True Born by L.E. Sterling

*I RECEIVED THIS NOVEL FROM ENTANGLED TEEN. HOWEVER, ALL OPINIONS ARE MY OWN!*

TitleTrue Born

Author: L.E. Sterling

Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Dystopia

Date of Publication:May 3rd , 2016

Publisher: Entangled Teen

Pages:Hardcover, 304 pages

SummaryWelcome to Dominion City.

After the great Plague descended, the world population was decimated…and their genetics damaged beyond repair.

The Lasters wait hopelessly for their genes to self-destruct. The Splicers pay for expensive treatments that might prolong their life. The plague-resistant True Borns are as mysterious as they are feared…

And then there’s Lucy Fox and her identical twin sister, Margot. After endless tests, no one wants to reveal what they are.

When Margot disappears, a desperate Lucy has no choice but to put her faith in the True Borns, led by the charismatic Nolan Storm and the beautiful but deadly Jared Price. As Lucy and the True Borns set out to rescue her sister, they stumble upon a vast conspiracy stretching from Dominion’s street preachers to shady Russian tycoons. But why target the Fox sisters?

As they say in Dominion, it’s in the blood.

Purchase Here: http://amzn.to/1WFacxn


In every book bloggers career, there comes a time where she/he is asked to review a starter of a series, This is my third time and it is torture! I need the rest of the series now!

As I state every time I read a fantasy or science fiction novel, I am not a huge fan of those genres. It’s not that I dislike those genres, I just prefer contemporary reads over them. However, when Entangled Teen sent me a box with True Born and an adorable mug, I could not help but be excited about this book.

True Born is about Lucy and her twin sister, Margot, who were attached at birth. In Dominion City, there is a plague that occurred and damaged the genes of all citizens. Splicers and Lasters have no hope of their genes not self-destructing. However, True Borns are evolved to not be affected by the plague.

On a person’s eighteenth birthday, the young adult has a party to reveal whether they are True Born, Splicer, or Laster. If they are True Born they are shunned and disowned from their family. The twins are a part of the Upper Circle, the high society of Dominion City. That being said, being True Born would disgrace their family. Just their luck, their test to decide what group they are a part of are inconclusive. The pair has to face problems of people after them, possible romance with potentially dangerous men, and a battle of themselves as they try to find where they belong.

The first part of the story is primarily the world and character building. Readers get a glimpse of what it means to be labeled into each group. The main reason for the first half of the book was to shed light onto Lucy and Margot’s character.

Lucy is someone who would do anything to protect her sister even if it meant she had to face the consequences. The author stresses how Lucy feels she is not as important as Margot is, “And when Margo walks into a room, she commands all eyes while I, the sparrow, sit unnoticed and observe. Margot is fire: bright and ready to burn out of control. I am the less exciting twin, the responsible twin” (Sterling, 2). The author emphasizes the bond between the twins throughout the story. She often states the connection and bond they share as well as how much she references Lucy’s big toe, where Margot and her were connected. Lucy is a very sympathetic character. Readers will want to reach into the book and yell at her for not living life for herself. Lucy developed immensely throughout the story and you begin to realize how badass she is.

Margot is a character that is harder to enjoy. Despite her love for her sister, Margot was careless throughout the story. The author constantly mentions her carelessness. Many times, her ability to not look out for herself affected many people. She develops slightly in the story.

Jared is a hot and cold character. As Lucy’s potential love interest, he shows up and she is automatically charmed by his looks. Like many stories, Jared is shown to be a jerk who then becomes likable. In the end, readers will ship the two together. Being True Born, he faces a lot of problems that make him irritable. However, his protectiveness over Lucy is what makes his character admiral. Jared often confronts Lucy about her focus on keeping her sister safe. In fact, he helps Lucy understand that she is allowed a life outside of keeping her sister safe. I cannot wait to see how he evolves in the rest of the series.

A slight problem I had with the book was the writing style. I believe the author has a beautiful and poetic style but it sometimes felt sloppy. Parts of the story felt rushed or overshadowed. I know that the major concepts of the story were the plague and the groups. I felt that it jumped back and forth when focusing on each and it felt awkward.

The overall plot was awesome. After the world building, we got into all the action! Also, the slow building of sexual tension between Lucy and Jared was perfect. I kept wanting more scenes between them. Readers will be faced with a few crazy plot twists. The story held me until it was over. I finished the book in five hours and still have a massive book hangover. I. NEED. THE. NEXT. TWO. BOOKS!!

Overall, I loved this book! One of the best books that I have ever promoted. I need the rest of the series now. Entangled Teen is killing me with these series starters! They are so incredible. I highly recommend.

Bookcon Wrap-Up, Haul, and Much More

This past weekend, my mom and I embarked on a journey to Chicago. After greatly enjoying Bookcon 2015, my mom had surprised me with tickets to this year’s event. Living on the East Coast, I was surprised that I was able to attend Bookcon 2016. However, since the price to stay in Chicago and attend the event was expensive, Book Expo America (BEA) was out of my price range. Thankfully, I will be attending BEA and Bookcon in 2017.

Because Bookcon was only one day, my mom told me that we would stay for a long weekend to sightsee. My mom and I arrived in Chicago around 7:00 in the morning on Friday and left Chicago at 10:15 on Monday night. If you were wondering why my Bookcon wrap-up took so long, it is because I barely had time to rest on the trip. I had an amazing time in Chicago! THANK YOU TO ALL THE PEOPLE WHO SAID HELLO TO ME AT BOOKCON! YOU ARE ALL INCREDIBLE! With that being said, here is the wrap-up for my trip to Chicago!

DAY 1: ARRIVAL

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On Friday, my mom and I woke up at 3:00 in the morning for our plane. The plane was expected to take off at 6:00 in the morning. Despite being sleep deprived and irritable, I was excited for Chicago! Knowing that packing extra books for Bookcon is not worth it, I decided to only pack two that I really wanted to be signed: Beginnings: Obsidian and Onyx by Jennifer L. Armentrout and Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi (my favorite series ever!).

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Once I arrived in the Windy City, I went to my hotel, the Hyatt Regency at McCormick Place. Because it was Friday morning at 8:00, the BEA attendees were everywhere! I envied the BEA attendees to a crazy extent. I had to get out of the Hyatt because I was upset about missing BEA. When I left the Hyatt, my mom and I decided to walk to Millenium Park. Because I am a stereotypical tourist, I posted a picture of me with “the bean” and used a cute pun for the post. Despite me getting the pun, my friend had a little trouble. ***By the way, I learned how to make slideshows for my blog! The pictures above are in my first slideshow!***

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After being a huge tourist, I decided to keep the trend going as I went to 360 Chicago! My mom and I decided to do Tilt! Tilt is a part of 360 Chicago where you stand on a platform that tilts 30 degrees off the 94th floor of a building. It was not as scary as it seemed and I had a lot of fun.

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Finally, we decided to call it a day and head back to the hotel. Initially, I had a group of friends who wanted to hang out on Friday but a few of them had delayed flights. In the end, my friends Leslee and Elizabeth met up with me for dinner. We decided to go to a dinner for BEA bloggers. Despite, not attending BEA, they said it was okay if I attended. I had a lot of fun and met many bloggers! My favorite part was finally meeting Nori and Mish.

DAY 2: BOOKCON!!

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On Saturday, my friend, Stella, and I woke up at 4:30 to get ready for Bookcon. Being extremely tired, Stella and I stopped for coffee. I got a few confused looks when I order a chocolate frappuccino at 4:30 in the morning. We arrived at McCormick at 5 in the morning. We were around 40 people from the front of the line. Despite being excited, we were dreading waiting in line for the next five hours. However, we were entertained by the lovely book nerds around us!

Once we were allowed in the wristband lines, Stella and I grabbed all the wristbands we wanted. There were no lines for wristbands in the beginning so we got a wristband for Jennifer Niven and Lauren Oliver. After that, I went into the VIP line. I was the fifth in line for the VIP line. In fact, I am mentioned in an article on Publishers Weekly: http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/industry-news/bea/article/70385-bookcon-2016-too-short-for-readers-just-right-for-publishers.html.

Once we were allowed on the show floor, Stella and I hustled to the First in Line event. We both received signed copies of Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven and The Sun is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon. Because we got Jennifer’s book signed, we decided to skip her signing later. After that, I rushed to Jennifer L. Armentrout’s signing and then Lauren Oliver’s. Finally, Stella and I reunited to go get some ARCs that we wanted. We attended a few signings, too.

Nearing the end of Bookcon, Stella and I realized that we had not sat, ate, or drank water for the entirety of the event. We were exhausted and in pain. We went to Tahereh’s signing and I started crying two people before I got to meet her. I admire Tahereh and her books. She is my favorite author and I was not prepared to face my bookish role model.

Afterward, Stella and I found some food that had been sitting at Penguin all day. Hungry, we asked a worker if it was okay to eat the now stale food because we refused to wait in line for food. With a disgusted look on her face, the girl said we could. Stella and I grabbed some of the food and continued on.

Finally, we could not stand any longer. We decided to sit for five minutes at Hachette while we waited for an ARC Drop. The girl who worked at Hachette probably thought we were crazy.

To my luck, Penguin was giving away one copy of Furthermore and I got it! I almost cried again. Then, I scared the girl because three seconds after she tweeted about it, I ran to her about A Touch Against the Night. While still at Penguin, I saw Nori again which made me very happy.

Finally, Bookcon was over and McCormick Place started demolishing the show floor at precisely 6:00. Stella and I barely made it home. I got a paper cut and her bag broke. We dragged forty books across McCormick Place. By the grace of God, we made it back in one piece. WE SURVIVED BOOKCON!!!

That night, my mom, Stella, and I went out to eat. We were too tired to walk somewhere so the hotel was where we ate. Halfway through my meal where I was sloppily eating pizza, Anna from Unquenchable Reads said hi! It was so nice to meet another person that I have been following on social media. We had a great time.

Thank you to everyone who said hi at Bookcon. I am a terrible observer so I was horrible at finding people. You all are so sweet!

DAY 3: DEAD AFTER BOOKCON!

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The day after Bookcon was brutal. Everything hurt and I was exhausted. We decided to keep it a small day and just go to Willis Tower and eat some deep dish pizza. Later on, I got to see Stella one more time before her train left.

DAY 4: BYE, CHICAGO!

On the final day, I went on a Chicago Food Tour. Afterward, we visited the Chicago Cultural Center and Willis Tower. We spent five hours in the airport and left at 10:15.

BOOK HAUL FROM BOOKCON!!!

Signed books:

  1. ARC: The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon
  2. ARC: Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven
  3. Brought from home: Lux Beginnings by Jennifer L. Armentrout
  4. Brought from home: Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi
  5. Girl Last Seen by Heather Anastasiu
  6. ARC: Gilt Hollow by Lorie Langdom
  7. Six Months Later by Natalie D. Richards
  8. Clockwork Dagger by Beth Cato
  9. Replica by Lauren Oliver

ARCs (not including signed books)

  1. Way Down Dark by James Smyth
  2. The Edge of Everything by Jeff Giles
  3. FURTHERMORE BY TAHEREH MAFI!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  4. Girl In Pieces by Kathleen Glasgow
  5. Beware That Girl by Teresa Toten
  6. One Paris Summer by Denise Swank
  7. The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden
  8. Gemina by Jay Kristoff and Amy Kaufman
  9. This Must Be the Place by Maggie O’Farrell
  10. The Next by  Stephanie Gangi
  11. Dark Matter by Blake Crouch
  12. The Reader Traci Chee
  13. The Hopefuls by Jennifer Close
  14. A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir
  15. Bertrand Court by
  16. Firewalk by
  17. A Shadow Bright and Burning by
  18. Our Chemical Hearts by
  19. The King Slayer
  20.  A Tragic Kind of Wonderful
  21. The Loose Ends List

Regular Books

  1. H2O by Virginia Bergin
  2. Jesse’s Girl by Miranda Kenneally
  3. The Sister Pact by Stacie Ramey

NOW, A LITTLE RANT BY MARISSA

Okay, so I usually run away from blogger/twitter drama but this time, I can’t. The argument is mostly over but I want to add some final thoughts.

DO NOT SELL ARCs!!! Just a friendly reminder since I know a few of you did not know what an ARC is. An ARC is an Advanced Reader Copy which means they are uncorrected proofs and have not been published yet. Publishers give out ARCs to create hype for the books. Often, they are given to reviewers to promote and review the book prior to its publication. With that being said, it is absolutely, 100% illegal to sell ARCs. You cannot give people your ARCs in exchange for money. You could face severe penalties. Also, DO NOT BUY ARCS!!! You are just as bad if you buy books. Authors work really hard on their books and you’re damaging their success. I’m very disappointed in people who’ve been selling Gemina and Heartless on Ebay and if I find out any of them are you, I will call you out on it. I’m currently trying to find out how to report the people who are illegally selling ARCs. You are ruining it for everyone else and you’re a horrible person.

To end this on a happy note: Thank you to everyone who is nice and welcoming to the blogging community. I loved meeting you all! Comment below your BEA/Bookcon experience.

Bookcon Prep: FINAL. DAYS. BEFORE. BOOKCON!!!

WE HAVE FIVE DAYS UNTIL BOOKCON!!!!

In four days, I will be getting on a plane to travel to Chicago, a place that I have never been before, to go to Bookcon!! This is my second time going and I am so excited to meet you all. Let me know if you all want me to post my schedule on here!

Since it is the final days before Bookcon, I don’t expect you to have a lot to do. Here are the FINAL things you must do for BEA and Bookcon!!

  1. Print and laminate your schedule!!! Why laminate it? I am extremely sloppy and do not want to get my schedule dirty. Laminating it will make sure it won’t get ruined.
  2. Look for book events around Chicago to do after Bookcon. There are many cool signings after Chicago that many attendees are going to.
  3. Print out the Bookcon app badge. What’s the Bookcon App Badge? It allows people from the app to meet each other.
  4. Get all your questions answered. Need any Bookcon help? Ask me, Bookcon, McCormick Place, or the app. I wouldn’t suggest the app because the questions get repetitive on there and people get annoyed. Plus, Bookcon and McCormick Place are your better options because they know more than the attendees.
  5. If traveling from out of town, schedule tours and make restaurant reservations now!!! You want to get most out of your Chicago experience. Ask locals on the app what is good in Chicago and plan some stuff to do.
  6. Follow publishers and exhibitors on social media (preferably Twitter). Turn on notifications, too!  Exhibitors use social media to inform you of things they are giving away.
  7. Start packing. If you are from Chicago, start planning what to wear!

Now that I covered what you should do, I am going to help you know what to pack.

  • Clothes for your trip! You cannot do anything without clothes.
  • Comfortable shoes. You will do A LOT of walking.
  • Your schedule.
  • A FEW books from home that you want signed.
  • YOUR BADGE!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • Money. Do not only rely on credit cards.
  • A lanyard.
  • Your phone and charger.
  • Make up (if you use it).
  • Hair products (if you use it).
  • A camera.
  • Business cards.
  • Plane/train ticket.
  • Bookcon app badge.
  • One tote bag or backpack. You will get plenty more.

So, that is all I have left to prepare you for Bookcon. I hope you all have an incredible time! If you see me, please say hi. I will be way more excited to meet you than you are to meet me. Let me know how you liked my Bookcon Prep posts on my blog.

The Society by Jodie Andrefski

TitleThe Society

Author: Jodie Andrefski

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary

Date of Publication:May 3rd , 2009

Publisher: Entangled Teen

Pages:Kindle Edition, 304 pages

Summary:Welcome to Trinity Academy’s best-kept secret.

The Society.

You’ve been handpicked by the elite of the elite to become a member. But first you’ll have to prove your worth by making it through Hell Week.

Do you have what it takes?

It’s time to find out.

Samantha Evans knows she’d never get an invite to rush the Society—not after her dad went to jail for insider trading. But after years of relentless bullying at the hands of the Society’s queen bee, Jessica, she’s ready to take down Jessica and the Society one peg at a time from the inside out.

All it’ll take is a bit of computer hacking, a few fake invitations, some eager rushees…and Sam will get her revenge.

Let the games begin.


The Society is not a book that captivates you from the first page. In order to enjoy the book, you have to get past the first few chapters. The story centers around Sam and her plan to get revenge on her ex-best friend, Jessica.

Honestly, the summary really drew me into the story. The idea of the book was great and the plot could have been strong if the romance was not as dominant in the plot. It was hard to focus on the actual storyline when the main character could not stop talking about Ransom and Jeremy. I did enjoy Jeremy and Sam’s relationship but I would rather read more about her revenge.

Sam was too harsh when punishing Jessica. I understand that Jessica was a bully but her plan was destructive to a lot of people. A lot of casualties could have been seriously affected by her plan. She was whiny and self-centered.

The Society didn’t focus on the actual society as much as I had hoped. The bullying and other serious topics help overshadowed. I wanted to read more about the society and her problems with Jessica. Maybe if I was informed of more problems that Sam faced, I would understand her motives. The plot felt very rushed at times, too.

I did enjoy the relationship she shared with the characters. I felt that the author added a lot of life into the relationships. I thought that the writing style was good. It has a nice flow to it for most of the story.

Overall, it was an okay read. I wouldn’t recommend it greatly but it was not bad.

Bookcon Prep: Two Weeks Until Bookcon!!!!

TWO. WEEKS. UNTIL. BOOKCON!!!

We are so close to Bookcon and BEA. I am so excited and stressed! Because it is so close, I feel like I am way behind on planning. However, this post will help you all be prepared for the awesome events!

Start finalizing your schedule!!

Last week, I told all of you to create a general list of authors that you want to see. I, also, mentioned that it is okay to have overlapping events. Today, I am telling you to create a schedule including the overlapping events. For the schedule, include the name of the thing you want to see, the time, where it is located, and if it requires a wristband or purchase. All of these things will help you be informed of events at Bookcon. Despite not following my schedule last year, it was nice to see my backup events incase something fell through, and to know if I needed money for an event. Also, writing which booths you want to see will help you keep track of where everything is. Knowing the publisher’s booth number will help you find them if they are giving away ARCs. I highly suggest color coding your schedule! For example: blue=necessity, yellow=kind of want to see, orange=only a backup to the backup, and green=booths.

You should have done this already, but if you are a blogger or a booktuber and you want to interview an author, request an interview with them in the next few days!!

Even if you can’t interview them at Bookcon, you may be able to interview the author after the event. However, authors are busy and they have many other bloggers asking for interviews. If you really want to interview an author then you need to email their publicist now.

Start planning hangouts with your book friends.

Do you remember how I said to download the Bookcon app last week? Well, here’s why: You are going to meet so many awesome bookworms and you may even meet up with a few of them. If you are on the app then you may have heard about a Google Hangouts group. I started the group to initially help the newbie Bookcon attendees. Now, we are all planning on going out to dinner twice during the weekend of Bookcon and hanging out at Bookcon. If you’d like to join, contact me. Anyway, meeting a few attendees before the event will only benefit you. Also, make reservations for restaurants, if you are going out to eat with other attendees, soon! You do not want to have to wait for a table for a long time, especially if it is right after Bookcon.

If you are traveling from out of state, make sure you booked your hotel and airplane.

Prices are going up for airlines and hotel. If you want a hotel near the convention center, you need to buy your room now. You will regret it if you wait any longer.

Start planning how much money you will bring to Bookcon and/or Chicago.

You do not want to go into Bookcon being blind to how much money you need. Look on the website, they will say which authors require purchases. The price of books at Bookcon are the same as Barnes and Noble’s prices. Honestly, it is not worth it to buy books that you don’t need for signings. You can probably get the book for cheaper online. Bookish merchandise is the same price as it is online, but if you check ‘Show Specials’ they will tell you if anything is on sale. Lunch at Bookcon is pretty expensive (at least it was last year). There is also a Starbucks at McCormick’s place so if you think you will buy coffee, bring money for it.

Start choosing which books you will bring to Bookcon!

Bring no more than ten books from home!!!!! If you stay near the show floor for most of the event, you will get more than thirty books. If you did not know, thirty books or more is really heavy. You do not want to carry thirty books from home along with the books you get. You will be in pain. Only bring the books you really want to get signed!

So, that is my “Two Weeks Before Bookcon” checklist. Incase you missed my original Bookcon Q&A: here it is!! Also, here is my “Three Weeks Before Bookcon” checklist! Comment below any Bookcon/BEA questions that you may have!


Also, I really hate doing this but I had to create a Go Fund Me in order to get money from a scholarship and I still need a little bit of money to cover some funds for my sign language classes.

The scholarship was for relatives of Entangled Teen authors. Since my aunt is an author at Entangled Teen, I was able to enter. The scholarship required you to write an essay saying what you would do with the money if you win. I wrote my essay about the A.S.L. classes that I want to take. Fortunately, I won the second place prize of $500.

The closest class to me costs over $500. Also, you need to pay to test into the class, get a non-drivers license, and pay the $20 fee. Sadly, I need more than one class to become fluent in A.S.L. It is my dream to be fluent before college. If you can, can you  help me achieve my dream by donating a little money to my page? Thank you so much!  Here is the link: https://www.gofundme.com/signlanguage.