDY (The Program #0.5)
Author: Suzanne Young
Release date: April 21, 2015
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Pages: 416
Formats: Hardcover, audio, eBook

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Can one girl take on so many identities without losing her own? Find out in this riveting companion to The Program and the New York Times bestselling The Treatment.

In a world before The Program…

Quinlan McKee is a closer. Since the age of seven, Quinn has held the responsibility of providing closure to grieving families with a special skill—she can “become” anyone.

Recommended by grief counselors, Quinn is hired by families to take on the short-term role of a deceased loved one between the ages of fifteen and twenty. She’s not an exact copy, of course, but she wears their clothes and changes her hair, studies them through pictures and videos, and soon, Quinn can act like them, smell like them, and be them for all intents and purposes. But to do her job successfully, she can’t get attached.

Now seventeen, Quinn is deft at recreating herself, sometimes confusing her own past with those of the people she’s portrayed. When she’s given her longest assignment, playing the role of Catalina Barnes, Quinn begins to bond with the deceased girl’s boyfriend. But that’s only the beginning of the complications, especially when Quinn finds out the truth about Catalina’s death. And the epidemic it could start.


The Interview

Q. If you had to describe THE REMEDY in 25 words or less, how would you describe it?

THE REMEDY is about identity, grief, and loss. It’s about the lengths people will go to stop feeling pain. And the cost of that kind of closure.

Q. What was your favorite part about inventing a world prior to that in The Program and what were some of the challenges of developing the world?

I loved being able to start fresh with the characters, but keep that same sort of “other” feel to the reality. The toughest part, though, was tying it in to The Program without retelling the same story. I think I succeeded in making this its own series, but that was a challenge. 

Q. For those who haven’t yet met Quinn what would you say her best quality/qualities are? And her worst?

I think her best quality is her empathy—she uses it to help people find closure. Her worst quality is her trusting nature, at least, that’s a terrible quality if you’re a character in one of my novels. 

Q. Being a closer sounds like an incredibly difficult job. Especially with the requirement that in order to be successful you can’t become attached. What is it about Quinn that made her so successful at her job for such a long time?

I think the reason Quinn is so great at her job is because she DOES care. She believes in what she does. She truly wants to help people. I also think she’s been trained since she was a child, and she uses those techniques with skill. 

Q. Across all your books, which character was your favorite to write about and why?

I really loved writing Dallas. I thought she was terribly complicated, and I loved discovering more about her. 

Q. What do you enjoy most about writing books in a series? And when it comes to a series, do you prefer writing a duology or a trilogy? And why?

I prefer a duology because I like to write every book like it’s going to end, and with a trilogy, I find I get stuck in the middle book. It’s nice to write a series because by the second book, you know the characters so well. You can get to the meat of the story. 

Q. What was it like being on House Hunters? (You were totally amazing by the way!) Would you change anything about your TV debut? And after it aired, what has the outreach been like?

I would stop talking smack about desert landscaping! haha To be honest, it’s TV. That was an angle they could hit over and over. I don’t actually despise desert landscaping! I love my cactus! And I’m aware that I no longer live in Oregon. 

The outreach has been pretty cool! I received a bunch of messages, most of them positive. Although I did have one person tell me they got my book because of the show, but stopped reading it because it wasn’t appropriate. I was like… Sorry? 

Fiktshun: Okay, I have to chime in about the House Hunters response. Now, of course, I have to go back and count how often you talk about desert landscaping because I hadn’t noticed there was smack talk involved! :)

And it was such fun to watch, I can imagine you have quite a few new readers because of your television celebrity status. But I am totally baffled about the appropriateness comment… or why that person felt the need to share that…

About Suzanne Young


Suzanne Young is the New York Times bestselling author of The Program series. Originally from Utica, New York, Suzanne moved to Arizona to pursue her dream of not freezing to death. She is a novelist and an English teacher, but not always in that order.

Suzanne is the author of THE PROGRAM, THE TREATMENT, THE REMEDY, and HOTEL RUBY. She was also on an episode of House Hunters where she talked about her love of grass and trees (while living in the desert).


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Title & Series: THE PROGRAM (The Program #1)
Author: Suzanne Young
Release date: April 30, 2013
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Pages: 416
Formats: Hardcover, paperback, audio, eBook

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In Sloane’s world, true feelings are forbidden, teen suicide is an epidemic, and the only solution is The Program.

Sloane knows better than to cry in front of anyone. With suicide now an international epidemic, one outburst could land her in The Program, the only proven course of treatment. Sloane’s parents have already lost one child; Sloane knows they’ll do anything to keep her alive. She also knows that everyone who’s been through The Program returns as a blank slate. Because their depression is gone—but so are their memories.

Under constant surveillance at home and at school, Sloane puts on a brave face and keeps her feelings buried as deep as she can. The only person Sloane can be herself with is James. He’s promised to keep them both safe and out of treatment, and Sloane knows their love is strong enough to withstand anything. But despite the promises they made to each other, it’s getting harder to hide the truth. They are both growing weaker. Depression is setting in. And The Program is coming for them.


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Title & Series: THE TREATMENT (The Program #2)
Author: Suzanne Young
Release date: April 29, 2014
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Pages: 352
Formats: Hardcover, paperback, audio, eBook

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Can Sloane and James survive the lies and secrets surrounding them, or will The Program claim them in the end? Find out in this sequel to The Program, which Publishers Weekly called “chilling and suspenseful.”

How do you stop an epidemic?

Sloane and James are on the run after barely surviving the suicide epidemic and The Program. But they’re not out of danger. Huge pieces of their memories are still missing, and although Sloane and James have found their way back to each other, The Program isn’t ready to let them go.

Escaping with a group of troubled rebels, Sloane and James will have to figure out who they can trust, and how to take down The Program. But for as far as they’ve come, there’s still a lot Sloane and James can’t remember. The key to unlocking their past lies with the Treatment—a pill that can bring back forgotten memories, but at a high cost. And there’s only one dose.

Ultimately when the stakes are at their highest, can Sloane and James survive the many lies and secrets surrounding them, or will The Program claim them in the end?



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Title & Series: THE RECOVERY (The Program #2.5)
Author: Suzanne Young
Release date: February 24, 2015
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Pages: 78
Formats: Audio, eBook


Six months after the fall of The Program, ex-handler Michael Realm is struggling with his guilt. After all, he was instrumental in erasing the memories of several patients—including one he claimed to love. With a lifetime of regret stretched before him, Realm vows to set things right.

Along with his friend, James Murphy, Realm will track down those he’s hurt in an attempt to give them back their lives—starting with Dallas Stone. He’s not looking for forgiveness or redemption; he’s not a hero. But Realm hopes that with each recovered past, he’ll be able to reclaim a small bit of his own.


The Giveaway

There is a tour-wide giveaway for…

  • 1 winner will receive a signed set of THE PROGRAM, THE TREATMENT, and THE REMEDY
  • 1 winner will receive a signed ARC of HOTEL RUBY

Giveaway is US ONLY

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The Tour Schedule

Week One

April 13th – Once Upon a Twilight – Interview
April 14th – Books and Swoons – Review
April 15th – Fictitious Delicious – Guest Post
April 16th – My Reading Room – Review
April 17th – Fiktshun – Interview

Week Two

April 20th – Me, My Shelf and I – Review
April 21st – Bad Bird Reads – Guest Post
April 22nd – Novel Novice – Review
April 23rd – Adventures of a Book Junkie – Interview
April 24th – Magical Urban Fantasy Reads – Review


YALLWEST Santa Monica: An Amazing Turnout & Huge Success


I am so sad to have missed this year’s YALLWEST, which was a HUGE success. But I’m stoked to be able to share some of my favorite pics from the event thanks to MB Communications.

All photos are from YALLWEST Saturday and were taken by Gina Clyne Photography. To view the entire photo collection, head on over – there are a TON of amazing shots.

These are my faves…

Authors on the Red Carpet

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The Smackdown


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The Signings


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The Panels


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The Keynotes


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The Dinner

The Extras

It looked amazing, right? So many of my favorite authors were in attendance and I would have love, love, LOVED to be there to listen to them, to meet them, and to have them to sign their latest releases.

Did you spy any of your favorite authors in the pics? Will you be attending next year’s YALLWEST?

If you’re not familiar with YALLWEST, here is some information about this year’s event.

The Press Release



More than 8,000 Attendees at YALLWEST, Santa Monica’s Inaugural Young Adult Book Festival at Santa Monica High School and Santa Monica Public Library April 11-12

Santa Monica, CA: April 13, 2015: More than 8,000 readers of all ages turned out to see the approximately 90 bestselling authors, artists, musicians and book-to-film Hollywood notables who appeared at YALLWEST this past weekend at Santa Monica High School (April 11th) and Santa Monica Public Library (April 12th). The numbers are comparable to the tallies of festival’s east coast sister, YALLFEST in Charleston, South Carolina in November, coming up on its fifth year.

Many attendees traveled across the country to hear their favorite authors speak, take their photos, have their books signed, and celebrate YA literature. Ransom Riggs, author of the #1 New York Times bestselling novel, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, which Tim Burton brings to the big screen in 2016, gave the inaugural keynote address to a sold-out crowd. Fans waited in line for close to 3 hours for an autograph from Veronica Roth, author of the blockbuster Divergent series. YA author cover band Tiger Beat, fronted by bestselling author Libba Bray, played the Saturday event at Santa Monica High School’s Barnum Hall.

One hundred local volunteers were the backbone of the festival on Saturday, and on Sunday, fifty fans who had arrived as early as 7:00 AM to be first in line jumped in to help the volunteers set up, receiving YALLWEST t-shirts as thank yous. More than four hundred students from low-income schools joined in the fun via sponsored bus, book and burger vouchers.

In keeping with YALLWEST’s literacy mission, Barnes & Noble, the bookseller for the festival, has pledged to donate a percentage of sales to Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District (SMMUSD) libraries. The festival also announced the establishment of the Purple Ink Award, in honor of YALLFEST co-founder and longtime Santa Monica reading teacher Kami Garcia, to be given to fund a classroom library for a teacher who cultivates a love of reading in her students.

New York Times bestselling authors Margaret Stohl (Beautiful Creatures) and Melissa de la Cruz (Witches of East End) are the co-directors of the festival. “We loved that the City of Santa Monica declared it YALLWEST weekend, and I also enjoyed my short stint as honorary mayor. It really did feel like Bookchella,” said Stohl. Melissa de la Cruz added, “We were absolutely amazed at the turnout and the enthusiasm, the passion and the love. We did not know what to expect and were completely blown away by YA fans showing up in force to support their authors.” YALLWEST was presented this year by Epic Reads in cooperation with the Santa Monica Public Library.

In addition to Stohl, de la Cruz, Mafi and Riggs, the YALLWEST Author Board includes Pseudonymous Bosch (Secret Series), Marie Lu (The Young Elites), Holly Goldberg Sloan (Counting by 7’s), Leigh Bardugo (Shadow and Bone), Veronica Roth (Divergent), Brendan Reichs (Virals), Kami Garcia (Beautiful Creatures), Richelle Mead (Vampire Academy), Ally Condie (Matched) and Mike Johnston (Frozen). The Santa Monica Public Library’s festival team is headed up by Robert Graves, Ivy Weston, and Maria Carpenter. Check for details on the 2016 festival.

Cover Reveal: BOUNCE by Noelle August


I am a little late to the party – as the cover went “live” at noon Eastern today – but I just had to take part in the reveal for the third and final book in a series I absolutely adore.

I think the cover for BOUNCE is just as pretty and sweet and eye-catching as the covers for BOOMERANG and REBOUND. And I think all three covers work perfectly together and would look amazing side-by-side on any bookshelf. (Scroll down to the comparison below the cover reveal to see.)

I love how the pink and blue in the title and “xo” image tie in to both previous covers. I love the warmer pink tones in this cover. And I love how once again the focus is on the models’ legs, leaving their looks up to the reader’s imagination.

The end of August can’t come soon enough. Especially as I can’t wait to get to know more about Grey Blackwood. And while I am sad that this will be the final book, I will be devouring it the moment it’s in my hands.

But that’s what I think. What do you think?

The Cover Revealed


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Title & Series: BOUNCE (Boomerang #3)
Release date: August 25, 2015
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
Pages: 304
Formats: Paperback, audio, eBook


Following in the bestselling tradition of Molly McAdams and J. Lynn, this final chapter in the fun and steamy New Adult trilogy by Noelle August (authors Veronica Rossi and Lorin Oberweger) features two aspiring musicians who must choose between their careers…and their sizzling attraction for each other.

Playing the occasional club gig just isn’t cutting it for twenty-two-year-old cellist Skyler Canby, who’s trying to support herself and her mother back home in Kentucky. Persuaded by her best friend Beth to accompany her on an audition for the first feature film launched by Blackwood Entertainment, she figures why not? Beth’s a shoe-in for the lead, but maybe Skyler’s newly dyed pink hair will help her stand out enough to score a small speaking part.

Never in her wildest dreams does Skyler imagine she’ll land the lead role or that she’ll have her shoes knocked off her feet by the kiss her audition partner, Grey Blackwood, plants on her—a kiss that feels very real and not at all “acted. ”

After throwing a party that causes thousands of dollars of damage to his older brother’s home, reckless musician Grey Blackwood gets roped into working off his debt on the set of his CEO brother’s newest project. Grey spends his days fetching coffee and doing odd jobs around the studio, but he lives for nights when he performs with his band. He knows if he can stay focused, success as a singer is just around the corner. But that’s tough with a distracting pink-haired girl occupying his every waking thought.

Skyler and Grey have every reason to resist each other. But, like a song neither of them can get out of their minds, they have no choice but to go where the music takes them.



About the Author

Noelle August

Question: What do you get when friends pen a story with heart, plenty of laughs, and toe-curling kissing scenes?

Answer: Noelle August, the pseudonym for renowned editor and award-winning writer Lorin Oberweger and New York Times bestselling YA author Veronica Rossi, the masterminds behind the Boomerang series.


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Title & Series: BOOMERANG (Boomerang #1)
Release date: July 8, 2014
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
Pages: 336
Formats: Paperback, audio, eBook


The first book in a sensational New Adult trilogy from Noelle August

Welcome to, the dating site for the millennial gen with its no-fuss, no-commitments matchups, and where work is steamier than any random hook-up

Mia Galliano is an aspiring filmmaker. Ethan Vance has just played his last game as a collegiate soccer star. They’re sharp, hungry for success, and they share a secret.

Last night, Ethan and Mia met at a bar, and, well . . . one thing led to another, which led to them waking up the next morning—together. Things turned awkward in a hurry when they found themselves sharing a post hookup taxi . . . to the same place: Boomerang headquarters.

What began as a powerful connection between them is treated to a cold shower courtesy of two major complications. First, Boomerang has a strict policy against co-worker dating. And second, they’re now competitors for only one job at the end of summer.

As their internships come to an end, will they manage to keep their eyes on the future and their hands off each other, or will the pull of attraction put them right back where they started?



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Title & Series: REBOUND (Boomerang #2)
Release date: February 10, 2015
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
Pages: 288
Formats: Paperback, audio, eBook


At Boomerang, one night can change everything…

Adam Blackwood has it all. At twenty-two, he’s fabulously wealthy, Ryan Gosling-hot and at the top of his game in the business world. His life is perfect, until a scandal from his past resurfaces and threatens to knock the tech wunderkind down and throw his company, Boomerang, a hook-up site for millennials, into chaos.

Alison Quick, the twenty-one-year-old daughter of a business tycoon—and the very ex-girlfriend of Boomerang’s former intern, Ethan—has a problem of her own. After nearly flunking out in her senior year of college, she has one chance to redeem herself to her father by proving that she deserves a place in his corporate empire. That means spearheading her father’s plan to sink big money into Adam’s company and launch it into the stratosphere—provided Adam has no skeletons in his closet.

When the two meet, their sizzling chemistry makes it tough to keep things strictly professional. But when Alison discovers Adam’s secret, she knows she should bring it right to her father, who’ll leverage it for his own gain and use it to ruin Adam. The only problem: she’s falling for Adam—hard.

Will earning her father’s approval come at the price of losing her first real love? Or can Adam and Alison leave behind past mistakes and conquer the world—together?


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BECOMING JINN Blog Tour: ‘Evil is Alive and Well: The Afrit’ Guest Post + Giveaways

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I am so thrilled to be a part of the BECOMING JINN Blog Tour. I love, love, LOVED this amazing book and I can’t wait for its release next week so that everyone can read it, meet Azra and her Zar, and discover this world created by the very awesome Lori Goldstein.

Until then, there are some fantastic posts by the author on this tour to check out – just click the banner above, or scroll down to the schedule at the bottom of this post to visit all the stops. Of course, I’m partial to my post which is about the Afrit. If you’d like to know more about their role in Azra’s life and how restrictive they are, the post follows below the details about the book.

I also have a couple of giveaways to share – one specific to my stop for a Jinn Swag Pack and a tour-wide Grand Prize giveaway for finished copies of the book. Be sure to enter BOTH Rafflecopter forms for chances to win.

And if you want more chances to win some fab prizes, head over to Lori Goldstein’s blog to find out the details about her pre-order campaign giveaway – click the image just above the tour schedule to be taken to the blog.

And if you want to find out what I thought about BECOMING JINN, stop by tomorrow on Sunday for my review.



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Title & Series: BECOMING JINN (Becoming Jinn #1)
Author: Lori Goldstein
Release date: April 21, 2015
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Pages: 384
Formats: Hardcover, eBook


Azra has just turned sixteen, and overnight her body lengthens, her olive skin deepens, and her eyes glisten gold thanks to the brand-new silver bangle that locks around her wrist. As she always knew it would, her Jinn ancestry brings not just magical powers but the reality of a life of servitude, as her wish granting is controlled by a remote ruling class of Jinn known as the Afrit.

To the humans she lives among, she’s just the girl working at the snack bar at the beach, navigating the fryer and her first crush. But behind closed doors, she’s learning how to harness her powers and fulfill the obligations of her destiny.

Mentored by her mother and her Zar “sisters”, Azra discovers she may not be quite like the rest of her circle of female Jinn . . . and that her powers could endanger them all. As Azra uncovers the darker world of becoming Jinn, she realizes when genies and wishes are involved, there’s always a trick.



“Becoming Jinn offers everything I adore in a book: a rebellious, snarky heroine, a fresh plot that had me devouring pages, and flourishes of a dreamy romance.” – Anna Banks, New York Times- bestselling author of the Syrena Legacy series

“Becoming Jinn provides a rich metaphor for the potency and frustration of adolescence. Bonds between women and girls are celebrated, while such tired teen-lit tropes as romantic triangles and mean cheerleaders are subtly subverted.” – Kirkus Reviews

The Guest Post

Evil Is Alive and Well: The Afrit

by Lori Goldstein

Whether it’s spelled jinn, djinn, ginn, jenn, or jann, the jinn are an indigenous spirit of the Middle East and North Africa—and as far from the Western world’s fantasy version of “genie” as can be. A widespread belief in the jinn in this culture dates far back before any hint of religion in the region, well before the seventh century.

These jinn, while hidden from human eye, are not ghosts: they are living, breathing entities. Intelligent with great magical powers, the mysterious jinn can be good or evil. Stories of evil jinn wreaking havoc include things like haunting homes, possessing humans, even killing animals or humans who would offend them or trespass on a territory declared as theirs.

Lore of the jinn spans centuries, and there’s great diversity in the beliefs about them. In fact, one of the books I used while researching Becoming Jinn is called Legends of the Fire Spirits: Jinn and Genies from Arabia to Zanzibar, and it is more than 250 pages recounting all the ways jinn are regarded across fifteen countries. While tales of the jinn vary, there’s universal agreement on many pieces of jinn history, including the idea that jinn were born of “smokeless fire” and that the jinn are divided into categories or tribes, one of which is the ifrit or afrit.

Powerful and most often evil, the ifrit, like all jinn, can shapeshift or shield themselves through the use of invisibility. Some stories have towering demon ifrits terrorizing humans, acting as “deputies” to archdemons, or zealously guarding ruins or treasures.

With this checkered history, the Afrit were the perfect choice for the council that rules over the world of the Jinn in Becoming Jinn. In the novel, the Afrit have placed more and more restrictions on the Jinn, from dictating who can be granted a wish, to regulating when a Jinn receives her powers and where she is allowed to live in the human world to breaking up families by mandating that all male and female Jinn must live apart.

The Afrit have strong powers and keep a watchful eye over the Jinn who live among the humans. They have harsh punishments, including a perverted jail for those who defy their rules or break their biggest one: revealing themselves or their magic to a human.

To Azra, the unseen Afrit are the source of all that is wrong with her Jinn world, and yet she, like the rest of the Jinn, are powerless to fight them. While Azra knows little about the Afrit, as the novel goes on she will discover more about them, their past, and what may lie ahead for all Jinn.

While the Afrit in Becoming Jinn come mostly from my own imagination, there are bits and pieces culled from the different sources I read about the jinn that flesh them out and make them a more robust force in the novel that comes alive for the reader.

Thanks so much for having me and letting me offer more insight into the history of the Afrit.

About Lori Goldstein


Lori Goldstein was born into an Italian-Irish family and raised in a small town on the New Jersey shore. She earned her bachelor’s degree in journalism from Lehigh University and worked as a writer, editor, and graphic designer before becoming a full-time author. She currently lives and writes outside of Boston.

Lori is the author of the young adult contemporary fantasy series Becoming Jinn (Feiwel & Friends/Macmillan, April 21, 2015, Spring 2016). You can visit her online at


Full Jinn Swag Pack Giveaway

Fiktshun- Becoming Jinn Swag Pack
The author has offered up an awesome prize pack giveaway for my stop on the tour…

The Full Jinn Swag Pack includes bookmarks, wristbands, magnet, temporary tattoos, and genie charm

  • Giveaway is US ONLY
  • Must be 13 or older to enter
  • Prize will be sent from the author
  • Giveaway ends on April 22nd at Midnight Pacific
  • Winner will be chosen by Rafflecopter, announced in the form and contacted by email
  • Winner has 72 hours to respond with their details

As always, there are no requirements to like or follow, but there are a few extra entries for following the author, adding BECOMING JINN on Goodreads, and tweeting a message.

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Grand Prize Giveaway

There is a Grand Prize tour-wide giveaway courtesy of the publisher for Finished Copies of BECOMING JINN

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Pre-order Giveaway Campaign

Lori Goldstein is hosting a pre-order campaign for BECOMING JINN. If you’d like to learn more, visit her blog by clicking on the image below.

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The Tour Schedule

April 13th – Mac Teen Books Polished Page Turners

April 14th – What Sarah Read

April 15th – Fiktshun

April 16th – Forever Young Adult

April 17th – SciFi Chick

April 18th – BookiEmoji

April 19th – Falling for YA

April 20th – Reading Teen

April 21st – Icey Books & Page Turners

Giveaway: A ‘Recent Reads’ Pile of Books #2

Pile O Books 2

As before…

In an effort to keep my book tower from overflowing, every so often I will be passing along a few of my recent reads. Some will be finished copies. Some will be ARCs. But each of the books I will have reviewed or have reviewed a future book in the series. And all of the books are ones I have in my eBook collection.

As always, there will be no follow requirements for the blog. But I have added a few extra entry opportunities to follow the authors on social media or add their books to Goodreads.


Giveaway is for the 5 books/ARCs shown in the picture.

  • Must be 13 or older to enter
  • Giveaway is US only
  • Books will be sent by media mail with tracking
  • Winner will be chosen by Random via Rafflecopter
  • Winner will be announced in the Rafflecopter and contacted by email
  • Winner will have 72 hours to respond or another winner will be chosen
  • Giveaway ends April 27th at 11:59 p.m. Pacific

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