Afterparty Blog Tour + Giveaway!

About the Author

Ann Redisch Stampler is the author of young adult novels Where It Began and Afterparty, as well as several picture books, including The Rooster Prince of Breslov. Her books have been an Aesop Accolade winner, Sydney Taylor notable books and an honor book, a National Jewish Book Awards finalist and winner, and Bank Street Best Books of the Year. Ann has two adult children and lives in Los Angeles, California with her husband.

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About The Book

 If you haven’t noticed, I appreciate gorgeous covers & This cover is beautiful.

Emma is tired of being good. Always the dutiful daughter to an overprotective father, she is the antithesis of her mother—whose name her dad won’t even say out loud. That’s why meeting Siobhan is the best thing that ever happened to her… and the most dangerous. Because Siobhan is fun and alluring and experienced and lives on the edge. In other words, she’s everything Emma is not.

And it may be more than Emma can handle.

Because as intoxicating as her secret life may be, when Emma begins to make her own decisions, Siobhan starts to unravel. It’s more than just Dylan, the boy who comes between them. Their high-stakes pacts are spinning out of control. Elaborate lies become second nature. Loyalties and boundaries are blurred. And it all comes to a head at the infamous Afterparty, where debauchery rages and an intense, inescapable confrontation ends in a plummet from the rooftop…

This explosive, sexy, and harrowing follow-up to Ann Redisch Stampler’s spectacular teen debut, Where It Began, reveals how those who know us best can hurt us most.

Purchase Afterparty in the links below.

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Review

This book took me back to high school…all the insecurities came back and I couldn’t put the book down!
Emma is like most teenage girls struggling with identity is she a good or bad girl?… she was the person I was always afraid to become. BUT I LOVE HER! She is so flawed and I love her! She doesn’t make great choices, she craves adventure and it gets her in trouble.
Ann completely captures what its like to be an over sheltered teenager to arrive in a new school and want to invent a new self.
Emma struggles with being a “good” girl and keeping a good standing relationship with her father and becoming the “bad” girl, partying with her best friend Siobhan being rebellious and admittedly having a great time. Two extremes Emma needs to find a healthy balance to.

My favorite relationship is the most toxic between Emma and Siobhan.
Siobhan was so real to me… crazy confident, adventurous, rebellious, gorgeous…Being around her made you feel alive. But she is trouble….Reading this book felt exactly like that… I knew bad things were going to happen but I couldn’t put the book down.

After reading Afterparty I felt so much better about life… that sounds so weird I know.. but what I mean is that… we’re human and were going to screw up constantly.. no matter how old we get… no matter how off our judgement is…we are constantly evolving and we make mistakes but we learn from them and we move on and that’s okay. This book is seriously disturbing…really dark things happen…a lot of psychological issues arise.. and it is wonderful… so if you love drama.. this book is for you.

Pee.s Did I mention there is cute boys? Well.. there is….and if that isn’t reason enough to pick up this book I don’t know what is.

Rating: 4/5 Stars

*****

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In this deleted scene, Siobhan reacts badly to being cyber-bullied.  Things you need to know for the scene to make sense: a) Burton is Siobhan’s elderly stepfather and b) Kimmy is a nice, horse-obsessed girl whose horse Emma and Siobhan rode without permission late one night for reasons you’ll have to read the book to find out.

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            There she is, tagged as Skank in a photo with Ian Heath, and with four other guys in five different photos from five different parties I didn’t attend.

            Her face is frozen in steely expressionlessness.

            I say, “Who would do that?  Who would be that stupid?”

            She says, “Really?  How about Chelsea and Lia and Mel and everybody else who goes to Latimer except for you because you weren’t at these stupid parties looking out for me so you couldn’t have taken the pictures.  Plus, you know I’d burn you and you’re not that stupid.  Jesus.  Not that I care, but does she really think she can mess with me?  So. Not. Happening.”

            The operative question being, who is she? We spend the rest of the afternoon looking through party pictures.  Lia missed one, leaving Chelsea and Mel as prime suspects.  And part of Chelsea is in one of the offending pictures, leaving Mel snapping the shutter.

            I want to say, what about what we did to Kimmy?  What about the girl who wanted to be lacrosse co-captain whose arm you almost severed during practice?  What about boys you dis at lunch although, admittedly, they seem to like it?

            I say “What do you have in mind?

            Siobhan says there are bars in Van Nuys where you can hire a hit man, but it turns out she got this particular tidbit of L.A. lore from a late-night cop show she had on as background noise when she was trying to fall asleep.  Also, she’s joking.

            “A note,” she says. “Mel: any day could be your last. Take today.  How’s that?”

            “That sounds like you’re threatening her.”

            “I am threatening her.”

            I say, “Like a terrorist threat kind of threatening her.  The illegal kind.”

            “Perfect, anonymous terror.  I stick it in her car and voila!” 

            We’re back in Siobhan’s Jacuzzi, our go-to spot for major distress, leaning back against the fake stone grotto studded with smooth chunks of blue and green glass, breathing in chlorinated steam.

            “How about a note that she can’t use to take you down with her and get you locked in jail for?”

            We settle on stapling a copy of the Latimer School zero tolerance cyber-bullying code (which says, basically, if they catch you, you go to school somewhere else the next day) to the printed-out tagged photos, and slipping it into her car.  We debate whether the note should say, “Do you like going to school here?” which contains a teensy element of threat versus a simple “Gotcha,” which doesn’t.

            “Pact!” Siobhan says. “Pact, pact, pact.”  She is energized and quite happy.

            I stand guard while she slides into the parking lot with the metal thing Burton uses to jimmy open cars he locks the keys into. (Burton collects cars he couldn’t afford in his youth, when he was somewhat rich, but not this rich.)

            I lurk at the edge of the student parking lot, pretending to look through my backpack, performing for an imaginary audience.  There is no alarm, no scuffle, no accidental witness.  We head off to the student lounge to eat Junior Mints and gloat.

            “Surprise, surprise,” Siobhan says.  “Look.”

            I look back at Mel’s old Range Rover, and all along the passenger side door, there is a deep, jagged scar.

            I grab Siobhan and pull her toward the closest ladies’ room that has hiding out potential.  I say, “This was not the plan!”

             “This is better.  What can she do about it?  Nothing.  She takes me down, I take her down.”

             “You can’t key cars!  Are you kidding me?  You get this, right?”

            “You weren’t all, Oooooh Siobhan, you can’t do this, when you were the one getting messed with and we played cowgirl with Kimmy’s horse.  Don’t you go all Good Emma on me.”

            “This is keying a car.  Do you not get the subtle difference?”

            “Don’t talk to me like that!  I’m not stupid!”

            I think of cop shows where you learn the kid on guard outside the Seven-Eleven is as guilty as the scary, tattooed guy who blows away the cashier inside.

 I try to think about something else.

It doesn’t work.

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About The Tour

 10/8 –  The Windy Pages
10/14 – Fiktshun
10/21 – Books Unbound
10/23 – Kid Lit Frenzy
F – 10/24 – The O.W.L. for YA
10/29 – Fangirlfeeels
10/30Romance Bookie

GIVEAWAY!

Giveaway Prize Includes: A hardcover copy of Afterparty, Emma’s contraband Sephora make-up, Emma’s Kate Spade make-up bag, Emma’s Bob Marley t-shirt, Emma’s vintage mother-of-pearl barrette, Emma’s cat’s eyes sun glasses, Emma’s ice blue nail polish, The sparkly hair pins Dylan pulls out of Emma’s hair, Dylan’s Kurt Cobain t-shirt, Siobhan’s gold nail polish, Mara’s Bakelite-style orange bracelet (+ two more), Mara’s (tiny) Felix-the-Cat ring, & An Afterparty tote bag.

ENTER GIVEAWAY HERE!

~Sylvia

Blog Tour: The Outlanders + Giveaway!

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Erin Rhew is an editor, a running coach, and the author of The Fulfillment Series. Since she picked up Morris the Moose Goes to School at age four, she has been infatuated with the written word. She went on to work as a grammar and writing tutor in college and is still teased by her family and friends for being a member of the “Grammar Police.” A Southern girl by blood and birth, Erin now lives in a rainy pocket of Pacific Northwest with the amazingly talented (and totally handsome) writer, Deek Rhew, and their “overly fluffy,” patient-as-a-saint writing assistant, a tabby cat named Trinity. She and Deek enjoy reading aloud to one another, running, lifting, boxing, eating chocolate, and writing side-by-side.

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The Prophecy recently re released with this beautiful Cover!!!!
You can download it right now for only a dollar! DO IT DO IT!!!

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With King Jesper dead and Prince Wilhelm mortally wounded, Halfling prince, Nash, and the Fulfilment, Layla, assume the throne of Etherea. They must contend with a new Prophecy Candidate who asserts her position, and Layla is surprised to find her fate intertwined with this challenger. Facing a myriad of choices, Nash and Layla’s decisions affect not only their own futures but that of two kingdoms.

Unbeknownst to the Ethereals or the Vanguards, a slumbering menace stirs in the south, awakened after centuries of slumber. The mysterious Outlanders, a force shadowed in mystery, sit poised to tip the balance of power, sending ripples of fear throughout both warring kingdoms.

Elder Werrick proved a formidable foe, but Layla may yet meet her match in the monstrous Outlander queen. This mistress of the dark’s plans, rooted in revenge and ancient lore, now threaten the livelihood of all three kingdoms.

Racing against time, Layla travels to the Borderlands—home of the Voltons and Ecclesiastics—to discover as much as she can about the war, the First Ones, and the prophecy itself. Lives teeter in the balance, kingdoms sit on the cusp of ruin, and a beast, greater than any she’s ever faced before, plots a catastrophic attack.

Isn’t this cover freaking BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!!
I’m obsessed! 

The Outlanders Mini Blurb

Everything about Mia felt wrong. The girl, who looked so much like Layla, just happened to be where Samson could find her and came with him to the home of her enemy without any resistance? Whole generations of Ecclesiastics searched for entire lifetimes and never found the Fulfillment, yet Samson encountered two potentials in short succession. She couldn’t pinpoint the reason for her unease, but something tickled the back of her mind, inching toward the surface with painstaking sluggishness.

“I don’t understand why she would just come with you to Etherea.” Layla struggled to keep her voice level and calm to avoid raising Samson’s hackles.

“She didn’t have anywhere else to go. Vance killed her family in Vanguard.”

Layla made a mental note to confirm Samson’s version of the story with the information Nash managed to extract from Mia. “If she’s a Vanguard, why would she come with you to Etherea?”

“You came here,” Samson shot back, his inexplicable protectiveness for the mystery girl heightening her concern.

She treaded with care. “Well, some insane man in a black and purple robe stole my brother, so I didn’t really have a choice.”

Full Excerpt 

Everything about Mia felt wrong. The girl, who looked so much like Layla, just happened to be where Samson could find her and came with him to the home of her enemy without any resistance? Whole generations of Ecclesiastics searched for entire lifetimes and never found the Fulfillment, yet Samson encountered two potentials in short succession. She couldn’t pinpoint the reason for her unease, but something tickled the back of her mind, inching toward the surface with painstaking sluggishness.

“I don’t understand why she would just come with you to Etherea.” Layla struggled to keep her voice level and calm to avoid raising Samson’s hackles.

“She didn’t have anywhere else to go. Vance killed her family in Vanguard.”

Layla made a mental note to confirm Samson’s version of the story with the information Nash managed to extract from Mia. “If she’s a Vanguard, why would she come with you to Etherea?”

“You came here,” Samson shot back, his inexplicable protectiveness for the mystery girl heightening her concern.

She treaded with care. “Well, some insane man in a black and purple robe stole my brother, so I didn’t really have a choice.”

Mia stared at the young man before her with a mixture of curiosity and weariness. She understood why others found him so handsome—rich, dark hair and those shocking green eyes. If she succeeded, he would be her…she stopped herself, determined to keep her mind clear. She had to give off an air of mystery, to lure the Ethereals into her web so they followed her plan. More than anything, she needed them to follow her plan, so much depended on it. She could not slip up. She could not make a mistake.

Taking a steadying breath, she refocused her thoughts and slid her amethyst colored eyes across the prince in front her. She wouldn’t even think his name or give any indication she already knew about him. She had to forget how much she’d been told about him…how much she’d been told about them all. Feigning ignorance factored into her plan.

“Who are you?” he asked, after spending an inordinate amount of time regarding her.

She noted how his gaze bounced from her eyes to her hair and back again. As planned, her appearance intrigued him. Though he’d asked a different question, she heard the real one layered beneath it. He wanted to know why she resembled the proclaimed Fulfillment. That question would then lead him to an inevitable one…could Mia be the Fulfillment instead of Layla? And if she were the Fulfillment, what did that mean for him? For Wil? For Layla?

“I’m Mia.” She almost grinned, pleased she’d answered his question but given him nothing more. When his lips twisted, her grin broke into a full smile at his evident irritation. “And you are?”

He hesitated. “Nash, brother of the king.”

“The injured king?” He flinched, a subtle movement most might miss, but she caught it.

“According to our friend, Samson, you’re an Outlander.”

“He found me in the Outlands.” The less Nash knew, the better.

Frustration flickered across his face, marring his otherwise handsome features. She smiled to herself, not trusting his patience should her lips turn up yet again.

“Sooo,” he dragged out the word. “Are you an Outlander?”

“No. I’m a Vanguard.”

Nash cocked his head to the right. “Why were you in the Outlands then?”

“I went to escape Vance’s oppression.” Mia stared at the wall behind him until her vision blurred. She willed tears to form. Given the pressure she’d been under, summoning them proved easier than she expected. When the familiar tight burning started near her lids, she blinked at the prince. He shifted in his seat. Mia wanted to snort at his reaction. Tears always made men uncomfortable. “Vance killed my family.” She paused and swallowed, hoping he believed she needed a moment to collect herself. “I ran as far as I could and ended up in the Outlands. Samson found me.”

Nash cleared his throat and shifted again; she increased the flow of her tears in reply. “What do you know about the Outlands?”

“Very little.” She sniffed. Looking as pathetic as she could manage, she attempted to wipe her eyes, an impossible feat given her bound hands. Nash frowned as his gaze landed on her restraints. She bid him to unbind her hands, and for a moment, she believed he might. To her disappointment, he gripped the side of his chair until his knuckles turned white and left her tied up. Mia ground her teeth.

“Do you believe you are the Fulfillment?” Nash kept his voice steady despite the turmoil she read upon his face.

Mia waited a moment to respond, both to further escalate his frustration and to collect herself. In this moment, she needed to be most convincing, to begin what she’d been tasked to set in motion. She gestured with her chin, drawing Nash’s attention to the blazing “F” upon her upper arm. The dark purple birthmark matched the shade of her eyes.

“The First Ones speak for themselves.”

Nash shook his head. “It’s too obvious.”

Mia’s head jerked back. She struggled to maintain her composure as his reaction, so unexpected, derailed her careful planning. Her mind racing, she grappled for a response.

“Too obvious?”

“Yes. See, Mia—” His clear distaste tainted the sound of her own name. “I know about the First Ones.”

“Who do you think you are? An Ecclesiastic?” She smirked at him, acting like she retained complete control, but her insides knotted. She couldn’t lose her ability to direct the conversation.

To her surprise, Nash laughed, though she noted no pleasure in it. “The Prophecy states, ‘In a time of war, when the land is divided amongst the two, she, with raven black hair, purple eyes, and a special blessing from the First Ones shall bring peace.’”

“I think everyone in the three kingdoms and in the Borderlands is familiar with The Prophecy.” Mia rolled her eyes for effect. “What’s your point?”

“My point is, the special blessing wouldn’t be something as simple as a birthmark. If it were, the First Ones would have just said raven black hair, purple eyes, and an ugly purple ‘F’ on the upper arm.” He flicked his hand toward her arm. “Special blessing is vague, indicating something mysterious. There is nothing mysterious about your birthmark.”

Mia’s heart pounded as she felt the tables turn and the conversation slip away. “And there is something mysterious about her?”

The word her hung between them for a moment. Mia took another deep breath, worrying she’d pushed him too far. Beneath his shirt, she saw Nash’s muscles ripple and hoped she’d managed to touch a new nerve.

Mia clenched her teeth. She hated acting this way, so out of character, but she had to press on. No one could know the truth. She had to win this game…

GIVEAWAY!!!!

INTERNATIONAL: $50 Amazon Gift Card

US ONLY: Signed print copies of The Prophecy & The Outlanders

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HUGE THANK YOU to Erin for inviting me on this tour!! I will have a review up once this semester is over and I have time to finish a book!!!

~Sylvia

September Wrap-Up + Favorites

I started this post about 8 times now…Wrap up posts are so boring… especially when you’re like me & have only read 3 books this month. I mean if you follow me on social media you can see what I’m reading. I need to get better are writing reviews… They’re my least favorite thing to write about…(If you have any tips or ideas on things I could do on the blog..please share them with me in the comments!)
With that said…I’m going to mix it up a bit and turn these Wrap Ups into kind of Monthly Favorites. There’s a lot you guys do not know about me and I don’t like that. I want us to have a sort of relationship and we cant do that if we don’t know each other! On that note.. here’s whats been going on  in September.

Cassandra Clare released the full story of #Jessa and OMG IT WAS MAGICAL! SO FUCKING GORGEOUS I CANNOT EVEN.

If you haven’t read After the Bridge it does kind of contain spoilers for both Internal Devices and The Mortal Instruments so read both of those first then you can read it HERE

Since I am back at school… I have been doing a crap load of Non Fiction reading and that comes with a shit ton of homework. I am the kind of person that NEEDS music when writing or doing homework so it is a MUST or else I get completely distracted… I’ve been obsessed with Spotify Mood Playlists…

So I downloaded the Spotify app on my phone. Its completely free btw… You just go to browse and there is a ton of  Lists like Mood, Party, Pop, Workout, Focus, Sleep, Chill, Club… etc.. you get the idea.. My favorite is Mood.. so I click on that and it has a ton of Playlists depending on your mood. Its brilliant… Your Favorite Coffee House is my favorite because I usually go to coffee bean to study and they have the perfect music to study to. So When I am at home studying I like to have that setting. Its brilliant trust me!

First book Finished this month was Spirit Bound by Richelle Mead.
This book took me FOREVER to finish!!! I’m not sure why.. because the  story is actually quite interesting.

Last Minute Beach Trip is always a good Idea!

I took a trip to the beach with my sister & nephews after I got out of work. We made it just in time to catch the sunset! It was truly spectacular and so inspirational! I hardly ever go to the beach which is mind boggling because I live only 20 minutes from it! Its one of my favorite places ever! Its good to just take some time to get away for a while, take your mind off things and just appreciate life. We didn’t plan on getting in the water but.. it is the beach after all so why not have a little dip.

Friends are pretty awesome to have. But like.. REALLY great friends.. not acquaintances not people who are “friends” with you on FB but the people you talk to about your life..the people you share the good the bad the struggles the successes… The people you complain to and they don’t judge you… those are friends.. I am lucky to have a handful of FRIENDS. & I am really grateful to have 3 of these Friends be Fangirls! They truly understand why I spend my time reading books till 4 am and why fictional characters mean so much to me… they understand why I sleep on the sidewalks overnight for an event…in fact… they join me. Some people think its weird that were all different ages but when were together it doesnt feel like it…we pretty much have the same mindset and we learn from each other and thats all that matters. We spent a few days together just being silly, going to Disneyland and comforting each other and It was really beautiful. Never take your friends for granted.

I came home one day and there was a package at my door…Turns out I won an Arc of 100 Sideways Miles by Andrew Smith. I DIED! I received an E-Arc earlier this year & I must say it was brilliant.. Andrew Smith has become one of my favorite Authors and I will never not read his books. Also.. His covers are my favorite!

Fun Fact: I AM A YOUTUBE JUNKIE!
Its true guys… I have a little problem with youtube… But more recently I’ve been obsessed with Fun For Louis. I’ve been following him for a while now but this past month I noticed I look forward to watching his vlogs everyday. He does daily vlogs about his life, his adventures.. its so inspiring. I really connect with his videos because he shares some of the same passions as me. I love Traveling & Photography… about 3 years ago my camera was stolen…it took me a while to save up for that camera.. it was pretty fancy. Since then I have been really discouraged and distanced myself from that whole community. But watching Louis videos and seeing his photos on Instagram have helped re spark my passion for photography and really inspire me to travel again.I use to travel every winter & summer break when I was younger. I love culture. All types of cultures.. I am quite curious and I would really like to get back out there and experience life. Pee.s Louis is quite gorgeous…I’ll admit I appreciate his looks.

The Maze Runner came out this month and I got to see with my Parabatai for the lovely price of $5 YAAAS! I love my Theater! Every Tuesday & Thursday is $5 Movie day.  I must say I enjoyed the movie WAAAAAY More than I did the book. I give the book like a 3 of 5 stars and the movie was easily a 5 star. LOVED IT!

I finished reading Last Sacrifice which means I have read the whole Vampire Academy series and I have moved on to Bloodlines. As a whole I give VA a solid 3 stars… which means I enjoyed it but I didn’t love it. I started Bloodlines and already I love it WAY more than VA. I found Silver Shadows for $10 at my local used book store and I died. I HAD to get it… it was the only book missing out of the series and now I have it… Once I’m done reading Non Fiction I will be diving into this series.

Remember when I said that I love Andrew Smiths Book Covers… Check this one out… I cannot even begin to explain my excitement for this book.

I picked up The Key to The Golden FireBird  by Maureen Johnson. Fun Fact: 13 Little Blue Envelopes/Last Little Blue Envelope is my favorite book duology, if not my favorite book ever. I felt comfort diving into one of Maureen Johnsons contemporaries. Her Humor is my favorite thing ever. I loved the main character I loved the story, I loved the sister bonding, I love that baseball was apart of the story.. It really felt like this story was something that actually happened when I was younger. I Loved it.

I received this lovely book in the mail… ISN’T THE COVER SO GORGEOUS? I will be taking part in the AfterParty Blog Tour… So far I am enjoying the book.  I cannot wait to tell you about all the things when I am done.. also.. I’m pretty sure there will be a giveaway happening.. ;)

If you have not read the Selection series… please scroll pass this.. because this does contain spoilers…. I’ve warned you.

The other day I received a text from my parabatai… Yea… she said… have you checked out SelectionSeries SnapChat?? uhhh WTF they have a snap chat?? so I go on SC and I see this…. Here is my reaction..

THEY HAVE TWINS!!! WTF!!! THE HEIR IS PLURAL!!! Now.. let me tell you about my love for this series….

Me after the first book.

Then the second.

& the Third.

I may have had a few panic attacks while reading this trilogy.. and I fucking love it!

My favorite band is going on tour….. & I AM GOING TO SEE THEM!!!!! My ticket arrived an I am beyond ecstatic. YAAAAS! Its been about 2 years since I’ve seen Circa Survive and I’ve been having withdraws… TWO MONTHS!!!

Cassandra won Knotts Scary Farm Tickets… So we went.. & well… this happened… It was beautiful… It wasn’t Scary just… very very weird.. but a lot of fun!

Emma Watson Gave a speech about gender equality… you can watch that HERE
Its basically everything I believe in… then yesterday I read this article…the author… a 15 year old boy  and I am speechless… HES 15! Read it HERE

Lastly… I recently bought two major kitchen appliances… a juicer & a Food Processor… I recently went back to being full vegan… I was vegan for about 5 months but the last two months or so I went vegetarian and I just didn’t feel good about myself. I started breaking out again, my skin felt really dry, my energy was crap… so I went back to  vegan and these past 2 weeks I’ve been cleaning out my system..juicing and eating a crap load of fruits and veggies.. Its my new favorite thing. I feel so much better already. I’m focused, energized and my body just feels amazing.

Two of my favorite shows have come back to TV & I couldn’t be more happy. Greys Anatomy and Revenge had great first episodes… I cannot wait for the story to unfold.. SO MUCH DRAMA!!! Also.. beautiful men.. Beautiful Men..

But really… My month has mostly looked like this…

~Sylvia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Book Bargain Hunting

Being a Fangirl is expensive. PERIOD! I cannot tell you how many times I’ve gone to a book store with the intention to buy only one book and left with 4 or five books in my hand . Its not until I get home that I remember I have bills to pay and shit like that. Its not that I regret my book binge, it just means my phone bill wont get paid till the following pay day and may or may not be turned off temporarily.

I’ve been more conscious when buying books and have gotten pretty darn good at bargain shopping.
So here are a few tips on how to save money when buying books.

Used book stores

Used book stores are magical! Seriously. I know they are hard to find but once you find one near you it becomes your new favorite place. There is a used book store near my house. Only a few blocks up and all the books are Half off the regular priced books. I bought a Really gorgeous hard cover copy of The Lost Hero for only $5!

& inside was this really awesome patch just hanging out between the pages.

Here is another mini haul $5 each.

My favorite thing about my local used book store is the massive “Fire Sale”. They hold this sale every major holiday. The hardcover books are priced at $2 and the paper backs are $1. The Young Adult and Children books are $1 for hardcover and 50 cents for Paperback. WHAT A DEAL RIGHT? There is also a sale section with books priced at 50 cents-25 cents. &&&&.. on top of the cheap sticker price… the first 100 people in line get $5 off their purchase and they receive a pretty awesome tote bag. You know I want that Tote bag… & the $5 off is quite nice too.
Here is a few book hauls from the sales.

The bottom ones are from the library.

I paid $6 for these books

$5!!!! Guys.. $5 for all these books. I even bought some for my nephews.

& here is my most recent Haul from Labor day. I paid a total of $14.50.

These are just some examples of the things you can find at your local used book store.  Its really all hit or miss. Sometimes they have really great books for cheap and sometimes there is nothing.  Also.. if you are really particular about the condition of the books this may not be the best place since most books are used.

Library

My local library has 2 racks full of books they sell.  Of course they are not always in great condition but they are very cheap. Again this is a hit or miss but it never hurts to look through them right? Especially if you’re already visiting.

I found this copy of Girl with the Dragon Tattoo for only $1.

I went to a Book Swap hosted at the Pasadena Library and came home with this haul.
Basically people bring their books & lay them out on the table & then its like the Cornucopia in THG & you just grab what you want lol ;) very dangerous. BUT A LOT OF FUN! & its FREE!!! See if your local Library does something similar.. if not maybe suggest it or get a few book nerds together and host your own.

Here is another look at the very dangerous Book Swap.

Online Shopping

This is probably the best option for you picky book owners. Because you can find new books in great condition for really cheap. Online shopping is DANGEROUS!!!!Don’t even get me started on Ebay. Especially from private sellers. Because I have found complete sets of series for very very cheap. Walmart, Target, B&N all have a private sellers sections…I found a paper back series of Narnia for $2!!!! and the shipping was only like $3. You cannot go wrong with that.. Again these books are not always in great condition but just read the description before you check out. Most of the time if you buy a certain amount of books from one seller you get free shipping.
Also.. AMAZON PRIME IS MAGICAL! I think we can all agree that Amazon is already really REALLY cheap.. but when you get Amazon Prime.. you automatically get free 2 day shipping.. DUDES THE BOOK COMES TO YOU IN 2 DAYS!  And if you are a college student you get 50% off. You just need to register with your college email.

Thrift Stores/Yard Sales/Flea Markets Oh My?

 Another hit or miss but you know what they say “One mans trash is another mans treasure.”  or some shit like that. ahahaha I really enjoy going thrift shopping anyway so going through a book pile is so much fun for me.. I’ve found some really cool books for only 10 cents each. BARGAIN!! Yard sales are a lot of fun but you do have to wake up quite early… whats that one saying… “early bird gets the worm.” yea that one. 6AM early. There is an app called Yard Sale Treasure Map that is synced with Craigs list and finds local Yard/Garage/Estate sales near you and in the description it tells you what they have available that way you do not waste your time. It also maps out your route. Speaking of Craigs list…. Its full of BOOKS!!!

I found an Insurgent book Listed for $5!

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GOOGLE

When all else fails.. GOOGLE!!! GOOGLE is my best friend.. I have no idea what I would do without GOOGLE… GOOGLE doesn’t judge you. Its beautiful… So… just GOOGLE.

If you have any other tips on bargain hunting for books please leave your suggestions in the comments below!!!

~Sylvia

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