“Come, fruit of my loins, we’re going for a walk.”

Title: Perception
Author: Kim Harrington
Release Date: March 1st, 2012
Publisher: Scholastic Point
Pages: 288
Edition: Hardcover
Source: For Review
Note: YEAH I KNOW, the quote is from Clarity but I just love it so much!
Cover Judge: Yeah....nope. Not working for me.
Goodreads: Link

When you can see things others can't, what do you do when someone's watching you?

Everybody knows about Clarity "Clare" Fern. She's the psychic girl in school, the one who can place her hands on something and see hidden visions from the past.

Only Clare would rather not be a celebrity. She prefers hanging back, observing. Her gift is not a game to her.

But then someone starts playing with her head . . . and heart. Messages and gifts from a secret admirer crop up everywhere Clare turns. Could they be from Gabriel, the gorgeous boy who gets Clare's pulse racing? Or from Justin, Clare's hopeful ex-boyfriend who'd do anything to win her back?

One thing is certain. Clare needs to solve this mystery, and soon. Because the messages are becoming sinister, and a girl in town has suddenly disappeared.

Harrington really knows how to write a fun, quirky mystery that keeps me guessing and this book is no exception!

Perception is just, essentially, a damn good book. Clare is one of the best snarky heroines I've ever read about, from her witty one-liners to her logical thinking when it comes to the mystery-aspect of the movie. Nothing ever feels forced coming out of her mouth and you basically want to be her best friend. I like that she stays consistent from one book to the next but still manages to come off more mature and definitely more determined when another murder pops up into town. She thinks like teens think and that's what makes her genuine and real.

Harrington's writing style is simply and easy to follow while still flowing seamlessly enough to keep the action going throughout the book. Not once are you bored because there's just so much going on! Between the murder mystery Clare is determined to solve (even if her mother doesn't approve), to her brother's mysterious ways of locking himself up in his room, and the full bloom of her love triangle between Justin and Gabriel, there isn't a dull moment in Clarity's life!

This love triangle better not turn you off because it's crazy well done! Justin is Clare's ex-boyfriend who made a mistake and is now desperate to get her back, and he really brings it to the table. He's sweet and funny and he acknowledges his mistakes and makes up for it by saving her life in Clarity and being himself in Perception! But ultimately, i'm a Gabriel girl myself. Funny, mysterious enough to keep me loving him but not enough to make me want to punch him in the face, and just sooo sweet. I like that neither side ever tried to force her to chose or gave her an ultimatum, they let her come up with whatever decision she wanted on her own. And while it was important, I like that it wasn't the only thing on Clare's mind! She approached the situation between the three of them calmly and rationally and sometimes, didn't even think about it at all!

The killer? Was my second guess! Although i'm kind of still suspicious about my first guess soooo...WHO KNOWS!

Overall, this series is funny, cute, and well-written! I can't wait to see what's coming next,
Happy Reading!


YA WATCH (2/18 - 2/25)


Title: Ten
Author: Gretchen McNeil
Release Date: September 18th, 2012
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Pages: --
Edition: Hardcover
Note: Reminds me of And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie!
Goodreads: Link

And their doom comes swiftly.
It was supposed to be the weekend of their lives – an exclusive house party on Henry Island. Best friends Meg and Minnie each have their reasons for being there (which involve T.J., the school's most eligible bachelor) and look forward to three glorious days of boys, booze and fun-filled luxury.
But what they expect is definitely not what they get, and what starts out as fun turns dark and twisted after the discovery of a DVD with a sinister message: Vengeance is mine.
Suddenly people are dying, and with a storm raging, the teens are cut off the from the outside world. No electricity, no phones, no internet, and a ferry that isn't scheduled to return for two days. As the deaths become more violent and the teens turn on each other, can Meg find the killer before more people die? Or is the killer closer to her than she could ever imagine?

Title: Shadow and Bone
Author: Leigh Bardugo 
Release Date: June 5th, 2012
Publisher: Henry Holt 
Pages: 365
Edition: Hardcover
Note: Read this one this week and it is my FAVORITE book of this year so far. Vivid, heart-wrenching, and absolutely stunning.
Goodreads: Link

Surrounded by enemies, the once-great nation of Ravka has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold, a swath of near-impenetrable darkness crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh. Now its fate may rest on the shoulders of one unlikely refugee.

Alina Starkov has never been good at anything. But when her regiment is attacked on the Fold and her best friend is brutally injured, Alina reveals a dormant power that saves his life– a power that could be the key to setting her war-ravaged country free. Wrenched from everything she knows, Alina is whisked away to the royal court to be trained as a member of the Grisha, the magical elite led by the mysterious Darkling.

Yet nothing in this lavish world is what it seems. With darkness looming and an entire kingdom depending on her untamed power, Alina will have to confront the secrets of the Grisha… and the secrets of her heart.

Title: Defiance
Author: C.J Redwine
Release Date: August 28th, 2012
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Pages: 416
Edition: Hardcover
Note: One of my most anticipated books of the year! GAH.
Goodreads: Link

Within the walls of Baalboden, beneath the shadow of the city’s brutal leader, Rachel Adams has a secret. While other girls sew dresses, host dinner parties, and obey their male Protectors, Rachel knows how to survive in the wilderness and deftly wield a sword. When her father, Jared, fails to return from a courier mission and is declared dead, the Commander assigns Rachel a new Protector, her father’s apprentice, Logan—the same boy Rachel declared her love for two years ago, and the same boy who handed her heart right back to her. Left with nothing but fierce belief in her father’s survival, Rachel decides to escape and find him herself. But treason against the Commander carries a heavy price, and what awaits her in the Wasteland could destroy her.

At nineteen, Logan McEntire is many things. Orphan. Outcast. Inventor. As apprentice to the city’s top courier, Logan is focused on learning his trade so he can escape the tyranny of Baalboden. But his plan never included being responsible for his mentor’s impulsive daughter. Logan is determined to protect her, but when his escape plan goes wrong and Rachel pays the price, he realizes he has more at stake than disappointing Jared.

As Rachel and Logan battle their way through the Wasteland, stalked by a monster that can’t be killed and an army of assassins out for blood, they discover romance, heartbreak, and a truth that will incite a war decades in the making.

Title: The Lost Girl
Author: Sangu Mandanna
Release Date: August 28th, 2012
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Pages: 432
Edition: Hardcover
Note: Sounds SO GOOD.
Goodreads: Link

Eva’s life is not her own. She is a creation, an abomination—an echo. She was made as a copy of someone else, expected to replace a girl named Amarra, her “other,” if she ever died. Eva spends every day studying that girl from far away.
But fifteen years of studying never prepared her for this.
Now she must abandon everything and everyone she’s ever known—the guardians who raised her, the boy she’s forbidden to love—to move to India and convince the world that Amarra is still alive.

Title: Time Between Us
Author: Tamra Ireland Stone
Release Date: October 9th, 2012
Publisher: Hyperion
Pages: 384
Edition: Hardcover
Goodreads: Link

Anna and Bennett were never supposed to meet: she lives in 1995 Chicago and he lives in 2012 San Francisco. But Bennett’s unique ability to travel through time and space brings him into Anna’s life, and with him, a new world of adventure and possibility.

As their relationship deepens, they face the reality that time might knock Bennett back where he belongs, even as a devastating crisis throws everything they believe into question. Against a ticking clock, Anna and Bennett are forced to ask themselves how far they can push the bounds of fate—and what consequences they can bear in order to stay together.

Title: The Unfailing Light
Author: Robin Bridges 
Release Date: October 9th, 2012
Publisher: Random House
Pages: 400
Edition: Hardcover
Note: The summary might have spoilers for book one!
Goodreads: Link

Having had no choice but to use her power has a necromancer to save Russia from dark forces, Katerina Alexandrovna, Duchess of Oldenburg, now wants to forget that she ever used her special powers. She's about to set off to pursue her lifelong dream of attending medical school when she discovers that Russia's arch nemesis--who she thought she'd destroyed--is still alive. So on imperial orders, Katerina remains at her old finishing school. She'll be safe there, because the empress has cast a potent spell to protect it against the vampires and revenants who are bent on toppling the tsar and using Katerina for their own gains. But to Katerina's horror, the spell unleashes a vengeful ghost within the school, a ghost more dangerous than any creature trying to get in.


J.K. Rowling has a new book... and it's not for kids. The author has signed a world English deal with Little, Brown, selling print, e-book, and audio rights to her first novel for adults. Rumors have been going around it might be a CRIME FICTION NOVEL.

Scott Tracey's new series beginning with Moonset, about the five children of warlock terrorists, who must struggle against the descrutive legecy left behind by their parents, all while resisting their own capacity for darkness, to Brian Farrey-Latz at Flux, in a two-book deal, by Ginger Clark at Curtis Brown (World English)

Andrea Spooner at Little, Brown Books for Young Readers has signed SF author and 2011 Printz winner Paolo Bacigalupi to a three-book deal, including his first middle grade novel. That novel, Zombie Baseball Beatdown is slated for spring 2013; it follows three boys on a baseball team who discover that tainted meat from their town’s meatpacking plant is turning people and animals into zombies. After that, tentatively scheduled for fall 2013, will be Bacigalupi’s first contemporary YA novel, The Doubt Factory, about a teenage girl who discovers that her father heads an organization that provides dangerous false messaging to society about global warming and other issues. The final book of the deal, Seascape, a YA novel set in the same futuristic world of Ship Breaker and the forthcoming The Drowned Cities, is scheduled for fall 2014. Martha Millard at the Martha Millard Literary Agency brokered the deal for world English rights.


The Selection,’ by Kiera Cass is set 300 years in the future where a lottery is set up to pick contestants in a competition to become queen of the nation. The novel was picked up by the CW as a television pilot – and Aimee Teegarden of Friday Night Lights, Scream 4, and Prom has been chosen for the lead according to TV Line! The concept and post-apocalyptic time period has brought comparisons to the hugely popular upcoming film and book series ‘The Hunger Games‘. I personally think the television show will be very different, but I am excited to have something exciting and dystopian as a TV show!

Lily Collins (Mirror, Mirror) is in talks to star in ‘Rosaline,’ a twist on Romeo and Juliet that’s based on Rebecca Serle’s debut novel When You Were Mine. Rosaline is the woman Romeo first claims to love from afar before he becomes enamored with Juliet. ‘Rosaline’ tells Romeo’s ex-girlfriend’s side of the story. Michael Sucsy is directing from a script by Scott Neustader and Michael H. Weber [(500) Days of Summer]. There had been talk of Hailee Steinfeld, Dave Franco and Deborah Ann Woll starring, but deals were never able to work out.

Emma Watson is in ‘final negotiations’ to take on the role of Belle in an adaptation of Beauty and the Beast. Guillermo del Toro (Pan’s Labyrinth) is officially on board to direct the new live-action adaptation. He was originally on board only as a producer. Andrew Davis (Bridget Jones’ Dairy) is set to write the screenplay. It was rumored almost seven months ago that del Toro was adapting this story with Emma Watson in mind, but only now does it appear it will actually happen.
According to Variety, Moira Buffini, who is the screenwriter of films such as Jane Eyre (starring Mia Wasikowska, and Michael Fassbender), Byzantium (Starring Saoirse Ronan), and more – has signed on to pen ‘The Night Circus‘ by Erin Morgenstern.


Rachel Hawkins announced her Tour Dates this week!

MARCH 13: WASHINGTON D.C., Bethesda Public Library (with Ally Carter!)

MARCH 14: FAIRLESS HILLS, PA, Barnes and Noble (with Ally Carter SOME MORE!)

MARCH 15-16 : HARLEYSVILLE, PA AND DOYLESTOWN, PA, Harleysville Books and Booktenders.

MARCH 17: RALEIGH, NC, Quail Ridge Books (with Ally Carter again! YAY!)

MARCH 19: CORAL GABLES, FL, Books&Books. (And YES, I will be there!)

MARCH 22: DAYTON, OH, Books&Co.

MARCH 26: JACKSON, MS, Lemuria.

MARCH 27: OXFORD, MS, Square Books Jr.

MARCH 28: NASHVILLE, TN, Parnassus Books.

MARCH 30: BOSTON, MA, Wellesley Books.

Happy Reading!


Why Don't I Have A Genie? (1)

Inspired by features/memes like Books To Pine For and Waiting on Wednesday! But I dno't like being constricted to Wednesdays so here we go! And as for that title...I don't even know, guys. Just go with it.


Title: Kill Me Softly
Author: Sarah Cross
Release Date: April 10th, 2012
Publisher: EgmontUSA
Pages: 314
Edition: Hardcover
Goodreads: Link

True love’s kiss just may prove deadly....

Mirabelle’s past is shrouded in secrecy, from her parents’ tragic deaths to her guardians’ half-truths about why she can’t return to her birthplace, Beau Rivage. Desperate to see the town, Mira runs away a week before her sixteenth birthday—and discovers a world she never could have imagined.

In Beau Rivage, nothing is what it seems—the strangely pale girl with a morbid interest in apples, the obnoxious playboy who’s a beast to everyone he meets, and the chivalrous guy who has a thing for damsels in distress. Here, fairy tales come to life, curses are awakened, and ancient stories are played out again and again.

But fairy tales aren’t pretty things, and they don’t always end in happily ever after. Mira has a role to play, a fairy-tale destiny to embrace or resist. As she struggles to take control of her fate, Mira is drawn into the lives of two brothers with fairy-tale curses of their own ... brothers who share a dark secret. And she’ll find that love, just like fairy tales, can have sharp edges and hidden thorns.

Title: What's Left of me
Author: Kat Zhang
Release Date: September 13th, 2012
Publisher: HarperTeen
Pages: 336
Edition: Hardcover
Goodreads: Link

NEVER LET ME GO meets HIS DARK MATERIALS in a beautiful, haunting YA debut, the first book in The Hybrid Trilogy.

Eva and Addie live in a world where everyone is born with two souls, but where only the dominant one is allowed to survive childhood. Fifteen years old, and closer even than twins, the girls are keeping Eva, the ‘second soul’, a secret. They know that it’s forbidden to be hybrid, but how could they ever be apart?

When a dramatic event reveals what really happens to hybrids if they are discovered, Eva and Addie face a dangerous fight for survival, neither wanting to be the one left behind…

Title: Amelia Anne is Dead And Gone
Author: Kat Rosenfield
Release Date: July 5th, 2012
Publisher: Dutton Juvenile
Pages: 277
Edition: Hardcover
Goodreads: Link

On the night of Becca’s high school graduation, the discovery of an unidentified dead girl left to bleed out on the side of a dirt road sends the town—and Becca—into a tailspin. Becca has always longed to break free from her small home town, but as the violence of the outside world creeps into her backyard, she withdraws and retreats inward, paralyzed for the first time in her life.

Short chapters detailing the last days of Amelia Anne Richardson’s life are intercut with Becca’s own coming-of-age summer, unfolding into the parallel stories of two young women struggling with self-identity and tense romantic relationships as the summer’s tumultuous events twist Becca closer and closer to the truth about Amelia’s murder.

Title: When You Were Mine
Author: Rebecca Serle
Release Date: May 1st, 2012
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Pages: 334
Edition: Hardcover
Goodreads: Link

"What's in a name, Shakespeare? I'll tell you: everything."
Rosaline knows that she and Rob are destined to be together. Rose has been waiting for years for Rob to kiss her--and when he finally does, it's perfect. But then Juliet moves back to town. Juliet, who used to be Rose's best friend. Juliet, who now inexplicably hates her. Juliet, who is gorgeous, vindictive, and a little bit crazy...and who has set her sights on Rob. He doesn't even stand a chance.
Rose is devastated over losing Rob to Juliet. This is not how the story was supposed to go. And when rumors start swirling about Juliet's instability, her neediness, and her threats of suicide, Rose starts to fear not only for Rob's heart, but also for his life. Because Shakespeare may have gotten the story wrong, but we all still know how it ends.
What do you think? Sound amazing, RIGHT?
Happy Reading!


“When the worst happens and you still survive, it sets you free from fear.”

Title: Don't Breathe A Word
Author: Holly Cupala
Release Date: January 3rd, 2012
Publisher: HarperTeen
Pages: 299
Edition: Paperback
Source: For Review
Goodreads: Link

Joy Delamere is suffocating...

From asthma, which has nearly claimed her life. From her parents, who will do anything to keep that from happening. From delectably dangerous Asher, who is smothering her from the inside out.

Joy can take his words - tender words, cruel words - until the night they go too far.

Now, Joy will leave everything behind to find the one who has offered his help, a homeless boy called Creed. She will become someone else. She will learn to survive. She will breathe... if only she can get to Creed before it’s too late.

Don't Breathe A Word is an interesting book and definitely a quick read!

The story centers around a girl named Joy who has severe asthma and is constantly under watch by her parents until her brother moves out, her primary care-taker. Then, her boyfriend Asher starts to take over. And when I say "take-over", I literally mean take over. He's rude, abusive in both a mental, verbal, and eventually physical way, and you start the story with Joy simply unable to take it anymore, causing her to run away and become homeless.

Holly Cupala has the kind of writing style that packs a punch without being too flowery or over-descriptive. She alludes to the "incident" that caused Joy to run away in the first place any times, making it something Joy keeps thinking about in small pieces until you finally get the whole picture. As for Joy herself...I wasn't really feeling her. I felt like she grew a lot throughout the book but, especially with scenes that included Asher, I was like: GIRL WHAT ARE YOU DOING? She comes into her own in her own way though, which I can appreciate.

Something that did confuse me however was the fact that she had severe asthma and I kept thinking that this was going to be a major problem because you don't usually put SEVERE in front of something if it's not...you know, severe. And it's a problem, but it's not anything big. As long as she had her meds, even in the Winter, she was alright. I don't know how asthma works since I don't have it, but I felt that was just brushed over when  it was supposed to be an important part of the story (in my mind).

Asher was a total asshat and I think that's what frustrated me the most about Joy. You get to see when she first meets him and he was...not appealing in any way. He's not charming or sweet in the beginning; he's pushy and arrogant and pretentious and I just have no idea what she saw in him. I understand the idea of Joy wanting something that was always in control in her life, because DUDE. NOTHING APPEALING.

On the other hand, I did love Creed. Tortured street musician that's sweet, caring, and a really friendly guy, he gave Joy the love that she needed.

As for the ending, that ALSO didn't rub me the right way. I'm a optimistic person guys, you know me. But the ending ties up in this perfect little bow that kind of just...didn't seem realistic at all. Some of the side-character gets into some pretty deep crap and suddenly, at the end, everything's okay! Nothing happened! Everyone's fine! Especially May? I was completely surprised.

Happy Reading!


Food For Thought -- Heroines And Their Abilities (1)

This is a feature that'll do every once in a while where I just talk a little bit about something that's bothering me at the moment and then you comment and we can discuss in the comments! Sound good? AWESOME.


THOUGHT: Why do heroines get so mad when the love interest/family member doesn't tell them about their power? 

So I was reading a book recently where the heroine gets all angry and says she was "betrayed" by her love interest because he didn't tell her she was a supernatural creature until they had proof to show her.

And that's always something that's confused me in books because would you really have believed them if they'd told you without having any sort of proof? If they just told you outright without any sort of way to show they're not crazy; I'd think you were crazy for believing them!

And ON A SIDE NOTE: why does this always cause them to run into the arms of the enemy? Because honestly, they're as likely (and probably will) lie to you if they have to.

And it's swoony to lie to protect you, but isn't keeping it a secret until you're ready for it some form of protection?

Leave your thoughts down in the comments and we'll talk!
Happy Reading!


"Of course, Widdershins, be careful. Don't do anything unwise." "Who, me?"

Title: Thief's Covenant (Widdershins #1)
Author: Ari Marmell
Release Date: February 21st, 2012
Publisher: Pyr (Prometheus Books)
Pages: 240
Edition: Hardcover
Source: For Review
Goodreads: Link

Once she was Adrienne Satti. An orphan of Davillon, she had somehow escaped destitution and climbed to the ranks of the city’s aristocracy in a rags-to-riches story straight from an ancient fairy tale. Until one horrid night, when a conspiracy of forces—human and other—stole it all away in a flurry of blood and murder.
Today she is Widdershins, a thief making her way through Davillon’s underbelly with a sharp blade, a sharper wit, and the mystical aid of Olgun, a foreign god with no other worshippers but Widdershins herself. It’s not a great life, certainly nothing compared to the one she once had, but it’s hers.
But now, in the midst of Davillon’s political turmoil, an array of hands are once again rising up against her, prepared to tear down all that she’s built. The City Guard wants her in prison. Members of her own Guild want her dead. And something horrid, something dark, something ancient is reaching out for her, a past that refuses to let her go. Widdershins and Olgun are going to find answers, and justice, for what happened to her—but only if those who almost destroyed her in those years gone by don’t finish the job first.

High Fantasy? Check. Badass Heroine? Check. Crazy Adventures? Check. Marmell takes you on a wild ride following Adrienne (known on the streets as Widdershins) and her discovery of not only her past, but just what the hell is going on with her future.

I loved reading every minute of Widdershins story. She was funny and charming and incredibly bad ass, as all thief's are. I like that she has that....thieves swagger about her, because it's always amazing reading about a confident and kick-ass heroine every once in a while. But this didn't mean that Adrienne didn't have her weak moments, where she didn't know what to do and was weighted down by the expectations of everyone around her. She was the biggest, baddest thief around, but she was also a teenage girl who lost both her biological family, her adopted father, and her fellow worshipers (more on that later) all in a matter of years.

The setting and dynamic of the world Marmell has created really is rich and believable. The whole mythology and backstory behind the Gods and the Royal families was fantastic and provided the kind of scenery necessary in a High Fantasy; original and creative!

I liked the writing even though it confused me at times. The book is told in third-person but it goes from Real Time to "Two years ago" "Seven Years Ago" etc, etc, through the chapters. And while this opened up an entire backstory to Adrienne that was lovely and heart-breaking, it also made me quite confused as to who was who when it come to the character. Even after finished, there are still some people mentioned that I can't remember who they are. Reading about Adrienne's past though was definitely one of my favorite parts considering it shows you just how much it molded her into the person she is in the present.

The side characters were all incredibly lovely and while there was no romance in this book, i'm expecting something in the sequel! Renard was funny, witty, and he'd do anything for Widdershins, which I loved. Genevieve was a great friend and Robin was a lovely young girl, both fabulous people who helped make Widdershins seem more human than just a cold-blooded thief. Alexandre from her past was an amazing father figure and the villains were quite...well, villainous! And I expect to see a lot more of Julian Bouniard in the future!

Overall, I definitely recommend and I can't wait to see more from this new YA imprint!
Happy Reading!


YA WATCH (2/5 - 2/18)

Hey guys and welcome to another edition of YA WATCH! In the comments, let me know how you feel about the feature, whether you want it to continue, and what you'd like me to add!


 Title: Butter
Author: Erin Jade Lange
Release Date: October 2nd, 2012
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Pages: 272
Edition: Hardcover
Goodreads: Link

A boy everyone calls “Butter” is about to make Scottsdale High history. He’s going to eat himself to death live on the Internet – and everyone will watch.

He announces his deadly plan to an army of peers and expects pity, insults or even indifference. Instead, he finds morbid encouragement. When that encouragement tips the scales into popularity, Butter has a reason to live. But if he doesn’t go through with his plan, he’ll lose everything.

 Title: Silver
Author: Talia Vance
Release Date: September 8th, 2012
Publisher: Flux
Pages: --
Edition: Paperback
Goodreads: Link

Beauty is pointless when no one’s looking.

Brianna Paxton has been invisible to guys since the eighth grade. She’s pretty enough, it’s just that no one bothers to look. There’s almost nothing that can’t be explained with science, and Brianna has a theory: she’s missing the pheromone that attracts people to one another. Brianna’s theory is shot to hell in one frozen, silver moment, when time stops and Blake Williams not only sees her, he recognizes something inside her that she’s been hiding from even herself.

Before Brianna fully understands who and what she is, she accidentally binds her soul to Blake. Forced to find a way to reconcile forbidden love and her bloody heritage, Brianna discovers that there’s nothing pointless about her, and Blake may be in the most danger of all.
 Title: The Sinister Sweetness of Splendid Academy
Author: Nikki Loftin
Release Date: August 21st, 2012
Publisher: Razorbill
Pages: --
Edition: Hardcover
Goodreads: Link

When Lorelei's old school mysteriously burns down, a new one appears practically overnight: Splendid Academy. Rock-climbing walls on the playground and golden bowls of candy on every desk? Gourmet meals in the cafeteria, served by waiters? Optional homework and two recess periods a day? It's ever kids's dream.

But Lorelei and her new friend Andrew are pretty sure it's too good to be true. Together they uncover the sinister mystery, one with their teacher, the beautiful Ms. Morrigan, at the very center.

Then Andrew disappears. Lorelei has to save him, even if that means facing a past she'd like to forget – and taking on a teacher who's a real witch.
Title: The Crimson Crown (Seven Realms #4)
Author: Cinda Williams Chima
Release Date: October 23rd, 2012
Publisher: Hyperion
Pages: 608
Edition: Hardcover
Goodreads: Link

In the fourth and final book in the Seven Realms series, the stakes grow ever higher as a series of murders raise tensions between the Wizard Council and Spirit Clans to a fever pitch. With treachery on every side, Han and Raisa struggle to fend off threats from ambitious neighbors while keeping the queendom from imploding from within. 

Title: What's Left Of Me
Author: Kat Zhang
Release Date: February 7th, 2012
Publisher: Harperteen
Pages: 242
Edition: Hardcover
Note: SO EXCITED. Reminds me of The Host with the multiple souls in one body but amazing and cool and the cover is great! The font is iffy but the picture is fantastic.
Goodreads: Link

Eva and Addie started out the same way as everyone else—two souls woven together in one body, taking turns controlling their movements as they learned how to walk, how to sing, how to dance. But as they grew, so did the worried whispers. Why aren’t they settling? Why isn’t one of them fading? The doctors ran tests, the neighbors shied away, and their parents begged for more time. Finally Addie was pronounced healthy and Eva was declared gone. Except, she wasn’t…

For the past three years, Eva has clung to the remnants of her life. Only Addie knows she’s still there, trapped inside their body. Then one day, they discover there may be a way for Eva to move again. The risks are unimaginable–hybrids are considered a threat to society, so if they are caught, Addie and Eva will be locked away with the others. And yet…for a chance to smile, to twirl, to speak, Eva will do anything.


Whatcha Reading, Fools? (1)

Hey guys! So this is a feature i'm going to start doing sporadically where I talk about some books i'm going to be reading in that month that I think you should be keeping your eye out for/buying!

Title: Born Wicked
Author: Jessica Spotswood
Release Date: February 7th, 2012
Publisher: Penguin
Pages: 326
Edition: Hardcover
Goodreads: Link

Everybody knows Cate Cahill and her sisters are eccentric. Too pretty, too reclusive, and far too educated for their own good. But the truth is even worse: they're witches. And if their secret is discovered by the priests of the Brotherhood, it would mean an asylum, a prison ship--or an early grave.

WITCHES AND HISTORICAL FICTION AND ROMANCE, OH MY. So excited to read this one because it sounds amazing! Plus, Lauren really liked it, and whatever Lauren likes, i'll give it a try!

Title: Game of Thrones
Author: George R.R Martin
Release Date: August 16th, 2005
Publisher: Spectra
Pages: 835
Edition: Hardcover
Source: For Review
Goodreads: Link

Long ago, in a time forgotten, a preternatural event threw the seasons out of balance. In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. The cold is returning, and in the frozen wastes to the north of Winterfell, sinister and supernatural forces are massing beyond the kingdom's protective Wall. At the center of the conflict lie the Starks of Winterfell, a family as harsh and unyielding as the land they were born to. Sweeping from a land of brutal cold to a distant summertime kingdom of epicurean plenty, here is a tale of lords and ladies, soldiers and sorcerers, assassins and bastards, who come together in a time of grim omens.
Here an enigmatic band of warriors bear swords of no human metal; a tribe of fierce wildlings carry men off into madness; a cruel young dragon prince barters his sister to win back his throne; and a determined woman undertakes the most treacherous of journeys. Amid plots and counterplots, tragedy and betrayal, victory and terror, the fate of the Starks, their allies, and their enemies hangs perilously in the balance, as each endeavors to win that deadliest of conflicts: thegame of thrones.

Guys. I love this show LIKE WHOA. My love for this show cannot be measured by simple words and I am SO EXCITED for season two so i'm dying for April to come already and I have the entire series so WOOOOO.

Title: Grave Mercy
Author: R.L LaFevers
Release Date: April 3th, 2012
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Pages: 509
Edition: Hardcover
Goodreads: Link

Why be the sheep, when you can be the wolf?

Seventeen-year-old Ismae escapes from the brutality of an arranged marriage into the sanctuary of the convent of St. Mortain, where the sisters still serve the gods of old. Here she learns that the god of Death Himself has blessed her with dangerous gifts—and a violent destiny. If she chooses to stay at the convent, she will be trained as an assassin and serve as a handmaiden to Death. To claim her new life, she must destroy the lives of others.

Ismae's most important assignment takes her straight into the high court of Brittany—where she finds herself woefully under prepared—not only for the deadly games of intrigue and treason, but for the impossible choices she must make. For how can she deliver Death’s vengeance upon a target who, against her will, has stolen her heart?

The sheer amount of epic contained in that premise is just too much for my fragile heart. SO PSYCHED. It has assassins and french history and love and ASSASSINS. I really like assassins if you couldn't tell.

What about you? What you are reading?
Happy Reading!


“Feels like I'm in a play and I don't know all my lines.”

Title: Dead To You
Author: Lisa McMann
Release Date: February 7th, 2012
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Pages: 242
Edition: Hardcover
Source: For Review
Goodreads: Link

Ethan was abducted from his front yard when he was just seven years old. Now, at sixteen, he has returned to his family. It's a miracle... at first. Then the tensions start to build. His reintroduction to his old life isn't going smoothly, and his family is tearing apart all over again. If only Ethan could remember something, anything, about his life before, he'd be able to put the pieces back together. But there's something that's keeping his memory blocked. Something unspeakable..

Dead To You is about a boy named Ethan who was abducted when he was seven years old and then returns to his family as a sixteen year old boy to find out that he doesn't remember anything about his past or his family. Now Ethan has to not only find himself again, but reconnect with the life he left behind when a women called Ellen took him for her own AND convince his younger brother, who hates not being the center of attention, that he really is, in fact, Ethan.

I encountered the same problem I always do with McMann's story where I'm like: SO INTENSE. The story just keeps building and building and the stakes are raised and I was on the edge of my seat the whole time because I was dying to know if Ethan was ever going to remember and just...find out more about his life before  he found his family. But then the problem comes in: the short-ness and the writing.

Now I love me some short books. I usually read HUGE books (it's an addiction of mine) so i'm glad to sit down every once in a while BUT GAH. I want to know more! I wanted to know more about Ethan's past and his time with Ellen and his relationship with Cami to develop more and JUST EVERYTHING. And then there's  the fact that I feel her writing is very choppy and doesn't flow (and not in a Shatter Me Choppy way, which is awesome) and i've seen this in both Dead To You and the Wake series so I know it's her way of writing character's voices but it just pulls me out of the story so much and not a fan.

Ethan is a complex character in and of himself. He's desperate, lonely, and maybe even a little bit crazy. I wish I could've seen his character develop more and come into himself but again, the short problem. Gracie had to be my favorite character because she was lovable and understanding and she was just a little girl! That innocence really contrasted against Ethan's stark and raw narrative. Blake was a total douche bag and urgh... every time he was punched, he so deserved it.

AND DEAR GOD, IS IT A STAND-ALONE? Because with that ending, it should be a crime to leave it at a stand-alone. First I get a super skinny book and then you stick that kind of ending and that last line and why, Lisa? Why would you do that to me? Jeez!

Happy Reading!


Harper Spring Giveaway!

Hey guys!

So I have a giveaway to do and thanks to HarperTeen, I have the following to give away to you!


all for you! Just enter below!


In My Mailbox (63)

Hosted by Kristi from The Story Siren

For Review:
Torn by Amanda Hocking
Being Friends with Boys by Terra McVoy
Hemlock by Kathleen Peacock
The Temptation by Elisa Valdes
Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins

Happy Reading!
What did you get in YOUR mailbox?


Hana by Lauren Oliver -- Information!

Hey guys! Usually I do a Show You Must Watch post today but since I have a post on Vampire Diaries this week, I want to talk to you guys about something else!

In Lauren Oliver's Delirium, Hana is Lena, the main character's, best friend and basically the one who initiates everything. Here's what Lauren Oliver had to say....

"Hana was intrigued by what lies on the other side of the borders, but ultimately destined to marry her pair and live a quiet, cushy life in the West End. Well, I have to tell you, there is more to her story. She actually has a story all to herself...
Hana is a companion e-novella to Delirium that I wrote from Hana's point of view. I wanted you all to get a better sense of who she is and let you in on some things even Lena might not know about her... Because trust me, when it comes to the trilogy, we ain't seen the end of Hana yet."

Now, do you want to get HANA for free? If enough people preorder Pandemonium, the sequel to Delirium, you can ensure that Hanna is release on Valentine's Day FOR FREE on MTV.com. But only for four days!


Let's make this happen, guys!
Happy Reading!


“I don't want to love you if you're only going to die.”

Title: Fire
Author: Kristin Cashore
Release Date: October 6th, 2009
Publisher: Dial
Pages: 461
Edition: Hardcover
Source: Bought
Goodreads: Link
It is not a peaceful time in the Dells. The young King Nash clings to his throne while rebel lords in the north and south build armies to unseat him. The mountains and forests are filled with spies and thieves and lawless men.

This is where Fire lives. With a wild, irresistible appearance and hair the color of flame, Fire is the last remaining human monster. Equally hated and adored, she has the unique ability to control minds, but she guards her power, unwilling to steal the secrets of innocent people. Especially when she has so many of her own.

Then Prince Brigan comes to bring her to King City. The royal family needs her help to uncover the plot against the king. Far away from home, Fire begins to realize there's more to her power than she ever dreamed. Her power could save the kingdom.

If only she weren't afraid of becoming the monster her father was.
Before I begin my review: I KNOW RIGHT? If you don't follow my twitter, you don't know that I've been book-bullied into reading this book for AGES. It's been almost two years of people telling me to JUST READ IT ALREADY because Graceling is my favorite book and I finally picked it up and read it. And i'm so glad I did! (And before you go asking: Graceling is still my favorite of all three.)

Cashore has the kind of writing ability that wows me, people. Where Graceling is fast-paced and actiony, Fire is slow and lush but still completely enthralling me with being in the mind of this girl! She has the ability to still have her writing style in a book but still manage to capture two completely different books and mind sets. Katsa is fire and impulsive and bold where Fire is much more mature and contemplative and I loved it!

Fire was a little mopey at times, but girl, if I was in her position? That kind of life gets awful fast. And while everyone is always pining for the type of beauty that makes people lose their heads; Fire's GOT THAT. AND IT SUCKS. I mean, Fire can't even walk into a village without two guys starting a fight over her or women glaring at her because they're husbands are suddenly cat-calling and salivating over her. And it's not her! And she also manages to write a character of immense beauty (I mean, guys, when she looks at HERSELF in the mirror; she takes her own breath away) without making them sound shallow or conceited. It was just a fact: Fire is a monster and as a monster, she is beauty. And she can control minds and be awesome.

The plot is a lot more slow-paced than Graceling but I found myself completely immersed in the court intrigue.  Now that the Crazy King has stepped off the throne, being are getting all uppity and wanting to declare war and conquer the capitol city, which ain't gonna fly with King Nash or the rest of the royal family. It's a lot more traditional high-fantasy than Graceling is (in the sense that folks, it's slow. It's the type of book you read to savor, not to get your blood pumping) but I enjoyed it all the same. Also? The whole concept of monsters and their influence on people was fascinating. Seeing all that Fire and her father could do -- and did do -- was frightening and intriguing all at once.

But that really took it was the characters. The Royal Family: Clara, who I want as best friend; Garan, who is lovely and funny in his own way and also kind of a total genius; Nash, who i'm immensely proud of for learning how to use his head every once in a while; and Brigan, who is brave and kind-hearted and lovely. Then you have the guards like Mila and little Hanna and THEN ARCHER. Archer was definitely a special character. He was an asshat at times and then he was so desperate and lonely and lovely, and I can't help but keep a special place in my heart for him. Also: LECK IS SO EVIL ARGH. He's only 10 or 11 in this book and he still creeps me out. He doesn't make a LOT of appearance but when he does? *shudder*

The romance is slow and not the center of attention, considering this book is more focused on Fire finding out who she is as a person and how she fits into this crazy city and this crazy family, but it's lovely all the same. It's not obvious how the romance builds but it's there in glances and late night talks and it's so subtle that when it finally happens, you don't realize how desperate you were for it to happen!

In the end, not my favorite of the three but really good regardless!
Happy Reading!


The 5 Stages of Reading (A Great Book)

Something I thought of one day and decided to finally do :P

*results may vary

1. Suspicion 
        Usually, good books get a reputation. They get HYPE. And the hype monster can be useful and amazing and wonderful BUT it can also be misleading and disappointing. So when you're this far in the game; hyped books? You're wary. You're curious. It's like going on a date with your friend's friend. You've heard so much great things about it that you're just instantly suspicious about the fact you think you know everything about him but you don't.



2. Comfortable
        You've hit the groove! This book actually might have potential! The heroine is funny, the love interest is mysterious or sweet or both, the plot is starting to show itself little by little. Hey, maybe even the writing is beautiful! But you still haven't reached that point. The point of no return.


3. Mania
        You've gotten to the point where you want to KICK YOURSELF for not reading this book earlier! It's well-paced and smart and everything you wanted and you just want to savor every word while simultaneously flipping through the pages as fast as you can!





5a. Depression / Content
         It's over. 5a is most common in stand-alones because there's nothing after! A neat package, a beginning, middle, and end. And you're happy! People got together, bad guys were thwarted, plot twists unraveled. But you're also sad because those characters are FOREVER YOURS and you want more adventures.


5b. Impatience



5c. Catatonia 
          Rare, but it happens. That moment after you finish a book where you're either in tears or just awe because the sheer awesomeness was so great its blinded you a little bit. Your mind is a jumbled mess trying to put together the power of what you just read and you want to flip to the first page once you're coherent and start all over again!


Hope you like it! Happy Reading!


“I hope your bacon burns.”

Title: Howl's Moving Castle
Author: Dianna Wynne Jones
Release Date: April 14th, 1986
Publisher: Greenwillow Books (HarperCollins)
Pages: 329
Edition: Paperback
Source: Bought
Goodreads: Link

Sophie has the great misfortune of being the eldest of three daughters, destined to fail miserably should she ever leave home to seek her fate. But when she unwittingly attracts the ire of the Witch of the Waste, Sophie finds herself under a horrid spell that transforms her into an old lady. Her only chance at breaking it lies in the ever-moving castle in the hills: the Wizard Howl's castle. To untangle the enchantment, Sophie must handle the heartless Howl, strike a bargain with a fire demon, and meet the Witch of the Waste head-on. Along the way, she discovers that there's far more to Howl--and herself--than first meets the eye.

Now, I had HIGH expectations for this book. If you didn't know, Howl's Moving Castle is one of my favorite movies of all time, so when I decided to take a crack at the book, I was nervous! But you don't even have to worry because the book and the movie are two COMPLETELY different things and I didn't find myself comparing them plot-wise at any moment!

The book is still centered around Sophie and the fact that she is turned into an old lady by the Witch of the Waste because Sophie is a BIC* and that lady wishes she could be as awesome as her (you didn't think I was actually going to tell you the reason, right?) So when Sophie goes on a journey to try to turn herself back into a young girl, she stumbles upon Howl's Moving Castle, where three people live: Calcifer: a fire demon who is stuck in this house forever and ever; Michael: a fifteen year old boy (in the movie, he's like eight! I was like: WHAT) who is Howl's apprentice; and Howl: resident drama king and all-around powerful wizard and loving prick.

Book Sophie is hilarious. She's the eldest of three and in this magic world THE ELDEST GETS NOTHING. The youngest is the one who gets to marry money and have a happy life but the eldest? They have to work and inherit the family business and do boring stuff like make hats. I mean, there's a point where Sophie is inside so much that she's afraid to go outside! But the minute she turns into an old lady? She's a feisty thing! Her and Howl argue constantly and she isn't going to let him run her over with his attitude like he does Michael! Plus, nothing phases her. She sees she's an old lady and instead of wigging out and crying and going crazy, she's just like: "Well, better get out of here before Mom gets home."

The plot is a lot more complicated in the book than it is in the movie! Sophie has more than one sister and they play a big role in the story (instead of in the movie, where Lettie gets one scene where they talk about how Howl eats the souls of pretty girls) as well as the fact that people who are alive in the movie are DEAD IN THE BOOK. I was like -- what?! But all in all, it flowed well and sent me on a whirlwind of a story.

And then we have side-characters. Michael had to be my favorite; he was kind and funny and put up with Howl's insanity, which is more than I can say for a lot of people. Calcifer was the same as in the movie, which I approved of, and then we get to Howl. In the back of the book Jones talks about how in the movie, Sophie and Howl are a lot more gentle and noble and this is so true. Howl can be a total prick sometimes in the book! He's dramatic and unreliable and unpredictable but he's also sweet and loving and complex. Their relationship is hilarious and adorable and I like that there's never a dull moment between them!

Overall, the book and the movie are two total separate entities but equally wonderful!
Happy Reading!

*BIC - b**** in charge (used on heroines who are assertive, reliable, and go after what they want!)


YA WATCH (1/22 - 2/4)


Title: The Peculiars
Author: Maureen Doyle McQuerry
Release Date: May 1st, 2012
Publisher: Amulet Books
Pages: 354
Edition: Hardcover
Opinion: I LOVE IT. Steampunk-ish + Angels!
Goodreads: Link

On her 18th birthday, Lena Mattacascar decides to search for her father, who disappeared into the northern wilderness of Scree when Lena was young. Scree is inhabited by Peculiars, people whose unusual characteristics make them unacceptable to modern society. Lena wonders if her father is the source of her own extraordinary characteristics and if she, too, is Peculiar. On the train she meets a young librarian, Jimson Quiggley, who is traveling to a town on the edge of Scree to work in the home and library of the inventor Mr. Beasley. The train is stopped by men being chased by the handsome young marshal Thomas Saltre. When Saltre learns who Lena's father is, he convinces her to spy on Mr. Beasley and the strange folk who disappear into his home, Zephyr House. A daring escape in an aerocopter leads Lena into the wilds of Scree to confront her deepest fears.

Title: The Raven Boys
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Release Date: September 18st, 2012
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Pages: 416
Edition: Hardcover
Opinion: Mysterious looking!
Goodreads: Link

Filled with mystery, romance, and the supernatural, The Raven Boysintroduces readers to Richard “Dick” Campbell Gansey, III and Blue Sargent. Gansey has it all—family money, good looks, devoted friends—but he’s looking for much more than that. He is on the hunt to find Glendower, a vanished Welsh king. Legend has it that the first person to find him will be granted a wish—either by seeing him open his eyes, or by cutting out his heart.

Blue Sargent, the daughter of the town psychic in Henrietta, Virginia, has been told for as long as she can remember that if she ever kisses her true love, he will die. But she is too practical to believe in things like true love. Her policy is to stay away from the rich boys at the prestigious Aglionby Academy. The boys there—known as Raven Boys—can only mean trouble. When Gansey and his Raven Boy friends come into her life, Blue realizes how true this is. She never thought her fortune would be a problem. But she was wrong.

Title: Spectral
Author: Shannon Duffy
Release Date: April 10th, 2012
Publisher: Tribute Books
Pages: --
Edition: ebook
Opinion: I am...not a fan. It's just quite typical.
Goodreads: Link

Convinced she’s a part of the witness protection program, sixteen-year-old Jewel Rose is shuffled around the globe with her family like a pack of traveling gypsies. After arriving at lucky home twenty-seven, she stumbles upon a mysterious boy with magical powers claiming to be her guardian . . . and warning of imminent danger. Despite the obvious sparks between them, Jewel discovers a relationship is forbidden, and the more she learns about dark, brooding Roman, she begins to question who she can even believe—the family who raised her, or the supposed sworn protector who claims they’ve been lying to her all along.

As she struggles to uncover who her family has really been running from, she is forced to hide her birthmark that reveals who she is. With new realities surfacing, unexplained powers appearing, and two tempting boys vying for her heart, Jewel battles to learn who she can trust in an ever growing sea of lies, hoping she’ll make it through her seventeenth birthday alive.

Title: Live Through This
Author: Mindi Scott
Release Date: October 2nd, 2012
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Pages: --
Edition: --
Opinion: I like t! I like the dots around her and the font and the exposition.
Goodreads: Link

Sometimes hiding the truth requires more than a lie . . .

From the outside, Coley Sterling’s life seems pretty normal . . . whatever that means. It’s not perfect—her best friend is seriously mad at her and her dance team captains keep giving her a hard time—but Coley’s adorable, sweet crush Reece helps distract her from the annoying drama. Plus, she has a great family to fall back on—with a stepdad and mom who would stop at nothing to keep her and her siblings happy and safe.

But Coley has a lot of secrets. She won’t admit—not even to herself—that her almost-perfect life is her own carefully-crafted fa├žade. That for years she’s been burying the shame and guilt over a relationship that crossed the line. Now, Coley and Reece are getting closer, and as Coley has the chance at her first real boyfriend, a decade’s worth of lies are on the verge of unraveling.


The Dark Days Of Supernatural -- Information!

Hey guys! So The Dark Days, which is a tour hosted by HarperTeen for their authors, is well under-way at the moment and i've been chosen to be the Live Blogger for their event at Miami in March! 

So because of that, I have tour dates for you guys so you can go planning where you'll be heading to check out these amazing authors! This will also include the bloggers that are both live-tweeting, recapping, and likely having giveaways for the event (I will be having one soon!) so here we go!


Includes: Cynthia Hand (HALLOWED), Brodi Ashton (EVERNEATH), Jodi Meadows (INCARNATE) and Courtney Allison Moulton (WINGS OF THE WICKED)

February 16th @ 5pm | Barnes & Noble | Southlake, TX | A Good Addiction 
February 17th @ 7pm | Barnes & Noble | Austin, TX | Mundie Moms 
February 18th @ 4pm | Blue Willow Bookshop | Houston, TX | Once Upon a Twilight

Includes: Lauren Oliver (PANDEMONIUM), Claudia Gray (BALTHAZAR), and Dan Wells (PARTIALS)

March 9th @ 6:30pm | Books & Books | Coral Gables, FL | Harmony's Radiant Reads 
*That's me! Now, I will be live-tweeting and recapping AND i'm planning on doing a live show so you guys can go ahead and see the event and get some questions in! So hopefully that works out well. 
March 10th @ 2pm | Barnes & Noble | Alpharetta, GA | TK
March 11th @ 4pm | Vroman’s | Los Angeles, CA | TK
*LIVESTREAM event   

Includes: Kimberly Derting (THE LAST ECHO), Jill Hathaway (SLIDE), and Dan Wells (PARTIALS)

April 18th @ 7pm | Books & Co | Dayton, OH | TK
April 19th @ 7pm | Anderson’s Bookshop | Naperville, IL | TK    
April 20th @ 7pm | Barnes & Noble | Burlington, MA | TK

And then of course there's a blog tour!

2/7 Brodi Ashton at The Readiacs
2/9 Courtney Allison Moulton at Reading Teen
2/21 Lauren Oliver at All Things Urban Fantasy
2/22 Claudia Gray at A Life Bound By Books
2/23 Alex Flinn at Mundie Moms
2/28 Dan Wells at Bookalicious
3/1 Lauren Oliver at All Things Urban Fantasy
3/6 Claudia Gray at A Life Bound By Books
3/7 Alex Flinn at Mundie Moms
3/8 Dan Wells at Bookalicious
TK Jill Hathaway at Down the Rabbit Hole
TK Kimberly Derting at Confessions of a Bookaholic

And I will be having an interview with them at the event so you'll have that to look forward too!

For more information and things such as widgets, photos, and excerpts go to: http://harperteen.com/feature/darkdays/


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