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Waiting on Wednesday #86: Violet Grenade by Victoria Scott March 29, 2017


Waiting on Wednesday” is a weekly event hosted by Jill at the Breaking The Spine. It showcases upcoming releases we’re anticipating!

My pick of the week is:


Violet Grenade

By: Victoria Scott

Coming: 6 June 2017

Publisher: Entangled Teen


Entangled Teen has acquired the rights to Victoria Scott’s next young adult novel, VIOLET GRENADE, in which a teen runaway with dissociative identity disorder is bullied to the point of explosion inside a home for girls. Publication is planned for summer 2017.


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*Cover Reveal* The Social Media Experiment by Cole Gibsen July 9, 2014

Today, I’m excited to be part of the cover reveal for The Social Media Experiment by Cole Gibsen! The Social Media Experiment releases 2 September 2014 from Entangled Teen!


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The Social Media Experiment official blurb:


On the surface, seventeen-year-old Reagan Fray appears to have everything. She’s popular, Ivy League–bound, and her parents are rich enough to buy her whatever she wants. Behind the scenes, Reagan is a girl with an anxiety disorder struggling to hold the fraying threads of her life together. It takes work to stay on top, and when that fails, Reagan’s learned from her politician mother that a little social espionage never hurts. That is, until the day Reagan finds all of her texts and private messages printed out and taped to every locker in her high school.

Finding herself ostracized from her friends and on the receiving end of the bullying she used to dish out, Reagan won’t settle into her new role as social pariah without a fight. Determined to get back in with her friends and reclaim her social status before her mother finds out and sends her to boarding school, Reagan has no choice but to team up with outcast Nolan Letner.

But the closer Reagan gets to Nolan, the more she realizes all of her actions have consequences, and her future might be the biggest casualty of all.


About the author

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I love writing, day-old chinese food, and my nail polish is always chipped. My YA novel, KATANA, will be released, spring 2012 by Flux. You can check out my website at Word to your mother. (But seriously, you should call her. She worries.)

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*Review* My Not So Super Sweet Life by Rachel Harris June 24, 2014

***I was given a ebook copy to celebrate the book release in exchange for an honest review & to help boost sales. Thanks, Rachel!***   

***As always mild spoilers may follow***

Rating: 4 stars
Pub date: 21 April 2014
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Format: ebook provided by the author
Status: companion in the My Sweet Sixteenth Century series

Cat Crawford just wants to be normal—or at least as normal as a daughter of Hollywood royalty can be. And it looks like fate is granting her wish: she’s got an amazing boyfriend, Lucas; her fabulous cousin, Alessandra, living with her; and her dad planning his second marriage to a great future stepmom. That is, until her prodigal mother reveals on national television that she has something important to tell her daughter…causing a media frenzy.

Lucas Capelli knows his fate is to be with Cat, and he’s worked hard to win her over once and for all. Unfortunately, Lucas has his own issues to deal with, including a scandal that could take him away from the first place he’s truly belonged.

As secrets are revealed, rumors explode, and the world watches, Cat and Lucas discover it’s not fate they have to fight if they want to stay together…this time, it’s their own insecurities.

Well, and the stalkerazzi.


My thoughts:
While I really enjoyed My Not So Super Sweet Life, it didn’t fully capture me the way My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century and A Tale of Two Centuries did. I was excited to see the romance bloom between Lucas and Cat. Rachel, once again, did a spectacular job showing the ups and downs of young love. Young love is never easy and Rachel shows it that beautifully. She also does a great job balancing the you never forget your first love with moving on and growing up romantically.

What killed it for me was Cat’s behaviour. All her life she’s watched her mother only do things that were great for her. Suddenly she’s interested in being mother of the year? It may be the age and no tolerance for BS talking, but Cat’s reactions really got under my skin. It really upset me with how she started treating Jenna once mommy dearest reappeared too. Jenna had been more of a mother in a few months than Cat’s biological mother her whole life. Just no. You don’t do someone like that. I chalk it up to being a teenager. We all do crazy things in one way or another. Rachel did a great job on keeping the emotions running high over the mama drama though! Rachel’s writing was still spot on, the displeasure was entirely on character actions for this!

I liked the addition of Ransom, but he definitely didn’t feel as fleshed out as he could have been. Here’s to hoping for his own companion book. *hint hint* Rachel *hint hint*

For some reason, the pacing seemed a bit erratic compared to My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century and A Tale of Two Centuries. I would’ve liked the pace to be more consistent and a longer book. Something just felt off with the pacing and length. (Rachel just told me it was more of an extended novella than novel, so that makes more sense now. I still would like more though! (; lol)

I was sorely disappointed with not seeing more of Less. With their relationship, I would’ve pegged it as perfection for Cat to turn to Less as well as Lucas. I was hoping for a little double date action, too! Rats! I also think more interaction with Less would’ve solved the length issue. It just felt weird to have her disappear after fighting so hard to stick around.

I liked getting to see in Lucas’ head. I enjoy getting a guy’s perspective every now and then! Especially in a drama filled book like My Not So Super Sweet Life! I know how a girl thinks, it’s nice to see how a guy thinks/reacts to situations. (: Lucas’ perspective was refreshing.

Overall, I enjoyed My Not So Super Sweet Life and it was a quick read. It wasn’t Rachel’s best, but I always know I’m in for a treat when her name is attached to the writing! Witty snarkiness and swoony guy action, really, what more do you need in a fun, quick read? (:

About the author:

Award-winning and Bestselling author Rachel Harris writes humorous love stories about sassy girls next door and the hot guys that make them swoon. Emotion, vibrant settings, and strong relationships are a staple in each of her books…and kissing. Lots of kissing.

An admitted Diet Mountain Dew addict and homeschool mom, she gets through each day by laughing at herself, hugging her kids, and watching way too much Food Network with her husband. She writes young adult, new adult, and adult romance, and LOVES talking with readers.

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This giveaway is open to US only (Sorry international readers! I promise I will one day have giveaways for you too!) Entrants must be 13 years old to enter. Those entrants under 18 MUST have parental consent. Giveaway is open June 24th 2014 (12am EST) through July 8th 2014 (12am EST). I reserve the right to disqualify entries in violation of my giveaway policies. All entries WILL be verified. Good luck. May the odds be ever in your favor! (: For every 100 entries, I will add another copy to be given away!

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*ARC Review* Cinderella’s Dress by Shonna Slayton June 8, 2014

***I was granted permission to read this by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Many thanks to Entangled Teen!*** 

***As always mild spoilers may follow***

Rating: 3stars
Pub date: 3 June 2014
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Historical Fiction, Fairy Tale
Format: e-ARC provided by the publisher
Status: standalone


Being seventeen during World War II is tough. Finding out you’re the next keeper of the real Cinderella’s dresses is even tougher.
Kate simply wants to create window displays at the department store where she’s working, trying to help out with the war effort. But when long-lost relatives from Poland arrive with a steamer trunk they claim holds the Cinderella’s dresses, life gets complicated.
Now, with a father missing in action, her new sweetheart, Johnny, stuck in the middle of battle, and her great aunt losing her wits, Kate has to unravel the mystery before it’s too late.

After all, the descendants of the wicked stepsisters will stop at nothing to get what they think they deserve


My thoughts:

I wasn’t terribly pleased with Cinderella’s Dress. I don’t know what I was expecting, but it most certainly wasn’t how things turned out. Again, if I was the DNF type, this would’ve most likely been abandoned.

The cover is gorgeous and the summary promised such potential. It could have been an incredibly done retelling. Sadly, it fell short by miles.

The broken English was horrendous. It was so hard to understand. I had to reread dozens of passages trying to piece together what was trying to be conveyed.

The Cinderellalegend flip flopped between cousins and step-sisters a time or two and it bothered me. If a legend is going to be used, please use the same version consistently! And stick with the Polish name or the English one after the legend is revealed. Flipping between the two was tiresome.

For a YA novel, this had a more MG feel. It had a complex story idea, but was too simply portrayed. I also felt like it was full of filler scenes. I was far more interested in the young wartime love than the protection of the dress. It felt like more time was spent developing the romance than anything else. Even that wasn’t completely redeeming. All of the characters fell flat and failed to perform. 

I loved the idea of presenting part of the story through war correspondence. I actually have a WIP iidea mulling around about that and hve for ages. However, I feel like there were letters missing. I flipped back a few times thinking I might have accidentally skipped a letter or two thanks to mischievous toddlers. I never did. There were just story gaps and quite a few.The letters were still my favourite part. Especially the letters between Johnny and Kate. I’m happy that hubby and I have our own wartime letters that we wrote while he was deployed. 

I liked that the women had to give up jobs because the GIs returend home was included, but I feel it could’ve been presented in a better way. Creating that drama between Kate and Johnny wasn’t needed.

The one thing that really bothered me was the dropping of Kate’s father and brother. One is a massive spoiler, so I won’t delve into it too dar other than it was completely unnecessary. It did nothing for the story. Her brother? Just gone from the story. No more letters or mentions. It. Bothered. Me. Like. Crazy.

I will say that it was just interesting enough to keep me reading. More for finding out what happened between Kate and Johnny than anything else. The dresses were just blah. Despite being major players in the story, I feel like they didn’t bring much to the table. Kate was also rather careless with their protection. I get that a 17 year old may not be the most responsible person in the world, but still. 

The second half of the book was immensely better. It wasn’t completely enough to be rewarding for sticking it out but it did redeem it a bit. The ending did feel a little disappointing. Things didn’t feel wrapped up. The mystery of the magic behind the dresses was never fully explained. I still want to know how they got their power if a friend – not a fairy godmother was responsible for them. Ah, well. An okay read. Can’t say that I would recommend it. I am definitely not investing in a copy.

About the author:

SHONNA SLAYTON is the author of the YA novel Cinderella’s Dress, out June 3, 2014 with Entangled Teen. She finds inspiration in reading vintage diaries written by teens, who despite using different slang, sound a lot like teenagers today. While writing Cinderella’s Dress she reflected on her days as a high-school senior in British Columbia when she convinced her supervisors at a sportswear store to let her design a few windows—it was glorious fun while it lasted. When not writing, Shonna enjoys amaretto lattes and spending time with her husband and children in Arizona.


*Release Day Book Blast* The Warrior by Victoria Scott May 6, 2014

Today I’m SO happy to help celebrate the release of the final book of the Dante Walker trilogy, The Warrior. I haven’t gotten to read the series yet, but now that the third book is out, I’m feeling a binge coming up soon! I love Victoria, she’s such a sweetheart! Now, to celebrate!

Entangled Teen is excited to be announcing the release of Victoria Scott’s, The Warrior, the third and final book in the Dante Walker series, which readers are already raving about!


War between heaven and hell is coming, but Dante Walker makes it look damn good.

Dante’s girlfriend, Charlie, is fated to save the world. And Aspen, the girl who feels like a sister, is an ordained soldier. In order to help both fulfill their destiny and win the war, Dante must complete liberator training at the Hive, rescue Aspen from hell, and uncover a message hidden on an ancient scroll.

Dante is built for battle, but even he can’t handle the nightmares where spiders crawl from Aspen’s eyes, or the look on Charlie’s face that foretells of devastation. To make matters worse, the enemy seizes every opportunity to break inside the Hive and cripple the liberators. But the day of reckoning is fast approaching, and to stand victorious, Dante will have to embrace something inside himself he never has before—faith.

Find The Warrior Online: Amazon Barnes & Noble Goodreads

About the author:


Victoria Scott is a teen fiction writer represented by Sara Crowe of the Harvey-Klinger Literary Agency. She’s the author of the FIRE & FLOOD series published by Scholastic, and the DANTE WALKER trilogy published by Entangled Teen. Her books have been bought and translated in eleven foreign markets including the UK, Turkey, China, Poland, Israel, Germany, Australia, Brazil, Taiwan, New Zealand, and the Netherlands.
Victoria lives in Dallas with her husband and hearts cotton candy something fierce.

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*Review* My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century by Rachel Harris November 3, 2013

Rating:  4 stars
Pub date: 18 September 2012
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Genre: Young Adult Fiction
Format:paperback, via library
Status: Book one of the My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century series


On the precipice of her sixteenth birthday, the last thing lone wolf Cat Crawford wants is an extravagant gala thrown by her bubbly stepmother and well-meaning father. So even though Cat knows the family’s trip to Florence, Italy, is a peace offering, she embraces the magical city and all it offers. But when her curiosity leads her to an unusual gypsy tent, she exits . . . right into Renaissance Firenze.

Thrust into the sixteenth century armed with only a backpack full of contraband future items, Cat joins up with her ancestors, the sweet Alessandra and protective Cipriano, and soon falls for the gorgeous aspiring artist Lorenzo. But when the much-older Niccolo starts sniffing around, Cat realizes that an unwanted birthday party is nothing compared to an unwanted suitor full of creeptastic amore. Can she find her way back to modern times before her Italian adventure turns into an Italian forever?

My thoughts:

I first came across MSSSC hen Mary posted about it with a picture. Based off the cover and title, I remarked that it looked like it could be epically fantastic or one helluva flop. It definitely was the former!

This was my first YA novel by Rachel. I reviewed Seven Day Fiance for her and knew I had to bump up MSSSC on the TBR list. I’m so glad I did! I’ve read a lot of books taking place around the world, but not many have made me miss the country like Rachel made me miss Italy. I’ve never been to Florence (I hope to go one day!), but the way Cat reacts to Florence is totally how 18 year old Maura reacted to Rome! I still need to go back through my pictures. *sigh* THAT was a trip of a lifetime!

I can relate a lot to Cat. Only I was a loner type with a few close friends instead of a complete loner. My parents are divorced and I built walls up to protect myself. For more details on how those walls were torn down check out my Seven Day Fiance review! (:

I think it’d be interesting to walk out a door into a different time period. Not sure I can say I want to go to the 16th century though. I like modern medicinal practices! (:

“Caterina, a great adventure is in store for you.”

That’s definitely the case for Cat! I’m interested in knowing what my ancestors were like and Cat actually gets to experience it!

Not only does she meet her family, she falls for the ultimate 16th century hottie – Lorenzo. Rachel strikes again with her swoon worthy, cold shower needing boys! (: And not just any boy, but one who is willing to give up his dreams to be with her! Thankfully, Cat doesn’t let him do that. She knew she was coming back to the future and she knew he wouldn’t be happy if he have up his dream.

I was happy to see Cat make up with her soon to be step-mom. I think she deserves a great relationship with her! I wasn’t so sure about my step-dad when he and my mom first started dating. He and I now have a great relationship!

I have only great things to say about this! I highly recommend it! (:


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