Real Steph

Things I like in real life: Coffee, books, makeup, sunshine, laughter, roadtrips. Things I like in books: Serial killers, heartbreak, betrayal, lies, boarding schools, twists.

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Cracked Up To Be Feature

Review:Cracked Up To Be by Courtney Summers

  Thoughts: I've been meaning to read a Courtney Summers book  for years now, and Cracked Up To Be made me glad I finally did.  This book  is the kind of contemporary I adore: edgy, angry, and authentic, with an incredible voice.  The narrator's pain is what kept me flipping pages; she is easy (for me) to relate to, and I needed to make sure that she was going to get through this part of her life. There is a secret that the story builds up to, but for me it was anticlimactic. … [Read More...]

TTT beach reads feature

Top Ten (Tuesday) Books I Plan To Have In My Beach Bag This Summer

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish that combines lists and books. This weeks topic is...  Books I Plan To Have In My Beach Bag This Summer. When I think of beach reading, I think of relaxing books that make me both laugh and swoon.  I've picked 5 books I've read and 5 books I want to read: Confessions of Georgia Nicholson by Louise Rennison - I liked to the first one, but this entire series is hilarious.  I'm hoping to read through the whole series … [Read More...]

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The Writer’s Voice Entry

QUERY Dear Awesome Agent, I am seeking representation for my 70,000 word young adult novel.  HEAD GAMES can best be described as a sci-fi gossip girl, set against the backdrop of fame and money in L.A.  It follows the sort-of-famous daughter of an elite Hollywood couple who falls in love with a voice in her […]


Top Ten (Tuesday) Authors I Want to Meet

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish that combines lists and books. This weeks topic is… Top Ten Authors I REALLY want to meet. This is my first Top Ten Tuesday in a while and I’m really excited about this topic.  However, in the world of twitter and […]


Book Blitz: Pandemic by Yvonne Ventresca

I’m so excited to be celebrating one year of publication for Yvonne Ventresca’s contemporary disaster novel, PANDEMIC! Check out the book below and be sure to enter the amazing giveaway! Even under the most normal circumstances, high school can be a painful and confusing time. Unfortunately, Lilianna’s circumstances are anything but normal. Only a few […]

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Real Life Update

As many of you know, I am currently finishing my first year teaching.  Those of you who teach were probably not surprised that my blog stopped updating.  It was one of many things I stopped doing as I got a handle on my new job. I am finally finding pockets of time to do the […]

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Sunday’s In Bed With… Prudence and Fake ID

It has been a while.  It has been so long, I’m torn between sharing a long update and just jumping right back in.  It’s like I forgot how to do this. Some of you may know that I began teaching high school English this year.  It has been awesome, but also exhausting and overwhelming.  When […]


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Feature and Follow: Books I Expected to Hate

Question: Have you ever read a book that you thought you would hate — ? Did you end up hating it? Did you end up loving it? Or would you never do that? I don’t know if I ever read a book that I expected to hate, but there were a couple that I expected to […]


Week Three… On Recycled Paper

I told you to take a look at the British cover for book one because it would reappear this week… but this isn’t the British edition.  I bought this in Toronto at Chapters (kind of like Borders except Canadian).  Notice that the book is titled Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone and not Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s […]


The Ghost and the Goth by Stacey Kade

You may have noticed that I was sleeping with Jenny’s Book Boyfriend, Will Killian, about a week and a half ago.  Here’s the full review.Book:  The Ghost and the Goth by Stacey Kade Summary: Alona is the mean cheerleader most people love to hate and when she gets hit by a bus, she finds herself stuck as […]

Looks From Books

Looks From Books: Taken By Storm (Raised By Wolves #3) by Jennifer Lynn Barnes)

I’m doing looks inspired by the characters in Trial by Fire (Raised By Wolves #3) by Jennifer Lynn Barnes and for the first time the protagonist will not be one of the featured looks.  Bryn’s circumstances are far from normal, but she reads like a normal teen and not one with a particularly interesting closet.  So… on to […]


Nanowriomo 2012

It’s that time of year again.  NaNoWriMo.  For those of you who don’t know, it stands for National Novel Writing Month and every November a bunch or crazy people writers all attempt to write a novel of at least 50,000 words in a month. I was holding out declaring my intention to participate, because my […]