365 Days of YA Reading Challenge 2015 – January Link-Up

The time has come!! Now that we’re more than halfway through the first month of the 365 Days of YA Reading Challenge, Kate and I are debuting the official link up  post for January! Thank you so much for participating in January’s 365 Days of YA Reading Challenge!  If you are new to our challenge check out the Epic Reads infographic and read our intro post.  We will have another sign-up post in February. Hopefully it’s been an amazing month of reading and you’re ready to share your reviews of the books you’ve selected from the Epic Reads infographic.


We can’t wait to see all of the amazing books you guys have read this month and to celebrate that, Epic Reads has generously donated FIVE copies of Amy Ewing’s The Jewel to give away this month. Now, in order to be entered into the drawing, you must link up your January reviews/re-cap post/365 Days of YA Goodreads shelf at the linky below no later than Saturday, January 31st at 11:59mp EST.

Additional entries can be earned by taking part in the photo challenges Kate and I will be hosting each week. Stay tuned each Monday morning for a new photo challenge! Kate and I will announce them on our Twitter and Instagram feeds, and each week you submit a photo is another entry for our monthly giveaway! You still have time to get your entry in for this week’s challenge; a photo of your January TBR pile! Hurry up though, entries close this Sunday at 11:59pm EST. A new challenge will be posted by 8:00am EST on Monday, January 19.


  • Link up your January reviews/re-cap post/365 Days of YA Goodreads shelf no later than Saturday, January 31st at 11:59mp EST using the link below.
  • Please provide a DIRECT link to your post or Goodreads 365 Days of YA shelf.
  • Each person who links up their reviews/re-cap post/ Goodreads shelf will be entered into the January drawing for a copy of The Jewel.
  • Earn additional entries by submitting your photos in our weekly photo challenges posted on Kate’s Twitter and Instagram and Sarah’s Twitter and Instagram every Monday morning.
  • Five winners will be selected – US ONLY! For you international folks, stay tuned for our seasonal giveaways.



365 Days of YA Challenge: My January TBR

I’m happy to report that the 365 Days of YA Reading Challenge is up to more than 30 participants! Kate and I are thrilled with all of the excitement and involvement we’ve seen already, and can’t wait to see where this challenge takes us. We have a lot of fun stuff planned…

  • Weekly photo challenges that will earn you extra entries in the monthly book giveaways & random surprise giveaways (both are US only and hosted by Epic Reads). Stay tuned….first one starts THIS Monday!
  • Seasonal giveaways hosted by Kate and I that are open internationally!
  • Monthly Twitter chats!
  • Monthly link-ups where you can share your reviews or progress reports for how you did that month!

So, if you haven’t already signed up, make sure you go here and join in the fun!


January is only the beginning of this year-long challenge…
so let’s get started and dominate!

Now that I say that though, I’m here to report that I’ll only be reading ONE book as part of the challenge for the month of January. My reading schedule is pretty jam-packed this month, BUT I did manage to make some time to read the much-anticipated debut novel from Victoria Aveyard, RED QUEEN!


source: goodreads

But…you guys….LOOK at the infographic below and see all of the amazing books YOU can read for January! Now remember, the great part about this challenge is that you can use this infographic to pick and choose what you want to do! So, for January, I decided to only focus on the SEASONAL challenge. But as you’ll find out next month, I’ll start to kick it up a notch and read some weekly series challenges and some of the suggested daily reads, although not in ONE day! I’m not THAT good!


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 Now, after all that, don’t you want to join?! You know you do! Well, what are you waiting for? CLICK HERE and sign up now!

EXCLUSIVE: Queen of Tomorrow Cover Reveal

Hi friends…happy last week of the year! Can you believe 2015 is a short THREE days away! I read a ton of amazing books this year (more on that this Wednesday) and I don’t know about you but I am SUPER excited about the epic year of reading that is ahead of us.

One of the books I’m really excited for next year is “Queen of Tomorrow” by Sherry D. Ficklin. You may remember, back in October, I posted my review of “Queen of Someday” , the first book in the Stolen Empire series. This series is a YA Historical Romance based on the life of Catherine The Great as a young woman, and if you’re like me and Reign is one of your favorite shows, then you’ll definitely need to read this series.

So, needless to say, today is a very special day on the blog because I get to take part in….


QUEEN OF TOMORROW by Sherry D. Ficklin


QUEEN OF TOMORROW by Sherry D. Ficklin

A Stolen Empire Novel, Book 2
The Queen Arrives on July 14, 2015
Sophie—now Catherine, Grand Duchess of Russia—had a tough first year at Imperial Court. Married at sixteen to Grand Duke Peter, heir to the throne, and settled in their own palace, things start to look up. As a new day dawns, Catherine thinks only of securing her future, and the future of their country, during one of the greatest political upheavals of her time. Fighting desperately against forces that try to depose the Empress Elizabeth and put the young Prince Ivan on her throne, Catherine soon finds herself in the middle of a war brewing between her beloved Prussia and her new empire. While navigating the fragile political landscape, she quickly realizes that she has only begun to discover the tangled web of deceit and infidelity woven over the lavish court of Oranienbaum Palace.
When a strange and delicate alliance forms between the young couple, Catherine glimpses a future of happiness, only to see it vanish at the hands of those who still seek to end her life—and prevent her reign. Out of favor with the empress and running out of options, Catherine must sacrifice her own innocence on the altar of Russia if she is to save the nation and herself. To survive, she will have to do the unthinkable, betray those closest to her and become something greater and more dangerous than she ever imagined she could be… a queen.


Queen of Tomorrow

Before she can become the greatest empress in history, fifteen-year-old Sophia will have to survive her social-climbing mother’s quest to put her on the throne of Russia—at any cost.
Imperial Court holds dangers like nothing Sophie has ever faced before. In the heart of St. Petersburg, surviving means navigating the political, romantic, and religious demands of the bitter Empress Elizabeth and her handsome, but sadistic nephew, Peter. Determined to save her impoverished family—and herself—Sophie vows to do whatever is necessary to thrive in her new surroundings. But an attempt on her life and an unexpected attraction threatens to derail her plans.
Alone in a new and dangerous world, learning who to trust and who to charm may mean the difference between becoming queen and being sent home in shame to marry her lecherous uncle. With traitors and murderers lurking around every corner, her very life hangs in the balance. Betrothed to one man but falling in love with another, Sophie will need to decide how much she’s willing to sacrifice in order to become the empress she is destined to be.
In a battle for the soul of a nation, will love or destiny reign supreme?




Sherry D. Ficklin is a full time writer from Colorado where she lives with her husband, four kids, two dogs, and a fluctuating number of chickens and house guests. A former military brat, she loves to travel and meet new people. She can often be found browsing her local bookstore with a large white hot chocolate in one hand and a towering stack of books in the other. That is, unless she’s on deadline at which time she, like the Loch Ness monster, is only seen in blurry photographs.


She is the author of The Gods of Fate Trilogy now available from Dragonfly Publishing. Her previously self-published novel After Burn: Military Brats has been acquired by Harlequin and will be released in 2015 with a second book in that series to follow. Her newest YA steampunk novel, EXTRACTED: The Lost Imperials book 1, co-written with Tyler H. Jolley is now available everywhere books are sold and her newest YA novel, Losing Logan, is due for release in 2014 from Clean Teen Publishing.

Want to READ MORE from Clean Teen Publishing? Check out our huge selection of amazing reads! There’s sure to be something for every reader!





Exquisite Captive Giveaway: Granting Wishes All Month Long

Welcome to Day 8 of the Exquisite Captive Blogger Caravan Giveaway Relay! I’m so excited to host today’s giveaway of one hardcover copy of Exquisite Captive by Heather Demetrios, as well as a signed book-plate!


First things first! I’d like to announce yesterday’s winner! Congratulations to…


Rachel will be contacting you to get your mailing information.

Didn’t win? Have no fear friends! The giveaway relay continues today here at What Sarah Read and you’re getting another chance to win! Here’s a video from Misty over at The Book Rat to get you all caught up on the relay and how to participate!

Here’s a quick snapshot of important details…
  • Giveaway is open to US participants only.
  • Each giveaway begins at 9am EST.
  • It ends at midnight EST that day
  • The winner will be announced on the next blog at 9am EST.
  • If you didn’t win, you can enter the next blog’s giveaway. If you did win, feel free to follow the rest of the relay to congratulate future winners!
FINALLY…if you haven’t already be sure to check out my review of Exquisite Captive!


GOOD LUCK! Today’s winner will be announced tomorrow at 9:00am on
The Artsy Reader Girl!

Exquisite Captive Blogger Caravan Relay Giveaway!

You guys…I’m so excited to be a part of the Exquisite Captive Blogger Caravan and this giveaway relay (starting TODAY) is pretty epic! For the next month a hardcover edition of Exquisite Captive with a signed bookplate will be given away EVERY WEEK DAY (US only)! Daily giveaways run from Nov. 3-Dec. 4th and each blog will host a giveaway of the book for one day only. The winner will be announced the next day on a new blog – they’re basically passing the book baton.

Here’s a quick snapshot of important details…

  • Each giveaway begins at 9am EST.
  • It ends at midnight EST that day (or whenever each blogger specifies).
  • The winner will be announced on the next blog at 9am EST.
  • If you didn’t win, you can enter the next blog’s giveaway. If you did win, feel free to follow the rest of the relay to congratulate future winners!

If you’re looking for more information check out this video from the lovely Misty from The Book Rat!

Make sure you memorize the blogger schedule below & visit each day for your chance to win!

Relay Schedule

November 3rd: Adventures of a Book Junkie
November 4th: Alexa Loves Books
November 5th: Lili’s Reflections
November 6th: ForeverBookish
November 7th: Supernatural Snark
November 10th: RealityLapse
November 11th: Hello, Chelly
November 12th: What Sarah Read (HEY! That’s ME!!)
November 13th: That Artsy Reader Girl
November 14th: A Glass Of Wine
November 17th: The NerdHerd Reads
November 18th: The Book Rat
November 19th: Book Chic
November 20th: Great Imaginations
November 21st: Falling For YA
November 24th: The Quirky Reader
November 25th: Book Whales
November 26th: The Best Books Ever
November 27th: The Unofficial Addiction Book Fan Club
November 28th: A Reading Nurse
December 1st: Michelle and Leslie’s Book Picks
December 2nd: Bewitched Bookworm
December 3rd: Bookish Broads
December 4th: Eater of Books

Good luck…and be sure to check out my review of Exquisite Captive

Book Trailer Reveal: Exquisite Captive by Heather Demetrios

Happy Thursday friends…I’m pretty excited as this post marks my first in the Exquisite Captive Blogger Caravan. Today, I (along with some other fabulous bloggers) have the honor and pleasure of helping to exclusively debut the novel’s unbelievable book trailer!


Today marks the two month countdown until Exquisite Captive is released (October 7th to be exact) and y’all should be really excited! It’s already received a coveted Kirkus Starred Review and is getting some major buzz out in the blogosphere. Here’s a quick little summary of Exquisite Captive, the first book of an epic trilogy, to get you all caught up!

Source: Goodreads

Source: Goodreads

Exquisite Captive by Heather Demetrios
Expected publication: October 7th 2014 by Balzer+Bray
Pages: 480
Pre-order this book

Forced to obey her master.
Compelled to help her enemy.
Determined to free herself.

Nalia is a jinni of tremendous ancient power, the only survivor of a coup that killed nearly everyone she loved. Stuffed into a bottle and sold by a slave trader, she’s now in hiding on the dark caravan, the lucrative jinni slave trade between Arjinna and Earth, where jinn are forced to grant wishes and obey their human masters’ every command. She’d give almost anything to be free of the golden shackles that bind her to Malek, her handsome, cruel master, and his lavish Hollywood lifestyle.

Enter Raif, the enigmatic leader of Arjinna’s revolution and Nalia’s sworn enemy. He promises to free Nalia from her master so that she can return to her ravaged homeland and free her imprisoned brother—all for an unbearably high price. Nalia’s not sure she can trust him, but Raif’s her only hope of escape. With her enemies on the hunt, Earth has become more perilous than ever for Nalia. There’s just one catch: for Raif’s unbinding magic to work, Nalia must gain possession of her bottle…and convince the dangerously persuasive Malek that she truly loves him. Battling a dark past and harboring a terrible secret, Nalia soon realizes her freedom may come at a price too terrible to pay: but how far is she willing to go for it?

Inspired by Arabian Nights, EXQUISITE CAPTIVE brings to life a deliciously seductive world where a wish can be a curse and shadows are sometimes safer than the light.

OK, now that you’re an expert in all things Exquisite Captive, without further ado, I give you its exquisite book trailer…see what I did there!


Ummm….flailing! Words escape me! Cannot form coherent thoughts! Was that not gorgeous and intriguing and everything you would ever want out of a book! Seriously I know we only have to wait like two more months but I am so anxious to get my hands on this book! It’s going to be amazing!

Well…what do you think? Isn’t the trailer stunning? Are you super pumped for this book? Leave your thoughts below and we can fangirl together!