I am a secondary English/Language Arts teacher in North Carolina with an absolute love of young adult and teen fiction. On this blog, I'll share some of the best of the books I read as I teach, write, and devour the YA world! Follow me here and on twitter - @melissacarp!

 

My True Love Gave to Me… Holiday stories from some of our favorites!

My True Love Gave to Me… Holiday stories from some of our favorites!

my true love

Rainbow Rowell? Stephanie Perkins? Ally Carter? Matt De La Pena? Gayle Forman? Jenny Han? ALL IN ONE BOOK? Yep!

Merry Christmas to us all.

I mostly loved this collection of short stories. Several of them were enough to put me in the Christmas spirit even back when I read it in early August, and the one from Rainbow Rowell is just purely magical. There’s so much to love here!

The ONLY thing…

View On WordPress

Of Scars and Stardust by Andrea Hannah

Of Scars and Stardust by Andrea Hannah

of scars and stardust

I went back and forth on how I felt about this book. I absolutely loved the cover, which I why I requested it several months ago, and I stand by that. I think it’s really beautiful. The story, though, had me confused for most of the book. The writing was both intricate and intriguing while also disjointed and disorienting. I had a feeling that it was intentional, and came to find out it was. It…

View On WordPress

Holly Hearts Hollywood Blog Tour: Excerpt and GIVEAWAY!

Holly Hearts Hollywood Blog Tour: Excerpt and GIVEAWAY!

Holly-Hearts-Hollywood-tour final banner

Holly Hearts Hollywood

by Kenley Conrad

Release Date: 09/23/14
Swoon Romance

Summary from Goodreads:

Seventeen-year-old Holly Hart wants to be a star. She moves to Los Angeles from the small town of Cedar Junction, only to hear she’s too fat and ugly to be a famous singer.

But when Shell Shocked Records looks past Holly’s plus-size and less-than-graceful-personality to offer her a recording…

View On WordPress

Debut Authors Bash 2014: Linda Vigen Phillips! (and a giveaway, of course!)

Debut Authors Bash 2014: Linda Vigen Phillips! (and a giveaway, of course!)

2014 debut authors bash banner

I’m excited to get to help close out the Debut Authors Bash, put on by YA Reads, with an interview from Linda Vigen Phillips. I was fortunate enough to meet her and get a copy of the Crazy ARC after being “Facebook introduced” through a mutual friend, which I am so grateful for. She’s sweet and humble and her writing is absolutely beautiful. I wish you all the publishing success in the world,…

View On WordPress

Happy book birthday to Tessa Marie for Home is Where You Are!

10708443_295231490671270_2101451134_n

HOME IS WHERE YOU ARE BY TESSA MARIE

RELEASES SEPTEMBER 30, 2014

FIND IT ON AMAZON: http://bit.ly/HomeAmazon

FinalHome

Anna’s life reads like a check list:

Straight A’s (Check)

Editor of the school paper (Check)

Volunteering time at the local soup kitchen (Check)

Ivy League (So close she can taste it)

Falling in love with a homeless boy (Not on the list)

Dean has a plan too. Survive. After being…

View On WordPress

My Year of Epic Rock by Andrea Pyros

This is a pretty adorable middle grade debut. Perfect for girls ages 10-13, My Year of Epic Rock is all about choosing those who make you happy over those who are popular and being confident in yourself.

My Year of Epic Rock by Andrea Pyros

This is a pretty adorable middle grade debut. Perfect for girls ages 10-13, My Year of Epic Rock is all about choosing those who make you happy over those who are popular and being confident in yourself.

Horrorstor by Grady Hendrix… Get into the Halloween mood!

Horrorstor by Grady Hendrix… Get into the Halloween mood!

horrorstor

This is a fun, campy horror story made into something really special by the packaging, which is a work of genius, frankly. When my husband brought it home, I thought he’d gotten an Ikea catalog out of the mail. From an order form to the shopping process to pages out of the employee manual to product drawings, Horrorstor expertly mimics the feel of Ikea (though of course it’s Orsk, a cheaper…

View On WordPress

2014 Debut Authors Bash: Jaye Robin Brown! (and an INCREDIBLE giveaway!)

2014 Debut Authors Bash: Jaye Robin Brown! (and an INCREDIBLE giveaway!)

2014 debut authors bash banner

Welcome, YA Reads America tour readers! Today’s post features Jaye Robin Brown’s debut, which I got to read a few months back and can promise you that it’s amazing. It’s wonderfully written and the story is absolutely beautiful. Make sure you get all the way to the bottom, where you’ll find the details of a Rafflecopter giveaway that is, honestly, the BEST book giveaway I’ve seen. Trust me,…

View On WordPress