Giveaway! THE DARKEST MINDS: THROUGH THE DARK by Alexandra Bracken

Hey guys! I have an exciting promo for you today — if you’re a fan of The Darkest Minds series, you’ll remember that the two previously-released novellas, In Time and Sparks Rise, were only available as ebooks, yeah? Well, guess what! There’s a new hardcover edition of these novellas, called Through the Dark, which also includes a new novella, Beyond the Night, that ties up Sparks Rise! Fans of Ruby, Liam, Chubs, and Vida are in for a treat—our original cast returns at the end of the final novella, and are every bit as lovable as always.

The wonderful folks at Disney-Hyperion were kind enough to sponsor a giveaway for readers of There Were Books Involved, so check out the book’s info below and enter to win a finished copy of Through the Dark at the bottom of this post!

Giveaway! THE DARKEST MINDS: THROUGH THE DARK by Alexandra Bracken
Through the Dark
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Written by: Alexandra Bracken
Published by: Disney Hyperion
Release date: October 6th 2015
Genres: Dystopian, Sci-Fi, Young Adult
Pages: 400
Buy: B&N, Amazon, Book Depository
Add on: Goodreads
Also by this author: The Darkest Minds, Never Fade, Passenger


This collection of thrilling—and utterly heartbreaking—novellas set in the in the world of the Darkest Minds is an absolute must-have for fans of the New York Times best-selling trilogy.

Don't miss this breathtaking collection of stories set in the world of the New York Times best-selling Darkest Minds trilogy. Featuring ebook original novellas In Time and Sparks Rise, available in print for the first time, and a gripping, brand-new novella, Through the Dark is a must-have for fans of the Darkest Minds.This collection contains three novellas: In Time, Sparks Rise, and Beyond the Night, as well as a sneak peek at the first novel in Alexandra Bracken's new series, Passenger.



Gabe's life has been devastated in the wake of the economic crash. The only option left for someone like him to escape his tragic past is to leave his small town behind and to attempt to become a skiptracer. This already almost-impossible task is made all the more difficult by his first "score,"a young girl who won't speak, but who changes his life in ways he could never imagine.


Sam didn't think things could get worse at Thurmand rehabilitation camp. Then the Reds arrive. Everyone assumed the kids with firepower had been killed years ago. Instead they were taken away, brainwashed, and returned as terrifyingly effective guards. To her horror, Sam recognizes one of them: Lucas, the one spark of light in Sam's dark childhood.

Lucas has a deadly secret—he beat the brutal training that turned his fellow Reds into mindless drones. When Sam defends herself against an attack by a vile PSF guard and faces a harrowing punishment, Lucas must risk everything to save her.


The government-run "rehabilitation camps" have been shut down, but kids with Psi powers are anything but free. Sam would rather be on her own than put in the care of a foster family and given the "cure"—a dangerous procedure that unclaimed kids across the country are being forced to undergo. But there's more at stake than just her own safety. Sam once made someone a promise, and the time has come to fulfill it.

Now that she's out of her camp, Mia only has one thought in her head: finding Lucas, her beloved older brother. She hasn't seen him since they were separated and taken to different camps years ago, before Mia even became Psi. When Sam, Lucas's childhood best friend, rescues Mia from the government's inept care, Mia learns that nothing is as simple as she thought—and the past that she's so desperate to salvage may not be possible to recover...

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Hiatus Announcement + Giveaway!

July 9th – July 31st

I know, I know — I just took a short hiatus a little over a month ago, before/during/and after BEA, thanks to the craziness that surrounded that week… but man it’s hard to catch up after falling behind! After BEA, being super busy with work, then ALA, and now another project I’m currently working on… I’ve been feeling like a bit of a failure at blogging. =S I have no buffer of reviews to post! I haven’t finished a review book in 2-3 weeks! What is happening?!?! Just busyness, and I’ll have more time to do all of that soon. But with the stress I’m feeling, I took a hard look at what I want to be doing, and it’s not “read a book, write a review, post immediately,” which is what I’ve been doing for… well, a while.

So I’ve decided it’s time to put the blog on “pause” for a little bit. I’ve actually been toying with the idea of taking a hiatus for some time, for the sole purpose of getting ahead on my posts and reviews. Part of my stress is the teetering stack of books I want to read/review in the coming months. I can feel them watching me, I swear. And for some reason, right now, I’m more stressed about it all, than I am excited to read them. Which is not okay!!! (And trust me, I know this stress is self-inflicted. That just makes it harder to banish!)  So, I’ve decided to take the breather I need to help me let go, try to get my busyness under control, and try to get ahead, for once, on my blog posts. So…

I’ll be taking a break from posting here until the end of July.

I’ll still be on Twitter, Instagram, Goodreads, etc, so I’m not going totally dark! I just want to use this time to read lots of books and write lots of reviews and posts, and not worry about posting them until I’m back, so I can schedule out a few weeks in advance. :)

BUT I don’t want to go away for any length of time without doing something fun for you all, who are so wonderful to stick around and put up with me. ;)

So, I mentioned how I’ve been getting stressed about upcoming review books… Yeah, yeah, I hear you being all, “WHY, Nikki?! You should just be excited!!” and I know that, I really do, so I wanted to take this time to feature some of the upcoming Fall/Winter (but not necessarily review-) books that I truly am over-the-moon-excited about…

…And I also want to give away a preorder of a Fall/Winter book YOU are excited about!!

So here are some books that I am DYING FOR AND I CANNOT WAIT TO READ THEM (also some ideas for the giveaway-winner’s book of choice? It’s up to you!)…

queenofshadows willfulmachines Winter fracturedlight
imposterqueen riders raven king winners kiss

I still left off a TON of books I’m excited about in addition to these — if I hadn’t cut myself off though, this post would end up being a giant wall of book covers. But I think that covers at least 1 book per month from September through March! Are we excited yet?!

What books are YOU most looking forward to this fall/winter??

I really want to hear what everyone is most excited about reading, what they’ve maybe already preordered(???), and what they’d choose to preorder if they win! Just fill out the Rafflecopter below and be sure to fill in the “commented” entry if you leave a comment!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

This giveaway is for 1 fall/winter preorder of $17 or less, and is open to international entries if The Book Depository ships to you. If the book you want isn’t available for preorder yet, that’s fine! I can order it when it shows up.

♥ See you back here in August! ♥

LION HEART Blog Tour! Ten Places A.C. Gaughen Wants to Visit

Lion Heart Blog Tour!

Hi, all! It’s officially the end of my short work- and BEA-induced hiatus, and I am so excited to be jumping back into the blogging game with a stop on the Lion Heart blog tour!

If you follow me on Twitter, you might remember that I basically binged A.C. Gaughen’s entire Scarlet series recently, and it absolutely destroyed me — in the best way possible. I really cannot say enough good things about it, and I’m so happy that I’m getting yet another chance to push it on you, because yes, it is that good.

Here’s the book’s info again, in case you need it:

LION HEART Blog Tour! Ten Places A.C. Gaughen Wants to Visit
Lion Heart
Scarlet #3

Written by: A.C. Gaughen
Published by: Bloomsbury
Release date: May 19th 2015
Genres: Historical Fiction, Retelling, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 348
Buy: B&N, Amazon, Book Depository
Add on: Goodreads
Also by this author: Scarlet, Lady Thief, Lion Heart

* Some spoilers for earlier books in this synopsis! *

Scarlet has captured the hearts of readers as well as the heart of Robin Hood, and after ceaseless obstacles and countless threats, readers will finally find out the fate of the Lady Thief.

Imprisoned by Prince John for months, Scarlet finds herself a long way from Nottinghamshire. After a daring escape from the Prince's clutches, she learns that King Richard’s life is in jeopardy, and Eleanor of Aquitaine demands a service Scarlet can’t refuse: spy for her and help bring Richard home safe. But fate—and her heart—won’t allow her to stay away from Nottinghamshire for long, and together, Scarlet and Rob must stop Prince John from going through with his dark plans for England. They can not rest until he’s stopped, but will their love be enough to save them once and for all?

So! What will you find in this post?

Oh, just a super fun list of 10 places A.C. Gaughen wants to visit (GORGEOUS places, including a small tidbit about her next project…!), and an amazing giveaway — 3 complete sets of the Scarlet trilogy! :D

So without further ado, let’s turn this post over to Annie…

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Birthday Giveaway! (INTL)


So, it’s my birthday today… Another year older! Honestly, I’m not really sure how I feel about turning 27. It’s sort of a non-event, I guess? *shrugs* I’m not someone who gets overly worked up about birthdays, really. I don’t feel any different today than I did yesterday. But I suppose this is as good an excuse as any for a little celebration… So! :D

I haven’t done an INTL giveaway on the blog in a while (not one that I’ve sponsored myself, anyway), so today I wanted to do something to say “thanks” to ALL my readers — not just the ones who live within an affordable-shipping-distance. ;)

Fill out the Rafflecopter below to enter! Here are the rules:

  • The winner can choose any book from The Book Depository up to $15
  • I will make an exception for a $15+ book from TBD if I’ve reviewed it and given it a 4-5-star rating! (Basically I just want to be able to gift you a book I really loved even if it might be a bit more than $15)
  • For extra entries, if I have reviewed a book you want (no matter the rating), leave a comment on that review, and be sure to fill out the appropriate Rafflecopter option below! (I won’t force you to stick to this choice if you change your mind later, though.)
  • Preorders are a-okay, as well!

Here are some ideas in case any of these books tickle your fancy! ;)

ARC Review: A COURT OF THORNS AND ROSES by Sarah J. Maas ARC Review: CRIMSON BOUND by Rosamund Hodge SimonVs Blog Tour: Review! Giveaway! OREOS!!! Book Review: THE STORYSPINNER by Becky Wallace ARC Review: I’LL MEET YOU THERE by Heather Demetrios ARC Review: A DARKER SHADE OF MAGIC by V.E. Schwab

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SimonVs Blog Tour: Review! Giveaway! OREOS!!!


I’m so, so excited to be a part of the blog tour for this amazing book, Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda! So let’s get this show on the road: I’ve got a short review for you (aka, my flails), a bit about how I eat my Oreos, PLUS info for two giveaways (including an Oreo giveaway), so be sure to read till the bottom of the post!

(And, FYI: Simon loves Oreos. Thus, all the Oreo love surrounding this book. Not that there needs to be an excuse for Oreos. Because OREOS. …Just sayin’.)

SimonVs Blog Tour: Review! Giveaway! OREOS!!!
Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

Written by: Becky Albertalli
Published by: Balzer + Bray
Release date: April 7th 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 320
Source: Edelweiss
Buy: B&N, Amazon, Book Depository
Add on: Goodreads

Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now Simon is actually being blackmailed: if he doesn’t play wingman for class clown Martin, his sexual identity will become everyone’s business. Worse, the privacy of Blue, the pen name of the boy he’s been emailing, will be compromised.

With some messy dynamics emerging in his once tight-knit group of friends, and his email correspondence with Blue growing more flirtatious every day, Simon’s junior year has suddenly gotten all kinds of complicated. Now, change-averse Simon has to find a way to step out of his comfort zone before he’s pushed out—without alienating his friends, compromising himself, or fumbling a shot at happiness with the most confusing, adorable guy he’s never met.


People really are like houses with vast rooms and tiny windows. And maybe it’s a good thing, the way we never stop surprising each other.

Guys, what can I even say about this book?? I sat down to start writing this review immediately upon finishing Simon, because I don’t want to lose this feeling – this floaty, can’t-stop-smiling, everything-is-right-with-the-world feeling… Ugh!! I’m so ridiculously happy, it’s disgusting. I can’t even.

Simon is one of those books that is just immediately good. You start reading, and you go, Yes, I love this character’s voice! How many pages have I read… 20? I already love these characters! This is the best!! And it just. Never. Stops.

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Blog Tour: A Darker Shade of Magic + Giveaway!

A Darker Shade of Magic Blog Tour

Welcome to White London…

…and to my stop on V.E. Schwab’s Digital Londons blog tour! I’m so excited to be involved in this tour, and to have Victoria on the blog today to share a little bit about her INCREDIBLE new book, A Darker Shade of Magic!

TWBI-quoteIf you follow me on Twitter, you know I haven’t been able to stop talking about this book since I read it, and for good reason. It contains everything I want from a great fantasy book — excellent worldbuilding, an amazing magic system, incredible characters… and a plot that keeps you on the edge of your seat until the final page.

And if that’s not enough for you, it’s also got a wannabe pirate, a magic boy with a magical many-sided coat, and multiple Londons… Yes, Londons. If you want to learn more about them, click around on, or take this super fun quiz to find out which London you belong in! I am apparently from Red London, FYI — so I’m assuming, since this blog-tour stop happens to be in White London, that I must have the ability travel between them…? I’m gonna go with yes. ;)

Anyway, there’s tons more fun on this tour stop, below — Victoria shares a little bit about her worldbuilding process (so cool!!) and there’s also an international giveaway! So stick around!

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