Tuesday, June 30, 2015

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It can be read as a standalone, so if you haven't read The Harvesters then that's okay! You don't need to read that one to understand what's going on in this one.

It's a horror short story, only 40 pages. So if you're looking for a quick read that'll take you away from reality for a while, then this one is for you!

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The Gatherers (Harvesting #0.5)

Ashley and Jason weren't the only ones to have an encounter with The Harvesters that day....

Coleen hasn’t been the happiest with her father remarrying, especially to the mother that gave birth to her enemy, Virginia. Bleach blonde bimbo as Coleen thought the moment they started high school. But since they’ve graduated, their parents married for a year now, Coleen has seen a whole new side of Virginia and the girls have gotten closer than ever. However the parents don’t see it, as the girls put up a front, so they plan a getaway to the family’s cabin before the girls go off to college.

Being away from the city is exactly what the girls wanted. Virginia even has something special planned for Coleen on this holiday and being out in the woods is the perfect setting for it. Though things get put on hold when their family dog Trudy runs away and Coleen’s step mother insists she goes out and find her. So as Coleen walks into the woods she gets a chilling sign from her step mother, Tori, which starts a domino effect of bloody unforgettable events.


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Monday, June 29, 2015

ARC Review: Mortis (The Mortis Desolation, Book One) by Logan Rutherford

Mortis (The Mortis Desolation, Book One)
Mortis (The Mortis Desolation, Book One) by Logan Rutherford
Publication Date: June 30th, 2015
Genre: Young Adult Science Fiction
Pages: 100
Format: ebook
Source: Author
Read: June 26th to 28th, 2015


The aliens inadvertently turned Earth into hell. 

Like the first Europeans to arrive in the New World, the aliens carried viruses, one of which mutates after contact with a terrestrial virus. The resultant plague makes humans into zombies and turns the aliens into the horrifying Xenomortis. 

Nineteen-year-old Miles lives with others in relative safety in an isolated Texas town. Beating back the odd zombie attack and avoiding the Xenomortis is the new normal. But now a new threat has arisen, and when it destroys his community, Miles and his group must face the mayhem of the outside world as they battle to save what's left of humanity –– and kill as many zombies as possible while they're at it.

~My Thoughts~

This is one action packed read and the beginning sets the tone perfectly! Miles's life is changing, starting with losing someone he dearly cares about. After that, everything goes down hill for him. New and inexplicable things are showing up all the while a fearful gang is coming into town, stirring things up even more. I truly enjoyed this, I was hooked from the beginning, didn't want to put it down! I needed answers! 

Everything happens so quickly, it isn't hard to get lost in the story! Throughout I was sitting on the edge of my seat and the spider ink creatures brought chills to my spine! I truly enjoyed that twist coming into the story more than Miles sure did. There's a couple of twists in here that I didn't see coming so I'm dying to learn more about them! Especially the cliffhanger at the end! Yes, there's a cliffhanger.....Throughout I was wondering when we were going to see any aliens, the ones that came to earth in the first place, and of course it happens right at the end, ugh! Why?! 

Overall- if you love action packed, zombie reads then this one is for you! The action is nonstop and I was glued to my iPad because of it. The story was told well, even with some small editing problems, it was great! I'm dying for the sequel! 

*Was given an ARC from the author in exchange for my honest review*

Sweet Readings Everybody!

Sunday, June 28, 2015

{Cover Reveal} Play It Again (PRG Investigations #2) by Ashley Stoyanoff

Play It Again (PRG Investigations, #2)
Play It Again (PRG Investigations #2) by Ashley Stoyanoff
Publication Date: August 4th, 2015
Genre: New Adult Romance


Ten days ago, someone threw a brick through my front window. Nine days ago, someone keyed my truck right in my driveway. Eight days ago, someone spray painted the words ‘stay away’ across my garage door. That one really pissed me off. The jerk didn’t even have the courtesy to tell me what the hell I need to stay away from.

Each day it’s something new, a new piece of my property vandalized, and I’ve had enough.

Wanting a security system, something with cameras so I can catch the vandal, I let my best friend hook me up with her cousin, a private investigator with the PRG Investigations team.

His name is Vance and I’ve secretly been in love with him for three years. He’s a badass, a little scary, incredibly hot, and he’s never showed an interest in me … until now.

~Sequel To~

Two Truths and a Lie (PRG Investigations, #1)

~About The Author~
Ashley Stoyanoff
Ashley Stoyanoff is an author of paranormal romance books for young adults, including The Soul's Mark series and the Deadly Trilogy. She lives in Southern Ontario with her husband, Jordan, and two cats: Tanzy and Trinity.

In July 2012, Ashley published her first novel, The Soul's Mark: FOUND, and shortly thereafter, she was honored with The Royal Dragonfly Book Award for both young adult and newbie fiction categories.

An avid reader, Ashley enjoys anything with a bit of romance and a paranormal twist. When she's not writing or devouring her latest read, she can be found spending time with her family, watching cheesy chick flicks or buying far too many clothes.

Ashley loves hearing from her readers, so feel free to connect with her online.

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Review: Ready Player One

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
Publication Date: January 1, 2011
Genre: YA Science Fiction/Fantasy
Pages: 372
Format: Paperback
Source: Bought


In the year 2044, reality is an ugly place. The only time teenage Wade Watts really feels alive is when he's jacked into the virtual utopia known as the  OASIS. Wade's devoted his life to studying the puzzles hidden within this world's digital confines, puzzles that are based on their creator's obsession with the pop culture of decades past and that promise massive power and fortune to whoever can unlock them. When Wade stumbles upon the first clue, he finds himself beset by players willing to kill to take this ultimate prize. The race is on, and if Wade's going to survive, he'll have to win—and confront the real world he's always been so desperate to escape.

My Thoughts

This is one of those books that you are told to read constantly. You're told that if you are into geek culture or science fiction or video games, this is the book for you. And I can't say they are wrong.

The plot itself isn't revolutionary. It is your standard hero story. It a story of a huge treasure hunt. But the world the story is set in is so interesting. The time is 2044. Most of the world spend most of their time inside a virtual world called the Oasis. And they are obsessed with the 1980s. The idea of an entire world in love with the 80s is fun. Especially for someone who was born in the nineties but knows a bit about the 80s. There are some many references that it is kind of crazy. And it sometimes gets to be a bit much. But don't worry. If you aren't a gamer or know a  lot about the eighties, you can still enjoy this book. It definitely helps to have that knowledge, but you can still enjoy it.

The characters are a lot of fun. They, once again, fit in to the characters you see in a standard hero story. But in some cases you get two versions of each character. Wade Watts/ Parzival is pretty much the same in real life as he is in the Oasis. But he clearly has the most development as he is also the main character. He is a kid who wants to get out of a bad situation. Art3mis is the cool hero girl tht Wade falls for. You don't really see much of her in the real world, but she is much more confident in the Oasis then she is in real life. And Aech is the most different between the two worlds.

Overall, the book is a fun little romp through 1980s geek culture. The world the book is set in is the best part about this book. The story is fine. And the idea and the characters are just plain fun. It was hard to put down at times. At times, it did fell like it relied a bit on the whole "obsessed with the 1980s" thing. But, honestly, if you are into science fiction, video games, or geek culture, this is probably the book for you.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Book Spotlight: Organ Reapers by Shay West

Organ Reapers
Organ Reapers by Shay West
Publication Date: October 23rd, 2014
Genre: Adult Mystery


Detective Elliott “Eli” Robinson and his new partner, Ava Aguilar, are baffled by a series of brutal murders happening in their fair city. No evidence, no eyewitnesses...only mutilated corpses with missing internal organs.

When Eli and Ava stumble upon evidence of similar gruesome crimes around the globe, they realize there is more to the murders, but the answers continue to elude them. In a race against time, Eli and Ava must figure out who is behind the killings and stop them before more people die.

But the answers will take them out of their comfort zone and into the realm of the fantastic: another world with a different set of rules, and a leader who has no qualms about killing.

~About the Author~

Shay  West

Shay West was born in Longmont, CO and earned a doctorate degree in Human Medical Genetics from the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical. Dr. West currently lives in Grand Junction, CO with her two cats. When not writing novels, she plays with plushie microbes and teaches biology classes at Colorado Mesa University. She is the author of the Portals of Destiny series and the Adventures of Alexis Davenport series. She has also been published in several anthologies: Battlespace (military scifi), Orange Karen: Tribute to a Warrior (fundraiser), and Ancient New (steampunk/fantasy).

You can find Dr. West and more of her work at Shay-West.com.

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Friday, June 26, 2015

Review: A Witch Before Dying (A Wishcraft Mystery #2) by Heather Blake

A Witch Before Dying (A Wishcraft Mystery, #2)
A Witch Before Dying (A Wishcraft Mystery #2) by Heather Blake
Publication Date: August 7th, 2012
Genre: Adult Paranormal Mystery
Pages: 298
Format: Paperback
Source: Bought
Read: June 15th to 22nd, 2015


Darcy Merriweather is Salem, Massachusetts’ newest resident Wishcrafter—a witch who can grant wishes for others. While Darcy isn’t able to grant wishes for herself, she does possess a certain knack for solving problems—including the occasional murder… 

When Darcy is hired by Elodie Keaton to clean up her missing mother’s disorderly home, the Wishcrafter is certainly up for the task. After all, the motto of her Aunt Ve’s personal concierge service As You Wish is “No Job Impossible.” But beneath the piles of old newspapers and knickknacks Darcy discovers something much more disturbing—Patrice Keaton’s body. 

Darcy’s determined to give Elodie peace of mind by investigating her mother’s disappearance and death. Patrice was last seen over a year ago after a fight with her Charmcrafter boyfriend. Was her murder a crime of passion? Or were Patrice’s troubles caused by the Anicula, a wish-granting amulet? Now Darcy has to not only find a killer, she has to find the Anicula— before the power of ultimate wish fulfillment falls into the wrong hands… 

~My Thoughts~

This series is absolutely charming, a must buy for me! It wasn't hard for me to get into! I just love being in Darcy's world, it's just so magical! It's the best way to chase away reality for a while! 

The mystery, gah, there's so many twists that Mrs. Blake kept me on my toes! It really gets you thinking and when you think you know who it is, she just rips the rug right from under your feet and shows you you're wrong. I love it!  I love mysteries that make you think, that have a lot of depth to them but don't worry, this is still a very light read! You'll be devouring chapter after chapter without even realizing it! 

And the characters, they're all so unique and they've got such charisma to them that I can't help but get sucked into their lives! I just love Archie and Pepe, they are such cute familiars! They always get me cracking! Ohmigosh, and we finally get a glimpse of Darcy's neighbor and Ve's ex- Terry Goodwin and I absolutely love the story the author gave him. You just might get a little "a hunk, a hunk of burning love" when we meet him. These moments are when I hate cliffhangers at the end of chapters because I had to put down the book to go do a chore before I could continue on haha. 

Overall I love watching Darcy come into her own, I'm excited to see what the next one brings her! And Harper and Ve too! At the end of this I was smiling ear to ear! Actually, I was smiling throughout the book. I'm excited to see more of Harper and Marcus, Ve and......well, you'll just have to read to see cause I ain't spoiling the goods. I love the balance of romance, magic, and mystery Mrs. Blake puts into her books. One never overshadows the other and that is truly brilliant writing right there! It amazes me how well crafted the Wishcraft Mysteries are! I'm dying for the next one!

Sweet Readings Everybody!

Thursday, June 25, 2015

{Book Blitz + Giveaway} The Witches of BlackBrook (The Witches of BlackBrook #1) by Tish Thawer

The Witches of BlackBrook
The Witches of BlackBrook (The Witches of BlackBrook #1) by Tish Thawer
Publication Date: June 23rd, 2015
Genre: New Adult Paranormal Romance


Through space and time, sisters entwined. Lost then found, souls remain bound.

Three sisters escape the Salem witch trials when the eldest casts a spell that hurtles their souls forward through time. After centuries separated, fate has finally reunited them in the present day.

One the healer, one the teacher, and one the deceiver.

Will their reunion return their full powers, or end their souls journey forever?

A Witches of BlackBrook novel.

Amazon / Barnes 

~About the Author~

Tish Thawer

Tish Thawer writes paranormal romances for all ages. Her magickal elements and detailed world-building are a welcome constant in every novel.

Before becoming a writer she worked as a computer consultant, a photographer and a graphic designer. She also operates a custom glass etching business, in addition to being a wife and the mother of three wonderful children.

She's been a fan of the paranormal for as long as she can remember. Anything to do with superpowers, myth and magic has always held a special place in her heart. From her first paranormal cartoon, Isis, to the phenomenon that is Twilight, this genre has always been a part of her life.

You can find Tish on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/AuthorTishThawer

A common FAQ: "How do you pronounce her last name?"

Answer: Think "Bower" or "Thow-er". It's Persian!


When and why did you begin writing?
In 2010 I woke up from a dream and had the title of my first book running through my head. Minutes later, I knew the other two titles, and had the entire story-line of The Rose Trilogy all worked out.

Who encouraged you or what made you decide to write a novel and seek publication?
I’ve been a member of Shelfari since 2007, and was asked to become a Librarian for them after putting in countless hours of editing. Being so emerged in books and seeing all the wonderful series on a daily basis while working in the backend of the site, to say that books had become my life, was an understatement. I’m now one of 13 Librarians for the hundreds of thousands of members, as well as one of it’s top 50 editors.

What drew you to write Paranormal Romance?
I always go back to the phrase, “Write what you know.” And while my genre is considered paranormal for the unrealistic and fantastical elements, it’s what I know. It’s what I prefer to read and what I’ve studied in my actual life. (Psstt...in case you’re wondering, yes, I’m a witch.)

Of all your characters, who’s your favorite, and why?
Raven. She’s tough but sensitive, sexy but tom-boyish, and has a wicked sense of humor and a sharp tongue.

What would you love to write someday but haven’t yet?
I started a contemporary romance trilogy that I’d love to return to. I just have to figure out how to write it without someone getting bitten and turning into a vampire or werewolf. LOL

Were books a big part of your life growing up? If so, what books would you say influenced you most as a child?
Actually...no. My mother was the reader in the family and to this day, she teases me about how it took thirty some years for me to finally catch on.

What are two things people might be surprised to know about you?
I’m 44, have 16 tattoos, and cuss like a sailor. (Sorry, Grandma.)
I started teaching dance when I was 15 years old.

When you’re not writing, what do you enjoy doing?
Watching TV and movies, and playing games with my family.

Three things always found in your refrigerator:
Stuffed olives, Soda, Cheese

Writing is often a sedentary profession. Is there anything you do to beat stress and keep in shape?
I hike and exercise in my home, and dance as often as possible.

You’re in line at Starbucks. What are you ordering?
Java Chip Frap with Whip or a Caramel Apple Spice

Where do you go when you need to recharge?
Sedona, AZ or back home to Colorado.


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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Review: Kiss of Frost (Mythos Academy #2) by Jennifer Estep

Kiss of Frost (Mythos Academy, #2)
Kiss of Frost (Mythos Academy #2) by Jennifer Estep
Publication Date: November 29th, 2011
Genre: Young Adult Paranormal Romance
Pages: 337
Format: Paperback
Source: Library
Read: June 3rd to 19th, 2015


I’m Gwen Frost, a second-year warrior-in-training at Mythos Acad­emy, and I have no idea how I’m going to sur­vive the rest of the semes­ter. One day, I’m get­ting schooled in sword­play by the guy who broke my heart—the drop-dead gor­geous Logan who slays me every time. Then, an invis­i­ble archer in the Library of Antiq­ui­ties decides to use me for tar­get prac­tice. And now, I find out that some­one at the acad­emy is really a Reaper bad guy who wants me dead. I’m afraid if I don’t learn how to live by the sword—with Logan’s help—I just might die by the sword...

~My Thoughts~

Sigh, I was so excited to read this but at last, it was just meh to me. Seriously, the first eight chapters were very similar to the beginning of Touch of Frost. Like, some of the sentences it felt like the author just took them from the first book and pasted them into this book. They felt word for word, and being constantly reminded of certain things she explained two pages ago- seriously makes it hard to get into the story. It makes the read feel very immature.

And then the winter carnival, have any of you read Frostbite by Richelle Mead? Well, this book felt exactly like that just with Spartans, Vikings, etc. So, I became a bit bored. Other books distracted me from this one, I finished three of them before this one. I actually stopped and got close to quitting it but something inside me wouldn't let me give up, so I continued on. I'm glad I finished it but I'm also glad I didn't buy it like I was planning to too.

I liked the first one because it wasn't all about romance. This one was surrounded by Gwen trying to move on from Logan cause it's clear he "doesn't want her". So, the best way to get over a boy is to get under another- at least that's what people say and that's what Gwen intends to do. Oh Gwen, how naive and blind you are. I hate how obvious the bad guy was and yet, she couldn't see it even when there's strong evidence right in front of her face. This is definitely one mystery that you don't have to think too hard about, actually there's no real thinking involved where the reader is concern. So, if you want something to read that doesn't make you think too hard then this is the series for you.

Overall, it wasn't that great of the sequel. I liked the ending when we started learning about some truths, like what really happened to Gwen's mother. I absolutely enjoy the book more when it's all about the reapers and what they're up to more then the romance part of the book. Those parts show Gwen she's really a strong ass character but when it's not dealing with the reapers, she seems very naive. Hopefully in the next book we'll see more of a growth from her. Am I rushing to the read the sequel? No, but maybe one day I will. 

Sweet Readings Everybody!

Cover Reveal: #Poser (Hashtag #5) by Cambria Hebert

#Poser (Hashtag #5) by Cambria Hebert
Publication Date: August 18th, 2015
Genre: New Adult College Romance


Posers gonna pose

I am a man who had nothing, but found everything.

I’ll never go back to nothing ever again.

I vowed to protect her, and that’s exactly what I’m gonna do. 

The pictures I stumbled upon haunt me still, the secret I shoulder is heavy.

They say secrets put distance between two people, but the truth is far more destructive than keeping it will ever be. 

I won’t ever tell. She can’t ever know.

When I look in the mirror my reflection is of who I’m afraid I’ll become and not the man I am. 

It makes me feel like a poser, no better than all the others pretending to be exactly who they aren’t.

How does a man keep it together when everything is unraveling right here in his hands?

I didn’t start any of this.

I never asked for it.

But it came knocking at my door. 

When secrets and threats knock, I don’t hide.

I open the door. 

Because the best way to take down a poser is to be one.

~Sequel To~
#Nerd (Hashtag, #1)#Hater (Hashtag, #2)#Player (Hashtag, #3)#Selfie (Hashtag, #4)

~About The Author~
Cambria Hebert is a bestselling novelist of more than twenty books. She went to college for a bachelor’s degree, couldn’t pick a major, and ended up with a degree in cosmetology. So rest assured her characters will always have good hair.

Besides writing, Cambria loves a caramel latte, staying up late, sleeping in, and watching movies. She considers math human torture and has an irrational fear of chickens (yes, chickens). You can often find her running on the treadmill (she’d rather be eating a donut), painting her toenails (because she bites her fingernails), or walking her chorkie (the real boss of the house).

Cambria has written within the young adult and new adult genres, penning many paranormal and contemporary titles. Her favorite genre to read and write is romantic suspense. A few of her most recognized titles are: Text, Torch, Tryst, Masquerade, and Recalled.

Cambria Hebert owns and operates Cambria Hebert Books, LLC.

You can find out more about Cambria and her titles by visiting her website: http://www.cambriahebert.com.

Gah, I need this on my bookshelf! I need the whole series on my bookshelf! The covers are gorgeous and this one has to be my favorite because I just love pink! Overall, it's gorgeous and I need, need, need! Argh, why must the paperbacks be so pricey! One day I will have them all!

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Monday, June 22, 2015

{Spotlight + Giveaway} The Fashion Academy (Fashion Academy #1) by Sheryl Berk & Carrie Berk

The Fashion Academy
The Fashion Academy (Fashion Academy #1) by Sheryl Berk & Carrie Berk
Publication Date: July 7th, 2015


Project Runway meets the tween scene in a trendy new series from the authors of The Cupcake Club

At the Fashion Academy of Brooklyn, FAB is a way of life.

Fashion-forward MacKenzie "Mickey" Williams is thrilled to be accepted to FAB Middle School (Fashion Academy of Brooklyn), a school that serves as a training ground for the fashion designers of tomorrow.  (Their motto, “We are SEW FAB”). But when her daring fashion and stellar grades turn the Fab A-listers green with envy, Mickey discovers that standing out doesn’t always make it easy to fit in. So when friendly classmate JC comes up with a plan to help Mickey fit in, she decides to take the ultimate fashion risk—ditch her personal style for good.

One mega makeover later, pink-haired Mickey Williams mysteriously disappears, and the trendy, blonde “Kenzie Wills” shows up on the FAB scene, blending with the other students in a way Mickey never could. But when Mickey starts to lose herself to “Kenzie,” she’s not sure that fitting in is worth cutting herself down to size…


First Day Jitters

After spending the weekend with her aunt, Mickey concluded that Olive wasn’t that bad—at least not as bad as her mom made her out to be. She was just a bit uptight. It was hard for Mickey to understand how she and her mom could be sisters, much less fraternal twins. They had the same curly strawberry blond hair, though her mom highlighted hers and wore it long and loose and Olive pinned hers back in a tight bun. She recognized her aunt’s eyes as well—they were emerald green, just like her mom’s. Too bad she hid them behind thick tortoise shell glasses. Then there was her style: Olive looked like she had stepped out of a time warp. She wore a ruffled pink blouse, long pearls, and an A-line brown skirt. Maybe she was going for a retro 50s vibe? It was the opposite of her mom’s ripped jeans and vintage rock tee shirts. Maybe there had been some mistake and they were switched at birth? Maybe her Granny Gertrude got confused and accidentally picked up the wrong baby in the park one day?
Olive was also a neat freak who insisted that everything be “spic and span” and in its place.
“Mackenzie, clean up after yourself!” she scolded when Mickey left her sketchbook and colored pencils on the kitchen table. No one called her Mackenzie; her mom only used it when she was mad at her. It was a name she barely recognized or answered to. But as many times as she corrected Aunt Olive, she insisted on calling her by her “proper name.”
“Mom calls me ‘Mickey’ and I call her Jordana sometimes,” she tried to explain.
“I don’t care what you call your mom or she calls you. And you call me Aunt Olive out of respect,” she warned her.
Mickey wrinkled her nose. “Really? Mom says she called you Olliegator when you were little. I think that’s cute.”
Olive pursed her lips. “I’m an adult,” she replied sternly. Aunt Olive was an executive assistant at a big law firm, and she took everything very seriously. “Your mother needs to grow up.”
But that was exactly what Mickey loved about her mom—how she was such a free spirit and never cared what anyone thought or said about her. Mickey tried her hardest to be that way, but sometimes it was hard.
For the first day of FAB, she set her alarm for 6 o’clock so she would have time to style her outfit properly. She was proud of how it had all come together. She’d taken a beaten-up denim jacket from a thrift shop and dyed it black before adding crocheted doilies for trim at the collars and cuffs. It said exactly what she wanted it to say about her: “I’m edgy but feminine.” And wasn’t that what fashion was all about? Not just a trend or a style, but a reflection of who you are and how you’re feeling? That was what Mickey loved about designing the most, and what she had written on her FAB application:
“I love how you can speak volumes with a single stitch. Fashion should be fearless! I want to be a designer who always colors outside the lines and thinks outside of the box…”
She was pretty sure Aunt Olive didn’t see it that way. Her idea of taking a fashion risk was wearing a skirt that was hemmed above the knee.
“Does it really go together?” she asked, noticing how Mickey had paired her jacket with a white tank top and bike shorts, both of which were splatter-painted with green and yellow drips.
“It isn’t supposed to go,” Mickey told her. “It’s supposed look creative, which is what FAB is all about. Pushing the envelope!”
She added a pair of green cat’s eye sunglasses.
“Well, it’s colorful,” her aunt sighed. “I’ll give you that. And so is your hair. Good heavens!”
Mickey had created green stripes in her long, wavy blond hair with hair chalk.
“Now for the finishing touch!” she said. “No outfit is complete without accessories!” She slipped her feet into a pair of black high top sneakers, tied the yellow laces, and grabbed her bag.
“What is that?” her aunt asked, scratching her head. She squinted to make out the words on Mickey’s tote.
“It used to say ‘Louis Vuitton’—it’s a bag you keep a really fancy expensive bag in. Which if you ask me, is pretty silly,” Mickey explained.
Olive seemed puzzled. “You mean a dust bag? You made that out of a dust bag?”
Mickey spun the tote around. “Two of them, actually!” The other side read, “PRADA.”
“What? How? Why?” Olive asked.
“Well, it’s perfectly good flannel,” Mickey replied. “And don’t you think it’s kinda funny? A statement about recycling? I used two leather belts for the straps and jazzed it up with some studding at the seams. It cost me about $4 total at the flea market!”
She threw the bag over her shoulder and glanced at the clock. It was 8, and the school bus would be along shortly to pick her up on the corner.
“Your breakfast is ready,” Olive said, handing her a glass of green sludge. This was worse then yesterday’s quinoa and fruit concoction! She missed her mom’s breakfasts of left over Chinese Take Out omelets or cold pizza. But Aunt Olive insisted she start the first day of school with “something healthy and nutritious.”
“Do you have any chocolate milk?” she asked, getting up to check the fridge for something edible.
“This is better for you. It’s fresh kale, celery, cucumber, ginger and a touch of agave. It’s delicious.” She took a big sip of her own glass and licked her lips.
Mickey wrinkled her nose. It didn’t look or smell delicious. “I think I’ll grab something in the cafeteria,” she said, pushing the glass away. “I’m too nervous to eat.”
It wasn’t entirely a lie. She was pretty terrified for her first day at FAB. Just then, Mickey’s phone rang.
“All ready to conquer the world?” her mom asked.
“I think so, Jordana,” she replied.
“Ah, I see. We’re trying to sound very mature this morning. Send me a picture of the first day outfit and call me tonight. I want to hear all the deets.”
Mickey smiled. Her mom was trying to sound cool. “I will. Love you.”
As the bus pulled up to the corner of Columbus Avenue, Mickey took a deep breath. This wasn’t just the first day of FAB. It was the first day of the rest of her life. The first day of everything.

~About the Author~

Sheryl Berk has written about fashion for more than 20 years, first as a contributor to InStyle magazine, and later as the founding editor in chief of Life & Style Weekly. She has written dozens of books with celebrities including Britney Spears, Jenna Ushkowitz, Whitney Port, and Zendaya—and the #1 New York Times bestseller (turned movie) Soul Surfer with Bethany Hamilton.

Her daughter, Carrie Berk, is a renowned cupcake connoisseur and blogger with over 105,000 followers at the tender age of 12! Carrie is a fountain of fabulous ideas for book series—she came up with Fashion Academy in fifth grade. Carrie learned to sew from her grandma “Gaga” and has outfitted many an American Girl doll in original fashions. The Berks also write the deliciously popular series The Cupcake Club that was recently made into an Off-Broadway musical, Peace, Love and Cupcakes at Vital Theater in New York City.


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