Category: Event (page 1 of 34)

COVER REVEAL: The Good Girl’s Guide to Being Bad by Cookie O’Gorman


I am SO excited to help reveal the cover for The Good Girl’s Guide to Being Bad!  I absolutely adore Cookie O’Groman’s books and I can’t wait to start reading this one!  So check out the full cover below, its gorgeous!  And also check out the synopsis, because this book sounds beyond adorable!


The Good Girl’s Guide to Being Bad
Cookie O’Gorman
Publication date: April 2019
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult

Seventeen-year-old Sadie is tired of being a good girl.

Her Career Aptitude Test results say she’s ideally suited for a career in the clergy (aka a nun), and on top of that, she receives yet another rejection. An aspiring dancer/choreographer, Sadie dreams of being featured on Dancer’s Edge—but they say she’s too sweet, needs more life experience. Her BFF, Kyle, and her oldest friend, 79-year-old Betty, agree: Sadie is in desperate need of a life makeover.

But she’ll need a coach.

Sadie doesn’t lie, cheat or steal–heck she doesn’t even curse (part of the reason she hasn’t checked off anything on her “Carpe Diem List”). Sadie doesn’t know the first thing about being bad. But Kyle’s twin brother, Colton, does. And he’s willing to teach Sadie on one condition: she has to do everything he says for the next month.

A dazzling first kiss, two smokin’ hot brothers and a bet that changes everything. In this enemies-to-more YA romance, Sadie learns:

Breaking the rules can be fun—especially when it leads to happily-ever-after.


Add to Goodreads


About Cookie O’Gorman:

Cookie O’Gorman writes YA romance to give readers a taste of happily-ever-after. Small towns, quirky characters, and the awkward yet beautiful moments in life make up her books. Cookie also has a soft spot for nerds and ninjas. Her novels ADORKABLE and NINJA GIRL are out now! Her third book, THE UNBELIEVABLE, INCONCEIVABLE, UNFORESEEABLE TRUTH ABOUT ETHAN WILDER, was released April 5, 2018!

Website / Goodreads / Facebook / Twitter




TOP TEN TUESDAY: Books On Our Spring 2019 TBR

Top Ten Tuesday.13

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl
Today we’re sharing Books On Our Spring 2019 TBR.  And they are…..

Cassie’s Choice

Chelsea’s Choice

1. Defy Me (Shatter Me #5) by Tahereh Mafi  (Releases 4/02)
Amazon * Book Depository * Goodreads


2. Last Girl Lied To by Laurie Elizabeth Flynn  (Releases 4/16)
Amazon * Book Depository * Goodreads


Chelsea’s Choice

Jen’s Choice

3. Pretty Reckless (All Saints High #1) by L.J. Shen  (Releases 4/29)



4. It Started with a Cowboy (Cowboys of Creedence #3) by Jennie Marts  (Releases 4/30)
Amazon * Book Depository * Goodreads


Jen’s Choice

Arielle’s Choice

5. Prom-Wrecked by T.H. Hernandez & Jennifer DiGiovanni  (Releases 5/06)
Amazon * Goodreads

I got to beta-read a super early version of this story and oh my gosh it was AMAZING!  It’s being released by Entangled Teen in May, so keep an eye out for it. 


6. Aurora Rising (The Aurora Cycle #1) by Jay Kristoff & Amie Kaufman  (Releases 5/07)
Amazon * Book Depository * Goodreads


Cassie’s Choice

Cassie & Arielle’s Choice

7. Broken Throne (Red Queen #4.5) by Victoria Aveyard  (Releases 5/07)
Amazon * Book Depository * Goodreads


8. Finale (Caraval #3) by Stephanie Garber  (Releases 5/07)
Amazon * Book Depository * Goodreads


Arielle & Cassie’s Choice

Cassie & Arielle’s Choice

9. Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston  (Releases 5/14)
Amazon * Book Depository * Goodreads


10. Kingsbane (Empirium #2) by Claire Legrand  (Releases 5/21)
Amazon * Book Depository * Goodreads


Chelsea’s Choice
Jen’s Choice

11. Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson  (Releases 6/04)
Amazon * Book Depository * Goodreads


12. Storm and Fury (The Harbinger #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout  (Releases 6/11)
Amazon * Book Depository * Goodreads

So these are the Books On Our Spring 2019 TBR.  Do you have any of these books on your TBR?  If not, then what books are you looking forward to reading this Spring?

Book Signing at the San Fran Golden Gate Event

I had so much fun at the San Fran Golden Gate Event!  I got to meet some of my favorite authors, new to me authors and chat with lots of other people who love books just as much as I do.  BUT I almost didn’t make it.  I live by Lake Tahoe and we got hit with a huge snow storm.  We got a total of 9 feet that weekend and just on Friday, when I was driving, we got 41 inches of snow.  I take back roads until I get to Hwy 50 and I never should have agreed to be one of the last cars to be let through Hwy 89.  It was near white out conditions, there was over a foot of snow on the road, the side snow markers which are 10 feet tall couldn’t be seen.  Since it’s a cliffy area, I just kept hoping I was on the actual road.  What normally takes me 15 minutes to drive took me over 90 minutes.  I’ve driven in countless storms, but nothing like that.  After that Hwy 50 was a piece of cake, even though it had some white out conditions and of course there was lots of snow.  So here are some pictures of when the road conditions were good on Hwy 50 and the last picture is me crawling back home on Sunday. 



So on to the signing!  I went with my friend from back home, Astin.  We had an absolute blast!  So here are the authors we got to meet and visit with:


Rachel Van Dyken (Website l Amazon l Goodreads)

This is the second time I have gotten to meet Rachel Van Dyken and she is the kindest person ever.  After the signing, my friend Astin and I were sitting in the lobby planning out what to do for the rest of the evening.  And then Rachel and her assistant, Kathy, came and sat with us.  The four of us visited for over an hour and talked about everything from kids to exercise to book recommendations etc.  It was amazing!


Lauren Stewart (Website l Amazon l Goodreads)

This is also my second time meeting Lauren Stewart and she is the most down to earth person.  Later on, after the signing, she and some of the other authors were hanging out by the bar and invited Astin and I to join them.  We visited for a couple hours and talked about everything from kids, to the emotional journey of owning a pet to living in California and so much more.  It was the most incredible time!


Charleigh Rose (Website l Amazon l Goodreads)

I was doing so good, and then I met Charleigh Rose.  I was pretty much a bumbling mess lol. 


K.K. Allen (Website l Amazon l Goodreads)

K.K. Allen was one of the authors that we got to hang out with at the bar, after the signing.  She was so much fun! 


Katy Regnery (Website l Amazon l Goodreads)


T. Gephart (Website l Amazon l Goodreads)


Amy Harmon (Website l Amazon l Goodreads)


Jana Aston (Website l Amazon l Goodreads)


Torrie Robles (Website l Amazon l Goodreads)


Sierra Simone (Website l Amazon l Goodreads)


J. Bengtsson (Website l Amazon l Goodreads)


After the signing, we also got to hang out at the bar with Stephanie St. Klaire and R.C. Boldt!  Fun isn’t a big enough word to describe our time with all of those ladies!  And during the signing we also met Audrey Carlan, Lauren Blakely, Leddy Harper, Meredith Wild, Rebecca Hunter, Vivian Wood, Helen Hardt  (The signing was giving away paperback copies of Lily and the Duke.  It sounds so good, I can’t wait to read it!) and Amo Jones (While we were waiting to get into the signing, we were chatting with the group of girls in front of us.  They kept raving about her books, so Astin and I went on Amazon and bought one of her trilogies right there.)


Here is all of the swag I got.  Some of the things I’ve never even seen before at a signing.  Like K.K. Allen’s shot glasses and Charleigh Rose’s candles.  Sooooo pretty!



And here is the bag I got for all of the attending author’s signatures!  I absolutely love it and this is my life every single night lol.  The bags design is by Brittney over at Her Bookish Things, and it’s from her Society6 store.


And here’s my physical book haul….I wish I had a picture of my ebooks too, I have soooooooooo many from the attending authors!

View this post on Instagram

A post shared by Star-Crossed Book Blog (@starcrossedbookblog) on


It was the best day ever!  Not only was the signing amazing but we were so thankful we got to hang out with a lot of the authors afterwards too.  I’ll definitely cherish my memories from that day forever. ♥


TOP TEN TUESDAY: Books We LOVED That Are Underrated/Hidden Gems

Top Ten Tuesday.13

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl
Today we’re sharing Books We LOVED with Fewer than 2,000 Ratings on Goodreads.  Technically this was last weeks topic, but my kiddos had that week off for ski week, so I didn’t get anything done lol.  But I’m so thankful that we can share these hidden gems with you because we absolutely love these books and can’t recommend them enough!  And they are…..

(Chelsea’s Choice)

(Chelsea’s Choice)

1. Deep in the Heart by Sharon Sala
Amazon * Book Depository * Goodreads
This goes down in history as one of my favorite books ever. A complete hidden gem that my mom picked out for me when I asked her to help me get back into reading, I will forever love this adorable, addicting, and unforgettable novel about a second chance at love. 


2. Famous in a Small Town by Emma Mills
Amazon * Book Depository * Goodreads
I just recently discovered this author, but this shocks me all the same. Have you people not read anything by this amazing woman?? It may be YA, but every word, relationship, and tear screams true. You’re missing out


(Chelsea’s Choice – Review)

(Jen’s Choice – Review)

3. Trick (Foolish Kingdoms #1) by Natalia Jaster
Amazon * Book Depository * Goodreads
HOW?! Just…how??? This book is magical and sexy and heartbreaking and swoony and just so addicting. You’re missing out if you haven’t met Poet and Briar. 


4. The Importance of Being Scandalous (A Tale of Two Sisters #1) by Kimberly Bell
Amazon * Book Depository * Goodreads
This is a must read for all historical lovers and everyone who adores any type of romance that makes your heart race, has strong friendships, and is laced with moments that will have you laughing and then sighing out loud.  I desperately need more friends to gush about this book with!  Especially in regards to Nicholas.  He is beyond intoxicating and you have to meet him!


(Jen’s Choice – Review)

(Jen’s Choice – Review)

5. Broken Skies (Broken Skies #1) by Theresa Kay
Amazon * Book Depository * Goodreads
Not only is this trilogy complete but it’s beyond addicting!  If you’re a fan of The Lux Series by JLA or SciFi books then there’s a good chance you’re going to love this just as much as me!  It had me on the edge of my seat, had a swoon worthy boyfriend, a power couple that I was obsessed with, side characters I adored and I loved how so many moments were butterfly inducing.  I loved this trilogy!


6. The Sweetest Oblivion (Made #1) by Danielle Lori
Amazon * Book Depository * Goodreads
If you love sexual tension or forbidden stories, then you should give this book a try!  It has both of those in spades!  It’s about the Mafia, and while that’s usually not my thing, oh my gosh this book sucked me right in!  The writing was seamless, the story was explosive and I loved all of the twisted and also crazy hot moments.  I’m definitely looking forward to picking up anything else that Danielle Lori writes!


(Arielle’s Choice – Review)

(Arielle’s Choice – Review)

7. The Raging Ones (The Raging Ones #1) by Krista Ritchie & Becca Ritchie
Amazon * Book Depository * Goodreads
When I found out that these two were writing a YA sci-fi/ dystopian-ish series you better believe I jumped on that in a second.  It has a SUPER unique premise and true to their usual writing, has characters and relationships that gave me feels for days.  It took a little bit to get into because we’re thrown into a world with an interesting social structure/ world building that was confusing to me at first but once you wrap your mind around it all and get to know the characters you won’t look back. I HIGHLY recommend.  


8. Return Once More (The Historians #1) by Trisha Leigh
Amazon * Book Depository * Goodreads
I literally have no idea how more people don’t know about this series????  It’s a sci-fi time travel book about a spaceship of refugees from the wreck that was once earth.  There is a group called the historians (basically cool, futuristic librarians) who travel back in time to different points in our history to basically study what went wrong and catalog each even meticulously.  Another interesting aspect is that when you hit a certain age you can find out the identity of your True One–the person who is literally your soul mate, compatible in every sense.  Of course they could have lived in the past or far future so that kind of sucks, haha.  Again, super unique premise with great writing that will suck you in!  Another HUGE recommend.


(Arielle’s Choice)

(Cassie’s Choice)

9. Light Years by Tammar Stein
Amazon * Book Depository * Goodreads
Okay people, I barely remember what this is about but I do remember that I read it when I was in high school and FELL IN LOVE.  In short it’s the story of Maya, an Israeli girl whose boyfriend (and basically the love of her life) dies in a senseless suicide bombing while waiting for her at a cafe.  To escape her shattered heart/ world she moves to the States to attend the University of Virginia.  She tries to just be a “normal” student and obviously has to work through her grief and trying to fit in to what a normal university student is in America.  She learns a lot about who she is and who she wants to be and honestly, after re-reading the synopsis on GR, I know I have to read this again immediately.

10. The Bakersville Dozen by Kristina McBride
Amazon * Book Depository * Goodreads
I honestly don’t understand how this book has so few reviews/ratings. Of all the YA thrillers I’ve read, this is easily one of my favorites. It’s darkly funny, has a creative theme and is ripe for a Netflix-movie adaptation. In addition, there’s a nice love triangle/romance angle as well. It’s probably been two years since I last read it, and I can still remember so many details from it, which I doesn’t usually happen for me with thrillers. If you enjoy any kind of YA mystery/thriller with some bonus romance, PLEASE read and review this. I’m due for a second reading soon and plan to write quite the detailed review.


(Cassie’s Choice)
(Cassie’s Choice – Review)

11. Top Ten by Katie Cotugno
Amazon * Book Depository * Goodreads
While this is certainly a Katie Cotugno book, the format is a bit different than most of her other YA offerings. Instead of following a mostly linear timeline, Top Ten jumps back and forth and switches perspectives between the two main characters and best friends, Ryan and Gabby. It’s inclusive, honest and completely refreshing from so many other YA contemporaries. I recommend anyone who likes real and messy and imperfect characters and relationships to read any of Cotugno’s books, but Top Ten is probably the most overlooked of her books and certainly doesn’t deserve to be. 


12. #Murdertrending (MurderTrending #1) by Gretchen McNeil
Amazon * Book Depository * Goodreads
Along the lines of “The Bakersville Dozen,” #MurderTrending is another darkly funny YA thriller. Taking the concepts of social media and reality TV, McNeil creates a new world in which teenage criminals are placed on Alcatraz island and attempt to survive amid professional killers, all the while regular viewers follow along and comment and vote for their favorites. While the romance angle was a little underdeveloped, I loved the characters. I was rooting for them the entire time and often found myself laughing along with their dark humor. A fair warning that this isn’t for the faint of heart. While this is a YA novel, McNeil doesn’t skimp on the gory details.

So these are the Books We LOVED with Fewer than 2,000 Ratings on Goodreads.  Have you read any of these books yet?  Or are they on your tbr?  If not, then which books do you love that has fewer than 2,000 ratings on Goodreads?


GIVEAWAY: Crown of Feathers (Crown of Feathers #1) by Nicki Pau Preto

I am so pleased to present a GIVEAWAY for the new highly anticipated Crown of Feathers by Nicki Pau Preto! Thanks to Simon Teen for sending me an advanced copy and the opportunity to host a giveaway! I haven't been able to read this one yet, but I cannot wait until I get the chance to pick this one up! It has been one of my most anticipated releases, so I'll be sure to pick it up as soon as possible! See below for entry instructions, information on the book, and a little about the author-good luck! 😀

GIVEAWAY: Crown of Feathers (Crown of Feathers #1) by Nicki Pau PretoCrown of Feathers (Crown of Feathers #1)
by Nicki Pau Preto
Purchase on: AmazoniBooks
Book Depository
Add to: Goodreads

I had a sister, once…

In a world ruled by fierce warrior queens, a grand empire was built upon the backs of Phoenix Riders—legendary heroes who soared through the sky on wings of fire—until a war between two sisters ripped it all apart.

I promised her the throne would not come between us.

Sixteen years later, Veronyka is a war orphan who dreams of becoming a Phoenix Rider from the stories of old. After a shocking betrayal from her controlling sister, Veronyka strikes out alone to find the Riders—even if that means disguising herself as a boy to join their ranks.

But it is a fact of life that one must kill or be killed. Rule or be ruled.

Just as Veronyka finally feels like she belongs, her sister turns up and reveals a tangled web of lies between them that will change everything. And meanwhile, the new empire has learned of the Riders’ return and intends to destroy them once and for all.

Sometimes the title of queen is given. Sometimes it must be taken.

Nicki Pau Preto is a graphic designer and YA author living just outside Toronto, Canada. Her favorite stories have always been the ones that take her somewhere new, with characters she can love and worlds she can get lost in. Like all starving artists, she considers bargain shopping a competitive sport and Froot Loops a suitable meal replacement. 🙂

a Rafflecopter giveaway


Good luck to everyone who enters and let me know what you think of the book! Are you excited?

Older posts

© 2019

Theme by Anders NorenUp ↑

%d bloggers like this: