My 2014 Year + Giveaway!

December 16, 2014 Blog News, Giveaway 24

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Hey everyone! 2014 has been a huge year in books and in my life in general so I thought I’d share a little about these things with you as well as throw in a giveaway!


2014 was another excellent year in books! I started off the year strong, staying far ahead of my reading goal but alas, after the baby was born (more about that later), I just couldn’t find as much reading time as I hoped and will not meet my Goodreads goal of 85 at the end of the year. As it stands as I type this, I’ve read 67 books so far. Still pretty decent I think for how busy I have been.

What surprised me the most this year was how many older books not published in 2014 I read. It was refreshing and wonderful to go back to some of the books I’d been meaning to read for quite some time. The most prominent was from author Richelle Mead. About this time last year I started the Vampire Academy series, finishing them up in 2014, as well as reading the companion series, Bloodlines, and her adult Georgina Kincaid series. Absolutely found a new favorite author to add to my must-read list.

As for favorite reads, there were quite a few and I’m giving away a choice of one right now if anyone hasn’t checked that yet. I could spend all day talking about all the books I enjoyed but I think I’ll just touch upon the favorites of my favorites.

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Made: A Sempre Novel by J.M. Darhower – One of my all-time favorite series ever and this prequel was all sorts of perfection to make me love the story that much more. Such compelling characters along with danger and excitement.
Things We Know by Heart by Jessi Kirby – I just finished reading this one and I KNOW it’s not out until next year but even days later the story is sticking to me so much and I can’t wait for everyone to read it! The release day is scheduled for April 21st 2015 so I strongly recommend getting this one pre-ordered. My review will be up closer to publication date.
The Young Elites by Marie Lu – I was already a huge fan of Marie Lu’s Legend series and this new one was so unique and exciting! The main character is one of those where you don’t know if she is the hero or the villain. I loved that. I can’t wait to see where it goes with the sequel next year!
I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson – This book is told through the POV of a pair of twins from different points in their lives and it meets up in the end and I can’t believe how well that actually worked. I fell in love with little Noah and how he’d paint the world. A very touching story.
Open Road Summer by Emery Lord – A wonderful story of friendship and romance. It was everything I hoped it would be!
Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead – People talked about this series and I just never really felt the interest. SO GLAD I gave these books a chance because the series was amazing! I love being surprised and Richelle Mead did an excellent job throwing them out there. Rose was that snarky kick-ass character I like and the forbidden romance aspect was on point throughout the series.



For those of you who may have missed it or are newer to my blog, back in April I added a new little one to my family! Erin has kept me busy, busy which I wouldn’t trade for anything in the world but alas, my reading and blogging (and sleep) time have suffered quite a bit. I’m not going to let it stop me though! I read whenever I have a free minute, even if only a page or two a day. And blog when I can, even if it is scarce.

Erin SErin S 2


Jamberry/New Work Adventure

I recently fell in love with Jamberry Nail wraps. For those of you who don’t know what they are, Jamberry offers over 300 styles of heat-activated vinyl nail wraps that are not only non-toxic and latex free, but also last up to 2 weeks on fingers and 6 weeks on toes! They are perfect for me because I just can’t keep up with nail polish. Whenever I try they chip or get ruined within a day, I swear. Bu these are easy and fun because you can match up different designs for unique looks. There are super cute ones for kids too and I’m looking forward to my little Erin to be old enough to wear them too!

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My current nails! All dressed up for the Holidays!

So, I’ve joined the Jamberry team and am now an Independent Consultant! This means if you are interested in checking these nail wraps out, have any questions, or wants to know more about Jamberry Nails, all you have to do is ask!

My Jamberry website:ΒΒ – there are some really pretty ones I need to get my hands on! Just click on the ‘SHOP’ tab if you want to take a look.

I also have a Facebook Page where I share lots of information, pictures, and tips. And starting later on today, I will be hosting my Launch Party! The party will be lots of fun with games and giveaways! Everyone likes giveaways, right? πŸ˜‰ I’m very excited about it and hope maybe some of you will join along on the fun!

My Jamberry Facebook Page:ΒΒ – If you want to join the Launch Party and play along, I posted a link on my Jamberry Facebook page, so you can request to join the group. I really hope you will!


What’s Next

I’m not sure I have a lot of blogging goals for 2015 besides just keep on doing what I can and feeling no pressure for any more than that. I’ve come to terms with the fact that I just can’t blog as much as I once used to and it’s okay. I’m not reading all of the amazing books that come out and that’s… okay. lol I’ll get to them eventually. There was no reason to feel pressure to post a certain amount of times a week. Going into a whole new year with that mind frame is just what I need. I would like to post more of my son’s book cover artwork and thoughts. I love doing that with him and want to get back into it. I still love blogging and don’t plan on going anywhere in 2015!



How about celebrating the end of the year with a giveaway! I recently went through my books and decided it was time to get rid of a few since I have zero room on my shelves. Below is a picture of what is up for grabs. TWO WINNERS can choose TWO books from the pile.

books giveaway

Going Vintage by Lindsey Leavitt – ARC
Light (Gone #6) by Michael Grant – ARC
Buzz Kill by Beth Fantaskey – ARC
A Radiant Sky (A Beautiful Dark #3) by Jocelyn Davies – ARC
Shift by Em Bailey – ARC
Beastly by Alex Flinn
Fall for Anything by Courtney Summers
Facing Demons by Ashley Sanders
The Flame in the Mist by Kit Grindstaff
Ink Exchange (Wicked Lovely #2) by Melissa Marr

Giveaway Rules:

1. Giveaway isΒ US ONLY.
2. Must be at least 13 years old to enter.
3. Winner has 48 hours to respond or another winner will be selected.
4. I am not responsible for any lost, stolen or damaged items.
5. Please follow the entry directions in the rafflecopter. (I do check and will delete entries that do not follow the directions. If you have any questions on how to enter, please ask!)

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Here’s to a wonderful 2015!

Sara @ Forever 17 Books

24 Responses to “My 2014 Year + Giveaway!”

  1. Katie Lowden

    Nothing exciting happened. Kept our health, that’s what matters!! Thanks for the chance!! πŸ™‚

  2. Andrea T

    2014 was a pretty awesome year. I got married in March and now I’m pregnant with my first bebe! Looking forward to 2015 πŸ™‚

    And I really like Jamberrys (LOVE all the patterns and sparkles) but I can’t get them to last much longer than a week on my nails. Which albeit, is longer than polish. Right now I’m working on growing out my nails so I can try some for the holidays.

    • Sara @ Forever 17 Books

      I did read it recently, I just haven’t had the chance to write a review, or any of my reviews lately. I finally got some surprises. lol

      I’ll let you know about The Start of Me and You! Thank you for offering! I am signed up for an ARC tour but not sure when I’ll be getting it.
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  3. Ashley

    My daughter has used the Jamberry nails and they’re so adorable. I can’t wear nail polish because of work though πŸ™

  4. Erika

    I did have an exciting 2014! I published my own magazine (local) this year which was something I set out to do. I also read many of the books on my list! πŸ˜‰ Happy New Year very soon! Adorable children, by the way !

  5. erinf1

    eh… I had an ok year. Right now, I’ve got the flu so it’s not ending on a good note. Thanks for sharing!

  6. Samantha Wallace

    I had a good year, nothing really exciting happened and thanks for the giveaway!! πŸ™‚

  7. Maria Villatoro

    Yes I had an awesome 2014!!! Well first of all, I got to read tons of books, won some giveaways and I have a new baby sister! So yeah it was a pretty exciting year πŸ˜€

  8. Amanda

    I did have a good year. I left a job I hated and I’m now in grad school full time and loving it!

  9. Aimee @ Deadly Darlings

    So glad you had an awesome year, Sara! <3

    Yay for the Vampire Academy books! I haven't caught up to Bloodlines yet (I've read until… The Indigo Spell?), and I still have to read Richelle's adult books! Things We Know by Heart was AMAZING. I loved Colton, of course. πŸ˜‰ I didn't love The Young Elites as much as Legend, but it was still pretty well crafted.

    And congratulations with your gorgeous little one! I want to squeeze her cheeks! <3
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  10. Chelsea B.

    I had a pretty good year, thank you for asking! πŸ™‚
    I’ve never heard of the nails. I’ll have to look into them!

  11. Michelle Lee

    Nothing really exciting happened. Just same old, same old. And no, I have not heard of the nails but thanks for sharing! πŸ™‚

  12. laura

    Hey! So great to see you’re doing well! The pics of the kids are great. My little one is almost 8 months now and holy cow you aren’t kidding about time to read blog or sleep lol she keeps me busy 24/7. I too just accept that i can’t read or blog like i once did but i do miss reading more than im able to now. Are you planning on going to the teen book festival this year? I missed it last year since i was monstrously pregnant lol so id like to try and go this year.

    Much love, laura
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