Dec 5, 2013

{Review} Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Fangirl
Rainbow Rowell
Pages: 438
 Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Format: Hardcover
Source: Library
Age Group: Age Group
Date Published: September 10, 2013

In Rainbow Rowell's Fangirl, Cath is a Simon Snow fan. Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan, but for Cath, being a fan is her life—and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving.Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere.Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go. She doesn’t want to.Now that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words . . . And she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone.For Cath, the question is: Can she do this? Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?

Dec 3, 2013

{Top Ten Tuesday} Top Ten 2014 Releases I'm Dying To Read

 
Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, and today's theme is "Top Ten 2014 Releases I'm Dying To Read."


1. The Unbound (The Archived #2) by Victoria Schwab So everyone here should know how much I love the fabulous Victoria Schwab, and The Archived, so I'm super duper ready for the next book in the series!! Release Date: January 28, 2014

2. The Retribution of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer #3) by Michelle Hodkin The Mara Dyer series is my very favorite ever, and I am dying to read the last book. Especially after that awful cliffhanger at the end of The Evolution. Release Date: June 10, 2014 (or the day I graduate, I think. Might be the day before I graduate...)

3. City of Heavenly Fire (The Mortal Instruments #6) by Cassandra Clare I love TMI a ton. I know the latter books have gotten some negative feedback, but I still really enjoy them. I'm really excited to see how the series ends and ties in with the end of Clockwork Princess! Release Date: May 27, 2014

Nov 30, 2013

{Review} The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater

Maggie Stiefvater
Pages: 439
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Format: Hardcover
Source: Library
Age Group: Young Adult*
Date Published: September 17, 2013
Now that the ley lines around Cabeswater have been woken, nothing for Ronan, Gansey, Blue, and Adam will be the same. Ronan, for one, is falling more and more deeply into his dreams, and his dreams are intruding more and more into waking life. Meanwhile, some very sinister people are looking for some of the same pieces of the Cabeswater puzzle that Gansey is after…

Nov 7, 2013

{Singing Praises} The Unbound Netgalley Excerpt

The Unbound (The Archived #2)
Victoria Schwab
Pages: 388
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Format: Excerpt
Source: Netgalley
Age Group: Young Adult
13638131Expected Publication: Excerpt out TODAY. Book out January 28, 2014

Imagine a place where the dead rest on shelves like books. Each body has a story to tell, a life seen in pictures that only Librarians can read. The dead are called Histories, and the vast realm in which they rest is the Archive.
Last summer, Mackenzie Bishop, a Keeper tasked with stopping violent Histories from escaping the Archive, almost lost her life to one. Now, as she starts her junior year at Hyde School, she's struggling to get her life back. But moving on isn't easy -- not when her dreams are haunted by what happened. She knows the past is past, knows it cannot hurt her, but it feels so real, and when her nightmares begin to creep into her waking hours, she starts to wonder if she's really safe.
Meanwhile, people are vanishing without a trace, and the only thing they seem to have in common is Mackenzie. She's sure the Archive knows more than they are letting on, but before she can prove it, she becomes the prime suspect. And unless Mac can track down the real culprit, she'll lose everything, not only her role as Keeper, but her memories, and even her life. Can Mackenzie untangle the mystery before she herself unravels?
With stunning prose and a captivating mixture of action, romance, and horror, The Unbound delves into a richly imagined world where no choice is easy and love and loss feel like two sides of the same coin.


Oct 15, 2013

{Review} Through the Zombie Glass by Gena Showalter

Gena Showalter
Pages: 480
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Format: Hardcover
Source: Barnes & Noble
Age Group: Upper YA
Date Published: September 24, 2013

Inspired by the childhood classic Alice in Wonderland, this harrowing and romantic story features teen zombie slayer Alice Bell who has lost so much—family, friends, her home. After a strange new zombie attack, Alice fears she may be losing her mind as well. A terrible darkness blooms inside her, urging her to do wicked things. The whispers of the dead assault her ears and mirrors seem to come frighteningly to life. She’s never needed her team of zombie slayers more—including her boyfriend, Cole—than she does now. But as Cole strangely withdraws and the zombies gain new strength, Ali knows one false step may doom them all.

Sep 23, 2013

{Review} Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

Stephanie Perkins
Pages: 372
Publisher: Dutton
Format: Hardcover
Source: Library
Age Group: Young Adult
Date Published: December 2, 2010

Anna is looking forward to her senior year in Atlanta, where she has a great job, a loyal best friend, and a crush on the verge of becoming more. Which is why she is less than thrilled about being shipped off to boarding school in Paris--until she meets √Čtienne St. Clair. Smart, charming,beautiful, √Čtienne has it all...including a serious girlfriend.
But in the City of Light, wishes have a way of coming true. Will a year of romantic near-misses end with their long-awaited French kiss?

Sep 3, 2013

{Review} The Maze Runner by James Dashner

James Dashner
Pages: 374
Publisher: Delacorte Press 
Format: Hardcover
Source: Library
Age Group: Young Adult
Date Published: October 6, 2009

When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his first name. His memory is blank. But he’s not alone. When the lift’s doors open, Thomas finds himself surrounded by kids who welcome him to the Glade—a large, open expanse surrounded by stone walls.
Just like Thomas, the Gladers don’t know why or how they got to the Glade. All they know is that every morning the stone doors to the maze that surrounds them have opened. Every night they’ve closed tight. And every thirty days a new boy has been delivered in the lift.
Thomas was expected. But the next day, a girl is sent up—the first girl to ever arrive in the Glade. And more surprising yet is the message she delivers.
Thomas might be more important than he could ever guess. If only he could unlock the dark secrets buried within his mind.


Aug 17, 2013

{Review} Altered by Jennifer Rush

Jennifer Rush
Pages: 323
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Format: Hardcover
Source: Library
Age Group: Young Adult
Date Published: January 1, 2013

When you can’t trust yourself, who can you believe?
Everything about Anna’s life is a secret. Her father works for the Branch at the helm of its latest project: monitoring and administering treatments to the four genetically altered boys in the lab below their farmhouse. There’s Nick, Cas, Trev . . . and Sam, who’s stolen Anna’s heart. When the Branch decides it’s time to take the boys, Sam stages an escape, killing the agents sent to retrieve them.
Anna is torn between following Sam or staying behind in the safety of her everyday life. But her father pushes her to flee, making Sam promise to keep her away from the Branch, at all costs. There’s just one problem. Sam and the boys don’t remember anything before living in the lab—not even their true identities.
Now on the run, Anna soon discovers that she and Sam are connected in more ways than either of them expected. And if they’re both going to survive, they must piece together the clues of their past before the Branch catches up to them and steals it all away.


Aug 12, 2013

{Review} Mind Games by Kiersten White

Kiersten White
Pages: 237
Publisher: HarperTeen
Format: Hardcover
Source: Library
Age Group: Young Adult
Date Published: February 19, 2013

Fia was born with flawless instincts. Her first impulse, her gut feeling, is always exactly right. Her sister, Annie, is blind to the world around her—except when her mind is gripped by strange visions of the future. 
Trapped in a school that uses girls with extraordinary powers as tools for corporate espionage, Annie and Fia are forced to choose over and over between using their abilities in twisted, unthinkable ways…or risking each other’s lives by refusing to obey.
In a stunning departure from her New York Times bestselling Paranormalcy trilogy, Kiersten White delivers a slick, edgy, heartstoppingly intense psychological thriller about two sisters determined to protect each other—no matter the cost.



Aug 11, 2013

{Review} Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger

Gail Carriger
Pages: 307
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Format: Hardcover
Source: Library
Age Group: Young Adult
Date Published: February 5, 2013


It's one thing to learn to curtsy properly. It's quite another to learn to curtsy and throw a knife at the same time. Welcome to Finishing School.
Fourteen-year-old Sophronia is a great trial to her poor mother. Sophronia is more interested in dismantling clocks and climbing trees than proper manners—and the family can only hope that company never sees her atrocious curtsy. Mrs. Temminick is desperate for her daughter to become a proper lady. So she enrolls Sophronia in Mademoiselle Geraldine's Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality.
But Sophronia soon realizes the school is not quite what her mother might have hoped. At Mademoiselle Geraldine's, young ladies learn to finish...everything. Certainly, they learn the fine arts of dance, dress, and etiquette, but they also learn to deal out death, diversion, and espionage—in the politest possible ways, of course. Sophronia and her friends are in for a rousing first year's education.
Set in the same world as the Parasol Protectorate, this YA series debut is filled with all the saucy adventure and droll humor Gail Carriger's legions of fans have come to adore.


Aug 9, 2013

{Review} What Really Happened in Peru

Cassandra Clare and Sarah Rees Brennan
Pages: 133
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Format: ebook
Source: pulseit
Age Group: Young Adult
Date Published: April 16, 2013

Fans of The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices know that Magnus Bane is banned from Peru—and now they can find out why. One of ten adventures in The Bane Chronicles.
There are good reasons Peru is off-limits to Magnus Bane. Follow Magnus’s Peruvian escapades as he drags his fellow warlocks Ragnor Fell and Catarina Loss into trouble, learns several instruments (which he plays shockingly), dances (which he does shockingly), and disgraces his host nation by doing something unspeakable to the Nazca Lines.
This standalone e-only short story illuminates the life of the enigmatic Magnus Bane, whose alluring personality populates the pages of the #1 New York Times bestselling series, The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices series. This story in The Bane Chronicles, What Really Happened in Peru, is written by Sarah Rees Brennan and Cassandra Clare.

Aug 8, 2013

{Cover Freakout} Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi

I haven't been around in a while, and I'm so sorry. I'm shocked people still come by here, but I appreciate it so much! I haven't been reading a whole lot because I've got books to read for school so I've been procrastinating on those, and then I got into Fringe which is freakishly addicting (I ship Peter/Olivia so hard). 

Anyways, I just saw the cover for the last Shatter Me book and had to say how much I love it!!!


Juliette now knows she may be the only one who can stop the Reestablishment. But to take them down, she’ll need the help of the one person she never thought she could trust: Warner. And as they work together, Juliette will discover that everything she thought she knew—about Warner, her abilities, and even Adam—was wrong.
In Shatter Me, Tahereh Mafi created a captivating and original story that combined the best of dystopian and paranormal and was praised by Publishers Weekly as “a gripping read from an author who’s not afraid to take risks." The sequel, Unravel Me, blew readers away with heart-racing twists and turns, and New York Times bestselling author Kami Garcia said it was “dangerous, sexy, romantic, and intense.” Now this final book brings the series to a shocking and climactic end.
Praise for the Shatter Me series:
“Dangerous, sexy, romantic, and intense. I dare you to stop reading.”—Kami Garcia, #1 New York Times bestselling coauthor of the Beautiful Creatures series
“Tahereh Mafi’s bold, inventive prose crackles with raw emotion. A thrilling, high-stakes saga of self-discovery and forbidden love, the Shatter Me series is a must-read for fans of dystopian young adult literature—or any literature!”—Ransom Riggs, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
“Addictive, intense, and oozing with romance. I’m envious. I couldn’t put it down.”—Lauren Kate, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Fallen series



Jul 17, 2013

{Review} The Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan

Rick Riordan
Pages: 279
Publisher: Disney Hyperion Books
Format: A less beat up Paperback
Source: Probably B&N
Age Group: Middle Grade
The Sea of Monsters (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #2)Date Published: April 1, 2006

Percy Jackson’s seventh-grade year has been surprisingly quiet. Not a single monster has set foot on his New York prep-school campus. But when an innocent game of dodgeball among Percy and his classmates turns into a death match against an ugly gang of cannibal giants, things get . . . well, ugly. And the unexpected arrival of Percy’s friend Annabeth brings more bad news: the magical borders that protect Camp Half-Blood have been poisoned by a mysterious enemy, and unless a cure is found, the only safe haven for demigods will be destroyed.
In this fresh, funny, and hugely anticipated follow up to The Lightning Thief, Percy and his friends must journey into the Sea of Monsters to save their beloved camp. But first, Percy will discover a stunning new secret about his family—one that makes him question whether being claimed as Poseidon’s son is an honor or simply a cruel joke.

Jul 16, 2013

{Review} The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

Rick Riordan
Pages: 389
Publisher: Disney Hyperion Books
Format: A very beat up Paperback
Source: Probably B&N
Age Group: Middle Grade
Date Published: January 1, 2005
The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #1)

Percy Jackson is about to be kicked out of boarding school... again. And that's the least of his troubles. Lately, mythological monsters and the gods of Mount Olympus seem to be walking straight out of the pages of Percy's Greek mythology textbook and into his life. And worse, he's angered a few of them. Zeus' master lightning bolt has been stolen, and Percy is the prime suspect.
Now Percy and his friends have just ten days to find and return Zeus' stolen property and bring peace to a warring Mount Olympus. But to succeed on his quest, Percy will have to do more than catch the true thief: he must come to terms with the father who abandoned him; solve the riddle of the Oracle, which warns him of betrayal by a friend; and unravel a treachery more powerful than the gods themselves.

Jul 11, 2013

{Giveaway} Hooked by Liz Fichera



So I received this book:
Liz Fichera
Pages: 368
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Format: Paperback
Source: Harlequin Teen Panel
Age Group: Young Adult
Hooked (Hooked, #1)Date Published: January 29, 2013

When Native American Fredricka ‘Fred’ Oday is invited to become the only girl on the school’s golf team, she can’t say no. This is an opportunity to shine, win a scholarship and go to university, something no one in her family has done.
But Fred’s presence on the team isn’t exactly welcome — especially not to rich golden boy Ryan Berenger, whose best friend was kicked off the team to make a spot for Fred.
But there’s no denying that things are happening between the girl with the killer swing and the boy with the killer smile...
GET HOOKED ON A GIRL NAMED FRED.





And I have a ton of other books to read, and it's not really my type of book, so I thought maybe someone else would want it! And then I've also got some leftover swag for The Archived so the winner will also get a signed bookmark and sticker. US ONLY

And here's the Rafflecopter:

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Jul 10, 2013

{Review} Apollyon by Jennifer Armentrout

Jennifer L. Armentrout
Pages: 343
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
Format: Paperback
Source: Amazon
Age Group: Young Adult
Apollyon (Covenant, #4)Date Published: April 4, 2013

Fate isn’t something to mess with… and now, neither is Alex.Alex has always feared two things: losing herself in the Awakening and being placed on the Elixir. But love has always been stronger than Fate, and Aiden St. Delphi is willing to make war on the gods—and Alex herself—to bring her back.
The gods have killed thousands and could destroy entire cities in their quest to stop Seth from taking Alex’s power and becoming the all-powerful God Killer. But breaking Alex’s connection to Seth isn’t the only problem. There are a few pesky little loopholes in the whole “an Apollyon can’t be killed” theory, and the only person who might know how to stop the destruction has been dead for centuries.
Finding their way past the barriers that guard the Underworld, searching for one soul among countless millions, and then somehow returning will be hard enough. Alex might be able to keep Seth from becoming the God Killer… or she might become the God Killer herself.

Jul 1, 2013

{Review} The Elite by Kiera Cass

Kiera Cass
Pages: 323
Publisher: HarperTeen
Format: Hardcover
Source: Target
Age Group: Young Adult
The Elite (The Selection, #2)Date Published: April 23, 2013

The hotly-anticipated sequel to the New York Times bestseller The Selection.
Thirty-five girls came to the palace to compete in the Selection. All but six have been sent home. And only one will get to marry Prince Maxon and be crowned princess of Illea.

America still isn’t sure where her heart lies. When she’s with Maxon, she’s swept up in their new and breathless romance, and can’t dream of being with anyone else. But whenever she sees Aspen standing guard around the palace, and is overcome with memories of the life they planned to share. With the group narrowed down to the Elite, the other girls are even more determined to win Maxon over—and time is running out for America to decide.

Just when America is sure she’s made her choice, a devastating loss makes her question everything again. And while she’s struggling to imagine her future, the violent rebels that are determined to overthrow the monarchy are growing stronger and their plans could destroy her chance at any kind of happy ending.

Jun 27, 2013

{Review} Two-Way Street by Lauren Barnholdt

Lauren Barnholdt
Pages: 288
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Format: ebook
Source: PulseIt
Age Group: Upper YA
Date Published: June 26, 2007
Two-Way Street

There are two sides to every breakup.
This is Jordan and Courtney, totally in love. Sure, they were an unlikely high school couple. But they clicked; it worked. They're even going to the same college, and driving cross-country together for orientation.
Then Jordan dumps Courtney -- for a girl he met on the Internet.
It's too late to change plans, so the road trip is on. Courtney's heartbroken, but figures she can tough it out for a few days. La la la -- this is Courtney pretending not to care.
But in a strange twist, Jordan cares. A lot.
Turns out, he's got a secret or two that he's not telling Courtney. And it has everything to do with why they broke up, why they can't get back together, and how, in spite of it all, this couple is destined for each other.

Jun 23, 2013

I've Been Gone {An Explanation}

OK so, some of you lovely loyal followers may have noticed I REALLY haven't been around lately. This is a personal post, but I think it needs to be said.

Anyways, on May 23, 2013 I was admitted into the hospital. I had gone to emergency at around 6 pm on the 22nd, and once I was seen, they admitted me to the children's hospital. I don't remember much of my first week here. That week was basically lived between morphine doses, as I was in an incredible amount of pain. At the end of that week, I was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis. That was really hard on my parents (as I was in too much pain and under too many pain meds to care). 

Let's back up a little, because I think someone out there needs to hear about my stupidity. About 2 months prior to my hospital visit, I had begun showing symptoms of UC. I didn't tell anyone, because I couldn't miss school right before AP testing. I don't know if I would have ended up at this point anyways had I gone to the doctor earlier, because UC is a really weird disease, but I never gave myself the chance to find out. 

What is Ulcerative Colitis you ask? No? Oh well this is what it is (from Crohn's & Colitis):

Ulcerative Colitis (UC) is a chronic, or ongoing, disease that affects the colon, also known as the large intestine. The innermost lining of the colon becomes inflamed, and ulcers, which are tiny open sores, could form on the surface.
It’s the inflammation in the lining of the colon that causes the painful symptomscommonly associated with UC. Inflammation causes the colon to empty frequently, leading to diarrhea that – because of the ulcers – can sometimes be bloody.

May 22, 2013

{Waiting on Wednesday} Through the Zombie Glass


Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine, where we book bloggers talk about upcoming releases we are excited for. This week I'm looking forward to:

May 15, 2013

{Review} Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter

Gena Showalter
Pages: 404
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Format: Hardcover
Source: Library
Age Group: Young Adult
Alice in Zombieland (The White Rabbit Chronicles, #1)Date Published: September 25, 2012

She won’t rest until she’s sent every walking corpse back to its grave. Forever.Had anyone told Alice Bell that her entire life would change course between one heartbeat and the next, she would have laughed. From blissful to tragic, innocent to ruined? Please. But that’s all it took. One heartbeat. A blink, a breath, a second, and everything she knew and loved was gone.
Her father was right. The monsters are real….
To avenge her family, Ali must learn to fight the undead. To survive, she must learn to trust the baddest of the bad boys, Cole Holland. But Cole has secrets of his own, and if Ali isn’t careful, those secrets might just prove to be more dangerous than the zombies….
I wish I could go back and do a thousand things differently.
I'd tell my sister no.
I'd never beg my mother to talk to my dad.
I'd zip my lips and swallow those hateful words.
Or, barring all of that, I'd hug my sister, my mom and my dad one last time.
I'd tell them I love them.
I wish... Yeah, I wish.

May 1, 2013

{Review} Sweet Peril by Wendy Higgins

Wendy Higgins
Pages: 384
Publisher: HarperTeen
Format: eBook
Source: Barnes & Noble
Age Group: Young Adult/ Upper YA
Sweet PerilDate Published: April 30, 2013

Anna Whitt, the daughter of a guardian angel and a demon, promised herself she’d never do the work of her father—polluting souls. She’d been naive to make such a vow. She’d been naive about a lot of things.
Haunted by demon whisperers, Anna does whatever she can to survive, even if it means embracing her dark side and earning an unwanted reputation as her school’s party girl. Her life has never looked more bleak. And all the while there’s Kaidan Rowe, son of the Duke of Lust, plaguing her heart and mind.
When an unexpected lost message from the angels surfaces, Anna finds herself traveling the globe with Kopano, son of Wrath, in an attempt to gain support of fellow Nephilim and give them hope for the first time. It soon becomes clear that whatever freedoms Anna and the rest of the Neph are hoping to win will not be gained without a fight. Until then, Anna and Kaidan must put aside the issues between them, overcome the steamiest of temptations yet, and face the ultimate question: is loving someone worth risking their life?

Apr 28, 2013

{Review} Light by Michael Grant

Michael Grant
Pages: 411
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Format: Hardcover
Source: Library
Age Group: Young Adult
Light (Gone, #6)Date Published: April 2, 2013

It's been over a year since all the adults disappeared. Gone.
In the time since everyperson over the age of fourteen disap-peared from the town of Perdido Beach, California, countless battles have been fought: battles against hunger and lies and plague, and epic battles of good against evil. And now, the gaiaphage has been reborn as Diana's malicious mutant daughter, Gaia. Gaia is endlessly hungry for destruction. She yearns to conquer her Nemesis, Little Pete, and then bend the entire world to her warped will. As long-standing enemies become allies, secrets are revealed and unexpected sacrifices are made. Will their attempts to save themselves and one another matter in the end, or will the kids of Perdido Beach perish in this final power struggle?
Light, the sixth and final book in the New York Times bestselling Gone series by Michael Grant, creates a masterful, arresting conclusion to life in the FAYZ.


Apr 16, 2013

{Review} Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi

Tahereh Mafi
Pages:
Publisher: HarperTeen
Format: Hardcover
Source: Library
Age Group: Young Adult
Date Published: February 5, 2013
Unravel Me (Shatter Me, #2)
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time for war.
Juliette has escaped to Omega Point. It is a place for people like her—people with gifts—and it is also the headquarters of the rebel resistance.
She's finally free from The Reestablishment, free from their plan to use her as a weapon, and free to love Adam. But Juliette will never be free from her lethal touch.
Or from Warner, who wants Juliette more than she ever thought possible.
In this exhilarating sequel to Shatter Me, Juliette has to make life-changing decisions between what she wants and what she thinks is right. Decisions that might involve choosing between her heart—and Adam's life.

Apr 4, 2013

Feature & Follow (23)


The Feature & Follow blog hop is a weekly meme hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read. To join the fun and make new book blogger friends, just follow these simple rules:
  1. (Required) Follow the Follow My Book Blog Friday Hosts {Parajunkee & Alison Can Read}
  2. (Required) Follow our Featured Bloggers
  3. Put your Blog name & URL in the Linky thing. You can also grab the code if you would like to insert it into your posts.
  4. Grab the button up there and place it in a post, this post is for people to find a place to say "hi" in your comments and that they are now following you.
  5. If you are using WordPress or another CMS that doesn't have GFC (Google Friends Connect) state in your posts how you would like to be followed
  6. Follow Follow Follow as many as you can, as many as you want, or just follow a few. The whole point is to make new friends and find new blogs. Also, don't just follow, comment and say hi. Another blogger might not know you are a new follower if you don't say "HI"
  7. If someone comments and says they are following you, be a dear and follow back. Spread the Love...and the followers

{Review} The Indigo Spell by Richelle Mead

Richelle Mead
Pages: 401
Publisher: Razorbill
Format: Hardcover
Source: Library
Age Group: Young Adult
The Indigo Spell (Bloodlines, #3)Date Published: February 12, 2013

In the aftermath of a forbidden moment that rocked Sydney to her core, she finds herself struggling to draw the line between her Alchemist teachings and what her heart is urging her to do. Then she meets alluring, rebellious Marcus Finch--a former Alchemist who escaped against all odds, and is now on the run. Marcus wants to teach Sydney the secrets he claims the Alchemists are hiding from her. But as he pushes her to rebel against the people who raised her, Sydney finds that breaking free is harder than she thought. There is an old and mysterious magic rooted deeply within her. And as she searches for an evil magic user targeting powerful young witches, she realizes that her only hope is to embrace her magical blood--or else she might be next.


Apr 3, 2013

{Waiting on Wednesday} The Unbound by Victoria Schwab


Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine, where we book bloggers talk about upcoming releases we are excited for. This week I'm looking forward to:

Apr 2, 2013

Top Ten Characters I Would Crush On If I Were Also A Fictional Character

 
Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, and today's theme is "Top Ten Characters I Would Crush On If I Were Also A Fictional Character."

Clockwork Princess (The Infernal Devices, #3)1. Will Herondale, The Infernal Devices- He's gorgeous, reckless, caring, brilliant, funny, and a generally wonderful character. He sings about demon pox for crying out loud! He's got dark hair and bright blue eyes and he's Welsh. What more could you want? 

2. Noah Shaw, Mara Dyer- Tall, unkempt, gorgeous, messy brown hair. Think prep school boy who's just really rumpled. He's loaded, but drives a crappy Prius. He doesn't care about himself and fights a lot (which, is totally sexy). He's clever and caring and wonderful and protective and I want one. He also smokes, but apparently (according to Mara), he looks good doing it.

Mar 29, 2013

Feature & Follow (22)


Alison Can Read Feature & Follow
The Feature & Follow blog hop is a weekly meme hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read. To join the fun and make new book blogger friends, just follow these simple rules:
  1. (Required) Follow the Follow My Book Blog Friday Hosts {Parajunkee & Alison Can Read}
  2. (Required) Follow our Featured Bloggers
  3. Put your Blog name & URL in the Linky thing. You can also grab the code if you would like to insert it into your posts.
  4. Grab the button up there and place it in a post, this post is for people to find a place to say "hi" in your comments and that they are now following you.
  5. If you are using WordPress or another CMS that doesn't have GFC (Google Friends Connect) state in your posts how you would like to be followed
  6. Follow Follow Follow as many as you can, as many as you want, or just follow a few. The whole point is to make new friends and find new blogs. Also, don't just follow, comment and say hi. Another blogger might not know you are a new follower if you don't say "HI"
  7. If someone comments and says they are following you, be a dear and follow back. Spread the Love...and the followers

Mar 27, 2013

{Review} Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare

Cassandra Clare
Pages: 568
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Format: Hardcover
Source: Target
Clockwork Princess (The Infernal Devices, #3)Date Published: March 19, 2013

Danger and betrayal, secrets and enchantment in the breathtaking conclusion to the Infernal Devices trilogy
Tessa Gray should be happy - aren't all brides happy?
Yet as she prepares for her wedding, a net of shadows begins to tighten around the Shadowhunters of the London Institute.
A new demon appears, one linked by blood and secrecy to Mortmain, the man who plans to use his army of pitiless automatons, the Infernal Devices, to destroy the Shadowhunters. Mortmain needs only one last item to complete his plan. He needs Tessa. And Jem and Will, the boys who lay equal claim to Tessa's heart, will do anything to save her.



DO NOT READ THIS REVIEW IF YOU HAVEN'T READ THE FIRST TWO BOOKS

Mar 19, 2013

Top Ten Books I HAD To Buy...But Are Still Sitting On My Shelf Unread

 
Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, and today's theme is "Top Ten Books I HAD To Buy...But Are Still Sitting On My Shelf Unread."


Days of Blood & Starlight (Daughter of Smoke and Bone, #2)1. Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor- I LOVED Daughter of Smoke and Bone and begged my nana for the sequel for Christmas... but never read it... I recently read a glowing review for it and will pick it up soon!

2. Finale by Becca Fitzpatrick- I am in love with this series. I own all of the books and have read them multiple times. So, I bought Finale right when it came out... and never read it. I'm not sure why! I'll read it (After Clockwork Princess of course!!! BECAUSE THAT COMES OUT TODAY AND EVERYTHING ELSE COMES SECOND)

3. The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith- I wanted to read this one so badly. It has everything I want in a contemporary- and a great cover. For whatever reason, it's still sitting on my bookshelf.

Mar 9, 2013

[ARC Review] The Eternity Cure by Julie Kagawa

The Eternity Cure (Blood of Eden, #2)
Julie Kagawa
Pages: 446
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Format: eGalley
Source: NetGalley
Age Group: Young Adult
Expected Publication: April 23, 2013

Allison Sekemoto has vowed to rescue her creator, Kanin, who is being held hostage and tortured by the psychotic vampire Sarren. The call of blood leads her back to the beginning—New Covington and the Fringe, and a vampire prince who wants her dead yet may become her wary ally.
Even as Allie faces shocking revelations and heartbreak like she’s never known, a new strain of the Red Lung virus that decimated humanity is rising to threaten human and vampire alike.


Mar 5, 2013

[ARC Review] The Nightmare Affair by Mindee Arnett

Mindee Arnett
Pages: 367
Publisher: Tor Teen
Source: NetGalley
Format: eGalley
Age Group: Young Adult
Date Published: March 5, 2013
The Nightmare Affair (The Arkwell Academy, #1)

Sixteen-year-old Dusty Everhart breaks into houses late at night, but not because she’s a criminal. No, she’s a Nightmare.
Literally.
Being the only Nightmare at Arkwell Academy, a boarding school for magickind, and living in the shadow of her mother’s infamy, is hard enough. But when Dusty sneaks into Eli Booker’s house, things get a whole lot more complicated. He’s hot, which means sitting on his chest and invading his dreams couldn’t get much more embarrassing. But it does. Eli is dreaming of a murder.
Then Eli’s dream comes true.
Now Dusty has to follow the clues—both within Eli’s dreams and out of them—to stop the killer before more people turn up dead. And before the killer learns what she’s up to and marks her as the next target.


Mar 2, 2013

[Review] I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga

I Hunt Killers (Jasper Dent, #1)
Barry Lyga
Pages: 361 
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Format: Hardcover
Source: Library
Age Group: Upper YA
Date Published: April 3, 2012
What if the world's worst serial killer...was your dad?
Jasper "Jazz" Dent is a likable teenager. A charmer, one might say.
But he's also the son of the world's most infamous serial killer, and for Dear Old Dad, Take Your Son to Work Day was year-round. Jazz has witnessed crime scenes the way cops wish they could—from the criminal's point of view.
And now bodies are piling up in Lobo's Nod.
In an effort to clear his name, Jazz joins the police in a hunt for a new serial killer. But Jazz has a secret—could he be more like his father than anyone knows?


Mar 1, 2013

Feature & Follow (21)

Gain New Blog Followers 
The Feature & Follow blog hop is a weekly meme hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read. To join the fun and make new book blogger friends, just follow these simple rules:
  1. (Required) Follow the Follow My Book Blog Friday Hosts {Parajunkee & Alison Can Read}
  2. (Required) Follow our Featured Bloggers
  3. Put your Blog name & URL in the Linky thing. You can also grab the code if you would like to insert it into your posts.
  4. Grab the button up there and place it in a post, this post is for people to find a place to say "hi" in your comments and that they are now following you.
  5. If you are using WordPress or another CMS that doesn't have GFC (Google Friends Connect) state in your posts how you would like to be followed
  6. Follow Follow Follow as many as you can, as many as you want, or just follow a few. The whole point is to make new friends and find new blogs. Also, don't just follow, comment and say hi. Another blogger might not know you are a new follower if you don't say "HI"
  7. If someone comments and says they are following you, be a dear and follow back. Spread the Love...and the followers

Feb 11, 2013

Phoebe Pope and the Year of Four: Review and Giveaway


Nya Jade
Pages: 335
Publisher: Dreamwell Publishing
Format: Paperback
Source: Xpresso Book Tours
Age Group: Young Adult
Date Published: October 30, 2012
Phoebe Pope and the Year of Four (Shapers, #1)

The students of Green Lane Academy roam their halls unaware that below their manicured campus exists a prestigious school of an entirely different kind . . .
Sixteen-year-old Phoebe Pope has enrolled at the Campus Below: a spy academy for shape-shifters hidden deep beneath the grounds of a boarding school whose humans unknowingly protect it. There, thanks to a carefully planned schedule, she leads a double life: spy trainee Below and normal teenager Above.
As if two course loads, concealing a secret power she alone wields, and coping with her father’s recent death weren’t enough, Phoebe finds herself developing major feelings for actor and teen heartthrob Colten Chase, who attends the Campus Above and appears to be majoring in winning Phoebe’s heart. But when officials learn that Phoebe may be at the center of a startling prophecy, she becomes the target of shape-shifting assassins who will stop at nothing to suppress the truth.
Now Phoebe’s lessons about Shaper’s enemies and spycraft take on great importance as a menace stalks the campus, with Phoebe as its target. Meanwhile, what began as an unlikely relationship with Colten, quickly morphs into heartache when she suspects that something sinister lurks beneath this movie star’s glitter and fame. Suddenly, Phoebe’s caught in a mesh of lies, betrayals, and danger where she doesn’t know who to trust, and needs to rely on herself—and her secret power—to get to the truth and to stay alive.


Feb 8, 2013

[Review] The Madman's Daughter by Megan Shepherd

Megan Shepherd
Pages:
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Format: *signed TO ME* Hardcover
Source: Malaprop's Bookstore
Age Group: Young Adult
Date Published: January 29, 2013
The Madman's Daughter (The Madman's Daughter, #1)

In the darkest places, even love is deadly.
Sixteen-year-old Juliet Moreau has built a life for herself in London—working as a maid, attending church on Sundays, and trying not to think about the scandal that ruined her life. After all, no one ever proved the rumors about her father's gruesome experiments. But when she learns he is alive and continuing his work on a remote tropical island, she is determined to find out if the accusations are true.
Accompanied by her father's handsome young assistant, Montgomery, and an enigmatic castaway, Edward—both of whom she is deeply drawn to—Juliet travels to the island, only to discover the depths of her father's madness: He has experimented on animals so that they resemble, speak, and behave as humans. And worse, one of the creatures has turned violent and is killing the island's inhabitants. Torn between horror and scientific curiosity, Juliet knows she must end her father's dangerous experiments and escape her jungle prison before it's too late. Yet as the island falls into chaos, she discovers the extent of her father's genius—and madness—in her own blood.
Inspired by H. G. Wells's classic The Island of Dr. Moreau, The Madman's Daughter is a dark and breathless Gothic thriller about the secrets we'll do anything to know and the truths we'll go to any lengths to protect.


Feb 6, 2013

Wings of Tavea Blog Tour: Reviews & Giveaway


Devri Walls
Pages: 462
Publisher: Stonehouse Ink
Age Group: Young Adult
Wings of Arian (The Solus Series, #1 )Release Date: April 24, 2012

Kiora thought she had never heard a lie until she was sixteen. But she was wrong. Her entire existence was based on nothing but. She thought that evil did not exist. Lie. That magic was not real. Lie. And that the land of Meros was all there was. One more lie.
With Aleric telling her that evil is knocking on the door and that she is the only one who can stop them she has a choice to make. Refuse, or start the wildest most painful ride of her life.
She reluctantly dips her toe into her new existence of magic and threads, dragons and shapeshifters, and the person who wants to take control of it all: the evil Dralazar.
However, this journey was never meant to be hers alone. She will be accompanied by a Protector. To her disbelief, and utter irritation they name the hotheaded, stubborn, non -magical, (albeit gorgeous) Prince Emane. They will have to trust each other with their lives, but right now Kiora would settle for a non hostile conversation.
And now it comes down to this, If you had never heard a lie, would you know when you heard one? Is knowing good from evil innate? Kiora finds herself having to decide who lives and who dies on those very questions.

Feb 3, 2013

Malaprops Event: Extreme Fangirling

So, I got my dad to drive Amanda (she's written a blog post or two here in the past, but she's my BFF) and me (with the rest of the fam) to Asheville yesterday for this super cool book signing & IT WAS SO AMAZING. I met Megan Shepherd (The Madman's Daughter), Victoria Schwab (The Archived), Lenore Appelhans (Level 2), Beth Revis (Across the Universe trilogy), and Meagan Spooner (Skylark). They were all so funny and nice and adorable and I nearly died from excitement. Each of them read from their books and told a bit about themselves to start.

Victoria talking about The Archived

Jan 28, 2013

[Review] This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen

Sarah Dessen
Pages: 345
Publisher: Speak
Format: Paperback
Source: A used book store in Atlanta, GA that I can't remember the name of
Age Group: Young Adult
This LullabyDate Published: March 8, 2004
When it comes to relationships, Remy doesn't mess around. After all, she's learned all there is to know from her mother, who's currently working on husband number five. But there's something about Dexter that seems to defy all of Remy's rules. He certainly doesn't seem like Mr. Right. For some reason, however, Remy just can't seem to shake him. Could it be that Remy's starting to understand what those love songs are all about?

Jan 22, 2013

My First Vlog: A Release Day Giveaway for The Archived

UPDATE: THE COPY OF THE ARCHIVED I AM GIVING AWAY IS NOW SIGNED!!!

So I have made my first attempt at vlogging.... 



I really do apologize for that :) The giveaway will run until Feb. 2!

Jan 20, 2013

The Archived Swag Giveaway!

Hey guys! So I haven't done a whole post on this yet, though I have mentioned it a couple times, but I got picked to be one of Victoria Schwab's Keepers!! (She made a blog post listing all of the keepers and I'm on the top of the list- I don't think it matters that much but  I'm there- YAY) Anyways, because of this I have lots of The Archived goodies for people and I'm gonna give them away in different places. So, here are the things I have for you:

Sticker, bookmark, and tote bag! (only 1)


The bookmark and tote bag are signed!!!!


Signed bookmark and sticker (I have 9 of these)

Sound cool? Great! So here are a few rules:
  • You must be 13+ to enter
  • Giveaway is US ONLY. I don't know how to deal with international shipping, and I'm really not made of money (seriously- I'm pretty broke).
  • Winner has 48 hours to respond or I will pick a new winner
  • No cheating! I delete entries from cheaters. Seriously. I will check.
(I may have just added an entry- go take a pic of The Archived in the wild!)
a Rafflecopter giveaway

The Archived
Victoria Schwab
Expected Publication: January 22, 2013 (TUESDAY)
The Archived (The Archived, #1)

Imagine a place where the dead rest on shelves like books.
Each body has a story to tell, a life seen in pictures that only Librarians can read. The dead are called Histories, and the vast realm in which they rest is the Archive.
Da first brought Mackenzie Bishop here four years ago, when she was twelve years old, frightened but determined to prove herself. Now Da is dead, and Mac has grown into what he once was, a ruthless Keeper, tasked with stopping often-violent Histories from waking up and getting out. Because of her job, she lies to the people she loves, and she knows fear for what it is: a useful tool for staying alive.
Being a Keeper isn't just dangerous-it's a constant reminder of those Mac has lost. Da's death was hard enough, but now her little brother is gone too. Mac starts to wonder about the boundary between living and dying, sleeping and waking. In the Archive, the dead must never be disturbed. And yet, someone is deliberately altering Histories, erasing essential chapters. Unless Mac can piece together what remains, the Archive itself might crumble and fall.
In this haunting, richly imagined novel, Victoria Schwab reveals the thin lines between past and present, love and pain, trust and deceit, unbearable loss and hard-won redemption.

If you haven't read my review for The Archived, you can find it here.

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