January (2017) Monthly Wrap-Up

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Hello everybody! The end of the first month of 2017 has come and that only means one thing – it’s time for a monthly wrap-up! I haven’t been as present on this blog in the past few weeks but that’s only because I’ve been busy reading and working on my BookTube channel. This month has brought a lot of new things to the table and that’s a good thing. I’m keeping myself busy! I also finished 10th grade in January, so that’s good as well. Even though I’ve spent a large chunk of January on break, I’ve found things to keep myself busy and overall it was a productive month.


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I’ve read four books this month, and didn’t haul any, so there won’t be a book haul section for this wrap-up.

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*Scrolls through Goodreads* I actually don’t think I added as many books to my TBR pile this month as I usually do, which is surprising. I guess I was able to control myself a bit this month.

  • Of Fire and Stars by Audrey Coulthurst
  • All the Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater
  • The Rose Society (The Young Elites #2) by Marie Lu
  • River God (Ancient Egypt #1) by Wilbur Smith
  • The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey
  • In the Hope of Memories by Olivia Rivers
  • Long May She Reign by Rhiannon Thomas
  • The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
  • Iron Cast by Destiny Soria
  • A Quiet Kind of Thunder by Sara Barnard
  • Under Rose-Tainted Skies by Louise Gornall
  • Blue Tide by Jenna-Lynne Duncan
  • Midnight Without a Moon by Linda Williams Jackson
  • Untitled (Untitled Trilogy #1) by Maggie Stiefvater
  • A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
  • The Unseen World by Liz Moore
  • Ever the Hunted (Clash of Kingdoms #1) by Erin Summerill
  • Freeks by Amanda Hocking
  • Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk by Kathleen Rooney
  • A Mortal Song by Megan Crewe
  • Risuko: A Kunoichi Tale (Seasons of the Sword #1) by David Kudler
  • Ink (Paper Gods #1) by Amanda Sun
  • City of the Lost (Casey Duncan #1) by Kelley Armstrong
  • Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood (Persepolis, #1) by Marjane Satrapi
  • Prince of Shadows by Rachel Caine
  • The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende
  • Rebels Like Us by Liz Reinhardt

Okay that was still very long… but to be fair, there are about five or so on that list that is part of my Travelling the Pages reading list, so I added them to my TBR. But still, I will probably end up never getting to most of these books.

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I actually don’t think I’ve obsessed over anything this month… this is strange because I always obsess over something. Instead, I’ll just make a list of three things that I enjoyed most and engulfed myself in most.

1. Social Media. There was once upon a time where I had Facebook and Instagram and I spent literally hours mindlessly scrolling through the app on my phone, but one day it struck me that I was wasting my time. Sure, I had some friends, and people liked my posts and every once in a while I’d get loads of comments, but what’s the point? What am I achieving in life by doing this? So on a whim I decided to delete my Instagram app and deactivate my Facebook account.

I spent around 2 or so years with no social media at all, until recently when I created an Instagram and Twitter account for my blog/BookTube channel. I wouldn’t call the time I spend on there obsessive, but I do use it quite often. I am not obsessed, as in I don’t check the app five times an hour, no. I check it whenever I’m waiting on something or if I’m extremely bored, and when I do go on it, I don’t spend hours on the app. I literally just spend 1 minute on average on the app each time I go on, sometimes just a few seconds to see if there are any new posts I might’ve missed. I’m happy that I am now able to control the amount of social media I use because before it was out of control.

2. Sherlock. For the first time, I watched Sherlock as it aired on TV. Not just that, though, but it was the newest season of Sherlock in like 2 years, so it was a huge event. Although I didn’t think this new season of Sherlock was the greatest – as I did see some major problems with it – I was still entertained and it had some wonderful moments, and brilliant acting as always. I’m looking forward to what may possibly be in store for Holmes and Watson in the future.

3. BookTube. I just recently got back into BookTube, and I’ve been loving it. I discovered BookTube a few years ago, and I watched it quite a bit, but then I sort of stopped watching it until this month, where I not only began watching BookTube again, but began making my own videos as well. Usually this would keep me from reading, but if anything it has motivated me to read more. Plus, everybody on BookTube has been so welcoming.

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I’ve only written one review on a TV show and that was for the first episode of season 2 of Shadowhunters. I’ll have a review for episode 2 of Stranger Things up as soon as possible! And I haven’t seen any movies this month either so yeah.

TV Show:

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Top 5 Wednesday:

Tags & Awards:

Other:

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Since I now have my BookTube channel as well, I’ll be listing the videos I’ve uploaded each month as well. Since I’m new and still adjusting to editing and filming videos, there are only three videos that I uploaded in the month of January, and I didn’t start my channel at the beginning of the month either so there will be more next month hopefully.


Overall, I think that January was a good month for me. I started my own BookTube channel, as well as a Twitter and Instagram as well. I got out of my reading slump, and I have even began eating healthier as well.

How has your January been? Reading wise, or just your life. Let me know in the comments!

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T5W: My Favorite Underrated Books

It’s Wednesday! This means it’s time for Top 5 Wednesday, a weekly meme created by Lainey @ Ginger Reads Lainey and now hosted by Sam @ Thoughts on Tomes. You can check out and join the Goodreads group here.

This week’s topic is My Favorite Underrated Books. I feel like there are a lot of books out there that don’t get nearly as much love as they deserve, so I’m very excited to write this post and share some of those books with you guys.


  • A Step From Heaven by An Na. I feel like I always talk about this book whenever the situation arises. I read it so long ago, but it always pops into my head when I hear the term ‘underrated’. I honestly feel like this book doesn’t get enough love.
  • The Kane Chronicles by Rick Riordon. Rick Riordon is the author of beloved mythological series such as Percy Jackson, as well as spin-off series, but nobody seems to ever talk about his Egyptian spin on mythology in The Kane Chronicles. I read this series a long time ago as well so I can’t say if I would still love it as much as I remember loving it, but I find it strange how people don’t mention it all that much.
  • A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith. I don’t read all that many classics, so it’s not like there is much competition for my favorite classic, but A Tree Grows in Brooklyn is my #1 on my list of favorite classics. I think the story is just so beautiful and the setting is wonderfully explored as well, and I don’t hear about it nearly as much as other classics such as Austen or Dickens novels.
  • The Goddess Girls by Joan Holub and Suzanne Williams. There was once a time where I was obsessed with this series. I had books 1-6 I believe and I devoured them, eagerly awaiting the release of new ones. Now I don’t own them anymore, nor do I have the urge to buy the newest books either, but I feel like they’re underrated children’s books that make me smile and laugh and actually taught me a lot about Greek mythology in a non-Percy Jackson setting.
  • The Two-Family House by Lynda Cohen Loigman. I feel like I talk about this book quite often on my blog as well, or at least I’ve mentioned it a few too many times, but I don’t care. I really enjoyed this book although it’s not my typical genre. I feel like it was a beautifully developed first novel by an author with a lot of promise, and I haven’t seen many people across the book community talking about it, so I consider it underrated.

What are some books that you’ve read and think are underrated? Let me know in the comments below!
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Seasons of Book Blogging Tag

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Hello peoples of books, readers of books, book blogger friends, all of you wonderful and amazing people! So, I haven’t posted anything in 5 days. That’s a long time without blogging for me! Plus, I had just reached 100 followers when this happened, which sucks, since I don’t want to let y’all down. That aside, I found a book blogging tag that I wasn’t tagged in, but wanted to do anyway. I found this tag on Catia’s blog, The Girl Who Read Too Much. The creator of this tag is Jordyn from J. Bookish, so go and give them both a visit.

Plus, since it’s still the beginning of the year, I think this tag is a good tag to do because it deals with the entire year through months, kind of just like looking ahead. Now onto the rules and the tag!


Rules:


1. Thank the creator (so she can see all of your answers!) and the person who tagged you.

2. Begin with the month in which you have been tagged and move forward from there!

3. State the best gift you’ve ever been given after you answer the question for your birthday month.

4. Tag whomever you’d like when you’re finished.. or else you’ll be “it” forever.

5. Have fun, of course!


January begins a new year. Name a resolution you made this year and if you’ve kept it or not!

Well one of my New Year’s Resolutions that I made this year was to wake up on time by myself, but I haven’t been doing all that great with it. I’m gradually getting better, but I think it’ll take some time before I make a routine of getting up by myself, on time. And it’s still January so there’s a lot of time for me to improve.

February is the month for relationships. Name your favorite book relationship: romantic, platonic, or familial, your choice!

How could I not go with The Golden Trio for this? They’re the best of friends you could ever ask for. They’re loyal to each other even during the toughest of times, and there is nothing – not even the darkest forces on the planet – can separate them.

March is the month for luck and new beginnings. Name a book or series that you would like to re-experience as if you’d never read it.

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You’re going to force me to choose Harry Potter for all of these. I’ll try and be more diverse and original with this tag, but I honestly wouldn’t choose any other series to re-experience for the first time than Harry Potter.

April is a spectacularly ordinary month. Name a book that was so over-hyped that it just could not live up to your expectations.

There are a lot of over-hyped books out there that I’ve read, but I think I’m going to go with Passenger by Alexandra Bracken for this one. I didn’t hate it, but it just didn’t live up to the massive hype that surrounded it.

May is the month when the flowers start to bloom. Name a book that was a pleasant surprise to you.

There are a lot of books that I was pleasantly surprised by, but for this one I’m going to choose The Two-Family House by Lynda Cohen Loigman. There are of course others out there, but that was one because I haven’t read much historical fiction before picking up that book and it was an ARC that I had won, and I had no idea what it was about so I was pleasantly surprised by how much I adored it by the end.

June is the time to take a break. Name a book or genre that you like to read when you just need to check out.

Any book would classify for this, but contemporaries are always a nice escape, but fantasies are as well. Can I just answer by saying “All the books”?

July is the time to celebrate your independence! Name a book that made you see fireworks. (Figuratively. Please don’t light books on fire.)

I’m not exactly sure what it means by fireworks. I’m going to go ahead and guess it has something to do with when a couple fits perfectly together. I’d have to say Albus and Scorpius from Harry Potter and The Cursed Child. Platonic or not, they are perfect for each other, and I believe there was even a line where a character said that they were “meant to be together”. Figurative fireworks exploded from the book every time Albus wouldn’t abandon Scorpius or vise-versa.

So, July is also my birthday month, so I’m going to have to tell y’all my favorite birthday gift I’ve ever received. This is very difficult, but my sister always ends up finding me the best birthday (and Christmas) gifts, so it’s really hard to pick just one favorite. I’m not sure if it counts as a gift or not, but for my birthday last year, I went to Universal Studios in Hollywood and got to spend two days at the park with my sister. The first thing we did when we entered the Harry Potter area (or Diagon Alley, really) is buy me a Ravenclaw robe. I also got a tie and scarf! I had two Butterbeers while I was there, split between the two days. I had the regular Butterbeer and then the frozen Butterbeer. My favorite of the two would probably have to be the frozen one because it reminded me of a Root Beer Float.

The Walking Dead attraction was also opening on my birthday, the day we visited, so me and my sister went through that two times (the lines were long for that since it was new) and I got to film my sister almost peeing her pants. I’d show you guys that but I don’t think she’d appreciate it.We were also able to go on all of the rides in the park (some more than once) and I’d have to say that I enjoyed all of the rides, but the Harry Potter one that’s in Hogwarts would have to be my favorite. I know that you guys would probably like pictures, so here are some (I have more, but they’re on my sister’s phone and I’m too lazy to transfer it from there, but I’ll create a post about my time at Universal if you’d like me to):

August is the hottest month of the year. Pick an up-and-coming author that you think will be the next hottest thing.

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I’ll have to go with Vic James on this one. I haven’t read her debut novel yet, Gilded Cage, because it won’t be released until mid-February, but the book sounds amazing, and there’s a lot of buzz surrounding it’s upcoming release. I’m excited for this book because it has an amazing cover, the author is a debut author, and the story sounds like something I haven’t read before. Click here to read about the book!

 

 

September is time for students to go back to school! Pick a book you read for school that you actually enjoyed.

I don’t know if this is normal or not, but I’ve actually enjoyed 80% of the books that I’ve had to read for school. My favorite, though, would have to be A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith. I just love this book with all of my heart and soul, and can see myself reading it over and over again in the future.

October is time to celebrate Halloween! Pick one character that you would love to dress up as for Halloween.

This is so difficult because I want to dress up as so many characters that aren’t from books. But this tag is about books so I’ll have to go with Sadie Kane from The Kane Chronicles. I don’t know why, but every time I read these books I always imagined how cool it would be to dress up as Sadie for Halloween. I guess I always just loved her sense of style and attitude, but I even bought a faux leather jacket that looks like I imagined Sadie’s to look. Plus, I think I was always a bit jealous of her and Anubis.

November is the month when we’re reminded of how much we have to be thankful for. Choose one book you’re grateful for having read and give a shout-out to the person who recommended it!

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I actually don’t get recommended books that often, which is strange when I think about it, but I guess I’m just the person that recommends books to people. I went a solid 15 1/2 years of my life without having read The Outsiders. Finally, after having read a spoiler from another book (Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell, if you were wondering), I decided that I would just pick up the book and read it once and for all. My sister and mom had both read it and recommended me to read it as well so I did. I loved this book so much, and then my family all watched the movie together.

 

December is a time when friends and families come together and celebrate. Name one book you would give as a gift.

It really depends on the person I’m gifting to, but the Harry Potter series is always a safe bet. Harry Potter has been my answer for a few of these already, so I’ll go a different route and say The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. Not only is it one of my favorite books ever, but the physical book itself is just so beautiful and well-made that I think anybody would love the design of the book even if they end up not liking the book itself. Every edition out there is beautiful, and if you don’t believe me, check them out here to see for yourself.


I know I’m supposed to be tagging people, but I honestly don’t feel like doing that at the moment. Instead, if you decide that you’d like to do this tag yourself, feel free to do so, and let me know in the comments that you’ve done it so that I can check out your post.

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T5W: My Favorite Polarizing Books

It’s Wednesday! This means it’s time for Top 5 Wednesday, a weekly meme created by Lainey @ Ginger Reads Lainey and now hosted by Sam @ Thoughts on Tomes. You can check out and join the Goodreads group here.

This week’s T5W topic is my favorite polarizing books. These are books that people either tend to love or hate, with no in between. I think I’m going to have a difficult time with this one… but it’s an interesting topic nonetheless.


  • We Were Liars by E. Lockhart. I read this book in literally 3 hours, and when a book that had an ending like this one did, there will be split opinions everywhere. It’s just natural. Although I have my problems with this book, it kept me reading for 3 straight hours and I literally couldn’t physically put it down until I had finished it.
  • Me Before You by JoJo Moyes. There was controversy here because a character wanted to commit an assisted suicide. JoJo Moyes had to deal with a very sensitive subject here and although I think she did so with brilliance and expertise, other people think that the people who suffer the same as Will did weren’t given the correct representation.
  • The Heir by Kiera Cass. With this book, people either loved or hated it because it’s technically a spin-off of the original Selection series, since it’s in the perspective of America’s daughter, 20 years after the events of The Selection. Some people thought that the series should’ve just stopped, yet others loved the expansion Cass gave them by writing this book, as well as The Crown. I didn’t love these two books following Eadlyn as much as I did with the original ones following America, but I did still find them to be enjoyable reads.
  • Splintered by A.G. Howard. With a retelling such as Splintered, there will always be people who love the original and there’s almost nothing that can keep them from saying things such as “It’s too close to the original!” or “It’s way too different than the original!” so there are people who either love it for what it is, a new spin on Alice in Wonderland, and then others who don’t like it because it has strayed too far from Lewis Carroll’s works. I’m not all that familiar with Alice in Wonderland, which may be why I loved it so much, because I don’t know what was changed and whatnot, but I thought the book was beautifully written and I’m excited to read the sequel (which I have on my shelves, just haven’t gotten to yet).
  • The Maze Runner by James Dashner. Some people call this book a copy-cat of The Hunger Games. This makes me roll my eyes because they are literally nothing alike, besides being in the same genre. I mean seriously, it’s so hard to make Dystopias that aren’t alike, yet Dashner was able to do that. Others call the book boring and the characters 2D, and although it can be slow and all that, I still love this series.

What are some of your favorite polarizing books? Do you have some of the same answers as me? Let me know in the comments below!

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Blog Tour-Author Interview | CORRUPT ME by Jillian Quinn

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Hello everybody! Today I am pleased to announce that my second post in the Corrupt Me Blog Tour by Jillian Quinn is an Author Interview! I had some questions for Jill about her novel, which was released yesterday, and she answered.

Not only is Jill a new author, but she’s also one of my book blogger friends. Her blog is Rant and Rave About Books, and she has wonderful and honest reviews about books that she’s read on there as well.


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Where to Buy:


Amazon (universal link) myBook.to/CorruptMe

Barnes & Noble http://tinyurl.com/zmewnm4

Kobo http://tinyurl.com/hs57ewx

iBooks http://tinyurl.com/jno2tzhl

Corrupt Me by Jillian Quinn on Goodreads

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Stalker Links


Facebook | Twitter | Author Website | Goodreads Profile


Interview:


1. What romance novels inspired you to write Corrupt Me? 

A romance novel did not inspire Corrupt Me, but I was inspired by Mafia movies as well as the novel and the movie, The Godfather. I was having one of my Mafia movie binge days, switching from the movie Goodfellas to The Godfather, both of which are my favorite movies of all time, and I started to think about the relationships between both Karen and Henry in Goodfellas as well as Michael and Kay in The Godfather.

2. What are some romance novel pet peeves of yours?

Female characters without a backbone are very common in romance novels, and as a strong female, I do not appreciate reading about a weak heroine who allows the man to walk all over her, only to take him back without another thought.

3. What were a few inspirations for your main characters?

In Goodfellas, Karen was strong and stood up to Henry, and I always respected her for that, where Kay backed down to Michael in The Godfather and let him control her and the kids until she finally had the nerve to leave him. Izzie’s character was inspired by the portrayal of Karen Hill by Lorriane Bracco in Goodfellas.

4. If you had to choose one author to co-write a book with, who would it be and why? What would the book be about?

I would want to write a book with Jamie McGuire because I love her books and because her book, Beautiful Disaster, is what hooked me on new adult romance novels. I had never read one until Writers Digest mentioned her book in one of their newsletters, and I have been hooked on the genre ever since. I’d like to write a romance novel involving addiction with Jamie, if that were possible. She creates amazing characters with a lot of depth and addiction is something I would like to write more about someday.

5. Are there any other books that you’re currently working on? If so, what’re they about?

My next novel, Parker, is a hockey romance novel that is part of the Face-Off series. Parker comes out on February 14, 2017. I am also releasing Divine Powers, a fantasy romance novel about witches and magic on May 9, 2017. I’m also working on a companion novella for Corrupt Me that I am planning to give out for free to all of my newsletter subscribers as well as writing other books in the Philly Corruption and Face-Off series.


Thank you Jill for giving me this chance to ask you questions concerning your first novel, Corrupt Me. If you’re interested in Jill’s future work, check out her author website here. Happy reading!

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My BookTube Channel and more!

Hello everybody! So recently I’ve decided that I wanted to create my own BookTube channel, and I’ve only just published my first video. I also created my own Instagram and Twitter accounts solely for The Book Prophet.

 

My First Video:

So, yup, that’s me! I’d appreciate it if y’all checked out my channel and subscribed, as well as following me on Twitter and Instagram.

I also just reached 100 followers today! Thank you all so much for supporting my blog, it means so much! I have so much fun writing these posts and sharing my bookish opinions with you all.

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Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children (Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children #1) REVIEW

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By: Ransom Riggs

A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of curious photographs.

A horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow—impossible though it seems—they may still be alive.

A spine-tingling fantasy illustrated with haunting vintage photography, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children will delight adults, teens, and anyone who relishes an adventure in the shadows.

*This review is spoiler-free!*

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Blog Tour- Spotlight Post|CORRUPT ME by Jillian Quinn

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Today I am promoting a fellow Blogger’s first published novel, Corrupt Me by Jillian Quinn (known to the Bookish Community as Rant and Rave About Books). I’m honored to take part in her Blog Tour for this novel. If you’d like to find out more about the Blog Tour’s Schedule, click here.


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Corrupt Me

By: Jillian Quinn

Synopsis

Izzie Rinaldi has everything going for her. All she has to do is make it through her senior year of college, and then she’ll be off to law school, one step closer to assuming her position at the head of her family’s empire. After a chance encounter with the campus bad boy, Izzie can’t get him out of her head.

Luca Marchese, the smooth-talking son of the most notorious man in Philadelphia, is used to getting what he wants. He hasn’t forgotten the girl he knew as a child, and now that he has Izzie’s attention, Luca will stop at nothing to have her.

Luca’s defiance of the law turns Izzie on more than she cares to admit. She wants Luca to corrupt her in every way possible, despite his reputation as the king of one-night stands. Their attraction is undeniable, but their desire for one another isn’t enough for Izzie to overlook visits from federal agents and the potential ruin of her family.

Linked to Luca and a criminal underworld, Izzie discovers she’s more like him than she thought. But a future with Luca could mean swapping her diamond bracelets for a pair of handcuffs.

*Corrupt Me is a standalone novel that is the first book in the Philly Corruption series.

Where to Buy:

– Amazon (universal link) myBook.to/CorruptMe

– Barnes & Noble http://tinyurl.com/zmewnm4

– Kobo http://tinyurl.com/hs57ewx

– iBooks http://tinyurl.com/jno2tzhl

Corrupt Me by Jillian Quinn on Goodreads


About The Author:

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Jillian Quinn was born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and currently lives in sunny Cape Coral, Florida where she still pretends it’s okay to drink hot chocolate and curl up on the couch with a good book, even when it’s ninety degrees outside. From an early age, writing and storytelling have been her passion. In her spare time, she loves creating fictional worlds and living inside the minds of her characters as well as reading, art, and watching basketball and hockey.

Jillian is also a successful book blogger, dubbed by her followers as The Queen of Rants after making her blog, Rant and Rave About Books, a popular destination in the bookish community because of her honesty and passion for books.

Corrupt Me is her first novel with other young adult and new adult titles to follow.

Stalker Links:

Facebook | Twitter | Author Website | Goodreads Profile

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