Behind the Blog: Candice @ The Grown Up YA

Have you met…Candice from The Grown Up YA?

Tell us a bit about yourself.

I’m <mumbles>thirtysomething<mumbles> years old from Alabama. Huge fan of reading (obviously) but I also enjoy college football, painting, and pretending I can DIY my home. I have both my bachelor’s and master’s degrees but am using neither; I’m okay with that. One day I would like to be a professional blogger and getting paid to play on the internet. A girl can dream, right? :)

How did you end up here in the world of book blogging?

Sort of by on purpose accident. I knew I wanted a website but had no idea what I wanted to do. A friend and I started a blog called Cupcakes and Cover Letters (go ahead, Google it. I’ll wait) but I wanted to write about books and couldn’t figure out how to incorporate it into that site. So I started The Grown-Up YA on a whim, thinking I wouldn’t last 2 months. 2 1/2 years later… here I am!

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Judging A Book By The Cover: The Bad Surprises

We’ve all heard it said that you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover. For the most part, I try to live by that. With that said, on some level I still do judge books by their covers. These are some books that I’ve been disappointed by.

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

I like this cover (and those of the rest of the series). They’re simply done but still intriguing. They even have matching color schemes! Not to mention, I really like black and red together. Sadly I didn’t love the book as much as I love the cover. The book wasn’t horrible but it wasn’t for me.

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Book Review: “Also Known As”

“Also Known As (Also Known As #1)” by Robin Benway

Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Mystery

Other Also Known As Books

Source: Library

Summary from Goodreads:

Which is more dangerous: being an international spy… or surviving high school?

Maggie Silver has never minded her unusual life. Cracking safes for the world’s premier spy organization and traveling the world with her insanely cool parents definitely beat high school and the accompanying cliques, bad lunches, and frustratingly simple locker combinations. (If it’s three digits, why bother locking it at all?)

But when Maggie and her parents are sent to New York City for her first solo assignment, her world is transformed. Suddenly, she’s attending a private school with hundreds of “mean girl” wannabes, trying to avoid the temptation to hack the school’s elementary security system, and working to befriend the aggravatingly cute son of a potential national security threat… all while trying not to blow her cover.

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