Tuesday, 13 January 2015

Blog Tour: Wish by Grier Cooper

Wish by (Indigo Dreams #1) Grier Cooper  
Publication date: December 2nd 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
For Indigo Stevens, ballet classes at Miss Roberta’s ballet studio offer the stability and structure that are missing from her crazy home life. At almost 16, she hopes this is the year she will be accepted into the New York School of Ballet. First she must prove she’s ready, and that means ignoring Jesse Sanders – the cute boy with dimples who is definitely at the top of Miss Roberta’s List of Forbidden Things for Dancers.But Jesse is the least of Indigo’s concerns. When she discovers her mom is an alcoholic, it simultaneously explains everything and heaps more worry on Indigo’s shoulders. As her mom’s behavior becomes increasingly erratic, Indigo fights to maintain balance, protect her younger brothers from abuse, and keep her mother from going over the edge. When the violence at home escalates, Indigo realizes she can no longer dance around the issue. At the risk of losing everything, she must take matters into her own hands before it’s too late.
Isn't that one of the prettiest covers you've seen? I adore it. Click the button below to add it to your goodreads and you can also use the links below to purchase the book.


Guest Post: Top Ten Books Read in 2014

It's truly amazing to me how much individual opinions vary on a book. I know I'm a picky reader; it's not all that often that I finish reading something and think wow, that was an exceptional book.  But when I see other people totally panning the same book I thought was wonderful I am always surprised. That being said, I share with you my list of Top 10 Books Read in 2014...but again, it's only my opinion.

1.      The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson. Laurie Halse Anderson has been elevated to the status of a god(dess) in my mind, not only because she's an amazing writer but because she tackles subjects that are taboo, difficult to talk about, and often kind of dark...but they need to be talked about. Having grown up in a dysfunctional family with an unpredictable, sometimes dangerous parent, this story really spoke to me. Halse Anderson is not just brilliant on the page; she is also an accomplished speaker. Check her out on YouTube and see for yourself.

2.      Death, Dickinson, and the Demented Life of Frenchie Garcia by Jenny Torres Sanchez. I've been a huge Dickinson fan since forever so it was fun to read something with a Dickinson thread. The voice is funny, dark, and emotional, not an easy combination to pull off, and there are richly complex characters and beautiful descriptions. What more do you need?

3.      The Beginning of Everything by Robin Schneider. This book started with one of the most killer first lines ever: “Sometimes I think that everyone has a tragedy waiting for them, that the people buying milk in their pajamas or picking their noses could be only moments from disaster.” Scneider makes good on that promise and let me tell you, it's one wild ride. Also, she's hilarious...another author you should check out on YouTube, especially the clip about 10 German insults...so funny.
4.      The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. I know, I know. You're probably sick of hearing about TFIOS...I'm sick of hearing about TFIOS. But I really did love it and if you haven't read it, you should.

5.      Don't Look Back by Jennifer Armentrout. Maybe you'll think I've been living in a remote cave on the highest peak of the Himalayas when I admit I'd never heard of Armentrout before I happened upon this book this past summer. I enjoyed it enough that I had to look into what else she's written and there are a million other books. This is very, very good news in my opinion.

6.      Blue Lily, Lily Blue (The Raven Cycle #3) by Maggie Stiefvater. I literally inhaled this entire series once I finally took an author friend's advice to check it out. Loved, loved loved all three of the books and recommend them highly. Just the right amount of juicy boy-girl sparks, eccentric weirdos, bad boys, magic and of course a brush up against the dark side. Yummy.

7.      Pointe by Brandy Colbert. I'm always looking for great ballet fiction so I was extra specially pleased to discover this one. Even better, the ballet scenes were accurate (so important). I think I held my breath the entire time I read this book...you probably will too.

8.      Jennifer Aniston is My Best Friend by Leigh Purtill. The title caught my eye initially, but the story really delivered...including some surprises I didn't see coming.

9.      This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales. A story about being a secret underground DJ...Who wouldn't love to try this alter-ego on for size?

10.  Palace of Spies by Sarah Zettel. A heady mixture of historical fiction, intrigue, and romantic affairs...There are murders, disowned heirs and threats around every corner. A fun read...a number two is now available...even better.

So that's it. My two cents. As Colin Quinn used to say at the end of the SNL Evening News segment, “That's my story and I'm sticking to it.”


Grier began ballet lessons at age five and left home at fourteen to study at the School of American Ballet in New York. She has performed on three out of seven continents with companies such as San Francisco Ballet, Miami City Ballet, and Pacific Northwest Ballet, totaling more than thirty years of experience as a dancer, teacher and performer.

Her work has been praised as “poignant and honest” with “emotional hooks that penetrate deeply.” She writes and blogs about dance in the San Francisco Bay Area and has interviewed and photographed a diverse collection dancers and performers including Clive Owen, Nicole Kidman, Glen Allen Sims and Jessica Sutta. She is the author of Build a Ballerina Body and The Daily Book of Photography.


  1. Great list! I loved The Beginning of Everything! I can't wait to read this author's next book that's coming out this year, too! I also really need to read The Impossible Knife of Memory!! I hear it's amazing!

  2. Thanks so much for hosting WISH today!