How to Disappear Blog Tour

how to disappear blog tour

Today I have a very special post for you! I’m a part of the How to Disappear blog tour and I’m so excited to bring you an interview with the author and a GIVEAWAY! First, I’ll give you some info on the book and the author, so stay tuned!

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Author: Ann Redisch Stampler

Release date: June 14, 2016

Publisher: Simon Pulse

Pages: 416

Formats: Hardcover, eBook

This electric cross-country thriller follows the game of cat and mouse between a girl on the run from a murder she witnessed—or committed?—and the boy who’s sent to kill her.

Nicolette Holland is the girl everyone likes. Up for adventure. Loyal to a fault. And she’s pretty sure she can get away with anything…until a young woman is brutally murdered in the woods near Nicolette’s house. Which is why she has to disappear.

Jack Manx has always been the stand-up guy with the killer last name. But straight A’s and athletic trophies can’t make people forget that his father was a hit man and his brother is doing time for armed assault. Just when Jack is about to graduate from his Las Vegas high school and head east for college, his brother pulls him into the family business with inescapable instructions: find this ruthless Nicolette Holland and get rid of her. Or else Jack and everyone he loves will pay the price.

As Nicolette and Jack race to outsmart each other, tensions—and attractions—run high. Told in alternating voices, this tightly plotted mystery and tense love story challenges our assumptions about right and wrong, guilt and innocence, truth and lies.


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About Ann Redisch Stampler

Ann Redisch Stampler is the author of the young adult novels Afterparty and Where It Began as well as half a dozen picture books. Her work has garnered an Aesop accolade, the National Jewish Book Award, Sydney Taylor honors, the Middle East Book Award, and Bank Street Best Books of the Year mentions. How to Disappear (Simon Pulse, 2016), her first young adult thriller, will be released in June. Ann lives in Los Angeles, California, with her husband Rick.








I’ve already had the pleasure of reading this great thriller! I currently don’t have my review up, but it’ll be coming in July! I also had the pleasure of asking the author a few questions! Check them out now:

-Did you read a lot as a kid-young teen? If so, what books did you read?

I was one of those “reading saved me” kinds of kids. I felt weird, but I was safe and happy and engaged in books. I tended to read a lot of books that had children or teens as major characters – whether or not they were considered children’s or teen books. Then, when I hit my mid-teens, I started reading Truly Serious Literature. I kept going to the library or to the bookstore when there were these extremely inexpensive little Penguin classics, and it felt as if I, personally, was discovering all these great books that no one else knew about. When I got to college and it turned out that not only did a whole lot of other people know about these books, but they wanted to talk about them, I was quite a happy English major.

I also read mysteries and thrillers. Avidly. But I didn’t take these very seriously as books. I just kept reading them and loving them and wanting to write one of them. And with How to Disappear, I’ve finally done it.

-Who is your favorite character in your book?

I’m equally fond of Jack and Nicolette. My writing method is to pretend that I’m the character that’s narrating. So I spent a lot of time pretending to be each of these people, feeling their feelings and telling their sides of the story. It was probably more fun for me to write Nicolette, I mean, we’re both females and I she got to be a lot funnier and wilder than Jack did at times. But I still love Jack. When he was finally coming clean to Nicolette about what it was like for him growing up in his family, and he was so torn up, I was on the verge of tears writing that for days.

-What do you want readers to take away from your book?

I’d like it if readers were absorbed and intrigued by this book, believed the characters, and were entertained from start to finish.

On a deeper level, I’d like readers to leave this book asking themselves a lot of questions about what they’d do, how far they’d go, if they’d sacrifice what they think of as right or moral, if they were pushed hard enough. I’d like them to wonder about what aspects of themselves are fixed and unalterable across situations, versus what could be changed if they chose to change it or if their circumstances called for them to be different. Can a person, in fact, learn how to make the core of him or herself disappear? Could you?

 -Do you have a favorite line from your books?

The last three lines. There are only 11 words in all three of them. But you absolutely can’t skip back there and read them out of order. You’ll see why when you get there.

-What can readers expect from your book?

How to Disappear is a very twisty thriller with a cross-country chase, a lot of plotting and scheming, and, dare I say, characters who are – against their better judgment – greatly attracted to each other, so there’s a certain amount of heat. Neither character knows fully what’s going on, or understands the dark forces behind the action, and neither one is completely honest with the other, the reader, or him/herself.

-What Disney character are you most like?

Belle!!! I want to be like Belle! Big reader, sense of humor, basically kind, sticks up for herself, finds true love being herself. Who wouldn’t want to be Belle?

Here’s the schedule of the other blog tour dates this week:

Monday, June 20th:

Tuesday, June 21st:

Wednesday, June 22nd:

Thursday, June 23rd:

Friday, June 24th:

Saturday, June 25th:

Are you ready for the giveaway now?? Check it out:


ONE (1) winner will receive a $50.00 gift certificate for The Book Depository,  Signed HOW TO DISAPPEAR bookmarks + a Nicolette’s disguise inspired Smashbox makeup kit.

***Giveaway is INTERNATIONAL***

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Enter the giveaway (via rafflecopter) HERE:

That’s it! I really hope you enjoyed this special post and that you’ll enter the giveaway!






Love Triangle SMACKDOWN

Love triangles. These dreaded plot-forwarders are everywhere. Popularized from famous love triangles such as Katniss, Peeta, and Gale, or even Bella, Edward, and Jacob, love triangles have become very hard to avoid in the book world, and sometimes even in the movie and TV world. Some people love them, most people dread them, but everybody always has their favorite person in the triangle. So today, we’re gonna play a new thing called LOVE TRIANGLE SMACKDOWN.

Here’s how its gonna work. Each Smackdown will focus on one love triangle. I’m gonna say my thoughts on who I think is the better couple in the triangle, and then I want you to weigh in on who you think is better! Got it? Okay, let’s get started!





The Crown’s Game

While this book just came out last month, I’ve seen many people already taking sides on who is better for Vika. I, myself, have gone back and forth of which guy I think Vika belongs with. Plus I have my own thoughts of who I think she’s gonna end up with. But, in the end, only one guy is perfect for Vika, and that guy is…


Don’t get me wrong, I love Nikolai. But as I look back at the book and my thoughts while reading it, I’m just not finding any natural attraction between Nikolai and Vika. They both just kinda got together cause they’re both enchanters. Other than that, I really didn’t find much of an attraction between them until the end. But with Pasha, I felt like they would suit each other well from the beginning. Their opposite personalities would even each other out. Plus, I felt Nikolai was too brooding and ‘cool guy’ for Vika. Vika needs a guy to make her laugh, to eat bakery treats with, and to love her unconditionally. Pasha will do that and more.

But, I feel like, in the end, Vika’s gonna end up with Nikolai. I feel like that’s the direction Evelyn is taking the story. I don’t think I’ll be disappointed about it, but I would love to see Vika grow closer with Pasha and to test out if they’d be good together.

Does anyone else think Nikolai and Pasha remind them of Alexei and Noah from All Fall Down? I mean, come on, brooding Russians?! Nikolai and Alexei could be brothers! Anyone? No, just me? Okay…

So know I want to know your thoughts. I want to know who you like better. So either:

a) comment below with who you think she should be with and who you think she’s gonna end up with!

b) go here to vote in the ultimate poll of who Vika should end up with! (poll closes in 7 days)

I hope you enjoyed the first ever LOVE TRIANGLE SMACKDOWN! If you did, let me know so I know to do things like this again:)




Books I Need to Reread


I’m one of those readers that love to reread books all the time. Even when I have hundreds of books on my TBR, time and time again I continue to pick up a book I’ve already read and read it again.

Yet, I still don’t have time to constantly reread every book I wish. So here’s a list of all the books I still need to reread ASAP!

Anomaly by Krista McGee

1. The Anomaly Trilogy by Krista McGee

WHY HAVEN’T I REREAD THIS (again) YET? This is one of my favorite series ever. I’ve only read it like 2 (actually, I think 3) times. That’s obviously not enough times.


2. Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson

Tiger Lily has always been one of my favorite characters from Peter Pan, and I really need to reread this amazing book! It was one of my favorite reads of last year, and I need to get back into that tragically beautiful world.


3. Illuminae by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman

I know, I know, I read this book in December. It hasn’t even been half a year yet. But seriously THIS BOOK. It’s SO GOOD.


4. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

I’ve been meaning to read this book for a long time now. It’s so amazing and tragic and beautiful, and I need to immerse myself in this story again.

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5. Pivot Point/Split Second by Kasie West

This is the best duology I’ve ever read before, and one of my favorite authors. Plus, I’ll be meeting her in March, so I need a refresher on these books before I get her to sign them in person.


6. Crossed and Reached by Ally Condie

I’ve reread Matched like TWICE now in an attempt to reread the whole series. Yet, here I am, still waiting to reread it. I keep getting distracted and I forget to pick up these books again. But my goal is to read them before the end of summer!

What about you? What books do you need to reread?




Books that need TV Shows PART 1

Most of us dream of our favorite series turning into a TV show. But some books just aren’t right for our Netflix binge-watching. So today I decided to make a list of some books I think would make amazing TV Shows! Feel free to look through and tell me if you agree or disagree!


The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye

I just recently finished this book (review coming very soon!) and I think it would make an AMAZING TV Show! All the magic and the characters and the romance and world-building would be amazing, and perfect for a winter-time Netflix binge!


Matched by Ally Condie

I’d love to see a YA dystopian TV show like this! I think, made right, it would be absolutely amazing! Plus, since so much happens over the span of 3 books, the series could last awhile without getting washed out!


The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

I know, there’s already an AMAZING movie franchise for these books. I have no intention of replacing that, but hear me out, okay? What about a Netflix series of prequels of previous games? Maybe a child President Snow? Haymitch’s game? Or maybe even a season that takes place with Katniss and Peeta’s kids?! I would LOVE to immerse myself back into Panem and the districts! Anyone else?

What other books need TV Shows? Let me know in the comments down below!






Fan Casting Female Protagonists: Part 1

Today, I am going to fan cast some YA book protagonists. This will just be my personal opinion and how I picture the characters, but I’d love to know if you agree or disagree with any of these!! I love seeing how other people perceive fictional characters to look!

Meira from Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch

Ksenia Solo

Just imagine Ksenia Solo with a white wig! Her eyes and the wig combined would make her the perfect Meira, ready to take over a kingdom and choose between Mather and Theron! Plus, for some crazy reason I always pictured Meira as being shorter, and Ksenia is 5’4! So it fits perfectly!

Laia from An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

Freida Pinto

I always pictured Laia a little tanner and, er, not white? I don’t exactly know what race I pictured her, but I think Freida Pinto fits my picture of her perfectly! I think Freida would be a perfect Laia, both mild and submissive, strong and courageous!

Kady from Illuminae by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman

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Ashleigh Brewer looks just as I imagine Kady. Kady is so sarcastic, beautiful, and strong and I feel like Ashleigh would really portray her amazingly. Plus, since Illuminae has been optioned for a movie, this is the perfect time to put in our acting suggestions!

Addy from Pivot Point by Kasie West

Indiana Evans

I grew up watching Indiana Evans in H20: Just Add Water, and I think she would be an amazing Addy! Plus, I feel like her Australian accent would make it that much more interesting.

That’s all for Part 1! Do you agree? Do you have anyone else in mind for these protagonists? Do you have a suggestion for my next round of fan-casting? Comment and let me know!



Apollycon Lineup!?

A book convention is finally coming to Orlando (aka the closest major city to me) and the lineup has some GREAT authors! Its a mix of YA, NA, and Adult authors and the YA ones are great! Here’s the full list:

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GUYS. KASIE WEST. I love her books and AGH I NEED TO MEET HER! Also, Sarah J. Maas, CJ Redwine, Rachel Harris, Jessica Khoury,Veronica Rossi, and Melissa Landers all have books at the top of my TBR, and I’ll definitely have to read the books before the convention! It’s not official that I’ll be able to go, but there’s a high chance I’ll be able to!

Which of these authors would like to meet?

Also, a bunch of blogs are giving away “Front of the Line” passes for the Meet and Greets! I really hope I win one, and I’ll link to one of the blogs here so you can enter for yourself. Go here for the full website and more information!

Let me know if you’re planning on attending below!




The Hamilton Book Tag

If you know me or follow my instagram, you probably know I’m obsessed with Hamilton. Guys, its amazing. I listen to it every day and I’m in LOVE with these songs and the characters and at the story and UGH. Just go listen to it if you haven’t.

Here’s the original tag video: I’ve seen this tag going around youtube, and even a few bloggers have done it, and I knew I just HAD to do it! So let’s just get started!

PSA: Just because I’m in love with Hamilton and encourage you to check it out, there are some songs with content I don’t agree with, including language and sexual material. Some songs mentioned will have content I don’t agree with. If you’re interesting in listening to the songs but you only want to hear the clean ones, just comment below and I can tell you which ones are clean!

The Room Where it Happens: A book world you would put yourself into

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Of course I’d love to put myself into the River of Time series by Lisa T. Bergren! It’s no secret it’s my favorite series EVER, and I feel like I could last a good amount of time, until I’d probably die from the black plague… *shrugs* It’d be worth it, cause I’d steal Luca for myself and then I’d live happily until I eventually die. But it’d be a good life. Check out Book 1 here.

Right Hand Man: Favorite BROTP

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NEWT AND MINHO from The Maze Runner series. They’re the BEST of friends and I love them so much! I want a friendship like theirs! Check out book 1 here.

The Schuyler Sisters: An underrated female character

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The ‘and Peggy’ of the book world is definitely Thalli from the Anomaly Trilogy by Krista McGee! The whole series is underrated, but especially Thalli! She’s such a strong protagonist, and I admire her so much. She stay’s strong through her hard life, and she’s such an amazing girl. I don’t understand why more people don’t read these books! Check out Book 1 here.

What’d I Miss: A book or series you were late to reading

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The Selection. I’d wanted to read it for awhile but I didn’t actually start it until January. Boy, I wish I had read them sooner. And I still haven’t read The Heir, Selection Stories, or The Crown… I know I should, I just don’t. Check out book 1 here.

My Shot: A character that goes after what they want and doesn’t let anything stop them

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For this, I have to pick Kady from Illuminae (aka one of my favorite reads of 2015). She definitely goes after what she wants and lets nothing stop her. She’s so strong and determined. She takes risks and does everything she can to try and make everything end well. I wish the sequel was focused on her, but I’m glad she’s at least gonna make an appearance. Check out Illuminae here.

What Comes Next: A series you wish had more books

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I wish the Pivot Point/Spit Second duology was a trilogy! I need more closure and more books in that awesome series. Seriously, they’re so good and they deserve another book! Check out book 1 here.

Burn: The most heartbreaking end to a relationship you’ve ever read





I couldn’t dare choose any relationship other than Liesel and Rudy for this. I just couldn’t. When I read this book, I wasn’t expecting it to end like this. Rudy’s death hit me so hard and I bawled. It’s by far the saddest ending to their relationship possible, and I will never, ever recover. Ever. I’ll always love the boy with hair the color of lemons. Check out The Book Thief here.

You’ll Be Back: Sassiest villain

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I don’t know if I’d count it as sassy, exactly, but I think the closest person to this description is Skelley Chase from the Out of Time series by Nadine Brandes. I haven’t read the second book yet, so I don’t know exactly how Skelley will be in that book, but in the first book he’s manipulative and I feel like he’d be a generally sassy person. I also wanna knock that stupid green fedora off of his head. Check out Book 1 here.

Ten Duel Commandments: Favorite fight scene

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Literally any fight scene in the Remnants series by Lisa T. Bergren. I especially love the Season of Glory ones, but they’re all good. Check out book 1 here.

The Reynolds Pamphlet: A book with a twist that you didn’t see coming

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That book *sigh* IT BROKE MY HEART. Just… the whole thing. The whole ending broke me. I didn’t see the whole ‘lost princess’ twist or the whole Alexei situation coming. They surprised me and I need the next book NOW! Check out Book 1 here.

Non-Stop: A series you marathoned


The last series I completely marathoned was The River of Time series by Lisa T. Bergren! I’d already read it once, but I re-read it all last summer, and I’ll probably do the same thing this summer! I love it so much, but I honestly forget what happens in each book individually, cause they all blend together!

Say No to This: Guilty Pleasure read

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The Katie Parker Productions series by Jenny B. Jones is 100% a guilty pleasure. It’s not amazing or profound or anything, and its kinda predictable, it’s just so funny and addicting that I love to re-read those books every once in awhile. Check out book 1 here.

Satisfied: Favorite book with multiple POV’s


I have to choose Remnants: Season of Glory by Lisa T. Bergren! I loved how it added a POV for Keallach, who’s one of my favorite characters ever. I loved all the POV’s in this book and it’s just so good and sad and UGH GO READ IT. Check out Book 1 here.

Helpless: A relationship you were pulling for from the start


I guess I’ll have to say America and Maxon from The Selection series. I mean, they each had their faults, but I thought they’d be good for each other, and they are. Check out book 1 here.

Stay Alive: A character you wish was still alive

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Finnick. Just Finnick. I wish he was still alive with Annie and his child and just AH I love him so much *sobs*. I don’t even know what to say except I wish he was still here. That’s all I can say. Check out book 1 here.

Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Tells Your Story: A book/series you feel like will be remembered throughout history


Hands-down, The Hunger Games. I always say that I think it’ll become a classic and I stand by my word. Generations from now, I think kids and teens and adults will still be reading this book, and I’m glad to have been part of the ‘original generation’ of it.

I had so much fun doing this tag! I don’t have anyone to tag, but if you do it, let me know and I’ll check out your answers! I hope you enjoyed my answers and that maybe I inspired you to listen to Hamilton. You won’t be disappointed.






Top 10 Favorite Books of 2015!

2015 has been the BIGGEST reading year for me yet! This year I fell in love with reading even more than ever before. I’ve also had so many bookish opportunities. But most of all, I fell in love with so many books. I read almost all of my current favorite books this year. So, in no particular order, here’s 10 of my favorite books that I read this year.

Deluge (River of Time #5) by Lisa T. Bergren

Season of Fire (The Remnants #2) by Lisa T. Bergren

All Fall Down (Embassy Row #1) by Ally Carter

Pivot Point (Pivot Point #1) by Kasie West

Snow Like Ashes (Snow Like Ashes #1) by Sara Raasch

Vendetta (The Nikki Boyd Files #1) by Lisa Harris

The Distance Between Us by Kasie West

Illuminae (The Illuminae Files #1) by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman

See How They Run (Embassy Row #2) by Ally Carter

Son (The Giver #4) by Lois Lowry

I did reviews for most of these books! Just click on the book title above and I should direct you to my review of that particular book.



Top 5 Underrated Books/Series

I don’t read a lot of popular books. I haven’t read most of the big, famous books that I see all over BookTube and Instagram. I’m working my way there and I am starting to read some more popular books, but I’ve read my fair share of AMAZING books that aren’t popular and I believe they deserve to be. Here are 5 of my favorites

The River of Time series by Lisa T. Bergren:

I am not a fan of most historical fiction. I can’t really get into them. Which makes this series extra awesome because I think it’s the only real historical fiction I’ve ever loved this much. This book is mainly set in Medieval Italy and has greatly inspired me to study medieval history in school, and possibly learn Italian. It’s about two sisters who accidently time travel back in time. They are then thrown into the world of battle, treachery, castles, gowns, and (most importantly) two medieval men.

Through this 5 book series, you explore the lives of Gabi and Lia as they experience life, love, danger, and death. These books will forever be some of my favorites and Lia and Luca will forever be my OTP (One True Pair). Since they are Christian books, there isn’t any profanity or overly-suggestive content. I know the last book (and maybe the fourth one) does have a few scenes when some suggestive things are hinted, but nothing graphic or inappropriate. To check out this series, go here.

The Anomaly Trilogy by Krista McGee:

This series ultimately got me into reading dystopian and sci-fi, which are currently some of my favorite genres ever. This series takes place in an underground world that was built by scientists after radioactive bombs destroyed the surface of the earth. Other than a limited amount of scientists, everyone else is genetically made in a lab. They all serve a purpose, and only one purpose, in making a new human race.

The protagonist, named Thalli, questions the authority. While no-one else around her has any real feelings (or so she thinks), she is full of feelings. She tries to hide her feelings until one day she just breaks and shows her feelings. She is then left to fight back for the right to love and laugh and be happy and live a real life.

Overall, this trilogy is phenomenal. McGee’s writing is amazing and her story building is perfect. The last book is such a tear-jerker. I think it’s the first book I cried reading, tbh. I think it’s a must read. It’s 100% clean, too! You can learn more about this series here.

The Remnants novels by Lisa T. Bergren:

After reading her River of Time series, I jumped straight into Lisa’s dystopian series and I was not disappointed. This series is kinda hard for me to describe, so read the plot from goodreads instead-

THEIR ARRIVAL WAS FORETOLD FOR YEARS . . . Andriana is a Remnant, gifted as an empath and one of the Ailith, destined to act as humanity’s last shield against the horrors that now plague those who remain. After years of training in stealth and warfare, Andriana and her Knight protector, Ronan, are finally ready to answer the Call and begin the life they were designed for. But as they embark with the other Remnants on the first of their assignments, they quickly discover that the world beyond their protected Valley is more dangerous than they imagined. The Sons of Sheol will stop at nothing to prevent Dri and Ronan from rescuing anyone sympathetic to the Remnants’ cause. And as the Remnants battle the demonic forces, still other enemies close in. Dangers intensity, but so do Dri’s feelings for Ronan–the one emotion she is not meant to feel. In the midst of their mission, Andriana must find a way to master her feelings. Or risk compromising everything . . .

These books are packed with action, adventure, and romance (Niero and Dri forever<3). The second book is a lot darker than the first one, but they are all Christian so it’s nothing too bad. The third book (Season of Glory) comes out in March, 2016 and it’s so so hard to wait that long. For more info, look here.

Pivot Point and Split Second by Kasie West:

These are somewhat more popular, but they are so mind-blowingly good that more people NEED to read them!! They are set in a future where people have special powers. The protagonist, when faced with a decision, can look into the future and see what happens with each choice she makes. So in the beginning of the book she is faced with a major decision, so the whole main story is her looking in the future at what would happen with both the choices she has.

While the plot may sound confusing, it’s actually super easy to get into! I read both of these books pretty fast. They are just that good! The end of Pivot Point was just so surprising… I didn’t see it coming. Plus Kasie West’s writing is just perfection! I am in need of all her books now. The second book, Split Second, isn’t as good as the first one but it is still really good! These are both totally clean. More info here.

Embassy Row series by Ally Carter:

This book was so much better than I thought it would be! This one is also very hard for me to describe myself, so here’s another goodreads description-

Grace Blakely is absolutely certain of three things: 1. She is not crazy. 2. Her mother was murdered. 3. Someday she is going to find the killer and make him pay. As certain as Grace is about these facts, nobody else believes her — so there’s no one she can completely trust. Not her grandfather, a powerful ambassador. Not her new friends, who all live on Embassy Row. Not Alexei, the Russian boy next door, who is keeping his eye on Grace for reasons she neither likes nor understands. Everybody wants Grace to put on a pretty dress and a pretty smile, blocking out all her unpretty thoughts. But they can’t control Grace — no more than Grace can control what she knows or what she needs to do. Her past has come back to hunt her . . . and if she doesn’t stop it, Grace isn’t the only one who will get hurt. Because on Embassy Row, the countries of the world stand like dominoes, and one wrong move can make them all fall down.

So only 1 book in the series is currently out, but book 2 (See How They Run) comes out this December and I just want it right now!!

All Fall Down (Book 1) leaves you guessing the whole time and end with such a surprise and cliffhanger. The writing is awesome and the character building is beautiful. Look for more info on this book here.

So I hope you enjoyed this post!

What books do YOU feel are underrated? Let me know in the comments below!!


I started a Book Tube?!

So I recently hit 300 followers on my instagram (@lilians_books)!!!

To celebrate, I started a BOOK TUBE!!!

If you don’t know what a book tube is, it’s pretty much just a You Tube dedicated to books.

So if you have any interest in seeing me awkwardly talking to my camera about books, check it out:)

Do you have a book tube (or interesting you tube)? Tell me about it in the comments below and maybe I’ll check it out!