The Darkest Minds: In The Afterlight Giveaway [US Only]

PsiGroupsFINAL The Darkest Minds: In The Afterlight Giveaway [US Only]

Happy Monday! It’s time for a giveaway, supplied by the gracious publisher of Disney Hyperion. This week, I’m GREEN with intelligence and this prize pack is one that will surely blow your mind.

It’s getting closer and closer to the release date to In The Afterlight by Alexandra Bracken (in stores October 28) and if you’re like me, you’re antsy in anticipation! There are other blogs out there hosting similar giveaways, so keep an eye out for them and enter for more chances to win.

So, what the heck is in the prize pack?!

GreenPrizePack 1024x407 The Darkest Minds: In The Afterlight Giveaway [US Only]

This prize pack includes all three Darkest Minds books: The Darkest Minds, Never Fade, and In The Afterlight; In The Afterlight puzzle; and TDM tote bag!

How do you enter? Comment on my video telling me your favorite color!

Ruby can’t look back. Fractured by an unbearable loss, she and the kids who survived the government’s attack on Los Angeles travel north to regroup. Only Ruby can keep their highly dangerous prisoner in check. But with Clancy Gray, there’s no guarantee you’re fully in control, and everything comes with a price.

When the Children’s League disbands, Ruby rises up as a leader and forms an unlikely allegiance with Liam’s brother, Cole, who has a volatile secret of his own. There are still thousands of other Psi kids suffering in government “rehabilitation camps” all over the country. Freeing them–revealing the governments unspeakable abuses in the process–is the mission Ruby has claimed since her own escape from Thurmond, the worst camp in the country.

But not everyone is supportive of the plan Ruby and Cole craft to free the camps. As tensions rise, competing ideals threaten the mission to uncover the cause of IANN, the disease that killed most of America’s children and left Ruby and others with powers the government will kill to keep contained. With the fate of a generation in their hands, there is no room for error. One wrong move could be the spark that sets the world on fire.

AlexBrackenAuthorPhoto The Darkest Minds: In The Afterlight Giveaway [US Only]ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Alexandra Bracken was born and raised in Arizona, but moved east to study at the College of William & Mary in Virginia.  She recently relocated to New York City, where she worked in publishing and lives in a charming apartment overflowing with books.


Visit Alexandra online at

Follow Alexandra on Twitter & Instagram

Like Alexandra on Facebook

Follow Alexandra on Tumblr

Visit Hyperion Teens at the Official Site & on Twitter


The Darkest Minds

In Time

Never Fade

Sparks Rise

In The Afterlight





Read More

YA Books That Talk About Mental Health

Mental Health Awareness Week is October 5-11, so I thought I’d highlight some amazing YA books that talk about mental health.


9781606845431 YA Books That Talk About Mental Health 9780525423058 YA Books That Talk About Mental Health 9781442421776 YA Books That Talk About Mental Health 9781442421806 YA Books That Talk About Mental Health 9781423184690 YA Books That Talk About Mental Health

A Really Awesome Mess by Trish Cook and Brendan Halpin [Goodreads]
Characters with eating disorders, pill addiction, anger, and more.
Story: Teens with mental health issues go to reform school in the middle of the country.
What I liked: camaraderie between characters. There are some WHOA moments, some hilarious moments, and some WOW moments. I feel like this book is SUPER underrated and I really loved it.

Belzhar by Meg Wolitzer [Goodreads]
Depression, loss, eating disorders, etc.
Story: Boarding school for high schoolers with mental health issues. I’m sensing a trend here! Anyway, 5 of them end up in the same Special Topics for English class in which they are told to read Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath and write in some really old-looking red leather journals. There’s some magical realism. o0o0o0o0o
What I liked: Much like A Really Awesome Mess, the characters were hesitant to become friends, but when they finally did, it’s GOOD. SO GOOD. It reminds us that we don’t have to go through these times alone and there’s quite a bit of healing with just using WORDS.

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer [Goodreads] and The Evolution of Mara Dyer [Goodreads] by Michelle Hodkin
Mara is the sole survivor of a building collapse which killed her BFF, her boyfriend and her nemesis. So, PTSD, hallucinations (which may or may not be real), and some other stuff that was passed down from her Grandma. Cool.
What I liked: Her parents’ involvement with her recovery. They don’t just ship her off. Well, they do make her go to a retreat on one of the Florida Keys, buuuut, they’re very attentive to what’s going on (aside from the I-might-be-able-to-kill-people-just-by-imagining-it thing).

Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein [Goodreads]
PTSD, loss, and other things dealing with living in a concentration camp.
Story: Rose is flashing back to her times in the concentration camp and it’s just… It’s heart-breaking.
What I liked: Okay, here’s the thing. You can’t really put Elizabeth Wein’s books into words. At least in order to tell people why they should read them. They’re so good. They’re heart-wrenching. They’re everything. (Kiss me, Hardy!)


Learn more about mental health: NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness)

Read More

BookTube News: Frankfurt Meet Up, Goodreads, and Writing

Every Friday, I talk about all of the awesome that is happening in the BookTube Community with the help of fellow BookTubers!

TheBookJazz announces Giveaway and Meet Up
Frankfurt Germany, At the book fair, October 11

Top 5 Wednesday Goodreads Group
Started by GingerReadsLainey, the group has all the topics and people who are involved in making T5W videos.

My “Currently Reading” Problem by Pippity Bop
Pip talks about all of the books she’s currently reading

CassJayTuck is doing a video series called Sanderson Talks in which she talks about the BookTube critically acclaimed author Brandon Sanderson’s works. The latest one is on The Way of the Kings 

Channel Trailer by Bingereader [Reporter]

Authors I Wish I could write like by BookTubing Amy [Reporter]

How to be a reporter: Read Here
Submit your videos: Submit Here

Read More

Heroes of Olympus Unboxing!

I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Source: the publisher

It’s time for my Heroes of Olympus Unboxing! I know y’all have been patiently awaiting this video since I posted a picture of the box a week or so ago on Instagram. It’s finally time to show you what’s inside! I’m sure if you’ve watched Christine, Kat, Jenna, and Tiernan’s videos, the contents will be of no surprise, but please stay tuned for the CLUE! Yes, a clue! If you have yet to see the previous videos, each BookTuber received a special clue as to “Who will survive the final battle?” and mine pertains to Piper.

The contents:
Rick Riordan’s Demigods of Olympus: Take a quiz of sorts to find out if you’re a spawn of a Greek god and then go on a journey with your new friend Sam.
Goodie bag: deck of cards with Blood of Olympus on the back, tattoos, pins, pens.
Heroes of Olympus frisbee
Camp Halfblood t-shirt
Camp Halfblood hoodie
Camp Halfblood lunch box
Heroes of Olympus series (so far): The Lost Hero, The Son of Neptune, The Mark of Athena, and The House of Hades. (There are no ARCs or finished copies of The Blood of Olympus being sent out just yet)
9781423113461 Heroes of Olympus Unboxing!9781423141990 Heroes of Olympus Unboxing!9781423142003 Heroes of Olympus Unboxing!9781423146728 Heroes of Olympus Unboxing!

Percy Jackson’s Greek Gods
9781423183648 Heroes of Olympus Unboxing!

and of course CLUE NUMBER 5! *plays mumbo #5 by Lou Bega*

Blood of Olympus will be out on October 7, 2014!
9781423146735 Heroes of Olympus Unboxing!

FTC Disclaimer: All of these things (except for my iPad) were sent to me by Disney*Hyperion. All opinions are my own and are honest.

Read More

BookTube News : September 12, 2014

Hello and welcome to a new episode of BookTube News! Every week, I (along with a handful of friends) talk about awesome videos and other happenings in the BookTube community.  Want to be a reporter? Click here.

Rank It video series by Books of Amber : A Song of Ice and Fire.
Amber ranks the “A Song of Ice and Fire” series by George R.R. Martin, most favorite to least favorite. She plans on doing future videos on other book series.

Little Book Owl is organizing a Sydney Meet Up.
This meet up is set to happen at the end of September. It will involve book shopping and other fun times! If you live in the area, GO! It’ll be a lot of fun.

MarissaReadsaLot created the Murder Mystery Book Tag in which you can create your own episode of CSI! I watch quite a few crime/law shows, so I thought this was a great idea!

Upcoming releases by BlondeBookBee – September – December 2014 book releases Lisa is excited about!

Thank you Sabrina for your school advice clip! She talks about advice she has for freshmen.

Mia from Idleness & Mischief talks about Ron Lit’s video on Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen. Ron always has a fun spin on her videos.

Jana from PenguinInABlueBox talks about MySecretBookClub’s video on 8 books under 300 pages! She said she’d recommend this video to anyone who’s currently in a reading slump.

Lindsay from Lindsay’s Library talks about the This or That Special Edition book tag from Niki LiveNow. You think it’s just a tag?! Think again! Definitely watch her video to see the awesome point she makes about listening to BookTube videos!

Read More