Friday Reads - EVEN THE MOON HAS SCARS by Steph Campbell #FridayReads

Welcome to "Friday Reads", where I recommend a book that I loved to those of you looking for something amazing to read!

Today, I'd like to recommend EVEN THE MOON HAS SCARS by Steph Campbell. This is a fantastic YA book that I read quickly and loved tremendously. It's equal parts sweet and angsty, both characters dealing with pasts that have held them captive their entire lives. Through the course of one magical night, they manage to find some peace and happiness with each other and begin to look forward to a brighter future.

In terms of reader-age, this book is appropriate for younger teen readers, but also appeals to older teens and adults (like me!) who love YA fiction.


Two strangers.
Two broken hearts.
One night to set each other free.

Almost dying from an undiagnosed heart condition means every second of your life is a precious gift to be guarded.

Lena Pettitt was born a miracle.

And her parents never let her forget it.

Even if that daily reminder kept her from experiencing the one thing they were trying to protect most - her life.

Gabriel Martinez's heart has been ripped out.

His pride has been stomped on.

Oh, and he now has an arrest record that's caused an even bigger rift between him and his DA mother. All for a love that wasn't really true.

Now he's exiled to his grandmother's, working on his late grandpa's old Corvair, when a shivering girl knocks on the garage door. Lena, left alone for the first time ever, has locked herself out of her house. Gabe knows he could help this girl get back inside her house - but that may mean missing the next train to Boston to pick up the part he's spent weeks tracking down. She can wait for him at his grandmother's or...

A few hours, an aluminum valve cover, and some strong coffee later, neither Gabe nor Lena can feign disappointment when they race to the station and arrive just as the last train home from Boston is pulling out.

As jaded as he is, Gabe can't deny the fact that he's excited to spend the night exploring a city he knows nearly every corner of, with a girl who sees magic in the simplest things.

Lena has been waiting for her tiny world to crack open her entire life. Now that it's finally happened, she finds the only thing she can focus on is the unexpected tour guide who opens her eyes to possibilities she never imagined.

All they have is this one night, together, under the bright moon in a city full of hidden beauty. It's one night that will change how they see the world and the paths their hearts will take forever.

I hope you'll take a chance of Gabriel and Lena... I think you'll love them as much as I did! You can find them online, wherever books are sold!


Happy reading & writing!


7 Things for 7 Days - #7Things7Days - Quotes

For this week's "7 Things for 7 Days",  I'm sharing 7 quotes that I find particularly thought-provoking. What I find so wonderful about quotes like these is that they can mean so many different things, depending on what a person's particular circumstances are. Even for me... at various points in my life... these quotes have spoken to me in different ways. I hope you'll take a moment to read and reflect!


1. "Not all who wander are lost."
~ J.R.R. Tolkien

2. "You are never too old to set a new goal or dream a new dream."
~ C.S. Lewis

3. "Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic it it."
~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

4. "It's easy to halve the potato where there is love."
~ Irish Proverb

5. "A wind has blown the rain away and blown the sky away and all the leaves away, and the trees stand. I think, I too, have known autumn too long."
~ e.e. cummings

6. "I must create a system or be enslaved by another man's; I will not reason or compare; my business is to create."
~ William Blake

7. "To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment."
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Have a great week! Happy reading and writing!


7 Things for 7 Days - #7Things7Days - Words

I love words! Especially really interesting and unique ones. So for my very first "7 Things for 7 Days", I thought under-used words would be a great place to start! Here are a few fun, interesting, and under-used words to start your week off right!

1. PERSIFLAGE - Frivolous or bantering talk
              ~ You know, like most reality shows and talk shows
2. MIASMA - A vaporous, noxious atmosphere 
             ~ Such a pretty word for such a nasty concept!
3. POPINJAY - A strutting or conceited person 
             ~ We all know a few of these!
4. APRICITY - The warmth of the sun during the winter 
             ~ We could use a little of this in mid-January.
5. SMICKER - To look or smile amorously at a person 
            ~ I may have to work this one into one of my books!
6. BIFFY - A toilet or outhouse 
           ~ Imagine excusing yourself from the dinner table with, "Excuse me while I visit the biffy."
7. UVULA - That thing that hangs down in the back of your throat
           ~ All I can think of is that Andy Griffith Show episode and Barney saying "You got a uvula.            
             They got uvula. I got a uvula. All God's children got a uvula!"

Thanks for letting me expand your vocabulary today. You are now challenged to use these 7 words during the next 7 days, when you'll hopefully come back for 7 new fun things to start your week!

Happy reading & writing!